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How do I explain Australian Apprenticeships career pathways?

There is more to Australian Apprenticeships than Certificate III qualifications. The Job Pathways Charts show the possible career progression for occupations related to Certificate II through to Advanced Diploma apprenticeship and traineeship qualifications.

The Job Pathways Charts cover over 49 industries, each split into multiple streams. Job Titles that are grouped by stream indicate the variety of related occupations and can show someone the many options available to progress from one qualification level to the next.

In a recent survey we counducted, people identified how they use the Job Pathways Charts and the benefits of using them. Let's take a look at some great ways to use the charts with students, job seekers, parents and employers!

If you would like to download Job Pathways Charts PDF versions, click here!

Two pictures side by side showing a classroom for students on the left side separated by a white line while the image on the right is of a young job seeker going to an interview.


 “Visual impact more effective for these cohorts (VET in Schools students, migrant English students)” (Linda, Manager Skills and Jobs Centre, Swinburne)

The Job Pathways Charts are a visual representation of how a student might get to their chosen career through apprenticeships and traineeships. The charts demonstrate how they might move from lower level qualifications upwards in their chosen industry stream.

The visual and progressive nature of the charts makes it easier for a student to understand how they might work towards a higher level, and what some of the steps along the way might be. Looking within and across streams within an industry can show some of the alternate pathways towards higher level jobs in the student’s chosen industry.

For students considering doing a VET subject while at school, or doing an Australian School-based Apprenticeship, the charts are a useful representation of possible future pathways.

“To determine pathways to assist with the retention of a 14 year old student at risk of disengagement” (anonymous)

Students who are disengaged with the education system may find the charts useful to understand where lower level qualifications can lead, and shows many different options for apprenticeships and traineeships.

Tip: The printable Job Pathways Charts can be kept in a classroom to demonstrate career progression starting with an Australian Apprenticeship.

Job Seekers

“Easy to follow, handy visual when explaining… (to) people wanting to find an apprenticeship” (Jayne, Field Consultant, JobNet Tasmania)

Job seekers of any age will have varying skills and experience. They might be looking at entry level positions, to progress within their current industry, or to move into a new area at a similar level. The Job Pathways Charts can help job seekers identify what their next step might be.

For someone getting into the job market for the first time, or making a career change, the Job Pathways Charts can show the different levels someone might enter at, and the progression from that point onwards. Some job seekers may be looking for an entry level job with training at a lower level, while others may want to step into a higher-level occupation and training.

Individuals who are looking for career progression will find the charts useful to identify different options to further their career. In the online charts, each of the occupations has a link to a Job & Training Description that gives further information about that occupation and the training that can lead to it.

If a job seeker is looking to move into a new role without a promotion, the charts can be used to identify similar role in the same industry stream and level as their current experience. They may also wish to look at other streams within the industry for other career options.

Tip: The online Job Pathways Charts are interactive, linking to the Job & Training Descriptions for more details about specific occupations.

Two pictures side by side showing a parent and a child reading a map on the left side separated by a white line while the image on the right is of an employer conducting an interview.


“Students, and parents, are often surprised at how they can “build” their careers from a seemingly easy beginning” (Career Adviser, Independent School, Sydney)

While some parents have a firm idea of their child’s career aspirations (or their own aspirations for their child), other parents may need guidance in understanding career pathways available to their child.

For parents with an idea of the type of role their child may one day have, their may need assistance understanding the different pathways to this role. The Job Pathways Charts break down the different occupation and training pathways to higher level occupations. This can help a parent understand what types of entry level roles might suit their child, and what options exist within the industry.

When a parent or child doesn’t have a clear idea for a future career, the charts can provide insight into the different career options across a range of industries, and the progression that can be made within these industries.

Tip: Include copies of Job Pathways Charts PDFs in career packs for parents, as a demonstration of the different occupation outcomes in an industry.


"The Job Pathways Charts are a handy visual when discussing career progression in your organisation. When an apprentice or trainee starts in your organisation it gives them an incentive to see where the entry point begins and ends.  Human Resource Managers can use JPCs to augment discussions for professional development. JPC can assist in the retention of staff especially if you need to ‘come off the tools’.  They are useful for succession planning. Learning and Development Managers can utilise them when organising ‘whole of company’ training." (Lynda, Career Adviser)

The Job Pathways Charts can be used with employers to demonstrate the progression of a staff member through Australian Apprenticeships. An employer can use the charts when considering whether they want to take on a new employee at a lower level qualification, or if they need to train someone at a higher skill level.

The charts can also be used with employers who wish to upskill staff, or to train staff in a new area of their business.

Tip: Provide Job Pathway Charts PDFs to employers to include as part of employee inductions or a discussion point when conducting employee reviews.

The Job Pathways Charts are examples of potential career pathways that can begin with an Australian Apprenticeship. 

The charts can be accessed online, with each occupation title linked to a Job & Training Description. You can also download PDFs of the charts by clicking the button below.

Thank you to everyone that gave feedback on the ways you use the Job Pathways Charts, your contribution was extremely valuable in creating this article!

Job Pathways Charts PDF Versions

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