Your advantage of starting as an Adult Apprentice
Employers often prefer to hire someone who already has work experience. This does not need to be in the industry that you are starting your apprenticeships in; any work experience can be of benefit.
When employers are thinking about taking on an apprentice, the key attributes they are looking for are reliability, a good work ethic, eagerness to learn, and an understanding of a workplace environment. Older people who have been or are currently in the workforce have developed beneficial soft skills such as communication, teamwork, adaptability, problem solving, creativity, work ethic, time management and interpersonal skills.
Adult and mature apprentices may be more committed, as they have put a lot of thought in to which industry they want to train in, and they are willing to make sacrifices to get there.
For adult and mature apprentices with experience in the industry, there may be the potential to become qualified quicker through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Please note that not everything can be used for RPL: you will have most success if you have experience working in a related occupation. For example, working out at a gym may not give you the technical skills for RPL towards a fitness traineeship, but if you have experience as a trades assistant you may be eligible for some RPL towards a trade qualification.
Keep all these advantages in mind when you go to your next interview, when you approach employers or even when writing up your resume and cover letter.
Doing your research is very important when looking at career change or entering a new industry. From knowing what apprenticeship you’d like to do, to identifying your starting wage, research is an important part of the journey.
Identifying what an adult apprenticeships is, and the perceptions around it, gives you a better understanding of the systems and processes when job searching.
Apprenticeships and traineeships are enty level positions open to anyone with the right attitude and work ethic. The people who succeeded are those who researched, understood expectations and are driven to start and finish an Australian Apprenticeship!