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Adult Apprenticeship Job Hunting

Information and tips for adults looking for an apprenticeship or traineeship.

Looking for an adult apprenticeship can sometimes be daunting especially when people haven't been job hunters for a long time.

Searching for Australian Apprenticeships is no different from looking for any job in that all rely on an employer deciding to recruit. 

Finding an apprenticeship or traineeship as an adult takes a similar path to job hunting as a younger jobseeker.  However, there are a few tips that can help an adult job hunter make an impression and get employers thinking about the benefits of hiring an adult apprentice.

TIP 1: Make sure you are prepared and have done your research

Some employers may never have considered hiring an adult apprentice so you need to be prepared to answer questions that they may have, and let them know the many benefits of hiring an adult apprentice.

You can find a lot more information on the 'Adult Apprenticeships' page.

TIP 2: Tailor your resume and cover letter

One of the joys of being an adult is the wealth of experience that comes with age.

When writing your resume and cover letter for an apprenticeship or traineeship position think about the types of skills and qualities an employer might be looking for, and tailor your resume and cover letter to suit.

For example, your work ethic. If you have been working for many years already and know you have a good work ethic, put this in your resume.  Also refer to puctuality, time management and your use of inititive, all skills that you may have learned over time.

Think of why an employer should hire you over a younger apprentice and try to convert these ideas into statements of skills and attributes.

When writing your cover letter make sure you explain why you want to start a particular apprenticeship or traineeship. Use this opportunity to show your passion for the industry you want to get into, and your willingness to learn.

For more information and resources about writing resumes and cover letters visit 'The Application and Interview' page.

TIP 3: Think outside the box when job hunting

There are many ways to look for an adult apprenticeship or traineeship position. Think of the experience the same way as applying for any other job but don't be afraid to thiink outside the box.

The more ways you look for an employer the better chance you have of finding someone to take you on.

Recommendations for adult job hunters:

  • Start your job hunting by looking at the large employers first. They may be less likely to be concerned about the difference in wages between an adult and younger apprentice or trainee;
  • If you are looking on job sites and you find that a position does not specify that they are after 'adult apprentices' contact them anyway to ask whether they would consider the option. They may not know that they can hire adult apprentices;
  • Focus most of your job hunting efforts on contacting employers directly (cold calling). By doing this, you potentially cut out a lot of applicant competition;
  • Contact a Group Training Organisation. These organisations hire apprentices and trainees and then hire them out to host employers. They hire adult apprentices, and may have positions available;
  • When speaking with employers, you need to market yourself. You need to be able to convince them why they should hire you over a younger apprentice, or anyone else of course;
  • Don't give up! Keep in mind that it can be a challenge to convince some employers to take on an adult apprentice but it is becoming a more popular option with employers;

For detailed job hunting information visit 'Step 3 - Job Hunting'.

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