Apprenticeships are a three-sided agreement between you, your employer and a training organisation. That means you have to find a job as an apprentice and sign a training contract with them before you start study.
The study part of an apprenticeship can work a number of ways including blended delivery (workshop, on-site or online). Two common ways are:
- You come to TAFE one day per week and work the other days, and
- You come to TAFE for a set amount of weeks straight and then work the rest of the time until you come to TAFE again for another block of weeks.
An apprenticeship is competency-based, not graded. You will be signed off as either successfully or unsuccessfully being able to complete a task.
Once you complete your apprenticeship, you will hold a nationally recognised qualification. Afterwards, you can go straight into industry, upskill with further training or look into other roles, such as managerial or supervisory titles.
The best part about an apprenticeship though? You’ll get paid to work while you’re studying.