When you think of apprenticeships or traineeships, your child might imagine not getting paid, having to work long hours or dedicating years to it before they get the job they want.
They might also assume they are too young – or even too old to get started. But we’re here to tell you that that couldn’t be further from the truth.
Apprenticeships and traineeships combine formal study with on-the-job training and help create our future workforce as well as build local businesses and communities. It’s a great way for your young adult to gain a nationally recognised qualification and earn while they learn.
There are many options – whether your gen z is in school, their twenties or looking to upskill in their current career. So we’re here to set the record straight and help you support your child to start a career they’ll love and gain the many benefits of an apprenticeship or traineeship.
- There are school-based apprenticeships and traineeships available
If you have a child in school who is already daydreaming about starting a career, school-based apprenticeships and traineeships are an awesome way to help set them up while they are in year 10, 11 or 12.
From top apprenticeships like electrical, plumbing, carpentry and auto and top traineeships like retail, early childhood, business, real estate and hospitality, there’s a massive range of industries for them to get stuck into. Their careers adviser can help them to decide what they might be interested in and whether studying while working is a good fit.
2. They will land an awesome new support network
Landing an apprenticeship or traineeship isn’t just about gaining new skills and working towards the career your young adult might want. It’s also about making new friends, valuable connections in the industry and finding a support network to help them along the way.
Lots of the people they will be working with will have a lot in common with them and share goals and dreams – which means informative and motivating convos on the regular.
They will also have a great idea about how much they will earn and the conditions that they are entitled to.
3. Smart and Skilled provides government-subsidised training in quality courses
Apprentices and trainee’s student fees are funded under the NSW Government’s Smart and Skilled Program. Which means, if your child is eligible, then they may not have to pay for the training at all – it’s fully subsidised.
4. Better late than never
If your young adult has resigned themselves to the fact that it’s too late to start a school based apprenticeship or traineeship, we’re here to let you know that it’s never, ever too late.
Talking to someone about their options now means they might become an apprentice or trainee after they leave school to kick their career off nice and early.
A Lot of people start careers much later in life than expected. For your child, it’s always going to be worth pursuing their passions – even if it’s a little later than they imagined. Apprenticeships and traineeships will offer the support, encouragement and inspiration they need to just go for it.
5. Get their career off to a great start
It goes without saying that apprenticeships and traineeships are massively beneficial to your child’s career and future – it means more job options in the long run, and less stress down the road with work in growing industries.
It also means gaining the confidence to go out there into the professional world and pursue their dreams and reach their goals. Help them start their resume now as well as check out their options here.