Starting an apprenticeship is a big decision. It’s starting your career and life in one of the great skilled trades.
Carpenters, electricians, plumbers, bricklayers and many more all started here … with an apprenticeship. Here are some tips for you, if you’re thinking about a career in the building and construction industry.
1. Choose your trade
The first thing you need to do is choose what trade you want to go into. In Building and Construction there are dozens of trades including carpentry, electricial, plumbing, bricklaying. Make sure you pick one that suits you.
2. Ask people in the trade
The best way to find out if you’ll like the trade is to ask people who do it. If you don’t know any through family or mates try to get work as a skilled labourer on a building project so you can see people in action and ask them for tips. Industry connections you make are the most valuable thing for your career.
3. Do a pre-apprenticeship, also called a pre-app
Some trades also have a pre-apprenticeships. These are training courses that help you find out what it’s like to work in the trade, get hands on and learn some of the skills you’ll need in the trade. Pre-apps are offered by TAFE’s and some education companies, and some are free.
4. Find an employer
Before you can start an apprenticeship you need to get hired by someone in the trade. You employer give you practical experience sign off each year of your apprenticeship.
Look on job search websites like National Apprentice Employment Network and Apprenticeship Central. If these site don’t work, there are other ways by like meeting people in the industry.
5. Sign up to the Crew app (it’s FREE)
You might also find your employer on the Crew app. The Crew app is designed to connect people in the building and construction industry, from skilled labourers to apprentices to qualified trades.
Create your profile and make sure you have a good profile picture, background shot. Also make some posts of your work and connect with local tradies who might give you work, or connect you with someone who is hiring.
6. Sign up to your apprenticeship
Once you have a job sign up to your apprenticeship course at your local TAFE or education company.
You can also get financial support from Centrelink or Trade Support Loan for up to $21,078 to help finish your training via an Apprenticeship Network Provider.
If you want to keep researching, try the national website Australian Apprenticeships.