The Advantages of Doing an Apprenticeship

Posted on December 13th, 2012

An apprenticeship combines practical work with structured training thus enabling existing staff as well as new staff to gain nationally recognised qualifications and the experience that they need to excel in the careers. In traditional technical trades, apprenticeships may take 3-4 years to complete.

Here we look at some of the advantages of doing an apprenticeship.

  1. Apprenticeships combine paid work and structured training thus allowing you to earn while you train. You do not have to wait until you are done with training to start earning.
  2. Apprenticeships are available in various trades ranging from electrical apprenticeships, mechanics apprenticeships, carpentry, plumbing, hairdressing / beauty apprenticeships, chef apprenticeships among many others. This means that you have a variety to choose from and you should therefore be able to find an apprenticeship that matches your interests.
  3. They lead to nationally recognised qualifications – once you successfully complete the formal part of your training, the registered training organisation awards you a qualification showing the level that you have attained. This therefore enables you to bring new skills into a given business.
  4. One of the most popular advantages of doing an apprenticeship is the fact you get to earn while you learn!
  5. They give you access to financial incentives. The federal government offers various financial incentives to encourage employers to incorporate Australian apprenticeship programs into their businesses. Incentives are also available to apprentices and this helps to ease the financial burden of training thus enabling you to successfully complete your apprenticeship.
  6. They offer ‘competency based’ incentives – this enables you to complete your training faster once you reach the required skills level. You are therefore able to receive your certificate of proficiency early which in turn allows you to become a qualified employee sooner, take on more responsibilities at work including the supervision of other trainees or apprentices in addition to improving your prospects of promotion.
  7. They are quite flexible as they can be offered off-the-job, on-the-job or as a combination of the two. They are also available on part-time, full-time and even students can begin their school based apprenticeships while completing their high school education. This makes it quite easy for you to find something that works for you.
  8. Apprenticeships take into account existing skills as well as prior experience. This is yet another of the key advantages of doing an apprenticeship as it can significantly reduce the amount of time that you spend in formal training. You can be given course credit for skills as well as experience that you may possess.