If you like the idea of going into a skilled occupation but don't know where to start then an apprenticeship could be perfect for you. It would give you the opportunity earn a wage while completing a nationally recognised qualification and obtaining crucial hands-on industry experience. It's important to develop a career that suits your abilities, ambitions and interests. You will be more motivated, more productive and happier if you can find work that matches your 'natural style', leaving you in a better position to build a rewarding, ongoing career.
An apprenticeship could give you the opportunity to develop a skill in an area of work that interests you. Apprenticeships are available in over 500 occupations, so you're sure to find something that suits you. They take 3-4 years to complete and include technical trades like bricklaying, plumbing, carpentry and hairdressing. You could also complete a traineeship. These take 1-2 years to complete and include non-trade areas like hospitality, real estate and retail. Once you have an apprenticeship under your belt you will be able to access many opportunities as a skilled and sought-after employee. You could progress into management or could even start your own business.
Responsibilities will vary widely based on what industry you complete your apprenticeship in, but some general requirements will remain the same. Apprentices are responsible for completing both the theory side of their training and on the job learning. They are required to follow directions from supervisors closely and to solidify their learning through practical activities at work. They may be required to complete a vast array of different activities to give them a good overall sense of the industry.