Apprenticeships a great alternative
The 2015 Western Australia Certificate of Education results are out and recently graduated Year 12 students have received their main round of university offers for the year ahead.
For students who did not receive an offer for a place at university or achieved a lower-than-expected Australian Tertiary Admission Rank score, there are still plenty of options available.
Apprenticeship Support Australia manager Lena Constantine urged graduates to explore vocational education opportunities.
“Apprenticeships and traineeships are a great career pathway for young people,” she said.
“Students learn practical skills while obtaining a formal education. Their practical experience sets them apart from other graduates.”
High-level qualifications are not immediately attainable for some young people, but vocational education offers pathways to achieve them.
The hands-on nature of apprenticeships and traineeships suit young people who learn through practical experience.
Apprentices and trainees spend about 70 per cent of their time doing hands-on work and 30 per cent on theoretical work.
“Undertaking an apprenticeship or traineeship is a good alternative for young people who learn better outside of the classroom,” Ms Constantine said.
“The majority of learning is done through onthe-job work experience.”
Apprenticeships allow young people to earn an income as they learn, without accumulating a large HECS-HELP debt in the process.
“Apprentices graduate with practical real-world experience and strong employment opportunities, unlike many of their university graduate counterparts,” Ms Constantine said
Apprenticeships and traineeships offer recently graduated Year 12 students a great pathway into their chosen career.
With strong employment opportunities and a wide range of courses to complete, it is a great alternate qualification to consider.
Students sit WACE exams.