Ap­pren­tice­ships a great al­ter­na­tive

Pilbara News - - Education - Josh Stronach

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.

Pic­ture: Bill Hatto

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