Training to build skills
The transition from high school to the workforce is a critical time for school leavers.
However, there is a way to make it easier. By using every avenue available during school, chances of success increase when it’s time to find a job.
One increasingly popular way students are building workforce skills and networks with employers is through schoolbased apprenticeships and traineeships.
Apprenticeship Support Australia manager Lena Constantine said her team had seen an increase in the number of students signing on to a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship this year.
“Looking at our statistics for the financial year just closed, we saw a 14 per cent increase in students taking on a school-based traineeship, compared to last year,” she said.
“More schools are increasing their flexibility with their timetabling so that their students can complete their WACE studies as well as spend a day or two a week in the workplace doing a Certificate II qualification.”
To start a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship, students must be aged 15 or over and have their parent/guardian’s permission.
Their school must support and approve the training for the apprenticeship and traineeship to start, and an employer, willing to train the student in their workplace, must be found.
Now is a good time for Year 10 students, parents and teachers to start thinking about whether a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship may be an option to consider for next year before picking subjects and organising timetables for 2018.
For parents, students and businesses interested in obtaining more information about school-based apprenticeships or traineeships and what is available in Karratha and the Pilbara region, contact me on the number below — I will be able to give you the information you need and also put you in touch with the relevant person in your local school.