Train­ing to build skills

Pilbara News - - Opinion - Josh Stronach Josh Stronach is a Kar­ratha-based in­dus­try train­ing con­sul­tant with Ap­pren­tice­ship Sup­port Aus­tralia, a Statewide Aus­tralian Ap­pren­tice­ship Sup­port Net­work provider. If you have any ques­tions about ap­pren­tice­ships, trainee­ships and train­ing

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.

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