Train for a great ca­reer

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

STU­DENTS who missed out on univer­sity en­try are be­ing en­cour­aged to con­sider an ap­pren­tice­ship or trainee­ship to kick-start their ca­reer.

Ap­pren­tice­ship Sup­port Aus­tralia WA gen­eral man­ager Nathan Bent­ley said trainees could earn sim­i­lar salaries to univer­sity grad­u­ates with­out be­ing loaded with a HECS debt.

“Vo­ca­tional train­ing path­ways can lead to in­ter­est­ing and well-paid ca­reers and the best part is, there is no HECS debt to pay off when you’re fin­ished and you earn while you learn,” he said.

“The em­ploy­ment prospects for ap­pren­tices and trainees are also very strong, with 85.5 per cent em­ployed six months af­ter grad­u­a­tion.

“There are more than 700 ap­pren­tice­ships and trainee­ships avail­able across a range of in­dus­tries in al­most any field, from busi­ness ser­vices, bak­ery, child­care and hos­pi­tal­ity to the more tra­di­tional con­struc­tion trades like plumb­ing, car­pen­try, telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions and elec­tri­cal work.”

Mr Bent­ley said there was a world of op­por­tu­nity out­side univer­sity and stu­dents should con­sider where the jobs are and what em­ploy­ers are look­ing for when they se­lect a ca­reer path­way.

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