5 STEPS TO THE BEST AP­PREN­TICE­SHIP

Cara Jenkin re­veals how to make the most of a ca­reer in a trade

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Ap­pren­tices need to look at their train­ing as the first chap­ter of a suc­cess­ful ca­reer, Sa­rina Russo Ap­pren­tice­ships chief ex­ec­u­tive Steve Wy­born ex­plains.

He says it is im­por­tant to un­der­stand the long-term ben­e­fits of com­plet­ing an ap­pren­tice­ship as com­pared with the short-term ad­van­tages of a ba­sic job with no ca­reer prospects.

‘‘ An ap­pren­tice­ship is a first-rate ca­reer op­tion and it is a step­ping stone to own­ing your own busi­ness or pro­gress­ing through to se­nior man­age­ment po­si­tions,’’ Wy­born says. ‘‘ Some of to­day’s man­agers at very large in­dus­trial com­pa­nies started off on the tools.’’

1 LEARN AS MUCH AS YOU CAN

On-the-job train­ing pro­vides a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to learn from ex­pe­ri­enced trades­peo­ple. A can-do at­ti­tude is price­less.

2

FIND A MEN­TOR

A men­tor at work will act as a role model for you each day. They will help you to build rap­port with co­work­ers and open a chan­nel with the boss. Look for some­one who shows in­ter­est in help­ing you learn new skills.

3 GO THE EX­TRA MILE

Put in an ex­tra ef­fort. When you go above and be­yond the call of duty, em­ploy­ers no­tice.

If you do the or­di­nary task ex­traor­di­nar­ily well, your em­ployer is more likely to keep you once you fin­ish your ap­pren­tice­ship.

4

GIVE FEED­BACK

Keep your boss in­formed about the train­ing you’re re­ceiv­ing at work and from your train­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Open lines of com­mu­ni­ca­tion will help iden­tify and re­solve prob­lems be­fore they af­fect your work per­for­mance or re­la­tion­ships. Al­ways ask ques­tions to en­sure you un­der­stand your in­struc­tions.

5 EN­HANCE YOUR SKILLS

Look for op­por­tu­ni­ties out­side work to prac­tise the skills you learn on the job. Wy­born says there are more than 600 Aus­tralian Ap­pren­tice­ships qual­i­fi­ca­tions avail­able across all trades and pro­fes­sions. He says com­plet­ing an ap­pren­tice­ship can be re­garded as highly as a univer­sity de­gree.

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