5 STEPS TO THE BEST APPRENTICESHIP
Cara Jenkin reveals how to make the most of a career in a trade
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.
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.
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.