For­get long de­grees, a new way of work­ing and learn­ing is about to take off, writes Lau­ren Ah­wan

The Courier-Mail - Career One - - Learning -

AUS­TRALIA’S in­take of higher level ap­pren­tice­ships will more than dou­ble next year, pro­vid­ing an al­ter­na­tive path­way to jobs pre­vi­ously only for univer­sity grad­u­ates.

The qual­i­fi­ca­tions avail­able through higher ap­pren­tice­ships will ex­tend to bach­e­lor de­grees by 2020, with pre­dic­tions that a univer­sity ed­u­ca­tion will soon be con­sid­ered sec­ond rate.

Price­wa­ter­house­Coop­ers na­tional skills leader Sara Ca­plan says com­bin­ing earn­ing and learn­ing, in which work­ers de­velop new on-the-job skills, is a style suited to the fu­ture.

“We are go­ing to see less de­sire for young peo­ple to want to spend the next four years study­ing, and then think­ing about which job they’re go­ing to do ... and see a move to­wards work-based, short qual­i­fi­ca­tions that peo­ple can do,’’ she says.

In a na­tional pilot to en­cour­age those with­out a univer­sity ed­u­ca­tion to take up ca­reers in the pro­fes­sional, busi­ness, IT and fi­nan­cial ser­vices sec­tors, more than 160 peo­ple this year started an ap­pren­tice­ship to gain a diploma, ad­vanced diploma or as­so­ciate diploma qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

Ca­plan says 94 per cent of higher ap­pren­tices suc­cess­fully com­plete their train­ing – com­pared with twothirds of univer­sity stu­dents who com­plete their de­grees within six years and about half of tra­di­tional ap­pren­tices and trainees who fin­ish their train­ing.

Now the pilot has fin­ished, Ca­plan says states and ter­ri­to­ries will take re­spon­si­bil­ity for the con­tin­u­a­tion of higher ap­pren­tice­ships. She says it will cre­ate fur­ther op­por­tu­ni­ties and talks have also fo­cused on in­creas­ing the range of pro­fes­sions on of­fer.

TAFE Gold Coast part­nered with PwC and Gold Coast Health to of­fer higher ap­pren­tice­ships.

Gold Coast Health act­ing fa­cil­ity man­ager Julie El­liott gained a Diploma of Lead­er­ship and Man­age­ment through a higher ap­pren­tice­ship.

She says tai­lor­ing the train­ing to her spe­cific work­place re­quire­ments helped im­prove her lead­er­ship skills.

“I am cur­rently act­ing in a se­nior role and this pro­gram gave me the con­fi­dence to make that hap­pen,’’ El­liott says. “The train­ing was also a great net­work­ing op­por­tu­nity, ex­pos­ing us to other busi­ness units and we gained a greater ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the busi­ness and each other’s roles.’’

HEALTHY OUTLOOK: Gold Coast Health act­ing fa­cil­ity man­ager Julie El­liott says tai­lored train­ing helped her lead­er­ship skills.

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