Hot Tips For Jobseekers

How to look for an apprenticeship or traineeship

Compiled by Joy Guy, AACC Member, Career Information Centre Newcastle

Apprenticeships and traineeships (now known collectively as Australian Apprenticeships), combine practical work with structured training to give you a nationally recognised qualification and experience needed to get the job you want. Australian Apprenticeships are now available in over 500 occupations in an increasing range of industries.
The methods used to seek an Australian Apprenticeship may not differ greatly from strategies used to seek any kind of employment. However, there may be one or two extra things that you could try to give yourself an edge when it comes to your job search.

1. Be focused on the type of apprenticeship or traineeship you are seeking

There are literally hundreds of apprenticeships and traineeships from which to choose. Check out the details on JobSearch or Australian Apprenticeships . You'll find lists of apprenticeship and traineeship titles and lots of other useful information.

2. Get your documentation in order

Make sure your resume is up-to-date, professionally presented and geared towards the type of Australian Apprenticeship you wish to obtain. Compile a targeted covering letter to go with your resume. This could be either in response to an advertised vacancy, or a canvassing (enquiry) letter. Assemble your resume, references and supporting documentation in a presentation folder.

3. Consider the strategies for your job search

Register with TORGAS, a Group Training Company. Group Training Companies often act as recruitment agencies for employers seeking to employ an Australian Apprentice. Contacts for Group training Companies can be found on the Group Training Australia website. 

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