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    G ahadYour guide to apprenticeships and traineeships

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    Conns1 Appreniceships/raineeships: a grea way o sar your career

    2 Earning money learning skills

    5 Geting an appreniceship/raineeship8 Be prepared

    8 Do some research

    9 Creae a personal porolio

    12 Prepare your resume

    18 Applicaions and covering leters

    22 Find an employer

    29 Saring your appreniceship/raineeship

    32 Conacs

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    Conens

    Appreniceships/raineeships:

    a grea way o sar your careerAppreniceships/raineeships are a grea

    way o sar a career. They combine pracical

    experience a work wih srucured raining. As

    an apprenice/rainee, you ener ino a ormal

    raining conrac wih an employer ha leads o

    a naionally recognised qualicaion.

    I youre ineresed in radiional echnical

    rades like bricklaying or cabine making, hen

    is likely you would consider an appreniceship.

    Traineeships are usually in non-rade areas such

    as business, hospialiy, process manuacuring

    and healh.

    You spend mos o he ime in paid employmen,

    learning pracical skills on he job and puting

    hem ino pracice. The res o he ime is

    spen in srucured raining a TAFE, anoher

    regisered raining organisaion or in he

    workplace. The raining requiremens are par o

    your raining plan which is negoiaed beweenyour employer, you and your regisered raining

    organisaion.

    Appreniceships/raineeships are compeency

    based. This means you can complee your

    raining earlier i you can show you have reached

    he skill levels required or your indusry.

    Appreniceships/raineeships are open o men

    and women o all ages. Mos can be underaken

    on a ull-ime or par-ime basis and many can

    be sared a school.

    All kinds o people, including people wih

    disabiliies and rom diering culural

    backgrounds, can nd an appreniceship/

    raineeship o sui hem.

    Wesern Ausralia makes a disincion beween

    apprenices and rainees. However in he

    AusralianAppreniceships

    sysem, all

    rainees/

    apprenices

    are reerred o

    as Ausralian

    Apprenices.

    Why do an apprenticeship/

    traineeship?

    Yougetpaidwhileyoulearn

    Yougetnationallyrecognised

    qualications

    Youcanstartyourtraining

    atschool.When qualifed you can look

    orward to:

    higherpay

    greatjobprospects

    qualicationsandskillsfor

    furthereducationandtraining.

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    EarningmoneylearningskillsAs an apprenice/rainee, youll earn

    money and learn new skills ha can open up

    an exciing career.

    You ener ino a raining conrac wih anemployer or he ime normally required

    o complee he qualicaion (his is called

    he nominal duraion). You generally work

    ull-ime or an employer and rain a he same

    ime (his can be on or o he job). Par-ime

    appreniceships/raineeships are available

    in mos indusries.

    Salaryandtaxbenets/rebatesApprenices/rainees are paid raining

    wages or he ime hey spend a work and

    in raining. Wages vary according o he

    indusry, your age and he sage o he

    appreniceship/raineeship. Is bes o check

    or deails abou your paricular appreniceship/raineeship. Your employer can ell you i you

    are covered by he Sae or Ausralian indusrial

    relaions sysem.

    EarnmoneyandlearnspecialistskillsAs a rough guide, minimum apprenice

    wages vary rom $260 o $342 a week in rsyear, $342 o $466 in second year and rom

    $466 o $547 in hird year. Adul raes can also

    apply and are generally a second year level.

    Minimum rainee wages or ull-ime rainees

    or a Year 12 school leaver are around $250 a

    week in he rs year.

    Whas more, some employers choose o payabove he sipulaed minimum wage o ensure

    hey atrac he bes candidaes.

    Findoutmore:

    T: Wageline 1300 655 266 (or WA awards)

    T: Fair Work Ausralia 13 13 94

    (or Ausralian Governmen awards)

    W: wa.gov.au

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    Incentivesandallowances Incentivesareavailabletohelpreducethe

    cos o raining such as he cos o ools

    or some rades and wage op-ups in some

    circumsances. I you have o move away rom

    home you may be eligible or a living away

    rom home allowance.

    Findoutmore:

    T: Ausralian Appreniceships Cenre 13 38 73

    (or inormaion on he ull range oincenives and allowances)

    W: ausralianappreniceships.gov.au

    Ifyouneedtotraveltoaendyourregistered

    raining organisaion you may be eligible or

    ravel and accommodaion allowances.

    Findoutmore:

    T: AppreniCenre 13 19 54

    (or inormaion and orms)

    W: apprenicenre.wa.gov.au

    WorkingconditionsWorking condiions vary according o he

    appreniceship/raineeship you are underaking.

    Costsinvolved(tuition/materials)

    Costsoftrainingvarydependingonwhichappreniceship/raineeship you underake,

    he regisered raining organisaion you

    atend and he ools you need o buy.

    Trainingintheworkplaceistheresponsibility

    o he employer.

    IfyouarepaidundertheStateAward,youare

    responsible or he paymen o regisered

    raining organisaion ees. IfyouarepaidundertheFederalAward,

    conac Fair Work Ausralia on 13 13 94 or

    inormaion on paymen o raining ees.

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    EarningmoneylearningskillsSkillsrequiredEach appreniceship/raineeship requires

    dieren skills and atribues. For deails on

    specic indusry and rade requiremens seehe lis o appreniceships/raineeships a

    apprenicenre.wa.gov.au.

    Youareexpectedto:

    applyyourselftoallaspectsofyourtraining

    and make every eor o develop he skills o

    gain your qualicaion.

    beawareofandmakeacommitmenttofullyour work responsibiliies including aking

    care o workplace propery and respecing he

    righs o oher employees in he workplace

    completerequiredtrainingbothatworkand

    a your regisered raining organisaion.

    Youremployerisexpectedto:

    supportyourtrainingbyprovidingdaytodayraining and supervision o give you every

    opporuniy o complee your appreniceship/

    raineeship.

    provideyouwithtimeoworktocomplete

    he relevan o he job raining i required

    (ormal raining and assessmen).

    Whetherundertakenonorothejob,mustbe

    in paid working ime.

    provideasafeworkingenvironmentandmeet

    all legal obligaions.

    YOU CAN EARN

    MONEY AND LEARN

    SPECIALIST SKILLS.

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    Geting an

    appreniceship/raineeshipIfyouhaveleschoolWih more han 80 appreniceships and 400

    raineeships on oer, nding he righ one can

    seem quie a challenge.The rs sep is o do your research and

    decide wha indusry/rade you are ineresed

    in. For he ull lis o appreniceships/

    raineeships in Wesern Ausralia go o

    apprenicenre.wa.gov.au.

    Once you have decided on he appreniceship/

    raineeship youd like o do, you need o nd anemployer. There is more inormaion laer in his

    guide abou nding an employer.

    When youve ound a posiion as an apprenice/

    rainee your employer conacs an Ausralian

    Appreniceships Cenre (T: 13 38 73) o organise

    your raining conrac.

    Pre-appreniceshipsPre-appreniceship courses ake abou six

    monhs and he skills you gain may shoren

    he erm o a subsequen appreniceship.

    The courses oen lead o oers o employmen

    rom employers who are increasingly working

    wih Sae Training Providers and oher

    regisered raining organisaions o ndsuiable apprenices. Pre-appreniceships are

    also available o School Appreniceship Link

    Year 11 and 12 sudens.

    IfyouhaveindustryexperienceI you have exensive indusry experience, i will

    ake less ime o complee your appreniceship/

    raineeship.A regisered raining organisaion conducs

    an assessmen o decide wha ormal

    raining is required or you o complee your

    appreniceship/raineeship.

    People already employed by a business

    are able o ener ino an appreniceship/

    raineeship. The employer applies oAppreniCenre or approval.

    How do I fnd an

    apprenticeship/traineeship?

    Doyourresearchand

    ndanindustry/tradeyou wan o go in o

    Findanemployer.

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    Geting an

    appreniceship/raineeshipIfyouarestillatschoolI you are in Year 11 or 12 you can do a School

    Appreniceship Link program or a school based

    appreniceship/raineeship. Boh opions willgive you a raining qualicaion and he Wesern

    Ausralian Cericae o Educaion.

    Ask a eacher a your school o pu you in

    conac wih your schools VET coordinaor who

    can help you selec he bes raining opion.

    I you ge an appreniceship/raineeship you can

    apply o your school o leave beore reachinghe school leaving age.

    SchoolApprenticeshipLink

    There are wo School Appreniceship Link

    opions in various rades: a amily o rades

    program which is ideal i you hink you know

    he indusry youd like o work in bu are no

    sure which job; and a rade specic pre-appreniceship i you are sure o he rade you

    would like o work in.

    The amily o rades School Appreni