Helpful industry tips to start an apprenticeship

At MAS we know there are endless amounts of career pathways and it can be difficult to choose one. So we decided to come up with five simple tips to ensure you choose the right industry for your future.

Trades and service jobs are in high demand and that’s why our tips are specific to those industries. Although, that shouldn’t discourage potential apprentices from consulting these steps in any industry they choose to pursue.

Not sure what career path you might like? Check out MAS Jobs for some inspiration, or register for free tailored career support through our Gateway Services!

Research the industry and entry requirements

Once you decide the pathway that you would like to pursue, the first step is to research the industry.

You can do this by visiting websites such as JobOutlook. Here you will be able to find out what responsibilities those jobs contain and the minimum industry requirements to begin. Another handy tip is to find out how many potential positions there are in the field. After all, its no use having a qualification in a field with limited jobs!

Talk with experts in the field

Once you have surfed the web, it’s also a good idea to consult some experts in the field.

They can easily be found by visiting some workplaces that participate in your desired field. They will be able to provide you with real-life advice that you can’t obtain through an industry textbook. This also gives you an opportunity to network.

Now more than ever, we live in a world of who you know rather than what you know. Having some contacts could help you find an employer and give you a head start.

Research potential employers

Know what you’re up against. Ultimately, you are competing against other apprentices for the same positions.

To give yourself an advantage, get to know some potential employers. As mentioned earlier it’s a good idea to visit the workplace but it also costs nothing to dissect the company website and find out what skills the staff might have. This tip is easier to complete if you have by this point contacted some experts in the trade or service.

Tailor resume for upcoming interviews

Once you have begun your training, ensure to continuously update your resume to reflect your current skills. Noting all the skills you have learned as they are acquired will help you ensure you don’t forget anything crucial.

Having a solid resume will really help you stand out from your competition, at the end of the day if you don’t tell your employer you have certain skills, they won’t know you have them.

For more help on writing a resume, go to Youth Central.

Know your entitlements

FairWork Australia is your best friend when it comes to employment. They set minimum pay rates, entitlements to leave and other working conditions that basically ensure no employee is taken advantage of. You might also find out you’re entitled to fee assistance in covering the cost of your training.

You can find out more about what your rights are at the Fair Work Website.