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THE AGE • MONDAY, APRIL 19, 2010
THESE days, if you're thinking about an
apprenticeship, you need only be limited
by your imagination. Along with traditional
apprenticeships, such as those in the building,
beauty and automotive industries, there are
now up to 500 different occupations offering
Apprenticeships and traineeships are also
available to anyone of any age -- there are
no prerequisites. Traditional apprenticeships
can take three or
four years to complete full-time, but can be
completed part-time over a longer period.
People who want to work in the non-trade
industries, such as retail, hospitality and
business administration do a traineeship,
which takes two years to complete.
Training is provided through a wide range
of private, community and government
institutions, known as registered training
costs vary depending on the
course you choose.
These days, apprenticeships and
traineeships happily break gender
barriers, so don't restrict yourself by
thinking along traditional lines: girls
can be builders
and boys can be hairdressers.
In fact, there's never been a better time
to apply for an apprenticeship as the global
financial crisis and a national skills shortage
have put encouraging apprenticeships and
traineeships at the top of the Australian
government's "to do" list. And it's putting its
money where its mouth is, investing $5 billion
over four years.
This means that there is a wide range of
incentives and bonuses available for both
employers and apprentices and trainees who
are on the National Skills Needs List (www.
Accessing these benefits
personal trainer, fashion
designer hairdresser or
animal technician? There
are many apprenticeship
options now available,
Jane Cafarella reports.
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