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a maze of information, but fortunately
there are many online resources to
help. The government website Youth
au, has lots of advice on how to get
started, as does My Future (www.
myfuture.edu.au) which allows
you to explore, plan and tailor
your career wish-list according
to your passions, abilities and
The next step is to visit the
gov.au) or call Skilling
Australia on 13 3873.
You can also register
with a group training
which will help find
an apprenticeship for you; www.
grouptraining.com.au or call 1800 819 747.
GTOs employ more than 40,000 apprentices
and trainees across Australia and have access
to one of the largest networks of employers.
Whether you go through a GTO or try to
find a job yourself, telling employers what
you're worth in government bonuses can help
convince them to take you on. But Rosalie
Staggard, executive manager of marketing and
customer service at Box Hill TAFE, admits
that all the government incentives in the
world can't guarantee that employers will pick
up apprentices if they are twitchy about the
"It does depend on consumer confidence,"
she says. "What happened last year is that they
on the apprenticeships,
and this has a pipeline effect."
Staggard says these days those interested
in apprenticeships should really look at a pre-
apprenticeship program. "They are anywhere
from eight weeks to 16 weeks. They give you
an introduction into that trade to see whether
that's what you want to do," she says. "Many
employers now won't employ you without a
pre-apprenticeship." A pre-apprenticeship also
means that you can "hit the ground running".
Pre-apprenticeships can take the form of
Australian school-based apprenticeships and
can be started while you complete year 11
decided in year
11 that she wanted
to be a hairdresser.
"I liked the feel of
hair and what you
can do with it," she
offered the Victorian
Certificate of Applied
Learning (VCAL), which
allows students to do
an apprenticeship or
traineeship while still at
school. "We did one day a
week and then on holidays it
was three days a week at the
Academy of Hairdressing in
the city," Naomi says.
Unfortunately, funding cuts
meant that Naomi could not
complete her training. "I got eight
months of certificate III and then
I stopped." So she quit school and worked at
odd jobs while looking for an apprenticeship,
but found it hard to compete with other girls
who had completed VCAL and were coming
straight from school.
"I went to Perth, then I moved back, but
a lot of the odd jobs that I was doing weren't
what I wanted. Hairdressing was what I
Naomi signed up with an agency, Westgate
Community Initiatives Group, which offered
introductions and helped organise a pre-
apprenticeship through Victoria University,
enabling her to complete Certificate II
("because I really wanted at least a certificate,
but I wanted to start at the beginning as I
hadn't done hair dressing for a couple of
The agency also helped her find an
apprenticeship. But competition was stiff
and Naomi estimates that she did "trials" at
around 15 salons for more than six months
before landing an apprenticeship with Visage
Naomi feels she made the right decision.
"Because I did the pre-apprenticeship, I'm
■ Australian Apprenticeship Centre
All the information you need to pursue an apprenticeship in any field.
■ My Future
Is an apprenticeship right for you? This site helps you develop a career
wish-list and plan the best path to achieving it.
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