The opportunity for a school-based pre-apprentice (or ‘pre-app’) to be able to use their time in years 11 and 12 to begin their electrotechnology journey, has proven to be of great value to industry – and the student.
Mandatory work experience, conducted under the requirements of a training licence adds a level of integrity to the training. Whereas the institutional delivery of Certificate II qualifications is suitable for the business or nontrade pathways, without mandatory work experience, a number of negatives present themselves. We take a look at some areas where a genuine pre-apprenticeship is of major benefit to an apprentice’s pathway.
Safety in our industry is of the highest importance, and mandatory training licences required for work experience ensure that the pre-apprentice is aware of the dangers before they venture into the workplace.
Building and Energy’s apprentice safety assessment guidelines test and report
regime requires the pre-apprentice to complete a safety assessment before they can be issued their training licence. The assessment includes ‘supervision’ and ‘not working live’ elements. This assessment must be completed under the invigilation of a fully licensed electrician.
Potential employers considering an apprentice are now relying on the pre-apprenticeship pathway as an introduction to job-ready apprentices. Reason being, they have been exposed to the realities of tradie life. The school environment, with relatively late starts, long breaks and early finishes, isn’t a practical preparation for the life of an electrician.
The pre-apprenticeship is like a month-long interview, with the student having to front up to site on time, in PPE and with a ‘can do’ attitude. Additionally, the pre-apprentice now has to be self-motivated – always at job-ready quality. The trade teacher isn’t going to push the student the way their high school teacher would. The learning habits from school change and lifelong learning habits need to be developed, especially if the pre-app gains an apprenticeship. It might be all exciting on day one, but their attitude by day twenty (especially as they aren’t getting paid), is the real test of their metal.
School isn’t the same as Trade College, as the learning shifts from curriculum to competency-based.
The pre-apprenticeship allows the future sparkie to get their hands on the gear, to strip and terminate cables, solder components and learn how to use a drill correctly. With safety training intrinsic to each unit undertaken, the pre-app is developing skills and valuable knowledge that transfer into the apprenticeship.
In summary, the pre-apprenticeship
is now the prominent pathway into the Cert III Electrotechnology
Electrician qualification. Knowing the difference between a Cert II and a Cert II Pre-Apprentice, can be all the difference between employing a ‘job-ready’ apprentice or not.
If you’re a student looking to kick-start a career as an electrician, learn more about becoming an electrician here
If you’re an electrician looking to employ a ‘job-ready’ apprentice, visit our partner organisation Electrical Group Training for more information about employing an apprentice