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Everything You Need To Know About Undertaking An Apprenticeship

Everything You Need To Know About Undertaking An Apprenticeship

Are you thinking about doing an apprenticeship but don’t feel like you have all the information to make an informed decision? It’s completely understandable to want the full picture before committing to a years-long course of training. Luckily we’ve put together some of the most common questions people ask about apprenticeships and answered them for you!

Frequently Asked Questions 

What Is An Apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a type of vocational training that combines on-the-job experience with formal training at a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), such as the College of Electrical Training (CET). 

You will earn a wage from your employer throughout your training and, upon completion, will earn a nationally recognised license to practise the trade you have studied

How Do I Find An Apprenticeship?

To undertake an apprenticeship, you will need to find a suitable employer. You can do this by searching and applying for jobs online, keeping an eye on local message boards and approaching employers you would like to work for, or asking around to see if friends or family are aware of any opportunities. Undertaking a pre-apprenticeship course is also a great way to build your experience, making you more attractive to potential employers. 

If you are having trouble finding an employer, the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) can assist you in finding a suitable match. They also offer support during the signing of your training contract and are able to assess whether you are eligible to receive Commonwealth Government incentives and Trade Support Loans.

How Long Does An Apprenticeship Take?

Generally speaking,  apprenticeships take four years to complete. This usually involves four days a week of work and one day of formal study each week. This four-year period is called a period of ‘Indenture’. 

Do you have more questions? We’ve got another list of FAQs here

Do I Have To Study At TAFE To Complete An Apprenticeship?

Yes, the completion of formal training with an RTO is considered a crucial part of your apprenticeship.  Your employer is required to pay you for normal working hours on your training days, as well as your days on the job. Different organisations will choose to deliver training in different ways, though most will feature some combination of face-to-face, workbook and online training.

There tends to be some flexibility on how you can take your formal training. For example, at CET you can attend college one day a week throughout your apprenticeship or you can choose block attendance, which involves five days of study per week in two-week blocks, usually four times a year. 

Can I Finish My Apprenticeship Without An Employer?

The answer to this question will depend on your circumstances. If you’ve almost finished your apprenticeship, you may be eligible for an early completion. To determine whether you qualify, you’ll need to contact your ASSN and training provider. 

If you’ve still got a fair way to go to complete your apprenticeship, you’ll need to start looking for a new employer straight away. You can find some tips for this above in ‘How Do I Find An Apprenticeship?’ 

Are you interested in undertaking an apprenticeship with CET? Enrol now

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