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When is the Best Time to Apply for an Apprenticeship?

It’s common to want to wait for the ‘perfect moment’ to do something. Whether it’s training for a marathon, asking that special someone on a date, or chasing our dreams.

But as Mark Twain once mused, ‘the secret of getting ahead is getting started’!

There is no ‘best’ time to apply for an apprenticeship, but the more you know now, the more you’ll be prepared when you pursue one. Programmed joins us to share their insights so you can explore all the possibilities these fantastic programs offer.

One of These Apprenticeships is (Kinda) Like the Other

There are two types of apprenticeships in Australia:

  1. School-Based Apprenticeships: A school-based apprenticeship requires guardian, school and employer approval to work part-time while you continue your school studies. Whether you’re paid depends on your state or territory requirements—a school-based apprenticeship typically takes one to four years.
  2. Traditional Apprenticeships: Generally, these are for candidates aged 18 years and older. They are the most common form of these programs and involve completing a Certificate II, III, IV, VET Diploma or VET Advanced Diploma. There are no upfront costs; the government and your employer cover your studies, AND you get paid while you work!

The benefit of these apprenticeships is it’s never too early to see what’s out there and what you might like to apply for.

Take Control of Your Future Career

Apprenticeships can open throughout the year so you won’t be short on options.

While there is no ‘best time’ to apply for an apprenticeship, you can start preparing yourself for one anytime. Our top tips for finding and applying for an apprenticeship are:

  1. Write down your interests and strengths: Do you notice an intersection between your passions and your skills? Or a cluster of similar skill sets that complement one another? Determining your interests and strengths will help you decide which vocations you’ll do well in.
  2. Do your research: Read up on different industries that align with your identified interests and skills. Look beyond just the apprenticeships they offer. What career pathways could the apprenticeship lead to one, five and ten years down the track?
  3. Don’t limit yourself: Apprenticeships are a fantastic opportunity to explore something new and niche. They’re also a chance to expand your career ideas!
  4. Know your rights: Understand what you are entitled to as an apprentice or trainee according to the Fairwork Ombudsman. This way, you’ll have a clear idea of the expected remuneration, roles and responsibilities before starting a program.
  5. Check eligibility for financial support: Government incentives can be paid directly to Apprentices, especially if employed in priority skill jobs. Financial support can vary by state, territory and type – read here to learn more. Make sure you check your eligibility early to help manage your transition into work.
  6. Tailor your application: Making it specific to the company you’re applying for will show you’re interested in the business and invested in your involvement. Discover CV tips here.
  7. Keep on top of deadlines: This includes cut-off dates for enrollment and financial support and being aware of interviews and start dates to ensure the smooth running of the apprenticeship.
  8. Prepare for interviews: Find out what your apprenticeship or traineeship provider is looking for in an apprentice, and be prepared to answer questions about what makes you an ideal fit for the role. Consider your existing skills, those that will add value, and those you’d like to develop to benefit the employer.

There’s No Time Like the Present to Get Aboard the (Apprentice)Ship!

While there is no ‘best time’ to take an apprenticeship, there certainly is no time like the present to start looking into one!

And if you’re keen to make sure a company is a good fit before you go all-in, then the pathways at Programmed will help to set you up for success!

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