This could be your big chance to blitz an apprenticeship interview.
- Skilled migration has stopped,
- Apprenticeship subsidies are high,
- Building grants are generous, causing a building boom
- Employers are looking for enthusiastic people to take up their jobs.
Therefore, your chances of winning a job are high.
Make sure you don’t miss this window by blowing your interview.
Do you shake hands now?
WA has so little spread of COVID that you can shake hands if you get to the interview stage. However, carry hand sanitizer and use it straight after the interview. Also, make sure you don’t have a pathetic handshake! A wimpy handshake is pathetic but a bone crusher is weird.
Have a firm handshake. Apart from having a decent handshake look at the person, say “Hi. Good to meet you” and smile.
Give the employer the right gut feeling
It gives tips on how to give your potential employers a good gut feeling.
If you have a good written application the employer will start off with the feeling that you are going to be good. School leavers can get tips on how to write a good resume and cover letter HERE at Youth Central.
Dress like the employer
Neat casual will probably suit most apprenticeships. Don’t wear a suit. Your employer won’t be wearing a suit.
Finding an apprenticeship
- An apprenticeship is a job. You can find apprenticeships through family and friends, on sites like Seek.com.au, through a career advisor, a Jobs and Skills Centre or via a pre-apprenticeship.
- Check the Australian Apprenticeship and Traineeship Pathways site.
- Getting a job as a trades assistant can help you to get a foot in the door.
Making a good impression
- Employers like applicants who have done volunteer or part time work as it showed their enthusiasm and meant they would have some work ready skills.
- Work experience in the field looks good on a resume.
- Good school results, particularly in metals, maths and engineering are indicators that you might be a good apprentice in a building trade. Taking a folio of photos of projects you have worked on is a good idea.
Get your driver’s license
- A driver’s license is important for most apprenticeships. Start working towards your driver’s license as soon as you turn 16.
At the end of the interview say you really want this apprenticeship.
(Know what to say if they ask why!)
Women in Trades
Only 1-3% of tradespeople are women. Opportunities to earn the big money during mining and building booms are largely given to men while women are directed into low paid caring jobs in the aged, child and disability sectors.
Women and girls interested in trades may find the Programmed National Energy Technician Training Scheme worth applying through. In 2019 they had 38% females in their trades program.
Here are some companies that are looking for apprentices.
Check the Jobs and Skills Centre Job Board.
Check out this story from the ABC to get some background to supporting women in trades.
Australian Apprenticeship Pathways has a range of information on how to get an apprenticeship.
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