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Anything BUT Plumbing

In  2017 I paid $120 to a plumber to replace a washer on the garden tap. (The tap was stuck. I was going to break the pipe. Stay with me on this!!)

It took him less than a minute and that included going to his van and getting the washer. Then he charged me $120!

So plumbers had the expectation of getting paid about the same rate as a surgeon.

Due to the exorbitant rates charged by plumbers during the boom there was a rush of young guys taking on plumbing apprenticeships. Everyone with capacity to train plumbers took on the apprentices and pumped them out. lauging emojiNow there are unemployed qualified plumbers working as trades assistants and doing cash jobs for family and friends.

The Department of Jobs and Small Business published its latest employment stats today and there is no shortage of plumbers for every job.

stats(Sept 2018 Employment Stats)

Employers were able to attract job qualified plumbers with a minimum of four years post-apprenticeship experience.

What Employers Ask For

Most vacancies required applicants with some specialist experience, such as roof plumbing, undertaking drainage works, fit outs or renovations. Employers often sought applicants with additional accreditation in backflow prevention and a gas-fitting licence.

Employers also required applicants to be solutions focused, demonstrate a high standard of workmanship, resourcefulness, the ability to work well with colleagues and engage professionally with clients.

st-francis-1758485_1920Sense of humor and sainthood preferred!!

It was standard for applicants to have a drivers licence and their own transport, a police clearance, a White Card and pass a drug and alcohol test.

Applicants were most often deemed unsuitable due to a lack of overall experience in the trade, or a lack of experience in a sub-specialty or particular environment (e.g. mining sector experience).

Applicants whose resumes were poorly presented (for example, not tailored to the job requirements or that failed to demonstrate good literacy skills) were deemed unsuitable, as were those with uneven work histories and poor references.

Applicants who were unwilling to relocate were deemed unsuitable for regional vacancies.

You can read details of the Report HERE.

You can find building trades career advice at the Building and Construction Training Fund  

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This is how you get an apprenticeship in WA

Bottom line??? Getting an apprenticeship or traineeship IS getting a job… with low pay and lots of training…. which is usually paid for by the employer.

 

Difference between Apprentices and Trainees

When you complete your apprenticeship or traineeship you are qualified to work in your field, at your chosen qualification level.

  • An apprentice is a qualified tradesperson (painter, electrician etc).
  • A trainee is qualified in their chosen field (IT, hospitality, mining, child care etc).

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Step 1 Discover what Apprenticeship/Traineeship you want

  • If you don’t have a career advisor at school go to one of the Jobs and Skills Centres and ask for help to find a career that matches your abilities and what you like. These Centres are West Australia’s first point of call for people wanting career help.
  • You can do some online research at home by exploring some of these Career Tools and Resources. 

Once you know what road you want to take you need to find someone who will give you a chance to get started.

Step 1 Discovery

For a copy of this Coggle Map email Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au

Step 2 Develop Your Resume

If you are a school leaver you may not have much to put into your application. Google helps you to put together a resume HERE. Youth Central is a Victorian Government site that has job application writing advice for school students from Year 10.

Step 2 Resume

For a copy of this Coggle Map email Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au

Step 3 Find a Job

If you haven’t been to a Jobs and Skills Centre yet, go now. They will help you to be confident about your career choice, they will check your resume and they will explain the differences between direct employment and employment by a Group Training Organisation.

The Australian Apprenticeship Support Network has been set up to support apprentices and trainees and employers. Find your closest one and contact it for help.

Go to your Family and Friends

Many jobs aren’t advertised. Let your extended family know you are looking for an apprenticeship or traineeship in … whatever your choose…..and ask them to ask their friends if they know of anything. You may be lucky to find someone you know who will give you a chance.

Check Job Ads

Go online and look for jobs in the field you are interested in. Check out Seek, Jora or Indeed.

Go to a Group Training Organisation

Group Training Organisations employ apprentices and trainees and place them with one or more host employers. You can be rotated around different jobs in one big host organisation like BHP or government or you can be rotated around a number of small employers to help you to get experience across the industry.

You can find a Group Training Organisation near you by checking HERE .

Group Training Organisations have job boards where they advertise apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities.

The Group Training Organisation will:
  • Provide mentor support to job seekers.
  • Select which applicant to employ for each position.
  • Place them with host employers.
  • Pay the wages, any allowances, superannuation, holiday pay etc.
  • Make sure good quality training is happening, both on the job and off the job at TAFE.
  • Care for apprentices/trainees and host employers.
Step 3 Job Hunting

For a copy of this Coggle Map email me at Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au

Step 4 Go for Job Interviews

There is plenty of online help to improve your interview skills.

You can look for the advice on:

Stand on the Shoulders of Giants

Some industries have mentors.  They are usually leaders or experts in their industry who volunteer their time to help new people to succeed in their industry.

Your chances of getting and succeeding in an apprenticeship or traineeship can be vastly increased by getting a mentor.

You can find a list of mentors HERE.

Step 4 Job Interview

For a copy of this Coggle Map email Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au

Summary

The world of apprenticeships and traineeships can be confusing. Finding your way from school through the hoops required to land an apprenticeship or traineeship can be tough.

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Cracking the TAFE Word Code

Plain English is NOT a language people in training use. I worked in training for years and still have trouble understanding what on earth they are on about half the time. Cloud wordsThese are some of the words you will hear when talking about training. I hope the explanations help you to crack the TAFE word code.

Training Words

Word Meaning
Certificate I This is entry level training that gives foundation skills. Anyone who graduates from high school will have qualifications above Cert I
Certificate II Entry level for many vocational occupations. Graduates of Cert II will have a basic understanding of the job.
Certificate III This is getting into the vocation with much more skill. A licensed electrician has a Cert III and it usually takes 4 years to complete the apprenticeship.
Certificate IV This is getting into management roles. A Cert IV holder will have sound skills in a vocational area and have enough knowledge of the industry to start exercising sound judgement and solve problems.
Diploma Diplomas demonstrate high level of specialised vocational knowledge and skills in an industry. Workers may choose to study a Diploma in order to gain management skills for a vocation. The high level of competence of diploma holders is often recognised by universities which award credit for study in a degree program.
Advanced Diploma Graduates at this level will have broad knowledge and be highly skilled for work in a vocation. These are high level vocational skills. The knowledge can usually be transferred to academic qualifications like a bachelor’s degree.
RPL Recognition of Prior Learning. You can apply to have skills you learned in the workplace recognised in order to get a qualification.
RTO Registered Training Organisation. A college that is registered by government to deliver certified training. It could be a TAFE (government) college or a private company.
SPOL State Priority Occupation List. This list shows government where there will be skills shortages and therefore where it should give the greatest subsidies for courses.
TAFE Technical and Further Education – This often gets used to describe training e.g. “I go to TAFE” meaning I am doing a training course. You may also hear the word “tech” used in the same way.

It is also a word to describe a government training organisation. e.g. South Metro TAFE

VET  Vocational Education and Training. This is often used by people in the training industry. Students would probably say they are doing a “TAFE” course rather than doing a “VET” course.
Apprenticeships and Traineeships Apprenticeships tend to be in traditional trades like plumbing and traineeships are in non-trade areas like business.

They both involve:

–        a combination of work and study.

–        finding an employer who is willing for you to go to college 1 day per week or in blocks of study a couple of times a year

–        getting on the job training

–        getting paid a training wage while you get your qualification

Pre Apprenticeship A pre-apprenticeship is a Certificate II program that includes a period of workplace experience coordinated by a training provider. The aim is to provide you with industry specific training, combined with adequate time in a real workplace to gain skills, knowledge and behaviours to enable transition into a full apprenticeship.

 A pre apprenticeship is often a pathway to an apprenticeship as employers call lecturers and ask them to recommend a good student to employ.

TIPS for getting a pre apprenticeship:

When applying for a Pre Apprenticeship you may need to do an interview. Take along photos of your work in a portfolio to impress the interview panel. Dress in the sort of clothes they would wear to work, office clothes for an office job, and smart casual for a building trade.

Sporting and volunteer experience as well as school results and industry experience will help to impress the panel.

 Places in pre apprenticeships are usually limited so you should prepare well for the interview.

Group Training Organisation Group training organisations are employers of apprentices and trainees.

They were started up when there was a shortage apprenticeships and traineeships. Their role was to coordinate a group of small businesses who may have been able to employ an apprentice plumber for example for one day per week.

By hiring an apprentice and coordinating their work across a number of employers the number of people able to gain a qualification increased.

Today apprentices and trainees may be employed by a group training organisation and find themselves employed full time with one employer who prefers to have all of the government papers and qualifications managed by an expert organisation.

Unit A course is made up of a number of units. A unit is a block of skills grouped together within a course.

 For example, there is a Certificate I Business Communications course made up of 6 Units including the Unit Apply basic communication skills.

Competency A competency is a skill you are required to learn. It is made up of an element of competency and performance criteria.

 e.g. Element Identify workplace communication procedures.

 Performance Criteria Identify appropriate lines of communication with supervisors and colleagues

 


2017 Apprenticeships

“I like to think our floor cleaners are amazing.”

Getting an apprenticeship at Hofmann Engineering would be like winning lotto. Care for ALL employees, excellent training and opportunities to work in a world class company are part of the package.

Applications for 2017 Close on 4th November 

Hofmann Engineering is based in Ashfield and employ 600 people around the world. They sell steel machinery to China, supply machinery to the mining industry and do detailed precision work like refining parts for Collins-class submarines and fighter jets.

Hofmann apprentices are required to undertake a Diploma in Engineering as part of their apprenticeship.

FREE: I am happy to read your application before you send it in. 

For More Information contact: Hofmann Engineering Ph: 08 92795522 Email.hofmann@hofmannengineering.com  or see www.hofmannengineering.com

Early registration of interest and questions are welcome.

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