Going to uni? Get a head start with VET

Going to uni? Get a head start with VET

Going to uni is an exciting time – it’s the start of a whole new life. There are plenty of friends to meet and great subjects that will help you set out on your career.

But a uni degree doesn’t guarantee you a job. In fact, research shows that the average time it now takes a young person to transition from education to full-time work is almost 5 years.

That same research also revealed that building skills like problem-solving, communication and teamwork while you study, can fast-track getting a job by 17 months. Having relevant paid employment on your CV can speed it up by 12 months.

A VET traineeship gives you all these and more – it opens doors to opportunities in a wide range of industries including infrastructure and construction, healthcare, education and the creative industries.

If you’re thinking of taking a gap year, a traineeship is a great option.

What’s a traineeship?

It’s a bit like an apprenticeship, where you work a few days and study one day, learning the skills you need to get ahead.

Traineeships are available in a range of industries, including law, accounting, marketing, business administration, engineering, nursing, project management, advertising and media, and more.

The skills and experience you get – not to mention the nationally recognised qualification – will give your CV a boost and could even count as points towards your degree.

In return, you’ll get paid a wage and have the chance to make connections that could help you land a job after you graduate.

What’s it cost?

Under the NSW Government’s Smart and Skilled program, traineeship fees won’t be more than $1,000 – and that’s for the whole course, not just the semester, so it’s great value.

Find out if you’re eligible here.

How do I start?

First you’ll need to find yourself a traineeship, or someone who’s prepared to offer you a job as a trainee. Start by searching vacancies on job seeker websites or on Skillsroad or iworkforNSW, which is the NSW Government employment site. Filter your search using the term ‘trainee’.

You can also find a traineeship through a Group Training Organisation.  They’re a bit like a recruitment agency, and will help you with your training while you work for a ‘host’ employer.  Find out more here.

When you’ve secured a traineeship, you can then enrol in a traineeship course – browsing all 520 available traineeship courses on Smart and Skilled.

For more information, visit Training Services NSW’s traineeships information page.