Want a 91% chance of getting a job? Start with a trade apprenticeship

Want a 91% chance of getting a job? Start with a trade apprenticeship

Taking on a trade apprenticeship through VET is a great career and lifestyle move. Just ask Wollongong-based carpenter Owen Isedale, who got his start with a school-based apprenticeship and would “100 per cent recommend it”.

“I was sort of interested in leaving school at that point, but I also wanted to get my HSC,” says the now 20-year-old. “The flexibility of going to work two days – and knowing I would leave school and start an apprenticeship – made the HSC easier.”

With so much valuable experience already under his belt, Owen completed his Certificate III in Carpentry a year early and is now studying a Certificate IV in Building and Construction, with the aim to one day run his own business and specialise in extensions and renovations.

His favourite thing about his apprenticeship was the variety of work each day. “There was always something to learn,” he says.


Trade apprenticeships offer:

  • great employment outcomes, with 91.2% of graduates in a trade occupation course employed after training
  • no HECS debt
  • an impressive salary, with many apprentices taking home more than $120,000 over the four years of their training.

According to research, apprentices also feel happier and have a higher sense of self-esteem and general wellbeing than young people in other post-school pathways. Plus 91% of VET graduates would recommend their training to others.


What’s a trade apprenticeship?

A trade is an occupation that requires specialised skills you can only learn on the job – like carpentry, plumbing or bricklaying.

A trade apprenticeship is a training contract between a student, an employer and a VET provider. Most take 3-4 years and combine on-the-job training with classroom study to deliver you the skills and experience employers need.


Fee-free training

There’s never been a better time to do a trade. Skilled workers are in-demand across NSW and the NSW Government is offering 100,000 fee-free apprenticeships, meaning no upfront costs for training.


Open doors to opportunity

VET opens doors to opportunities to a range of well-paid jobs across the construction and infrastructure industry. Start with these 10 VET trade apprenticeships, or browse our course finder for more.

VET Review: Thoughts from the expert reviewer

VET Review: Thoughts from the expert reviewer

The lead of the Independent Review into Australia’s vocational education and training (VET) sector has revealed some of his findings to date.

The Australian Government announced the Review in November last year and appointed former New Zealand skills minister Steven Joyce to lead it.

Speaking to The Australian, Mr Joyce said one of the key recommendations of his review will be to address what he sees as a bias against vocational education in favour of universities.

Mr Joyce said he was surprised by the lack of information on VET pathways being provided to school leavers.

Read the full story on The Australian’s website.

In another interview with The Australian Financial Review, Mr Joyce has of his findings so far, confusion over funding was one of the most significant.

Read the full story on The Australian Financial Review’s website.

Mr Joyce spent January meeting with stakeholders and will continue his consultations in February. He will report to the Government in March.