If an office job "isn't you" and you like to work with your hands then an apprenticeship or traineeship may be the right fit.
Apprenticeships and traineeships combine training with working in a real job, for a real boss and with a real wage. Apprentices and trainees are contracted to an employer for the time it takes to gain skills in a trade or vocational area. This timeframe usually ranges from one to four years.
An apprentice or trainee:
The long term benefits that apprentices and trainees contribute to businesses include:
School-based apprenticeships and traineeships allow high school students, usually in Years 11 and 12, to work with an employer as paid employees whilst studying for their Senior Certificate.
The Queensland Apprenticeship Pledge is a new initiative that aims to drive the creation of additional apprenticeship opportunities. In return eligible employers who sign up to the program will be paid an incentive of up to $6000 for each additional apprentice they take on above their benchmark.
For more information or to make a pledge to employ additional apprentices please visit www.training.qld.gov.au/pledge
For an overview of the apprenticeship and traineeship system, the funding and incentives available, benefits, where to start, dealing with problems, and the completion and cancellation process please visit the Department of Education, Training and Employment (DETE) website and the Apprenticeships Info website