Another Plan ... An Apprenticeship?

A suggested approach toward securing a starting point in an apprenticeship:

  • Update your Resume (or create it in the Student Secure area)  so that it has a strong focus toward the employment situation you are hoping to secure, i.e., identifying your employable skills that a prospective employer would value; outlining any Work Experience that you have completed in this area; identifying credentials that you have acquired that are relevant to the industry you are applying to enter, such as an OH&S Safety Induction card; Certificate 2 General Construction, etc.
  • Identify employers or companies you would like to work for. Make a list and contact by phone and then in person to discuss the possibility of gaining an apprenticeship with their business. Leave a copy of your resume with each employer.
  • Follow up with each of these employers in another 4 – 6 weeks time and ask if there has been any development in this possibility.
  • Use your family network and friends of your family – let everyone know that you will be finishing school soon and really want an apprenticeship! Do the people in this network know any employers that are looking for potential employees?
  • If you haven’t already completed your OH&S Safety Induction for the Construction Industry, organize to do this at Kingscliff TAFE Ph: 6674 7200 or through Skills on Safety in Tweed Heads. This is a Work Cover requirement for anyone going onto a building site, e.g., carpenter, electrician, cabinet maker, landscape gardener, plumber, etc. This credential is relevant to both NSW and QLD.
  • At the same time that you are doing this you should also have chosen a Group Training Organisation such as Verto, On Q, Northern Rivers GT, Tursa, etc. Oraganise an interview time and register as a seeker of traineeships and apprenticeships. Follow up with this organisation on a fortnightly basis. Let them know that you are keen.
  • Consider applying for other courses at either North Coast TAFE or Gold Coast TAFE as a Plan C or D.
  • Approach employers that have businesses in associated fields such as suppliers of building materials, Bunnings Hardware, Tile shops or a builder’s labourer. Working in an associated area rather than just hanging about waiting for something to happen will demonstrate your interest and work ethic!
  • Your Plan A -  Apprenticeship may not come together straight away; having a determined attitude and showing your willingness to work and persevere whilst you work toward this ultimate achievement is what is important. How committed are you to this ultimate achievement??
  • Offer yourself to do work experience as a trial for the employer - if you want to do this and an employer is keen, speak to Ms Matsuto about the paperwork you need.
  • Start before you complete school. Get in before the crowd.
  • Go to the Post School Options on the Kingscliff High SchoolCareers Website and look at the Apprenticeship drop down tab.
  • Go to the Students drop down tab on the Kingscliff High Careers Page. Look at the job vacancies and use the instructions to apply.