Studying and learning new skills has an important role to play, but employers also want to see that you have the social, communication and practical skills to succeed in their workplace. So how do you build these skills straight out of school?
An apprenticeship or traineeship can be a great option that lets you learn on the job, study towards a qualification, and start earning straight away. When you think of apprenticeships, you might think it's all about becoming a tradie, but there are a wide range of opportunities, in everything from trades to winemaking, food services, animal health, aviation engineering, mining, retail, healthcare and community services.
In fact, there are over 500 occupations you can consider, so there is sure to be something that suits you.
Many of these occupations are also on the National Skills Needs List, meaning Australia is facing an existing or looming shortage of qualified people in these industries. If you do an apprenticeship to qualify for a job on this list, it means you'll likely have more job opportunities and could even expect higher wages as demand for your skills increase.
With so many career choices, it's important to find the apprenticeship that suits you and matches your interests so you can find a job and a career you enjoy. VERTO's CareerGate, an easy-to-use, free online tool, can help. From questionnaires to match your interests to a study and career path to applying for apprenticeship vacancies in your area, it has all you need to get started.
If you're ready to dive in, get started here. You'll need about 30-45 minutes to complete all the steps. It's also a good idea to have your resume on hand, so you can upload it and start looking for an apprenticeship straightaway.