How to get an apprenticeship

Hopefully you have put in a good effort at school and have good teacher's comments on your school reports, but now what?

Where do you find an apprenticeship?

  1. Don’t keep your intentions a secret. The more people that can help keep an eye out the better your chances.
  2. Group Training Companies (eg SkillsWest, WSROC GT, Workline)
  3. Cold canvassing (Door to door/Yellow Pages). Practice your greeting / opening line.
  4. www.jobsearch.gov.au   www.seek.com.au   www.mycareer.com.au  and more
  5. Self promotion: Advertise, posters on notice boards or at trade suppliers
  6. Local and metro newspapers: < 20% jobs found this way, Highly competitive
  7. Job brokers eg Work Directions, Employment Plus (Salvos), Mission Employment etc (get referral via Centrelink)
  8. Pre-apprenticeship courses (Phone TAFE or other Training Organisation)
  9. Work Experience and Work Placement 
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    The Winning Formula, By Dr John Taccori

                12 steps that work time and time again

    1. Good typed resume, covering letter & portfolio
    2. Include in your resume: experience, personal value statement, skills of competence.
    3. Research industry & company.
    4. Dress well and conservatively
    5. Be on time for the interview (up to half the first time applicants don’t even turn up)
    6. Don’t bring a friend to the interview
    7. Have three relevant questions ready for the interviewer
    8. Good eye contact, firm hand shake
    9. Show enthusiasm, knowledge of the industry and a willingness to learn
    10. Take time to answer the questions
    11. After the interview send a thank-you letter/ card
    12. Be patient, but do ring after a day or two after you expected to hear from them. 
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