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?
- Don’t keep your intentions a secret. The more people that can help keep an eye out the better your chances.
- Group Training Companies (eg SkillsWest, WSROC GT, Workline)
- Cold canvassing (Door to door/Yellow Pages). Practice your greeting / opening line.
- www.jobsearch.gov.au www.seek.com.au www.mycareer.com.au and more
- Self promotion: Advertise, posters on notice boards or at trade suppliers
- Local and metro newspapers: < 20% jobs found this way, Highly competitive
- Job brokers eg Work Directions, Employment Plus (Salvos), Mission Employment etc (get referral via Centrelink)
- Pre-apprenticeship courses (Phone TAFE or other Training Organisation)
- Work Experience and Work Placement
The Winning Formula, By Dr John Taccori
12 steps that work time and time again
- Good typed resume, covering letter & portfolio
- Include in your resume: experience, personal value statement, skills of competence.
- Research industry & company.
- Dress well and conservatively
- Be on time for the interview (up to half the first time applicants don’t even turn up)
- Don’t bring a friend to the interview
- Have three relevant questions ready for the interviewer
- Good eye contact, firm hand shake
- Show enthusiasm, knowledge of the industry and a willingness to learn
- Take time to answer the questions
- After the interview send a thank-you letter/ card
- Be patient, but do ring after a day or two after you expected to hear from them.