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Career focus: Apprenticeships and Defence

Career focus: Apprenticeships and Defence

Author: Penny Cummins
Author Role: Learning Pathways and Careers Counsellor

Exploring apprenticeship careers

Each year, several College students choose to pursue apprenticeship careers upon graduation. Many across Years 10 and 12 also take up the opportunity to undertake school-based traineeships while completing their formal studies.

An apprenticeship continues to prove a rewarding pathway for many students and can offer excellent job prospects. Media reports continue to stress that Australia is facing a nationwide skills shortage in the face of declining apprentices.

For students interested in investigating this pathway, there are many great resources that can help them choose the right type of apprenticeship and ensure successful completion once securing an apprenticeship.

AusAppPathways is a free app that helps students explore apprenticeship career pathway ideas on their smartphone or tablet. Users can access:

  • General industry options as well as specific apprenticeships and traineeships
  • Links to job hunting and career research sites
  • Contacts for local Apprenticeship Network providers and Group Training Organisations.
  • A ‘Guide to Using AusAppPathways’ can be found on the Australian Apprenticeships Pathways website.

Australian Apprenticeships Pathways is a government funded information service that provides industry information and quizzes on a range of apprenticeship careers. Each industry area has an overview, industry information, employment/wage data, key occupations and career pathways. Some of the industries included are Arts, Culture and Performance, Automotive and Boating and Electrical, Electronics and Utilities.

The site also includes Job Pathways Charts which show the potential training pathways within specific industries which start with an apprenticeship or traineeship. Click here for a full list. 

Diverse defence careers

Students interested in pursuing a career in the Australian Defence Forces are encouraged to investigate the Queensland and National ADF events and information sessions by visiting the Defence Jobs website.

A range of information sessions on various defence careers and ‘gap year’ programs are held in Brisbane throughout the year.

The Defence Force Academy’s two-step application process will be explained during an ADFA’s presentation on 2 April. ADFA delivers qualifications in partnership with the University of NSW, and students interested in enrolling should commence the application process in Year 11. It is not too late for Year 12 students to apply, but applications should be commenced as soon as possible.

Defence. Not sure?

The Department of Defence offers a comprehensive work experience program that provides opportunities for young people in Brisbane to gain exposure to job roles that are available in the Australian Defence Force and the Department of Defence.

To see the variety of  programs from an Air Force Familiarity Program to one providing insights into work at the ADF’s Malaria and Infectious Disease Institute (ADFMIDI), click here.

More careers news

For the latest advice on different career pathways, see the latest fortnightly Options newsletter, which is also published fortnightly on CHAC Careers.