As parents, we all want what’s best for our kids – especially when it comes to finding a rewarding and fulfilling career.
Once your child has identified the type of job they wish to pursue, the next step is to find the right career path to get them where they want to go. Often, university is the first thing that comes to mind, but it’s important to recognise that there are other options that could be a better fit.
In general, it comes down to learning in the classroom (e.g. university) or on the job (e.g. apprenticeship or traineeship). For those who prefer to learn through practical experience, four years in the classroom may be a struggle. For them, gaining skills and a qualification through real-life work experience can be ideal.
So if you’re supporting your child in finding the right pathway to kickstart their career, read on to learn 4 reasons a traineeship is a great option for your child.
1. Qualification + work experience = win-win
With a traineeship, your child gets to earn a nationally recognised qualification while gaining valuable work experience – a definite win-win. Traineeships are competency-based and include a mixture of theory and practical learnings. They are delivered predominantly on the job, under a contract of training arrangement and are generally completed within 1–2 years.
Trainees are provided with a solid
foundation in their career of choice, which allows them to grow and develop in
their role. On top of this, they also have the opportunity to transfer their
knowledge to practical experience, cementing their learnings in the process.
This builds confidence in their abilities and provides the ideal platform to
launch a successful career.
2. Joining the real world
Trainees are essentially starting a full-time job, which means adapting to a normal working routine. Your child will be applying the concepts they learn in their studies in the workplace as they go, instead of focusing on theory as many university courses do.
As a trainee they will also work with colleagues of different ages and experiences. This creates space for being mentored and asking questions, while still being treated like an adult, and as an equal.
3. High chance of securing a ready-made job
Many university graduates find it hard to secure a job once their study is complete as they lack the relevant work experience that can help them stand out from the pack. On the other hand, when a trainee gains their qualification, they also have a year or more work experience under their belt – and often a ready-made job to walk into, usually with a significant pay rise.
While completing their qualification,
trainees have the chance to work closely with their employer, building
relationships and proving their competency, commitment and suitability for the
role. This means that in many cases, the trainee is offered a permanent,
full-time position once their training is complete – without the need to deal
with the stress associated with job hunting.
4. Less financial stress and zero debt
While university offers graduates the chance to earn a degree that could potentially set them up for a highly paid and successful career, it does come at a cost. Not only is there the likelihood of a large HECS debt on completion, there is also the prospect of juggling a part-time job for four years to make ends meet.
On the other hand, there is usually minimal cost for trainees completing a traineeship, as it is covered by employers, and trainees are paid a wage as they learn. This takes the pressure off financially, as trainees get paid a regular wage for their time (which will increase once they are qualified) and will not have a HECS debt to repay once their training is complete.
It may also take some financial pressure off you, as your child will be better able to support themselves, helping them on the path to financial independence.
Better informed = better choices
For young people looking to launch a career, deciding which pathway is the right fit can be challenging. By helping your child understand the available options, and the pros and cons of each, you set them up with the information they need to make the right call.
While university can lead to great things, it’s not always the best choice. For some, a hands-on learning approach is more beneficial. And learning on the job via a traineeship can lead to great things too!