After leaving school, the thought of breaking into your chosen industry can be a bit daunting. The electrical sector is no different, but those looking for their start have one big advantage – being able to complete an electrical apprenticeship. Not only will an apprenticeship provide you with all of the skills that you need to get started in the industry, you’ll also come out of the process with an A Grade electrician’s licence and the essential on-site experience critical to forging a career.
Here are just five of the great benefits to completing an apprenticeship.
When you take on an apprenticeship through NECA Education & Careers, you’ll be employed directly by us.
1. The opportunity to earn while you learn
Arguably the biggest reason to undertake an apprenticeship is the opportunity that it provides to ‘learn and earn’. Not only will you be learning everything that you need to know before setting out on your own career, you’ll also be getting paid for the privilege. When you take on an apprenticeship through NECA Education & Careers, you’ll be employed directly by us and then placed within an electrical business for on-the-job learning as well as additional training with a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). It’s a win all round, kick-starting your career and getting you working as quickly as possible.
Training with an RTO is essential to becoming an electrician, but the real benefit of an apprenticeship is that you’ll get to work on real job sites with experienced contractors who have seen it all and done it all. A good grounding in theory is a great starting point, but it’s only by really into the work itself that you’ll be able to build up a firm understanding of what’s required to be a successful electrician.
The classroom is a great place to learn, but only working with established contractors will give you the experience you need to progress in the industry. Being able to describe the projects that you’ve worked on can have an enormous impact when looking for a job further down the track, proving to potential employers that you don’t just talk the talk, but can walk the walk as well.
A nationally recognised qualification will allow you to work as an electrician anywhere in Australia.
4. A nationally recognised qualification
Most school leavers start their apprenticeship without any experience or training, but by the time the process has finished, you’ll have both of these in spades, plus a nationally recognised qualification that will allow you to work as an electrician anywhere in Australia. Along with everything else gained during the process, this qualification provides the very best chance of quickly finding the perfect job after the apprenticeship has ended.
5. Ongoing support
Here at NECA Education & Careers, we believe in more than just connecting an apprentice with a contractor. Instead, we provide comprehensive ongoing support, including regular workplace visits to ensure your training is progressing well and you’ve got all the support you need. You’ll also be connected with an experienced industry careers consultant, who provides support in a range of different ways. This could be discussing a career move two or three years after completing your apprenticeship, or simply having a general chat about your life goals. Regardless of the support you need, they’ll be there to lend a helping hand.
To find out more about the benefits of completing an electrical apprenticeship with NECA Education & Careers, get in touch with us today.