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Apprenticeships and traineeships are a good option for school leavers

23-Dec-2013

As Christmas grows closer and 2013 draws to an end, across the country young Australian school leavers will be contemplating their futures and determining the next step towards achieving their dream career.

Unfortunately, the Australian employment market for young people is still somewhat limited. According to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), youth unemployment in Australia was 11.7 per cent in 2012. That means one out of every 10 Australians in the workforce aged between 18 and 24 was out of work at the time that data was compiled. Compare that to the national Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) unemployment rate of 5.7 per cent, and the numbers make for troubling reading.

Studies have shown that those under age 20 are even worse off. A report released by the Foundation for Young Australians last year revealed that around a quarter of Australians aged 18 to 19 are currently in neither full-time study nor work.
Fortunately an apprenticeship or traineeship is a good option for young Australian school leavers who do not want to pursue a university qualification.

Apprenticeships and traineeships are a great way to develop valuable on-the-job skills and can be your pathway toward a rewarding career in a field you are passionate about.

If you're considering becoming an apprentice or trainee in the near future, make sure you get in touch with your local Group Training Organisation (GTO) for more information. They'll be able to talk you through your options and help you determine the right path for the future.

GTOs operate in most industries where apprenticeships and traineeships are common, such as automotive, electrical, engineering, building and construction, plumbing, retail, hospitality, community services and business administration. The options are limitless!