Five reasons why an apprenticeship is better than university

Five reasons why an apprenticeship is better than university

We get it, you’re at school and you don’t really want to go to University but you’re also not sure on any other options? It has happened to the best of us and we are here to break the stigma that University is the only option, because it isn’t! Completing an apprenticeships will be one of the most rewarding experiences you’ll have. Keep reading and you’ll soon agree!


  • Valuable on-the-job experience


You are immediately provided with real workplace knowledge with qualified tradies who will help you learn all of the tricks of the trade! In comparison to this, at university you are constantly in an academic environment and not experiencing on-the-job experience, which may not tickle your fancy whatsoever. You are also at risk of wasting sums of money if you suddenly decide to change degrees whilst enrolled in a University. Let’s be honest, having access to apprenticeship training and services after finishing school allows you to find what ticks all of the boxes regarding what you want to do!


  • Employability


Working toward a trade provides you with the opportunity to start your own business a lot sooner than you’d think or work in your trade once you have completed your apprenticeship training. Tradies are well sought after and if you complete one job you’ll be bound to be referred to a range of other clients. Word of mouth is a powerful thing when it comes to having a trade!


  • Student debt and earnings


University fees range from $6000 to a staggering $10 000 a year. In comparison to this, an apprenticeship is paid by the employer and the Government so that you, as the apprentice can finish your trade with no debt whatsoever! The fact that you are earning money whilst completing your apprenticeship will make all of your friends at University just a bit jealous!


  • Movable Skills


Having trade based skills, built during apprenticeship training and through access to apprenticeship services is a handy skill to have, especially when you are moving jobs. It is much easier to move jobs when you have a trade, employers generally value employment experience and the know how obtained during the apprenticeship stage.


  • The stats


In the next 5 years the construction industry is set to boom with jobs. Australia is looking at having a larger investment in infrastructure such as roads, railways and airports, meaning jobs will continue to grow.  When talking specifics, the employment level of construction workers is looking at increasing by roughly 258 000 jobs by 2023.

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