How To Get An Apprenticeship … And Keep It


If you are reading this because you want an apprenticeship there are a few things to keep in mind. Employers by far prefer to hire apprentices under 21 and with a car. That is because they want someone who they can afford and don’t need to travel out of their way for.

As far as the affordability of apprentices goes, please keep in mind that although apprentice wages have steadily increased each year, the rates most tradespeople are paid have not. In South Australia the rates paid to bricklayers has virtually staid the same for a decade. All other states have seen a boom time for bricklayers in particularly in NSW & WA. As awards are set nationally, SA employers have to find the extra funds to run their businesses out of payments that have flatlined.

For this reason employers now more than ever need apprentices who are work ready. That means hiring someone who is able to do physical labour all day, every day. They also want reliable apprentices who show up on time, don’t spend the day looking at their mobile phone, and can follow directions.

There will be times when you get on each others nerves. This happens in all workplaces. Whats not acceptable is workplace bullying, or behaviour that threatens your safety. In these cases, the best point of contact is the Office of the Training Advocate. They are there to assist apprentices and can be reached on 1800 006 488. We highly recommend the Training Advocate as they will keep all information confidential unless you specifically give them permission to talk to your employer.

Apprenticeships are created by signing a Contract of Training. Both sides have obligations they must keep. Ultimately apprenticeships are the best way to gain experience in a growing industry that provides support for future training and development. The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) provides tradespeople with subsidized training that allows workers to ‘up-skill’ while working in the industry. You don’t get that in many industries!

If your goal is to be your own boss, or if you cringe at the thought of working in an office job, an apprenticeship can be the first step towards a life time career. We have a record number of employers looking to hire apprentices. If you are interested in a bricklaying, solid plastering or a tiling career – call us on 8367561 or email a resume to info@fcta.com.au