Try out before committing to a career

Try out before committing to a career

  • Published on Friday 14 March, 2014
  • 2 min. to read



An aversion to classroom learning after leaving school isn’t enough to base a trade career on, according to Andrew Roberts at MEGT’s Trade Skills Centre.

From the point of view of the employer, it’s worth the time doing a pre-apprenticeship first. It means you demonstrate to a busy tradie that you aren’t going to muck them about if you change your mind about staying on as a carpenter or electrician. Their time is their income, so it also means you’re ready to provide the business with a return on investment earlier. So a pre-apprenticeship gives you an advantage on your resume over those who haven’t done any trade work before.

From your perspective, it means you find out first hand what’s involved in the trade and whether it’s something you’re going to be good at; whether it’s something you’ll enjoy doing as a life career.

After a pre-apprenticeship, which usually takes about 15 weeks, the commitment to four years training as an apprentice is equally as important as committing to a four year university degree. The best part, of course, is that you also work in the trade at the same time you are getting your full qualification, and being paid for your work.

Once qualified, a tradie has a wide range of earning options, including sub contracting through their own business. So if it’s your dream to be independent and to be appreciated for your skills, Mr Roberts urges young people – including young women – to start with a pre-apprenticeship and map out a career for life.


Next course intake for Trade Skills Centre, Ringwood: 12th May 2014

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