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How do apprentices and trainees in Australia find work?

Whether you’re an employer looking to hire a new apprentice or trainee, or an entry-level worker hoping to find a new career opportunity, it’s likely that the first stage of your jobseeking process starts with a rather important question: where should I look?

Employers want to know where they can find eager candidates to take on their apprenticeship or traineeship, while the latter will wish to apply for the best possible jobs that provide the most attractive career prospects. For these reasons alone, the early decision can be fraught with difficulties if employers and jobseekers are looking in the wrong place.

Apprenticeship Central is an online resource for trainees and apprentices, as well as the employers who wish to hire them. Either party can register online and gain immediate access to a wealth of support, services and jobseeking help

It may also be worth knowing that according to the Department of Employment’s Australian Jobs 2015 report, the majority of jobseekers turn to the World Wide Web for help.

Find an apprenticeship or traineeship online

More than a quarter (25.7 per cent) of respondents found a job via an Internet advertisement, 7.6 per cent were approached by an employer and 1.4 per cent got a direct response from a resume they posted online. As a constant resource, the Department of Employment suggested that such digital means are now a go-to way to find jobs or the right people.

“Employers recruiting for apprentices and trainees generally advertise their vacancies online through job search websites or industry specific sites,” the report read.

Australia’s most supportive industries

Another question you may have is around which industry sectors are providing the most opportunities for apprentices and trainees. The Australian Jobs 2015 report highlighted these, too:

  1. Construction: With 76,800 apprentices and trainees on the books
  2. Manufacturing: 46,500 apprentices and trainees
  3. Administrative and support services: 33,100 apprentices and trainees
  4. Accommodation and food services: 32,800 apprentices and trainees
  5. Health care and social assistance: 27,800 apprentices and trainees

‘Other services’ actually ranked fourth in this list, with 29,600 apprentices and trainees employed, showing how diverse the employment landscape is for those partaking in traineeships and apprenticeships.

There is also predicted to be a strong market for further jobs as we move into the second half of the decade. The report projected that 17 of the 19 participating industries will increase their employment levels over the five years to November 2019.

If you’re looking for the talent to fit into your apprenticeship or traineeship program, or are a jobseeker trying to find the best resources, take a look at Apprenticeship Central and allow us to help you reach your full potential.

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