What is a Construction Apprenticeship?

What is a Construction Apprenticeship?

If you’re considering a career in the construction industry, you may have come across the term “construction apprenticeship” in your research. But what does this mean? It sounds a lot like something out of ancient history or even science fiction, but apprenticeships are just as useful in modern, everyday life!

In its most basic form, an apprenticeship is when you learn a trade or skill from an experienced craft professional. It’s a hands-on, learn-by-doing method of training rather than the type of training you’ll have in school or an academic setting. Instead of being taught or performing research, you’ll learn by working on projects alongside your mentor to gain real-world experience.

Is it a Good Way to Get into the Construction Industry?

Currently, the construction industry in Australia is experiencing a skills shortage – there simply aren’t enough people with the right skills to deliver what the sector is demanding. That means it’s a great opportunity for people to build a career construction industry because when you have the right skills, all the right organisations will want to hire you.

Learning these skills isn’t always that easy, but apprenticeships are one very important way of getting them. This is because:

  • You work with highly skilled mentors who will show you the ropes
  • You work on a wide range of projects depending on the different organisations you work with
  • You work in craft trades that the construction industry needs
  • You get hands-on, real-world experience that actively improves your skillset and looks great on your CV
  • You get paid while developing your skillset

What is the Best Way to Get an Apprenticeship?

Of course, you can approach construction companies yourself or through your personal network, but there are several significant advantages to choosing a third-party apprenticeship provider.

  • Security – At MAG (Melbourne Apprenticeship Group), we use legally binding apprenticeship agreements through the STA (State Training Authority) to make sure your apprenticeship is fully compliant with the latest regulations, and that employers uphold the conditions of your apprenticeship agreement.
  • Network – We work with all kinds of construction companies, from the largest organisations to small businesses, offering you plenty of exposure to different projects and craft applications. This helps you connect with the right employers and the right projects, putting your career on the best track.
  • Qualifications – As an RTO (Registered Training Organisation), you know that you’re putting your career in qualified hands. Our TAFE apprenticeships deliver formal training and national accreditation when completed.

Who Can Apply?

Our TAFE apprenticeships are open to anyone in Melbourne who wants a career in construction. If you are under 18 years old, then a parent or legal guardian can co-sign your contracts.

Contact MAG today and find out more about how our apprenticeship network and services work.