What is an apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship is a structured program, usually of four years’ duration. On completion apprentices become qualified tradespeople. The training combines practical experience at work with complementary off-the-job training with a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).
On completion of the apprenticeship the apprentice receives a nationally recognised qualification and a trade certificate.
What is HIA Apprentices?
HIA Apprentices is a group training scheme that employs apprentices under an Apprenticeship Training Contract and places them with host employers. HIA Apprentices looks after its indentured apprentices and provides them with the following services:
- Guaranteed continuity of employment throughout the apprenticeship;
- meeting the obligations of the employer as outlined in the Apprenticeship/Traineeship Training Contract;
- managing and monitoring the arrangements with host employers
- providing care and support throughout the apprenticeship.
Do I need any qualifications?
There are no formal academic requirements; however, the Year 10 Certificate is generally considered a minimum.
What do I get when I finish?
On successful completion of an apprenticeship you are eligible to receive a trade Certificate III qualification and will have gained valuable skills. You will then have the option of following a pathway to the Diploma, Advanced Diploma or professional qualifications at university.
How much will I earn?
This depends on the award in your state. Each award lists the amount to be paid on an hourly basis and usually includes tool and special allowances. Apprentices can also claim a travel allowance.
Each year, as you progress in your apprenticeship, your pay rate will increase.
When your apprenticeship ends, your wages will change to the appropriate rate for qualified workers in your occupation.
What will I be doing?
Most apprentices learn their trade through ‘on the job’ experience. Your Host Trainer will sit down with you and the Trade School and together will devise a training plan which will outline, amongst other things, the basic modules to be undertaken, the time it takes to complete them and the specific skills to be assessed.
During your apprenticeship you will get advice and support from many people including your employer, workmates and trainers. HIA Apprentices will assist you throughout your apprenticeship. HIA cannot make you a quality tradesperson - that is up to you - but we will give you the tools for you to achieve your goal of becoming a qualified tradesperson.
Will I get a job?
On completion of your apprenticeship you have some important options - such as continuing to work for your current Host Trainer, or changing jobs to work for someone new. Most apprentices become trade contractors. HIA Apprentices help prepare you for running your own business throughout your apprenticeship; there are numerous courses available that will give you the skills to be a successful sub-contractor.
The building and construction industry uses both manual and intellectual skills, so how you progress with your career after you finish your apprenticeship is limited only by your desire.
How can I improve my chances of getting an apprenticeship with HIA Apprentices?
Get some work experience
Not only will you get hands-on experience, you will get some idea of whether you are going to like the work. It will also be a valuable addition to your resume and improve your chances of being offered an apprenticeship.
How do I apply?