‘The strength of the VU Polytechnic Skills & Jobs Centre lies in its strong partnerships with community and local industry, linking training and skills development to employment and local economy growth.’
Skills & Jobs Centre clients face many barriers when it comes to securing employment. For those currently seeking an Apprenticeship there are significant challenges, but also numerous opportunities. Australian Apprenticeships offer individuals the opportunity to study and earn an income while undertaking a qualification. They are available to anyone of working age and provide the opportunity to learn new skills while getting paid in more than 500 careers and jobs.
Many individuals approach the VU Polytechnic Skills & Jobs Centre for assistance with navigating the Apprenticeship landscape. Advisors assist prospective Apprentices to answer important questions such as:
- Do you have the skills and knowledge to start the apprenticeship or traineeship that you want?
- Are you aware of pre-apprenticeships and understand how they are used in the industry you want to work in?
- Do you know which organisations will be part of your apprenticeship or traineeship, and what they do?
- What is involved in the training?
- What wages and entitlements would you get as an apprentice or trainee?
By working closely with prospective Apprentices, the VU Polytechnic Skills & Jobs Centre is able to effectively advise individuals about specific requirements, arrange training as required and/or refer clients onto employment opportunities via a strong network of industry connections- including current roles with Victoria’s ‘Big Build’ Projects
The experience of the VU Polytechnic Skills and Jobs Centre demonstrates the great benefit that comes from developing collaborative relationships with local service providers to enhance training and career options
CASE STUDY: Samuel
Samuel was referred to the VU Polytechnic Skills & Jobs Centre after registering his interest in working with Victoria’s ‘Big Build’ via the Apprenticeships Victoria (AV) website:
AV is currently seeking registrations from those interested in working on numerous projects throughout Victoria and will offer up to 1,500 opportunities each year.
Samuel had previously completed a Certificate II Pre-apprenticeship and was actively seeking an opportunity to commence an Apprenticeship. He remains enthusiastic about securing one of these unique opportunities through AV, but his need for work was immediate. He therefore took the initiative with assistance from the VU Polytechnic Skills & Jobs Centre to revise his resume and submit his application to various employers in Melbourne’s West. As a result, Samuel was able to secure an Apprenticeship with a local employer. The experience Samuel will gain from undertaking this Apprenticeship will ensure he acquires the knowledge and skills required to work in his chosen industry and become an even stronger candidate for consideration with Victoria’s ‘Big Build’ opportunities.
“I’m pleased to let you know that last week I accepted a position as an Apprentice tool repair and small engine mechanic with a company in Hoppers Crossing. I began work on Monday and am very pleased with the work and the workplace. Thank you for your assistance to help me find this Apprenticeship. I am still keen to work with Victoria’s ‘Big Build’ projects and will continue to seek opportunities as they arise. I am happy to be gaining valuable experience in the meantime to make me a more attractive prospect.” SAMUEL