There are two things that can be really hard to achieve within the Blue Collar industry, landing an adult apprenticeship and a start in the resources industry. It’s certainly not impossible to do both, but considering the time and effort you’ll need to put in, it’s like winning the Gold Lotto! If you’re over the age of 21 and trying to land an adult apprenticeship within the resource industry the National Apprenticeships Program might just be the winning ticket you’re after.
National Apprenticeships Program
National Apprenticeships Program is a unique training alternative for the resources industry and other sectors. The program recruits talented Australian residents with existing trade skills and experience, and enables them to complete a trade qualification potentially within 18 months. The selection process includes a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) assessment to establish whether applicants meet NAP’s minimum skills requirement. Host employers include an operating coal mine site and major construction companies.
David Moore : Apprentice with the National Apprenticeships Program
Eighteen months ago, David who’s already a refrigeration tradie wanted to diversify, was losing hope he’d ever obtain a job in the resources sector, accumulating hundreds of knockbacks. Today he’s a finalists in a coveted mining apprenticeship award.
“My career goal was to complete an electrical trade but I was finding it difficult to find a training pathway which would allow me to work and train, without placing my family into financial difficulty. I was also investigating possible pathways into the mining industry and the National Apprenticeships Program seemed almost too good to be true.”
Ross Maidens : Apprentice with the National Apprenticeships Program
Ross had been a domestic electrician in the United Kingdom, but couldn’t use his trade in Australia as his qualifications aren’t recognised here. Ross was facing $12,000 and three years of study, to retrain. After more than 150 job knock-backs, Ross discovered the National Apprenticeships Program. He started with Anglo American in August 2011 and will soon graduate as an electrical fitter-mechanic.
“It wasn’t feasible to undertake a normal apprenticeship here and support my family, this way I gain my Australian qualification and have basically doubled my pay.”
Ideal Applicants for the National Apprenticeships Program
Ideal applicants include people who have partly completed an apprenticeship, permanent Australian residents with overseas qualifications not yet recognised in Australia, ex-members of the defence forces with aligned qualifications or skills, people with other related trade qualifications, and trades assistants for the construction and engineering trades only.
Expressions of interest are sought in six trades – Electrical Fitter Mechanic, Dual Trade Electrical/Instrumentation, Metal Fabrication Trade – Boiler Maker/Welder/Pipe Fitters, Engineering Diesel Fitter, Mechanical Fitter and Carpentry.
The NAP is a Federally funded program that’s backed by peak industry organisations and unions.
To find out more about the National Apprenticeships Program jump on to www.nationalapprenticeships.com.au
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Disclaimer: Cribhut provides this information with the best intentions, but purely as a guide. Like most things in life, there are no guarantees. Your lively hood is your own responsibility and even if following the above recommendations, it is still up to you to do your own research, to be patient, persistent and put in the hard work.
The team at Cribhut
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