How to start?

Here are some things to help you

The most important place to start an apprenticeship is choosing a trade. This isn’t always an easy choice to make as there are so many options available to you. Actions that may assist your decision making include:

1. Talk to your careers adviser
Careers advisers have information about all kinds of work and study options, including apprenticeships. They may have tools to assist you to identify your strengths and the type of work you enjoy.

2. Friends and family
Discuss your ideas with people who know your skills, interests, personality, and the things you don’t enjoy.

3. People who work in the industry
There’s no better person to ask than someone who works in the trade you’re considering. For example, talk to a carpenter about their day-to-day tasks to get a better idea of what's involved.

4. Call a Group Training Organisation
Call a Group Training Organisation (GTO), like Master Builders Apprenticeship Services, and ask questions. They can provide information about pre-apprenticeships, wages and finding a training employer. 

5. Do a pre-apprenticeship
If you have a strong leaning toward a particular trade, but aren’t ready to make the commitment, check out a pre-apprenticeship program. It’s a great way to get a feel of the trade.