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Getting started

If you’re still learning about vocational education, visit our Getting started section to find out:

  • What is vocational education and training?
  • What are the different types of qualifications?
  • Am I ready to start vocational education?
  • Can VET help me get into uni?
  • What kind of career can I have?
  • How do I choose a training provider?

Follow your passion. Do an apprenticeship.

Do you like working with your hands, or looking after people? Maybe you want to start your own business one day, or you’ve got a burning idea that could change the world.

Whatever your passion is – here are the top 5 reasons to do an apprenticeship.

  1. Earn an income from day one
    Yep that’s right, by starting an apprenticeship you get paid from day one. It’s a real job, with a real income.
  2. Learn skills in a real workplace
    It’s so frustrating being knocked back for jobs because you “don’t have experience”. You’ll never have that problem with a skilled career because you learn on the job.
  3. Choose from hundreds of career opportunities
    It’s almost endless... what are you good at? There’s a skilled career for that.
  4. Be mentored by experienced colleagues
    There’s nothing like someone with years of experience and knowledge showing you how to do something and you putting it into practice, under their guidance, immediately.
  5. Opportunity for career progression
    It’s common for people who started their career as an apprentice to end up owning their own business and hiring more apprentices. An apprenticeship is a great base from which to build your empire!

Did you know?

The term apprenticeship can refer to an apprenticeship or a traineeship.

Stay in school. Study VET too.

Finishing your South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) might be really important to you (or your parents!). You can start building the skills for the career you want while you’re still at school, and it might even help you get your SACE.

Whether you complete a qualification or a handful of units, your VET study can count towards your SACE.

If you know what you want to do when you leave school – or if you just want to try something out – studying VET at school could be the way to do it.

Erin is doing a school-based apprenticeship to become a chef, while still completing her SACE.

Erin, a school-based apprentice chef

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