Weighing up the options between university and vocational education can be difficult depending on which industry you want to enter. In some instances, you may only have one choice.
We’ve asked our apprentices and trainees about why they chose Vocational Educational & Training (VET) when also presented with an opportunity to go to University to which most said they enjoy being able to ‘earn while they learn’ and ‘gain valuable skills on the job’.
On-the-job experience is valued highly by employers. The experience that a trade or traineeship offers is a valuable introduction into the working world, one which teaches workforce etiquette, skills relevant to the industry and provides a nationally recognised qualification, all within a 12–48 month period.
Upon successful completion, many skills shortage industries will pay above $56k per annum for a qualified trade person, there is a higher chance for employment outcomes for qualified tradespeople and an opportunity for further study including University education.
*McCrindle Research & Skilling Australia Foundation.
"1300apprentice has helped me gain a career in my desired field with a reputable company. The supportive Field Officers are helpful for any uncertainties you may have in the workplace. With the guidance of 1300apprentice I have landed full-time employment at a law firm."
Paul Ansett,Business Legal
“Choosing a trade that I not only enjoy but also has long-term career opportunities was really important to me. There is always going to be a demand for Truck, Bus & Trailer repairs and with the advancements in technology learning is endless.”
“Learning while you work is the best way to progress into any industry. I have gained a wealth of professional and personal experience whilst completing my Business Legal traineeship with MSA National which has built my confidence and enabled me to excel at work."
Brandon Forsyth,Business legal
“One of the best moments of my Parks & Gardens apprenticeship was being in the winning team at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2013 and meeting Prince Harry while I was over there. It was an amazing experience, a lot of hard work but was well worth it.”
Jesse Novotny,Parks & Gardens
“I can confidently say that completing an apprenticeship has been the backbone of my success and entry into further study. Full-time employment and hard work enabled me to purchase my first home as a 3rd-year apprentice.”
Martin De La Mare,Air conditioning
“Completing my trade with 1300apprentice and my host has allowed me to travel the world. I transferred to London and I am now based in the Netherlands where I travel Europe and Asia repairing chillers.”
Lyle Mewton,Air conditioning
"As a mum returning to work who was unable to achieve the career of my dreams when I was younger, 1300apprentice made the process easy and supported me the entire way through and beyond. Their connections to employers and dedication to trainees is commendable. I was nominated for numerous awards thanks to the time and effort put in by my Field Officer and I'm in a career I love. I will always be thankful for the opportunity 1300apprentice provided me with."
"A professional organisation, always efficient in addressing my needs even though I was based interstate. I am very happy that I found 1300apprentice who have provided me with the opportunity to progress and achieve my goals. One of the biggest achievements throughout my traineeship was winning 1300apprentice’s Trainee of the Year (Finance) and Overall Trainee of the Year. Thank you for your support and guidance throughout my traineeship”
"1300apprentice offered job security when my host couldn’t. My first host employer wasn’t able to maintain my employment due to a lack of work, I was rotated to another host employer without any time off in between. 1300apprentice placed me in great work environments which allowed me to gain the full scope of my cabinetmaking apprenticeship and provided me with the support and assistance when I need it."
“This time 5 years ago, I had no idea where I would be. If someone told me I would own my first home before I turned 22, I would have laughed at them, but I made it a reality. A year ago I completed my apprenticeship with 1300apprentice. Not only am I now a licensed electrician but because of the host employer consistency in my apprenticeship, I completed my apprenticeship over 6 months early. They made it easy - they saw my ambition and gave me the opportunity to pursue a career. Now - 4 years after it all started - I’m about to undertake further training to become a qualified level 2 electrician with the same host company I completed my apprenticeship with. If you have the drive, they will help you succeed. Don’t let the opportunity pass you by before it’s too late.”
"Since first approaching 1300apprentice, they have continually kept in contact with me and been available whenever I needed assistance or advice. I have recently re-entered the apprenticeship search and after having experienced another apprenticeship provider, I can safely say that 1300apprentice are unique in their diligence, consistency and results. They enabled me to build connections within the industry I was hoping to enter and genuinely went above and beyond in supporting me through every step of the way. It is because of 1300apprentice and their reputation within the engineering sector that I am now enjoying my ideal job.”
"1300apprentice gave me the opportunity to fulfil my potential in my career. Their connections in the surveying industry enabled me to fulfil my potential and progress with my studies. Within a 2 year period, I completed my Diploma in Surveying and have been successful in gaining full-time employment with my host after my traineeship. Being a part of the 1300apprentice team has pushed me in the right direction and provided me with endless opportunities. I am very grateful and fortunate to 1300apprentice for their advice and support throughout my traineeship and beyond."
"Before coming to 1300apprentice I was just a recently unemployed 19-year-old and being fairly young at the time I had no idea what career path to move forward in and I was finding it extremely hard to get my foot in the door. The staff at 1300apprentice were understanding, approachable and happy to provide advice, assistance and have constantly kept in contact throughout my traineeship. I have now completed a Certificate III in Business Traineeship with a State Government Department and I am currently completing a Certificate IV Traineeship with the same department. If I were to go back and tell my 19-year-old self where I am now and what I have accomplished I would never have believed it. Thank you to the wonderful at 1300apprentice for your ongoing support throughout this journey and helping me find a career I am wishing to excel in."
"1300apprentice has helped me to secure work in my chosen trade locally with a great company and with great people. The experience is fulfilling and there is always something to learn. I am thoroughly enjoying my apprenticeship in the Southern Highlands."
Jay - Apprentice Carpenter,Carpentry
"Whilst looking for an apprenticeship I began to realise that they are not always readily available for someone new to the industry. At this point I began to look outside of the area boosting my travel time to over an hour. Through 1300apprentice, I have successfully been able to gain an apprenticeship as a Fitter Machinist in the local area.
I would like to thank 1300apprentice for the amazing opportunity you have given me to expand my knowledge and enabling me to set up my career in the industry."
"I was born in the Southern Highlands and have always been interested in completing a Carpentry apprenticeship. I have already worked on a large variety of projects (some of them have been very unique) which has helped to expand my skills and wealth of knowledge. I would like to thank 1300apprentice and would highly recommend this program to everyone."
"After doing work experience with different trades during high school, I knew when I finished I wanted to become an electrician. When I completed my HSC in 2013 I started searching for an electrical apprenticeship within the Southern Highlands. Not knowing how hard this would actually be, after applying to countless electricians, I ended up spending the year bouncing around several jobs I didn’t particularly like. 1300apprentice found me an opportunity for an apprenticeship with one of the most reputable electrical businesses in the area. I’m very grateful for the opportunity that 1300apprentice gave me as it was the perfect way to kick-start my apprenticeship."
"I would like to thank 1300apprentice for all the help they have provide Stairlock and myself over the last two years.
The apprentices and trainees they have placed in our organisation are nothing short of amazing and rebuild our confidence in the younger generation.
Stairlock are committed to training the next generation and 1300apprentice will be a great partner to ensure our success in the future."
"The only agency out of many I approached where my very first interview landed me a permanent job."
"I had successfully completed my Business CIII traineeship and have rolled over to my Business CIV."
Sophia P,Business to HR
"It has taught me skills and knowledge that can be useful throughout my life and any career I choose to pursue. The traineeship has allowed to me explore my capabilities specifically in the administration industry. I am happy at where I am today which would not be possible if I had not completed my traineeship."
"I have gained so much understanding in my new career path, although there were bumps along the way, it was so worth it. I was given the opportunity to take on a traineeship with the Council and at the end of it was offered a full time position with them."
"During my traineeships I was able to learn, mature, adapt, travel, and teach. These traineeships have led me to gain fulltime permanent work."
"Completing my business traineeship changed my life. The ability to study and work at the same time is so valuable and I’ve learnt many skills which have improved myself as a human being."
"Thank you for organising the guest speaker for Casimir Catholic College. Chad did a great job and the students benefited from the presentation." - Kristen
School careers talk,Careers advisor
"I am really enjoying my time working at ANZ Bank. I love the fact that I am able to work in such a professional environment with great staff who are able to teach and guide me professionally and personally.
Getting the hands on experience is so great and I have way more confidence now than when I first started my ASBA position with ANZ. I am getting more comfortable when dealing with customers face to face and I am able to help them with most inquiries they have.
I am so happy I am doing it and really appreciate the support I am also receiving from 1300apprentice. I can call 1300apprentice with any issues or concerns and they are always happy to help and support me."
Enya Taylor,ACT ASBA student
“I would not be the person I am now if it wasn’t for the opportunity that 1300apprentice provided me. The opportunity was a two-year traineeship with ANZ bank and a certificate II in Business. I knew that the traineeship would be difficult, and the thought of juggling my HSC, Cert II and work was daunting. However, 1300apprentice were so understanding of my situation and helped me at every step. They motivated me to persevere with my hard work and determination and because of that I am now an ANZ employee with a HSC and Cert II IN Business. I am grateful for this and the experience I shared with 1300apprentice.”
"I recently completed my Cert III in Business through ACCM whilst completing my traineeship (with 1300apprentice). I would highly recommend achieving your qualifications through ACCM as I had a great experience with my studies."
Recently applied for an apprenticeship through this site, all the staff were super helpful and informative, and my apprenticeship was processed quickly within 2 weeks! I recommend anyone who wants to get an apprenticeship to go through these guys, you wont regret it!
Quentin S,Parks & gardens
Having sought out to take on an apprenticeship as a Fitter Machinist in mid-late 2016 I found 1300apprentice who were able and willing to help me as a mature age apprentice. They managed to find a suitable company to take me on and get me started in my career and future as a Fitter Machinist. When I started the formal process Meagan Thorpe met with me and made the entire process very easy for me and definitely less stressful than going out on my own and trying to do the same. Within weeks I had landed a host employer who I spent the next 4 years working at up until the completion of my apprenticeship. During this time I also had the pleasure of having Lorraine Morris as my field officer who was able to come out regularly and see to any issues that had arised or any concerns I had. I can’t talk highly enough about the efforts that both Meagan Thorpe and Lorraine Morris went to, to ensure that the process from start to finish was as easy and stress free as could be. The same is to be said for the rest of the team at 1300apprentice. Any issues I had along the way were resolved quickly and professionally. Would definitely recommend 1300Apprentice to any one who is looking to start their career off in the right direction as they are more than happy to help and always welcoming with any concerns, questions or issues you may have during the process.
Working with Meagan Thorpe through 1300 apprentice was the best and most rewarding experience of my life, with a team of friendly and motivated staff that won’t hesitate to help however they possibly can. Working with Meagan showed me one of the best atmospheres for individuals to grow and better themselves with the help of what I consider to be one of the best teams in Australia!
Cameron O'Neil,Business - schools based
1300apprentice are in their entirety a company that strives to go above and beyond. Thanks to this company and the support I have realised my dreams and am now a fully qualified tradesman in my chosen field. The help and support throughout my journey has been nothing short of exceptional. Could not recommend more highly.