Apprenticeships could be the stepping stone to a great job

AN APPRENTICESHIP or traineeship can be the stepping stone to a great career or further education.

That's the view of Marie Keating, CEO of Capricorn Training Company, who yesterday spoke to The Morning Bulletin about the benefits of vocational education.

Ms Keating said CTC matched employers with trainees and apprentices and had always seen a steady demand for work in various trades.

She said the most popular apprenticeships were in the electrical, carpentry, plumbing and vehicle mechanics trades.

But Ms Keating said business administration was always popular, while the number of people doing IT traineeships was continuing to grow.

Ms Keating said traineeships weren't necessarily thought of in the same way as apprenticeships, but could be ideal for school students because of the shorter course time.

She said there was an incorrect perception a traineeship or apprenticeship wasn't going to get someone as far as a university degree.

But she said there were plenty of reasons to take on vocational education.

"You get paid while you're training... (and) practical, on-the-job training," Ms Keating said.

"Coming out of university and coming out of doing a trade, they're pretty much similar wage-wise.

"You can set up your own business and some of those jobs aren't going to become redundant."

Ms Keating said CTC had a wide database of applicants, but was always looking for more.



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