Work is changing
As the economy becomes more globalised, automated and flexible, technical skills are no longer the only requirement for getting a job. The need for transferable enterprise skills, like creativity, communication, problem-solving, digital fluency and critical thinking, is higher than ever.
Many of these skills, despite being in short supply across a range of industries, are not easily learned on a university campus. Apprenticeships or traineeships, on the other hand, allow aspiring professionals to hone these skills on the job, while interacting with their team and real-world clients.
The NSW government has recently recognised this by pledging $285 million over six years to fund qualification fees for 100,000 new apprentices to fill skills gaps across different industries.
At the same time, the Australian vocational education and training (VET) system introduced a new vocational pathway, called Higher Apprenticeships. This type of training enables individuals to earn a Diploma, Advanced Diploma-level or Associate Degree while fully employed and earning a wage. Hiring an apprentice through this program allows learning to be tailored to the job and align with changing industry demands.