What to do next

If you can’t stay with your current employer, there are plenty of options for employment after finishing your apprenticeship or traineeship.

Find a job with another employer

Employers hold qualified apprentices and trainees in high regard. They know you have the right technical skills because you've completed a program designed by industry experts while undertaking workplace training with an employer like them.

Use your training record including your Certificate of Proficiency and your qualification, as evidence of your skills when applying for jobs.

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Start your own business

Many former apprentices start a business after having worked for someone else as they've learnt something of what it takes to run a business.

Consider finding a mentor who can show you the ropes and guide you on best practices.

Before you start a business, it's important to be aware of your legal, regulatory and financial obligations. You can get specialist advice on day-to-day operations, including record keeping, sales, marketing and management staff.

There’s multiple websites that offer helpful advice:

Further study

Your qualification can be a stepping-stone to further study. It may offer you credit towards a higher-level certificate, diploma or university degree.

Some trades and occupations require a licence to work. The NSW Department of Fair Trading provides information on the types of licences and qualifications required for builders and other tradespeople.

If you want to become a specialist contractor, higher qualifications may also be needed.

Smart and Skilled funding is available for eligible students.

Explore these free online resources

  • Download The Art of Public Speaking by Dale Carnegie and Joseph B. Esenwein at LearnOutLoud.com
  • With over 332,000 members and 15,400 clubs worldwide, Toastmasters offers resources for preparing speeches, presenting awards and giving sales pitches
  • Create an online portfolio on LinkedIn. It's a great way to showcase your work and connect with employers. It will also keep your achievements fresh in your mind, which helps when you're filling out job applications or attending job interviews
  • Explore Seek’s advice on how to write a succinct resume that highlights your skills and achievementsExternal link. Your resume will change over time and depending on the job you’re applying for, so bookmark this handy page.

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