Career Advice For Apprentices

  • Career Videos View

    Apprentice videos

    Do you want to know what it takes to work in the energy industry?

    These six short films feature real people in real jobs to give you a glimpse of real career pathways.

     

    Tradies with Spark

    Join Ben and Dalton as they discuss a day in the life of an electrical tradesperson. With freedom to work independently and a consistently varied job list, Ben and Dalton have found that their electrical apprenticeships perfectly suited their lifestyle, citing hard work and study as the key to a successful career.

    Running time: 4:44


    Extreme

    After struggling to determine what he wanted to do in life, Danny’s ability in maths led him to choose a career where he could play to his strengths, which saw him take on an electrical apprenticeship. Now a second year apprentice linesman with Energex, Danny discusses life in his current role and his love for working outdoors.

    Running time: 4:09

     

     

    Innovation and Integration

    Electrical contractor Glen Powell began his own business at just 22 years old. After being accepted into engineering, Glen decided a more hands on approach to work and his preference for working with people would lead him in a different direction, choosing instead to begin a four year electrical apprenticeship. Glen says the benefits of this choice include earning money whilst gaining a qualification, and a growing level of maturity.

    Running time: 4:10


    Greener Pastures

    Third year apprentice Aymee has discovered that despite her colleagues in the electrical industry being predominantly male, she has always been treated equally throughout her career. Aymee discusses the perks of the job and what she enjoys, as well as the ins and outs of life as a female tradesperson.

    Running time: 4:02


    Pipe Dreams

    After beginning his career in the IT industry, Dave decided an office job just wasn’t for him, and has since taken on further training and education to obtain qualifications as a Plumber and Gas fitter. Each day for Dave is varied and challenging, allowing him to draw on both knowledge bases on a regular basis.

    Running time: 3:48


    To the Top

    Malcolm Richards, Chief Executive Officer of Master Electricians Australia (MEA), provides an overview of what MEA can do for you. Whether you’re a first year apprentice or a retired electrical contractor, MEA has services that can assist you through your life as an electrician. Mr Richards expresses his passion for the industry and the positives of working in the electrical industry.

    Running time: 4:49

  • What Is An Apprenticeship? View

    Australian apprenticeships combine paid work and structured training to give people a nationally recognised qualification.

    An electrical apprenticeship is competency based, however in most cases will take four years to complete.

    This is done by being ‘indentured’ to an employer for the life of the apprenticeship and attending off-the-job training with a Registered Training Organisation.

    Monitoring is undertaken to ensure adequate experience on-the-job is being provided by the employer.

    On completion of the apprenticeship both on-the-job and off-the-job experience is combined to achieve a nationally recognised qualification and an Electrical Workers Licence.

     

  • Why The Electrotechnology Industry? View

    When people consider a career in the electrotechnology industry, most people think of a residential electrician or an energy supply electrician.

    When you think about it the electrotechnology industry impacts on almost every aspect of daily life. Workers in the electrotechnology industry will always be in high demand.

    Technology is advancing so rapidly with new products and systems becoming available, there is plenty of opportunity to continually grow your skills and advance your career.

    The industry is vast and encompassing and includes several sub sectors and career pathways including:

    • Electrician
    • Communications
    • Computer Systems
    • Electronics
    • Information/Data Technology/Communications
    • Instrumentation
    • Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
    • Lifts
    • Renewable/Sustainable Energy
    • Gas
    • Electricity Supply (Generation and Transmission and Distribution)

     

    All of these career sectors are then available in several industry sectors such as:

    • Commercial
    • Residential
    • Industrial
    • Mining
    • Manufacturing
    • Generation
    • Maritime
    • Rail
    • Wholesale/Retail
    • Sustainable/Renewable

     

    Lifestyle Benefits:

    • Travel – this trade sector provides ample opportunity to travel. Australian qualified electricians are highly sought after overseas and within Australia
    • Diversity – there are so many industry sub sectors that once qualified you become a highly mobile tradesperson
    • Own your own business – once you have completed your apprenticeship and have gained valuable experience as a licensed electrical worker, you can work towards owning and operating your own business
    • Technology – the electrotechnology industry is advancing so rapidly there is constant change and evolution with products and systems
    • Career Pathways – there is ample opportunity to grow your skills and move into other career pathways within the electrotechnology industry such as the corporate environment.

  • Finding An Electrical Apprenticeship View

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    Finding an electrical apprenticeship is easy with ME Mentoring. We're currently looking for current and potential electrical apprentices to pair with Master Electricians across Australia.

    Other tips for finding an electrical apprenticeship

    Prepare your resume and ensure you include information relevant to the electrotechnology industry such as your school results for English, Maths and Science.

    You should also include information such as relevant work experience/history, and any industry related certificates or qualifications.

    View our resume writing tips or visit Seek for templates you can use to build your resume and application.

    Once you have a resume together we recommend you:

  • Resume Writing Tips View

    Some simple tips to keep in mind:

    • Keep to the employer's submission requirements (Word document or PDF)
    • Brief is best - more details about your current or recent study/jobs, less about the past
    • Clear, straightforward text - make sure everyone can understand it
    • Use one font - formatting matters and easy to read layout makes you stand out
    • Use spell check!
    • Put contact information at the end - not the start or middle
    • Highlight specific skills - relevant to the job you're applying for

     

    Describe your previous job experience by including details for each position you previously held:

    • Correct company name and location
    • Role title you held
    • Start date and end date
    • Brief description of responsibilities and how they highlight your skills
    • List any personal achievements - with particular reference to any benefit they might have for your prospective employer. Especially if applying straight from school.

  • Interview Skills View

    Interviews can be daunting for everyone, but this process is a good first step for a company to determine if you are the right person for the job, and also an opportunity for you to assess if this is the right job for you.

    To prepare for an interview there are several steps we recommend you take to give yourself the best opportunity for getting the job.

    The first thing you need to do is plenty of research. Find out as much as you can about the company you wish to gain a position with. Try and develop an understanding about its history, its people, its customers and its opposition.

    You will be questioned by the interviewer about different areas of your professional life from previous job history and industry knowledge, to personal likes and dislikes. So you may want to prepare some answers or some questions of your own.

    The interview is where the real action happens, and you have done well to get to the interview stage, so use it as an opportunity to further demonstrate your skills and suitability, and to find out more about your prospective employer.

    You and the other candidates have gained an interview for the same position based upon a good resume. So from this point, the applicant who interviews best is the one most likely to get the job.

    What should you have prepared?
    • A recent resume
    • Research about the company

     

    When should you arrive to an interview?
    • Be punctual
    • Arrive 10 minutes prior to interview time
    • Allow time to find a car park and entry into office

     

    How should you present yourself?
    • Excellent personal presentation
    • Clean, ironed suitable clothes and shoes

     

    How should you act?
    • Confident
    • Punctual
    • Honest
    • Energetic
    • Enthusiastic
    • Clear speech
    • High standard of personal presentation and hygiene
    • Maintain eye contact
    • Ask questions if you are not sure what the interviewer is asking?

     

    What to avoid?
    • Being over friendly
    • Not having a resume to leave with employer
    • Not listening to the questions properly
    • Being poorly prepared
    • Slouching
    • Poor personal presentation
    • Poor hygiene
    • Mumbling
    • Impoliteness

     

    What could you be asked?
    • Hobbies you enjoy
    • Previous experience or study
    • Your expectations of the job role
    • Basic industry knowledge (pays to research prior)
    • Why you want to join the electrotechnology industry
    • Be prepared with answers prior to your interview
    • You may be asked to do an aptitude test. Ask if this will be required and research so you know what to expect.

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