Your wage as an apprentice is determined by the industrial award you are paid under. This will be different for each person depending on a number of factors, including the industry you will be working in, your age and how long you have been out of school. Remember that an apprenticeship is about learning the skills and knowledge needed to be qualified in a trade. This means that you are currently training to be qualified, and will not earn as much as those who are fully qualified. Once you complete your apprenticeship, you will find that you are able to earn quite a lot more. An apprenticeship is an investment in your future.
Brendan McConnell approached UMR Engines looking for an apprenticeship as an automotive mechanic. Although he had no previous industry experience, after taking the Harrison Career Assessment UMR Engines were willing to give him a chance.
“The boss took me around the workshop and then asked me to do the assessment. It took me about half an hour.
The blokes I work with help me along the way and it gives me great satisfaction that I’m able to help the customers”.
Brendan McConnell - UMR Engines
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