Getting through your training

Getting through your training


Our goal at ApprenticeshipCentral is to support, guide and provide information to help you complete your apprenticeship or traineeship. We want to help you succeed as a confident, competent and qualified professional in your craft.

The reality is that sometimes apprentices and trainees may not complete their training, which is why we’re offering tips that can help you persevere through the more challenging phases of your apprenticeship or traineeship.

Do what you love

One of the main reasons people quit is because they realise they aren’t interested in the industry. When applying for apprenticeships, be honest with yourself and find something you’d really love to do. An apprenticeship and traineeship is a commitment with invaluable rewards, apply for positions what you’re willing to commit to.

Not sure what you’re interested in doing as a career?

Make a list of your interests, hobbies and activities you like to do and research what apprenticeship corresponds with your interests. You can take the Harrison Assessment which is designed to help you figure out what you are good at.

Be an effective team player

Working in a team is rewarding and challenging because everyone thinks differently and has approaches situations differently. The best way to help you work in a positive learning environment is to learn how to work effectively in the workplace. There are plenty of resources available through AppprenticeshipCentral such as Mentor Me to help you access useful information to help you continue as an effective employee.

Ask questions

Although you’re working, you’re still a student. You’re not expected to know everything. Ask questions if you don’t know something. If you find asking questions difficult or don’t feel confident, we can give you resources to teach you how to communicate in the workplace and classroom. If you feel like you’re falling behind in your training or bookwork, talk to your trainer or superviser they’re there to help you succeed. It’s almost impossible to learn and succeed without making a few mistakes along the way, so don’t let your fear stop you. Take the opportunity to ask questions, try new things and always remember that you get better with practice!

Go the extra mile and prove yourself

Employers reward workers who take initiative. If a job or task arises that you’re confident in performing, don’t be shy in putting yourself forward. To achieve your goal of becoming a qualified tradesperson you need to learn and experience as much as you can. Not only will this a positive for you, but your employer as well. They hired you as an apprentice because they had a need for someone who was willing to work hard, so step forward with a positive and willing attitude, and you’ll be surprised how much it will be appreciated.

Above all, be honest

Honesty is always the best policy. If you make a mistake, don’t try to hide it. It’s better to own up to your mistakes and learn from them. If you try to hide your mistakes, your supervisor can’t teach you properly and you’ll keep making the same mistake over and over again.Your employer will appreciate your honesty and you’ll strengthen your work relationship.


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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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