Exploring the workforce while still at school


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Today’s workforce offers all sorts of amazing careers that never existed 10 or 20 years ago. This includes Virtual reality consultants. Social media managers. Content managers. Data analysts. Eco-tourism consultants. Cyber-security experts – just to name a few. One of these career paths could be a perfect match for you.

But how do you know which one? Read on.

ASbA is a smart way to ‘learn and earn’

ASbA stands for Australian School based Apprenticeship (ASbA). In a nutshell, it’s an apprenticeship or traineeship that you do while still at school. So if you’re in Year 10, 11 or 12 you could combine school, employment and training in an industry of your choice. And guess what? ASbA’s are available in over 500 occupations. This means there’s every chance you’ll find one that’s a great fit with your interests.

An Australian School based Apprenticeship offers many benefits. It allows you to keep going to school while you undertake a recognised qualification. And you’ll be in paid employment, so it’s a ‘win, win win’ situation.

To discover how an ASbA works and what you’ll get out of it, click here.

For more information about Apprenticeships and Traineeships for School-aged Learners (ApTSL), please click here.

Worked-based Learning (WBL)

With so many career options, it’s an incredible time to be preparing to enter the workforce – and guess what? You can take a sneak peak now.

Work-based Learning (WBL) will give you a better idea of what the job is like. You’ll see first-hand the training and skills you’ll need, the environment you’ll be working in, and whether it’s a good fit for you.

WBL goes further than work experience. WBL is coordinated through schools and colleges. This includes formal and informal programs that involve learning in the workplace.

The key features of WBL include the opportunity for you to:

  • Gain general employability skills that employers need
  • Gain an understanding of the changing nature of work and workplaces
  • Gain an understanding of the changing patterns of employment, especially where significant labour growth is likely

You can learn more about Work-based Learning by clicking here, or talk with your school about WBL opportunities that interest you.

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