So, you’ve chosen to do an apprenticeship or a traineeship. There’s a lot of noise out there about them, so well done for making up your mind.

The problem now is, even after you’ve made the decision towards this pathway, you’re still not done. You still actually have to get yourself into one, and that’s a pretty intimidating step.

Here are the best things you can do to get yourself employed as an apprentice or trainee.

1. Go to an Apprenticeship Network Provider

This is a great first step regardless, as these providers are a valuable resource for information and support. They can help you formulate career ideas and your eligibility for different apprenticeships and traineeships, as well as assisting in hiring and training you for employers. It’s also important to approach an Apprenticeship Network Provider once you’ve found an employer as they will organise a training contract between both parties. They'll also help find any incentives that you or your employer are eligible for and can be called upon for assistance throughout the entirety of your training. You can find your local Apprenticeship Network provider over here.

2. Talk to employers

Like with any job search, sometimes the best thing to do is get out there and actually talk to business owners to see if they’re hiring. This can mean approaching employers in your area or it can mean leaning on your network of friends and family members and seeing if they know anybody that would be a suitable employer. You can also look through job sites and in your local paper to see if there are any apprenticeship or traineeship vacancies near you.

3. Go through Group Training

Group Training Organisations (GTOs) are really useful because they’re all about linking you with host employers for you to learn the skills of the trade from. The GTO is technically your employer throughout your apprenticeship or traineeship, but will assign you to different businesses throughout the duration of your training to make sure you are receiving quality guidance and learning all the skills required to succeed in your trade. It also means that if one business runs out of work or money to continue training you, the GTO will simply assign you to another business, cutting out the hard work for you.

4. Start a VET course

Another way to get started an apprenticeship or traineeship is to start a VET course in your desired field, such as a Cert II in Construction. From there you’ll learn the basics of your trade or occupation of interest, as well as being in touch with a range of industry experts who will be able to point you in the right direction in terms of getting yourself an apprenticeship or traineeship. They may run a business themselves or will be able to refer you onwards to a suitable employer.

Getting an apprenticeship or traineeship may seem like a huge task, but there are loads of companies and services out there that want to help. The National Skills Shortage means these fields are frothing for new and eager workers like yourself, so once you get started on the search you’ll find that it’s easier than it seems. In no time, you’ll be out in the field learning a bunch of skills that are actually useful for a job–and earning money while you’re at it.

If you’re looking to get a start, jump over to Australian Apprentices Pathways and get all the information you need about finding an apprenticeship or traineeship employer.