5 Perks of Doing a Trade Apprenticeship that Make it So Worth While


Is an apprenticeship worth it?

Are you wondering, is an apprenticeship worth it? If so, you’ve come to the right place. 

If you want to start earning money and get a certificate at the same time, then doing an apprenticeship is a great option.

Here we explore the top 5 benefits of apprenticeships in the building and construction industry. 

Perk #1: On-the-job learning

There are so many benefits of apprenticeships, but on-the-job learning has to be one of the top 5. 

If sitting at a school desk was never your thing, then you’ll love the on-the-job learning style of a trade apprenticeship.

As you do a trade apprenticeship, you learn the content of a certificate III, but instead of learning at a desk you learn on the job. 

This involves following the example and instructions of a qualified tradie as you do the job itself. 

For example, when you do a carpenter’s apprenticeship, you learn a CPC30220 Certificate III in Carpentry by practising carpentry on a daily basis while building your skills and knowledge.

If you’re someone who learns best by doing or by using your hands, then you could be suited to a trades apprenticeship like carpentry.

Perk #2: Earn a living

Another perk of being an apprentice is that you actually get to do a real job and earn money.

Unlike secondary school or university courses that involve going to classes and lectures, an apprenticeship is a 9 to 5 job.

An apprenticeship lets you support yourself financially while still getting an education. 

This is a huge benefit compared to diving into a regular paid job in which you wouldn’t learn new skills, gain an education, and improve your employability in the future. 

While an apprentice wage is basic and entry-level, it does increase each year and once you are fully qualified you can continue to increase your earnings yearly as you get more experience under your belt.

Perk #3: Become a qualified tradie

If you were to jump into a regular paid job—especially one that is unskilled like labouring or retail—you wouldn’t learn new skills or add to your qualifications. 

The benefit of doing an apprenticeship compared to getting a regular job is that you earn a qualification such as the CPC30220 Certificate III in Carpentry.

A lot of our students say that getting a qualification like a certificate 3 is both challenging and rewarding. 

The process of learning and gaining new skills is great for your confidence.

And once you get your certificate in hand, you have proof of your skills and knowledge. 

This qualification will look great on your resume when you apply for jobs. 

It will make you more appealing to employers, especially compared to unqualified applicants who don’t have a certificate.


Perk #4: Open doors to jobs

Getting an apprenticeship can be an easier way to get a job compared to applying for regular jobs.

This is because employers love to hire apprentices because they get to teach you a trade in their own way.

There are also heaps of government incentives to hire apprentices, such as subsidies, wage support and tax exemptions.

Basically it can be cheaper for an employer to hire an apprentice compared to an unskilled worker.

Having invested in training an apprentice, employers are more likely to offer you a full time job once you finish your apprenticeship. 

In this way, you increase your chances of having guaranteed work after completing your trade certificate.

Perk #5: Advance your career

Once you’ve gained a trade qualification like a cert 3,  you have some experience working in the industry and a better idea of what you’d like to do with your career. 

You might want to continue working as a tradie and “on the tools”, gradually increasing your skills, knowledge, experience and income every year.

Or you might choose to advance your career by becoming supervisor, manager or by running your own building business. 

Go down this path by doing a CPC40120 Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) or a Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) (CPC50220).

What are the advantages of being an apprentice?

Earning an income and a qualification at the same time is a huge advantage, but the benefits of apprenticeships don’t end there. 

You’ll improve your chances of getting jobs in the future and open up a world of opportunities in the building and construction industry. 

Thinking of doing a trades apprenticeship? Chat to a course advisor about your options on 1300 534 363 (LEGEND) or request a callback today.