is home to Melbourne, the second largest city in Australia. Health care services, education, retail
trade, manufacturing and construction account for the largest percentages of
the workforce, while agriculture accounts for almost 25 percent of Australia’s
total production. The state also
produces about two-thirds of the country’s milk and dairy.
“Skills First” initiative was started in 2017, and seeks to reform the TAFE
programs in Victoria and evolve the programs so they are equipped to adapt to
changing technological and social demands.
The government has identified several growth sectors, including:
Medical technology and
New energy technology
Food and fibre
Defense and construction
International education and
commitment to improving the TAFE system means many incentives and funding
options for those seeking to become apprentices. For more information about the Skills First
initiative, visit Victoria’s government website here.
Victoria’s Rights and Responsibilities Checklist
government also has a very useful checklist for apprenticeship candidates to
make sure they are doing everything possible to successfully complete their
apprenticeship. Some of the items on the
Making sure your training contract
Having a training plan
Suitable workplace equipment
complete checklist, see the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority
adult apprentices in Victoria will fall under either the national minimum wage
requirement of $695/week or the award given for whichever industry you are
interested in completing your apprenticeship in.
Technical and trade work are overwhelmingly popular choices for apprenticeships in Victoria (source: aapathways.com.au), with electricians, carpentry and plumbing being three of the more popular subsets of these. However, it could be useful to take a look at the Skills First initiative’s high-priority growth sectors when making your final decision. Health services are also popular apprenticeship options.
How to Apply
Victorian government’s state website to find a training course through the
Victorian Skills Gateway here, or have a look at TAFE’s website for the greater Melbourne area here.