No, it is not a pre-requisite but a lot of employers do prefer it. It will also take some time off the amount of schooling you do in your apprenticeship if you have completed a pre-apprenticeship.
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In Victoria you need to be 15-years-old to start an apprenticeship.
Master Builders matches apprentices with our members and sends through all the relevant information to get the apprentice signed up.
Yes. The average schooling is 24 weeks over the time of your apprenticeship. This will be less if you have completed a pre-apprenticeship.
It is not compulsory to have completed VCE, but many employers prefer it.
The average apprenticeship takes four years. Some trades, such as bricklaying, are a three year apprenticeship.
As an apprentice you will have access to the Trade Support Loans up to the value of $20,000 over the time of your apprenticeship. For more information on this, please refer to the Australian Apprenticeships website.
As an employer you will receive $1500 as a Commencement Incentive for taking on an apprentice. $2500 is the Completion Incentive given to employers when an apprentice is signed off. There is also a Recommencement Incentive of $750 for taking on an apprentice who had already started their apprenticeship elsewhere.
You do not need a driver’s licence to be taken on as an apprentice, however with locations of jobs constantly changing over the duration of an apprenticeship it makes things much easier for everyone if you do have your license.