In my other life as the business manager to our construction company, I find that I am approached at least monthly by school aged students looking to gain a school based traineeship. Did you know there are many ways to land your self an apprenticeship? Would you like to know how to become an apprentice carpenter? If so, read on.
How to Become An Apprentice Carpenter
School Based Traineeship
We have an apprentice, Rylee, who started with us when he was in year 10 at high school. While completing his studies, Rylee was able to work with us one day a week, and was also given some time at school to complete the first year of his apprenticeship studies. This is a great option for employers and employees alike, the student is given time to grow and learn, all before taking on the commitment of a full time position. The same can be said for the employer, who is given a great length of time to test if this apprentice will be the right fit for the business. In our case it has worked very well.
Approach a Carpenter
If you have already finished school or are looking to change careers, a great way to secure an apprenticeship is to directly approach a carpenter. Obviously we are talking about a carpenter that has his or her own business and is able to provide you with an employment opportunity. Consider contacting your local HIA office for a list of carpenters near you. When contacting a potential employer, be clear and concise about who you are and what you are looking for. Be careful not to hassle the carpenter, but do remember that like all business owners carpenters are busy and may need you to chase them up a little.
Approach a Builder
This option is nearly identical as the above option. It is worth noting that bigger builders are rarely ‘on the tools’ so you may actually be taught by a foreman or another carpenter. The size of the builder will most definitely impact the type of work you will be doing and in many cases there is also option for commercial work which can be of great interest. Bigger builders often have strict pathways to follow to gain employment, be sure to take the time to check out any websites for this direction prior to contacting your chosen builder.
Sign on With a Reputable Training Company
Many training companies will sign on good apprentices when they find them, and then work side by side with the apprentice and employers to find the right fit for all. Look for reputable training companies, take your time to research the best company for you. Some training is now also available online, which could potentially give you an opportunity to be exposed to a bigger field of host employers.
Start With Work Experience While You Are At School
Generations change and with it comes the potential for employers and employees to find it more difficult to fit. I know that we struggled at times to make our relationship with our apprentice work, and the time we had with him prior to signing him on, gave him and the Builder an opportunity to work through some small issues. Being keen enough to show up to work for a small period of time for free, shows great character and dedication. Two very attractive attributes to a potential employer.
As you can see there are very many different angles you can take to reach your goal of becoming an apprentice carpenter. Being a carpenter is a truly rewarding career, it provides you with the opportunity to work with many different people, all over the area in which you live. No two days are the same, and the option is there to create your own business if or when you are ready. You can meet our builder here.
Remember that prior to stepping foot onto a building site, you will need to have obtained a white card, which will give you the basic safety skills necessary to work in the construction industry. These are able to be done online now for a small cost.
Are you interested in becoming a tradesperson? Ever dreamed of owning your own business?