Seven reasons to choose an apprenticeship in 2024

This week is National Apprenticeship Week, 12 – 18 February 2024.


Starting a career or making a change?  An apprenticeship could be the game-changer to your best future yet!


Bringing together hands-on training with expert industry guidance (not to mention an income from day one) apprenticeships offer a pathway to thrive in your chosen field. Whether you're fresh from school or looking for a new job opportunity, a Kangan Institute apprenticeship could be the kick-start you've been searching for, here’s seven reasons why:

Learn by doing
More time in the workshop and less time in a textbook. Apprentices focus on practical, real-world abilities so you’ll be equipped with skills to tackle the challenges of your chosen field from hairdressing to plumbing and everything in between.

Skill level = expert
With guidance from expert teachers – who’ve worked in the field too – you'll get job-specific knowledge and perfect essential workplace techniques that employers need now.

Earn while you learn

Get paid to skill up. With an apprenticeship, you have the chance to earn a real income while you make a head start in your career.

Build your network

You’ll make valuable industry connections through your apprenticeship. You’ll work alongside experienced tradies who can become your mentors and others who are also starting out, paving the way for future career prospects.

Open doors to career progression

Many apprentices are offered full-time positions by their sponsoring employers after completing their programs. By proving your dedication, skills, and work ethic, you build the foundation for long-term career satisfaction.

Qualifications that count
Apprenticeships get tangible results. The qualifications and certifications you earn hold real weight in the job market, confirming your expertise to potential employers.

Personalise your learning
One size doesn't fit all. Apprenticeships offer ways to cater to your strengths and learning style. This customised approach ensures that your educational journey is both effective and enjoyable.

Kangan Institute’s Outstanding Women in Trade Apprentice of the Year 2024, Casey Lupson, is pursuing an electrical apprenticeship after initially working in an office job.

“Coming out of school I wasn’t sure what to do. I went into an office job; did a traineeship for it. As time went on, I realised this wasn’t what I wanted to do. I didn’t want to sit behind a desk all day,” said Casey.

“That’s when I made the choice to pick an apprenticeship and give it a go. I chose to do an apprenticeship because I get a qualification at the end.”  

Having worked on various projects – from commercial buildings across Melbourne to venues like Marvel Stadium, Casey is loving her job as an electrical apprentice and encourages anyone considering an apprenticeship to take the leap.

“I’m loving it. Being on all these different jobs, you see so many people during the day and have a bit of fun while working and learning how to do everything,” said Casey.

“If you’ve always thought about it, any kind of trade, just see if you’re able to get in anywhere and give it a go.”

Comments to be attributed to Sally Curtain, Chief Executive Officer Kangan Institute:  

“Apprenticeships are a win-win for the apprentice and the employer. Apprentices are full of fresh energy and willing to learn their craft.”

“This model is a game-changer for businesses. They can cultivate a workforce to meet their specific needs while developing a pipeline of talent for the future.

“Kangan Institute trains thousands of apprentices every year, equipping individuals with the practical skills that industries desperately need right now to help Victoria fuel urgent skills demands.”

Discover apprenticeship opportunities at Kangan Institute in Trades and Industrial, Automotive, Landscaping, Hairdressing and Barbering, Bakery and Cookery, visit

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