Job Pathways – how to get into your preferred field of work

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Getting into your dream job may seem difficult, however, there are plenty of job pathways you can take to get there. From pre apprenticeships, traineeships and apprenticeships. Depending on what industry you want to get into, there will more than likely be some sort of pathway to help get you there. 

In addition, apprenticeships and traineeships are a great way to get your foot in the door for your preferred field of work. These job pathways provide you with structured course training as well as real work-life experience. Which is great! Plus, pre apprenticeships, apprenticeships and traineeships don’t require any prior qualification. So, if you’re fresh out of school or even in school, you can kick start your career with a job pathway!

But what exactly are these job pathways and how do you get one?

What’s the difference between a pre apprenticeship, apprenticeship and traineeship? 

All 3 job pathways help you to achieve the same thing – attain your dream job (hopefully). However, they do all differ in time, requirements and qualification outcomes.

Here is some individual info on all 3:

Pre Apprenticeship

Pre apprenticeships are completed prior to completing an apprenticeship and usually take 6-12 months. They aren’t a requirement of getting an apprenticeship, but they do help you get that step closer to getting one. 

Pre apprentice training is entry level and made up of classroom learning and hands-on work experience. This type of pathway is usually offered through level 1 and level 2 qualifications. 

The outcome of completing a pre apprenticeship would be a level 1 or 2 qualification. As well as possible employment under an apprenticeship agreement. 

Furthermore, this is also a great way to make sure that field of work is what you’re wanting to do. Rather than going straight into a 3-4 year apprenticeship. 


Traineeships are a great way to gain a qualification in your chosen field of work (if available). A traineeship will provide you with hands-on learning in the workplace, as well as in classroom learning through an RTO, such as HITsa

Traineeships can be completed either full-time or part-time. Often, students will choose to complete a school-based traineeship when in year 10, 11 or 12. As a school-based trainee, you will gain your qualification within 1-2 years. Depending on your certificate level undertaken and how much you commit to study.

Traineeships are great for high school students, school leavers or those looking for a career change. 


An apprenticeship is a job pathway that combines paid on the job training and in classroom learning with an RTO. It’s a great way to gain a nationally recognised qualification related to your field of work.

Apprenticeships will generally take 3-4 years to complete and can be completed full time, part time or school based. They are great for entry level job seekers, students, school leavers or people wanting a career change. 

As an apprentice, you can gain a qualification ranging from a certificate 2 to an advanced diploma across a range of fields. Which could include trades, cookery, hospitality, admin and more.

Furthermore, anyone of working age can be hired as an apprentice. 

Interested in a job pathway? 

Undertaking a pre apprenticeship, traineeship or apprenticeship is a great way to get your foot in the door to your preferred field of work. All 3 job pathways provide you with a combination of practical on the job experience and in classroom learning. 

In addition, these job pathways are a great way to gain a qualification ranging from a certificate 1 to an advanced diploma. Depending on what field of work you’re in and the job pathway you take.

Job pathways are great for entry level job seekers, school students and year 12 graduates. As well as people seeking a career change or wanting to gain new skills.

Furthermore, HITsa offer a range of job pathways in hospitality and administration. You can view these online or call the friendly team on 8375 2800 for more information.