Career Pathways for School Leavers

Traineeships | Apprenticeships | School Leavers

Finishing school and deciding what to do can be daunting. But it doesn’t have to be! There are many great career pathways for school leavers, including traineeships and apprenticeships.

Could a traineeship or apprenticeship be right for you? Read on to find out what options are available to you as a school leaver.

Traineeships & Apprenticeships

There are many great reasons why an apprenticeship or traineeship should be on your radar as a school leaver. They provide you with hands-on industry experience in the workplace, as well as in classroom learning through an RTO, such as HITsa.

There are also many other reasons why you may consider a traineeship or apprenticeship.

Try before you buy

Studying a degree at Uni doesn’t give you the opportunity to see what it’s like to work in that industry. Meaning you could potentially find yourself in the wrong field and with a significant HECS debt.

With a traineeship or apprenticeship, you are learning on the job and getting hands on experience in your chosen industry from the very beginning. Which gives you a fair idea on whether that field of work is for you or not – and you won’t be left with a HECS debt if you decide that it’s not for you.

Earn while you learn

Unlike many other post school options, where you will most likely be balancing study and a casual job, trainees and apprentices earn while they learn. You will be learning on the job skills while earning a salary and working towards a nationally recognised qualification.

As a trainee or apprentice, you get to work alongside industry leaders and equip yourself with a range of practical skills – giving you a real career advantage.

Training is flexible

Apprenticeships and traineeships offer great flexibility as they can be completed full time or part time. Apprenticeships generally take between 3 – 4 years to complete, while traineeships can be completed within 6 – 18 months.


When it comes to job hunting, they say it’s who you know that helps. By pursuing an apprenticeship or traineeship, you build a professional network of connections that can assist you after you complete your qualification.

Launch your career as an apprentice or trainee

Completing an apprenticeship or traineeship can give you a big advantage in the workforce, especially when you’re fresh out of school.

You’re able to get hands-on industry experience, earn while you learn and essentially try before you buy. And upon successful completion – you will have a nationally recognised qualification.

Now that you know the benefits of becoming an apprentice or trainee, it’s time to find a pathway that you’re interested in.

HITsa offer a range of courses through trainee/apprenticeship pathways in hospitality, business, and retail. Explore our courses online or speak to our friendly team by calling (08) 8375 2800.