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4 Key Steps to become an Electrician

So you’re thinking about becoming an electrician - GREAT!  To help you understand the industry and the steps you need to take, we’ve put together an overview, plus the 4 key steps to become an electrician.

Let’s start with the basics, to become a licensed electrician, you must successfully complete an electrical apprenticeship.  Once completed and licensed, electricians undertake a range of tasks and duties with electrical systems and networks in domestic, commercial and industrial settings.  Qualified electrical workers are in high demand, with some reports suggesting there will be over 50,000 job openings in the next five years.  In addition to this, recent reports have also indicated that an electrotechnology or telecommunications trade can have the best income return outcomes. 

The industry is very diverse and you may even want to specialise into certain sectors such as building and construction, energy and solar, resources and mining or even manufacturing. 

Our electrical apprentices tell us they love working on difference projects, and the daily changes in their work environment keep the job super interesting. 

The electrical trade is one of the most sought after apprenticeships.  Below we have outlined a number of steps below to increase your chances of securing an electrical apprenticeship. 

STEP #1:      Get to know the industry

Understanding the industry is key to knowing whether an electrical apprenticeship is for you.

Once you become an electrician there are opportunities for you to move from your trade into middle management, engineering roles and even owning your own business.  Completing an electrical apprenticeship gives you a nationally recognition qualification, meaning your trade is recognised across Australia and in some overseas countries. 

The industry is extremely diverse, but can also present unique challenges.  We recommend, where possible, that you undertake work experience in the industry so that you can get a good hands on understanding of the day to day work required of an apprentice electrician. 

STEP #2:      Take a proven pathway to increase your chances of becoming an                        electrician

  1. School subjects

Electrical work requires a strong understanding of Maths.  Many of our host employers look for students who have good results in both Maths and English subjects, as well as students who may have shown an interest in scientific subjects such as physics or computer science. 

  1. Prevocational programs

An electrical prevocational program allows you to complete study, generally a Certificate II in Electrotechnology.  This entry level course allows you to build the skills and confidence within the electrical industry.  TAFE Queensland offers a Certificate II in Electrotchnolody (Career Start).  In this course you will learn the skills needed to safely undertake basic electrotechnology work.  You will also learn to solve problems in extra-low voltage single-path and multiple-path DC circuits.  When you complete this course, you also receive a General Safety Induction course (also known in the construction industry as a White Card). 

  1. School-based apprenticeships

As you may already know, a school-based apprenticeship is an apprenticeship that you commence and undertake while still at school.  To commence as a school-based apprentice electrician (in Queensland) you must have completed the industry recognised minimum education requirement, which is the equivalent of year 10 with passes in a recognised course in English, Maths and Science. 

As a school-based apprentice electrician, ideally you will commence at the start of grade 11 (but that is not essential, you can also start in grade 12 if you wish).  You will be required to complete at a minimum 80 days of paid employment for each year of the school-based apprenticeships.  Upon completion of grade 12, your apprenticeships will transfer to either a part-time or full-time apprenticeship. 

STEP #3:      Know what skills employers are looking for in an apprentice electrician

As an apprentice, businesses know they will need to provide you with on the job training, however your attitude and motivation towards the job is critical.  Employers want a motivated and reliable worker that they can trust.  We’ve provided an outline of the general requirements employers look for when considering an apprentice electrician.

  • Car licence
  • Construction White Card
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and Low Voltage Rescue (LVR)
  • Good attitude
  • Self-motivation
  • Normal colour vision
  • Good English, Maths and Science skills
  • Good physical fitness

STEP #4:      Complete an apprenticeship

Now that you have decided to become an electrician, it’s time to start applying for apprenticeships.  You can find an apprenticeships by reaching out to your network of family and friends to find out if anyone knows of a business looking for an apprentice, searching online job websites, applying with group training organisations such as Golden West Apprenticeships. 

Take the initiative to research local electricians in your area and pick up the phone and give them a call to see if they need an apprentice. 

Once you’ve started your apprenticeship, remember it’s a four year commitment but there is plenty of support along the way. 

You also be interested in other apprenticeships and traineeships that are similar to the electrical apprenticeship:

  • Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Mechanic Apprenticeship
  • Data and Voice Communications Apprenticeship
  • Electrical Machine Repair Apprenticeship
  • Electronics and Communications Tradesperson Apprenticeship
  • Fire Protection Control Tradesperson Apprenticeship
  • Electronic Instrument Tradesperson Apprenticeship
  • Security Systems Tradesperson Apprenticeships
  • Appliance Servicing Apprenticeship
  • Electrical Fitter Apprenticeship

Ready to take the next step towards your career?

Register with Golden West Apprenticeships today at: http://apply.goldenwest.org.au/VacancyApplicationForm.aspx

Apprenticeship leads Emmett to fulfil his career dreams

An apprenticeship provided Emmett Wilkinson with the beginning of a very rewarding local career. After recently completing his apprenticeship, Emmett is keen to recommend an apprenticeship to anyone wanting a great start to their career.

Emmett first considered a career as a boilermaker, but after doing some work in the industry decided it wasn’t for him, and later found his dream job as a heavy vehicle apprentice mechanic. “I love that every day you are learning something new in your apprenticeship” said Emmett. “Since completing, my goal is now to learn as much as I can in as many different fields within the industry as possible”.

Since completing his apprenticeship on 17th May 2019, Emmett has been successful in securing his dream job as a full-time as a heavy vehicle mechanic with CD Power.

Emmett believes that without the support of his apprenticeship provider, Golden West Apprenticeships and his host employer CD Power, he may not have completed. “I love working with CD Power, it has a real family sort of feel, and everyone looks out for each other” said Emmett. “And if not for Golden West, I would not be in my current job and possibly not finished my trade”

Emmett’s host employer, Rob James from CD Power also believes in the power of apprenticeships, and developing their own workforce has been key to remaining a market leader in their industry.

“Since the opening of the CD power branch in Roma in 2007, we have always been focused on supporting the local community with a preference to employ local staff and providing the opportunity to grow the community by training quality tradespeople in the local area” Mr James stated. “As a business, CD Power acknowledged many years ago that the right tradespeople for our industry require a high level of training and commitment from our business. One of our most successful business strategies has been our focus to growing our own technicians to fulfil our unique skillset requirements within our business”.

Mr James encourages all businesses in the region to consider an apprentice. “Taking on an apprentice provides many benefits to a business, in addition to the satisfaction of knowing you have provided an opportunity to grow an individual and the community.

“Golden West Apprenticeships provides a fantastic service to our business and the young local community. Not only do they simplify the apprentice offering for our businesses, they also thoroughly support their candidates through any challenging circumstances to ensure the best result is achieved for the employer”.

Rob James from CD Power, pictured with completed apprentice Emmett Wilkinson.


MEDIA CONTACT:

For more information please contact:
Ph: 07 4622 3422
Email: marketing@goldenwest.org.au

Golden West Apprenticeships is a community based, non-profit organisation that specialises in the ‘group employment’ of apprentices and trainees in a wide range of industries. The core business of Golden West Apprenticeships is to play our local youth and mature age job seekers into apprenticeships and traineeships as well as to provide business with quality apprentices and trainees. Golden West Apprenticeships has 30 years experience in assisting job seekers find and sustain quality and meaningful employment.

Golden West Apprenticeships are committed to assisting Queenslanders in gaining nationally recognised qualifications whilst at the same time providing business and industry with a hassle free way of employing apprentices and trainees. Our team are dedicated to meeting the training needs of regional and rural Queensland.


Where are they now -- Shareene’s Story

For our 30th Anniversary, Golden West Apprenticeships spoke to some of our past apprentices and trainees to find out what they are doing now.

Shareene Andrews was fortunate to secure a Business Administration traineeship with Golden West Apprenticeships and local employer Millmerran Operating Company in 2009.

“My traineeship gave me skills which I have developed, further driving my career” said Shareene.  “Being involved in a large company, such as MOC, bought both positives and negatives.  I learnt a lot about how employment should be, and I still draw back to these day in my current position”.

Golden West Apprenticeships was there to support Shareene each step of the way.  “Achieving a nationally recognised qualification with an organisation such as Golden West, who were there to help you succeed was invaluable” said Shareene.  “I had regular check ins with my field officer to ensure the placement was going well and my training was on track”.

Shareene completed her traineeship in 2010, and is now the Practice Manager of a successful dental surgery in Toowoomba.  

Shareene Andrews

Where are they now -- Kody’s Story

For our 30th Anniversary, Golden West Apprenticeships spoke to some of our past apprentices and trainees to find out what they are doing now.

After not enjoying school, Kody McColm decided at the end of Grade 10, it was time to seek out a new way learning that was more for him.  It was 2009 and at the time, Golden West Apprenticeships was recruiting for an apprentice boilermaker with local host employer, Lionel Moore Trailers.

Kody took the apprenticeship like a duck to water and excelled through his apprenticeships studies. “As a young person, working in a grown up environment, I had to learn pretty quickly” said Kody.  “But working with Golden West Apprenticeships, I always felt supported.  Amanda, my Training and Employment Coordinator was easy to talk to when I needed her, and always pointed me in the right direction”.

After completing his apprenticeship in 2013, Kody stayed with Lionel Moore Trailers and has been a leading hand and supervisor to the current apprentices within the business.

Kody McColm (front row – black cap) and the team at Lionel Moore Trailers.  

Where are they now -- Michael’s Story

For our 30th Anniversary, Golden West Apprenticeships spoke to some of our past apprentices and trainees to find out what they are doing now.

From a young age, Michael Riethmuller showed an interest in the mechanical trade, so when the opportunity arose to complete a diesel fitting apprenticeship, it was a dream come true.  

While completing grade 11 at high school in 2005, Michael commenced a school-based apprenticeship with Golden West Apprenticeships. However, once Michael completed grade 12, his host employer at the time was unable to retain him.  Luckily, Golden West was able to seek out a new host employer, B&B Machinery.

I would definitely recommend using a Group Training Organisation, such as Golden West Apprenticeships, they served me well when I needed to transition between host employers” said Michael.  “I was able to continue my apprenticeship without interruption thanks to their continual support and mentoring”.

Michael completed his apprenticeship in 2010, and is now the Workshop Foreman at B&B.  Michael is currently supervising two apprentices, and highly recommends an apprenticeship as a trade pathway.

Michael Riethmuller with owner Kris Black

Seaton’s got it made as a local plumbing apprentice

With many family and friends in the plumbing industry, becoming a school-based apprentice was the best career decision local apprentice, Seaton Hansen says he has made. 

Seaton pictured with Cindy Taylor from Golden West Apprenticeships

Seaton, who took on a school-based apprenticeship in 2016 while completing grade 12 at the Blackall State School said he was thrilled when the apprenticeship opportunity presented itself.  “Golden West Apprenticeships and Capricornia Plumbing had an opening for a school-based apprentice and I was lucky to be given an opportunity to try plumbing” said Seaton.  “After finishing school, the apprenticeship continued as full-time”.

Working in the Central West, Seaton loves everything about his plumbing apprenticeship.  “Every day is different.  Sometimes it can be roofing, the next day it can be maintenance, the following day can be setting up drainage systems”. 

Seaton believe that every school student should consider a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship.  “Being a school-based apprentice was a great outlet for me.  I didn’t really enjoy being stuck in the classroom, but I got my school work done knowing that I could look forward to going to my apprenticeship each week”. 

“The apprenticeship has taught me to work as part of a team.  I have also been responsible at times for completing job on my own which has developed my skills and confidence.  A personal gain for me this year was buying a brand new Hilux”.

Seaton is now in the third stage of his apprenticeship and has just under 20 months until he completes and becomes a fully qualified plumber, who will have a range of experience in plumbing and drainage. 

MEDIA CONTACT:

For more information please contact:
Ph: 07 4622 3422
Email: marketing@goldenwest.org.au

Golden West Apprenticeships is a community based, non-profit organisation that specialises in the ‘group employment’ of apprentices and trainees in a wide range of industries. The core business of Golden West Apprenticeships is to play our local youth and mature age job seekers into apprenticeships and traineeships as well as to provide business with quality apprentices and trainees. Golden West Apprenticeships has 30 years experience in assisting job seekers find and sustain quality and meaningful employment.

Golden West Apprenticeships are committed to assisting Queenslanders in gaining nationally recognised qualifications whilst at the same time providing business and industry with a hassle free way of employing apprentices and trainees. Our team are dedicated to meeting the training needs of regional and rural Queensland.

Where are they now – Teleigha’s Story

For our 30th Anniversary, Golden West Apprenticeships spoke to some of our past apprentices and trainees to find out what they are doing now.

Teleigha Tucker was successful in securing a business administration traineeship, as part of Santos GLNG’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Trainee Program in 2010, which was managed by Golden West Apprenticeships.

Teleigha always had her sights set on a career in business and knew that a traineeship would put her on the right path.  “I knew that I would work in the business arena and this was a good stepping stone to achieve my long-term goals” said Teleigha.  “My favourite part about the traineeship, was the opportunity to work in an interest area before leaving school and having to work full-time”.  

Being a trainee with Golden West ensured that Teleigha was able to complete all aspects of her traineeship.  “Golden West Apprenticeships were great during my study period.  There was a time when I couldn’t complete a certain practical module at Santos and Golden West assisted and organised for me to work with an employee from Golden West to complete this” said Teleigha. 

Since completing her traineeship in 2012, Teleigha’s career has blossomed and she is now working for a local allied health company in Roma as the Practice and Human Resources Coordinator. 

Where are they now – Christian’s Story

For our 30th Anniversary, Golden West Apprenticeships spoke to some of our past apprentices and trainees to find out what they are doing now.

Christian Radnedge decided that taking on a second apprenticeship was a step in the right direction for his career.  “Already being a qualified boilermaker and working largely in the transport industry, I found myself already doing a lot of mechanical work” said Christian.  “When the opportunity arose to do a second trade as a diesel fitter, I jumped at it”.

Christian commenced his diesel fitting apprenticeship in 2012 as a mature-aged apprenticeship.  As Christian was qualified boilermaker he was able to accelerate his second apprenticeship and complete in just 20 months. 

Christian said his experience as an apprentice the second time, was very similar to his first apprenticeships, however this time he had a Golden West Apprenticeships Field Officer for support.

Christian continues to work locally in Quilpie as a diesel fitter with the Quilpie Shire Council. 

Where are they now – Sam’s Story

For our 30th Anniversary, Golden West Apprenticeships spoke to some of our past apprentices and trainees to find out what they are doing now.

Sam Williams started his apprenticeship as a sheetmetal fabrication apprentice in 2006 with Golden West Apprenticeships and hosted to CSM Service Bodies in Warwick. 

Sam enjoyed his apprenticeship, although admitted at times it was difficult to stay focussed at such a young age.  “My favourite part of the apprenticeship was getting to learn something new, each year that you progress through your apprenticeship you gain more knowledge about the industry you are working in, and also the feeling of completion, knowing that I have managed to be 100% competent in a field that I knew nothing about at the start of my apprenticeship” said Sam.  “I did find it challenging to stay focused at such a young age”. 

Sam was initially apprehensive about undertaking an apprenticeship through a group training organisation, however after being an apprentice with Golden West, he is very complimentary towards group training.  “My experience with Golden West was great.  They were there in both the good times and bad times, they supported me and help me keep focused on completing my apprenticeship” said Sam.  “I was sceptical with how the whole host employer situation would work to start with, but Golden West were there, whether it be over the phone or with the regular face to face visits”.

After completing his apprenticeship in 2009, Sam stayed on with his host employer for eight years before leaving to gain further experience in the manufacturing industry.  Sam has since returned to CSM Service Bodies in a management role. 

Golden West Apprenticeships Celebrating 30 Years in Business

On 21st September 2018, Golden West Apprenticeships is celebrating 30 years in business. 

Established in Roma in 1988, Golden West is one of the largest not for profit Group Training Organisations operating in Queensland. 

“We are very proud to be celebrating this milestone” said Camille Johnson, CEO of Golden West Apprenticeships.  “Over the past three decades, we have had the privilege of partnering with local business and industry to offer apprenticeships in our rural and regional communities.  This celebration is about recognising our community’s commitment to training, as well as the thousands of apprentices and trainees who have completed their trade through Golden West”. 

“We extend our sincere gratitude to our host employers, apprentices, trainees and staff for the loyalty and trust you have shown us over the past 30 years and we are excited about what our future will hold” said Ms Johnson. 

Golden West Apprenticeships will be celebrating their 30th anniversary with an event planned in Roma which will acknowledge their outstanding achievement of 30 years in group training. 

MEDIA CONTACT:
For more information please contact:
Ph: 07 4622 3422
Email: marketing@goldenwest.org.au

Golden West Apprenticeships is a community based, non-profit organisation that specialises in the ‘group employment’ of apprentices and trainees in a wide range of industries. The core business of Golden West Apprenticeships is to place our local youth and mature age job seekers into apprenticeships and traineeships as well as to provide business with quality apprentices and trainees. Golden West Apprenticeships has 30 years experience in assisting job seekers find and sustain quality and meaningful employment.

Golden West Apprenticeships are committed to assisting Queenslanders in gaining nationally recognised qualifications whilst at the same time providing business and industry with a hassle free way of employing apprentices and trainees. Our team are dedicated to meeting the training needs of regional and rural Queensland.

Our Head Office is in Roma and we operate across Longreach, Emerald, Charleville, Dalby and Toowoomba regions.