MENTOR/ADVISERAPPRENTICESHIPPROGRAMCAREERJOURNEYPLANNERAUTOMOTIVEADMINISTRATIONHigh SchoolCertificateVET in SchoolsCertificate II Traineeshipin AutomotiveAdministrationFoundation SkillsCertificate IIIin AutomotiveAdministrationSupervisory/ManagementBusiness OwnershipABOUT TRAINEESHIPSTraineeships form part of the national training system in Australiaand are a great way to learn new skills and get paid at the same,time. In the automotive industry, most traineeships areundertaken at a Certificate II level and can be started on apart-time basis in the final years of secondary schooling, orfull or part-time for school leavers or adults who want to starta career in the industry. To undertake a traineeship you needto be employed full or part-time and enter into a contract oftraining with an employer. Your local Australian ApprenticeshipCentre will assist you with your training contract and links toAAC offices can be found on the MAAP website.Traineeships can take one or two years depending on the typeof program you begin, how much time you spend practisingyour skills in the workplace and the pace at which you becomecompetent in tasks that are reflected in your chosen qualification.If you think you will undertake an apprenticeship after you havecompleted your traineeship, the good news is you will take somecredits with you between these programs. If you want to findout how much credit is available discuss this with your trainingprovider or your automotive apprenticeship adviser beforestarting a learning program.STARTING AS A TRAINEEStarting out as a trainee may be as easy as talking to your schoolVET coordinator, careers adviser or teacher. You can also contactone of the national automotive careers advisers, who are fundedby government to provide advice on the different job roles inthe industry, traineeships and apprenticeships. If you have leftschool you can still talk to a national apprenticeship adviser, whocan provide advice on the types of occupations and learningprograms that will best suit your pathway to an apprenticeship.Keeping an eye on the local newspaper, job websites and lettingfriends and family know you are looking for a traineeship is stillone of the best ways of getting started in the industry.If you are still at school while looking for a traineeship make sureyou inform your parents, guardians or school advisers on yourintentions about finding work in the industry. This isn’t a journeyyou have to start on your own; there are lots of supports availableto help you begin your career in this exciting industry.