If your career path needs a boost, a traineeship is just the thing you need.
A traineeship in Community Service or Childcare gives you the opportunity to get paid while learning, develop new skills, and build relevant and beneficial work experience. Whether you are returning to the workforce from a long break, wanting to find a new career or simply looking to learn new skills to help you find a job, a traineeship provides a fantastic opportunity.
What is a traineeship?
A traineeship is typically a year-long program that combines two primary modes of training: learning hubs for structured learning opportunities and on-the-job training and experience. Once you complete all of the course requirements, you will receive the Certificate – from a nationally recognised program.
JANET, 32, has been a stay at home mom for the last six years.
“Previously, I was a bank teller. It was a good job to pay the bills, but I never really liked it. Unsure of what to do after all of my children were enrolled in school, I decided to go to university, but I couldn’t juggle the demanding schedule with the needs of my family. I needed to find something I could do on a part-time basis.”
For Janet, her solution appeared when she started researching traineeships, in her case a childcare traineeship.
“It was like a lightbulb went off. If I pursued a career in childcare, I could find a part-time job to help support my family, but also provide other mothers with the opportunity to pursue theirs.”
How Does It Work?
Traineeship placement is a matchmaking game of sorts. Each participant is matched with an employer that matches your interest and goals. A good traineeship provider can over you a variety of placements to make sure that you find an environment that feels comfortable and will facilitate your progress and growth. During your traineeship, you will participate in structured learning, as well as hands-on training. Your traineeship program will utilise in-office tasks to develop marketable job skills, improving your hireability, experience, and knowledge of the field.
Here are some sample tasks you might do during a Community Services Certificate:
- Provide First Aid
- Child Protection: Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
3 Compelling Reasons You Should Do a Traineeship
Traineeships are more than just a job. They are career builders that offer paid employment from a compatible employer, structured learning, as well as on-the-job education designed to develop your skills, enhance your CV, and amplify your hireability. Here’s how a traineeship will help you find your new career path:
1. Build Universal Job Skills:
There are many jobs that require specialisation, advanced training, or years of experience, but there are universal job skills that can help you climb the ladder anywhere. During a traineeship, you will develop communication skills, leadership skills, and the basic foundational skills within the Early Education or Community Services industry. All industries require certain skills that you will learn, such as organisational skills, problem-solving skills, and triage skills. After a year within your working environment, you will have a feel for the job, environment, and sector. This will help you “talk the talk” and “walk the walk” when it comes to taking the next step in your career.
2. Develop Impressive and Verifiable Experience:
After the completion of your Certificate and traineeship, you will have documentation of your learning and skills development. In addition, you will have added a year’s worth of paid work experience to your CV. We’ve all heard the saying that you need to “have a job to get a job” and there is some truth to it! Once you have your foot in the door, you will be surprised how much easier it is to find work.
3. Expand Your Network:
One of the most important aspects to becoming successful in any position, sector, or industry is networking. At your traineeship, you will meet people within your field that have first-hand knowledge of your training, qualifications, experience, and job performance. In addition, you might even have people willing to become a reference for you. Expanding your network can be difficult to grow, but one place it does happen organically is at your place of work. The people you meet today could be the CEO that hires you tomorrow (or that offers you a partnership).
Starting over can be scary. Breaking into a new industry with no support system can be a challenge. A traineeship is a way to partner with a support system that will lift you to your potential and facilitate your growth and development. A Certificate in Community Services or Childcare and a year of paid work experience in the field will give you new skills, a freshly improved CV, and the confidence of knowing that METS has your back.
Interested in starting a new career in Childcare or Community Services? Contact us and learn more about how to develop your skills and embark on a new career path.