Mature Age Apprenticeships
What is the age limit for an apprenticeship?
Apprenticeships are not just for young people; anyone who wants to learn the painting trade, is employed, and is an Australian resident can do an apprenticeship. Even painters who have years of experience will benefit from training to complete their trade qualification.
What are the benefits of completing an Adult Apprenticeship?
The benefits include the fact that you will receive subsidised training, and end up with a nationally recognised qualification. Getting qualified helps you work more professionally, learn new skills, and eventually start your own business if you wish.
Employers may receive incentives for assisting you to get qualified, and will end up with higher skilled staff.
Will I have to receive apprentice wages?
No, just because you are an apprentice doesn't mean you will have to recieve lower wages. You can negotiate your wages with your employer, especially if you already have skills. If you are already employed there is no reason to lower your wages.
What if I already have experience?
Painters who have experience will receive Recognition of Prior Learning credit towards completing their qualification. Apprenticeships are competency based, which means that you can complete your apprenticeship when you are competent. This can be in as little as 6 months depending on your skill level.
Mature Age Workers Incentives
Employers who take on an apprentice aged over 45 will recieve an extra $750 on commencement, and $750 on completion, in addition to any other incentives.
How Can I find an Apprenticeship?
The best way to find an apprenticeship is to contact local painters in your area. You can try Google, Yellow Pages or this web-site to find a local painter. Find a painter
Tell them about yourself, whether you can drive, have a car, and any building industry experience you have. Make sure you complete the Construction Safety White Card course
if you have not done it.
For more information on adult apprenticeships, contact the National Institute of Painting and Decorating: