No need to fret about ATAR

No need to fret about ATAR

Scores of apprenticeships and traineeships are available for an immediate start!

Parents of students who will be receiving their Year 12 results over coming days have been reminded of the tremendous opportunities from apprenticeships and traineeships, as they think about career and study choices.

Group training organisations are on the lookout for young people leaving school who want to learn new skills and commence a rewarding career.

“There are scores of apprenticeship and traineeships going begging in New South Wales in many industries and these provide a great career start, and an alternative for those who don’t want to go to university,” said Apprentice Employment Network NSW & ACT (AEN NSW ACT) Executive Officer Jason Sultana.

“For the right person, it’s virtually a walk up start.”

Apprenticeship opportunities exist in areas including Building and Construction, Horticulture, Hospitality, Automotive, Engineering, and Manufacturing. Traineeships are available in areas such as Business, Retail, Community Health, Child Care, and Financial Services.
“What many students and parents don’t realise is that those who do an apprenticeship or traineeship often earn more immediately after they’ve completed their training than many students who go to university,” Mr Sultana said.

“Parents, in particular, should remember that the ATAR is designed for school leavers planning to go to university, so there is no need to stress if university is not in the plan.

“There are such great opportunities on offer for someone wanting to start a vocational career in the skilled trades, hospitality, health care, among others, and there are a lot of positions on offer.”

“It is a great time to maximise the fee free apprenticeships currently on offer in New South Wales.”

National Executive Officer of the National Apprentice Employment Network (NAEN) Dianne Dayhew said it was disappointing that students often graduate from Year 12 with university as their only option.

“Group training organisations around Australia have a unique role in matching young people to employers where they will learn on-the-job, while gaining a formal qualification from TAFE or college.

“They are earning a wage while they train and developing skills that will last a lifetime,” Ms Dayhew said.

“A key advantage in doing an apprenticeship or traineeship through group training is that you can be rotated to another employer should work dry up, or if there is a need for further training,” she said.

Group training organisations have more than three decades of experience matching young people to the right employers and providing mentoring and support while they complete their training.

There are group training organisations across metropolitan, rural and regional Australia, with some specialising in particular industries such as electrical, plumbing or hospitality, while others cover a range of industries and trades.

You can find a NSW group training organisation by visiting or visiting the AEN NSW ACT website


Novaskill’s General Manager, Mr John Liddicoat is the Chairman of both the NAEN and AEN NSW/ACT. 

The National Apprentice Employment Network is the national peak body representing the network of over 100 Group Training Organisations (GTOs) employing apprentices and trainees throughout Australia.

The Apprentice Employment Network NSW & ACT is the peak body representing its network of 26 Not for Profit Group Training Organisations (GTOs) in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.