Follow the steps below to see the pathways to particular jobs, what your qualifications will be when you graduate, and the things that you can do now to prepare yourself for your chosen career.
Your current situation
Finding a job
In Secondary School – you can prepare by:
Choosing relevant subjects
Developing your skills
Getting relevant work experience
Finishing Secondary School
Working in another Industry
You can prepare by:
Consider which industry sectors you are interested in and who the employers are in your general area
Talking to potential employers
Finding A Job
The Readiness Assessment (RA)
A test of your literacy and numeracy capability conducted by the industry leading to a nationally recognised statement that “You have what it takes to learn the trade”
The Readiness Assessment resources are designed to help you to determine your preparedness to undertake an electrical apprenticeship in terms of maths and language skills.
It targets the specific requirements of the trade program; explaining how the literacy and numeracy standards relate to specific topics.
This will allow you, with the online tutorial support provided, to address potential barriers to success in your training program before you begin – rather than putting you into a training program for which you are unprepared.
Please note that there is a $20 fee to access the practice Readiness Assessment and tutorial support resources.
Approach potential employers
Use all your resources and energy but don’t forget to take your RA results certificate
A training contract between you and your employer
Attending an RTO to learn the basics
Full time work in the industry to develop the skills needed to be a competent tradesperson
Achieve the qualification Certificate III in Voice and Data Communications
Complete with a Trade Certificate
Obtain National “Open Cabler” registration.
Depending on elective units selected and work experience you may have several specialisation endorsments (e.g. fibreoptics)
You are now licensed to work as a data and telecommunications cabler without supervision.
Your qualification and registration allow you to work in the telecommunications, computer systems, security & fire alarm, building automation and entertainment systems industries.
Future career opportunities
Specialist technician – security, surveillance and/or fire systems
Skill sets or additional qualifications can lead to work in the installation and maintenance of sophisticated systems for monitoring, surveillance, access control and similar applications.
Client integration specialist
Skills sets and additional qualifications can lead to work integrating multiple systems within a premises for
interoperability and local or remote control.
NYI (Not Yet Invented) specialist
Emerging technologies are allowing new industries to evolve and take advantage of new communications capabilities such as are enabled by the NBN.
By keeping abreast of new products and services and new training opportunities that will support the new technologies and products, many new job opportunities will emerge.