Media release from Skillsroad and Apprenticeship Support Australia (ASA) - 13 December, 2018.
NSW students receiving their HSC results today “should consider apprenticeships and traineeships to
kick-start their career,” says Apprenticeship Support Australia (ASA) General Manager, New South
Wales, Queensland and Australian Capital Territory, Peter Gilchrist.
“Today’s HSC results mark an important milestone in the lives of more than 70,000 young adults, as
they leave high school and move on to the next exciting stage,” he said.
“This is a time when young people should be carefully considering all of their available career options.”
Youth unemployment rates in NSW are currently sitting at 10.2 percent, and employers across the state
are struggling with a skills shortage across a range of industries, finding it harder to recruit and retain
young people in their business.
Mr Gilchrist says that the completion of an apprenticeship or traineeship in an area affected by the skills
shortage – such as health, childcare, education or engineering – is an effective way for young people
to gain a qualification whilst receiving valuable work experience and developing a greater sense of
Earlier this year, the Skillsroad 2018 Youth Census, the largest youth survey in Australia, found that
young people in apprenticeships and traineeships reported higher levels of wellbeing than any other
“The findings of the Youth Census regarding apprentice and trainee wellbeing rates emphasise how
important it is that young people have access to holistic, unbiased career conversations – and that
includes information on vocational pathways,” said Mr Gilchrist.
“Young people, their parents and, in many cases, their teachers at school are not aware of the
outstanding job outcomes an apprenticeship or traineeship can lead to. But when we do something
that aligns with our strengths, skills and passions, we have a higher level of wellbeing and are more
likely to build a successful career.”
Mr Gilchrist is also urging students who did not achieve the HSC mark they were hoping for not to worry, and that there is a vast range of possible post-school opportunities.
“A strong ATAR is not necessarily a guarantee of future success. It’s more important for young people
to follow their passions,” he said.
“I strongly recommend today’s HSC graduates jump on to the Skillsroad careers website to explore the
many, many opportunities available to them.”
The Skillsroad website can be found at www.skillsroad.com.au. For more information on the many
apprenticeship and traineeship packages available, visit www.apprenticeshipscentre.com.au or call
1300 363 831.
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