School Leavers

After leaving school, young people may initially have difficulties in securing an apprenticeship or finding a job. When job-hunting, always keep applying to employers, seek assistance wherever available and be enthusiastic and persistent as opportunities will eventually come. The energy and telecommunication industry offers school leavers various options to develop skills to start their career.

Checklist for School Leavers

  • Approach group training organisations for an apprenticeship
  • Approach any employer in a trade of interest for work experience or an apprenticeship
  • Enrol in a pre-vocational or pre-employment course at a trade training organisation
  • Enrol in a Bachelor degree course at a university

Pre-employment training

Some organisations and education institutions offer pre-employment training in the energy industry. Pre-employment training is also referred to as pre-vocational or pre-apprenticeship training.

Pre-employment courses prepare students for a pre-apprenticeship pathway to a full trade qualification and career preparation. These courses incorporate the advanced knowledge and hands-on training required to start working in the energy or telecommunications industries.

The duration of pre-employment training is typically shorter. Some pre-employment programs will provide funding to assist with training and may also recognise prior learning or course credit for previous skills and experience, including previous study, work experience, life experience, leisure pursuits and volunteer work.

For more information about pre-employment, pre-vocational or pre-apprenticeship, training ask your local training organisation.


Apprenticeships in the energy and telecommunications industries offer the opportunity to earn an income while training to complete a nationally recognised qualification.  Apprenticeships are available for everyone of working age (aged 15 and over), and most employers require that the completion of at least Year 10 of secondary schooling.

The difference between traineeship and apprenticeship is that a trainee will be trained in a vocational area, for example information technology, whereas an apprentice is trained in a skilled trade and upon successful completion will become a qualified tradesperson. However, with a successful completion of a traineeship the trainee will be eligible to receive a minimum of a Certificate II in the chosen area. The length of a traineeship varies between 12 month and three years.

Information about apprenticeships and traineeships in Queensland

Trade Training Courses

Trade colleges in Australia provide vocational training and education where students are taught the skills they need to gain a qualification in a particular job. Trade Colleges, also known as Registered Training Organisations (RTOs), provide accredited training programs in the areas of electrotechnology, telecommunication, sustainable energy and engineering trades.

Trade colleges can be privately, industry, or government funded with various training options from co-educational to secondary and post-trade training.  In addition, may recruit, employ and train apprenticeships and trainees for careers in the energy industry.

Courses may be offered full time, part time, online or externally depending on individual preferences.

Most of the training colleges in Queensland offer courses to deliver pre-apprenticeship programs, apprenticeship and traineeship programs, as well as a pathway to university through diplomas and advance diploma programs.

University Courses

University education offers a great opportunity to secure a long and rewarding career in the energy or telecommunications industries. Professionals highly sought after are: Engineers (all disciplines, Geologists and Geophysicists, as well as supporting occupations including Managers, Occupational, Health and Safety experts, Risk Management, Marketing, Finance and Administration professionals.