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Rhys Oakley:  "Golden West gave me a helping hand in finding and completing an electrical apprenticeship. I would highly recommend this apprenticeship company."

Rhys completed his Electrotechnology Electrical Apprenticeship on 30 August 2019 with Electrical Sensations in Toowoomba.


How to Write a Resume

Having a well written and presentable resume is a crucial part of the employment process.

Employers will often short list applicants based on their resumes alone so therefore it is important to make your resume stand out.

Resumes should not be longer than two pages so keep your resume concise and only include details that are relevant to the employer.

The following headings are usually included in resumes:

PERSONAL DETAILS

  • Name: Always state your full name
  • Address: State your residential and postal address in case the employer needs to contact you by post.
  • Telephone: Put your home and mobile number if necessary and make sure you specify the times you are contactable. Record a professional voicemail greeting stating your name and that you cannot take their call right now and an invitation to leave a message.
  • Email Address: Many companies prefer to email applicants so stating your email address would be a good idea. Create a professional email address. The best one is your name, if you have common name then add some numbers to it.
  • Date of Birth (optional): State your date of birth in full date format e.g. 4th February 1990

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

In this section list the schools you have attended and state the years you attended them. Also list the subjects you studied and the results gained in these subjects.

WORK EXPERIENCE

This section should list any previous work experience you have had including school organised work experience.

This section should follow the below format:

  • Employer: Write the name, address and telephone number
  • Position Held: Position title
  • Period of Employment: This should be given as May 2018 – February 2019
  • Duties: List the duties you undertook in dot point format.

COMMUNITY WORK

This section is important as it shows employers that you take an interest in your community.

You might have participated in a community event through your school or sport perhaps. List all your community involvement and specify dates if possible.

Examples of community involvement are: collecting for charities, speaking at community functions, being involved in community performances and helping with community clubs such as sporting and special interest groups.

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENTS

This section should list any extracurricular activities you have undertaken and any special prizes you may have gained in your school or working years. Example: Academic Merit Award 2019.

PERSONAL SKILLS

You should state your strong points in this section. For example, if you work well as part of a team or if you have had a great deal of leadership experience. It is also important to point out if you have transport. Perhaps you have your P plates, for example.

HOBBIES AND INTERESTS

State your hobbies and interests. State any positions of responsibility that you may currently have or may have had in the past connected to your hobby or interest.

REFEREES

In this section you should list at least two referees with their addresses, email, and telephone numbers. It is important that you seek the permission from the people you are going to list so that they can be prepared for calls from prospective employers. Ensure you only list referees that will say positive, not negative things about you.

HANDY HINTS

  • Make sure you present your resume in a format that is legible and easy to understand.
  • When using a computer to type your resume, make sure you use a font that is easy on the reader’s eyes. An employer will not waste their time on text they cannot read.
  • Ensure that your resume is brief and to the point. The employer will not have time to read an essay.
  • PROOF READ YOUR RESUME before giving it to potential employers. Spelling and grammatical errors will not be looked upon lightly by employers.
  • List two referees in your resume including previous employers or school teachers.


Download Example Resume - Detailed
Download Example Resume - Brief

How to Write a Killer Cover Letter

A cover letter is similar to a brief introduction and should be submitted when applying for a job along with your resume.  It’s important that you take the time and effort to write a cover letter for each position you are applying for – it shows that you are genuinely interested in the job. 

When an employer looks through the cover letter they will usually determine whether you meet the position criteria based on the letter content before perusing your resume.

Some key points:

  • Make sure you check for spelling and grammatical errors before printing your cover letter.
  • Your cover letter should be no more than one page in length
  • Attach the cover letter to the front of your resume
  • Type the letter in an easy to read font such as Arial, Calibri or Times New Roman
  • If responding to an advertisement refer to the advert in your first line
  • Your letter should include your experience in one paragraph and your qualifications in another paragraph
  • Perhaps ask your family/carers or teachers to look over your resume and give you some feedback as to how to improve it.
  • Keep a copy of the letter for your future reference

Set yourself apart with action words that describe what you have contributed rather than what you have done on a daily basis.

Action words for your cover letter that will help you stand out include:


Make sure you download our example cover letter. 

Download Sample Cover Letter

4 Key Steps to become an Electrician

So you’re thinking about becoming an electrician - GREAT!  To help you understand the industry and the steps you need to take, we’ve put together an overview, plus the 4 key steps to become an electrician.

Let’s start with the basics, to become a licensed electrician, you must successfully complete an electrical apprenticeship.  Once completed and licensed, electricians undertake a range of tasks and duties with electrical systems and networks in domestic, commercial and industrial settings.  Qualified electrical workers are in high demand, with some reports suggesting there will be over 50,000 job openings in the next five years.  In addition to this, recent reports have also indicated that an electrotechnology or telecommunications trade can have the best income return outcomes. 

The industry is very diverse and you may even want to specialise into certain sectors such as building and construction, energy and solar, resources and mining or even manufacturing. 

Our electrical apprentices tell us they love working on difference projects, and the daily changes in their work environment keep the job super interesting. 

The electrical trade is one of the most sought after apprenticeships.  Below we have outlined a number of steps below to increase your chances of securing an electrical apprenticeship. 

STEP #1:      Get to know the industry

Understanding the industry is key to knowing whether an electrical apprenticeship is for you.

Once you become an electrician there are opportunities for you to move from your trade into middle management, engineering roles and even owning your own business.  Completing an electrical apprenticeship gives you a nationally recognition qualification, meaning your trade is recognised across Australia and in some overseas countries. 

The industry is extremely diverse, but can also present unique challenges.  We recommend, where possible, that you undertake work experience in the industry so that you can get a good hands on understanding of the day to day work required of an apprentice electrician. 

STEP #2:      Take a proven pathway to increase your chances of becoming an                        electrician

  1. School subjects

Electrical work requires a strong understanding of Maths.  Many of our host employers look for students who have good results in both Maths and English subjects, as well as students who may have shown an interest in scientific subjects such as physics or computer science. 

  1. Prevocational programs

An electrical prevocational program allows you to complete study, generally a Certificate II in Electrotechnology.  This entry level course allows you to build the skills and confidence within the electrical industry.  TAFE Queensland offers a Certificate II in Electrotchnolody (Career Start).  In this course you will learn the skills needed to safely undertake basic electrotechnology work.  You will also learn to solve problems in extra-low voltage single-path and multiple-path DC circuits.  When you complete this course, you also receive a General Safety Induction course (also known in the construction industry as a White Card). 

  1. School-based apprenticeships

As you may already know, a school-based apprenticeship is an apprenticeship that you commence and undertake while still at school.  To commence as a school-based apprentice electrician (in Queensland) you must have completed the industry recognised minimum education requirement, which is the equivalent of year 10 with passes in a recognised course in English, Maths and Science. 

As a school-based apprentice electrician, ideally you will commence at the start of grade 11 (but that is not essential, you can also start in grade 12 if you wish).  You will be required to complete at a minimum 80 days of paid employment for each year of the school-based apprenticeships.  Upon completion of grade 12, your apprenticeships will transfer to either a part-time or full-time apprenticeship. 

STEP #3:      Know what skills employers are looking for in an apprentice electrician

As an apprentice, businesses know they will need to provide you with on the job training, however your attitude and motivation towards the job is critical.  Employers want a motivated and reliable worker that they can trust.  We’ve provided an outline of the general requirements employers look for when considering an apprentice electrician.

  • Car licence
  • Construction White Card
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and Low Voltage Rescue (LVR)
  • Good attitude
  • Self-motivation
  • Normal colour vision
  • Good English, Maths and Science skills
  • Good physical fitness

STEP #4:      Complete an apprenticeship

Now that you have decided to become an electrician, it’s time to start applying for apprenticeships.  You can find an apprenticeships by reaching out to your network of family and friends to find out if anyone knows of a business looking for an apprentice, searching online job websites, applying with group training organisations such as Golden West Apprenticeships. 

Take the initiative to research local electricians in your area and pick up the phone and give them a call to see if they need an apprentice. 

Once you’ve started your apprenticeship, remember it’s a four year commitment but there is plenty of support along the way. 

You also be interested in other apprenticeships and traineeships that are similar to the electrical apprenticeship:

  • Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Mechanic Apprenticeship
  • Data and Voice Communications Apprenticeship
  • Electrical Machine Repair Apprenticeship
  • Electronics and Communications Tradesperson Apprenticeship
  • Fire Protection Control Tradesperson Apprenticeship
  • Electronic Instrument Tradesperson Apprenticeship
  • Security Systems Tradesperson Apprenticeships
  • Appliance Servicing Apprenticeship
  • Electrical Fitter Apprenticeship

Ready to take the next step towards your career?

Register with Golden West Apprenticeships today at: http://apply.goldenwest.org.au/VacancyApplicationForm.aspx

Apprenticeship leads Emmett to fulfil his career dreams

An apprenticeship provided Emmett Wilkinson with the beginning of a very rewarding local career. After recently completing his apprenticeship, Emmett is keen to recommend an apprenticeship to anyone wanting a great start to their career.

Emmett first considered a career as a boilermaker, but after doing some work in the industry decided it wasn’t for him, and later found his dream job as a heavy vehicle apprentice mechanic. “I love that every day you are learning something new in your apprenticeship” said Emmett. “Since completing, my goal is now to learn as much as I can in as many different fields within the industry as possible”.

Since completing his apprenticeship on 17th May 2019, Emmett has been successful in securing his dream job as a full-time as a heavy vehicle mechanic with CD Power.

Emmett believes that without the support of his apprenticeship provider, Golden West Apprenticeships and his host employer CD Power, he may not have completed. “I love working with CD Power, it has a real family sort of feel, and everyone looks out for each other” said Emmett. “And if not for Golden West, I would not be in my current job and possibly not finished my trade”

Emmett’s host employer, Rob James from CD Power also believes in the power of apprenticeships, and developing their own workforce has been key to remaining a market leader in their industry.

“Since the opening of the CD power branch in Roma in 2007, we have always been focused on supporting the local community with a preference to employ local staff and providing the opportunity to grow the community by training quality tradespeople in the local area” Mr James stated. “As a business, CD Power acknowledged many years ago that the right tradespeople for our industry require a high level of training and commitment from our business. One of our most successful business strategies has been our focus to growing our own technicians to fulfil our unique skillset requirements within our business”.

Mr James encourages all businesses in the region to consider an apprentice. “Taking on an apprentice provides many benefits to a business, in addition to the satisfaction of knowing you have provided an opportunity to grow an individual and the community.

“Golden West Apprenticeships provides a fantastic service to our business and the young local community. Not only do they simplify the apprentice offering for our businesses, they also thoroughly support their candidates through any challenging circumstances to ensure the best result is achieved for the employer”.

Rob James from CD Power, pictured with completed apprentice Emmett Wilkinson.


MEDIA CONTACT:

For more information please contact:
Ph: 07 4622 3422
Email: marketing@goldenwest.org.au

Golden West Apprenticeships is a community based, non-profit organisation that specialises in the ‘group employment’ of apprentices and trainees in a wide range of industries. The core business of Golden West Apprenticeships is to play our local youth and mature age job seekers into apprenticeships and traineeships as well as to provide business with quality apprentices and trainees. Golden West Apprenticeships has 30 years experience in assisting job seekers find and sustain quality and meaningful employment.

Golden West Apprenticeships are committed to assisting Queenslanders in gaining nationally recognised qualifications whilst at the same time providing business and industry with a hassle free way of employing apprentices and trainees. Our team are dedicated to meeting the training needs of regional and rural Queensland.


Where are they now -- Shareene’s Story

For our 30th Anniversary, Golden West Apprenticeships spoke to some of our past apprentices and trainees to find out what they are doing now.

Shareene Andrews was fortunate to secure a Business Administration traineeship with Golden West Apprenticeships and local employer Millmerran Operating Company in 2009.

“My traineeship gave me skills which I have developed, further driving my career” said Shareene.  “Being involved in a large company, such as MOC, bought both positives and negatives.  I learnt a lot about how employment should be, and I still draw back to these day in my current position”.

Golden West Apprenticeships was there to support Shareene each step of the way.  “Achieving a nationally recognised qualification with an organisation such as Golden West, who were there to help you succeed was invaluable” said Shareene.  “I had regular check ins with my field officer to ensure the placement was going well and my training was on track”.

Shareene completed her traineeship in 2010, and is now the Practice Manager of a successful dental surgery in Toowoomba.  

Shareene Andrews

Where are they now -- Kody’s Story

For our 30th Anniversary, Golden West Apprenticeships spoke to some of our past apprentices and trainees to find out what they are doing now.

After not enjoying school, Kody McColm decided at the end of Grade 10, it was time to seek out a new way learning that was more for him.  It was 2009 and at the time, Golden West Apprenticeships was recruiting for an apprentice boilermaker with local host employer, Lionel Moore Trailers.

Kody took the apprenticeship like a duck to water and excelled through his apprenticeships studies. “As a young person, working in a grown up environment, I had to learn pretty quickly” said Kody.  “But working with Golden West Apprenticeships, I always felt supported.  Amanda, my Training and Employment Coordinator was easy to talk to when I needed her, and always pointed me in the right direction”.

After completing his apprenticeship in 2013, Kody stayed with Lionel Moore Trailers and has been a leading hand and supervisor to the current apprentices within the business.

Kody McColm (front row – black cap) and the team at Lionel Moore Trailers.  

Where are they now -- Michael’s Story

For our 30th Anniversary, Golden West Apprenticeships spoke to some of our past apprentices and trainees to find out what they are doing now.

From a young age, Michael Riethmuller showed an interest in the mechanical trade, so when the opportunity arose to complete a diesel fitting apprenticeship, it was a dream come true.  

While completing grade 11 at high school in 2005, Michael commenced a school-based apprenticeship with Golden West Apprenticeships. However, once Michael completed grade 12, his host employer at the time was unable to retain him.  Luckily, Golden West was able to seek out a new host employer, B&B Machinery.

I would definitely recommend using a Group Training Organisation, such as Golden West Apprenticeships, they served me well when I needed to transition between host employers” said Michael.  “I was able to continue my apprenticeship without interruption thanks to their continual support and mentoring”.

Michael completed his apprenticeship in 2010, and is now the Workshop Foreman at B&B.  Michael is currently supervising two apprentices, and highly recommends an apprenticeship as a trade pathway.

Michael Riethmuller with owner Kris Black

Seaton’s got it made as a local plumbing apprentice

With many family and friends in the plumbing industry, becoming a school-based apprentice was the best career decision local apprentice, Seaton Hansen says he has made. 

Seaton pictured with Cindy Taylor from Golden West Apprenticeships

Seaton, who took on a school-based apprenticeship in 2016 while completing grade 12 at the Blackall State School said he was thrilled when the apprenticeship opportunity presented itself.  “Golden West Apprenticeships and Capricornia Plumbing had an opening for a school-based apprentice and I was lucky to be given an opportunity to try plumbing” said Seaton.  “After finishing school, the apprenticeship continued as full-time”.

Working in the Central West, Seaton loves everything about his plumbing apprenticeship.  “Every day is different.  Sometimes it can be roofing, the next day it can be maintenance, the following day can be setting up drainage systems”. 

Seaton believe that every school student should consider a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship.  “Being a school-based apprentice was a great outlet for me.  I didn’t really enjoy being stuck in the classroom, but I got my school work done knowing that I could look forward to going to my apprenticeship each week”. 

“The apprenticeship has taught me to work as part of a team.  I have also been responsible at times for completing job on my own which has developed my skills and confidence.  A personal gain for me this year was buying a brand new Hilux”.

Seaton is now in the third stage of his apprenticeship and has just under 20 months until he completes and becomes a fully qualified plumber, who will have a range of experience in plumbing and drainage. 

MEDIA CONTACT:

For more information please contact:
Ph: 07 4622 3422
Email: marketing@goldenwest.org.au

Golden West Apprenticeships is a community based, non-profit organisation that specialises in the ‘group employment’ of apprentices and trainees in a wide range of industries. The core business of Golden West Apprenticeships is to play our local youth and mature age job seekers into apprenticeships and traineeships as well as to provide business with quality apprentices and trainees. Golden West Apprenticeships has 30 years experience in assisting job seekers find and sustain quality and meaningful employment.

Golden West Apprenticeships are committed to assisting Queenslanders in gaining nationally recognised qualifications whilst at the same time providing business and industry with a hassle free way of employing apprentices and trainees. Our team are dedicated to meeting the training needs of regional and rural Queensland.

Where are they now – Teleigha’s Story

For our 30th Anniversary, Golden West Apprenticeships spoke to some of our past apprentices and trainees to find out what they are doing now.

Teleigha Tucker was successful in securing a business administration traineeship, as part of Santos GLNG’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Trainee Program in 2010, which was managed by Golden West Apprenticeships.

Teleigha always had her sights set on a career in business and knew that a traineeship would put her on the right path.  “I knew that I would work in the business arena and this was a good stepping stone to achieve my long-term goals” said Teleigha.  “My favourite part about the traineeship, was the opportunity to work in an interest area before leaving school and having to work full-time”.  

Being a trainee with Golden West ensured that Teleigha was able to complete all aspects of her traineeship.  “Golden West Apprenticeships were great during my study period.  There was a time when I couldn’t complete a certain practical module at Santos and Golden West assisted and organised for me to work with an employee from Golden West to complete this” said Teleigha. 

Since completing her traineeship in 2012, Teleigha’s career has blossomed and she is now working for a local allied health company in Roma as the Practice and Human Resources Coordinator.