| Technology Cadetships
- Can fast track a career in Manufacturing
- Are a new kind of entry level qualification (aimed primarily at school leavers)
- Allow a person to 'earn while they learn'
- Are assessed by competency, not time served
- Combine on the job training by supervisors and technicians, and formal training from a Registered Training Organisation (RTO)
- Arrangements are set out in a contract of training and employment similar to Australian Apprenticeships
- Lead to a nationally recognised qualification
- Are available (currently) at Certificate III and IV in Manufacturing Technology
- Generally take 1 to 2 years to complete
Possible careers options include…
- CAD (computer aided drawing) Operator or Detail Draftsperson
- Production Planner or Estimator
- Quality Control Technician
- Non-destructive Testing Technician
- Laboratory Technician
Technology Cadetships provide the Cadet not only specific technical skills but also analytical, problem solving and planning skills and they have a strong focus on flexibility and innovation. Importantly they are a great platform for further career development. It is possible go on to Certificate V and VI (Diploma, Advanced Diploma), and you may also obtain credit for Engineering Degree entrance.
Year 12 is generally considered a minimum entry requirement and maths, science and design and technology are considered advantageous subjects.
Recognition of Skills
A Cadet may also be eligible for Recognition of Skills
They can apply for recognition of their existing skills. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) or Recognition of Current Competency (RCC). Recognised skills and competency can lead to a Statement of Attainment for Units of Competency or count towards the achievement of a Training Package Qualification.
See also Recognition of Skills
Pay and conditions
A Technology Cadet…
- Will be employed under the Manufacturing and Associated Industries – Skills Development – Wages and Conditions Award 2004
- Will be paid a Cadetship wage based upon that Award
- Superannuation, workers' compensation and other entitlements will generally be the same as those of other employees
Where to apply
For more information on Technology Cadetships go to Ai Group Technology Cadetship webpages
- Ai Group Training Services (AiGTS) is a group training company who employ Technology Cadets and place them with host employers. You can apply online at Ai Group
- Some employers may advertise from time to time in newspapers and other careers services such as online