Whether you’re a school student, a school leaver, a job seeker or looking for a career change, we can help. We employ apprentices and trainees. We’re not a job search agency, or personnel agency that just links you up with an employer – WE ARE AN EMPLOYER!
We employ approximately 500 apprentices and trainees and have helped 1000’s of people get apprenticeships and traineeships since 1986. In fact, today we are one of the largest youth employers in regional WA, and one of the largest Group Training Companies in the state.
What do we do?
We employ apprentices and trainees and then “host” them out to industry so the apprentices can get their relevant industry experience. We manage the apprenticeship – if there is insufficient work for the host to sustain the apprenticeship
we have the ability to move an apprentice to another host – thus ensuring full employment and a completion of the trade.
We monitor performance and provide counselling – we carry out regular visits to ensure apprentices and trainees are progressing and to identify any areas of concern.
Why are we successful?
Simple. We know what’s going on – we constantly talk to industry. What do we mean by constantly? With 400 apprentices and trainees to manage, an RTO to run, plus a Labour Hire Company, we are in contact with industry every day! Plus we offer a great service at a competitive price – after all, 400 apprentices and trainees means more than 350 industry employers! – so we must be doing something right!
What does it mean for you? You can use our expertise. We know the industry, we know the jobs, and we know our community. So – we’ve done all the work! As one of the largest employers in the state – your BEST chance of getting a quality apprentice or trainee position is with us.
How do you apply? You need to complete an application form, indicating which occupation you are interested in. Attach copies of your latest school reports or TAFE results, resume and work references. You and your parent/ guardian should sign your application.
Apply online or Contact us for an application form.
Not sure what an apprenticeship or traineeship is, or what trade to apply for? Why not speak with your career counsellor, go to the Australian Apprenticeships Centre website, or one of our friendly staff for advice.
What happens to your application? We keep applications on file and refer to them when a position becomes available. Applications are kept on file for six months. If a position becomes available and we think your application is suitable, then you may be invited to take part in our selection process. This includes aptitude tests (year 10 level), referee checks and interviews.
When do vacancies occur? A position becomes available when a business tells us that they would like to hire an apprentice or trainee. Such vacancies occur at any time.
Why do you need to nominate your preferred trade? When you start an apprenticeship you are making a commitment. An apprenticeship is usually an employment contract for up to four years. You need to convince us that you’re keen to do a particular trade. It’s a good idea to do your homework. Your application is more likely to be successful if you have good knowledge of what you will be doing on a day-to-day basis. Talk to people who are already in that occupation or visit the workplace. Be sure to ask questions. It is important that you get a complete, realistic picture of the occupation so that you can make a fair judgment about whether or not it is for you.
Is work experience a good idea? Work experience is a GREAT idea. The more you know about the position you are applying for the better chance you have of being successful. We strongly recommend you take every opportunity at school or during training to do work experience.
The interview process: The first round interviews are with our field officers. This is your chance to tell us why you believe you are the best person for the position and also allows you to find out a bit more about the position being advertised. GTSW will provide your details to our clients. These clients are called Host Employers and they will then select suitable applicants to interview. These interviews are usually conducted by our Host Employer at their business premises, and they are your chance to tell the Host Employer why you believe you are the best person for the position. You may be asked to attend a small amount of work experience to assist the employer in making a decision (this should be no more than 5 days).
What happens after you are offered an Apprenticeship or Traineeship? Once you accept a position you must attend an induction – with your parent or guardian if you are under 18. The induction is to ensure that the Employee and Parent/Guardian are fully aware of their responsibilities in relation to the Apprentice/Traineeship Agreement, our company policies, legal requirements, Health and Safety regulations, and performance expectations.
The induction process will include:
- A medical test
- Occupational Health and Safety requirements
- Administration details
Once you start, you are given a 3 month probation, and you are one of us!