Media Release - Golden opportunities, UAC offers are not the only option for school leavers

Posted on 13/01/2023

Media Release
For immediate release

Thursday 12 January 2023

Year 12 graduates who miss out on university offers should take advantage of apprenticeships and traineeships currently available. They are highly considered a worthwhile pathway to becoming formally qualified in a career of choice with zero debt at completion, according to one of Australia’s largest providers of apprenticeships and traineeships, Apprenticeship Careers Australia (ACA).

ACA National General Manager, Luke Radford says, “Year 12 school leavers now have an opportunity to choose whatever pathway they like, with hundreds of providers wanting to take on trainees and apprentices.”

It is not just the traditional trades that offer apprenticeships and traineeships. There are business operational programs from major providers available. One of the big ticket providers is the NSW State Government, offering Infrastructure Traineeships.

“This is a golden opportunity for the youth of New South Wales, they have the chance to participate in business, project management, and procurement traineeships,” Mr Radford said.

Once qualified and experienced the future looks very bright for participants in such programs. According to, the average annual salary for a qualified Project Manager or Procurement Manager in Australia ranges from $125,000 to $145,000 according to the salary range.

Mr Radford adds, “With programs like these our young Australians really do have a unique opportunity to secure a head start in life, without any student loans hanging over them.”
Find more information through our Infrastructure Traineeship Program.

Apprenticeship Careers Australia is also now facilitating programs in the Healthcare sector, servicing community care, disability support, and aged care, where demand is at an all-time high.

“The Health sector is a high-growth area. Training in this industry will only strengthen an individual’s employability well into the future,” Mr. Radford said.
Find more information through our Home Care Workforce Program

For more information on apprenticeship or traineeship programs, including the NSW Government Infrastructure Traineeship program, or pre-employment courses, contact Apprenticeship Careers Australia or call 1300 765 155.

For all media enquiries or to request interviews with Luke Radford and current apprentices and trainees, please contact Amanda Wood 0409 050 244