Con: The basic tasks might not be easy or exciting.
The first few months you will likely spend a lot of time watching how things get done or performing simple tasks.
If you are undertaking a more complex trade those few months might even take up the first year. You have to be prepared to take a step back and be patient.
While the more menial tasks may not be the most fulfilling it all contributes to your understanding of the job.
Pro: There is a lot of work available
Employers are crying out for more staff in certain skilled and semi-skilled trades. While it’s hard to predict, based on long term trends this demand doesn’t seem to be slowing down.
You may be surprised just what industries are having difficulties hiring.
If you are wanting to change up your career but are not exactly settled on a new path it might be worth checking out the Governments skills shortage list
Con: It may be less secure or require a longer commute
While the demand for workers is strong sometimes the consistency of that work is not. Companies expand and contract their workforce depending on work in their pipeline, for example, the availability of big construction jobs.
You may already be used to this depending on your career experience however if you have come from quite stable and secure employment previously you will have to ready yourself for this.
It’s also worth pointing out that a lot of the demand for these jobs are in more regional and rural areas. While in inner cities the competition is tough.
That’s not to say there are no mature age apprenticeships available in bigger cities just that you may have to search a little harder.
Pro: There can be a lot of variety in your work
Depending on the trade you work your day can be filled with jobs that require a range of skills.
You may have to employ a range of creative and analytical think skills as well as carry out more physical tasks to do your job.
For some, this is the most fulfilling part of working in the trades. Even if the trade you work in or the jobs you tend to work on might be similar, no two work sites are ever the same.