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30+ VET courses to kickstart STEM pathways

Discover paths into apprenticeships in IT, health, mining, engineering and more

Graduating Year 12 with perfect marks and heading straight to uni is far from the only way to kickstart your STEM pathway. Here, we take a look at some employment-focused alternative pathways into science, tech, engineering and maths fields.

IT

Here’s just a few paths into Digital Technologies and Cyber Security:

  • Advanced Diploma of Information
    Technology Project Management
  • Certificate IV in Cyber Security
  • Certificate I, II or III in Information,
    Digital Media and Technology
  • Certificate IV in Information Technology
  • Certificate IV in Screen and Media
    (Interactive Media)
  • Certificate IV in Spatial Information
    Services
  • Diploma of Database Design and Development
  • Diploma of Information Technology
  • Diploma of Information Technology Networking
  • Statement of Attainment in Introduction to 3D Printing and Design
  • Statement of Attainment in Introduction to Robotics and Coding

Also check out Australian Government Digital Transformation Agency – Digital
Apprenticeships

Health

Here’s just a few paths into Healthcare:

  • Certificate IV in Ageing Support Certificate IV in Fitness
  • Certificate III in Health Administration
  • Certificate IV in Leisure and Health
  • Certificate IV in Medical Practice Assisting
  • Diploma of Mental Health
  • Diploma of Nursing
  • Diploma of Practice Management
  • Diploma of Work Health and Safety
  • Statement of Attainment in Medical Records Coding

Also check out Health Industry – Australian Apprenticeship Pathways

Mining

Here’s just a few paths into Resources & Mining:

  • Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations
  • Certificate II in Drilling Operations
  • Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician
  • Certificate III in Mobile Plant Technology
  • Certificate III in Underground Coal Operations

Also check out My Skills Construction & Mining

IT

Here’s just a few paths into Digital Technologies and Cyber Security:

  • Advanced Diploma of Information Technology Project Management
  • Certificate IV in Cyber Security
  • Certificate I, II or III in Information, Digital Media and Technology
  • Certificate IV in Information Technology
  • Certificate IV in Screen and Media (Interactive Media)
  • Certificate IV in Spatial Information Services
  • Diploma of Database Design and Development
  • Diploma of Information Technology
  • Diploma of Information Technology Networking
  • Statement of Attainment in Introduction to 3D Printing and Design
  • Statement of Attainment in Introduction to Robotics and Coding

Also check out Australian Government Digital Transformation Agency – Digital Apprenticeships

Engineering

Here’s just a few paths into Engineering:

  • Advanced Diploma of Engineering (Mechanical)
  • Certificate II in Aeroskills
  • Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication Trade
  • Certificate III in Engineering – Mechanical Trade
  • Certificate II in Engineering – Production Technology
  • Certificate IV in Maritime Operations
  • Diploma of Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Engineering
  • Diploma of Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Diploma of Engineering – Advanced Trade
  • Diploma of Engineering – Technical
  • Undergraduate Certificate in Renewable Energy Engineering

Also check out AGA Apprenticeships and Australian Apprenticeship Pathways – Manufacturing and Engineering

Visit our vocational education and training pathways page for more info on STEM apprenticeships, traineeships, study options and to read about other people’s paths into STEM careers.

This article originally appears in Careers with STEM: Apprenticeships & Traineeships 2021 – the flip cover to Careers with STEM: Engineering 2021.

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