Schindler Australia’s apprenticeship program has been running for over 30 years and we currently have over 70 apprentices in our program. Unlike many other companies, we employ our apprentices directly.
All of our apprentices are indentured, guaranteeing employment for the four years required to complete the apprenticeship.
During this time, we will do all that we can to assist you in obtaining your trade qualification and electrician's license.
Our Program involves rotations through our New Installations and Service departments and ensures that you will gain exposure to a wide range of electrical, mechanical, and telecommunications disciplines.
Working closely with industry experts, you will also learn how to interact with customers and discover what exceptional customer service really looks like.
Throughout your apprenticeship, you will be required to attend trade school and study for your trade qualification (Electrotechnology Certificate III).
To compliment this, you will also receive additional in-house training at Schindler Australia’s custom built training facilities, to make sure that you are successful in all aspects of your role.
Future Career Opportunities
At Schindler we have a success rate of over 95% of apprentices not only completing their trade, but deciding to continue their careers within the Schindler Group.
Upon finishing their apprenticeships, some Schindler graduates have taken their careers well beyond the electrical field.
Whilst many choose to continue in the trade, some have taken career paths leading to technical, engineering, sales, operations and management roles.
Opportunities are also regularly available for work interstate or overseas. The possibilities are endless. With Schindler, it all depends on where you would like your career to take you!
The minimum age for entry into apprenticeships or traineeships is generally limited to individuals who are 16 years of age or individuals who have completed Year 10 schooling.
If you are under 18 years of age at the start date of your apprenticeship or traineeship, your parent or guardian must sign the training contract, amongst other responsibilities.
As a general rule, only Australian citizens and New Zealand citizens who have entered Australia on a valid passport, can apply.
How to apply?
The Schindler Apprentice intake begins in July each year and apprenticeships will commence in the following January.
Our selection process involves specific testing in the areas of mathematical ability, electrical and mechanical reasoning, safety aptitude, an interview and a pre-employment medical.
How to stand out
If you have a pre-apprenticeship Certificate II in Electrotechnology or previous work experience in domestic/ commercial electrical or construction work you will have a strong application to help you progress through our selection criteria.
For first year Apprentice Natasha Cupsa, there was never any doubt about what she wanted to do as a career.
"From a young age I have always been interested in how things worked. I was always pulling things apart and loved all things mechanical and electrical".
Natasha undertook a pre-apprenticeship course and gained a certificate II in Electrotechnology, yet despite this she was told it would be hard for her to break into the industry because she was female.
"I literally applied for hundreds of jobs, I couldn't even land an interview. There were tears when I got the job and it has been the best thing I have ever done".
"Schindler values attitude and enthusiasm over gender and wasn't scared to hire a woman. Apprentices at Schindler are seen as an important part of the company's future and I would definitely recommend it as a career path to anyone who is interested".
Growing up with an interest in all things Electrical and Mechanical, Nathan Chalouhi found that a Schindler apprenticeship offered him the perfect mix of skills and opportunity.
“The apprenticeship provided some very thorough industry training”, Nathan Said. “It is a good combination of Electrical and Mechanical and not like some apprenticeships where you would be pulling cables all day.
“Rotating through New Installations, Modernisations and Escalators provided plenty of challenges, but I was always given the opportunity to problem solve and engineer a solution. I am always working on something different at home and the skills that I have learned have helped me with everything from engine rebuilding to plumbing.
“There is a good level of trust at Schindler and you don’t constantly have someone looking over your shoulder. If you work hard, take pride in what you do and show some initiative, it will get noticed”.
Recently completing his apprenticeship, Nathan has since moved into a role as a lift Tuner, where he is responsible for the commission, installation management and quality control of new lifts.
“I have not long finished my trade and I am already responsible for commissioning equipment on the largest lift and escalator project ever undertaken in Australia”, Nathan added.