If you want to avoid the debt that comes with a college or university education, why not opt for an apprenticeship instead?
The United States, similarly to Australia has scores of young people without work, yet there are also massive job skills gaps. In The USA there are a reported 5.8 million job openings, according to CNN. So why are there some many people looking for a job?
The problem is that there aren’t enough skilled Americans to fill the gaps and the Australian construction industry is experiencing something similar.
The article suggests young people consider an apprenticeship instead, they get an education while making money and avoiding the massive student debts. Source: http://money.cnn.com/2015/10/01/news/economy/america-job-skills-gap-apprentice
If an apprenticeship interests you, remember you will first need to complete general construction induction training and have a white card as proof of having done so before beginning your apprenticeship.