A school-based apprenticeship or traineeship allows year 10, 11 and 12 students to undertake a nationally recognised qualification as an apprentice or trainee while still attending school.
When a prospective apprentice/trainee and employer decide to enter into a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship they need to be clear about their commitment to the training contract and whether that commitment extends past year 12 or not. Students who commence a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship may complete the qualification before leaving school, however many of the higher level qualifications particularly in the trade areas continue past the end of year 12.
Many of the school-based apprenticeships and traineeships provide pathways into careers in the trades and other vocations and give the trainee or apprentice a head start in their chosen career. It also provides employers with the opportunity to start training their future workforce from a very early age.
The School-based Apprenticeship/Traineeship Guide provides information to employers, apprentices/trainees, parent/guardians, registered training organisations and schools. The guide outlines the requirements and responsibilities of the parties under a school-based training contract.
School-based Apprenticeship / Traineeship Guide [PDF 470KB | updated 21 April 2016]
Employers should contact an Apprenticeship Network Provider (ANP) to sign-up a school-based apprentice or trainee. To find your local ANP use the postcode search on the Australian Apprenticeships website or call 133873.
Students interested in becoming a school-based apprentice or trainee should talk to their school's VET coordinator. In the absence of one then they should approach their school principal.
Skills Tasmania's Training Agreements section will be able to assist you if you need further information about school-based apprenticeships or traineeships.