What are School Based Traineeships

and School Based Apprenticeships ?


These two types of training and employment programs provide students with an opportunity to combine a Traineeship or a part time Apprenticeship whilst still attending school undertaking a Later Years program. They both provide paid employment as a Trainee or as an Apprentice whilst still at school. Students are employed under a Federal or State award or agreement which sets out their wage and conditions of employment.

A School Based Traineeship usually takes one year to complete but some can take a little longer. The benefit is that a student can usually complete their Certificate II or Certificate III qualification within one calendar school year thereby completing a nationally recognised qualification as part of their Later School Years program.

A School Based Apprenticeship provides a student with the opportunity to start an apprenticeship whilst still at school and this usually leads into a full time apprenticeship with their employer. Students will be registered as an apprentice, attend apprenticeship training and when they leave school the time spent studying this at school is taken into account reducing the time required to complete it.

The training is conducted at a local TAFE College or through an alternative contracted Registered Training Organisation (RTO). Most of the training takes place on Wednesday afternoons until about 5.30pm. However, some of the training for School Based Apprenticeships can be over a full day per week or at varying times through the year and delivered in a “block release” format which would need to be negotiated with the school.

School Based Traineeships and School Based Apprenticeships also provide students with subject credits towards their VCE or VCAL programs and can count into the ATAR calculation.

Most School Based Trainees/Apprentices are required to also undertake the equivalent of one full day of work during school time. However, some School based Apprentices may be required to work two full days per week, depending upon the Industry sector they are working in and also depending upon whether a student is undertaking a School based Apprenticeship within the Head Start Program. Additional working hours may also be required at weekends or during school holidays depending on the nature of the Industry sector and the business needs of the employer. There may be an opportunity for School Based Trainees (NOT Apprentices) to have their required one day of work placement scheduled into two half days.



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