​​​​FAQs about s​​​chool-based apprenticeships and traineeships

How do I ​​​find an emplo​​yer to take me on as a school-based apprentice or trainee?

Visit the Apprentices section to find tips on finding an employer.

How do I find a student to emp​loy as a school-based apprentice or trainee?

Recruiting a school-based apprentice or trainee is very similar to recruiting any other employee. Learn about the steps to employing an apprentice or trainee page in the Employers section​ for tips on employing a school-based apprentice or trainee.

How often does a student go to work and trai​​ning as part of their school-based apprenticeship or traineeship (SAT)?

Each student will negotiate with their employer, training organisation and school, the days that they will attend work, training and school. This may be different for each student.

The SAT must make an impact on the student's school timetable. To show the impact, the school, student, parent/guardian, employer and training organisation must negotiate a schedule of education, training and employment which documents when the student is at work, school and training. 

SATs must be provided with a minimum of 375 hours (50 days) of paid employment per 12 month period or 600 hours (80 days) if they are doing an apprenticeship in electrotechnology.

Generally, school-based apprentices may only complete a maximum of one-third of the off-job training component for the apprenticeship while they are under the school-based arrangement. However, depending on the nominal term of the apprenticeship, this maximum limit may change. Find out more on ATIS-026 School-based apprenticeships and traineeships information sheet.

What is the difference between a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship (SAT) and a part-time apprenticeship or traineeship?

SATs are undertaken as part of a student's high school studies. A school-based apprentice or trainee's school timetable must reflect a combination of work, training and school studies. The work or training that a student has to do as part of their SAT must impact on the student's school timetable for the program to be considered school-based.

Under a part-time apprenticeship or traineeship you must work and/or train for at least 15 hours per week over a four-week cycle, throughout the duration of the apprenticeship or traineeship.

If a school student undertakes a part-time apprenticeship or traineeship, work and training occurs outside school hours and does not impact on the school timetable. There is no involvement by the school in a part-time apprenticeship or traineeship arrangement.

Is there a minim​​um age requirement to be able to do a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship (SAT)?

Entry into a SAT is generally available to students in years 10, 11 and 12. However, there are some apprenticeship and traineeship qualifications that have minimum age requirements as specified in relevant legislation, e.g. electrical. 

Information on age restrictions applicable to particular apprenticeships or traineeship is available from:

SATs who are under 18 years of age at the date of signing the training contract must have their parent's or legal guardian's signed consent to the apprenticeship or traineeship, if appropriate.

What happens if I don't finish my school-based ap​prenticeship or traineeship (SAT) when I am at school?

Many students will not complete their SAT by the time they finish school. These students will be required to convert their apprenticeship or traineeship to full-time or part-time when they finish school, to allow them to complete the qualification. Once converted to full-time or part-time arrangements, appropriate award wages and conditions apply.

Conversion is an automatic process executed by the department. The school-based apprentice or trainee and their employer will receive a letter advising that on the day following the student's last day of school, their contract will be converted to full-time.

What happens if a school-based appr​​entice or trainee (SAT) changes schools?

If a school-based apprentice or trainee changes school, the student will need to confirm with the new school that they can continue with their SAT. They will also need to notify their training organisation, their Australian Apprenticeship Support Network provider and the department that they have changed schools.  

The training organisation will coordinate with the student, parent/guardian, employer and school to review the student's training plan, including the schedule of education, training and employment. This will ensure that everyone is aware of the days that the student is at school, work and training.

What should I do if I am being tre​ated unfairly at work?

As a school-based apprentice or trainee, you sho​uld be treated the same as any other employee in your workplace. If you feel you are being treated unfairly, you should take action as soon as possible. This may be difficult, but will provide the best chance to work through the problem.

See the ATIS-004 Assistance and support information sheet​ for further information. 

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Last updated
19 December 2016