​​​​​​​​​​Eligibility req​uirements

To be eligible to enter into a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship (SAT), the following requirements must be met:

  • ​​The student must be either:
    • enrolled at, and attending, a registered government school or an accredited non-government school*
    • registered with the Home Education Unit of the Department of Education​ as a home-schooled student.

*Students undertaking Years 11 and 12 studies at an Australian Technical/Trade College or TAFE institute (which is registered as a school - not all TAFE institutes are registered as schools) are also eligible to enter into a SAT.

  • The student must be enrolled in either Years 10, 11 or 12 and progressing towards the attainment of a Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) or equivalent and/or a vocational qualification. In exceptional circumstances, other students may be considered eligible if a business case is submitted. The Guide to school-based apprenticeships and traineeships (PDF, 617KB) has further information on business cases.

  • The school Principal, or authorised representative, must support the SAT. If the proposed SAT does not provide a genuine school-based learning opportunity, it is expected that the school will not endorse the school-based arrangements.

  • The employer, student and parent (if required and appropriate) must commit to the minimum paid work requirement​.

  • If the SAT is to be in the electrotechnology industry, specific requirements must be met before the student's training contract can be registered. Refer to the chosen qualification on the Queensland Training Information Service (QTIS) website for further information on these requirements. Please note that school-based apprenticeships in electrotechnology is limited to students in Years 11 and 12 only.

  • ​The consent of the parent or guardian (if applicable and appropriate) is required where the student is under the age of 18.

Whilst a school-based traineeship may be completed when the student is still an enrolled school student, it is unlikely that a school-based apprenticeship could be completed. In signing up to a SAT, the parties agree to convert the training contract to full-time or part-time arrangements if the SAT has not been completed when the student leaves school.

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Last updated
02 March 2018