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School Based Traineeships


School Based Traineeships are the engagement of a student into a workplace for 100 days of on the job training to complement a VET course the student is studying. Trainees receive the  award apprentice wage relevant to their work area. Students work one day per school term week, and approximately half of their holidays to ensure they complete the 100 days prior to the end of their HSC. The traineeship allows our students to gain their HSC and Certificate II qualifications, plus two years of industry employment.

A school based traineeship gives students a head start in their chosen career, assists with apprenticeships, and allows them to combine work and school. Traineeships provide an industry recognized national qualification and provide credit towards the students Higher School Certificate

A school based traineeship combines ‘on the job' and ‘off  the job' training. The ‘on the job' training component takes place in the workplace. Trainees work one day a week during the school term and approximately half of their holidays. Off  the job training is completed either at school or TAFE or with a Private Provider, this party is the Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

A traineeship is completed at the same time as the HSC (Years 11 and 12), generally within 30 months.

Trainees may begin as early as Year 10.

Employers are responsible for providing a safe working environment in a field that is compatible to the training area and qualification. Employers must pay award wages to the trainee, under apprenticeship/trainee stipulations in the industries award.

Employers are benefited by participating in the program through government assistance, payroll tax and workers compensation exemptions. This program also allows local employers to partake in the training and employment of a young local person in a career of their choosing.