About Australian School-based Apprenticeships

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What is an Australian School-based Apprenticeship?
An Australian School-based Apprenticeship is an Australian Apprenticeship which is undertaken part-time while the Apprentice completes their secondary education. An Australian School-based Apprenticeship arrangement combines paid employment as an apprentice or a trainee, off-the-job vocational training and senior secondary school studies.

An Australian School-based Apprenticeship provides senior secondary school students with hands-on industry experience, and the ability to work towards or complete a nationally recognised qualification, while they complete their senior certificate of education.

What does an Australian School-based Apprenticeship involve?
An Australian School-based Apprentice undertakes a combination of secondary school subjects, paid work and vocational training undertaken on or off the job. An Australian School-based Apprentice can undertake training in a traditional trade or other occupation at the Certificate I, II, III, IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma level.

Training delivered by a Registered Training Organisation may be undertaken for a couple of hours every week or for a longer block of time, less frequently. This will depend on the requirements of the Registered Training Organisation and the vocational training course.

How long does an Australian School-based Apprenticeship take?
An Australian Apprenticeship can take from one to four years to complete, depending on the type of Australian Apprenticeship, the industry and the qualification undertaken.

How are Australian School-based Apprentices paid?
Australian Apprentices (including Australian School-based Apprentices) are employed under a Federal or State award or agreement which sets out their wage and conditions of employment.

Can an apprentice, or host employer, receive any financial support during Australian School-based Apprenticeship?
Australian School-based Apprentices undertaking training at a range of Certificate II and above level qualifications may be eligible for personal incentives where they meet the relevant eligibility criteria.

Apprenticeships are an investment. Your business is investing in someone who can build on your business a year or two down the track.

At Marcellin Technical College, we realise that. Based on feedback from employers, we have structured our work so that there are two main financial benefits of taking on one of our students as an apprentice.

Employers hiring Australian School-based Apprentices may be eligible to receive incentive payments under the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program.

This may include the following specific incentive payments to employers for recruiting and retaining an Australian School-based Apprentice:

  • $750 for the commencement of an endorsed Australian School-based Apprentice at the Certificate II to IV level or Diploma and Advanced Diploma qualifications; and
  • $750 for the retention of the Australian School-based Apprentice once they have successfully completed their senior school certificate.

Both personal benefits for Australian Apprentices and incentives for employers are subject to eligibility criteria. To find out more about personal benefits for Australian Apprentices and incentives for employers contact your local Australian Apprenticeships Centre or talk to an Industry Consultant.

Where can you find out more?
For more information about Australian Apprenticeships contact your local Australian Apprenticeships Centre, or visit australianapprenticeships.gov.au, or call the Australian Apprenticeships referral line on 13 38 73.