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How does it all fit together?

As a school-based apprentice or trainee you will:

  • work with your employer and receive on-the job training
  • do some study at school
  • attend certified training courses

How long do you spend at work?

You will be required to work a minimum of eight hours a week that can be combined with on-the-job training. This time can be spread during the week in a variety of ways.

The amount of time you will work each week and when you will be required to work will be outlined in your training contract.

Who facilitates the training contract?

Your apprenticeship broker liaises between all parties to facilitate a formal training contract that is fair and reasonable.

If you are under 18 years of age your parent or guardian will need to sign the training contract.

What are my obligations?

You are required to be aware of your workplace and training obligations and make a commitment to fulfil them.

Your workplace obligations will include:

  • Attending and performing work in a professional and courteous manner in accordance with the employer’s requirements.
  • Taking care of workplace property and resources
  • Respecting the rights of other employees in the workplace remembering that information obtained from the employer must be kept confidential.
  • Obtaining consent from a parent or guardian, if you are less than 18 years of age.

Your training obligations will include:

  • Making all reasonable efforts to achieve the competencies specified in the training plan and undertaking any training and assessment required.
  • Participating in the development of a training plan
  • Attending training sessions or supervised workplace activities and taking advantage of learning opportunities
  • Maintaining a record of training.

How much will I be paid?

Your wages and entitlements are dependent upon the award that covers the industry you work in.

How do I find out what apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities are in my area?

Your Apprenticeship Broker can help you find out what opportunities are available in your area.

How do I find an employer?

Your Apprenticeship Broker can assist you to find an employer in the industries which interest you. Group Training organisations also provide employment opportunities. To prepare for employment refer to the student checklist.

If you already work as a casual or part time employee, your employer may be eligible to participate in the Trade Schools for the Future program and offer you a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship. You may also be able to become a school-based apprentice or trainee in your family’s business.

What happens when I finish school?

At the end of your secondary schooling, your training contract will convert to full time. In some cases you may complete your school-based apprenticeship or traineeship prior to completing your secondary schooling.

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