School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships

A School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship is a part time apprenticeship or traineeship undertaken by students 15 years or over, typically commencing in year 11 while the student is still attending school. A School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship operates on the basis of a formal Training Contract between the employer and the apprentice or trainee. Students spend at least one day a week, or blocks of a week at a time, at work over a period of two or more years. Work contact hours vary, but as a general rule, the minimum number of hours of work and formal training required is 15 hours per week over two years, or 10 hours per week over three years, averaged for the duration of the Training Contract.  Assessment and training of the student is delivered by a Registered Training Organisation and is tailored to suit the employer. Employers are required to pay students in line with the appropriate award rate relevant at the time the Training Contract is entered into.  A formal training plan is developed and this has to be signed by the Principal of the school the student attends.

Benefits for the employers

  • Provides an opportunity for a young person to enter the workforce
  • Addresses future recruitment needs by building skills and opportunities in the local labour market
  • Incentives are available to offset cost of wages
  • Training is fully funded by the government however enrolment fees are paid by either the employee or employer depending on the employment arrangements
  • Is a demonstration of your commitment to our community.

For further information contact your school or the South West LLEN.