What are School Based Apprenticeships &Traineeships


Get a head start… commence training for your career whilst still at school

An Australian School based Apprenticeship or Traineeship is undertaken part time while the Apprentice or Trainee is still at school. A School based Apprenticeship or Traineeship arrangement combines paid employment as an apprentice or a trainee with off the job vocational training and senior secondary school studies for students who don’t necessarily want to pursue a pathway to university.

You may get a boost into a career straight out of school

Australian School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships allow students to complete an industry accredited Apprenticeship or Traineeship part time as part of their secondary school studies. Apprentices and Trainees receive wages for the time spent working – usually one day a week at work, with the remainder at school. In this way, School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships offer on the job training and clear pathways for students to gain skills and industry experience. Australian School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships are available in most industries.

Information for parents

  • If your son or daughter is undertaking an Apprenticeship or Traineeship, their workplace hours can be completed either during school hours (one day a week), on weekends, school holidays or even after school
  • Once completed, the Apprenticeship or Traineeship provides the student with a nationally accredited qualification that is recognised Australia wide
  • Your son or daughter will have work books to complete as part of their training
  • Trainees are assessed on the job by a Direction Employment and Training workplace trainer/assessor
  • Apprenticeships and Traineeships improve student retention rates. Students tend to stay at school longer as the workplace experience gives them a small break from school and the opportunity to earn a wage
  • With a clear career path before them, some students also find a renewed sense of purpose in their studies
  • Students gain valuable experience in the workplace and an appreciation of an employee’s responsibilities
  • The Australian School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship can count toward the attainment of the senior school certificate, contributing to their final result

Information for employers

  • There are incentives available to help offset the cost of employing a student in an Apprenticeship or Traineeship
  • Apprenticeships and Traineeships provide employers with an opportunity to foster and develop a possible future team member for your business
  • Direction Employment and Training (DET) takes care of all payroll and administration duties. You will have our complete support from the outset
  • You will give a young person the chance to begin some meaningful employment while at the same time adding value to your enterprise

As a Group Training Organisation, DET becomes the employer under an Australian Apprenticeship or Traineeship agreement. DET is responsible for locating Host Employers who are willing to train the Apprentice or Trainee.
DET ensures the Apprentices and Trainees are employed throughout their training period, even if the host employer is unable to keep them on. We find a replacement host in such circumstances and the extra benefit of this is the increased scope of experience for the Apprentice or Trainee. The employment agreement is between the Apprentice and DET. DET will administer all paperwork involved with the Apprenticeship or Traineeship and the Host Employer enters into no contracts.