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School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships

School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships 

Becoming a school-based apprentice or trainee will give you the opportunity to earn money while you’re still at school. 

An Australian School-based Apprenticeship is an Australian Apprenticeship which is undertaken part-time while the apprentice or trainee is at school. It combines paid employment, on or off-the-job vocational training and senior secondary school studies.

An Australian School-based Apprenticeship provides senior secondary students with hands-on industry experience, and the ability to work towards or complete a nationally recognised qualification, while they complete their senior school certificate. Each State Government abbreviates and refers to school-based apprenticeships and traineeships slightly differently. You may know it as:

  • ASBAs in Australian Capital Territory, South Australia and Tasmania,
  • SATs in Queensland,
  • SBATs in New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia,
  • and simply School Based Apprenticeship and Traineeships in Northern Territory.

What does an Australian School-based Apprenticeship involve?

A school-based apprentice's or trainee's employment and/or training arrangements must impact on their school timetable for the program to be considered school-based. The number of hours an apprentice or trainee needs to be employed per week differs between states and territories based on their legislation but typically involves one day a week in a workplace.

Australian School-based Apprentices will need to negotiate time-release from their school subjects to attend work and training, arranging to catch up on any school material they miss at a later date. ACCCO's school based Apprenticeship & Traineeships provide students with practical and real-world experiences to work within the Early Education and Care Sector and provides students with the opportunity to:

  • Obtain a pathway from school to work
  • Gain the edge you need to get started in your career
  • Obtain real world skills and knowledge
  • Combine practical paid work with training
  • Earn an income while you learn
  • Build your confidence and communication skills
  • Take a stepping stone to higher education
  • End up with a nationally recognised qualification
  • Achieve credits towards your Senior Certificate of Education

What can I study with ACCCO?


Early childhood education involves caring for and teaching children under the age of five to enhance their development.
Through the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, you will be introduced to working in the field of early childhood. It is the minimum qualification to gain employment in ACECQA approved early childhood services and often the qualification studied for those wanting to begin their career in early childhood education. 

Qualification:                  CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care   
Duration: 1 to 2 years
Work Hours: The student will be given time of school for work typically, one day per week      
Commencement:   Minimum of 15 years of age



Our education support courses will qualify you to work as a teacher's aide or in after-hours school care. The Certificate III in Education Support is an ideal qualification for people seeking employment in education roles which provides assistance and support to qualified Educators and Teachers. It is a versatile qualification leading the graduate to work in a range of diverse education environments including schools, kindergartens, preschools, early childhood, school age care or other education environment in entry level positions. 

Qualification:                  CHC30213 Certificate III In Education Support   
Duration: 1 to 2 years
Work Hours: The student will be given time of school for work typically, one day per week      
Commencement:   Minimum of 15 years of age



An Australian school based apprentice (ASbA) must:

  • Be a full time school student aged 15 years or older
  • Have the school’s agreement to undertake school based training
  • Find an employer willing to train in their workplace
  • Have the parent/guardian’s permission (if under the age of 18)


Much of the funding provided by the Australian Government is directed at teaching and learning in higher education through a range of initiatives. Funding between State / Territories does vary so please check for eligibility requirements available to you in your area. 

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Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider

One of the roles of the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider is to organise the signing of a training contract and to provide accurate information with regards to employer allowances and incentives. Please contact an AASN provider of your choice to discuss your situation in detail or to determine if you are eligible for an apprenticeship or traineeship.

Want more information?
Additional information regarding Traineeships or Apprenticeships can be found in the below links:
Australian Apprenticeships Services Contact Details

How to apply

First you will need to talk to your school VET coordinator or head of senior schooling to ensure that an Apprenticeship or Traineeship fits in with your study plan.

If your school supports Australian School-based Apprenticeships, contact your local Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (Apprenticeship Network) provider who may be able to provide services to help you select the apprenticeship, occupation or training pathway that is most suited to you and provide advice and assistance to help you find an apprenticeship. This could include assessing your suitability for an apprenticeship and referring you to an employer.

Usually finding this employer is the responsibility of the student however, your school guidance or career counsellor, vocational education coordinator or head of senior schooling may also be able to assist you. 

Why choose ACCCO for education and training?

With over 22 years’ experience, ACCCO has established strong relationships with schools and maintains close links to industry enabling us to deliver in-demand skills and up-to-date and relevant training. ACCCO is consistently receiving positive feedback from schools and the most positive feedback is out in the field with Early Childhood Services noticing an improvement in the quality of training by the Schools who have moved over to ACCCO. 

  • Well-established industry recommended training college specialising in Early Education and Care
  • ACCCO is on the approved list of providers for each state and territory
  • All training materials and resources are provided by ACCCO
  • Nationally recognised qualifications 
  • A dedicated ACCCO Trainer Assessor for mentoring and support
  • All reporting to the Government is done by ACCCO
  • Onsite support visits from ACCCO 


For any questions or further information, please contact our Apprenticeships Coordinator on 1300 139 406

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