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School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships

School-based apprenticeships & traineeships 

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

School-based apprenticeships and traineeships (SATs) allow high school students, generally in Years 10, 11 or 12, to work for an employer and train towards a recognised qualification, while completing their secondary schooling and studying for their senior school certificate. ACCCO provides students with practical and real-world experiences to work within the Early Education and Care Sector and provides students with the opportunity to:

  • get a head start on your career
  • gain hands-on industry experience
  • earn an income while you learn
  • build your confidence and communication skills
  • work towards a nationally recognised qualification.
  • achieve credits towards your Senior Certificate of Education

What does it involve?

SATs provides students with hands-on industry experience and combine study, work and training to provide students with a head start on their career. There are some eligibility requirements that are specific to school-based apprentices and trainees. They attend school part of the week, do hands-on training in the workplace and some formal off-job learning through their training provider.


Students must gain support and approval from their school to undertake a SAT. Students continue to attend school as usual, however, some of their paid employment and/or training will become part of their school timetable. A SAT must impact on the student's school timetable to be considered school-based. The school, student, their parent/guardian, employer and training organisation will negotiate a schedule which outlines when the student is at school, work and training. This schedule must indicate exactly how the SAT will impact the school timetable. The school has a role in providing support to the student throughout the SAT.


Students enter a training contract with an employer. The training contract legally binds the employer and the student for the duration of the SAT. 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. 

What can I study with ACCCO?

  • Early childhood education and care (children aged 0-5 years)
  • Education support (children aged 5-12 years)

CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care  

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

CHC30213 Certificate III In Education Support

Education Support qualifications 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



Entry requirements

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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Finishing school

If you finish school, but not your apprenticeship or traineeship, you can continue your training either full-time or part-time until you have completed. In signing up to a SAT, the parties agree to convert the training contract to full-time or part-time if the SAT has not been completed when the student leaves school.

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?

Speak with our Traineeships and Apprenticeships Coordinator on 1300 139 406 or email for more information about School-based Traineeships or Apprenticeships.

Additional information can be found in the below links:
Australian Apprenticeships Services Contact Details

How to apply

Step 1.

Talk to your school career advisor or VET coordinator 

Starting a school-based apprenticeship is similar to a normal apprenticeship or traineeship. Talk to your school VET coordinator or head of senior schooling – they can help you kick start your future career while you’re still at school.

Step 2.

Find an employment

Find an employer willing to take you on as an apprentice or trainee. Usually finding this employer is the responsibility of the student however, your school career advisor, or VET coordinator may also be able to assist you.

  • Talk to education and care services in your local area. 
  • Search job websites such as jobactive and newspaper advertisements.
  • Explore employment opportunities with Group Training Organisations (GTOs). GTOs will employ you and place you with a host business for work and training as part of your apprenticeship or traineeship. 
  • Talk to an Apprenticeship Network Provider (ANP). An ANP may be able to link you with potential employers.
    For more information, visit Apprenticeship Network Providers.

Step 3.

Choose an Apprenticeship Network Provider

Once an employer has agreed to take you on as an apprentice or trainee, they’ll connect you with their Apprenticeship Network Provider (ANP). Once you have choosen an ANP, we can provide with training.

Your ANP will help you:

  • develop your apprenticeship or traineeship training contract
  • complete and submit your training contract for assessment
  • identify any government funding you may be eligible for
  • provide information on where to get help if you run into problems.

To find your nearest ANP, visit Find my ANP.

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