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School-based apprenticeships and traineeships (SAT)

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April 2016
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School-based apprentices and trainees, typically in years 10, 11 and 12, are trained in the workplace and with a training organisation, in their chosen apprenticeship or traineeship while continuing to study towards their Queensland Certificate of Education (Senior Certificate or equivalent).

To commence a SAT, a student must have the support of the employer, the school, supervising registered training organisation (referred to as training organisation), and their parent or guardian.

The employer, student and parent or guardian (if applicable and appropriate) will be required to sign a training contract (with the assistance of an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network [AASN] provider) agreeing to work together for the length of the apprenticeship or traineeship.

It is anticipated that, prior to lodging the training contract for registration, the AASN provider will ensure that the parties to the contract work together, and with the parent or guardian and the school, to negotiate a schedule of education, training and employment (ETES). There must be some impact on the student's school timetable for the program to be considered school-based and this schedule will show that impact. The Independent and Catholic school sectors require that the parties record the schedule on the ATIS-023 Education, Training and Employment Schedule form.

Paid employment requirements

All school-based apprentices and trainees are paid for time spent working with their employer. However, the employer should contact the Fair Work Ombudsman to discuss the industrial relations provisions applicable to the employer and determine the following matters:

It is expected that the employer will provide 7.5 hours per week of paid employment, which may be averaged over a three-month period. The employer may provide the equivalent of a 'day' employment as part days across the week. Periods of paid employment must never fall below the minimum of 375 hours (50 days) per 12 month period from the commencement of the school-based training contract.

For training contracts in electrotechnology, a minimum of 600 hours (80 days) of paid employment must be provided every 12 months.

School-based trainees must not complete in less than 12 months unless they have completed the minimum paid work requirement. The Department of Education and Training may randomly audit completing school-based traineeships and request evidence to confirm the minimum of paid employment was worked.

Where scheduled work time is missed and an employer and the student are not able to make up the missed days within the 12 month period due to matters not within their control, they should seek further advice from the department.

Government contributions to training costs

Apprentices and trainees (including school-based) may only access a maximum of two government contributions (under the User Choice program). To find out more about government contributions, visit the User Choice section on the Training Queensland website.

The government contribution to a school-based apprentice or trainee's training is aligned to the priority level of the qualification being undertaken:

More information on these subsidies can be found on the Training Queensland website.

Students (and their parent or guardian) must be provided with adequate information from the training organisation to allow an informed decision about which qualification they will undertake as the decision may affect their access to further funding.

Under the User Choice program, school-based apprentices and trainees are exempt from paying student contribution fees to the training organisation whilst they are at school.

Leaving school

If a SAT has not completed prior to the student leaving school, it must be converted to full-time or part-time arrangements.

The department will convert school-based apprentices and trainees to full-time arrangements the day after their Year 12 school year ends. However, for school-based apprentices and trainees who leave school before the end of Year 12, the employer, apprentice or trainee and parent or guardian must submit the ATF-035 Amendment of a registered training contract form to convert the training contract to full-time or part-time. Once converted, appropriate award wages and conditions apply - contact the Fair Work Ombudsman for assistance.

Once a student's training contract has been converted from school-based, they are eligible to pay the student contribution fees and charges to the training organisation. The student should contact the training organisation to discuss these fees.

Limit to off-the-job training which may be provided

There is a limit to the amount of off-the-job training that school-based apprentices may complete whilst at school, dependent on the nominal term (full-time) of the apprenticeship:

In exceptional circumstances, and only with the prior approval of the department, it may be possible to exceed the above off-the-job training limits. Applications should be directed to the department. Please note the off-the-job training limit does not apply to traineeships.

Business cases for students outside Years 10, 11 and 12

Students enrolled and attending school in a year other than 10, 11 or 12 will be considered to undertake a SAT, provided a business case has been approved prior to commencing.

Note: Where a training contract commences after the end of the Year 9 school year and the student is enrolled to return to school to start Year 10 the next year, a business case is not required.

For details on the requirements of a business case, contact Apprenticeships Info.

School to Trade Pathway incentive

This program provides employers with up to $5,000 to commence a school-based apprentice and retain them in a full-time apprenticeship after they have completed their schooling. For more information, see the School to Trade Pathway incentive fact sheet on the Training Queensland website.

Specific information relating to electrotechnology apprenticeships

Entry into electrotechnology apprenticeships is limited to students in Years 11 and 12 only. There are a number of criteria required of students wishing to pursue a school-based apprenticeship in the electrotechnology field. These requirements are listed against the chosen qualification on the Queensland Training Information Service (QTIS) website.

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