Employing a SAT
Benefits and incentives
No matter what industry you are in, a school-based apprentice or trainee can provide some real benefits to your business. Visit the What are the benefits page in the Business section of this website to find out why a school-based apprentice or trainee could be a good move for your business.
There are five steps to employing a SAT. These steps are outlined on the How to employ an apprentice or trainee page on this website.
However, when considering employing a school-based apprentice or trainee, there are specific requirements that differ from employing an adult apprentice or trainee.
The Guide to school-based apprenticeships and traineeships (PDF, 284KB) details the requirements which are specific to school-based apprenticeships and traineeships, and may be helpful to employers who wish to get involved in SATs.
Periods of paid employment must never fall below the minimum hours per 12 months
- School-based apprentices and trainees require a minimum of 375 hours (50 days) of paid employment.
- Electrotechnology school-based apprentices and trainees require a minimum of 600 hours (80 days) of paid employment.
- It is expected that the employer will provide a minimum of 7.5 hours per week averaged over a three month period.
The school must give approval and be involved in certain events of the school-based apprenticeship or traineeship
- Negotiations need to be carried out between yourself, the apprentice or trainee, their parent or guardian and the school to ensure that the apprenticeship or traineeship forms an appropriate component of an overall school program.
- The signing of the training contract must not be done without the consent of the school.
The school-based apprenticeship or traineeship must have an impact on the student's timetable
- The impact of the school timetable means that some of the training and/or work must take place during school hours.
- The school, student, employer, parent/guardian and training organisation will negotiate a schedule showing when the work and training aspects will occur to show the impact of the school-based apprenticeship or traineeship on the student's school timetable.
Off-the-job training limits apply to school-based apprentices (not trainees)
Dependent upon the (full-time) nominal term of the apprenticeship, there is a limit to the off-the-job training that may be provided to a school-based apprentice whilst at school:
- four year nominal term - a maximum of 33.3% of the competencies
- three year nominal term - a maximum of 40% of the competencies
- two year nominal term - a maximum of 50% of the competencies.
How much does it cost?
School-based apprentices' or trainees' wages are usually a percentage of the relevant full-time apprentice or trainee wage calculated on the number of hours the student works each week. Phone the Fair Work Ombudsman on 13 13 94 to find out more about wages.
Employer should also be aware of other costs associated with employing a school-based apprentice or trainee. Visit the Costs and incentives page in the Business section of this website.