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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.

Getting started

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

The school must give approval and be involved in certain events of the school-based apprenticeship or traineeship

The school-based apprenticeship or traineeship must have an impact on the student's 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:

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.

This page was last updated at 28-October-2014
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