Employing a SAT
Benefits and incentives
No matter what industry you are in, a school-based aprentice 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.
Periods of paid employment must never fall below the minimum number of days per 12 months
- Training contracts with a start date of 1 January 2013 and after require a minimum of 50 days paid employment.
- Training contracts commenced prior to this date require a minimum of 48 days.
- Electrotechnology training contracts require a minimum of 80 days.
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 compenent 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.
Apprenticeships and traineeships in electrotechnoloy and fire protection require approval from the relevant industry.
Read ATIS-026 School-based apprenticeships and traineeships information sheet for details on these requirements.
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 Fair Work Infoline 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.