Steps to getting started
The steps to getting started in a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship (SAT) are similar to those found in the Apprentices & trainees section of this website. However, there are some requirements that relate specifically to SATs. It is important that parties are aware of these requirements.
Periods of employment must never fall below the minimum number of 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.
Your school must give approval for the SAT
- Negotiations need to be carried out between yourself, your parent or guardian and your school to ensure that the SAT 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 SAT 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 SAT on the student's school timetable.
Off-the-job training limits that 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 while 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.