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Study, work and train


Students must gain support from their school to undertake a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship (SAT). The work and/or training of the SAT must impact on the school timetable to be considered school-based.

The school, student, their parent/guardian employer and training organisation will negotiate a schedule which outlines when the student is at school, work or training. This schedule must indicate exactly how the SAT will impact on the school timetable.

The training plan will also need to be negotiated between the student, employer and training organisation, and will specify training needs, how and when training will take place, who will provide the training and how training will be assessed.

The school has a role in providing support to the student throughout the SAT.


Work and training may take place:

From 1 January 2013, employers are required to provide a minimum of 50 days full-time paid employment per 12-month period.  For training contract that commenced prior to the 1 January 2013, the requirement is 48 paid working days per 12-month period.

SATs enter into a training contract with an employer. The training contract legally binds the employer and the school-based apprentice or trainee for the duration of the apprenticeship or traineeship.

Sometimes the employer will be a group training organisation (GTO). GTOs place apprentices and trainees with a range of host employers, who supervise and train students on behalf of the GTO.


SATs in the electrotechnology field must work a minimum of 80 days full-time paid employment for each year of the apprenticeship, incluidng a minimum of 15 hours each week (when not on block release).


At the commencement of the SAT, the school-based apprentice or trainee and the employer select a training organisation.

The training organisation is referred to as the supervising registered training organisation (SRTO) in the official paperwork.

Training organisations deliver off-the-job training and oversee the on-the-job training provided by the employer. The training organisation may be a TAFE institute or private training organisation.

The qualification or competencies completed during the school-based apprenticeship or traineeship can be recorded on the student's Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) and will be recognised throughout Australia.

The training may be classroom-based, work-based or delivered flexibly (e.g. online training). Each training organisation offers different methods of training apprentices and trainees. The student and employer should look into options offered by various training organisations to find one which reflects both of their requirements.

School-based apprentices (not trainees) are not able to complete more than one-third of the units of competency within a qualification while enrolled at school.  However, depending on the nominal term of the apprenticeship, this may increase.  Find out more about training limits on the ATIS-026 School-based apprenticeships and traineeships information sheet.
Training organisations will work with the student and the employer to develop a training plan. This plan will outline training needs, how and when training will take place, who will provide the training, and how training will be assessed. 

For a list of training organisations relevant to school-based apprenticeships or traineeships, visit Queensland Training Information Service or contact Apprenticeships Info on 1800 210 210.

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This page was last updated at 29-August-2013
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