School-based Apprenticeships

Australian School-Based Apprenticeships

Australian School-based Apprenticeships allow students to work towards a nationally recognised qualification while completing their secondary school studies and must be endorsed by the school.

The student must enter into an Apprenticeship/Traineeship Training Contract with an employer (and a parent/guardian if the student is under the age of 18 years). This contract is a legally binding contract for the duration of that contract. The same terms, conditions, rights and obligations apply as with all other traineeships or apprenticeships.

Benefits for students

If you are still at school and are looking at your career options, it is possible to undertake an Australian Apprenticeship whilst at School, be paid while working, and have it count towards your SACE.

Benefits include:

  • an education and a job
  • a step ahead of the competition for jobs
  • gaining the latest knowledge and skills
  • getting paid while you learn
  • nationally recognised qualifications
  • hands-on experience in a real job
  • a great way to move from school to work
  • a sense of achievement
  • a great start to your career

If you're interested, speak to the student counsellor or VET Coordinator at your school who will be able to put you on the right track.

Unlike other apprentices, school-based participants:

  • are not paid for the time spent undertaking training delivered by the registered training organisation
  • do not accrue entitlements to sick leave or recreation leave.

However, students are paid for the time spent working, including a loading to compensate for not receiving recreation and sick leave.

For further information on Australian School-based Apprenticeships visit theAustralian Apprenticeships website.

Further information on Australian Based School Apprenticeships in SA can be found here.

What courses are available?

There are hundreds of traineeship and apprenticeship courses available in South Australia. For information about Traineeships and Apprenticeships, visit

To learn more about courses or to find out more about starting a career in a traineeship or apprenticeship visit the Commonwealth Government New Apprenticeships Website.
Australian Apprenticeships Website