To commence a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship, the following must be met:

  • The student must be either:
    • enrolled at, and attending, a registered government school or an accredited non-government school; or
    • registered with the Home Education Unit of the Department of Education as a home-schooled student; or
    • undertaking Year 11 or 12 studies at an Australian Technical/Trade College or TAFE institute (which is registered as a school - not all TAFE institutes are registered as schools).

  • The student must be enrolled in either Years 10, 11 or 12 and progressing towards the attainment of a Queensland Certificate of Education or equivalent and/or a vocational qualification. In exceptional circumstances, other students may be considered eligible if a business case is submitted. The Guide to school-based apprenticeships and traineeships (PDF, 330 KB) has further information about business cases.

  • The school Principal, or authorised representative, must support and give approval for the SAT. Negotiations need to be carried out between the student, parent/guardian, employer and school to ensure the SAT forms an appropriate component of an overall school program. If the proposed SAT does not provide a genuine school-based learning opportunity, it is expected that the school will not endorse the school-based arrangement.

  • The SAT must impact on the school's timetable, meaning some of the training and/or work must take place during school hours. The student, parent/guardian, employer, school and training organisation will negotiate a schedule showing the work and training aspects of the SAT.

  • The employer, student and parent (if applicable and appropriate) must commit to the minimum paid work requirements. Periods of employment must never fall below these minimums.

  • If the SAT is in the electrotechnology industry, specific requirements must be met before the student's training contract can be registered. Refer to the chosen qualification on the Queensland Training Information Service (QTIS) website for further information on these requirements. Please note that school-based apprenticeships in electrotechnology are limited to students in Year 11 and 12 only.

  • The consent of the parent or guardian (if applicable and appropriate) is required where the student is under the age of 18.

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Last updated 22 November 2018

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