Subjects and programs


​School-based Apprenticeship and Traineeship Program

What is a school-based traineeship and apprenticeship?

School-based apprenticeships and traineeships allow students to study towards their Queensland Certificate of Education (Senior Certificate or equivalent), whilst at the same time undertaking an apprenticeship or traineeship.

School-based apprenticeships and traineeships allow students, typically in Years 10, 11 and 12 to continue studying at school while training towards a qualification in their chosen career. This training may occur at work, school, or with a training organisation.

What is the difference between an apprentice and a trainee?

Apprenticeships and traineeships combine training with working in a real job, for a real boss, with a real wage.

There are two main differences between an apprentice and a trainee. An apprentice is trained in a skilled trade and upon successful completion will become a qualified tradesperson. Trades such as electrical, plumbing, cabinet-making and automotive mechanics are just a few that are a part of the apprenticeship scheme.

A trainee is someone who is being trained in a vocational area. These vocational areas include, but are not limited to, office administration, information technology and hospitality. Upon completion of a traineeship you will be eligible to receive a minimum of a certificate II in your chosen vocational area.

A school-based apprentice is trained in a skilled trade, and upon successful completion, will become a qualified tradesperson. Students may convert to a full-time or part-time apprenticeship when they finish school to allow them to complete the qualification.

Upon completion of a school-based traineeship, students will receive a minimum of a Certificate II in their chosen vocational area.

School-based apprenticeships and traineeships aims to:

  • provide students with the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge in relation to actual employment situations

  • allow students to start, and in some cases complete a vocational qualification while still at school

  • improve post-schooling employment and training opportunities for students

  • improve links between education and industry, the school and local community.

Benefits to students

  • Start and in some cases, complete a qualification while completing their QCE.

  • Provide a structured and accelerated pathway between school to related employment and training options.

  • Make a planned and effective transition from school to work, enabling them to contribute more effectively to the workplace on entry.

  • Receive income for work performed in the workplace.

  • Develop learning skills and attitudes relevant to the world of work, which in turn improves employment prospects.

  • Gain first hand experience in industry areas of interest.

  • Gain confidence, self-esteem and improved communication skills in an adult learning environment.

Benefits to employers

  • Meeting staffing needs.

  • Gain good recognition as good corporate citizens that support the school education and social development of young people.

  • Develop links with the education sector.

  • Have a say in the type of training provided to the student.

  • Reduce recruitment costs.

  • Mould the student/employee to the culture and operations of the business.

  • Contribute to the skills pool within the labour market.

  • Develop skills in employees who supervise students in the workplace.

Important information

For a school-based arrangement to be created, students must have the support of their employer, their school, a training organisation, and their parent/guardian. The employment and/or training arrangements must impact on the student's school timetable for the program to be considered school-based.  Students are paid for their time in the workplace. It is recommended that a student attends school four days a week and works one day per week with their school-based employer.

For more information contact:

Kate Pryor

Transition Pathways Officer

Blackwater State High School

Last reviewed 04 June 2021
Last updated 04 June 2021