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.
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:
School-Based Traineeship/Apprenticeship Coordinator
Blackwater State High School