What Are School-Based Apprenticeships?

Australian School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships allow students to combine their schooling with part-time on-the-job training and formal study to achieve a Nationally-Recognised Qualification.

This type of learning is a great way to get careers off to a head-start while your students are still at school as they are already well under way to getting qualified before you have even finished Year 12.


  • Learn practical skills that employers desire
  • Start earning money
  • Get a head start on gaining a Nationally Recognised Qualification for their future career
  • Gain credits towards their final years of schooling
  • Go on to higher education using the qualification as a pre-requisite once they have completed your Apprenticeship or Traineeship.
By starting an Australian Apprenticeship under a school based arrangement, students may be able to knock 1-2 years off an apprenticeship and even complete a traineeship depending on the qualification. The duration depends on the type of apprenticeship or traineeship, the industry and the qualification.

If your students are interested in starting a School-based Apprenticeship, it’s important to get in touch with Apprenticeship Support Australia as soon as possible to find out the opportunities available in your district and how to access them.

Note: your students will require the consent of a parent or legal guardian to participate in an Australian School-based Apprenticeship