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School Based Traineeships and Apprenticeships

Undertaking an Australian School-based Apprenticeship and Traineeship is a great way for students who want to get a head start on their career path. 
What are Australian School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships?
Australian School-Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships allow students in Years 10, 11 and 12 to work with an employer as a paid employee, while completing their Senior Phase of Learning.  At the same time, students undertake a nationally recognised training qualification with a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) chosen by both the employer and the student.  Students would usually expect to achieve a Certificate II or Certificate III on completion of their traineeship or apprenticeship.
As an Australian School-based Apprentice or Trainee the student:
-          Must still be attending school;
-          Must be enrolled in either Years 10, 11 or 12 and progressing towards the attainment of a Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) or equivalent or for a vocational qualification;
-          Must be employed for a minimum of 50 days every 12 months;
-          Must undertake some part of the qualification (ie. either training or work) during normal school hours;
-          Will normally work one set day per week, with the option of working after school hours, on weekends and during school holidays;
-          Can still obtain a Senior Statement and achieve an Overall Position (OP) or an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR)
School-Based Apprenticeships traditionally focus on trade-based industries, such as electrical, building and construction, cooking, automotive, hairdressing and engineering.  School-based Traineeships generally cover all other industries that do not require a trade certificate such as business, retail, hospitality, IT, tourism and many more.
Benefits of undertaking an Australian School-based Apprenticeship or traineeship include:
-          Giving the student the edge when looking for full-time employment after finishing school.
-          Helping the student to develop important workplace skills, confidence and experience that employer’s value.
-          Allowing the student to try out an occupation before making a long term career commitment.
-          Earning an income while still at school.
-          Obtaining a nationally recognised qualification.
-          Providing a stepping stone to higher level studies.
-          Providing an interesting and diversified senior educational pathway
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