What is an Australian School-Based Apprenticeship (ASBA)?

A School-Based Apprenticeship is a great way to start your career while completing your SACE. ASBAs allow senior school students to combine paid work, training and school, while working towards their SACE and a nationally-recognised qualification. Students undertaking ASBAs commence a Contract of Training through a part-time Apprenticeship or Traineeship. They learn skills (competencies) on-the-job and through training with a Registered Training Organisation.


What are the benefits of undertaking a School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship?

  • Getting a head start in your chosen job without competing with the rest of the school leavers in the State
  • Earning credits as part of your training which accrue towards your SACE
  • Starting to complete time off of your contract of training term
  • Starting your career and earning money while you are still at school
  • Working towards or gaining a nationally-recognised qualification
  • Gaining hands-on experience in a career-orientated job
  • Having adult responsibility as a member of the workforce


Does an Australian School-Based Apprentice get paid?

Yes! The relevant industry Award covers most School-Based Apprenticeships. Students are paid for the time spent in the workplace.


How long does an Australian School-Based Apprenticeship take to complete?

If the ASBA is not completed prior to the student completing year 12, students will continue on as a permanent employee until it is completed. Apprenticeships are now competency-based, which means that if all the training is successfully completed and the employer believes the Apprentice or Trainee is competent in all areas, the Contract of Training can be ‘signed off’. Students commencing a Certificate III or IV (two years plus) generally work part-time while still attending school and continue full-time to complete the Apprenticeship when their schooling is finished (SACE is achieved).


How much time does a School-Based Apprentice spend away from school?

As facilitated by the school’s Apprenticeship Broker, the School-Based Apprenticeship can be organised in a number of ways. It can be by working one or more days a week; on weekends; during school holidays or blocks of time (eg a number of weeks in a row). This is negotiated between the employer, the school and the student. At least eight hours per week on-the-job is required.


What are Apprenticeship Brokers?

Apprenticeship Brokers are employed by the Department of Education for Child Development (DECD) as part of the Trade Schools for the Future strategy. Their role is to facilitate School-Based Apprenticeships between students, parents/caregivers, employers, schools and Registered Training Organisations. This involves negotiation of work day(s) or hours at work and a review of students’ individual learning plans for SACE completion. Trade Schools for the Future, Western Adelaide, have two Apprenticeship Brokers (Vicki Bryant and Chris Houltby) who work closely with students, school staff and parents/caregivers to connect students with employers to establish School-Based Apprenticeships.


How can I meet with an Apprenticeship Broker?

Year 10, 11 or 12 students from public schools in the Western Adelaide Trade Schools for the Future cluster (and their parents/caregivers) can arrange a meeting with an Apprenticeship Broker. There are programmed dates and times that interviews at each school are available. Students can contact their school’s VET Coordinator to arrange a meeting. Vicki can also be contacted on 0458 564 603 and Chris on 0488 584 029.


Where can I find out more information?

For more information about Trade Schools for the Future, Western Adelaide, please go to http://www.wats.sa.edu.au/. Your Home School VET Coordinator will also be able to give you more information about School-Based Apprenticeships.


Training Guarantee for SACE Students (TGSS)

The Training Guarantee for SACE Students (TGSS) scheme can help put students on a rewarding vocational career and jobs pathway. The scheme enables SACE students to undertake VET training at an approved Registered Training Organisation (RTO) in qualifications that are prescribed by the Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology (DFEEST), and guarantee them a training place after completing SACE to finish the qualification they have started. Training at Certificate II level is fee-free. There are some fees for Certificate III and higher qualifications. You will have to pay for personal items such as tools, clothing and materials for your training.


To be eligible for the Training Guarantee, students must -

  • be 16 years of age or older and be enrolled in SACE
  • already doing (or have completed) VET or work placement that is related to your pathway
  • participate in relevant work placement – at least 140 hours
  • intend to complete the Certificate III (or higher) in the year after finishing SACE
  • be clearly intending to pursue a vocational career related to the qualification.


For more information, see your VET Coordinator or go to the Skills for All website at http://www.skills.sa.gov.au/.