School-based apprenticeships and traineeships are primarily designed for students in Years 11 and 12. Younger students may be permitted to participate under defined circumstances. While some school-based traineeships may be completed by the end of Year 12, many traineeships and all apprenticeships will continue after this time.
The Education, Training and Employment Schedule (ETES) for School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (Form ATF-023) is a contract negotiated amongst the student, their parent (if applicable), the employer and the school principal. For the purposes of school-based arrangements, the young person is considered both a full-time secondary student and an apprentice or trainee.
School-based apprentices and trainees are paid for the time they spend in an employer’s workplace, receive structured competency-based training, and are trained by a Registered Training Organisation of the employer’s choosing.
Training with the nominated supervising Registered Training Organisation and paid employment may also occur outside of school hours and during school holidays. In the workplace, Workers’ Compensation is provided for the apprentice or trainee under the employer’s existing workers’ compensation insurance. This cover extends to travel to and from training as well as time spent in training.
Apprenticeships and traineeships where all training with the supervising Registered Training Organisation and paid employment is performed outside of school hours, and/or no provision has been made within the students' program of school study for work or training, are considered part-time or full-time apprenticeships or traineeships (not school-based) and are subject to different industrial relations conditions.
The student signs a training contract with the employer. This is a legally binding document. As schools are not a signatory to the training contract, they are not able to interfere with the discharge of any part of a training contract, including where a student may experience difficulties associated with the conditions of their employment, health and wellbeing, and training issues. Concerns arising during the course of a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship should be reported immediately to Training Queensland on 1800 210 210.