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The Business Benefits Of Hiring A School-Based Apprentice

by Andrew Thomson on November 30, 2020

Frontline leaders when was the last time you assessed the current and future needs of your business?

Have you considered employing an apprentice or trainee?

Are you aware there is an increasing number of secondary school students undertaking Australian School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships?

In this post-COVID environment these students are keen to learn and develop skills to enhance their future employment prospects.

The detail…..

A School-based Apprenticeship and Traineeship allows senior secondary students to begin their apprenticeship or traineeship in years 10, 11 or 12 as part of their South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) or equivalent in other states.

School-based Apprenticeship and Traineeships combine paid employment and structured work-related training within the SACE. They are a pathway to employment in a trade or occupation and can be a steppingstone into higher education. Apprenticeships and Traineeships have similar structures and requirements. However, they differ in occupations offered, length and Australian Qualified Framework (AQF) certificate levels.

The hiring of a School-based Apprentices and Trainees must meet these specific requirements:

  • Parental or guardian approval is required if under 18 years of age
  • The student negotiates a flexible personalised SACE program with their school which permits employment and training in and outside of school hours
  • Students can commence an Apprenticeship or Traineeship while at school and complete their SACE.
  • Through negotiation the student can convert their Apprenticeship or Traineeship to full-time (or part-time) upon leaving school.

Business benefits…..

The Morrison government has announced $2 billion – to be increased by another $500 million from the states – for a skills package to boost training and job creation.

A $1 billion JobTrainer program will provide training or re-skilling for up to 340,700 school leavers and job seekers.

The package also includes an extra $1.5 billion to expand and extend the wage subsidy for apprentices and trainees. This follows $1.3 billion announced in March.

The subsidy expansion will be available to around 90,000 businesses and 180,000 apprentices.

The program will also be extended by six months to the end of March (Source: Michelle Gratton, The Conversation and ABC News).

Current sectors looking to expand their workforces include health care and social assistance; transport; postal; and warehousing; manufacturing; and retail and wholesale trade (Source:

The final word….

A School-based Apprentice and Trainee can add diversity to your team and introduce new skills and ideas to your business operation. They can also help fill skills gaps by developing the specialist skills your business needs. A positive public image will also be created within your local community.

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