Australian School Based Apprenticeships (ASBAs) allow students to start working on an apprenticeship or traineeship from year 10.
Students working on an ASBA can:
If you’d like to start an Australian School Based Apprenticeship, your first step should be to talk with your school’s career advisor or equivalent.
Any student can begin an ASBA, as long as they are:
You can find an apprenticeship or traineeship by:
If you’re already working as a casual or part time employee, your employer may:
An apprenticeships or traineeship can only be undertaken on a part-time or full-time basis.
Further information for employers is available from skills.sa.gov.au
Before training can start, a training contract and a training plan must be negotiated between the apprentice or trainee, their parent or guardian (where the apprentice or trainee is aged under 18), and the employer.
Training contracts end when the vocational training component of the apprenticeship or traineeship is completed, and once all parties have agreed that the apprentice or trainee is competent in their trade or vocation.
There is a probationary period of one to six months that allows both the employer and the apprentice or trainee to evaluate the training requirements and their ability to meet their contractual obligations.
During the probationary period, either party can withdraw from the contract by giving the appropriate notice.
At the conclusion of the probationary period the parties are bound by the terms of the training contract. At this stage the training contract can only be transferred, suspended, terminated or varied by the mutual agreement of all parties.
School-based apprentices and trainees are required to work a minimum of eight hours a week. This minimum of eight hours per week may be averaged over a 26 week period, twice a year, in each year of the school based program. For example, during school holidays they may have the choice of working extra hours.
Time spent in the workplace is negotiated between all parties of the contract.
Apprentices and trainees receive the industry award rate for time spent in the workplace and in most cases for study time related to the requirements of the training plan.
Where award coverage is not adequate, or if the parties to the training contract wish to make other arrangements, they may enter into an Enterprise Agreement.
School-based apprentices and trainees enrolled in a full SACE program are considered to be full-time students and may be eligible for youth allowance.
Special ABSTUDY arrangements may exist for students identified as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders.
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