Understanding School-Based Apprenticeship

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Students at school in Years 10, 11, or 12 can be part of a school and work apprenticeship or traineeship that provides salary and training for employment. Students participating can combine their education with employment and training, which will get them a nationally recognized qualification at the II or III levels for certification throughout almost every industrial sector and package providing on-job training. Their choice of school subjects has to coincide with their training and employment, and they should be prepared to take on this extra responsibility. It is then up to the school and the parents to monitor the student’s progress and make sure that they can handle both work and their studies.


ASbA students continue their education studying subjects complementary to qualification to the ASbA and contribute to the TCE or Tasmanian Certificate of Education. Throughout the contract, every unit of competency achieved contributes points to the ASbA students’ TCE.


ASbA students sign-up for a plan of training and an RTO which is an organization that makes sure everything goes according to all the requirements needed to qualify for the trainee program. ASbA students whether on or off job training get paid.


ASbA students are required to put in a minimum of 7.5 hours of working time each week. This counts for work during school or after school hours and on the weekend. During term breaks, students will work additional hours.


Employer Responsibilities


Employers hiring ASbA students will make sure they work a minimum of 7.5 hours per week during school time and at term breaks additional hours. Skills Tasmania must approve the Training Contract signed by each student and endorsed by their school’s Principal. They must be employed under an acceptable industrial agreement and wages depend on their age, qualification, and industry.


A Training Plan must be approved by employers who make negotiations with the RTO to ensure ASbA students receive their training regularly and have the necessary qualification support.

Employers must also make sure that students have flexible working hours that coordinate with their school programs, have the proper selection of subjects for the job, and have the time for taking exams.


School Responsibilities


The school must receive correspondence for providers of the traineeship program and coordinate the balance between pastoral care and administration on behalf of the school the ASbA student is attending including arranging timetables and negotiating working hours with employers.


Keep track of the points gained during training and qualification in school years 11 or 12 and make sure to always see that the students are taking the right subject to benefit from their traineeships.


Concerning ASbA students it is important to have meetings each month to determine if there are any problems when it comes to both school and job attendance. These meetings are also a good time to discuss any issues related to work and to help resolve them.


In the early stages, the responsibility of the ANP is to constantly provide the necessary information and offer their assistance if required both to the students in the traineeship program, their parents, and their employers. They are there to work with any issues that come up during employment and to help resolve them to benefit both the student, the place of employment, and the employer.


They have to be prepared to organize the contract signed when training began and to correctly endorse paperwork that is required for Skills Tasmania to give their approval and the contract is legal and binding.


Taking everything into consideration, ASbA students must be prepared to take on the responsibility for their education and the work they are expected to do and continually seek out assistance if they encounter problems along the way. Parents must always be alert to step in if there are problems, and the school system should carefully monitor the studying process of these students to see their grades are kept up.

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