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​What is school based apprenticeship or traineeship (SAT)

It is an opportunity for a full-time student to begin training for a vocational qualification whilst still at school. It combines structured learning with paid employment. It allows students to undertake a nationally recognised qualification, learn skills at work and under the guidance of a training provider, while completing school studies. Qualifications for school based trainees and apprentices are usually certificate II and III courses. 

What can SAT's do for your business?

A growing number of businesses are using school based apprenticeships and traineeships to:
  • Train future workers and supervisors
  • Develop productive workers in a short space of time
  • Train new staff to do things the way the business prefers
  • Develop loyal and motivated workers

Who can you employ on a SAT?

High school students aged 15 or above, usually Year 10, 11 or 12 students.

What is the difference between an apprenticeship and a traineeship?

Apprenticeships are offered in jobs that require a higher level of skill to work in the field. Upon completion of an apprenticeship a person is considered to be qualified in their trade. Traineeships are mainly used to introduce a person to a job and develop their skills.

Fulltime Apprenticeships can take up to four years to complete with fulltime traineeships varying in length from one to three years. High school students undertaking either option are given double the amount of time to complete their qualification because they also need time for school subjects.

What will you need to do if you decide to employ a SAT?

You will need to make contact with an Australian Apprenticeship Centre (AAC) representative, the school and the student’s parent or caregiver to arrange a time for the SAT contract to be signed by all parties. 

You are also obligated to provide training, pay wages and entitlements (check Wageline or Work Choices), provide a safe working environment and allow the student to participate in training and schooling.

You are not obligated to continue employing the SAT upon completion of the qualification.

Choose the right qualification

With hundreds of qualifications to choose from, you’re sure to find one that meets your needs. For a list of all SAT’s currently available in Queensland, visit or or call 1800 210 210.

Probation period

You have a probation period of 30 – 90 days, depending on the qualification, where you or the student can decide to discontinue the SAT. After this time, you are contracted to each other for the duration of the training contract.

Choosing a registered training organisation (SRTO)

You and the student will need to choose a SRTO that will work with you both throughout the duration of the course. The SRTO will help you develop a training plan for the student, deliver training, assess the achievement of skills and issue the qualification upon completion. SRTO’s may be TAFE’s or private colleges.  Each SRTO offers different ways to train your apprentice or trainee. Shop around for the right one to suit your business needs. Visit 

Structured work placement

If you would prefer to work with and get  to know an AHSHS student prior to signing up a SAT, we can assist you with structured work placement. This is unpaid work experience which will allow you and the student to decide if you want to commence a SAT.

Government incentives

To encourage participation in the SAT program, the government provides financial incentives for employers and free training through a Registered Training Organisation (SRTO) for the student. The school also receives a small financial benefit for each SAT to support the program. 


If you would like to sign up a SAT with an AHSHS student or even enquire about our structured work placement program, please contact us on the details below.


Mrs Katie Wilbor                          Mrs Terri Saunders

Industry Liaison Officer                Head of Department Senior Schooling

Financial incentives available to employers

  •   $1500 payable at the 6 month point (all traineeships and apprenticeships)
  •  Additional $750 payable at the 6 month point if it is a school-based traineeship or apprenticeship
  •  $2500 payable on successful completion
  •  An additional $750 is payable AFTER Year 12 and if the student has worked for 12 consecutive weeks during 1/12 – 30/6 of the year they leave school

The minimum requirement for a school-based traineeship or apprenticeship is to employ the student for 375 hours per year (eg. one day per week).

Additional incentives for school-based apprentices (School to Trade Pathway) include:

  • $2500 payable 6 months after Year 12 based on the employer transitioning the student to full time employment
  •  $2500 payable 18 months after Year 12 based on the employer transitioning the student to full time employment 

Alexandra Hills State High School recognises the valuable contribution a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship provides to a student who is undertaking a vocational pathway. We allow our students to work with an employer one day a week while completing their senior studies over the remaining four days. We are flexible with regards to the day of employment. That is, we are happy for the employer to choose the day they prefer. We encourage trainers to undertake training at school rather than in the workplace, thereby ensuring students are not taken off the job.