School-based apprenticeships and traineeships allow high school students to work part time to complete the first year of an apprenticeship, or complete a traineeship by the end of their HSC year. Both on and off-the-job training undertaken by students can contribute to their HSC, meaning that students graduate with both their HSC and credit towards a trade qualification.

Students are expected to seek their own Apprenticeship or Traineeship.

School-based apprenticeships and traineeships are paid positions.


School-Based Apprenticeships

  • A school-based apprenticeship provides the opportunity for students to complete the first year of a trade qualification, while also completing their HSC
  • Students attain credit towards a nationally recognised Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification and will also gain on-the-job experience and skills through paid work
  • Formal training contributes to a minimum of 4 units credit towards a students’ HSC
  • Students must complete a minimum number of days of paid work throughout the course, which varies per trade, in order to proceed to the second year of an apprenticeship

School-Based Traineeships

  • A school-based traineeship provides the opportunity for students to complete a Certificate III level qualification by the end of the HSC
  • School-based trainees must complete a minimum of 100 days of paid work (on-the-job) over years 11 and 12 and achieve all units of competency (formal training) of the qualification, to satisfy the requirements of a school-based traineeship
  • The formal training of a school-based traineeship contributes to a minimum of 4 units credit towards the HSC



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What’s in it for students?

  • Work towards achieving your Higher School Certificate (HSC)
  • Attain credit towards nationally recognised qualifications
  • Study Certificate II or III level qualifications while at school
  • Complete the 1st year of your apprenticeship or a full traineeship
  • Get paid for time spent ‘on the job’

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The structure of the timetable breaks up my week between work, school and training and I am getting a head start by completing the first year of my carpentry apprenticeship whilst studying for my HSC. It has been very useful having the support of the teacher mentors to discuss issues that arise in the workplace. - Ben Kean (Carpentry)



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