If you haven’t finished high school yet but want to start working, doing a school-based apprenticeship will give you a chance to earn while you learn. This pathway allows you to develop skills and gain access to a network of professionals in your field without compromising your education.

School-based apprenticeships are like standard apprenticeships but can be undertaken on a part-time basis during the apprentice’s final years of secondary school. This structure allows the apprentice to earn a wage, partake in supervised training, and work towards a nationally recognised qualification while earning their high school certificate.  

If you or someone you know is eager to begin their career by balancing school and training, here’s how to get school-based apprenticeships in QLD.

Talk to Your Parents

If you’re under 18, you’ll need the consent of your parent or guardian before starting your apprenticeship training. You probably won’t be able to begin your apprenticeship unless your parents are on board, so it’s important to talk to them about it.

This rule applies to almost all school-based apprenticeships, although exemptions are available in some circumstances. For example, parental consent may not be required if the apprentice already lives independently despite still being at school.

Notify Your School

You must have your school’s support before starting a school-based apprenticeship. Even though you’ll continue to attend classes, your timetable will need to be altered to allow room for your apprenticeship training.

You school will be able to help you negotiate a schedule that outlines how you’ll divide your time between work and your apprenticeship. This schedule should show where you’ll be on what days and will need to meet minimum training requirements while still allowing you enough time to complete your high school certificate.

Find an Employer

Once you’ve got the support of your parents and school, you’ll need to find an employer willing to take you on as an apprentice. Prior to reaching out to potential employers, carefully consider the qualification you want to earn and the kind of working environment you’re looking for. After finding a suitable employer, you’ll be required to sign a training contract. This contract legally binds the employer and the student for the duration of the apprenticeship, so it’s essential to carefully weigh up your options before committing.

Work with an RTO

You and your employer will likely need to work with a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) to facilitate your school-based apprenticeship. The RTO will help you and your employer develop a suitable training plan which outlines training obligations, when and where the training will occur, who will provide the training, and how your progress will be assessed.

RTOs play a crucial role in ensuring apprentices have access to the practical and theory training they need to meet their qualification’s requirements.

If you enjoy hands-on learning and are eager to start your career, a school-based apprenticeship could be the perfect option for you. You’ll be paid to learn new skills and will be able to build your confidence while still enjoying the benefits of finishing high school.

Learn more about how to get a school-based apprenticeship with Major Training.