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Start your career while you are still at school 

Start your career while you are still at school

Earn an income and gain a meaningful qualification at the same time.

If you want to get a head start on everyone else, you can start your career while you are still at school.

That means you can be paid for your work, gain valuable workplace experience, gain a vocational qualification that is recognised right around Australia and still finish your secondary schooling. You will be streets ahead of everyone else.

If feel like you'd like to go to uni afterwards, that's still OK. But then you will have an even greater advantage over everyone else. You can gain recognition for prior learning; and that cuts down the time you have to spend at uni. And of course, it also reduces your HECs debt. Plus, you have real workplace experience. Not just academic notes!

So you can have it all.

Australian School-based Apprenticeships (AS-bAs) are work-based training programs for students (typically Year 10–12 depending on state requirements), that combine paid part-time work and formal industry-based training whilst you complete your Senior Secondary Certificate.

Certain age requirements apply:

  • if you are under 18 years of age a parent or legal guardian is required to also sign the Training Contract with you and
  • if you are less than 15 years of age some states of Australia require a Child
    Employment Permit.

Who employs you?

Your school careers adviser will discuss with you the type of careers available to you and will help you find an employer who would like to employ you as an Australian School-based Apprentice.

That employer will pay you for the time you work for them because this is a real job with a real future.


About school-based apprenticeships and traineeships