School-based Apprenticeships or Traineeships

School-based Apprenticeships or Traineeships

  • Published on Monday 30 January, 2017
  • 3 min. to read


Students looking to give their careers a kick start?

Do they want to earn while they learn?

Becoming an Australian School-based Apprentice or Trainee is the best way to combine paid work with structured training and gain a nationally recognised qualification – all while they complete secondary school!

At MEGT, we’re committed to helping secondary school students develop and secure their future. That’s why we’ve put together the following information for students considering a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship.

Why wait until you’ve left school to get a head start on your future?

With Australian School-based Apprenticeships or Traineeships (AS-bA) you can combine paid part-time work with formal industry-based training while you complete your secondary schooling.

As an Australian School-based Apprentice or Trainee you will gain your Senior Secondary Certificate as well as valuable workplace experience and a nationally recognised qualification at Certificate I, II, III or IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma level.

Benefits of becoming a school-based apprentice or trainee


  • Earn while you learn
  • Gain fundamental workplace skills leading to increased job opportunities and earning potential in the future
  • Choose from a wide range of nationally recognised apprenticeship and traineeship qualifications across all industries
  • Access potential Government financial support and personal benefits
  • Undertake competency-based training which means you may be able to complete your qualification faster

So what’s the difference between an apprenticeship and a traineeship?


How long does an apprenticeship take? Between 36 to 48 months depending on the qualification.

Which industries offer apprenticeships?
Trade areas (including building and construction), commercial cookery, automotive, engineering, manufacturing and more.


How long does a traineeship take?
Between 12 and 24 months depending on the qualification.

Which industries offer traineeships?
Service industries such as business, retail, community health, childcare, hair and beauty, financial services, and more.

Life after school

If you complete your qualification while you’re still at school and decide you want to go to uni, you may be able to gain recognition for your prior study and cut down the time it takes you to get your degree.

If you haven’t completed your AS-bA before you finish school, you can continue with your employer or a new employer until you’re qualified.

Want to know more?

Contact us on 13 6348 and one of our team will be happy to help.

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