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Apprenticeships and traineeships


What are school-based apprenticeships and traineeships and who can do them?

School-based apprenticeships and traineeships are designed for Year 11 and 12 students and allow students to work for an employer and undertake training towards a recognised qualification, while completing their high school studies.

Why choose a school based apprenticeship or traineeship?

  • get experience in the workplace before you leave school;
  • earn money for the time you spend working;
  • train towards achieving a nationally recognised qualification; and
  • improve your confidence.

School based apprenticeships and traineeships are a great way to make the move from school to work. They will put you a step ahead of the competition when you apply for jobs and give you the confidence to continue working or go on to further study.

How do school-based apprenticeships and traineeships work?

School based apprenticeships and traineeships involve a mix of studying at high school, training and working. All of these things will become a part of your school timetable.


Students will continue to go to school to earn their Queensland Certificate of Education.

A school-based apprenticeship or traineeship must have an impact on your school timetable. That means some of you training and work must take place during school hours. An Education, Training and Employment Schedule (ETES) will be developed with you, your employer, school, training provider and your parents or caregivers to outline when you are at the school, work and training.

The qualification or competencies you complete during your school-based apprenticeship or traineeship can be recorded on your Queensland Certificate of Education and will be recognised wherever you go in Australia.

It is also possible for you to gain an Overall Position score (OP) while you are doing a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship as part of your school studies.


As part of a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship students are required to work for a minimum of 50 days over a 12 month period. Some school-based apprentices and trainees may work 1 or 2 days a week and attend school on the remaining days or alternatively they may work for blocks of time. They may also work on weekends, during school and after school.

Attendance at TAFE or private training provider may be required as part of your training.

The following websites will provide you with further information regarding school based apprenticeships and traineeships: