School Based Apprenticeships (NT)

Your child can start an apprenticeship or traineeship while at school after they are 15 years of age.

The apprenticeships and traineeships provide your child with skills to transition from school to a full time apprenticeships, employment or further education and training.

Enrolling in VET

Your child can enrol in VET from Year 9 and select qualifications from courses offered through registered training organisations (RTOs) while at school.

VET can be used towards the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (NTCET).

Structured work placements

Your child will learn the skills and requirements of a particular job through an RTO and will complete a number of structured work placements which provide on the job training.

part of their school timetable. A SAT must impact on the student’s school timetable to be considered school-based. The ATIS-048 Determining the impact on the school timetable information sheet provides further details.

The school, student, their parent/guardian, employer and training organisation will negotiate a schedule which outlines when the student is at school, work and training. This schedule must indicate exactly how the SAT will impact the school timetable.

The school has a role in providing support to the student throughout the SAT.

Students enter a training contract with an employer. The training contract legally binds the employer and the student for the duration of the SAT. Sometimes the employer will be a group training organisation, principal employer organisation and/or a labour hire organisation who place apprentices and trainees with a range of host employers, who supervise and train and provide work on their behalf.

Employers are required to provide the student with a minimum of 375 hours (50 days) – 600 hours (80 days) for electrotechnology industry – of paid employment over each 12 month period of the training contract. Over each 3-month period, the student must work an average of 7.5 hours per week as a minimum.

To complete a school-based training contract, a trainee must have completed 50 days of paid employment for each year of the equivalent full-time nominal term. Refer to the Queensland Training Information Service (QTIS) website for school-based trainee completion information specific to each traineeship.


School based apprenticeships and traineeships qualifications

In consultation with stakeholders, the department will determine and identify qualifications suitable to be undertaken as school based apprenticeships and traineeships.

Qualification levels

School based apprenticeships and traineeships are available in most Certificate II and III level qualifications. Applications to undertake Certificate IV level qualifications and above will only be considered where the qualification has been determined by industry to be entry level and will be assessed by the department on a case-by-case basis.

Nominal duration

The nominal duration of a school based apprenticeship and traineeship qualification will be prescribed by the department in accordance with current approval processes. Information regarding the nominal duration for each qualification is available on the NT apprenticeship and traineeship database.

Training modes

Training may be delivered by the RTO off the job, on the job or a combination of both. The pattern of school, work and training must be negotiated between the school, employer, school based apprentice’s or trainee’s parent or guardian and the RTO prior to commencement of a school based apprenticeship or traineeship and should be flexible in order to reflect the learning needs of individual school based apprentices or trainees.

Training delivery location

RTOs should, where possible, ensure that off the job training is delivered locally. Where local delivery is not feasible students may apply to the Australian Apprenticeships Support Network provider to access the Apprentice and Trainee Travel and Accommodation Subsidy Scheme. Off the job training for school based apprentices or trainees must be delivered in the NT.

Parents, guardians and schools are responsible for ensuring appropriate accommodation and supervision arrangements are in place for school based apprentices and trainees required to travel to attend training.

Approval will not be granted for school based apprenticeships and traineeships to travel interstate to attend off the job training.