What is it?

An Australian School-based Apprenticeships (ASBA) allows you to work as a paid part-time trainee or apprentice while completing your secondary education at school. ASBA’s are sometimes referred to as School-based Traineeships; it depends on the qualification being studied.

This is a great option if you already know what job or profession you want to pursue and gives you a head start on achieving your career goals, while completing the last two or three years of your education.

A school-based apprenticeship combines:

  • part-time, practical experience in the workplace
  • nationally recognised, structured training with a Registered Training Organisation (RTO)
  • your secondary school studies

ASBAs are available in industries such as agriculture, engineering, automotive, horticulture, hospitality, business administration, hairdressing, bricklaying, carpentry, plumbing, retail, warehousing and logistics.

Am I eligible?

You must be 15 years of age or older and currently enrolled in secondary school in order to apply for a School-based Apprenticeship. If you are under 18 years of age you may also require the permission of a parent or guardian. You can start in year 10, but most students begin in year 11 or 12. Most trades will also require you to have completed year 10 maths and English at a minimum, however trades like electrical and plumbing will require year 11 level maths and English.

Why Skillinvest?

Skillinvest operates School-based apprenticeships (ASBA) courses under a Group Training employment and training arrangement, which means that we employ and place you with host employers. We’ll manage everything and support you for the entire duration of your School-based apprenticeship to help keep you on track with your training and school studies.

Our host employers include a mix of small and large sized businesses, local government, government agencies and departments, statutory authorities, not-for-profit organisations, national and multinational companies.


  • Start working and get paid for it, while you’re still at school.
  • Train and work with qualified tradespeople in the workplace.
  • Gain credits towards your VCE, VCAL and/or full-time apprenticeship.
  • Build on the skills and experience you may have gained through VET in Schools or structured work placement.
  • Get a head start on your career goals

Other Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Many students who transition successfully into a full-time trade apprenticeship have often started their training during secondary school by completing a VET in Schools or VCAL course, a pre-apprenticeship, school-based apprenticeship, or a combination of these.

Skillinvest school based apprenticeships

What our students say

“I chose to do the school-based traineeship as it is an amazing opportunity, it is one you don’t really get often. I have gotten a lot out of the traineeship, gained a lot of connections, support within the police force and even office staff. I still talk to my colleagues even now that I’ve finished, we still have a good chat.”

Maluda, Cert III Business, Victoria Police Portland

What our students say

“Skillinvest helped my transition from work placement with school to my apprenticeship in plumbing. They made the process really easy. My Skillinvest consultant helped me with all the paperwork to get me going.”

Will Kennedy, Cert III Plumbing

Latest Jobs

Job Title Location Date posted Closing date
Business Law Clerk Traineeship Horsham January 14, 2022 January 27, 2022
Operations and Maintenance Traineeship- Mallacoota Mallacoota January 14, 2022 February 11, 2022
Receptionist- Dandenong Dandenong January 14, 2022 February 11, 2022
Harvest Workers Required Horsham January 14, 2022 February 11, 2022

Frequently asked questions

How much will you get paid?

Australian apprentices and trainee are paid under a federal or state award and can vary depending on the industry, your age and whether you have completed year 12 and a number of other factors (for more information visit https://www.fairwork.gov.au/pay/minimum-wages/apprentice-and-trainee-pay-rates). Your wage will increase each year and some trades also provide travel and tool allowances. Financial assistance, such as youth allowance or a health care card, may be available if you are required to live away from home.

Why you should consider an Australian School-based Apprenticeship?

A School-based Apprenticeship is a great way to earn an income and learn on the job, while still completing your school education. Other benefits of completing an ASBA include:

  • Get a head start on your career, or try out a career that you’re interested in
  • Get a competitive edge over other school leavers when looking for employment
  • Work towards earning a nationally recognised qualification
  • Learn hands on skills and valuable industry experience
  • Improve your confidence, communication skills and develop a strong work ethic
What do employers look for in a potential apprentice or trainee?

Some work experience is desirable, however a great attitude, punctuality, good communications skills and the ability to work within a team are also required. A genuine desire to learn, an understanding about the industry and knowing why you want the job are also important.

You don’t have to wait until you graduate or finish school to start building your skills and career. An Australian School-based Apprenticeship (ASBA) is a great way to start earning while you learn!

Skillinvest offers ASBA’s in a range of jobs and industries including Automotive, Building and Construction, Civil Construction, Manufacturing and Engineering, Business Management, Equine Racing, Hair and Beauty and more.

We will place you with a local business, where you will receive valuable on-the-job training and work experience while completing your school education and working towards a nationally recognised qualification. We will also support you to make sure you become fully qualified, highly skilled, capable, confident and successful in your chosen profession.