School based apprenticeships and traineeships

Apprentice making a dressApprenticeships and traineeships equip young people with employability skills and a nationally recognised qualification.

School based apprenticeships and traineeships are paid employment based training programs for full time school students 15 years of age and over. Under these arrangements the student is both a full time student and a part time employee with the same employment and training privileges and responsibilities as other apprentices/trainees.

To be a school based apprentice/trainee a student must fulfil certain requirements, including:

  • enter into a training contract with an employer to complete an apprenticeship/traineeship;
  • have their school’s agreement to undertake the school based apprenticeship/traineeship; and
  • have the completed units of competency of their apprenticeship/traineeship included on their Western Australian Certificate of Education.

Approved qualifications

Only certain qualifications can be undertaken under a school based apprenticeship/traineeship arrangement. These qualifications are identified on the Public Register of Prescribed Vocational Education and Training Qualifications (Class A and B Register). As indicated in the statements (General conditions) on the front of the current register, qualifications available for school based apprenticeship (SBA) or school based traineeship (SBT) are identified with a ‘Y’ in the ‘School based’ column on the Register. Important conditions for specific SBAs/SBTs are also noted on the register.

As the Class A and B Register will be updated monthly, it should only be downloaded from the Apprenticeship Office website to ensure the most current SBA/SBT qualification details are used.


The School Based Apprenticeship and Traineeship Policy provides advice to organisations and individuals associated with school based apprenticeships/traineeships. It identifies what is required to commence, register, vary and complete a training contract involving a full time school student undertaking a part time school based apprenticeship or traineeship.

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School-based apprenticeships and traineeships: a good practice guide (PDF, 611kb) - see the Publications page.