An Australian School Based Apprenticeship (ASBA) is an apprenticeship you can do while still at school that can contribute toward your High School Certificate.

ASBAs can be helpful for students looking to get into a qualified profession or trade, to get a head start on gaining experience and knowledge in that industry. ASBAs should contribute positively to your learning.

To start an ASBA you should discuss with your school's ASBA coordinator whether or not it is a good option for you and what sort of apprenticeship you might be interested in. Your school's coordinator can help you find an employer and support you to enrol in the right courses and arrange your timetable to include work, training and school.

To do an ASBA you must have a contract signed by you, your school, your employer and your parent if you're under 18. The ASBA must be approved by your parents if you're under 18, your school and the Education Directorate. This is to ensure that the ASBA you have chosen is the right option for you and will positively contribute to your learning.

ASBA students must undertake a set amount of hours of work and structured training each week which must happen within regular school hours. The number of hours will depend on your contract and the requirements of the qualification you are pursuing. Apprentices must be supervised while at work and must complete a certain number of set competencies in order to receive their qualification. The Registered Training Organisation (RTO) that is providing the training for your ASBA must report back to the school when you complete competencies and your school should remain in contact with you and your employer throughout your ASBA to provide support and ensure all requirements are being met.

Apprentices should be paid an apprentice wage for all hours spent working and training and should be provided with any equipment, tools or PPE needed to complete the work.

Apprentices completing an ASBA have all the same rights as regular apprentices. You have the right to at least minimum wage, a safe and healthy workplace and the minimum employment conditions. Skills Canberra is the body that is responsible for managing apprenticeships in the ACT. If you have a complaint or concern, you can contact Skills Canberra at 6205 8555 or by visiting their website.

If you would like to seek further advice, you can contact the Young Workers Advice Service by emailing youngworkerscbr@unionsact.org.au.

Authorised by M Harrison for UnionsACT, 11 London Circuit, Canberra 2601 ACT.

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