At Parafield Gardens High School as part of our Flexible Learning Initiatives we support a number of students who have signed a contract of training under the Australian School Based Apprenticeship (ASBA) scheme.
Students who are completing an ASBA are enrolled in SACE and are involved in part -time work. Essentially students are both full time students, part-time employees and are completing training which will enable them to gain an AQF (Australian Qualifications Framework) Certificate.
An ASBA is a combination of practical paid work and structured training that is agreed upon between a trainee and his or her employer in the form of a Contract of Training. This Contract of Training is a legally binding agreement between the employer, the student (the employee) and legal guardian (if the student is under the age of 18). The contract identifies the Registered Training Organisation (RTO), the training required by the employee (to be delivered by the RTO and the employer (sometimes the RTO is the employer)) and outlines the obligations of all parties to the agreement. It is possible for an Australian School Based Apprenticeship to be completed, generally, during the final two years of school as a combination of school, training and paid employment.
The Training Plan attached to the Contract of Training also requires the signature of the school principal as evidence that the traineeship/apprenticeship is school-based and an integral part of the school program.
It is possible for students to start an apprenticeship or traineeship before they leave school and to complete their South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) at the same time. Alternatively, students can take up an apprenticeship after they finish school as it is a great way to get current employment with on-the-job training and to improve their qualifications and future career prospects.
Graduates of traineeships and apprenticeships will receive an AQF qualification enabling entry to a range of occupations. The training and skills students gain through a traineeship or apprenticeship can also be built upon by further education, allowing students to advance their career or change occupations.
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The Commonwealth Government incentive of up to $2000 is available to employers who specifically contract an ASBA. School Principals (or their delegate) will be asked to acknowledge and endorse an ASBA by being a signatory to the Training Plan attached to the Contract of Training.
This will signify the ASBA is an integral part of the school program which will require some or all of the following:
The student will use school time to attend work and/or training and the school supports the student with personal timetable adjustments
The student will exchange one or more SACE subject unit(s) for the nominal hours of VET competencies studied as part of the Contract of Training
The school submits student VET results related to the Contract of Training that will contribute to their SACE completion (preferably by November each year)
The school develops specific SACE units to assist in further VET or work placement hours recognition
The school supports the student through counseling, mentoring, and support.
The school ensures the ASBA is built into each student's Learning Pathways Plan and supported through high quality career information and case management.
Student counsellors/VET coordinators or nominated teachers will assist the student in planning for an ASBA by helping them to select the most appropriate subjects that meet their planned career pathways and SACE pattern requirements.
An Australian Apprenticeship Centre (AAC) will assist with the completion and signing of the Contract of Training and attached Training Plan. The employer, student and parent/guardian are all signatories to the contract. The chosen Registered Training Organization and the AAC are also nominated on the contract.
For primary 'Duty of Care' purposes, schools should complete the ?ASBA Endorsement Checklist' prior to the Principal endorsing the special section of the Training Plan. Schools should become involved in negotiating and agreeing on the school, work and training components and should also record the total number of ASBAs in their school for attendance auditing purposes.
The length of an ASBA depends on the declared vocation and how many training hours the student will commit to per week, but a minimum of eight hours at the place of employment per week is required. Generally, around 15 hours per week of work and training plus some time in holidays is required to complete the contract by the end of year 12.
A Retention Incentive is available to employers who retain ASBAs in the months following year 12 completion. For the purpose of this incentive, AACs will seek validation from schools on a separate form which confirms the student was enrolled and attended their school for the whole of year 12. This incentive does not require successful completion of year 12 and/or the SACE as a criterion for approval, only enrolment and attendance.
The terms and conditions of contracts of training are different in each state/territory. Therefore, the contract would need to be cancelled in South Australia and a new contract negotiated in the state/territory to which the trainee or apprentice moves. Credit of time served should be given on the new contract and National VET Competencies achieved in one state should be transferable to any other state/territory. It is suggested that the following documents be obtained prior to leaving South Australia:
However, options could include:
a statement of attainment obtained from the registered training organisation
an extract confirming the period of time served on the South Australian contract obtained from Traineeship and Apprenticeship Management.
Want more information?
Contact your Futures Connect Transition Broker or your schooling sector VET/ASBA Manager: