School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (ASBAs) combine schooling at the senior secondary level (normally Years 10, 11 & 12) with training and employment. Planned learning in school and work is balanced between the needs of the student, the employer and the school, and allows the students to study for SACE at the same time as commencing and/or completing a nationally recognised Vocational Training qualification as a paid employee.
Every unit of competency that forms part of an ASBA Training Plan is allocated a certain number of ‘nominal hours’. For every 70 hours completed a student will gain 10 credits towards their SACE. Whether or not this can be counted as Stage 1 or Stage 2 credit will depend on the Certificate being completed. Generally, (but not always) Certificates I or II will count as Stage 1 credits and Certificates III or higher will count as Stage 2 credits, this information can be found via the VET recognition register on the SACE Board’s website.
Most students undertaking an ASBA will do less classroom subjects than their peers. This is because they are gaining SACE credits from their ASBA and do not need the credits from mainstream subjects. The extra study lines they have at school can be used for completing any workbooks they may have as part of their ASBA or completing school based subject work missed on work days.
Specialist Apprenticeship Brokers are on hand at Edward John Eyre High School to link students and employers in school-based apprenticeships and traineeships.
For further information visit www.tradeschoolsforthefuture.sa.edu.au or contact Karen Skinner 0437 062 547