Australian School Based Apprenticeships (ASBAs)

What is an Australian School-Based Apprenticeship (ASBA)?

An ASBA offers students, 15 years of age or over, the opportunity to achieve a nationally recognised vocational qualification by combining paid work and training as part of their education program.

An ASBA fits within a student's study program whilst at school and can count toward their ACT Senior Secondary Certificate.

Training is provided by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). This may be the school, CIT or a private provider.

To be eligible for an ACT training contract an ASBA must:

  • complete a minimum of 11 hours per week and a maximum of 20 hours per week if undertaking a Certificate II qualification. This includes eight hours of work and three hours per week of structured training
  • complete a minimum of 15 hours per week and a maximum of 20 hours per week if undertaking a Certificate III qualification. This includes 12 hours of work and three hours per week of structured training.

What are the benefits of an ASBA?

Benefits include:

  • valuable experience that provides pathways to future training and employment
  • receiving, on successful completion, a nationally recognised vocational qualification along with the ACT Senior Secondary Certificate
  • providing students with an opportunity to get a great head start in their career.

How to get started?

Students must contact the VET/ASBA Coordinator at their school and advise them of their intention to do an ASBA. The VET/ASBA Coordinator may also be able to assist in finding an employer.

If students are currently employed, they could discuss the possibility of converting their current job into an ASBA.

For more information and advice on all aspects of Australian Apprenticeships, contact the local Apprenticeship Network provider or call the Australian Apprenticeships referral line on 13 38 73. Apprenticeship Network providers are contracted by the Australian Government to provide free Australian Apprenticeships support services to apprentices and employers.

Units awarded to ASBAs on the Senior Secondary Certificate

ASBAs who are undertaking a Certificate II qualification will be entitled to a maximum of 2 units a semester in the relevant industry area (1 unit for structured training and 1 unit for on-the-job training).

ASBAs who are undertaking a Certificate III qualification will be entitled to a maximum of 3 units a semester in the relevant industry area (1 unit for structured training and 2 units for on-the-job training).

The maximum contribution of any one course area to the minimum requirements of an ACT Senior Secondary Certificate is 8 standard units as per BSSS policy.