What is User Choice?
Australian School-based Apprenticeships (ASBAs) offer 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.
To be eligible to enrol under Australian School-based Apprenticeship (ASBA) program, you must be:
- an Australian Citizen, Australian Visa holder, permanent resident or New Zealand passport holder resident for more than six months who enters into a training contract with an ACT employer, and
- at least 15 years of age, and
- have the ASBA endorsed by the school Principal or delegate
- be enrolled in a school under legislation that covers education in the relevant state/territory
- combine part time work with an employer and structured industry-approved training whilst attending school
- continue employment and on/off-the-job training throughout the year including school holidays.
- complete a minimum of 11 hours per week and a maximum of 20 hours per week towards their Australian Apprenticeship 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 towards their Australian Apprenticeship if undertaking a certificate III qualification, this includes 12 hours of work and three hours per week of structured training.
- has an Exemption Certificate and the selected Skilled Capital qualification is an approved Australian School-based Apprenticeship pathway.
A student who is a school-based apprentice is exempt from paying a Student Contribution Fee.
|Course Code||Qualification Name||Student Contribution Fee|
|CHC22015||Certificate II in Community Services||$350.00|
|CHC30121||Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care||$350.00|
|CHC30221||Certificate III in School Based Education Support||$350.00|
What courses are funded?
For more information on the Australian School-based Apprenticeships (ASBA) visit Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the Department of Education website. Australian School-based Apprenticeships (ASbAs) Flyer here.
Do you have information for employers
For employers, Australian Apprentices can bring new and valuable resources and skills into a business.Traineeships allow you to develop qualified loyal staff that are familiar with your company, your work environment, your standards, your equipment and your customers. There are plenty of benefits to employers that include the following:
- Qualified employees trained your way for your business
- Government funding assistance for the training of eligible apprentices and trainees
- Financial benefits for you including Commonwealth Government incentives
- Greater customer satisfaction through
- Greater customer satisfaction through well trained staff
What is the Completion Payment for Students?
Students who successfully complete their qualification may be eligible for a completion payment. A completion payment will be paid directly to the student upon completion of the qualification and a survey.
The completion payment is $300 for each qualification.
Students may be eligible to receive the completion payment for up to one (1) year after the date deemed competent, provided up to date email and bank account details are confirmed.
A student is not eligible for a completion payment where more than 50% of the units are completed through RPL and/or credit transfer (refer Completion Arrangements).
Are there Fee Exemptions Available?
Australian Apprentices may be exempt from paying fees in the following circumstances:
- the employer is the RTO for its own Australian Apprentice, or
- the Australian Apprentice leaves one employer and recommences within 12 months with another employer, in the same qualification and with the same RTO, or
- the Australian Apprentice is required to go to a different RTO as a result of a change of RTO process, or
- the student is an ASBA and the school is the RTO.