Aged Services School-based Traineeship Pathways Program

Are you looking at developing a young skilled workforce to meet the current and future needs of your organisation; have you considered employing a school-based trainee?
We encourage organisations to be proactive in planning for their future workforce needs by being part of the Aged Services Sector School-based Traineeship Pathways Program.

Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA) is working with the Aged Services Sector to develop a School-based Traineeship Program which will encourage young people into the Sector through a supported pathway.  This innovative program has been designed to support and mentor young people who are transitioning to work to become confident, safe and competent members of your workforce.

What is a School-based Traineeship?

A school-based traineeship is a paid employment based training program for full-time school students who are attending years 10, 11 or 12. The employer and the student (including their legal guardian if the student is under 18 years of age) enters into a Training Contract that contains information such as the qualification, industrial arrangements, nominal term of the traineeship and obligations and responsibilities.

During the traineeship, students continue with their studies at school or college, are employed 2 days a week and attend training with an RTO.
This model allows students to finish their Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE), start their career in an industry of choice and complete a nationally recognised qualification. The subjects at school or college are chosen to complement the skills and knowledge needed at work. The training they undertake, as part of the qualification, also adds towards their TCE points.

Students can commence in either the Certificate II in Health Support or Certificate III in Individual Support (this will depend on their age and education they have undertaken). Depending on the qualification a school-based traineeship could take between 1 to 2 years to complete.

Benefits for your organisation


A school-based traineeship is a supported pathway to encourage young people into the sector. Employing a school-based trainee gives you the opportunity to develop a young skilled workforce that meets the current and future skills needs of your organisation. You are able to

o recruit keen young staff before they graduate from high school
o employ and train a young person part-time in your organisation
o give a young person hands on experience and exposure to the range of careers and job roles available in the aged services sector
o allow young people to progress to a full-time traineeship after completing school with recognition of the training already undertaken.

Employers hiring Australian School-based Trainees may be eligible to receive Australian Government and State Government incentive payments.



Employers will need to ensure that their school-based trainee/s are given 2 days of work each week. This can be during the day, after school hours and/or on the weekends. Additional hours can be worked in term breaks and holidays. Students will also be paid for any training in the workplace or off-site.

Students will be employed under an award or industrial agreement. The wage will depend on the students age and qualification. The wages payable to a school-based trainee is usually lower than a full wage in recognition of the time they spend in structured training both on and off the job.

Some flexibility with employment times will be important to fit in with the student’s school/college timetable and around busy times such as exam times.

Who will do what?
ACSA will
  • Development and implementation of the Aged Services School-based Traineeship Pathways Program.
  • Overall coordination of the Program.
  • Engage with all key stakeholders.
  • Promote the program to students through Career Discovery Days and teachers in schools and colleges.
  • Provide support where needed (provide mentor/buddy training for organisations)
  • Monitor and review the Program.
Employers will
  • Interview and selection (follow normal recruitment practices)
  • Work with the RTO to ensure there is a clear understanding of the training and assessment process.
  • Provide a supportive workplace environment.
  • Provide mentoring support in the workplace.
  • Monitor the trainees progress at work
  • Meet with the RTO when they make site visits.
  • Work with the RTO to ensure that the skills and knowledge (required by the qualifcation) are being achieved
RTO will
  • Develop the training plan for the trainee in consultation with the employer.
  • Facilitate the delivery of training and assessment activities.
  • Support trainees and organisations to ensure that the required skills and knowledge outcomes are achieved.
  • Schedule and participate in regular site visits and monthly contextualised workshops that include work ready training, for example:
    • communication with older people and appropriate workplace communication
    • dementia, grief and loss
    • time management
    • basic workplace documentation
Aust Network Providers will
  • Assist employers and trainees to apply for government incentives, subsidies and concessions (national and state).
  • Organise all the paperwork (including the training contract) between the trainee, the employer, the school and the RTO.
  • Arrange for the training contract to be endorsed by the student’s school prior to registration of the training contract with Skills Tasmania.
  • Register the training contract with Skills Tasmania and assist in the training contract approval process.
  • Provide information and assistance to employers, students and parents throughout the traineeship.
I’m interested – what are the next steps?

ACSA will work with all parties to coordinate the process of signing up School-based Trainees and put you in touch with an Apprenticeship Network Provider who will help you identify and apply for all the current incentives, complete the paperwork and work with you, the student and parents and the school/colleges throughout the Traineeship.

If you are interested in more information contact Fiona Huskinson, Workforce Officer or to express an interest in employing a school-based trainee complete the following EoI application form.