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Start Your Career While In School

Start Your Career While In School

Did you know that you can commence an apprenticeship or traineeship while you are still in school? Skill Hire offers School-based apprenticeships and traineeships in a range of industries to school students who are at least 15 years of age in the Mid-West, Gascoyne and Pilbara regions of Western Australia. These Certificate II and III programs give you the opportunity to get a head start in your career.

When you commence a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship with your school’s approval, you will enter into a training contract with an employer in your chosen industry. Under this contract, you will receive the same employment and training conditions and responsibilities as other apprentices or trainees who are not enrolled in a school-based program.

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STEP 1: Submit an application form for your chosen school-based apprenticeship or traineeship with Skill Hire along with your resume and a cover letter. This is your opportunity to highlight your achievements, skills and express your interest in joining the program.

STEP 2: You will then be called in for a face-to-face interview with a Skill Hire representative, parent/guardian, and a school representative. During this interview, you will be assessed on your work readiness, pre-existing commitments to school, your academic performance, school attendance, attitude, and capabilities.

Tip: We encourage you to do some research on the industry you are interested in working because you will be assessed on your industry knowledge and commitment to an apprenticeship or traineeship.

STEP 3: Successful students will then undertake 1 week of work experience in Term 4 (November 2019). This is a trial period for both you and your host employer to ensure this is the right fit. The week of work experience will give you hands-on experience and insight into what it is like working in your choice of industry.

STEP 4: Upon successful completion of your work experience, you will be offered a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship if you wish to go ahead with the program. The program will commence in Week 2 in Term 1 (February 2020).

STEP 5:  Under this program, you will undertake 1 day of paid employment every week (minimum 7.5 hours) and attend school during the remaining 4 days of the week. Through your school-based apprenticeship or traineeship, you will be able to undertake a Nationally Recognised Qualification (Certificate II or II) with TAFFE or a RTO which will ultimately contribute towards your Western Australian Certification of Education (WACE).

STEP 6: Skill Hire will provide ongoing support, mentoring and assistance to you during your apprenticeship or traineeship in a number of ways to ensure that you are progressing through your program successfully. We

There you have it. Applying for a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship couldn’t be any simpler. Start your career early and reap the rewards later. For more information on the program, please click here.


School-based apprenticeships and traineeships are beneficial for multiple stakeholders in the community. The program essentially develops the youth of today to become the leaders of tomorrow by giving them the skills, knowledge and confidence to succeed. For business, apprentices and trainees are a cost-effective option. Furthermore, statistics show that apprentices and trainees who commence employment with a host employer at an early age are most likely to remain loyal and progress through the business even after completing the program. This higher retention rate decreases the need to recruit frequently thus reducing new employee training expenses.

School-based apprentices and trainees receive off-the job training to gain knowledge on industry regulations, practices and technological advancement. In turn, this will assist host employers remain up to date with relevant industry practices.

In the long run, the experience and qualification gained through a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship will reduce welfare dependency amongst youth.

A significant challenge faced by the Mid-West, Gascoyne and Pilbara regions of Western Australia is the lack of youth who work in the area. Most young workers leave regional areas in search of better employment opportunities in Perth or engage in FIFO work. School-based apprenticeships or traineeships will encourage the youth to stay in regional towns and ensure the future stability and growth of the town is protected.


School-based apprenticeships and traineeships have a high degree of flexibility as they can be available in any location. Moreover, any business can sign up to be a host employer and help develop the future leaders of tomorrow. If you are based in the Mid-West, Gascoyne or Pilbara and you would like to become a host employer, please call our Business Development Office, Amie Atkinson on 0405971006 or email .

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