The MTA receives many questions in relation to school based apprenticeships from both automotive businesses and young people still in school looking for a pathway into the industry.
Many automotive businesses are in the midst of a skills shortage and encouraging young people to take up an automotive trade early is one of the best ways we can combat this.
Our Group Training Organisation has created a quick FAQ below that should clear up any questions that you may have in relation to taking on a school based apprentice and we certainly encourage you all to do so!
What is a School Based Apprenticeship?
A school based apprenticeship is essentially a part time apprenticeship allowing a school student to continue their studies whilst commencing an apprenticeship. The student can commence their apprenticeship in years 10, 11 or 12 which allows the student to complete their SACE as well.
What is the difference between a school based apprenticeship and a normal full time apprenticeship?
A school based apprenticeship is subject to the same regulations and training requirements as any other full time apprenticeship. The employer, school, parent and student agree on how much time the student can spend in the workplace per week which can range from one day through to five days per week depending on the student’s individual study commitments.
Regulation requires that school based apprentices work a minimum of 8 hours per week, however this can be averaged over a 26 week period, twice per year. For example, they may be able to work extra hours during school holidays. Essentially, time spent in the workplace is negotiated by all parties mentioned and the MTA is always available to ensure this is a smooth process.
What happens when the school based apprentice finishes school?
The student becomes a full time apprentice with the time already completed in the workplace taken off the four year apprenticeship.
What if I can’t facilitate a full time apprentice at the end of the students schooling?
As a MTA Group Training apprentice, the MTA will find the apprentice another suitable placement.
What if I can’t continue with the school based apprentice due to a downturn in work or performance issues?
Like any other MTA Group Training apprentice, the MTA will always work with you to find a solution that works best for your business and the school based apprentice, including placing the apprentice with another host employer if appropriate. The MTA takes the risk out of hiring any automotive apprentice, providing you with peace of mind.
How are school based apprentices paid?
School based apprentices are required to complete a timesheet for the hours worked during the pay fortnight like any other full time MTA apprentice. The MTA will charge the host employer for the time spent in the workplace. Wages are subject to the Vehicle Manufacturing, Repair, Services and Retail Award 2010.
Is there any additional paperwork for a school based apprentice?
No. Other than the host employer agreement that is completed for any apprentice hosting, the MTA handles all of the employer paperwork. There will be a need to conduct a workplace WHS inspection and credit application if you have not hosted an MTA apprentice before, or if it has been over one year since you hosted an MTA apprentice.
If you would like to enquire about taking on a school based apprentice, click here to contact GTO Manager Jason Polgreen or call the MTA’s Training and Employment Centre on 8241 0522.