Minimum hours for employment and training

Minimum hours differ depending on the type of apprenticeship or traineeship.

School-based apprenticeship or traineeship (SBAT)

A minimum of seven hours per week of employment and a minimum of six hours per week of structured training, which may be averaged over three periods of four months in each year of the program.

At least one day per normal school week must be spent on the job or in training.

Part-time apprenticeship or traineeship

An average of at least 13 hours per week. The 13 hours must be made up of seven hours employment and six hours structured training, except where the program is fully workplace based.

The minimum 13 hours in employment and training may be averaged over a period of one, two or four weeks.

Workplace-based training

A minimum of 13 hours per week.

When undertaking Certificates I or II, apprentices or trainees must be withdrawn from routine work duties for a minimum of 1.5 hours per week averaged over a two-month cycle (pro rata for part-time with a minimum of one half hour) for structured training or learning activities. This must occur periodically.

When undertaking Certificate III or above, apprentices or trainees must be withdrawn from routine work duties for a minimum of three hours per week (pro rata for part-time with a minimum of one hour) for planned training, averaged over a four-week cycle.

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