Partnering with schools to provide school-based apprenticeships/traineeships and work experience/placements is not only a great way to give back to your local community but also an opportunity to develop your future workforce. These initiatives are known as “School-to-Work” programs, and they provide students with real industry experience while allowing businesses to identify talented future employees in their local area.
Becoming a host workplace for school-based apprenticeships/traineeships and work experience/placements has several benefits. Firstly, it allows businesses to participate in the education and career development of young people in their region. Secondly, it strengthens links with the local community, promoting and raising the business profile. Thirdly, it raises the quality and skills of those entering the industry and supports workforce age diversification. Finally, it helps businesses develop the mentoring and supervisory skills of their existing workforce, promoting the attitudes and skills they want in their workforce.
School-based apprenticeships/traineeships are an excellent way for students to gain on-the-job experience and work towards a nationally recognised qualification in a trade or occupation. These programs are available for students in Year 10, 11 or 12, and they are paid for their work. School-based apprenticeships often continue as full-time apprenticeships once the student has finished their schooling, while traineeships usually finish while at school.
Work experience provides students with a feel for a particular industry or workplace. Students must be at least 14 years old and can participate in work experience for up to 30 days in a calendar year. Students are not paid for work experience, but it may lead to a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship.
Work placement is available for Year 11 & 12 students studying a vocational subject in a specific industry. Students have compulsory assessments during their placement, and they are not paid as they are classified as “voluntary workers”.
Government funding and incentives are available to eligible businesses to reduce the cost of training and supervision throughout a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship. Liability insurance and Worker’s Compensation is covered by schools.
If you’re looking to invest in the future of your workforce and contribute to your local community, then it’s time to take action and download our Employer Toolkit for School-Based Apprenticeships/Traineeships and Work Experience/Placements! This toolkit provides all the information you need to become a host workplace, including government funding and incentives available to reduce training costs. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to develop your future workforce and raise the profile of your business in the community.
Download the School-to-work programs today and take the first step towards shaping the future of your business.