Advice and Updates

Automotive industry – minimum on-the-job training for SBATs

School based part-time apprentices and school based part-time trainees in the automotive industry were previously required to undertake a minimum 100 days of on-the-job training during the school-based component of their training. After consultation with the Automotive Training Board NSW, the number of days of on-the-job training required for school based apprentices and school based trainees in the automotive industries has now increased to 130 days.

There are two industry sectors affected by the changed arrangements - Automotive Retail, Service and Repair and Automotive Manufacturing.

Automotive Retail, Service and Repair

Updated training arrangements for school based apprentices and trainees in the Automotive Retail, Service and Repair industry took effect on 22 June 2012. Vocational Training Orders including the new arrangements are contained in the following Commissioners Information Bulletins (CIBs):

Applications to establish school based apprenticeships and school based traineeships lodged after 22 June 2012 should note the increased number of on-the-job days on the accompanying training plan.

Automotive Manufacturing

Apprenticeships and traineeships in Automotive Manufacturing are listed in CIB 448. The apprenticeships and traineeships are supported by qualifications from AUM08 Automotive Manufacturing Training Package.

The Vocational Training Tribunal Unit is processing an application to update qualifications to those from AUM12 Automotive Manufacturing Training Package. As with Automotive Retail, Service and Repair, the new VTOs will ask school based apprentices and school based trainees to undertake 130 days of on-the-job training.

New applications to establish a school based apprenticeship in the trade of automotive manufacturing lodged after today's date should also be supported by a Training Plan that specifies a minimum of 130 days of on-the-job training.

David King
Vocational Training Tribunal
27 August 2012


Financial Services School Based Traineeship Qualifications are now available through the Financial Services Industry Curriculum Framework.

The Board of Studies NSW has developed the draft syllabus for the Financial Services Curriculum Framework for implementation from 2012.

The draft Financial Services Curriculum Framework is based on the Financial Services Training Package (FNS10) and includes School Based Traineeship opportunities in the following qualifications:

Certificate III in Accounts Administration (FNS30310)

Certificate III in Financial Services (FNS30110)

Certificate II in Financial Services (FNS20110)

The Certificate II in Financial Services is aimed at new entrants wishing to build potential pathways into the industry. However, Certificate III in Financial Services or Certificate III in Accounts Administration may be more suitable for entry level employment opportunities


Completing Board Endorsed Course (BEC) applications - UPDATED

To assist with completing applications to Link to a Board Endorsed VET Course and Applications for a New or Revised Stage 6 Locally Designed VET Board Endorsed Course please refer to the directions on the coversheet.

Once you have completed the tick boxes please attach the coversheet, draft or completed Training Plan and BOS course description to your application and forward to the Senior Pathways Unit.

Click here to download the coversheet


School Based Traineeships for Indigenous Students

The Australian Government has announced a new program to help young Indigenous students make the transition from school to work.

The new Indigenous Youth Careers Pathway Program will receive over $50 million to support up to 6,400 Indigenous students undertake school based traineeships over the next four years to 2014/15.

The first intake of school-based traineeships will begin in the 2012 academic year.

Further details on applications for funding will be available in the near future.

For more information on the Indigenous Youth Careers Pathway Program, visit www.deewr.gov.au/Indigenous


School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships in Year 10

A student may commence a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship in Year 10. Early commencement of Stage 6 VET courses is the appropriate curriculum pathway. The school must give approval for a Year 10 student to commence a Stage 6 VET course as part of a school based apprenticeship or traineeship.

Students who commence a school based apprenticeship or traineeship in Year 10 are not part of VET in Stage 5.

Students in Year 9 may not commence a school based apprenticeship or traineeship, but may be eligible to begin a VET in Stage 5 course depending on the approval of their school Principal.


School Based Apprenticeship Progression to Stage 2

School based apprentices and trainees undertake the formal (off-the-job) training and the work (on-the-job) training concurrently.