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 What We Offer

Are you, like many other Hunter employers, struggling to find skilled, committed employees? Is the skills shortage impacting on your ability to grow your business or meet customer demands?

What the Hunter Trade College can offer you is a better way to find and employ staff without the associated recruitment costs! We can provide top quality School-based apprentices or trainees to employers just like yourself. Our students not only complete Year 12, but can begin a school based apprenticeship certificate III or school based traineeship certificate II in the trade areas of:

  • Light Automotive

  • Carpentry

  • Electrotechnology

  • Fitting and Machining

  • Fabrication

By taking on a School-based Apprentice or Trainee you are passing on your valuable knowledge, skills and experience to the next generation, helping to build a local skills base, and strengthening school, local industry and community links.

The Hunter Trade College provides quality academic and vocational education for students in Years 11 and 12. The College is responsive to industry and employer needs. The College’s Board of Directors is drawn from leading regional industries, employer groups, group training and education providers.

Student work placement / industry experience

Our team of College Work Placement Officers are ready to work with you.  The Hunter Trade College looks forward to meeting your recruitment needs by providing your business with a work ready, motivated student with demonstrated commitment to trade training and well developed employability skills.  The College industry experience program gives host employers the opportunity to work with a number of different students to assess suitability for workplace and recruitment needs.

Employers may wish to take a Hunter Trade College student for a work placement while they are considering a School Based Apprentice or Traineeship (SBAT).  During the work placement the Hunter Trade College provides public liability insurance for employers and third parties.  For an employer to provide a work placement under the Hunter Trade College insurance cover, a Student Placement Form must be completed.  The process of providing a work placement is simple, with completion of the required documents facilitated by the College.  

Support a young person to start their trade career and avoid time consuming and costly recruitment.

The Hunter Trade College combines the HSC with national accredited vocational trade training and:

  • Gives you the opportunity to select the best apprentice or trainee for your business through the College work placement program, before you commit to employing them in your business.

  • Shows you a selection of young people who can provide you with skilled labour.

  • Can provide you with 2 school based trainees or 2 school based apprentices (available Monday to Friday to work at your site) for the cost of one full time trainee or one full time apprentice. You may be eligible for up to $7000 in Government incentives per apprentice or $1250 per trainee.

Why employ a Hunter Trade College School Based Apprentice or Trainee?

  • All students are WHS trained and assessed ready for work before entering a workplace.

  • They are young and offer the opportunity to be trained in your company’s cultural values and procedures.

  • They bring up to date trade knowledge and skills from their College training.

  • Their training includes how to communicate, listen and follow instructions.

  • They have good computer skills and can competently calculate, measure and estimate.

Students have the opportunity to attain a higher level of education
Give a young person a chance to work in your business and at the same time address your own industry skill needs.

Our team of Work Placement Officers are ready to work with you.  The Hunter Trade College looks forward to meeting your recruitment needs by providing your business with a top-grade, work ready, motivated student with demonstrated commitment to trade training.  The College industry experience system gives employers the opportunity to work with a number of different students to assess suitability for workplace and recruitment needs.

Employers may wish to take an Hunter Trade College student for a work placement while they are considering an School Based Apprentice/Trainee (SBAT).  During the work placement the Hunter Trade College provides public liability insurance for employers and third parties.  For an employer to provide a work placement under the Hunter Trade College insurance cover, a Student Placement Form must be completed.  The process of providing a work placement is facilitated by the College. 

Requirements for school based apprenticeships and traineeships

School based apprenticeships and traineeships are established when an application for a Training Contract that has been signed by the employer and the apprentice or trainee, College as the RTO as well as the parent or guardian (if student is under 18 years of age), has been approved by State Training Services.

School based apprentices and trainees must complete formal training that is delivered by a registered training organisation (RTO). The formal training must meet the requirements of the relevant Vocational Training Order (VTO) for that apprenticeship or traineeship vocation, and lead to a nationally recognised qualification on the NSW Skills List. The formal training (also referred to as off-the-job-training) component of school based apprenticeships and traineeships must contribute unit credit towards the HSC through Board Developed or Board Endorsed HSC VET course(s).

Arrangements for formal training and on-the-job training are developed by the RTO in consultation with the employer, the apprentice/trainee, the school and school sector representative and are formalised in a Training Plan, which must be lodged along with the Training Contract as part of the application.

School based apprentices and trainees must undertake a minimum of 100 days on-the-job training (unless otherwise stated in the relevant VTO) by 31 December of the year they will complete their HSC. This on-the-job training must be in the form of paid employment as an apprentice or trainee under an appropriate industrial arrangement. Further information is provided in Section 5 of these Guidelines.

School based apprenticeships and traineeships are binding on the parties to the Training Contract when the application has been approved and the probationary period has elapsed.