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Combine paid work, training and school

Focal Holdings' school based apprenticeship and traineeship program provides a range of courses that you can complete during years 10, 11 and 12. These are nationally recognised qualifications giving you the opportunity to combine paid work, training and school to set yourself up for the career you want.



  • Gain a nationally recognised qualification.

  • Complete an apprenticeship or traineeship while at school.

  • Get paid and learn new skills while completing your HSC.

  • Contribute to your ATAR (depending on the course you select).

  • NSW Government Smart & Skilled funding.


Who can apply?

  • Australian Citizens or Permanent Residents

  • Studying in years 10, 11 or 12

  • Employed within the industry of your chosen qualification

School based apprenticeships and traineeships are more than just a part time job. They are a great way to begin your future career while you are still at school completing Year 10 or your HSC.

School Based Apprentices work part-time and complete the first stage of their apprenticeship training by the end of the HSC. School Based Apprentices sign a Training Contract as an apprentice which continues after year 12 and they continue their study at a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) such as the Illawarra Business College.

School Based Trainees work part-time and complete their formal traineeship by the end of the HSC and receive a certificate II qualification. School based Trainees sign a Training Contract that ends when they have completed the HSC study and work commitments. After the HSC they may be offered an apprenticeship with the same employer or another employer.

School based apprenticeships and traineeships

Discover a new way to get job ready when you leave school

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Certificate III in Hospitality (Commercial Cookery)

This school-based apprenticeship develops the practical and technical skills required by an apprentice, and the underpinning knowledge needed to apply those skills in a hospitality workplace.


Certificate III in Business (Administration)

This school-based traineeship  reflects the role of individuals who apply a broad range of competencies in a varied work context using some discretion, judgment and relevant theoretical knowledge. You may provide technical advice and support to a team.


Certificate II in Hospitality (Kitchen Operations)

This school-based traineeship develops the supporting skills and knowledge needed for fundamental cookery duties including how to work as part of a team in a hospitality/catering operation. Possible occupational outcomes include commis cook, short order cook, or food preparation cook in a range of catering and restaurant enterprises.


Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing)

 This school-based traineeship reflects the role of workers in the community and/or residential setting who follow an individualised plan to provide person-centred support to people who may require support due to ageing, disability or some other reason. Work in Aged Care involves using discretion and judgement in relation to individual support as well as taking responsibility for own outputs.

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Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability)

This school-based traineeship addresses work primarily in residential facilities. Occupational outcomes include roles as: Assistant in Nursing, Community Support Worker, Accommodation Support Worker, In Home Respite Worker, Personal Care Giver, Home Care Assistant, Nursing Assistant and Community Care Worker.


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