School-based traineeship Recruitment and Referral Service

The Commission annually coordinates the School-based traineeship in Government (Public Administration) under our Recruitment and Referral Service. 

It is aimed at Year 11 secondary students who have the opportunity to undertake paid part-time employment based training two days a week. Upon successful completion of the school-based traineeship, students will be awarded a Certificate II in Government (Public Administration) and this will count towards their Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE).

The Service provides your agency with an opportunity to recruit enthusiastic and motivated students who are keen to kick start their career in the WA public sector. Under this initiative, you may also be able to address a range of workforce planning considerations and increase the youth diversity profile of your agency.

By providing school-based traineeship opportunities, your agency may benefit by:

  • increasing your diversity target representation
  • reporting strategies towards your agency’s Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Management Plans or integrated Workforce and Diversity Plans
  • gaining a return on investment with public sector specific foundation training and skilling of staff for the future needs of your agency and/or the WA public sector
  • providing an attraction and retention strategy for youth diversity targets
  • engaging in workforce planning initiatives through succession planning and accessing an affordable workforce development solution by providing ongoing career pathways to a higher level traineeship, or entry Level 1 employment
  • providing mentorship and leadership development opportunities for staff 
  • supervising school-based trainees
  • obtaining an opportunity to draw innovative ideas from a youth perspective.

Throughout the School-based traineeship in Government (Public Administration), School-based trainees will:

  • earn a trainee wage paid by your agency
  • perform public administration duties
  • deliver a service to clients
  • follow workplace safety procedures
  • work in a team environment
  • use a range of software, technology and office equipment
  • work effectively with diversity
  • achieve foundation knowledge and skills in best public administration and governance practices.

The Commission will: 

  • promote school-based traineeships to public secondary school students and Vocational Education and Training (VET) Coordinators
  • screen students against an eligibility criteria to be considered for the school-based traineeship database register
  • promote and market to agencies to raise a school-based traineeship vacancy via RAMS
  • screen and refer suitable candidates on behalf of agencies
  • coordinate a school-based traineeship sign-up and information session 
  • provide ongoing advice and support to all stakeholders throughout the school-based traineeship
  • host an annual school-based traineeship graduation ceremony
  • provide retention strategies to public sector agencies to retain the school-based trainee on completion.

Aims of the program

  • Access to young talent that will bring fresh and innovative ideas to your workplace.
  • Develop your agency's own qualified talent pool, training participants with your agency's industry-specific knowledge.
  • Provide students with a transition pathway from school to work.

How does the Service work?

Students commence the traineeship in Year 11 and complete the traineeship at the end of Year 12 after learning a range of public administrative and office skills through supervised on-the-job training.

Students attend the workplace for two days per week and school the remaining three days.

During the traineeship the students will complete a nationally recognised qualification.

How can my agency employ a school-based trainee?

The school-based traineeship is open for agency requests between July and October each year.

Your agency can employ a School-based trainee by following these steps:

  1. Submit a School-based trainee request via the Recruitment Advertising Management System (RAMS).
  2. We will then refer student resumes for consideration.
  3. Your agency will conduct interviews to select the most suitable applicant.
  4. Your agency should offer the student a fixed-term contract to formally undertake the school-based traineeship for a period of 18 months.

Trainee wage rates 

The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety sets out the current rates of pay for WA public sector trainees. All enquiries regarding rates of pay for trainees should be directed to the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety.

Information for job seekers

If you are currently a year 10 Student, interested in undertaking a School-based traineeship with the WA public sector agency as a Year 11 student in 2018, visit the Jobs WA board.

For more information

Contact us

Recruitment and Referral Service Team

Phone: (08) 6552 8701


Page last updated 12 February 2019