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Information sheet

To complete education under special circumstances (apprenticeship/traineeship)

Information for students registered for home schooling wanting to undertake a full-time apprenticeship or traineeship for the purpose of the completion of Year 10 of secondary education under 21B(5)(d) of the Education Act 1990.

This information sheet is a summary of the relevant section of the Guidelines for Equivalent and Alternative Courses of Study. For full details please refer to Sections 3.5 of the Guidelines.

Student eligibility requirements

  • these instructions are only for students currently registered for home schooling
  • the student must have completed Year 9 of secondary education
  • the student must be at least 15 years of age
  • the student must already have an apprenticeship or traineeship contract signed by the employer
  • the student must already have a summary training plan authorised by the Registered Training Organisation (RTO)
  • written approval to proceed from a NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Authorised Person acting in lieu of a school principal will be required.

What you need before you start

  • a full-time apprenticeship or traineeship contract signed by the employer and the student's parent/caregiver
  • a training plan proposal supported by the head teacher of the relevant section in TAFE NSW or RTO
  • Application form.

The steps you should follow

Step 1

The student needs to have a signed full-time apprenticeship or traineeship contract

Contact: Employer

Step 2

Notify the NESA Board Endorsed Programs Unit of the intention to seek approval to undertake a full-time apprenticeship or traineeship prior to the completion of Year 10.

Step 3

An Authorised Person from NESA will be assigned and be in contact with you.

Step 4

Complete the NESA application form and mail it with required attachments to NESA's Home Schooling Unit:

Home Schooling Unit
NSW Education Standards Authority
GPO Box 5300
Sydney 2001

Information needed:

  • full-time apprenticeship or traineeship contract signed by the employer and student's parent/caregiver
  • a training plan proposal supported by the head teacher of the relevant section in TAFE NSW or RTO.

Step 5

If approval to proceed is granted by the Authorised Person then parent/caregiver will receive:

  • Certificate for Exemption from Enrolment at School (for the sole purpose of completion of education by undertaking a full-time apprenticeship/traineeship).
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