School-based Traineeship Program

Supporting students for the future

Opportunities for Indigenous students to commence a Traineeship at MAX’s National Operations Centre in Eight Mile Plains

The Indigenous School-based Traineeship Program provides opportunities for students to get additional support to complete their schooling and gain valuable experience and qualifications through employment and training.

Indigenous mentors work with local schools to talk with Indigenous students in years 10-12 who might be looking for a different pathway to employment. Mentors work with the student, their school and family, to engage them in training at the Certificate III level and to commence them with a supportive employer.

Students attend school four days per week and spend one day in paid employment. This enables them to work towards a vocational certificate while completing their schooling.

Through the combined support of their school, employer and mentors, the Indigenous students have a positive network to help them balance their priorities and achieve success.

Empowering young people

Skills for employment

Students gain a combination of workplace soft skills and vocational experience to put straight in to practice.

Opening more opportunities

Participants are connected with employment or further study opportunities following Year 12 graduation.


Participants often experience higher levels of motivation and organisation and stay in school longer.


Students experience a full network of support bringing together employers, schools, parents, workplace champions and Indigenous mentors.

Indigenous trainee at Indigenous exhibition of artwork

Find out more about the School-based Traineeship Program