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School Based Apprenticeships & Traineeships (SbATs)

School Based Apprenticeship Traineeships (SbAT’s) are work based programs for students that combine paid part-time work and formal industry related training whilst they are completing a senior secondary certificate. Although they vary from one industry to another, a typical SbAT will involve:

  • Attending a Secondary School – Completing VCE/VCAL subjects.
  • Paid Part-time work with an employer – The time students spend in work for an SbAT may vary from one industry to another but generally a SbAT will work on average 10- 15 hours per week over the term of the Training Contract. The SbAT will be paid in accordance with the industry’s National Training Wage Award.
  • A Training Contract – The Training Contract is signed by the employer and student and is endorsed by the school. The Training Contract, which is linked to an industrial award or contract, validates the SbAT arrangement.
  • Attending a TAFE or other Registered Training Organisation (RTO) – SbAT’s will be required to undertake industry training, such as Certificate II or Certificate III, which is delivered and monitored by an RTO. The RTO will assess the SbAT against competencies from the training package.
    The formal industry component of the SbAT may provide VCE or VCAL credits.

Types of Industries Eligible for SbAT

  • Agriculture
  • Automotive
  • Building & Construction
  • Business
  • Community Services
  • Engineering
  • Food Processing
  • Horticulture
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Hairdressing
  • Information Technology
  • Retail
  • Sport and Recreation
  • Transport & Storage

Other SbAT’s such as Manufacturing and Financial Services are available, but need to be negotiated with the Australian Apprenticeships Centre and the school.

The South East LLEN have successful SbAT programs such as:

  • The Jayco ‘Manufactured Futures’ Program
  • ‘Kick Start Your Way into a Career in Council’ program
  • ‘Bendigo Bank Goes ASBA’ program


The Jayco “Manufactured Futures” Program has been developed to identify young industry leaders of the future and address the skill shortages that exist within the manufacturing industry.  Completion of this two year program will provide students with a Certificate III in Recreational Vehicle Manufacturing (RVM) and a potential full time apprenticeship with Jayco.

Local Council

The South East LLEN in partnership with the three local Councils (City of Greater Dandenong, City of Casey and Cardinia Shire) is offering SbAT’s in Business to a total of 14 young people in the South East region.

The “Kick Start Your Way into a Career in Council” program of 2 years duration will enable students in Year 11 (2010) to not only gain hands on experience, but will also provide young people with a Certificate III in Business.

Bendigo Bank

The “Bendigo Bank Goes ASBA” program was developed by the South East LLEN in partnership with Bendigo Bank to provide young people in the region with an opportunity to gain experience and a potential pathway in Financial Services.

The program commenced in 2008 and in 2009 was rolled out state wide to include the Bayside and Peninsula regions. The Bendigo Bank program will be rolled out nationally in 2011 with the recruitment process commencing in 2010.

To find out how your organisation can participate in a School based Appreticeship & Trainship program contact South East LLEN on 9794 6921