School Based Appenticeships & Traineeships

What is an SBAT?

A School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship (SBAT) offers students the option of combining their senior secondary education with part-time employment and skills training. The program is undertaken under a formal training contract with an employer and has a training plan registered with the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA). The training must lead to a nationally recognised qualification, as determined by the VRQA.


An SBAT is an integral part of the student’s senior secondary program and study timetable. Regular school attendance is combined with a minimum of one timetabled day a week of employment and/or structured training. The student’s work and training should last at least 13 hours a week on average over each 4-month period — comprising 7 hours of employment and 6 hours of training.


Generally, an apprenticeship provides training in a skilled trade, while a traineeship provides training in a vocational area. 


Who is eligible to undertake an SBAT?

School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeships (SBATs) are open to students who are:

  • at least 15 years of age
  • enrolled in either the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL)
  • an Australian citizen or permanent resident

Overview of establishing an SBAT

School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship (SBATs) are arranged by a number of parties, including the student and their parent/guardian, the employer, the Registered Training Organisation (RTO), the school (where the student is enrolled to undertake their senior secondary certificate), and the Apprenticeship Network Provider (ANP).

Steps to Establishing An SBAT


Advantages of undertaking an SBAT

Undertaking a School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship (SBAT) enables a student to:

  • incorporate vocational training and work into their secondary education
  • gain credit towards their VCE or VCAL certificate
  • complete a senior secondary certificate
  • gain valuable knowledge and hands-on experience in their chosen field
  • start earning money