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A School Based Apprentice or Trainee (SBAT) undertakes a combination of secondary school studies, paid part-time employment and vocational training.  An SBAT provides students with valuable employment skills, hands-on industry experience and is an integral part of their school program.


Who is involved?

 A school-based apprenticeship or traineeship must have the agreement of each of the following:

  • a parent or guardian (if a student is under 18 years of age)
  • the school
  • the employer
  • a TAFE or registered training provider (RTO)

 The student and employer must enter into a legal binding training agreement.


What are the wages and financial incentives available to me?

 All SBATs earn a wage whilst working with their employer.  Payment will be in accordance with the National Training Wage or the relevant industry award. 


You may be eligible for federal government incentives ranging from $1250 to $4000 (additional special commencement incentive payments may apply).  You will have to speak to a representative from an Australian Apprenticeship Centre (AAC) or Group Training Organisation (GTO) to see what your business is eligible for.  Many factors impact on the amount of incentives you will be eligible for (including certificate level of training, industry the job is in, year level of student etc).

WorkCover remuneration is available.


How many hours does the student work?

 SBATs undertake a minimum of 13 hours employment and training averaged over a four month cycle (at least 7 hours of employment and 6 hours of training).  SBATs generally run over a two year period.


Some students will be released for blocks of training; some will spend more than two days per week in the workplace in paid employment. Whatever arrangement is negotiated by the employer, registered training organisation and student/school, the student will be in employment and/or structured training as an apprentice or trainee for a minimum of one day per school week.


How do I employ a student?

 An employer can employ a SBAT directly (by using an Australian Apprenticeship Centre) or through a Group Training company.  A list of local contacts is provided here.


Ddownload an information flyer on SBATs from HERE..