School Based Apprenticeships & Traineeships (SBATs)

A school based apprenticeship and traineeship (SBAT) is a part-time apprenticeship or traineeship undertaken by students aged 15 or over while they are still at school.


They combine 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.


A SBAT operates on a basis of a formal Training Contract between the employer and the student.  Students attend the workplace one day per week or in block releases over a period of two years.  Assessment and training is delivered by a Registered Training Organisation and is tailored to suit the employer.  Employers are required to pay students in line with the appropriate award rate (financial incentives are available to offset the cost of wages).