School-based Apprenticeship & Traineeship (SbAT)

What is an Australian School-based Apprenticeship/ Traineeship?

An Australian School-based Apprenticeship is an Australian Apprenticeship which is undertaken part‑time while the Australian Apprentice is at school. An Australian School-based Apprenticeship arrangement combines paid employment as an apprentice or a trainee, off-the-job vocational training and senior secondary school studies.

An Australian School-based Apprenticeship provides senior secondary school students with hands-on industry experience, and the ability to work towards or complete a nationally recognised qualification, while they complete their senior school certificate.

Download the Australian School-based Apprenticeship fact sheet.

What does an Australian School-based Apprenticeship/ Traineeship involve?

An Australian School-based Apprentice undertakes a combination of secondary school subjects, paid work and vocational training undertaken on or off the job. An Australian School-based Apprentice can undertake training in a traditional trade or other occupation at the Certificate I, II, III, IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma level.

Training delivered by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) may be undertaken for a couple of hours every week or for a longer block of time, less frequently. This will depend on the requirements of the Registered Training Organisation and the vocational training course. Australian School-based Apprentices will need to negotiate time-release from their school subjects to attend work and training, arranging to catch up on any school material they miss at a later date.

The number of hours an Australian School-based Apprentice needs to be employed per week differs between states and territories based on their legislation. Some Australian School-based Apprentices can undertake their paid employment outside of school hours, such as on the weekend, however others must take time during school hours to work and this depends on the requirements of the employer.

How long does an Australian School-based Apprenticeship/ Traineeship take?

An Australian Apprenticeship can take from one to four years to complete, depending on the type of Australian Apprenticeship, the industry and the qualification undertaken. Some Australian School-based Apprentices will be able to complete their training when they finish their secondary schooling, while others will need to finish their training after they graduate from secondary school. This depends on the qualification undertaken and the speed at which they progress through their training.

Australian School-based Apprentices may be granted (recognition of prior learning) credit for any skills they already have and any prior experience in the workplace, potentially reducing their training time.

We are offering the following programs in 2020:

CHC32015 – Certificate III in Community Services

CHC30113 – Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

CHC30213 – Certificate III in Education Support

AHC30716 – Certificate III in Horticulture

CUA31015 – Certificate III in Screen and Media

SIT30616 – Certificate III in Hospitality

AHC20416 – Certificate II in Horticulture

Classes for all programs except Horticulture will be run from The Pulse Campus.

  • Horticulture is run from the Hub with pick up being from the Pulse and drop off back at the Pulse.

Class times for all programs except Horticulture are 1.30pm – 5.30pm on Wednesdays.

  • Horticulture is 1.00pm – 5.00pm Wednesdays.

SbATs are required to have a combination of 6 hours studies and 7 hours work placement per week for our programs.

  • There is a requirement for students to undertake 2 hours per week self-paced learning incorporating assessments, research, online assessments and projects. The remaining 4 hours is conducted in a class environment.
  • CHC30113 – Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care has a requirement for block training in the school holidays each term. There will also be catch up sessions for students scheduled on an individual needs basis in each term school holidays.
  • The 7 hours placement is undertaken on the release day from school with a host.


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