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School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Registering an SBAT

To qualify as a School-Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship (SBAT), an apprenticeship or traineeship must:

  • be under a training contract with an employer
  • include paid work carried out under an appropriate industrial instrument that endorses part-time apprenticeships or traineeships
  • include work relevant to the student’s chosen qualification
  • lead to a nationally recognised qualification at Certificate II, III or IV level
  • be integrated into the student’s school-based learning program, study timetable and career plan
  • include training that complies with an approved training scheme for the certificate undertaken and at a level appropriate for the student

The employer selects the registered training organisation (RTO) to deliver training. The RTO must prepare a training plan in consultation with the employer and the school. Schools should sign a training plan only if, after speaking with the student, employer and training provider, it is sure that it meets all necessary requirements for an SBAT arrangement.

The school’s endorsement of the training plan indicates that:

  • the student is enrolled in years 10, 11 or 12
  • the SBAT forms part of the student’s career plan and study timetable
  • the student is undertaking genuine paid employment under a training contract
Chapter in the Guidelines for School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships on registering an SBAT arrangement

Reviewed 08 September 2022

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