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School Based Apprenticeships and 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 1 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.

The VRQA is responsible for regulating students’ minimum hours of employment and training. See the VRQA website for the full policy on minimum hours per week for employment and training.

Apprenticeship versus traineeship — what’s the difference?

The approved training scheme for each qualification lists whether it is available as an apprenticeship or a traineeship. For information, visit Approved training schemes.

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

For more information visit VRQA — about apprenticeships and traineeships.

Chapter in the Guidelines for School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships explaining School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Reviewed 26 May 2020

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