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School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Who is eligible to undertake an SBAT?

School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeships (SBATs) are open to students who are:

  • at least 15 years of age
  • enrolled in either the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) including the VCE Vocational Major, or the Victorian Pathways Certificate
  • an Australian citizen or permanent resident**

**In certain cases, select non-citizens holding a Bridging Visa E, Temporary Protection Visa or Safe Haven Enterprise Visa may be eligible to undertake a VTG subsidised SBAT.

To be eligible to enrol with a private Registered Training Organisation (RTO), a non-citizen must be formally referred to the RTO by the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) or the Australian Red Cross (ARC). To be eligible to enrol with a TAFE Institute or a Learn Local RTO, they must hold a valid referral form from the ASRC or the ARC or an appropriate visa verified by the TAFE Institute or Learn Local RTO using the VEVO system.

Steps required to develop and undertake an SBAT are summarised in the overview of establishing an SBAT chapter of these Guidelines. Further details can be found in the key steps to establishing an SBAT chapter.

Chapter in the Guidelines for School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships outlining the student eligibility requirements for undertaking an SBAT

Reviewed 17 March 2023

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