School-Based Apprenticeships & Traineeships (SBAT)
Regional employers want young people and are willing to train them. School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBATs) provide a great pathway for students across the region who want to combine part-time employment, school and training.
School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBATs) were introduced in 1998 as a distinct pathway within Vocational Education and Training for School Students.
An SBAT offers students the option of combining a senior secondary program with part-time employment, school and training. The program is undertaken under a 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.
An SBAT is an integral part of the student's senior secondary learning program and study timetable. Regular school attendance is combined with a minumum of one timetabled day a week of employment and/or structured training. The time requirements of work and training for the SBAT are undertaken at an average of 13 hours a week over each four-month period, each year.
SBATs help students:
- incorporate vocational training and work into their senior secondary program
- gain credit towards their VCE and VCAL certificate
- gain experience in the pathway of their choice
- get a jumpstart on their career
- earn money
- gain vauable skills, knowledge and hands-on experience in their chosen field
FYA’s New Work Order series has demonstrated that career pathways for young people look very different to those of their parents. Instead of a few jobs across a single career pathway, it is estimated that a young person today will have approximately 18 different jobs over six different careers in their lifetime. We don’t believe the impact of COVID-19 is likely to change this – in fact, young people may have more jobs because of an extended transition from education and training to work.
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