SBAT Program

What is an SBAT?
SBAT stands for School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships.

Who is an SBAT?

An SBAT is a high school student over the age of 15 years who works for an employer and trains towards a recognised qualification, while completing their secondary schooling and studying for their VCE or VCAL.

What is the SBAT program?

The SBAT program can provide a transition from the school classroom to employment and can be a great option for those who want to enter the work force and/or complete secondary school. Some courses can attract a 10% bonus as part of your VCE.
The SBAT program is an integral part of a student’s school learning and study timetable. Regular school attendance is combined with a minimum of one timetabled day a week of employment and/or structured training.
The SBAT program runs during the school year from February to October. The SBAT program is undertaken over 33 weeks (excluding school holidays) at an average of 13 hours a week comprising 6 hours training and 7 hours of paid work.

Advantages of undertaking the SBAT program

  • Incorporate school, vocational training and work
  • Gain credit towards your VCE or VCAL certificate
  • Stay at school and also experience the pathway of your choice
  • Get a jumpstart on your career
  • Earn money
  • Gain valuable skills and knowledge in your chosen field
  • Get hands on experience


Who is eligible to undertake the SBAT program?

The SBAT program is open to students who are:

  • At least 15 years of age;
  • Australian Citizen or Permanent Residents; and
  • Enrolled in a senior secondary program (VCE or VCAL)

Contribution of the SBAT program to your VCE or VCAL
VCAL – The SBAT program will contribute to the Industry Specific Skills Strand and/or the Work Related Skills Strand.
VCE – Where a student achieves a 3 and 4 sequence, they may be eligible to receive an ATAR increment of 10%. Most of the Health SBAT course options we offer allow a student to achieve at least two 3 and 4 sequence providing two ATAR increments of 10%.

Paid work placement
The SBAT program incorporates paid work placement from February to October for 33 weeks (excluding school holidays) x 7 hours per week with an approved host employer. you need to maintain this paid work placement for the duration of the SBAT program.
To enable you to engage in paid work placement, there may be other requirements that you may need to meet which will vary depending on your employer and industry. These may include the following:

  • Specific protective clothing
  • Immunisation (current)
  • Police Check
  • Working with Children Check