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 workforce 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 at an average of 13 hours a week comprising 6 hours of 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 a 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
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