Apprenticeships & Traineeships

School-based apprenticeships and traineeships (SBAT) allow high school students to work part time to complete the first year of an apprenticeship or complete a traineeship by the end of their HSC year. Both on and off-the-job training undertaken by students can contribute to their HSC, meaning students graduate with both their HSC and credit towards a trade qualification.

We help prepare students in finding an employer for your Apprenticeship or Traineeship. Contact us for more information.

School-based apprenticeships and traineeships are paid positions.


  • A school-based apprenticeship provides the opportunity for students to complete the 1st year of a trade qualification while also completing their HSC
  • Students attain credit towards a nationally recognised Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification and will also gain on-the-job experience and skills through paid work
  • Formal training contributes to a minimum of 4 units credit towards a students’ HSC
  • Students must complete a minimum number of days of paid work throughout the course, which varies per trade in order to proceed to the 2nd year of an apprenticeship
  • A school-based traineeship provides the opportunity for students to complete a Certificate II or Certificate III level qualification by the end of the HSC
  • School-based trainees must complete a minimum of 100 days of paid work (on-the-job) over years 11 and 12 and achieve all units of competency (formal training) of the qualification to satisfy the requirements of a school-based traineeship
  • The formal training of a school-based traineeship contributes to a minimum of 4 units credit towards the HSC

What’s in it for students?

  • Get your Higher School Certificate (HSC)
  • Attain credit towards nationally recognised qualifications
  • Study Certificate II, III or IV level qualifications while at school
  • Complete the 1st year of your apprenticeship or a full traineeship
  • Get paid for time spent ‘on the job’