School Based Apprenticeships & Traineeships (SBAT)


School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBATs) are an excellent way for students to get a head start in their careers while still at school.

Students doing a school-based apprenticeship usually combine the final two years of school with paid part-time work. This enables them to finish the first year of their trade whilst completing the HSC. They then go into the second year full-time – usually with the same employer – once they leave school.

School-based traineeships are fully completed within the final two years at school, providing students with the HSC, a VET qualification, a Certificate of Proficiency and paid experience in the workplace.


  • Explore the school-based apprenticeship and traineeship options on the NSW School Based Apprenticeship & Traineeship website.
  • Research interesting occupation(s) using sites such as myfuture or Smart and Skilled Job Guides to find out where they can take you in the future.
  • Talk about your career ideas with your school Careers Adviser and parents/carers.
  • Discuss with your Careers Adviser how an SBAT will fit into your HSC pattern of study. Ask about Industry Based Learning as a subject option.
  • Find an employer.
  • Work with your school to submit an Application to Establish a School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship.
  • Your school's SBAT Coordinator will help you on your way.



Students who take on a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship are motivated young people who don’t just want to plan their future career; they want to experience it now. It’s very important that you think about how you can manage your SBAT by considering the following:

  • Is this a career I’m interested in?
  • Can I handle school, work and training along with family and community commitments?
  • Do I have a support network around me to help along the way? Teachers, careers advisers, transition advisors, parents/carers, friends, mentors etc.
  • Can I make travel arrangements to get myself to work and training on time?

    If you answered YES to the questions above, an SBAT may be a great option for you. Check out the SkillsOne videos highlighting the School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships Program in NSW.