What is a School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship (SBAT)?

A School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship is the same as a full-time apprenticeship / traineeship except it is undertaken on a part-time basis in conjunction with Year 11 and 12 studies. The TAFE component is identical to a full-time apprenticeship / traineeship with students completing a full year of training each year as expected of all apprentices / trainees. The work component is part-time; therefore, the actual apprenticeship / traineeship is of longer duration.


atEAST SBAT Program structure

The SBAT Program structure is made up of three equally important components.

  1. Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) – which requires students to attend their secondary school two days per week, generally on a Monday and Tuesday.
  2. Off the job training – one day per week, or full week block release usually at a TAFE. Most SBATs complete their training at Certificate III level and complete their industry based Occupational Health and Safety module at the beginning of their off the job training.
  3. Employment – paid on the job training two or three days per week, and the availability to do additional hours during the school holidays.


Benefits to the employer

  • Professional selection of motivated applicants based on the atEAST requirements of submitting a presentation folio, attending an interview and actively participating in the atEAST Induction Day Program.
  • Prior to commencement of employment, apprentices / trainees have completed basic OHS and work-related skills training. Employee responsibilities are also addressed.
  • The apprentice / trainee has had a least two weeks work experience in their chosen industry and understands the nature of the work.
  • A trial at your workplace can be organised in the form of Structured Workplace Learning, at a rate of $5 per day, for a maximum of six days prior to the employment of a School Based Apprentice or Trainee.
  • The opportunity to gradually mould and nurture your apprentice / trainee.
  • The atEAST team provides regular monitoring and review of apprentice / trainee’s progress at work and TAFE
  • The apprentice / trainee is only employed by your organisation while he or she remains suitable and productive. If there is a problem we resolve it together.
  • All apprenticeship / traineeship paperwork is managed by atEAST in conjunction with our preferred apprenticeship centres.
  • Apprentice incentives are identical to that of a full-time apprentice.


Employment Options

There are two employment options available:

  1. Direct Employment, or
  2. Employment via a Group Training Organisation


Direct Employment

  • In the current economic climate, employers have the flexibility of employing part-time an apprentice / trainee while taking full advantage of the government incentive as well as the additional funding attached to a School Based Apprentice / Trainee.
  • Flexibility of numbers of hours to be worked by the apprentice / trainee with a trial period available via the $5.00 per day work experience program to ascertain suitability to your organisation.
  • All apprenticeship / traineeship paper work is organised by atEAST.
  • The employer is entitled to incentives up to $5,500 over the time of the apprenticeship / traineeship.


Financial Benefits to Employers

The Federal Government provides generous financial incentives to any employers who employ a SBAT.

The current funding available is:

Federal Government Employer Incentives
School Based Apprentice / Trainee
$2,250.00 After 6 months employment
$ 750.00 Retention after Year 12
$2,500.00 Upon sign off and completion of all work and TAFE competencies
$5,500.00 TOTAL


Costs of Direct Employment

The costs associated with the direct employment of an apprentice / trainee varies upon the structure of the business:

  • Is the Corporations Act applicable?
  • Was the business established prior to March 2006?

The cost to employ a School Based Apprentice varies according to the industry and ranges from $11.35 – $14.03 per hour as of 01/07/19. First year wages can be paid during the second year of the apprenticeship as the apprentice has not completed the nominal hours required on the job to be paid second year wages.

When a School Based Apprentice is at trade school the apprentice is entitled to be paid for 25% of the hours they work each week. This payment for training will only apply as the apprentice is still a full time school student, is paid at the full-time apprentice hourly rate (including any all-purpose allowances), and can be averaged over a semester or the year.

Example: Payment for training for school-based apprentices

Sean is a full-time school student doing a school-based apprenticeship. He works 8 hours per week with his employer.

Sean must be paid:

  • for the 8 hours per week he works with his employer and
  • 2 hours per week for his off-the-job training (being 25% of 8 hours).
In total, Sean needs to be paid 10 hours per week.

Apprentices receive pro-rata annual leave and sick leave, 9% superannuation if they earn more than $450 per month, and are WorkCover exempt but a $150.00 WorkCover levy is applicable annually.

The cost to employ a School Based Trainee is $13.67 per hour for the first year, and $15.08 per hour thereafter. Trainees are paid only for hours worked, and rates are inclusive of annual and sick leave.

Employers are advised to confirm hourly rates with Fair Work Australia by phoning 131 394.


In Conclusion

Over 90% of the students who have participated in the atEAST SBAT Program have gained successful outcomes, either during or at the completion of their apprenticeships / traineeships, most leading to full-time employment or apprenticeships.

Employers currently participating in the atEAST SBAT Program strongly recommend this program as a way to recruit and develop full-time staff.

We invite you to become part of the partnership where education and industry work together to provide a competent, confident and skilled workforce.