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School based apprenticeship or traineeship

A school-based apprenticeship or traineeship (SBAT) is not that different from a regular apprenticeship or traineeship. The difference is that you still attend school while continuing your apprenticeship or traineeship.


As a school-based apprentice or trainee, you’ll have an employer who will employ and train you on the job plus you’ll do some formal off-job training with a training provider.

Enrolling in a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship has a number of benefits including:

  • your training will contribute towards your SACE (or equivalent)

  • you’ll start your chosen career or trade while you’re at school

  • you’ll earn money while you learn

  • you’ll get experience in the trade or vocation of your choice

  • your school-based training will convert to full-time or part-time when you leave school.


You’ll attend school part of the week, go to work on some days and attend a training provider on others.


If you are interested in a school based apprenticeship or traineeship, contact your school's VET Coordinator.

Full-time apprenticeship


An apprenticeship is the time spent learning a skilled trade under a qualified tradesperson. There are hundreds of types of trade – from hairdresser to mechanic, electrician to chef, plumber to cabinet maker.


As an apprentice, you and an employer have a legal agreement called a training contract. This lasts until you have completed your training and both you and your employer agree you are competent. A training contract cannot be terminated without the mutual agreement of both you and your employer. Find out more about training contracts.


You’ll learn on-the-job under your supervisor at your place of work, as well as off-the-job with a training provider.


You’ll study towards a nationally recognised qualification and obtain a trade certificate when you finish.  The government and your employer may subsidise your off-job training component, meaning you pay little or nothing towards course fees.


If you are looking for a full-time apprenticeship, you can search on


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