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What is a school-based Apprenticeship/Traineeship (SbAT)

A school-based Apprenticeship allows students to combine their Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) with 7 hours a week of paid part-time work in their chosen industry. Work placement times are scheduled around school timetables and industry requirements.

Students are also released from their school timetable one afternoon each week to attend a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) where they complete their formal training.

Successful completion of the traineeship also results in students receiving credits towards either their VCE or VCAL.

How do I have a trainee placed with my organisation?

  • Contact Pathways Education & Training and discuss how your organisation would benefit from having a trainee being placed within your organisation. This would include Pathways Education & Training staff developing a position description and confirming placement details such as days and times of the placement
  • Complete a Memorandum of Understanding confirming placement details
  • Wait for Pathways Education & Training to complete the selection process and contact you with the details of a suitable trainee

What are the benefits to my organisation?

  • Raise your organisation’s profile within the community and education sector
  • Have an enthusiastic student attend your workplace 7 hours a week, with Pathways Education & Training coordinating and administering all payroll, Workcover and training obligations
  • Contribute to the development of the future work force
  • Increase your ability to attract quality staff in the future

How is a student selected and placed in my organisation?

  • Firstly, students need to submit an application based on the Position Description that has been established. This application form is signed by a parent and also a relevant staff member at their school, which acknowledges they are a suitable applicant
  • Students attend an interview where they address a variety of questions and situations to ensure they are suitable for the position. At least one parent attends this interview to ensure they are aware of the commitments involved with a traineeship
  • Students then meet with their workplace organisation to ensure that they are appropriate for the position

What happens next?

  • Trainees are inducted into the organisation and attend 7 hours a week as rostered
  • Pathways Education & Training liaise with the trainee on a weekly basis and attend the workplace every 6 weeks (or more if required) to ensure that the appropriate support service is provided to both trainee and workplace supervisor
  • At the completion of each school term, feedback assessment forms are completed by the trainee, workplace supervisor and RTO on all relevant issues relating to the training and work place development

I have been involved with SBAT Group for six years. Since our school was approached to consider hosting a student, I have been extremely impressed with the professionalism and the desire to offer an opportunity for students to further educate themselves and enhance their knowledge in the Education and Sport & Recreation industry. As a host employer we have received many benefits in this partnership including being part of a community program, having capable and enthusiastic students to assist in our PE and Sport programs and classroom activities.

Brian Schultz – Head of School
St John’s Lutheran School Geelong

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