SBAT (School Based Apprenticeship and Traineeship)
What’s an Australian School-based Apprenticeship called in your state or territory?
- ASbA stands for Australian School-based Apprenticeship.
- High school students combine part-time work at your business with structured industry-approved training (like a Certificate III in Children Services) either on- or off-the-job and attend school part-time too.
- An Australian School-based Apprenticeship fits within a student's study program and counts toward their final senior school certificate (eg. HSC, VCE, SACE etc) in a similar way to traditional academic subjects, like Maths.
- When an ASbA program is successfully completed, students will gain a nationally recognised qualification, such as the Certificate III in Children's Services, as well as their senior school certificate.
- An Australian School-based Apprenticeship is similar to an Australian Apprenticeship, but is part-time and flexible, spread usually over 2 years or more, and takes place whilst students are enrolled in full or part-time studies at school. (Note: the term Australian Apprenticeships include both Traineeships and Apprenticeships).
- The training component is negotiated and delivered in partnership with the employer and Registered Training Organisation (RTO). It can take place on-the-job, off-the- job or a combination of both, depending on your needs. The competency-based training and qualifications are usually at Certificate II or III level, and are taken from the Community Services or Health Training Packages.
- ACT - Australian School-based Apprenticeship (ASBA)
- WA - School-based Traineeships (SBT)
- QLD - School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SAT)
- NSW/TAS/VIC - School Based Apprenticeship and Traineeship (SBAT)
Students generally work one or two days a week (which includes their training, which can be off- or on-the-job) and then spend the rest of the week completing their school studies. Students may also work during their school holidays, after school or at weekends.
A typical pattern would be:
- The student undertakes paid part-time work at your business at a rate based on the relevant award-training wage. This is typically one or two days per week and can also be on the weekend or after school hours.
- The student receives training at TAFE or through another approved Registered Training Organisation (RTO), (which also could be you, if you are an RTO). This is generally one day a week or it can be a block of training undertaken during school holidays. During this time, the student works through a flexible learning package at regular times. You are not required to pay wages to the student while they are in training.
- The student attends school three or four days a week, to complete studies for their senior school certificate.
- Your business as the Employer (and possibly a Group Training Organisation)
- The student or ASbA (and their parents and school support staff)
- Australian Apprenticeship Centre, who is responsible for organising contracts, applications for financial incentives
- State training authority for registering the Training Contracts and approving the Training Plans
- Registered Training Organisation, who is responsible for training and assessment, and awarding qualification.
The Training Contract
The employer and ASbA enter into a Training Contract that sets out:
- The rights and obligations of both the employer and the ASbA
- The period of time of the ASbA
- The vocational area and the qualification to be achieved.
The Training Contract protects both the employer’s and the employee's interests. Training Contracts are then registered with the state or territory training authority where the ASbA is employed.
The Training Plan
Each ASbA has an individualised training plan that has been negotiated with the nominated RTO. This plan outlines the way the training will be delivered for the qualification identified on the Training Contract and sets out the core and elective modules (subjects) and relevant competencies (skills).
The plan is developed by a RTO in consultation with the ASbA and the employer, based on the ASbA's needs and abilities and their particular circumstances in relation to school timetabling, hours available for work and training etc. The training plan must be submitted with the Training Contract.
- Enthusiastic, young motivated part-time staff. ASbA students are available to work one to two days a week, possibly weekends, school holidays or after school. As they develop their knowledge and skills, the students progressively become more competent, trained employees.
- Financial incentives from the government can help with the costs of your ASbA's wages.
- Savings on future recruitment costs. When your ASbA completes their traineeship you will have a potential full-time staff member, who is on-hand, already trained and familiar with your business operations.
- Your existing staff benefit too with the chance to upgrade and develop new skills as they supervise and mentor your young ASbA.
- Students are trained in skills relevant for your workplace. You approve the RTO and are involved in negotiating a flexible training plan that suits your business. Students learn both on- and off-the-job so they get a real understanding of your workplace and operations.
- You don't pay wages whilst students are at training.
- Helps build your business profile through increased networks and opportunities for promotion within the broader community, and through working in partnership with local schools.
- Helps build the industry workforce for the long-term. Encouraging more young people into community services and health careers is an important initiative, a great way for your business to 'give something back'.
There are Australian Government incentives available to encourage employers to take on ASbAs. Besides a commencement payment each time you take on a new ASbA, there is an additional payment for employing an ASbA in your business, and then a further payment to you on completion of the ASbA program. If you continue to employ the student at the end of the ASbA there is an additional bonus payment too.
To be eligible for these incentives the employer and ASbA must satisfy certain criteria. The school-based incentives are in addition to other special incentives like the Rural and Regional incentive for non-metropolitan areas. Contact an Australian Apprenticeship Centre (AAC) for more information.
You can find your closest AAC and details of financial incentives at www.newapprenticeships.gov.au
Additional benefits such as payroll tax rebates/exemptions and workers compensation premium exemptions vary between States so check with your local Australian Apprenticeship Centre.
KAL Multimedia Training
KAL Multimedia Training run a number of “VET in Schools” and Integrated “SBAT” programs covering a range of Industry sectors.
In simple terms Integrates School Based Apprenticeship and Traineeship (SBAT), are the same as a regular “trainee” except that they are also attending secondary school as well as their tafe course requirements at the same time.
The School Based Apprenticeship and Traineeship (SBAT) program is open to students 15 years of age or over, in the later part of year 10 through to year 12 at school. The program involves the student undertaking their Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) as well as being employed under an “Australian New Apprenticeship” program. Where they will be trained within a Vocational Education Training (VET) Sector.
The training program designed and delivered by KAL Multimedia Training is recognised by industry as being “Best Practice” and involves Block training periods, work placement periods of a minimum of 1 day per week, as well as classroom and flexible learning time throughout the program.
We at KAL Multimedia Training are currently offering the following School Based Traineeships, in:
- BSB30107 Certificate III in Business
- BSB30407 Certificate III in Business Administration
- CHC30708 - Certificate III in Children's Services
- CUF30107 Certificate III in Media
Students completing a SBAT in Certificate III in Children’s Services may work in:
- Centre based childcare centres (Long day care)
- Occasional care centres – including Community centre childcare programs
- Out of School hours care programs- including “Before and After” school programs and holiday programs.
- Family day care is not recommended for SBNA students.
Students completing a SBAT in Certificate III in Media or Certificate III in Information Technology will learn a range of industry sector skills which may include:
- Webpage design including Producing of Multimedia Components
- Computer System administration including & help desk skills
- Using a range of Multimedia hardware
- Digital Imaging and Photo Manipulation
- Producing animation
- Camera operations and production shoots
- Editing of Digital video for production
- Production of special effects
- Learning software applications
- Networking and computer assembly
Students completing a SBAT in Certificate III in Business or Certificate III in Business Administration will learn a range of industry sector skills which may include:
BSB30107 Certificate III in Business
- Customer Service Advisor
- Data Entry Operator
- General Clerk
- Payroll Officer
- Word Processing Operator
BSB30407 Certificate III in Business Administration
- Accounts Receivable Clerk
- Accounts Payable Clerk
- Data Entry Operator
- Junior Personal Assistant
- Office Administration Assistant
- Office Administrator
- Word Processing Operator
Students wishing to do the above courses as part of their VCE or VCAL are asked to contact the Training Manager, on (03) 9380-5593