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School-based apprenticeships

What is a school-based apprenticeship and traineeship (SBAT)?

An SBAT offers students the option of combining VCE with part-time employment and training. The Gordon offers more than 35 qualifications that can be studied by school-based apprentices or trainees.

How does it work?

To be an apprentice or trainee, you must first find a business to employ you.
Then a training contract needs to be signed by your school and formally lodged with the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN).

Once employed, the apprenticeship or traineeship is undertaken with an employer, and with a training contract in place. Regular school attendance is combined with a minimum of one day a week of employment and/or structured training, leading to a Nationally Recognised qualification.

What are the benefits?

By undertaking an SBAT while completing a senior secondary certificate, you may:

  • incorporate vocational training into your senior secondary schooling
  • gain credit towards your VCE certificate
  • gain valuable skills and on-the-job experience
  • complete VCE while following the career or study pathway of your choice
  • get a head-start on your career
  • earn money.

Guaranteed pathways

SBATs are open to students who are:

  • at least 15 years of age
  • enrolled in VCE  
  • Australian Citizens or Permanent Residents.

Find out more information about SBAT.



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