School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBATs)

A school-based apprenticeship or traineeship combines:
  • part-time, practical experience in the workplace
  • formal, structured training with a TAFE or training provider
  • your school studies
A school-based apprenticeship may also give you credit towards your Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL).

What you need to know

A school-based apprenticeship or traineeship must have the agreement of each of the following:
  • your parent or guardian (if you are under 18 years of age)
  • your school
  • your employer
  • your TAFE or training provider
You, your parent or guardian (if you are under 18 years of age) and your employer, will be required to sign a training contract.

How to get started

  • speak to your careers adviser or VET Coordinator to find out about school-based apprenticeships and traineeships arrangements at your school
  • you and your employer must comply with the minimum hours and other requirements for a part-time or school-based apprenticeship or traineeship

Further information about school-based apprenticeships and traineeshipsis on the 'Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority' (VCAA) website.

Sandringham College works closely with the following employers of School Based Apprentices (as well as others).

VACC - Automotive apprenticeships

The Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) was established in 1918. Today, VACC represents the interests of over five thousand small and medium sized businesses in regional and metropolitan Victoria, and it is the premier association for employers and business people in the motor industry in Victoria. Their members employ around fifty thousand Victorians and provide key services in the repair, service and retail sectors of the automotive industry.

Apprenticeship and Traineeship Employment Partners (ATEP)

ATEP is a well established Group Training Organisation (GTO) located in metropolitan Melbourne. ATEP is a 'not for profit', community based organisation, proudly in operation since 1987 and is an original member of the Group Training Australia National Network of independent not for profit community based companies. Group Training Organisations are the largest employer of apprentices and trainees in Australia, providing employment for in excess of 8,500 apprentices and trainees in Victoria alone.

370 Degrees

370° group has provided a consistent supply of highly qualified, skilled apprentices and trainees to industry in a full-time and part-time (school-based only) capacity
370 Degrees SBATs


MEGT (Australia) Ltd is a not-for-profit organisation and has operated in the marketplace of employment, education and training, apprenticeships and traineeships since 1982. They help job seekers make themselves more employable, gain additional skills, find a job.
Services include: MEGT Australian Apprenticeships Centre, MEGT Group Training & MEGT Education Group.


VECCI Apprenticeships Services has over 10 years experience providing information, administration and support services to employers and Australian Apprentices. VECCI assist with the signing of training contracts and also, assess, approve and process the payment of Australian Government employer incentives, scholarships and income support payments to eligible Australian Apprentices.

Appreticeship Group Australia

AGA is the business name which unites two of Australia’s most experienced group training organisations, Gippsland Group Training and Apprenticeships Victoria. AGA is a not-for-profit organisation.For more than 25 years, AGA has been helping young people to start their careers with a trade apprenticeship, with free industry training, extra support in the workplace and an assurance that once employed by AGA, students aren't stood you down if they lose a host employer. Instead training and weekly salary are continued while they go out and find another host.
Apprentice Group Aus SBATs

Wonderworld Games Pty Ltd (26th Parallel)

is a local Sandringham company with a history of offering employment opportunities for our students. Wonderworld Games is nearing completion of it's gaming venue in the old Village Cinema in Morwell. As a result their Sandringham head office is supporting and promoting the new venture with the establishment Game Reviewing across various media. the company's School Based Traineeship program offers Sandringham Year 10, 11 and 12 students opportunities to join the company, gain a Certificate IV in Multimedia and be involved in the company's Xbox Game Tournaments and Game Reviewing activities. More information and an application form can be found below.


For students too young or without the contacts to find plumbing SBATs - a Transport & Logistics SBAT may be a good way in to the trade.
Reece SBATs

Smart Connection

The Federally funded ASBA scheme is an excellent way to harness the power of an enthusiastic, passionate workforce of school age students. The scheme is simple. Over 40 weeks, students work for an employer for 7 hours a week (averaged over 3 month periods). Students learn on the job and also at the Smart Connection Training centre. The sport, recreation and fitness related courses include qualifications such as Lifeguard or Swim teacher
which students can attain prior to commencing work.
Smart Connection SBATs

There are other Group Training Companies who can help students find a School Based Apprenticeship. Follow this link for more information -

Group Training Companies and other private organisations.