How it Works

An Australian School-based Apprenticeship or Traineeship (ASbA/SbAT) allows students to still attend school while working and studying as an apprentice or trainee.

As a school-based apprentice or trainee, students have an employer who will employ and train them on the job. Students undertake theory training with a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

Enrolling in a School-based Apprenticeship or Traineeship has a number of benefits including:

  • Training will contribute towards the SACE
  • Starting a chosen career or trade while still at school
  • Earning money while learning
  • Gaining experience in the trade or vocation of choice
  • School-based training will convert to full-time or part-time post school
  • Offers variety in attending school part of the week, going to work on some days and attending a training provider on others

Apprenticeship training undertaken by a student will be deemed an SbAT when all of the following apply:

  • The student is enrolled in the SACE
  • Marcellin Technical acknowledges and endorses the Training Plan required by the Training Contract
  • The SBAT is recognised in the SACE

Under these arrangements, students are both full-time students and part-time employees. The Principal (or delegate) of Marcellin Technical will acknowledge and endorse an SbAT by being a signatory to the Training Plan attached to the Training Contract. This signifies that the SbAT is an integral part of the student's program that requires the following:

  • Marcellin Technical timetable for the student will be programmed to facilitate the student attending work and/or training
  • The student will exchange a number of SACE subjects for the nominal hours of VET competencies studied as part of the Training Contract
  • Marcellin Technical will submit the student's VET results related to the Training Contract that will contribute to their SACE completion
  • Marcellin Technical develops specific SACE units to assist in further VET or work placement hours recognition
  • Marcellin Technical supports the student through counselling, mentoring and support
  • Marcellin Technical ensures the SbAT is built into the student's learning pathways plan