A school-based apprenticeship or traineeship (SBAT) is an apprenticeship or traineeship undertaken by a student enrolled in a senior secondary program (VCE or Vocational Major).

Regular school attendance is combined with at least one timetabled day per week spent on the job or in training during the normal school week.

An SBAT combines part-time, practical experience in the workplace with recognised, structured training from a Registered Training Organisation.

Head Start

Head Start is a new education pathway for secondary school students that complements school-based education with an apprenticeship or traineeship. Students complete their Year 12 Certificate alongside paid on-the-job training that leads to a qualification, and in most cases sustainable employment pathways.

Head Start is designed to give students the confidence, capabilities, and skills that employers in growth industries need. The program recognises that students learn in different ways, have different passions, and empower their own career choices.

Head Start students receive:

  • career planning advice from the school career practitioner to find the right pathway
  • a Head Start Pathway Plan tailored to the specific needs of the student and the employer
  • one-on-one support from a Head Start Coordinator to keep students on the right track
  • quality-assured training through TAFEs and Skills First contracted providers
  • a VCE or VCAL (Vocational Major 2023) certificate
  • significant progress towards, or completion of, a trade qualification
  • payment of a fair training wage
  • a tailored pathway into a priority industry career.

Talk to Ms McPherson in the careers office about the Head Start Program.

For Employers

If any employers are interested in taking on a student for Work Experience or a School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship please contact Mr Nick Masters or Ms Megan McPherson.