School Based Apprenticeships And Traineeships (SBATs)
School based apprenticeships and traineeships (SBATs) provide you with the opportunity to attain a nationally recognised Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification as well as your Higher School Certificate (HSC) while gaining valuable work skills and experience through paid employment. They are supported and promoted by both the State and Commonwealth Governments. The Hunter Trade College will strive to secure SBATs for you whenever possible. You may also secure them independently. If you have secured an SBAT and enrol at the Hunter Trade College you must:
- Undertake the NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC) at the College
- Complete a Vocational Education and Training (VET) course at the College unless other options have been arranged with the College during your enrolment interview
Benefits of the SBAT Scheme
The major benefits include:
- Providing a link to employment while participating in a HSC VET program at the College
- Introducing you to the realities of the work-place in the terms of the attitudes, knowledge and skills you require to secure employment as a quality trainee/apprentice.
SBATs and the National Training Framework (NTF)
SBATs operate within the National Training Framework (NTF). The two key elements of the NTF are the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF) and the Training Packages (AQF). The Hunter Trade College will deliver all skill training as part of the College curriculum and it will operate as a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).
In this role, it will be responsible for the assessment and certification of the training qualifications. In summary, the three key factors in place at the Hunter Trade College for the delivery of the VET curriculum are:
- The set of competency standards to be achieved by the students
- Guidelines for the assessment of the competencies of each course
- The vocational qualifications that the Hunter Trade College will issue as a Registered Training Organisation
The effect of the above is that students have the opportunity to graduate at the end of two years with the HSC, employment and a substantial contribution towards the completion of a nationally recognised trade qualification.
For more information visit the School-Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships in NSW Website.
Requirements for school based apprenticeships and traineeships
School based apprenticeships and traineeships (SBATs) are employment-based training arrangements approved under the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Act 2001 NSW (The Act). The Act sets out the obligations of employers, apprentices and trainees who are party to training contracts. .
SBATs are established when an application for a Training Contract that has been signed by the employer and you, as well as your parent or guardian (if you are under 18 years of age) AND has been approved by State Training Services. You must complete formal training that is delivered by the College, which is a registered training organisation (RTO). The formal training must meet the requirements of the relevant Vocational Training Order (VTO) for that apprenticeship or traineeship vocation, and lead to a nationally recognised qualification on the NSW Skills List. The formal training (also referred to as off-the-job-training) component of the SBAT will contribute unit credit towards the HSC through Board Developed or Board Endorsed HSC VET course(s).
If you are successful in gaining an SBAT the College workplace officers and the RTO manager will help you to meet these requirements.
N.B It is not possible for the College to guarantee an SBAT will be offered to you from a workplacement. An offer of an SBAT is entirely at the discretion of the employer
For more information visit the School-Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships in NSW Website http://www.sbatinnsw.info/