Learn to Work

For students, a school based apprenticeship or traineeship (SBAT) is a head start to your career combining paid work, training and school. Not only will you get an industry recognised national qualification, but also unit credit towards your NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC).

You can start an SBAT in Year 10 or Year 11 and some training arrangements can contribute towards your Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). No matter if you are on a pathway to higher Vocational Education and Training or University post-school, there is an SBAT for you.

Where do I start?

Things to consider

Students who take on a school based apprenticeship or traineeship are motivated young people who don’t just want to plan their future career, they want to experience it now. It’s very important that you think about how you can manage your SBAT by considering:

  • Is this a career I’m interested in?
  • Can I handle school, work and training along with family and community commitments?
  • Do I have a support network around me to help along the way? Teachers, careers adviser, transition advisor, parents/carers, friends, mentors etc.
  • Can I make travel arrangements to get myself to work and training on time?

If you answered YES to the questions above, an SBAT may be a great option for you.

Check out the SkillsOne videos highlighting the School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships Program in NSW.

For More information:

Students: Learn to Work (booklet)
Students: Learn to Work (flyer)
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