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School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships


Students in Years 11 and 12 are eligible to undertake SBATs throughout Senior. SBATs offer students the opportunity to remain studying at school while undertaking employment and formal training. Students interested in pursuing this opportunity should note that the prerequisites required for TAFE and external training courses also apply to entering into a SBAT. 

Students who are signed into SBATs are required to miss one day of school per week for work/training, and often undertake their formal training blocks during after school sessions or as block training during school holidays. SBATs should only be considered where a student intends to continue on that vocational pathway upon the completion of their schooling, and after due consideration of the impact that completing an SBAT will have on their school studies. We do not recommend students who are OP-eligible undertake an SBAT.

While the school is unable to create or find SBAT opportunities for students, we will work with students to set it up if they find an opportunity themselves. For example, you may know someone who works in industry, or perhaps your current part time employer is prepared to take you on as a trainee/apprentice. Discuss this with the Senior Schooling office if this happens so we can help get things started for you.
Students interested in pursuing training in a specific industry are urged to collect an Expression of Interest form from the Senior Schooling office. The information you provide will allow us to identify any specific opportunities that become available (we receive updates from companies that are advertising SBAT opportunities) that may suit you.  Due to the changing nature of the workforce, there is no way to guarantee that specific industries will be looking for SBATs, but submitting a completed EOI to us will allow us to know what you’re interested in.
Recent changes to state legislation governing the minimum nominal hours required for the completion of courses mean that it is highly unlikely that School-based Traineeships will be offered to or available for students in Year 12.
Please be aware that students are NOT permitted to enter into SBATs without the school’s knowledge AND approval. The Department of Education, Training & Employment (DETE) cannot, and will not, authorise an SBAT without the school’s formal consent.
Undertaking an SBAT is a legal agreement signed by Dakabin SHS, the student and their parent/guardian, the employer, an Apprenticeship Centre, a Registered Training Organisation and DETE. As such, SBATs should not be entered into lightly. More information is available from the Queensland Government’s apprenticeship information website: