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School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships

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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 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 ATAR-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 Personnel 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 personnel. 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.

Please be aware that students are NOT permitted to enter into SBATs without the school’s knowledge AND approval. The Department of Education, Employment and Training will not authorise a 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 without consideration of the students SET Plan. More information is available from the Queensland Government’s apprenticeship information website: www.apprenticeshipsinfo.qld.gov.au.

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Last reviewed 01 December 2020
Last updated 01 December 2020