VET and apprenticeships and traineeships in school

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School-based apprenticeships and traineeships

If you’re a student interested in learning workplace skills, you might consider doing a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship (SBAT).

SBAT allows you to learn hands-on and theory-based workplace skills, and get a nationally accredited qualification.

It combines:

  • paid work
  • vocational education and training (VET)
  • school studies or the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (NTCET).

School-based apprentices or trainees are employed by their host business and will be paid a wage.

Who is eligible

Students must:

  • be at least 15 years old
  • be able to attend at least 48 days per year of paid work from the start date
  • get evidence of endorsement for a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship from their principal.

The employer, school, student and parent must arrange set days per week, which the student will attend their apprenticeship or traineeship.


For more information, contact the Training and Careers work unit:

You can also read the SBAT policy on the Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade website.

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Last updated: 26 August 2022

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