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SA School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships

A School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship (SBAT) allows senior secondary students to begin their apprenticeship or traineeship in Years 10, 11 or 12, combining paid employment and structured work-related training as part of their South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE).

In South Australia a SBAT can be funded under the Skilling South Australia initiative.

What is Skilling South Australia?

‘Skilling South Australia’ is a state government initiative helping young people develop skills and build meaningful pathways to meet the workforce needs of industry.

As part of this, the Department for Education has created paid school-based traineeship places for senior high school students.

The Skilling SA school-based traineeship provides students in year 10, 11, and eligible year 12 students, the opportunity to work 1 day per week (7.5 hours) at a nearby school.

As a Skilling SA school-based trainee, students are:

  • trained on the job
  • working towards a nationally recognised qualification
  • able to use the traineeship towards achieving their SACE.

School-based trainees also undertake off-the-job Vocational Education Training (VET) studies. This may include face-to-face and online classes with a qualified instructor. 

Individuals need to meet course entry requirements and verify their eligibility for enrolment before being enrolled in a government subsidised training place.

SBATs are a pathway to employment in a trade or occupation, self-employment, further training or higher education. Apprenticeships and traineeships have similar structures and requirements, however they differ in occupations offered, length and Australian Qualified Framework (AQF) certificate levels.

School Based Apprentices and Trainees:

  • Negotiate a flexible personalised SACE program with their school which allows for employment and training in and outside of school hours
  • Commence an apprenticeship/traineeship while at school
  • Count the units of competence achieved as part of their apprenticeship/traineeship training as an integral part of their SACE
  • Complete their SACE


  • Complete their apprenticeship/traineeship while still at school


  • Convert their apprenticeship/traineeship to full-time (or part-time if the school based apprentice/trainee and employer agree) upon leaving school.

Training contract and training plan for apprentices and trainees

An employer and an apprentice or trainee must agree to a training contract and training plan before training can start. If the apprentice or trainee is under 18, the parent or guardian must also agree.

The training contract must be lodged with an Australian Apprenticeships Centre (AAC). The AAC can help with preparing the training contract as well as other paperwork. Find your local Australian Apprenticeship Support Network.

More information can be found at: https://skills.sa.gov.au/

Eligibility Criteria

You may be eligible for a government subsidised training place if you are:

  • An Australian citizen or New Zealand citizen or,
  • A permanent Australian resident or,
  • An eligible visa holder
  • Reside in South Australia


  • Enrolled in Year 10, 11 or 12 and employed in a Training Contract that combines VET and school-based curriculum including SACE
  • Are undertaking SACE or equivalent and,
  • Have completed a preparatory VET pathway
  • Undertaking training through a training contract as an apprentice or trainee in identified courses.

Visit www.skills.sa.gov.au for Participant Eligibility Criteria.


The below fees are indicative only and subject to confirmation at the time of enrolment. Additional fees may be incurred for personal items such as tools, clothing or training materials.


Course Code Non-Concessional Concessional
Enrolment Per Hour Total Enrolment Per Hour Total
CHC30121 $0.00 $0.35 $387.80 $0.00 $0.25 $277.00
CHC30221 $0.00 $0.35 $256.20 $0.00 $0.25 $183.00

Am I eligible for Concession?

Students who hold any of the following concession cards at the time of their enrolment may be eligible to for a concession course fee rather than the standard full course fee:

  • hold a health care card
  • hold a pensioner concession card
  • hold a pensioner concession card issued by the Department of Veteran Affairs
  • are a prison inmate, a detainee, on remand, held in a South Australian institution in connection with the commission of an offence, or a child in a South Australian detention centre older than 16 years.

Please note: Proof of eligibility for concession must be demonstrated prior to the commencement of training. If the concession is valid for the full enrolment period, then all eligible units commenced within that period attract the concession rate. If the concession is valid for part of the enrolment period, then only eligible units commenced prior to the expiry of the concession attract the concession rate.

How do I apply for a school based apprenticeship or traineeship?

If you’d like to start an ASBA, your first step should be to talk with your school’s career advisor or equivalent.

For further information please contact our VET Coordinator
on 1300 139 406 or email us at [email protected]
Supported by Government of South Australia