WHAT IS A SCHOOL-BASED APPRENTICESHIP?
A School-based Apprenticeship/Traineeship (SBAT/ASbA) is a combination of the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE), Vocational Education and Training (VET) and employment. SBATs provide students with valuable employment skills and hands-on industry experience and are an integral part of their Year 12 school program.
A School-based Apprenticeship/Traineeship at Marcellin Technical College allows students to:
- work towards completing SACE;
- participate in a combination of school, paid work and on/off-site training;
- progress towards gaining a nationally recognised qualification;
- maximise the time available to undertake an apprenticeship while still at school; and
- access a pathway to further education and training.
- SBATs give students a head-start on career path and an important link to the world of work.
HOW DOES AN SBAT WORK?
Apprenticeship training undertaken by a student will be deemed an SBAT when all of the following apply:
- the student is enrolled in the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE);
- the College acknowledges and endorses the Training Plan required by the Training Contact (TC); and
- the SBAT is recognised on the SACE.
Under these arrangements, students are both full-time students and part-time employees.
The Principal (or delegate) of Marcellin Technical College will acknowledge and endorse an SBAT by being a signatory to the Training Plan attached to the Training Contract. This signifies that the SBAT is an integral part of the student’s College program that requires the following:
- the College timetable will be programmed to facilitate the student attending work and/or training;
- the student will exchange a number of SACE subject unit(s) for the nominal hours of VET competencies studied as part of the Training Contract;
- the College will submit the student’s VET results related to the Training Contract that will contribute to their SACE completion;
- the College develops specific SACE units to assist in further VET or work placement hours recognition;
- the College supports the student through counselling, mentoring, and support;
- the College ensures the SBAT is built into the student’s learning pathways plan and is supported through high quality career information and case management.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF AN SBAT?
- Contributing to a student’s SACE by doing an SBAT
- Ideally completing the first year of an SBAT while still at school
- Receiving both an education and a job
- Learning the latest knowledge and skills in the chosen trade
- Getting paid while learning
- Working towards achieving a nationally recognised qualification
- Acquiring hands-on experience in a real job
- Smoothly transitioning from the school to work
- Gaining the skills and experience to help you go on to tertiary study
- Gaining a sense of achievement
HOW TO FIND A SCHOOL-BASED APPRENTICESHIP OR TRAINEESHIP
To start a SBAT, students must find an employer and have the support of their parent or guardian. The student and their parent or guardian need to sign a Training Contract with the employer.
There are numerous ways students can work towards finding and gaining an apprenticeship or traineeship:
- Nominate your preferred industry when enrolling at the College
- Speak with the Industry Consultant regularly
- Impress employers when on work placements
- Perform well in class
- Existing part-time work can be converted to an apprenticeship/traineeship
- Speak to parents, Teacher-Mentors and Trade Trainers
- Respond to advertisements in the paper, on the school notice boards
WHO ARE THE SIGNATORIES TO A TRAINING CONTRACT AND TRAINING PLAN?
An Australian Apprenticeship Centre (AAC) and the College’s Industry Consultant will assist with the completion and signing of the Training Contract and Training Plan. The employer, student and parent/guardian are all signatories to the Training Contract (if a student is under 18 years of age).
The chosen Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and the AAC are also nominated on the Training Contract.
WHAT IS THE LENGTH OF AN SBAT?
The length of an SBAT depends on the declared vocation and how many training hours the student commits to.
Marcellin Technical College students can spend up to 40 weeks full-time during Year 12 engaged in their SBAT, employment and training potentially enabling them to complete the first year of their full apprenticeship while still completing the requirements of the SACE.
DOES THE TRAINING CONTRACT END WHEN YEAR 12 IS COMPLETED?
The Training Contract for the SBAT DOES NOT naturally expire when general education is completed. It expires only when the gazetted hours for the full qualification have been completed for both on and off the job.
However, options could include:
- an early sign-off for competency achievement;
- completion using similar part-time hours;
- a variation of the Training Contract up to a minimum 15 hours (if not already) for part-time;
- or in most cases, a variation to a full-time employment arrangement for the remainder of the apprenticeship.
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