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Apprentices and Trainees

School based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBATs) are available to students enrolled at Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College.

Students doing a school-based apprenticeship usually combine the final 2 years of school with paid part-time work. This enables them to complete the first year (in some instances 6 months) of their apprenticeship trade at the same time as they are completing the HSC. They then go into the second year as a full time apprentice – usually with the same employer – once they leave school.

School-based traineeships are fully completed within the final 2 years at school, providing students with the HSC, a VET qualification, a Certificate of Proficiency and paid experience in the workplace.


For video stories about SBATs go to the myskills website.  These video stories highlight the benefits of SBATs in preparing young people for life beyond school, including further education, training and a rewarding career.

SBATs are available in a large range of industries. To find out which ones, go the the NSW Government Department of Education
SBATs in NSW website.

These SBATs involve:

  • Paid part-time work
  • On and off the job training
  • Indenture or contract signed by all parties and lodged with the government
  • SBA: 2 yrs part-time (HSC) then 2-3 yrs full time
  • SBT: 2 yrs part-time (HSC).

For more information you can visit Australian Apprenticeships Pathways website or please contact the Industry Partnerships Coordinator at the college, Ms Jameison.