Work Placements and School Based Apprenticeships


All students studying Vocational Education (VET in Schools) programs are required to do at least 5 days of Structured Work Placement. This can be done as a week block or a one day per week basis depending on the student’s school program and host employer preferences. All students undertake Occupational health and Safety training prior to their placement. Work Cover and Public Liability insurance is arranged by the Department of Education. Students arrange their placements with the Work Placement Coordinator in the Careers Office.

School Based Apprenticeships and traineeships

School based apprenticeships / traineeships (SBATs) allow students to undertake part-time apprenticeship/traineeship training whilst still at school. An employer must be prepared to employ students before they are signed up as SBATs. The school works with the employer to select an appropriate day for the student to work one day per week to work ‘on the job’ and supports students to allow them to complete both their school and apprenticeship training. SBAT training completed contributes towards both VCE and VCAL programs. Contact the Careers Office for further information.

Benefits of a School Based Apprenticeships and traineeships

  • Partnerships between schools and employers enhance both employment and education opportunities for young people
  • Provides local industries with young people who have greater, more relevant skills
  • Provides local employers the opportunity to ‘try out’ potential future employees
  • Provides students with greater options to select qualifications that meet their individual needs