School Based Apprenticeship and Traineeships (SBAT)

Female construction apprentice

How does the School Based Apprenticeship and Traineeship (SBAT) program work?

The School Based Apprenticeship and Traineeship program allows students in years 10 to 12 to commence an apprenticeship or complete a traineeship while still at school.

A school based apprenticeship and traineeship combines paid work, training and school work. As well as an industry recognised, national qualification, students will gain that will credit towards their Higher School Certificate (HSC).

Some apprenticeships and traineeships can contribute towards ones ATAR.

How will this program benefit the employer?

There are a number of benefits that may come along with participating in the SBAT program, such as:

  • Subsidised training and wages
  • Two-way knowledge transfer, passing on skills while increasing workplace innovation, productivity and staff engagement
  • Employees are more likely to work harder and stay longer with companies that provide them with a career start
  • Overcome staff/skills shortages.

What is the employer involvement in the program?

There are a number of commitments that an employer must provide, including:

  • A minimum of 100 days of work in the school based apprenticeship phase, followed by full time work post HSC if applicable
  • A minimum of 100 days of work for school based traineeships
  • The opportunities that arise from a qualified or appropriately experienced person to teach the skills and allow the learner to acquire the knowledge of the trade or traineeship
  • Access to structured on and off the job training
  • A safe and supervised working environment, free from any form of harassment
  • All applicable benefits as specified in the training agreement or award, that is made accessible to the learner.

Are employers required to pay students?

All apprentices and trainees, including school-based apprentice and trainees, must be paid under the related award, this is applicable for the vocation according to Fair Work Australia.

What taxes are involved?

The below taxes are involved with being a part of the SBAT program:

  • Tax is applicable according to the Australian Tax Office (ATO) rules
  • Superannuation guarantee
  • Payroll tax rebate scheme - this allows employers to claim rebate under certain circumstances.

What subsidies are available to employers?

There are a number of subsidies that are available to employers, including:

  • The possible eligibility for a 50 per cent wage subsidy for wages paid to an apprentice/trainee until 30 September 2021 (maximum of $7,000 per quarter)
  • Commencement incentive payment - this is a one off payment of between $750 and $1,500
  • Completion incentive payment of $2,500, if eligible
  • Fee free training for apprentices and trainees
  • Workers compensation insurance reduction based on the wages paid to the learner.

Where can employers find further information?

Employers can contact Training Services NSW to find out more or find out about how they can participate in the program.

Call 13 28 11