Department for Education

System Performance  – Further Education and Pathways

The Department for Education is committed to working with industry and schools to develop strong partnerships, increase School-Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBATS) and help with work experience and work placement.

What are flexible SBATS?

School-Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBATS) combine paid work, vocational training and school.  Students receive  a nationally recognised industry qualification upon completion of the students’ training contract.

SBATS  commence in years 10 or 11 and can transition into flexible SBAT in year 12.  A flexible SBAT allows students to be in the workplace on a near full-time basis during their final year of school.

South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) and flexible SBATS

Under a flexible SBAT, a student can maintain a pathway to completing their SACE while undertaking a near full time apprenticeship or traineeship during their final year of schools.

Flexible SBATS aim to improve both SACE and SBAT completion rates and support young people to transition successfully from school to full-time work.

Benefits for the Employer

  • SBATS are flexible and are​ designed with employers  to meet business needs.
  • Flexible SBATS allow students to spend most of the week in the workplace.
  • Financial incentives are available to employers who meet eligibility criteria
  • Flexible SBATS assist employers to address skills shortages and create a supply of trained employees for their industry.

A team of pathways managers, school apprenticeship officers and VET Co-ordinators within your school are available to work with student and parents.