School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SATs)
SATs allow students to commence an apprenticeship or complete a traineeship while at school. They combine paid work, training and school; as well as an industry recognised qualification and points towards the QCE. SATs help young people go places, whether that is a full-time job, a trade career, university, TAFE or other training.
There are two main differences between a school-based apprentice and a school-based trainee.
A school-based apprentice is trained in a skilled trade and upon successful completion will become a qualified tradesperson. For example:
|Cabinet Making||Marine Craft Construction||Electrical||Pastry Chef|
At the end of Year 12, SATs roll over into full-time apprenticeships.
School-based trainees are trained in a vocational area, such as:
|Early Childhood||Sports and Fitness||Horticulture||Dental Assistant|
|Education Support||Allied Health Assistant||Hospitality||Business|
Traineeships are usually completed by the end of Year 12. A highly successful work experience placement can often lead to an offer of a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship.
Benefits of SATs
More flexibility and variety in learning: The variety provided by SATs can have enormous benefits for young people who prefer hands-on learning to traditional schooling pathways.
Head start in a career: Young people employed in SATs develop workplace skills, knowledge and confidence and have a competitive edge when applying for jobs. A SAT can lead directly to full-time employment once a student has left school. They give students realistic exposure to the workplace.
Nationally recognised qualification: All SATs participate in vocational training that contributes to a Certificate II, III or higher vocational qualification which can count towards the student’s QCE.
An opportunity to learn and earn: Students are paid while they learn workplace skills, gain confidence, and adapt to a work environment. It gives the student the opportunity to put skills learnt into practice in a real work environment.
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