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What is an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are a great way to combine training and employment and they can lead to a nationally recognised qualification. Apprenticeships are available to anyone of working age. You can do an Australian apprenticeship if you are a school leaver, re-entering the workforce or as an adult worker simply wishing to change careers or gain new skills. You do not need a secondary school certificate or other qualification to be able to start an apprenticeship.

More information on apprenticeships can be found at:

School-based apprenticeships + traineeships (SBAT)

You can start your apprenticeship (or traineeship) while you are still at school. These are called school-based apprenticeships and traineeships (SBAT).

SBATs are more than just part-time jobs – they’re a great way to set yourself up for the career you want whilst you are completing your HSC and are available to all Year 10, 11 and 12 high school students in NSW.

Combine paid work, training and school. As well as an industry recognised national qualification you will also gain credit towards the HSC. Some apprenticeships and traineeships can contribute towards the ATAR.

More information including a list of on SBATs available to students can be found here.

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Most traineeships range from a Certificate II level but can also be up to Diploma level in certain areas. They are available across a huge range of vocational areas.


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