Increasing the uptake of School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships

We are providing more support than ever before for School based apprenticeships and traineeships (SBATs). Each school cluster will have a dedicated SBAT mentor who will provide tailored support for the student undertaking an SBAT, and will liaise between the schools and employers to make the process as easy as possible.

Now the option to start an SBAT is open to students starting Year 12 – not just students starting Year 11 – making this pathway more accessible than ever before.

School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships are more than just part-time jobs - they’re a great way to set students up for the career they want while completing the HSC.

School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships are available to all Year 10, 11 and 12 high school students in NSW. They allow students to commence an apprenticeship or complete a traineeship while at school.

A School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship combines paid work, training and school; and as well as gaining an industry recognised national qualification and credit towards the HSC.

Some apprenticeships and traineeships can contribute towards the ATAR.

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Meet the EPPP SBAT Mentors

Image: SBAT Mentor - Toni Bellos

Toni Bellos – Ballina

Most recently Employment Services Manager with TAFE NSW on the Smart, Skilled & Hired Youth Employment Program, Toni has extensive experience in employment and recruitment roles including a management position with a Group Training Organisation.

Toni is extremely passionate about creating employment opportunities for young people and believes understanding a young person's interests and career goals, as well as listening to employer needs, is key to successful outcomes.

Image: SBAT Mentor - Donna Kearns

Donna Kearns - Grafton

Donna’s expertise in Vocational Education and Training (VET) began with TAFE NSW where she provided exceptional support and valuable learning experiences to a multi-cultural student community. Most recently, Donna has been in a School Based Apprenticeship and Traineeship Officer role with the NSW Department of Education, supporting 53 schools in northern NSW.

Donna has been part of local initiatives to promote SBAT opportunities in the region and is passionate about matching student’s strengths and interests to successful employment pathways.

Image: SBAT Mentor - Suzanne Taylor

Suzanne Taylor – South-western Sydney

Suzanne brings 10 years’ experience in the NSW SBAT program. Most recently she was employed as a SBAT Officer in the Ultimo School Services Directorate, providing support for 54 South-west Sydney government schools.

Suzanne is a passionate advocate for positive employment outcomes for young people.

Image: SBAT Mentor – Fiona McKinnon

Fiona McKinnon – South-western Sydney

Fiona was most recently an Employment and Career Partner with a Group Training Organisation providing comprehensive pastoral care and support for Apprentices and Trainees. Fiona has a proven ability to broker job opportunities in south-west Sydney.

Fiona was previously a Community Engagement Officer at Sarah Redfern High School where she combined her passion for education and community to develop partnerships between school, local business and wider community to provide opportunities for students.

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