State Funding - NSW

School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBAT)

The School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBAT) program, part of the Smart and Skilled funding initiative, is designed to offer high school students in New South Wales a unique opportunity to kickstart their careers while completing their secondary education. This program enables students to engage in practical, on-the-job training within real workplaces, allowing them to gain valuable skills and experience in their chosen industries. SBAT fosters a seamless transition from school to employment by combining classroom learning with hands-on work experience, providing students with a solid foundation for future career success.

What is SBAT Funding?

And how does it work?

The School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBAT) program operates by seamlessly integrating classroom learning with practical, on-the-job training. High school students can choose from a variety of industries and vocational pathways, aligning with their interests and career goals. They embark on part-time apprenticeships or traineeships, allowing them to learn valuable skills and gain industry-specific knowledge while completing their secondary education.

SBAT offers a structured framework that combines classroom attendance, workplace experience, and formal assessment, ensuring students receive comprehensive training and support. This innovative approach not only prepares them for future careers but also gives them a head start in the job market, as they simultaneously earn a wage and a nationally recognised qualification.

Funding Eligibility

To be eligible under the SBAT Program a student must be:

  • undertaking a qualification listed on the NSW Skills List as an SBAT-specific apprenticeship or traineeship qualification, and
  • an approved or registered School Based Apprentice or School Based Trainee in NSW at the time of commencing the qualification, and
  • have the qualification shown on their Training Contract

Courses funded by SBAT



Course Category


Cert I Work Place Skills

Certificate II in Workplace Skills


Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Career Start)

Cert III in Individual Support

Certificate III in Individual Support

MEM20413-Certificate II in Engineering Pathways

Certificate II in Engineering

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About SBAT Funding

How To Apply

Check out our range of courses and contact us to arrange an obligation-free training needs analysis and assistance through the application process. During the application process, you will need to provide evidence of eligibility, we can also assist you during this step.

Useful Links

If you are looking for more information about the Smart & Skilled Funding program then check out the following useful links:

Smart and Skilled website.

NSW Vocational Education & Training

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