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NSW School Based Traineeships (SBAT)

NSW School Based Traineeships

School Based Traineeships are available to Year 10, 11 and 12 high school students in NSW. They allow students to commence a traineeship while at school. School based trainees work part-time and complete their traineeship by the end of their HSC year. A school based traineeship (SBAT) combines paid work, training and school; as well as an industry-recognised national qualification.

Our school based traineeship program is purposely designed around the needs and interests of students who are eager to begin their career pathway in Early Childhood Education and Care, School Based Education Support, Individual Support (Ageing or Disability), Community Services and Business.

As with all students, our SBATs become an integral part of the KTS family. For many, this may be a first job; a stepping stone into further study or an alternative to mainstream formal education. Whatever the reason(s), students are immersed into a work environment that is fast paced, exciting and challenging while learning real work skills and being paid.

To enquire about or express your interest in undertaking an SBAT with KARBEN Training Solutions please contact our team on (02) 4353 7188 or email

“They choose us not for what we do, but instead for how we do it!”

School Based Traineeship Benefits

Paid workdays in accordance with appropriate industrial arrangements
Leave school with a Nationally Recognised VET qualification
Permanent part-time employment and benefits
Potential for further industry opportunities post traineeship
HSC unit credit
Certificate of Proficiency issued by Training Services NSW
This training is subsidised by the NSW Government

General information

Cut off dates for enrolments

The end of Term 1 of Year 11 is the recommended cut-off for commencement.

Please note: there are special circumstances where the Board of Studies may approve late admissions.

Fees and charges

In 2020, the NSW Government announced fee-free traineeships* for eligible students – this includes eligible School Based Traineeships.

Prior to commencing a School Based Traineeship, your eligibility for fee-free training will be checked and confirmed. In the unlikely circumstances where a student is not eligible for a fee-free traineeship, associated fees, payment arrangement and/or concessions will be discussed and agreed to by all parties.

* This training is subsidised by the NSW Government.

VET Board of Studies requirements
See Stage 6 VET Board of Studies course description documents for full endorsement details/requirements.

Information for Students

Is a School Based Traineeship right for me?

Before commencing on a School Based Traineeship journey, there are a few things you should consider doing to make sure it is the right option for you.

1. Speak with your Careers Advisor about possible career opportunities – even if you don’t know what you’d like to do when you leave school, there may be a job that suits your strengths and interests.

2. Research the different industries that you can undertake a school based traineeship in and what the outcome will be once you’ve finished your HSC. You can do this here.

3. Consider applying for a ‘taster program’ (such as Carers/Educators of the Future) or volunteer work in the industry to see if you would enjoy it.

4. Be realistic about the time and commitment you’re willing to put in for both your studies and your employment.

School Based Traineeship for home school students

Students completing their studies through a home school arrangement are still eligible to undertake a school based traineeship.

The school in which the school based apprentice or trainee is enrolled, the ‘home’ school, is responsible for ensuring the requirements outlines in the NESA website are met. The home school is also responsible for ensuring that NESA entries are correct on behalf of the student.

Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR)

Currently, our SBAT offerings are most suited to those not wanting to include their VET qualification in their Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).

Information for Schools

Introductory Courses

In 2020, we launched two programs to support High School students to engage with real employers who had potential school based traineeship opportunities upcoming. These two programs are:

  • Carers of the Future
  • Educators of the Future

Our Carers of the Future and Educators of the Future programs provided students with the opportunity to undertake selected nationally-recognised units of competency relevant to the industry and put their theory into practice through work experience opportunities.

Our Futures Programs have seen great outcomes for our students, with 70% of students securing a school based traineeship on completion of the program and continuing on to further study.

Futures Programs are available across multiple regions within NSW. Contact our team for further information regarding upcoming programs.

Information for Employers/Workplace Supervisors

What we offer through a School Based Traineeship pathway

Education Support

CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support

Early Childhood Education and Care

CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Individual Support (Disability)

CHC33021 Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability)

Community Services

CHC32015 Certificate III in Community Services

Individual Support (Ageing)

CHC33021 Certificate III in Individual Support


BSB30120 Certificate III in Business

How to Enrol

Our pre-enrolment process ensures that you are provided with information to make an informed choice about your studies before making a formal commitment. This process is summarised below and must be completed before we accept your enrolment:

Step 1: Speak with your School

Contact us your school’s Careers Advisor to find out what options are on offer and to complete the KTS SBAT Expression of Interest.

Step 2: Enquire with KARBEN

Contact KTS to arrange a meeting (either face-to-face or virtual) and find out more information about studying an SBAT qualification with us.

Step 3: Enrol and get started

Make the decision and agree with all parties to commence an SBAT. Complete our enrolment process and attend a formal training contract sign up.

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