School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships




SBATs allow senior high school students to work with an employer as paid employees while studying for their Higher School Certificate.


This subsidised training helps students gain valuable skills and experience, to be work-ready by the time they finish school.


SBATs opens doors to a dynamic career path for students, giving them a head start in the career they desire. Taking the trade approach to their career, students can distinguish themselves from the crowd.


The traineeships offered at METS are similar to apprenticeships, but they concentrate on vocational or job areas, such as office administration, early childhood education and care, or warehousing. 


Where do I start?


Step 1. Explore the school-based apprenticeships or school-based traineeships options offered by METS


Step 2. Talk about your career ideas with your school Careers Adviser and parents/carers


Step 3. Discuss with your Careers Adviser how an SBAT will fit into your HSC pattern of study


Step 4. Find an employer


Step 5. Your local SBAT Coordinator and/or school will help you on your way

METS offers SBATs in


Children’s Services

CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care


Community and Disability Services

• CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support


Business & Leadership

BSB30120 Certificate III in Business


Retail & Hospitality

SIR30216 Certificate III in Retail


Supply Chain Operations

TLI30319 Certificate III in Supply Chain Operations

The Benefits of doing SBATs with METS:


✓  Receive both an education and a job
✓  Get in-demand industry knowledge and skills
✓  Earn while you learn
✓  Work towards achieving a nationally-recognised qualification
✓  Acquire hands-on experience in a real job
✓  Gain the skills and experience needed for tertiary study
✓  Experience a great way to move from school to work


Learners can also gain an additional 4 units of HSC, ask your careers advisor about this HSC course option or contact us today to learn more.

Information for Students


The SBAT program will allow students to attain nationally-recognised qualification whilst completing their HSC, which can lead directly to employment as well as an opportunity to continue their learning pathway.


The dedicated trainers at METS will provide school based trainees with the support they need throughout the program, learners are required to attend 100 days in the work place, with flexibility to:


  • Attend a workplace one day a week, with school attended on the remaining days
  • Attend a workplace for a block week during a school term
  • Attend a workplace on weekends, school holidays or after school


After successfully completing your SBATs with METS, you will receive a certificate for the qualification undertaken, which can improve your career prospects and open a pathway for further education and development. Learn more about the courses and opportunities offered through METS, or schedule a visit from our Business Relationship Manager.

Information for Employers


As a mentor, business play a pivotal role by investing in young people and the community. In turn, employers are supported by the school and its SBAT liaison as well as the Australian Apprenticeship Centre (AAC). Commencing the traineeship with young members of society helps organisations ensure that they are resourced with trained and qualified people.


Benefits include but are not limited to:

  • Financial incentives from the Government
  • Ongoing mentoring and support from METS
  • Contemporary training for apprentices/trainees
  • More engaged, skilled young staff


SBAT employers can assist in motivating young people to work towards their future goals and provide them real exposure to the industry or sector. We invite you to become part of the partnership where education and industry work together to provide a competent, confident and skilled workforce.

What Evidence is accepted for the RPL Process?

The processes used to assess RPL applications may take several (not mutually exclusive) forms, for example:


  • assessment based on a portfolio of evidence;
  • direct observation of demonstration of skill or competence;
  • reflective papers, journals or portfolios that relate past learning to the learning or competency outcomes of the current course or qualification;
  • provision of examples of work drawn from the workplace, social, community or other setting in which you may apply your learning, skill or competence;
  • testimonials of learning, skill or competence
  • participation in exactly the same or modified versions of the assessment you  would be required to complete as part of the full course; and
  • combinations of any of the above


Please note: All evidence submitted must be your own or directly relate to yourself.

What support will be given to students during the RPL process?


  • Learners will be provided with advice about the assessment processes including assistance with identifying the evidence required
  • METS will attempt to accommodate assessment methods to the literacy levels, cultural background and educational background and experiences of learners.
  • METS assessment methods provide a range of ways for learners to demonstrate that they have met the required outcomes


METS can not help you decide which units to apply for RPL as this is a personal assessment based on your past acquired skills and experience, although we are happy to help you and offer assistance in the RPL process.

When should I apply for RPL?

RPL is offered to learners prior to, at enrolment and is also available at other times throughout a learners training. It is recommended that learners identify whether they will be applying for RPL before commencing the given course, although we understand that this is not always practical.  Some learners may identify an opportunity for RPL perhaps half-way through the course, in which case we will endeavor to make this possible for you.

Next steps?

The RPL process can be in-depth, can take time, and may not be suitable for everyone. If you are interested in applying for RPL please contact us to register your interest and discuss the best options for you. If you would like to continue, you can then complete an enrolment form and begin your RPL process.

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