Australian School-based Apprenticeships (ASBA) 

Students can get a head start with their careers by beginning an apprenticeship while still at school. An Australian School-based Apprenticeship provides students with hands-on industry experience, and the ability to work towards or complete a nationally recognised qualification, while they complete their SACE.

An Australian School-based Apprenticeship is an Apprenticeship which is undertaken part‑time while the apprentice is at school. The apprenticeship arrangement combines paid employment as an apprentice or trainee, off-the-job vocational training and senior secondary school studies.

Students have previously undertaken apprenticeships in areas such as baking, hairdressing, mechanics, retails, carpentry and cheffing.

Click to download the Australian School-based Apprenticeship fact sheet

The formal training the students undertake can count for between 40 – 120 SACE credits in both Stage 1 & 2, dependent on the field of training.  Students may be at work one to two school days and / or after school hours. A Group Training Company manages the formal training and VHHS manages the students’ timetable and accreditation for SACE.

How do I find an Australian School-based Apprenticeship?

From time-to-time opportunities are advertised in our school bulletin. Please note that most students find the host employer. VHHS will assist in the signing up of school based apprenticeships through a DECD apprenticeship broker.

Students interested in ASBA’s should contact the VET Coordinator Mr Simon Harris, 8551 1900 or via