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School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships

The School Based Apprenticeship and Traineeship program for secondary school students is open to students 15 years of age or over who are permanent residents of Australia. The program involves the students undertaking their VCE / VCAL certificate as well as being employed and trained under the following arrangements:

  • VCE/VCAL studies selected by student
  • A training agreement registered with the Office of Training and Tertiary Education (OTTE)
  • A negotiated training program leading to a nationally recognised qualification
  • Paid work under some form of industrial agreement that endorses Part-time Apprenticeships, such as a Federal Industrial Award, Australian Workplace Agreement (AWA) or Certified Agreement (CA)

School Based Apprenticeship and Traineeship programs generally provide the same contribution to the VCE as their related VET in the VCE programs.

For further information http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/vet/programs


The Parks and Gardens SBAT program provides our students with the opporunity to undertake a qualification in the horticulutre sector, whislt earning money as part of a school-based traineeship.  The cours etakes place IN SCHOOL and students undertake the Certificate II in Parks and Gardens and complete the practical work element of the program on site. The program takes place on Wednesdays and Fridays, menaing it satisfies the VET and Strucutred Work Palcement (SWL) requiremens of the VCAL program.

This course has been specifically designed to provide an introduction to the overall skills and knowledge required to undertake a career working in a Parks and Gardens setting. The parks and gardens industry expects this qualification to be achieved to meet job outcomes at this level.

In order to successfully undertake the qualification candidates need to possess English language and literacy competence that will enable them to provide clear information, ask questions, listen to and understand instructions and communicate effectively with others.


Employment in roles such as Assistant Gardener or Grounds person.

Upon successful completion, further training pathways may include Certificate III in Parks and Gardens or Certificate III in Horticulture.


Trainees who are employed on a full time basis have a maximum of 12 months to complete training. Trainees who are employed on a part-time basis have a maximum of 24 months to complete training.

There are no minimum requirements in regard to program duration. Trainees are able to attain their qualification as soon as:

  • Advance assesses the trainee as competent in all units; and
  • The trainee’s employer confirms that the trainee has demonstrated those competencies in the workplace necessary to complete their qualification, and by doing so complete their training contract.


For more information, email Mark Henderson, Assitant Principal or call the College.

Units of study - Certificate II in Parks & Gardens


Westall Secondary College is accredited under the Department of Education and Training’s CRICOS registration (CRICOS provider name and code : Department of Education and Training, 00861K). For further information refer to www.study.vic.gov.au