The preferred pathway into a SBT is via participation in Workplace Learning (WPL).This allows the student and the employer to build and develop a working relationship.
It must be noted however that doing WPL is not a guarantee of a SBT, these are jobs which are dependent on the economics of the individual business. We actively promote them where appropriate but there is NO guarantee.
On enrolment into a SBT, the aim is for the student to complete a Certificate II level qualification trained on the job. Generally the student attends college 4 days per week and is at the workplace for 1 day. During holidays students are able to work more if that suits the employer.
The SBT is organised in partnership with ATCWORKSMART who provide mentoring and cover the employment responsibilities such as insurance. During the traineeship the student receives a training wage and on completion the employer receives an incentive payment of $1000 for Level II qualifications and $2000 for Level III qualifications.
If the qualification is completed within the school year then it counts towards the students Year 12 WACE.
In 2016 we have 17 SBT in the Mt Barker and Albany districts. Here is an example:
Blair is doing a Certificate 11 in Horticulture at the college. He works with Geoff Cheeseman and Barb Owen and his RTO Assessor is Bevan Uren from Farm Information Services.