Northern SBAT Network

Northern SBAT Network

The Northern School Based Apprenticeship and Traineeship (SBAT) Network promotes the successful delivery of SBATs within schools in the Northern region of Melbourne.

It is facilitated by the three LLENs from the Northern region (Banyule Nillumbik LLEN, Hume Whittlesea LLEN and Inner Northern LLEN), to bring together stakeholders who support the development and delivery of SBATs in Melbourne’s north. This includes Secondary Schools, Further Education Providers, Registered Training Organisations (RTOs), Group Training Organisations (GTOs), Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Providers (AASNs), Employment Services and other local SBAT providers.

The members some together 4 times per year to:

  • Participate in a collective forum that promotes cross sector partnerships to strengthen SBAT opportunities and deliver on quality outcomes
  • Respond to demand in skills shortage areas with training and employment opportunities
  • Develop new and improve existing training resources in support of quality SBAT delivery
  • Promote successful delivery of SBATs within schools through increased awareness and training, and through responding to needs within schools and the community
  • Increase opportunities for young people in the region to access SBATs as a viable career and training option.
  • Provide Professional Development to relevant staff in the requirements and provision of SBATs.

In 2020, the members came together 4 times, virtually. This year had a focus on the future governance and purpose of this group as well as timely and much needed discussions about the impacts of COVID-19 on students undertaking a SBAT.

We would like to thank Daryl Sutton from the VCAA and all the membership for your ongoing support, commitment and shared knowledge and expertise. Congratulations for navigating a difficult year whilst upholding quality standards to support young people to maintain and or complete their SBAT during a difficult year.

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Northern SBAT Sample Sessions

The Northern SBAT Sample Sessions is a one day event for schools and students across the Northern metropolitan region. This event is hosted on behalf of the Northern SBAT Network and is an opportunity to promote the range of vocational pathway options available to students whilst they are at school.

The event is designed for schools and young people to provide insight about a variety of industry areas available in education and work. It includes an interactive, practical hands on schedule for students to sample several work-related activities to an industry area of interest.

Students nominate their preferred industry area from at least 10 on offer and meet with registered trainers, employer hosts and others from industry to undertake industry related tasks.

Some examples of the interactive, practical hands on activities available in the past include:

  • changing a tyre,
  • assisting people in the aged care field,
  • making a cup of coffee,
  • experiencing what a trainer in the fitness and sports industry does or
  • designing a digital game character.

This year, this event was not held due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

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