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The future looks bright for Year 11 students

Edge continues to create opportunities for school students by giving them access to a range of School-Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBAT). A SBAT allows Year 11 students to access paid work for eight hours a week while earning a qualification, and still attending school. We place hundreds of students into excellent employment opportunities, preparing them for a solid future in an area that interests them.

In addition to being paid, these students gain incredible work experience, and with the help of a dedicated external trainer, they will receive a qualification. The trainer will work with both the students and the employer through the competency-based theory units of the qualification, which can be tailored to suit the workplace needs.

Employers do not pay for the training, as this cost is covered by the Department of Education. Combined with training and disability subsidies available to an organisation, any other employment costs are still low. However, the benefits of helping young people with disability to grow and develop, are extremely high.

Popular SBATs include:

  • Retail
  • Customer Engagement
  • Logistics
  • Warehousing
  • Hospitality
  • Kitchen Operations
  • Agriculture
  • Animal Studies
  • Salon Assistants
  • Tyre Fitting/ Window Tinting

Pictured right is Callum, currently working at Water Corporation in Balcatta. Edge has successfully supported students in other organisations, including Australia Post, Royal Surf Life Saving Association, Programmed, The Vines Resort, hairdressing salons, and various restaurants and cafes.

Daniel, Edge’s Business Development Manager, highlights the benefits of SBATs, “High school students are our future. Therefore, the intervention we provide by giving students with disability access to a traineeship is hugely beneficial. At the same time, my role in this program is enriching. I see their confidence grow as they develop transferable workplace skills, whilst gaining valuable work experience. I also enjoy hearing how they save (or spend) their hard-earned money. My first words of advice to them: buy something nice for your parents because they have been on this employment journey too. As for the employers, they learn so much from mentoring a person with disability. As a result, their awareness, compassion and empathy grows, which in turn spreads through their workplace.”

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