atEAST was established in April 1997, with a consortium of leading schools in the Eastern Region of Melbourne offering a School Based Apprenticeship and Traineeship (SBAT) Program to senior students as part of their VCAL program. Their vision is to provide a pathway where schools and industry work together to develop a skilled workforce and meet future industry employment needs.
The atEAST consortium currently consists of ten secondary schools – Aquinas College, Croydon Community School, Doncaster Secondary College, East Doncaster Secondary College, Eastern Ranges School, Heathmont College, Monbulk College, Rowville Secondary College, Upwey High School, and Yarra Hills Secondary College.
These schools have a like-minded desire to meet the diverse needs of the students and believe that all students can succeed and that success will come in a variety of ways. The schools believe that to meet diverse student needs requires a broad range of curriculum options for students and the ability to access multiple pathways, something best achieved in co-operation with like-minded organisations.
The consortium is proud of its joint achievements that have been made in the delivery of School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SBATs) and the consortium is the single biggest provider of SBATs in Victoria. To find out more information about the atEAST SBAT Program, please click on the following link: ateast.vic.edu.au