Record enrolments in SBAT celebrated
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Record enrolments in St Nicholas Pathways program to boost ECEC staff numbers

by Freya Lucas

January 12, 2024

Early childhood education and care (ECEC) provider St Nicholas Early Education is celebrating record enrolments in its School-Based Trainee (SBAT) program, with 63 students signing up for a career in ECEC. 


While completing their HSC, participating students will work towards a qualification that can lead directly to employment, as well as an opportunity to continue their learning pathway with advanced entry into university.


The SBAT program runs for 2 years (during years 11 and 12), with an online theoretical component and 100 days of paid on-the-job work placement. Students will receive face-to-face support from a St Nicholas mentor, trainer and assessor, and a registered training organisation (RTO) supervisor. Upon completion, students will have the necessary qualifications to commence their career as an early childhood educator.


Benefits of a St Nicholas Pathways school-based traineeship include: 


  • A nationally recognised entry-level qualification in early education and care (CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care) 
  • Fast-track post-secondary studies, potentially costing less time and money to obtain further qualifications in the sector 
  • A direct pathway from school to a career 
  • Paid on-the-job training at a St Nicholas Early Education centre or St Nicholas OOSH service
  • Dedicated mentors provide school-based trainees with solid support throughout the program, from sign-up to completion
  • Opportunities to demonstrate workplace skills and experience to prospective employers. 


To learn more about St Nicholas Pathways SBAT program please see here.

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