A record intake for St Nicholas Pathways’ School-Based Traineeship (SBAT) program

With a total of 63 students, our newest School-Based Trainee (SBAT) program cohort is our biggest ever.

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. 

You can register your interest in St Nicholas Pathways SBAT program here.


*Training provided by Macquarie Community College (RTO ID: 90033). 
NSW learners may be eligible for subsidies under NSW Smart and Skilled Entitlement training programs. 
This training is subsidised by the NSW Government. 
Unit/s will be delivered by an agent under a third-party arrangement.