Paid work combined with on the job training that equips you with a nationally recognised qualification
Traineeships combine paid employment with training in a nationally recognised qualification.
They can be full-time, part-time or school based and are a great way to get a head start in your chosen career. You can be a school-leaver, re-entering the workforce or currently working and simply considering a career change. Fees depend on eligibility for government funding and the state where your employer is based.
See our Trainee Contribution Fee Exemptions and Concessions for more information.
What are the fees?
Some of our courses are subsidised by state governments – making training more affordable, and reducing your study costs.
Depending on your region, we may be able to offer a government subsidised place. In most cases, the student contribution fee is set by your state training authority and they pay the gap between the course cost and tuition fee. If your traineeship is not funded, you can undertake the traineeship on a ‘Fee for Service’ basis. This simply means that you (or your employer) would need to cover the full cost of the qualification.
Concessions and exemptions may apply, so please contact us on 1300 61 61 80 for more information.
What are the benefits?
Traineeships combine training with paid work. They also:
- Offer structured training that can be on or off the job; or a combination of both
- Represent “competency based” training which means students complete their traineeship based on reaching the required skills level, not the amount of time served
- Can be school-based – providing a pathway from school straight into work
- Equip you with nationally recognised qualifications, which provide the basis for further education and training over the course of a person’s working life
Who is involved?
You: The trainee! If eligible, your state government may subsidise the cost of training – meaning you’ll only pay a contribution towards the full cost of your qualification.
Your employer: The organisation offering you the opportunity to combine paid work with nationally recognised training. They may choose to pay your fee on your behalf, and we’ll check in with them to update your training record.
Parents/Guardians: If under 18 years of age, your parent or guardian must also sign the training contract.
Registered Training Organisation (RTO): That’s us! We deliver the training, conduct the assessments and issue the nationally recognised qualification upon completion.
Australian Apprenticeships Network Provider (AANP): Your AANP assists with the sign-up and registration of your training contract.
State Training Authority (STA): The state government body that is responsible for the registration of your training contract, and subsidises your qualification (if eligible). Check the table below for a link to your state’s requirements.
What does it cost to employ a Trainee?
Wages for Australian Apprentices vary according to a number of factors. You should treat your trainee the same way as all your employees in relation to superannuation, workers’ compensation and other entitlements. The Fair Work Ombudsman can help you with this information.
There are a number of incentives available to assist employers who take on an Australian Apprentice. Speak to your Australian Apprenticeships Network Provider (AANP) regarding eligibility criteria and payment time frames.
Who is involved?
- You: The employer. The company offering a trainee the opportunity to learn the specific requirements of your business whilst working towards a nationally recognised qualification. We’ll check in with you to confirm the training record is being updated regularly.
- Your trainee: A new employee entering the workforce or an existing worker with experience in the industry.
- Parents/Guardians: If your employee is under the age of 18, a parent or guardian must agree to the training contract.
- Registered Training Organisation (RTO): That’s us! We deliver the training, conduct the assessments and issue the nationally recognised qualification upon completion.
- Australian Apprenticeships Network provider (AANP): Organisations contracted by the government to provide a free service to assist you throughout the training contract. They will organise the sign-up and management of the training contract. They also administer incentive payments, so check with your chosen AANP about payment timeframes.
- State Training Authority (STA): The state government body that is responsible for the registration of your training contract. Check the table below for a link to your state’s requirements.
Funding provided through the ACT Education and Training Directorate
School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships subsidised by the NSW Government.
Funding provided through the QLD Department of Education, Training and Employment.
Funding provided through the WA Department of Training and Workforce Development.
SA, TAS and VIC
Please contact us on 1300 61 61 80 for more information.