What is a Traineeship?

Traineeships are jobs that combine work and structured training. Although they vary from one industry to another, traineeships include:

      • Earn while you Learn
      • Paid employment under an appropriate industrial arrangement (for example, an award or enterprise agreement).
      • a Training Contract that is signed by both the employer and employee (trainee) and registered with the STS, State Training Services – NSW Department of Education and Training (DET). The only exceptions to this rule are trainee apprentices.
      • a qualification, delivered by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), that meets the requirements of a declared traineeship in NSW and leads to a nationally recognised qualification.

How have Traineeships changed?

During the past few years, a number of significant improvements have been made to the traineeship system in NSW to make training more flexible. For example, some traineeships in NSW can now be:

      • delivered completely in the workplace
      • customised to meet the needs of employers
      • delivered part-time
      • offered to existing workers (workers currently in the workforce)
      • offered to school students
      • established in new industries and at higher qualification levels
      • easily linked to further vocational education and training and university studies.

What areas are Traineeships available in?

There are more than 100 traineeship vocations available in NSW. Traineeships generally last two years and cover traditional trade areas such as building and construction, hairdressing, cooking, the hospitality, business, office administration, finance.

There are over 600 traineeship vocations introduced to provide employment and training opportunities in a range of areas, including multimedia, information technology, sport and recreation, hospitality, retail and primary industries.

All traineeships (designated by the Commissioner for Vocational Training under the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Act 2001) are recognised trade vocations and recognised traineeship vocations respectively under the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Act 2001.

What types of traineeships are available?

There are two categories of traineeships available:

      • New Entrant Traineeships.  New employees who have been employed for less than 3 months full-time and 12 months part-time, or we can assist the organisation to find a new employee
      • Existing Worker Traineeships.  For existing employees who have been employed longer than 3 months full-time or 12 months part-time

These Government funded Traineeships are offered to people employed on a full-time or part time basis (casual employees are not eligible for the government funding).

School based part-time traineeships are a recent introduction and allow school students to undertake a traineeship in conjunction with their HSC studies.

How is REACH going to help you?

REACH for Training provides Traineeships in the following qualifications in NSW under APL (Approved Provider List) Funding:

        • Certificate III in Business Administration
        • Certificate IV in Frontline Management
        • Certificate II in Hospitality
        • Certificate III in Hospitality
        • Certificate IV In Hospitality
        • Certificate III in Aged Care
        • Certificate IV in Aged Care
        • Certificate III in Community Services Work
        • Certificate IV in Community Services Work
        • Certificate III in Disabilities
        • Certificate IV in Disabilities
        • Diploma of Children’s Service (Early Childhood care)
        • and; an Apprenticeship opportunity
        • Certificate III in Hairdressing
        • Certificate III in Hospitality (Commercial Cookery)
If your organisation is interested in either a New Entrant Traineeship or Existing Worker Traineeship please contact REACH for Training on 1300 343 361

or download the below information pack.

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