A traineeship is on-the-job training, you can earn while you learn and gain a qualification on completion. As the Early Childhood sector is a very hands-on environment, studying your qualification through a traineeship is an effective way to learn.
You can undertake a traineeship as a school leaver, if you’re re-entering the workforce and if you are an adult looking to change careers or gain skills for your industry. You can also begin a traineeship while finishing secondary school under a School-based Traineeship arrangement.
You may elect to study full-time or part-time– earning and learning as you go! You will need to be permanently employed for a minimum of 15 hours per week. You will not be eligible if you are a casual employee or sub-contractor.
You will need to be minimum working age but there is no maximum age limit to begin a traineeship. You will also need to be an Australian Citizen, a New Zealand passport holder or hold a visa that allows you to engage in work in Australia.
A full-time traineeship can take up to 24 months to complete for a Certificate III and up to 36 months to complete for a Diploma.
A part-time traineeship can take up to 36 months to complete for a Certificate III and up to 54 months to complete for a Diploma.
The qualifications are awarded based on competency which means the sooner you learn the skills and knowledge, the sooner you finish. You can also use additional real-life experience to further reduce the certification time. Experience gained via formal or informal training, work experience, prior learning and on-the-job skills all count towards the attainment of your certificate and is called Recognised Prior Learning or RPL.
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