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Apprenticeships And Traineeships

Apprenticeships And Traineeships

About Apprenticeships and traineeships

An apprenticeship or traineeship allows you to become qualified in a trade or vocation and be paid a wage while you are learning. Your training will usually include a mix of classroom or workshop learning and practical learning on the job with your employer. Apprenticeships and traineeships can be full-time or part-time, or school-based (started while you are at school). Apprentices and trainees undertake a nationally recognised qualification as part of their training contract.  

Apprenticeships and traineeships offer benefits, including:

  • the ability to work and earn money while studying for your qualification
  • a nationally recognised qualification on completion of training
  • a mix of off-job learning (in a classroom, online, or at your employer’s premises) and on-job learning (in the workplace)
  • real life experience in the workplace.

Skilling South Australia

Skilling South Australia is helping more people get skills and qualifications to build lasting careers and meet the needs of industry. The initiative encompasses a range of activities to support more apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities in South Australia.

The South Australian Government is committed to ensuring that these opportunities are attractive to jobseekers, business and industry, and meets the state’s skills needs now and in the future.

To achieve this goal, the State Government is investing $100m, with a further $103m from the Commonwealth Government through the Skilling Australians Fund National Partnership Agreement, to create an additional 20,800 apprenticeships and traineeships over the next four years. Read More.

Eligibility Criteria

You may be eligible for a government subsidised training place if you either live or work in South Australia, and you are:

  • an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or
  • a permanent Australian resident, or
  • the holder of a an eligible visa

You also need to be one of the following:

  • aged 16 years or over and not enrolled at school, or
  • aged 16 years or over, enrolled in school and undertaking training through the Training Guarantee for SACE Students (TGSS), or
  • undertaking training through a training contract as an apprentice or trainee in identified courses.

Eligible individuals may be able to access:

  • ne foundation skills course (if you are assessed to need it)
  • up to five bridging units at every qualification level (if assessed to need them)
  • unlimited priority courses.

Information for Employers

For employers, Australian Apprentices can bring new and valuable resources and skills into a business.Traineeships allow you to develop qualified loyal staff that are familiar with your company, your work environment, your standards, your equipment and your customers. There are plenty of benefits to employers that include the following:

  • Qualified employees trained your way for your business
  • Government funding assistance for the training of eligible apprentices and trainees
  • Financial benefits for you including Commonwealth Government incentives
  • Greater customer satisfaction through
  • Greater customer satisfaction through well trained staff

What can I study with ACCCO?

CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support

CHC40113 Certificate IV in School Aged Education and Care

CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

CHC50213 Diploma of School Age Education and Care

CHC62015 Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management

    Cost to the Participant

    If a person is eligible for funding under WorkReady, the South Australian Government will subsidise the costs of their accredited training, although a student contribution fee will be required. Places are strictly limited.

    Qualification Name
    Number of Units
    Nominal Hours
    Student 
    Contribution Fee

    Student 
    Concession Fee

    Student Fee (JobTrainer)
    CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
    18
    848 $360 $212 $212
    CHC30213 Certificate III In Education Support 17 693 $340 $173.25 -
    CHC40113 Certificate IV in School Aged Education and Care 19 1013 $380 $253.25 -
    CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support 17 753 $340 $188.25 -
    CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
    28
    2088
    $560 $522 $522
    CHC50213 Diploma of School Age Education and Care 25 1783 $500 $445.75 -
    CHC62015 Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management 13 1020 $260 $255 -

    Am I eligible for Concession?

    Fee Concessions and Fee Exemptions: Students who hold any of the following concession cards at the time of their enrolment may be eligible to for a concession course fee rather than the standard full course fee:

    • hold a health care card
    • hold a pensioner concession card
    • hold a pensioner concession card issued by the Department of Veteran Affairs
    • are a prison inmate, a detainee, on remand, held in a South Australian institution in connection with the commission of an offence, or a child in a South Australian detention centre older than 16 years.

    Please note: Student must provide a copy of the concession card during our pre-induction process for the concession rates to be applied and ensure that it is valid for the full enrolment period.

    Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

    RPL is an assessment only process for experienced workers who are seeking formal recognition of their existing skills and knowledge. Read more

    Credit Transfer

    Credit transfer (sometimes known as advanced standing) is awarded when a student has completed the units required for a qualification at another Registered Training Organisation. This may reduce the amount of time it will take you to gain a qualification, and reduce the overall cost. ACCCO provides credit transfer free of chargeRead more

    Payment Options


    Upfront Payment

    Students can choose to pay up to $1500 of their student contribution fees upfront at enrolment. Further payments of up to $1500 can be made at later stages of a student's enrolment. ACCCO accepts the following payment methods:

    • Credit Card
    • Bank Transfer
    • Cheque


    Payment Plan

    Students can choose to enter into a payment plan arrangement to pay off their student contribution fees in smaller amounts over a period of time.

    Students entering into an ACCCO payment plan have the option of fortnightly or monthly payments. Students with contributions fees of over $1500 can also request a weekly payment plan.

    Payment plans require an initial upfront payment towards their student contribution fees to set up the plan, and then each payment period a recurring payment amount is direct debited from the student's nominated account.

    Students are given recurring payment amount options when setting up their plan.

    Example plans are given below.

    Total Student
    Contribution Fees
    Upfront Payment Amount Recurring Payment Details
    $500.00  $50.00 $25.00 x 18 fortnightly payments
    $800.00 $100.00 $50.00 x 14 monthly payments
    $4630.00 $310.00 $80 x 54 weekly payments

     Please note the above is an example only and may not reflect your actual course fees or the applicable payment plan options.


    Please contact our enrolments team on 1300 139 406 to discuss payment options applicable to you.

    Pay As You Go

    Students that are not receiving any funding for their course can choose to pay as they go. This is where a student will pay the fees for each unit of competency prior to commencing it.

    How to Apply

    Step 1. Find an Employer

    Before entering into an apprenticeship, the student must find an employer willing to take them on as a trainee or apprentice. You and your employer will need to sign a formal training contract. You can find an employer by:

    • Search job websites such as seek.com and newspaper advertisements
    • Talk to early childhood services in your local area
    • asking your friends, family and others in your community about what might be available
    • talk to an Apprenticeship Network Provider as they may be able to link you with potential employers

    Step 2. Commence Employment

    Once the student commences employment, you will need to fill out a trainee/sign up request form and return to apprenticeships@accco.com.au

    Step 3. Choose an Apprenticeship Network Provider

    Your Apprenticeship Network Provider will help you sign a training contract with your employer. They will work with you and your employer to identify the training and support you need. The training contract may commence on the same day that employment commences or may commence at a later date.

    Step 4. Commence Training

    As part of your traineeship you will undertake a nationally recognised qualification with ACCCO who will provide the training for the Australian Trainee. 

    All students intending to use WorkReady funding will be required to demonstrate satisfactory language, literacy and numeracy skills (LLN) prior to enrolment. 

    Please note: School-based apprentices/trainees, TGSS and ICAN students are not required to undertake Reading, Writing and Numeracy skills indicators with ACCCO, as this forms part of the schools’ obligations.

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