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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. The following student contribution fees will apply from the 28/01/2020 to 01/08/2020.

    Qualification Name
    Number of Units
    Nominal Hours
    Contribution Fee

    Concession Fee

    CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
    848 $360 $180
    CHC30213 Certificate III In Education Support

    17 693 $340 $170
    CHC40113 Certificate IV in School Aged Education and Care 19 1013 $380 $190
    CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
    CHC50213 Diploma of School Age Education and Care

    25 1783 $500 $250
    CHC62015 Advanced Diploma of Community Sector
    13 1020 $260 $130

    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 Plans

    An upfront payment is required followed by your choice of fortnightly or monthly payments. We have the following payment schemes available to help you pay your student contribution fee:

    No payment plans available for qualifications less than $200.00 (full upfront payment is required)


    Contribution Fee
    Upfront Payment Amount Fortnightly Payment Amount
    $270.00  $30.00 $30.00 x 9 payments
    $285.00 $35.00 $25.00 x 10 payments
    $500.00 $50.00 $30.00 x 15 payments
    $540.00 $60.00 $30.00 x 17 payments
    $560.00 $48.00 $32.00 x 17 payments
    $570.00 $60.00 $30.00 x 17 payments
    $1000.00 $82.00 $51.00 x 18 payments
    $1120.00 $83.00 $61.00 x 18 payments


    Contribution Fee
    Upfront Payment Amount Monthly Payment Amount
    $270.00  $30.00 $60.00 x 5 payments
    $285.00 $35.00 $50.00 x 5 payments
    $500.00 $50.00 $50.00 x 9 payments
    $540.00 $60.00 $60.00 x 9 payments
    $560.00 $48.00 $64.00 x 9 payments
    $570.00 $70.00 $50.00 x 10 payments
    $1000.00 $82.00 $102.00 x 9 payments
    $1120.00 $80.00 $104.00 x 11 payments

    Please note: 

    Final payment may vary depending on your chosen payment method and if you have any credit transfers. Please contact our enrolments team on 1300 139 406 to discuss payment options applicable to you.

    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 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

    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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