Traineeships and Apprenticeships


Traineeships and apprenticeships offer the ability to ‘learn and earn’ from day one. They combine training and paid employment, leading to skills and qualifications that are recognised across Australia and by other employers in the industry.

ACCCO provides training for Traineeship and Apprenticeship study pathways for learners who have secured employment within an approved education and care service. These pathways may attract State and/or Federal subsidies. Please refer to the
 Fees and Refunds: Domestic Fee For Service and Government Subsidised Training Policy for more information.

Courses Available**

*For information on available subsidies and eligibility requirements, please click here or contact ACCCO. **Availability of Courses under User Choice funding varies according to each State/Territory funding contracts.

    Frequently asked questions:

    How does ACCCO provide the training?
    Training will be provided at the centre or facility where the trainee is employed. Our trainer visits the trainee or apprentice on a monthy basis and providing individualised training in a quiet, uninterrupted area as well as providing on the job training. As we work with the Trainee or Apprentice through the qualification, we will be encouraging them to ask questions and research information from within the workplace.

    ACCCO works with employers and the Trainee or Apprentice to develop an individual training plan to reflect skills required in this job. This means the qualification allows the Trainee or Apprentice to develop good underpinning knowledge that will help them to be more effective, able to think through problems and use a common sense approach to their jobs.

    Does ACCCO secure employment for the Trainee or Apprentice?
    No, the individual is required to find an employer willing to take them on as a trainee or apprentice. ACCCO provides the training only for the traineeship or apprenticeship.

    Do I have to be paid a reduced wage while doing the Traineeship or Apprenticeship?
    This may be negotiated between the trainee or apprentice and the employer. However it must be noted that trainees or apprentices must be employed on a permanent full-time or permanent part-time basis. Please note that wages are subject awards determined by the Fair Work Ombudsman.

    How long does the Traineeship or Apprenticeship take?
    Usually 12 months. However, part-time Traineeship/Apprenticeship will take longer. Many Trainees or Apprentices who have good underpinning knowledge will be able to gain their skills in a shorter length of time.

    Do I have to enter into a contract?
    Yes, but just for the length of the traineeship or apprenticeship contract.

    How much does it cost?
    Please contact ACCCO for specific information. Some Apprenticeships and Traineeships may attract $4000 incentive payments from the Government to support employers with the cost of in-house training. Some Fee for Service contracts also attract incentive payments, however the employer pays ACCCO for training from these payments.

    Cost to the Trainee or Apprentice varies for each State or Territy and sometimes within each State or Territory (depending on the subsidised training contract).

    School Based Traineeships

    School-based apprenticeships and traineeships (SATs) allow high school students, generally in Years 10, 11 and 12, to work for an employer and train towards a recognised qualification while completing their secondary schooling and studying for their Queensland Certificate of Education and/or Overall Position (OP) score.

    School-based apprentices and trainees (SAT) are paid while they learn workplace skills, gain confidence and adapt to a work environment. SATs provide an opportunity for students to practice learnt skills in a real work environment. Eligible High school students in Years 10, 11 and 12 can work for an employer and train towards a recognised qualification. Students complete VET studies alongside their Queensland Certificate of Education and/or Overall Position (OP) score. The minimum paid work requirement for a SAT is 375 hours (50 days) per 12 month period.

    The school VET Co-ordinator or Guidance Officer assists the SAT to find a host service employer. SAT will be given time off school for paid work in a service one day per week – the school and the family must support this.

    Want more information?
    Additional information regarding Traineeships or Apprenticeships can be acquired at or by contacting ACCCO

    Click on the following link for a list of Australian Apprenticeships contact details for each State or Territory - Australian Apprenticeships Services Contact Details