Apprenticeships and traineeships are undertaken by students who are in employment. MCIE provides training on-the-job, for industries across child care, aged care, hospitality, business and more.

Where eligible, training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Employers of eligible students may also receive financial incentives from the Commonwealth Government.

Employers of any industry or size are eligible for a subsidy of up to 50% of the Australian Apprentice’s gross wage paid. The wage subsidy is available for a maximum of $7,000 per quarter per eligible Australian Apprentice or Trainee. Payments will be made in arrears for each quarter. This is available to new and re-engaging Apprentices and Trainees.

What exactly are apprenticeships and traineeships?

Apprenticeships and traineeships are;

  • Nationally accredited training
  • Undertaken by students who are already employed
  • Delivered by an RTO like MCIE
  • Subsidised by the Victorian and/or Commonwealth Government where eligible

 

But the difference is that Apprenticeships are;

  • Trade qualifications
  • Offering additional financial incentives for employers of eligible students

 

Who exactly can do it? 

Apprenticeships and traineeships are training that is specifically for students in employment. The programs are specifically to up-skill your staff or to engage new trainees, to build a pipeline of skilled workers in Australia.

 

There are 3 types of trainees: New Entrant, Existing Employee & School-based.

  • New entrant – for new workers who wish to learn and gain a nationally-recognised qualification (this is someone who has worked for less than 12 months part-time, or less than 3 months full time in their current job).
  • Existing Worker traineeships – for staff who are looking to formalise their skills and validate the hard work they have done, and gain job security for the future (this is somebody who has worked for more than 12 months part-time, or more than 3 months full time in their current job).
  • School-based Traineeships –  gain vocational qualifications at Certificate II and III levels through a combination of classroom training and paid work-based experience, while still in high school.

So what qualifications are available?

ID Course Name Duration
CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care 52 Weeks (plus 6 weeks summer holiday)
CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Home and Community) 36 Weeks
BSB40215 Certificate IV in Business 26 weeks (including 2-6 weeks holidays)
CHC43115 Certificate IV in Disability 36 Weeks
CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support 36 Weeks - may vary according an individual’s existing skills and knowledge, and Work Placement arrangements.
CHC40113 Certificate IV in School Age Education and Care 36 Weeks
CHC50113 - DC3501 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care 12-14 months (including holidays), 52 sessions plus 240 mandatory work placement hours over 52 weeks

If put my staff into a traineeship, what Government benefits are available?

The Australian Government has introduced a number of initiatives to assist employers who take on an Australian Apprentice or Trainee, particularly where the Australian Apprenticeship or Traineeship is in a trade experiencing a skills shortage. These initiatives provide financial incentives to eligible employers.

The Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements (BAC) scheme is designed to support economic recovery from COVID-19. This package provides support for businesses to take on more Apprentices and Trainees. This includes Permanent Part-Time, Full-Time and School-Based Apprentices and Trainees.

Employers of any industry or size are eligible for a subsidy of up to 50% of the Australian Apprentice’s gross wage paid. The wage subsidy is available for a maximum of $7,000 per quarter per eligible Australian Apprentice or Trainee. Payments will be made in arrears for each quarter. This is available to new and re-engaging Apprentices and Trainees.

 

Is my business eligible for the wage subsidy?

  • you engage an apprentice or trainee between 5th October 2020 and 30thSeptember 2021, and
  • your apprentice or trainee is undertaking a Certificate II or higher qualification and has a training contract that is formally approved by the state training authority.

 

How much is the subsidy exactly?

  • Eligible employers will receive a wage subsidy of up to 50 per cent of the apprentice or trainee’s gross wage paid.
  • The wage subsidy is available for a maximum of $7,000 per quarter per eligible apprentice or trainee.
  • The subsidy is available for wages paid from 5th October 2020 to 30th September 2021.

 

For information on what incentives your organisation may be eligible for, visit Australian Apprenticeships.