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.

Over 2 years, get $12000 in wage support while your staff member gets $5000. Employers get 10% for first and second year ($1500 per quarter – $6000 per year), 5% for third. Trainees/apprentices: $1250 every 6 months for first 2 years (total $5000 over 2 years).

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;

  • Usually in a trade occupation and at certificate III level. They often take 3-4 years to complete full-time. Apprenticeships often have stricter rules around how the contract can be cancelled. Most traineeships are non-trades and take 12-24 months full-time. More info.

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.

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.

Employers get 10% for first and second year ($1500 per quarter – $6000 per year), 5% for third. Trainees/apprentices: $1250 every 6 months for first 2 years (total $5000 over 2 years). Incentives for NON priority list quals/occupations: employers get $1750 after 6 months, and another $1750 after 12 ($3500 total). This initiative will create a pool of skilled workers for businesses with customised training to meet organisational needs.


Occupations on the priority list that are within our scope of delivery:

  • Aged or Disabled Carer
  • Chef or Cook
  • Child care worker
  • Nursing Support Worker
  • Pastrycook
  • Personal Care Assistant


Is my business eligible for the wage subsidy?

  • From 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2024, the Australian Apprenticeships Incentive System will provide broad support to the economy through wage subsidies for eligible employers in priority occupations. Priority occupations are those listed on the Australian Apprenticeships Priority List.
  • A Hiring Incentive will also be available for employers of apprentices undertaking a qualification in an occupation that does not qualify for the Australian Apprenticeships Priority List.


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

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