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NSW Traineeships

Traineeships are an excellent way for someone to commence an early childhood career. Many services take on a trainee each year to bring new staff into their centres and provide career opportunities for those wanting to enter the sector.  Traineeship courses give educators an opportunity to pass on their knowledge and skills which they have gained from years of experience working with children. The Australian government also provides financial incentives to assist with the cost of employing a trainee. 

ECTARC can deliver the following qualifications to your trainee in any rural, remote or metropolitan early childhood education and care service via distance study:

Announcement (posted 4-12-15):

The NSW Government has restructured the fees for new entrant traineeships for 2016.  Students that commence from 1 January, 2016 will be required to pay a $1000 traineeship contribution fee for any of the qualifications listed below. Existing worker traineeships do not fall under the $1000 cap fee structure.


New entrant traineeship fees are capped at $1000 under Smart and Skilled arrangements.
CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

CHC40113 Certificate IV in School Age Education and Care

CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care 



Please call ECTARC for existing worker traineeship fee structure.

CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

CHC50213 Diploma of School Age Education and Care


How ECTARC will deliver training to your trainee

  • Training is provided via distance education so trainees are able to complete their studies at the service and home.

  • ECTARC Training Officers visit the service throughout the traineeship. 

  • ECTARC guarantees a Training Officer will be available to answer questions at all times during business hours, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm and Tuesday nights until 7pm. 

  • Trainees are also supported with live webinar study sessions and student resource website.

  • Directors, Nominated Supervisors and/or employers are supported and regularly updated throughout the traineeship on the progress of their trainee.

  • ECTARC has 15 years experience of delivering traineeships and won numerous awards that recognise the high quality training we provide.

Steps to signing up a trainee - a quick overview 

  • Owners/Directors contact their local Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (Apprenticeship Network) (which replaced Australian Apprenticeships Centres nationally on 1 July 2015).  Find your local centre at to discuss the requirements of taking on a trainee and information on the financial incentives available. The Owner/Director tells the Apprenticeship Network office that they want ECTARC to be the training provider.

  • Owner/Directors employ a trainee.

  • An ECTARC Training and Development Officer visits the centre to sign up a trainee, explain the training plan and provide learning materials.

  • Training takes place both on and off the job. Trainees are provided with learning materials and assessment tasks that give them the opportunity to study at a service or from home. Employers give trainees time off the floor each week to complete learning materials. A qualified educator/Teacher from the service takes on the role as the trainee's Workplace Supervisor. The Workplace Supervisor provides support and advice to the trainee throughout the program.

  • ECTARC provides support to the trainee and employer through contact visits to the centre throughout the traineeship and via regular telephone communications. Every three months a progression letter is sent to the Director to clearly communicate how the trainee or apprentice is progressing with their studies.

Fees paid by the trainee

The NSW Training Fee is paid by the trainee. The NSW government has advised that from 1 January 2007 trainees are required to pay an annual upfront fee for each year of their traineeship course and have instructed Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) to collect the fee and this should align with fees charged by TAFE NSW -  click here to determine current fees (see Apprentices & Trainees heading) or contact ECTARC for details. Part time trainees will be required to pay the training fee for each year of training. Some trainees will be exempt, including school based trainees, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and a concession fee for those receiving an identified government benefit. Contact ECTARC or your Australian Apprenticeship centre for further details.
ANNOUNCEMENT POSTED 4 DECEMBER 2015 - The NSW Government has reviewed the Smart and Skilled fee structure and the student fee for all above qualifications will be $1000 as of 1 January 2016.


ECA Membership

All Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care trainees/apprentices have the opportunity to become a member of Early Childhood Australia (ECA).  ECA is a national, non-profit, non-government advocacy organisation that acts in the interests of young children aged from birth to eight years of age. 

A membership to ECA will entitle you to a copy of the quarterly EVERY CHILD magazine and ECA Voice newsletter for 12 months. These publications will support and enhance your learning as you will be kept up to date with current research and information on best practice in the early childhood sector.  The information provided in these publications will expand your knowledge and allow you to learn more about what is happening in the early childhood sector. For more information on the ECA membership please contact ECTARC on 02 4223 1111. 

Employer and Student Information Handbook

Download the NSW Traineeship Information handbook for the various traineeship programs offered by ECTARC. 

All ECTARC trainees are encouraged to read the Traineeship Information Handbook prior to commencement and refer to it throughout their studies. 

NSW Traineeship Information Handbook



ECTARC has been awarded Smart and Skilled contracts to deliver traineeships throughout NSW. To enrol your educator in a traineeship course please call Natalie Fernandes on 02 4223 1111 or email  For more information on Smart and Skilled see below.



The NSW government have made reforms to the NSW Vocational Education and Training system and have advised Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) to inform all students and employers about changes that will be implemented as of 1st January 2015. All trainees (new and continuing) and other students studying under government funded programs will be required to train under the new reform ‘Smart and Skilled’.  This will mean a change in fee structure and subsidies available to our new and existing students from this given date. 

The NSW government has implemented a new set of fee arrangements for students which will be consistently implemented by all RTOs. This will affect the fees that students continuing (existing NSW trainees) into 2015 will be charged. These fees will be calculated on an individual basis - not an annual or semester fee as previously charged. The government has prepared a formula and  this will be used to calculate the fee. The number of hours (based on each unit’s nominal hours) that each student has yet to complete will be used to determine the fee.  This new fee structure may mean an increase in fees for our continuing students in 2015. 

State Training Services (the Government Department implementing these reforms) has a variety of links for both employers and students on their website. The following link will take you to a page with a range of information and fact sheets and we encourage you to take the time to read this information to ensure that you aware of the changes occurring.

ECTARC Training and Development Officers will be there to support students and employers throughout this transition. Please call 02 4223 1111 or email if you would like to discuss the reforms.

All traineeship enquiries can be directed to 

 Natalie Fernandes, Manager - Funded Programs 

Phone: 02 4223 1111 


Traineeship Enquiry Form

If you would like an ECTARC Training & Development Officer to contact you to discuss employing and training a trainee or apprentice please don't hesitate to complete the form below and we will give you a call.

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