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QLD Traineeships & Apprenticeships

TRAINEESHIP - CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care 

APPRENTICESHIP - CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Traineeships and Apprenticeship programs are an excellent way for someone to commence an early childhood career. Traineeship programs gives educators an opportunity to pass on their knowledge and skills to a person that is new to the sector. The Australian government also provides financial incentives to assist with the cost of employing a trainee. All ECTARC traineeship and apprenticeship programs can be commenced at any time of the year.


Training is provided by flexible delivery. This means training will be delivered in a mode that best meets the individuals needs and includes a combination of

  • face-to-face one-one-one training sessions, 

  • webinar training 

  • and/or group training sessions. 

Self paced study is required by the student to support learning and complete assessment tasks.

At ECTARC we pride ourselves on the high level of support we provide to our trainees and apprentices. Our trainees and apprentices receive:

  • Support and assessment visits at their service,

  • Guarantee of a Training Officer to speak to at all times during business hours, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm and Tuesday nights until 7pm,

  • Email access to their personal Training Officer and

  • 24/7 online training and student portals (providing supplementary resources, a Trainer messaging service, facility to upload assessments, assessment results etc).

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

      Below is a range of handbooks and basic information about our QLD traineeship and apprenticeship programs. To discuss how a trainee or apprentice can be beneficial for your service and your team please call the ECTARC QLD Traineeship Coordinator on 07 3290 2966 or email

      Funded Training Opportunities

      ECTARC offers a range of current funded training opportunities on behalf of the QLD government. These programs may be of interest to you and/or your colleagues.

      • Certificate 3 Guarantee Program
      • Higher Level Skills
      • Higher Level Skills - Early Childhood Teacher Bridging Program​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
      • Fee-free training for Year 12 graduates

      Visit for more information.

      QLD Traineeship and Apprenticeship Information


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

      QLD Traineeship Information Handbook


      QLD CHC50213 Diploma of School Age Education and Care Information Handbook


      • Owners/Directors contact their local Australian Apprenticeship Centre - Find your local centre at to discuss the requirements of taking on a trainee and information on the financial incentives available.

      • Visit the DET web site: for further information on traineeships and apprenticeships.

      • Owners/Directors employ a trainee.

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

      • Training takes place both on and off the job. Trainees are issued with learning materials that provide them with all the information they require for self study. Employers give trainees time off the floor each week to complete learning materials. A qualified child care worker 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 regular visits to the centre for training throughout the traineeship and via regular telephone communications.


      The Department of Education Training and Employment supports apprenticeships under the Vocational Education Training and Employment Act 2000. The Department is committed to improving education and care for children by assisting people to gain recognised qualifications, through the provision of the User Choice program.

      The User Choice program requires the parties completing a training contract with an Australian Apprenticeship Centre to lodge a contract with Skills Queensland for registration. The State government pays Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) for training, with a nominal fee for training charged to the trainee/apprentice.  An Australian traineeship or apprenticeship consists of a combination of training and paid employment, either under the National Training Wage or a workplace agreement. The Queensland User Choice program enables apprentices, trainees and their employers to select a preferred Registered Training Organisation (RTO) from a list of Pre-qualified Suppliers for the delivery of accredited training to meet their specific needs.

      The User Choice program also reflects the department’s priority for supporting the creation of genuine new job opportunities, and for allowing young people the opportunity to more easily make the transition from school to work. Further information about eligibility, rights, roles and requirements for employers, employees, parents and staff is available from the DETE web site: or by calling 1300 369 935.

      To organise the training for your trainee or apprentice please call ECTARC QLD on 07 3290 2966 or email 


      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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