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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

Traineeship and Apprenticeship programs are an excellent way for someone to commence an early childhood career. Traineeship/Apprenticeship programs give 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/apprentice. All ECTARC traineeship and apprenticeship programs can be commenced at any time of the year.

Download the Traineeship/Apprenticeship program information flyer here


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/apprenticeship on the progress of their trainee/apprentice.

      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 office 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
      • Fee-free training for Year 12 graduates

      Visit for more information.

      QLD Traineeship and Apprenticeship Information


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

      QLD Traineeship & Apprenticeship Information Handbook


      • Owners/Directors contact their local Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider - Find your local provider at to discuss the requirements of taking on a trainee or apprentice and information on the financial incentives available.

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

      • Owners/Directors employ a trainee/apprentice.

      • An ECTARC Training and Development Officer conducts a sign up with the trainee/apprentice and develops a training plan.

      • Training takes place both on and off the job. Trainees/Apprentices are issued with learning materials that provide them with all the information they require for self study. Employers give trainees/apprentices 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/apprentice's Workplace Supervisor. The Workplace Supervisor provides support and advice to the trainee/apprentice throughout the program.

      • ECTARC provides support to the trainee/apprentice and employer through regular visits to the centre for training throughout the traineeship/apprenticeship and via regular telephone communications.


      The Department of Employment, Small Business and Training supports traineeships and apprenticeships under the Further Education and Training Act 2014. 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 to contact an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider to facilitate the signing of a training contract. 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 DESBT 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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