Traineeships are employment-based training aligned to a qualification.  They are like an apprenticeship in a shorter time frame. Traineeships ensure that the employer gets the skill development they need and the trainee achieves a nationally recognised qualification while earning a wage.

Skills Strategies International is highly experienced in coordinating and delivering traineeships. A traineeship is an opportunity to combine work and learning. Trainees develop workplace skills whilst contributing to an organisation.

Traineeships are available to school leavers, people re-entering the workforce or people wishing to change careers. You can even begin a traineeship while you’re still at school (these are called School-Based Traineeships and more information about them is provided below).

Employers who take on a traineeship may be eligible for a range of funding incentives.  Traineeships are funded by the federal and state governments and are signed up and monitored by an ASSN (Australian Apprenticeship Support Network)

Process for Traineeships
  1. Employment contract negotiated or employee recruited for a traineeship
  2. Australian Apprenticeship Support Network was contacted to perform the signup. Alternatively contact Skills Strategies International and we will contact the AASN on your behalf
  3. The ASSN will check eligibility for the traineeship, organise the signing of the Training Contract and pass the information on to the Apprenticeship Office
  4. Skills Strategies International will be notified of the approval and given instructions about contacting the trainee and supervisor.
  5. A training schedule and Training Plan will be created by the trainer, the employer and the trainee. This is a schedule of units to be delivered together with the timeframe for delivery and assessment.  It is a legal requirement that a Training Plan is developed and lodged with the Apprenticeship Office.  Traineeships are usually for 12-18 months.
  6. An invoice is sent for the cost of the training. The learner is liable for the invoice but it is usual for employers to pay this invoice.
  7. The learner will be sent an enrolment link and will complete the online enrolment form.
  8. Training and assessment are delivered as per the training cycle in the Training Plan
  9. The trainee supervisor is kept updated on your progress.
  10. Skills Strategies International reports your training progress to the funding body every month.
  11. On completion of all units, the employer must sign off to say you are competent in the workplace application of the units of competency.
  12. Certification issued.
School-Based Traineeships

As a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), we support businesses and schools in the provision of traineeships for many qualifications.

We organise the traineeship sign-up through an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (ASSN), develop the Training Plan and work with the employer and student to provide online and work-based training and assessment.

The Training Plan outlines the units of competency agreed between all parties taking into consideration packaging rules, workplace requirements and the ability to provide adequate training opportunities within approximate dates that training will occur.

The trainee and the employer enter into a legal agreement called a training contract. The contract lasts until the training is completed and both the RTO and the employer agree the trainee is competent. A training contract cannot be terminated without the mutual agreement of both the trainee and the employer.

The trainee will be supervised by Skills Strategies International while learning on-the-job as well as attend off-the-job training, mentoring and support. The off-the-job training may be in the form of an online course, self-paced workbooks or classroom attendance (or a combination of these).

School-Based Traineeships

Skills Strategies International developed and delivered some of the first School-Based Traineeships (SBTs) in Australia.

School-based traineeships are delivered in a part-time mode with the learner attending school and work.  At SSI the learning is delivered online while the learner is in the workplace.  With School Based Traineeships both the parents and the school are party to the Training Contract.

The training completed as part of a School-Based Traineeship forms two school subject equivalents for the Western Australian Certificate of Education.

As a school-based trainee, the student and parent/guardian enter into a training contract with an employer. The trainee is paid while they learn for the duration of their contract. Employers are required to provide students with opportunities to demonstrate the competencies that are a part of the relevant traineeship qualification.

Employer benefits:

A low cost-effective way to meet the specific needs of the business

An effective strategy to diversify the workforce

Financial incentives may be available to help meet the cost of taking on a school-based trainee

Address industry skill requirements for current and future needs

Contribute to the education system in a way that makes it meaningful and relevant