We are highly experienced in coordinating and delivering traineeships.


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 provide an opportunity to gain:

  • a nationally recognised qualification on completion of training
  • a mix of off-the-job learning (in a classroom, online, or at an employer’s premises) and on-the-job learning (in the workplace) experience


What is a traineeship?

Traineeships (as well as apprenticeships), combine training with work, enabling the student to have a job while they complete training towards a nationally recognised qualification. They are available to anyone of working age.

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 above them are provided below).

Traineeships can take between one to two years to complete and offer a broader range of vocational and occupational choices – anything from multimedia and information technology, through to sport and fitness, agriculture, music, aged care, civil engineering and business.

A traineeship provides hands-on skills and work experience, and can improve your employment prospects and range of career choices.

Upon successful completion, a trainee will receive a nationally recognised qualification in their chosen vocational area.

Employers that take on a traineeship may be eligible for a range of funding incentives and other benefits such as payroll tax exemption.


Traineeship Arrangements

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.  

An SBT  is an employment-based learning pathway, which combines off-the-job training and on-the-job training that leads to a nationally recognised qualification.

SBT students:

  • Earn money while getting hands-on experience, mentoring, support and supervision from an employer
  • Develop their employability skills
  • Receive industry specific skills and an understanding of the world of work
  • Get an industry approved pathway to further study or a job

Students completing a VET qualification while they are a full-time secondary student may also have it count towards their Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE).

As a school0based 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 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


Fees and Charges

Fees and charges are based on the Department of Training and Workforce Development (DTWD) Fees and Charges Policy.

For more information visit the DTWD website.



For more information read our Trainee Guide or contact us.