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APPRENTICESHIPS & TRAINEESHIPS

An Apprenticeship and Traineeship is a three way partnership between the student, their employer and the Registered Training Organisation (First Door). We work together towards you achieving a Nationally recognised qualification in Early Childhood Education and Care.

Your workplace supervisor supports your 'on-the-job' training, and you are paid by your employer to participate in 'off-the-job' training with First Door.

First Door is dedicated to developing inspired, knowledagble, skilled and valued educators

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The benefits for students:

- FREE apprenticeships for people under 25 years - $0 course fees!
- apprentices and trainees over 25 years are charged a student co-contribution fee, instead of the full unit fee
- paid study time to complete training and assessment for 6 - 8 hours per unit/month
- a supportive training partnership with your employer and First Door as the RTO (keep scrolling down for full information!)

The benefits for employers:

- As from 1/7/22 - 30/6/24, employers may be eligible for the Priority Wage Subsidy - 10% wage subsidy for new or recommencing trainees and apprentices.

- The 10% Priority Wage Subsidy applies for first and second year apprentices and trainees (up to $1,500 per quarter, with maximum of $12,000 over 2 years)

- Supports recruitment and professional growth in your team (including for mentors and coaches) 

Read First Door's Apprenticeship & Traineeship Employer information   with full details of the benefits and responsibilities  



Subsided Apprenticeships and Traineeships in Queensland

The User Choice Program is funded by the Queensland Government, and provides the following subsided training options for apprentices and trainees:

Free Apprenticeships for Under 25s

If you are under 25, this funding covers the full cost of training for apprentices and trainees who commence or are undertaking an apprenticeship or traineeship until 30 June 2023, for the Certificate lll in Early Childhood Education and Care, OR the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care qualification. This means you pay $0 to complete your Early Childhood career qualification!


Traineeship for the Certificate lll in Early Childhood Education and Care 

See full details about a Traineeship with First Door here. 

Employment: Trainees must be employed, as a minimum, on part time contract for 15 hours per week.

Fee free: Complete your traineeship fee-free if you are under 25 years of age. 

Fees: If you are over 25 years of age, student contribution fees of $116.50 per unit are required to be paid to complete the CHC30121 Certificate lll in ECEC qualification.

  • These fees are paid by a monthly payment plan, however many fee exemptions apply.
  • The employer is able to pay these fees on the trainee's behalf by completing a fees payment agreement form. 

School-based Traineeship for the Certificate lll in Early Childhood Education and Care  

Fee-free for Year 10 - Year 12 school students undertaking a school-based traineeship to complete this qualification.

Employment: School-based trainees usually work 7.5 hours per week in paid employment in a licensed early childhood service.

  • These hours may be averaged over a 3 month period. Over the period of a year, the employer must provide at a minimum the equivalent of 375 hours (50 days) of paid employment. 
  • They must have met the minimum paid employment requirement, over 24 months nominal completion duration - 100 days minimum (750 hours) to complete this traineeship.

Section 120 of the National Regulations requires the approved provider of a centre-based service must ensure that any educator at the service who is under 18 years of age:

(a) does not work alone at the service; and
(b) is adequately supervised at all times by an educator who has attained the age of 18 years.



Apprenticeship for the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care 

See full details about an Apprenticeship with First Door here. 

Employment: Apprentices must be employed, as a minimum, on part time contract for 15 hours per week.

Fee free: Complete your apprenticeship fee-free if you are under 25 years of age.

Fees: If you are over 25 years of age, student contribution fees of $136.30 per unit are payable for the CHC50121 Diploma of ECEC qualification.

  • Co-contribution fees are paid by a monthly payment plan, however many fee exemptions apply.
  • These fees are to be paid by the apprentice or their employer, by completing a fees payment agreement form. 



Who else is involved in an apprenticeship or traineeship program?


First Door as the Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and Skills Assure Supplier

First Door is Skills Assure Supplier, approved through the Queensland Government Department of Employment, Small Business and Training (DESBT) to provide subsidised:

  • Apprenticeship training in the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Traineeship training for Certificate lll in Early Childhood Education and Care

Your employer and workplace supervisor
Your employer needs to agree to your part-time or full-time employment; and, to provide the workplace resources, experiences and supervision for your ‘on-the-job training’.

Your workplace supervisor will support First Door in developing your practical skills at work. A workplace supervisor must be qualified to Diploma level, and be able to observe your related skills in the workplace before they are able to provide evidence of your practical skills in your training record folder.

Apprenticeship Network provider  
An Australian Network provider is your first point of contact for all queries about apprenticeships. They are contracted businesses by the Department of Education, Skill and Employment (e.g. MEGT, Sarina Russo and Busy at Work) and arrange your apprenticeship contract, with the apprentice, First Door, and your employer. The Australian Network provider also monitors your apprenticeship progress.

Department of Employment, Small Business and Training  (DESBT)
DESBT fund the Apprenticeship program and ensure all regulations are met in your training experience. 



Contact us or P: 07 3204 43356 to discuss Apprenticeship training with First Door