What is a traineeship?
A traineeship is structured on-the-job training. Traineeships are focused in vocational areas which can provide students and businesses with different training options. Traineeships combine work-based, practical training with an employer and formal training through a Registered Training Organisation. Traineeships are established under training contracts between the employer and the trainee and are regulated by the government. For students, they're a great way to be paid for work, learn and earn a qualification. For businesses they are a great way to upskill their employees.
A Traineeship is a partnership between 4 parties:
- Registered Training Organisation [UOW College]
- Apprenticeship Network provider
Types of traineeships
- New Entrant Traineeships [employed less than 3 months]. All New Entrant Traineeships are subsidised under NSW Smart and Skilled funding
- Existing Workers Traineeships – [employed more than 3 months]. Existing Workers Traineeships may be partly subsidised under NSW Smart & Skilled funding depending on the course selected
UOW College traineeship course offerings
How does a traineeship work?
The formal aspect of the training program is delivered by the RTO [UOW College]. UOW College can tailor the training package to suit an organisations specific need. Upon completing a Traineeship the student will gain a nationally recognised qualification. Traineeships in NSW are administered under the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Act 2001. Once the course is identified, student, employee and RTO need to sign a training contract, which is done through a Government contractor - Apprenticeship Network Provider [ANP]. Once the training contract has been approved by Training Services NSW, the employer and trainee will be sent a letter of approval confirming the traineeship arrangement.
Delivery of traineeships
UOW College will facilitate the delivery of the structured theoretical component of the traineeship. The trainee will be issued with a formal training plan which specifies the required training. The practical component is learnt on the job. Trainees will have regular contact with their Trainer as well as ongoing support via email or phone. Generally, our Trainers will come into the workplace once a month, set tasks that need to be achieved and check on progress. UOW College will regularly report on the progress of the Trainee to their employer and ensure both parties are satisfied with the progression of the traineeship. Studying with UOW College allows students access to all facilities the University of Wollongong has to offer, including the library, academic support and counselling services. Students can come onto campus and use these facilities as well as join in any face to face classes relevant to their study if required.
Who can apply for a traineeship?
Trainees can be any age. Anyone employed in a new job [less than 3 months] qualifies for the New Entrant Traineeship. In some industries existing employees may be eligible to undertake a traineeship. To be eligible for a New Entrant Traineeship a student must satisfy the following criteria:
- Be an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident
- Have worked for less than 3 months full time or 12 months part time with their current employer