Traineeships and Apprenticeships

Traineeships and apprenticeships are utilised at CSU to recruit and train new staff into existing positions, to provide employment opportunities for particular cohorts such as Indigenous people, people with a disability or school leavers, or to support existing staff to obtain or upgrade a nationally recognised vocational qualification.

A traineeship combines time at work with formal training. It can be full-time or part-time and may run from one to four years. At CSU the term apprenticeship is used to refer to the structured training required to obtain a trade certificate. However, all registered traineeships and apprenticeships are termed Australian Apprenticeships under Federal Government programs.

Australian Apprenticeships are governed by state and federal legislation and supported through a combination of state and federal subsidies and programs. They are registered through an Australian Apprenticeship Centre and may attract financial incentives depending on the eligibility of the trainee and the status of their employment. Further information on setting up a traineeship or apprenticeship and the external support available can be obtained from the Australian Apprentices web site and the State Training Services (NSW) or Education and Training (ACT). Up to date information on the subsidies and incentive payments available can be obtained from an Australian Apprenticeship Centre.

The NSW Department of Education and Training publication, A Complete Guide to Apprenticeships and Traineeships in NSW , provides comprehensive information on traineeships and apprenticeships in NSW.

There are four major steps to setting up a traineeship or apprenticeship. These are:

  • Recruit a trainee or apprentice
  • Contact an Australian Apprenticeship Centre. Once you have found the suitable candidate, you must contact your local Australian Apprenticeships Centre(AAC) to negotiate and sign the Australian Apprenticeship/Traineeship Training Contract. This is a legal requirement.
  • Select an appropriate course and a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) to deliver training The Australian Apprenticeship centre will assist with identifying an appropriate RTO.
  • Prepare on the job training and allow time for course attendance or workbook completion, depending on the mode of study.

Alternatively, an apprenticeship/traineeship can be set up and administered through the Group Training scheme. At CSU Group Training will generally only be used in trades areas.


Traineeships and Apprenticeships Management Guidelines
National Code of Good Practice for Australian Apprenticeships

New Entrant Traineeships Checklist

Existing Worker Traineeships Checklist

Group Training Trainee/Apprentice Form

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