Traineeships and Apprenticeships

Traineeships and apprenticeships at Charles Sturt are an excellent opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills and become qualified in a profession or a trade. We are interested in attracting a diverse range of new workers to Charles Sturt that represent the communities in which we are based.


Traineeships and apprenticeships are used at Charles Sturt to:

  • Recruit and train new staff into existing positions
  • Provide employment opportunities for particular cohorts such as Indigenous people, people with a disability or school leavers
  • 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.

For more information, see our Traineeship and Apprenticeships Management Guidelines.


At Charles Sturt, 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 Support Network Provider (AASN) 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;

Up to date information on the subsidies and incentive payments available can be obtained from an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Provider (AASN).

For more information, see the National Code of Good Practice for Australian Apprenticeships.

Setting up a traineeship or apprenticeship

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 4 major steps to set up a traineeship or apprenticeship. These are:

  • Recruit a trainee or apprentice
  • Contact an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Provider (AASN). Once you have found a suitable candidate, you must contact your local AASN 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 Charles Sturt, Group Training will generally only be used in trades areas.

Types of traineeships and apprenticeships

New Entrant Traineeships and Apprenticeships

A new entrant traineeship/apprenticeship aims to provide the skills and competencies for a new recruit to undertake a position at a particular classification level, through a combination of on the job and formal training. New entrant traineeships will usually be implemented at, but are not restricted to, positions at professional/general Levels 1-4. Remuneration at Charles Sturt is generally at a designated percentage of the base salary of the position for which the new recruit is being trained.

Tuition fees for new entrant traineeships/apprenticeships are paid by the state Department of Education and Training. However, the RTO may charge an administration fee. This may be waived for certain categories of trainees/apprentices (for example Indigenous trainees/apprentices, trainees/apprentices with a disability). Both employers and trainees/apprentices may be eligible for training incentive payments. In addition, Commonwealth wage incentives may be available, depending on the eligibility of the appointee. Payroll tax rebates are available for the term of the traineeship/apprenticeship and apprenticeships are exempt from WorkCover NSW premiums.

See the New Entrant Traineeships Checklist

Existing Worker Traineeships

There is no longer funding available for existing worker traineeships. However, you may be able to access funding under Smart and Skilled government subsidies. Check with your registered training provider to see if you are eligible for funding under this scheme for the course that you wish to complete.

Indigenous Traineeships

For further information on Indigenous Traineeships go to the Charles Sturt Indigenous Employment Page.

Group Training

Group training is an arrangement whereby a Group Training company employs a trainee or apprentice and hires them out to other businesses while they are undertaking their training.

The Group Training company acts as the primary employer and:

  • Selects the trainee/apprentice
  • Manages the training
  • Takes responsibility for all paperwork connected with wages, allowances, superannuation, workers compensation, sick/holiday pay and other employment benefits
  • Rotates the trainee/apprentice from business to business, where necessary, to ensure that he or she receives a broad range of training and experience.

Group training is an alternative for organisations which:

  • Are unable to guarantee ongoing work for the full term of the traineeship/apprenticeship; or
  • Might not have the range of work available to ensure that the trainee/apprentice gains all the necessary job skills for their relevant industry; or
  • Do not have the time to undertake all employment and training functions

For further information on Group Training go to Apprentice Employment Network NSW/ACT.

Although not paid employees, trainees appointed under a group training scheme should be inducted in the same way as all Charles Sturt staff. A Group Training Trainee/Apprentice Form should be completed as soon as the trainee details are known.

Group Training Trainee/Apprentice Form