Traineeships combine paid work and structured training. They allow trainees to learn a workplace skill and receive a nationally accredited qualification while earning a wage.

Traineeships usually last for one to two years and are available in a wide range of careers. They may be undertaken in a full or part-time capacity, including if you are still at school.

What do traineeships include?

Traineeships are very similar to apprenticeships, where you work, learn and earn on the job.

They feature:

  1. Paid employment
  2. A training agreement between yourself, an employer, an apprenticeship centre and a registered training organisation like Macquarie Community College
  3. Structured on-the-job training
  4. A training program delivered by a registered training organisation such as Macquarie Community College
  5. A nationally recognised qualification at the end of your traineeship

Are you eligible for a traineeship?

Traineeships are available to anyone of working age. You may be completing a qualification as part of your schooling, a school-leaver, re-entering the workforce as an adult worker, or simply wishing to change careers. You do not need a Higher School Certificate or other qualification to be a trainee.

How do you become a trainee?

Find an employer with an interest in taking on a trainee through the Australian Apprenticeships Centre, Centrelink, or your local employment agency.

Benefits to Employers

Traineeships provide real benefits to industry. They allow employers to up skill staff, increase efficiency and productivity, and create a highly-skilled team.

By taking part in a traineeship program as an employer, you may be eligible for up to $4,000 in Government incentives per trainee.


  1. Allow you to customise training for your staff
  2. Are an effective way of attracting and recruiting staff
  3. Are the perfect balance of practical experience and theoretical knowledge provided in partnership with experienced trainers from Macquarie Community College
  4. Contribute to the community
  5. Increase employer and employee satisfaction

Find out more about Employer Incentives.

MCC qualifications offering traineeship opportunities

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NOTE: Eligibility criteria apply to Government traineeships