Information for Employers


A traineeship is a full-time or part-time employment-based training arrangement that takes place over a specified nominal duration (usually between 12 and 24 months). Taking on a trainee can provide real benefits for your business. They can contribute significantly to your bottom line with practical skills and knowledge gained through their training. Employing a trainee means having a worker who is:

  • keen to learn
  • trained to your specific business requirements
  • armed wtih a nationally recognised qualification
Funding is available through the State and Federal Government. Click here for helpful hints on selecting a Registered Training Organisation.

The LTC also maintains a list of RTOs categorised by industry which should help when selecting a training organisation.

For further details about taking on a trainee, click here

School-Based Traineeships

School-based traineeships provide an opportunity for full time secondary school students to begin preparing themselves for a career in the workforce. They can develop their skills and work towards secondary graduation and an industry recognised qualification. School based traineeships can open up new career and employment opportunities and enhance students’ enterprise skills. School-based traineeships are paid employment based training arrangements formalised in a National Training Contract (training contract) made between the employer and the student (and a parent/guardian if the student is under 18 years). They give young people in school generally aged at least 15 years the opportunity to undertake on the job training within an actual workplace, as part of their broader program of study. When completed successfully, students obtain a nationally recognised VET qualification that contributes to their Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE).

Workplace Learning

Workplace Learning (ADWPL) is an Authority-developed endorsed program that is managed by individual schools. To complete this endorsed program, a student works in one or more paid or unpaid workplace/s to develop a set of transferable workplace skills. The student must record the number of hours completed and the tasks undertaken in the workplace in the Authority’s Workplace Learning Logbook. The Workplace Learning endorsed program provides an opportunity of a student to demonstrate, and develop increasing competence in the core skills for work – often referred to as generic, transferable or employability skills. Workplace Learning can be done in week-long blocks or for one (or more) day/s a week over an extended period or across one or more year/s. The system is flexible and times and dates can be negotiated with the employer. Each school’s policies and procedures regarding duty of care, legal liability and insurance must be followed for work placements. The workplace should provide a student with an experience in an industry area that is relevant to his/her interests and considered a possible career or training pathway. The work placement should enable a student to build on his/her skills, knowledge and understanding of the workplace and industry area. Workplace Learning is a great way to introduce young people to your company and to observe students who may be potential employees. Benefits to industry include:

  • developing in young people a realistic understanding of industry expectations and standards
  • giving employers a valued training role in assisting young people in acquiring workplace skills
  • providing access to a pool of pre-skilled and immediately productive young workers from which employers can recruit
  • providing a direct link to schools and the opportunity to make education more relevant to industry needs.
The company may choose to offer employment or to take students on as school based trainees. Current employees can also benefit by working as mentors for the students and developing their own training skills.

Please contact your local secondary school or the LTC for more information.

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