The Jobs Victoria Early Childhood Educators Traineeship Program will help create 200 new early childhood educator jobs across Victoria.

This opportunity is available for people who want to work in the early childhood education industry and for early childhood services that deliver funded kindergarten programs.

For interested trainees

As a trainee, you will complete a Certificate III Early Childhood Education and Care qualification, under the Free TAFE program, whilst you undertake a paid traineeship in an Early Childhood service.

Through this ‘earn and learn’ model, you will get be able to gain a qualification and earn an income whilst receiving wrap-around support from a team of Early Childhood Education Teachers to help you succeed.

This unique traineeship program includes:

  • Mentoring on the job by experienced Early Childhood Educators
  • Working in an early childhood service close to home
  • Earning an income
  • Studying a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care qualification in a supported TAFE environment
  • Gaining a nationally recognised qualification for free
  • Trainees are entitled to up to $2,500 in training support payments for a one year traineeship (max of $1,250) every 6 months and eligible trainees moving away from their parental/guardian home for the first time to commence or continue a traineeship are eligible for a Living Away From Home Allowance (LAFHA), under the Commonwealth’s Australian Apprenticeships Incentive System (AAIS).
  • And having lots of fun along the way!

As a trainee you will be matched with a local TAFE and matched to a centre close to home.

Next steps

If you are a potential trainee and interested to learn more, attend an online information session.

If you are a trainee ready to apply, you can apply now via Jobs Victoria.

If you want to speak to someone, register your details and we will get back to you.

For interested employers

Are you currently looking for staff? Are you tired of relying on agency staff? Are you struggling with your casual budget? 

The new program will provide early childhood services in Victoria that currently deliver funded kindergarten programs the opportunity to engage one or more trainees to support you with affordable staffing next year.

There are new and improved incentives to make trainees the ideal option:

  • Services can receive up to $12,000 (max of $1,500 per quarter) in wage subsidies per trainee over the duration of time it takes a trainee to complete their Certificate III (maximum of two years) under the Commonwealth’s Australian Apprenticeships Incentive System (AAIS). Eligible regionally and remote based services can receive an additional top up wage subsidy of 5 per cent per trainee under the Commonwealth’s Regional Apprenticeship Boost scheme.
  • Plus $4,000 cash back to services for the time needed to supervise and mentor trainees
  • Ongoing mentoring, professional development and training for your existing workforce to upskill them in working with trainees  
  • Program support to enable you to provide adequate supervision and mentoring to trainees on-the-job

We will find job-ready trainees for you, so you won't need to do any advertising yourself. The trainees will undertake the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care to enhance their learnings, and provide you with a soon-to-be qualified educators.

Trainees gain practical skills and a nationally recognised qualification while working in your early childhood centre, solving your staff needs and contributing valuable skills to your workplace.

This funded program is for a short period of time and has limited places.

Next steps

If you are an employer interested in the program, attend an online information session to learn more.

If you would like to speak to someone register your interest and someone will get back to you.

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