YMCA Education

Apprenticeships and Traineeships


Obtain real life skills and kick-start you career!

At YMCA Education and Training (QLD), our apprenticeship and traineeship programs are dedicated to providing students with the ability to gain education through a nationally recognised qualification and valuable real-life work skills needed for their chosen career. Upon completion of an apprenticeship or traineeship, students may find themselves in a great place to keep working, go on to future study or even start your own business. An apprenticeship or traineeship with YMCA will give students the opportunity to reach their full potential and learn real life skills needed for employment.

What is an apprenticeships or traineeship?

Australian Apprenticeships (often referred to as apprenticeships or traineeships) offer opportunities for anyone of working age to train, study and earn an income in a wide range of occupations and trades. Apprenticeships and traineeships combine work with study so you earn while you learn. Apprentices and trainees are paid a wage which varies depending on a number of factors including which year of their training they are in, the type of apprenticeship/traineeship they are doing, and the industry or occupation.

Apprentices or trainees complete a nationally recognised qualification while learning valuable skills at a suitable workplace and under the guidance of a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) – such as YMCA Education and Training. Apprentices are trained in a skilled trade such as automotive, electrical or childcare, whereas, Trainees are trained in vocational areas such as administration, business, sport or fitness.

Apprentices or Trainees can be:

  • full-time
  • part-time
  • adult or mature age
  • school-based

Advantages of an apprenticeship or traineeship

Apprenticeships and traineeships combine training with working in a real job, with a real boss, for a real wage. Apprentices and trainees work towards the completion of a nationally recognised qualification while learning valuable skills at work and under the guidance of a training organisation.

Schools-based apprenticeships and traineeships (SAT) benefits:
  • Receiving both an education and a job
  • Getting paid while you learn
  • Your training can contribute towards your Overall Position (OP) score
  • Experiencing a great way to move from school to work
Other benefits to do an apprenticeship or traineeship:
  • Being a step ahead of the competition for jobs
  • Learning the latest knowledge and skills required to work in industry
  • Working towards achieving a nationally recognised qualification
Taking on an apprentice or trainee:

Traineeships allow you to develop qualified loyal staff that are familiar with your company, your work environment, your standards, your equipment and your customers. There are plenty of benefits to empoyers that include the folowing:

  • Qualified employees trained your way for your business
  • Queensland Government funding assistance for the training of eligible apprentices and trainees
  • Financial benefits for you including Commonwealth Government incentives
  • Greater customer satisfaction through well trained staff

Courses offered by YMCA

    Sport, Fitness and Recreation:

  • SIS30115 | Certificate III in Sport and Recreation
  • SIS30315 | Certificate III in Fitness
  • Community Services:

  • CHC30113 | Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
  • CHC50113 | Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Entry requirements

  • Apprenticeships and traineeships require employers to enter into a training contract with the apprentice or trainee, which is a legally binding agreement to work and train together for a length of time. You will need to find an employer in your chosen occupation to employ you as an apprentice or trainee.
  • Individuals who are 13 years of age or older may be eligible to undertake an apprenticeship or traineeship in most occupations. Queensland legislation applies age restrictions to particular apprenticeships and traineeships.
  • Apprentices and trainees must work with an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider.
  • Employers work with a training organisation and the apprentice or trainee to draw up a training plan. Training options must be negotiated and outlined in the training plan.
  • For interstate apprentices and trainees to be registered as a Queensland apprentice or trainee, your workplace address must be in Queensland.
  • As a general rule, only Australian citizens and New Zealand citizens who have entered Australia on a valid passport, have unrestricted rights to enter an apprenticeship or traineeship in Australia. Any other person wanting to participate in an apprenticeship or traineeship in Australia must have a visa allowing employment. Any other person wanting to work in Australia must have a visa allowing employment.

Find out more regarding your eligibility here.

School-based apprenticeships and traineeships (SAT's):
  • Students in years 10, 11 and 12, are able to participate in school-based apprenticeships and traineeships which allows the student to study for their Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) while working and training towards a recognised qualification.
  • A school-based apprentice or trainee's employment and/or training arrangements must impact on their school timetable for the program to be considered school-based.
  • Appropriate level of language, literacy and numeracy skills is also required.

Find out more here.

Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider:

One of the roles of the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider is to organise the signing of a training contract and to provide accurate information with regards to employer allowances and incentives. Please contact an AASN provider of your choice to discuss your situation in detail or to determine if you are eligible for an apprenticeship or traineeship.

Information about Fees:


Qualifications offered by YMCA Education and Training are partially funded by the Queensland Government’s Department of Education and Training (DET) under the User Choice Program.

User Choice Program

In order for the YMCA to maintain a viable apprenticeship and traineeship program, employers are required to contribute towards the cost of training where the department's funding contribution does not meet the cost of training.

The employer contribution fee will enable YMCA Education and Training to offer the following training resources:

  • Minimum 2x workplace visits a year
  • Unlimited access to online resources
  • Ongoing email and phone support from our experienced trainers
  • Regular face to face, phone or skype tutorials catered to the individual trainee/apprentice
  • Online webinars covering specific content and topics
  • *Additional workplace visits can be organised (extra fees associated). Please contact us to find out more.  


A student contribution fee (tuition fee)is to be charged to all full and part-time apprentices and trainees completing a Certificate II or III qualification. Student contribution fees DO NOT apply to School-based apprenticeships or traineeships (SAT's). Please note that student contribution fees are charged at a rate of $1.60 per nominal hour, and therefore vary depending on the qualification and electives chosen.

Partial Exemption - Student Contribution Fee

Trainees and Apprentices that meet the below criteria, and are able to provide suitable proof, may be eligible for the discounted rate (60%) shown in the table below.

  • Under 17 years of age at the end of February, not at school and not completed year 12.
  • Hold a Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, or is the partner or a dependant of a person who holds a Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, and is named on the card.
  • Issues an official form confirming that the participant, his or her partner or the person of whom the participant is a dependant, is entitled to concessions under a Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card.
  • The participant is an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person.

Full Exemption - Student Contribution Fee

Trainees and Apprentices may apply for full exemption from the student contribution fee where they fall into one or more of the following exemption categories:

  • Paying the tuition fee would cause extreme financial hardship
  • The participant is a school-based apprentice or trainee
  • Where credit transfer/national recognition has been applied to a unit of competency/module
  • The participant is undertaking a qualification as part of the Skilling Queenslanders for Work – Work Skills Traineeship program.

Qualification Name




Contribution Fee

Student Contribution Fee

(Full Fee)

Student Contribution Fee

(Discounted Fee - 60%)

Certificate III in Sport and Recreation





 Certificate III in Fitness





 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education & Care





 Diploma in Early Childhood Education & Care





 * Fees shown are approximate fees only, and may vary dependent upon the elective units selected on the trainees training plan.

 Please note School-Based students are exempt from paying the trainee co-contribution tuition fee. 

To get started, complete the following steps:

Step 1: Find an employer:

  • You will need to find an employer in your chosen occupation to employ you as an apprentice or trainee. The employer will show you the ropes and help you progress through your apprenticeship or traineeship.
  • Step 2: Select a training organisation:

  • You and your employer will need to select the Australian YMCA Institute of Education and Training as the SRTO / training organisation
  • Step 3: Work with an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider:

  • Your employer will need to contact an AASN provider on 13 38 73 to organise the signing of a training contract. The AASN provider will lodge the training contract and once registered, you and your employer will receive a letter confirming the details.
  • YMCA Education and Training will receive a notification from the AASN provider and will be in contact with you and your employer to enrol you into the qualification, go through an induction and develop a training plan.
  • Step 4: Complete the YMCA enrolment form:

    - Click here to enrol in Fitness, Sport and Recreation 

    - Click here to enrol in Early Childhood Education


    Find out more about traineeships and apprenticeships here.

    Find out more about employer responsibilities here.

    Find out more about adequate training arrangement in the workplace here.

    Find out more about the employer resource assessment (ERA) here.

    Find out more about apprentice and trainee responsibilities here.

    If you need assistance please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us on (07) 3852 2443.


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