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Traineeships are the best way to combine training and employment. They are a way of training staff to meet business needs, whilst obtaining a nationally recognised qualification.

Introduction to Traineeships Canberra

Traineeships are a Commonwealth initiative to assist with the costs related to undertaking a qualification.  The traineeship system allows for better "quality assurance" of training which ensures that you get both a competent employee and that the skills required by your industry are preserved and passed on to others.

Traineeships combine practical work with structured training to give people a nationally recognised qualification and the experience they need to get the job done. Traineeships training has been designed by industry for industry. All the training can be delivered on-the-job.They can last for one to two years. They are 'competency based'. This means it may be possible for a Trainee to complete their training sooner if they have reached the skill level required.

Qualifications provide real benefits for your business. Your Trainee contributes to your bottom line with practical skills and knowledge acquired through their training.

No two businesses are the same, and that is why Traineeships have been designed to be flexible, while at the same time providing nationally recognised quality training.

Your new and existing staff may be eligible for a traineeship – please contact us for details.

What incentives and subsidies are available?

Traineeships in Canberra attract financial assistance to help reduce the cost of training.

ACT User Choice Funding, that McMillan as an RTO can obtain, is now including existing workers in their funding discounts. This means that for many qualification programs we deliver, we can now discount our fees for all existing workers, not just new workers!

ACT User Choice Funding - McMillan, as your RTO can obtain funding to assist with the training. This funding significantly reduces our fee.  See prices below for our reduced fees.

Commonwealth Funding - An employer of a New Worker Trainee could be eligible to receive Commonwealth Funding (New Workers are employed for less than 3 months full time or 12 months part time). A funding incentive payment of $4,000 per Trainee over the term of a Traineeship.

Traineeships McMillan Offers

Qualification Code & Title Traineeship
Fee per person
PSP30116 Certificate III in Government $350
PSP40116 Certificate IV in Government $970
PSP50116 Diploma of Government $350
BSB42015 Certificate IV in Leadership and Management $700
BSB51915 Diploma of Leadership and Management $350
BSB30115 Certificate III in Business $350
BSB40215 Certificate IV in Business $640
BSB30415 Certificate III in Business Administration $350
BSB40515 Certificate IV in Business Administration $820
BSB40615 Certificate IV in Business Sales $350
BSB40315 Certificate IV in Customer Engagement $640
BSB41015 Certificate IV in Human Resources $1420
BSB50615 Diploma of Human Resources Management $390
BSB41515 Certificate IV in Project Management Practice $1,460
BSB51415 Diploma of Project Management $350
On successful completion trainees will be paid $300 by the ACT Government

Fee Concession

Participants may be eligible for a fee concession if they fall into eligible categories.

Eligible categories include:

  • Holding a current Health Care Cards or Pension Card; or
  • Can prove genuine hardship

If you think you may be eligible for a fee concession please contact us prior to registration. We can then apply to the Skills Canberra for reimbursement.

Fee Exemption

Participants may be exempt from fees in certain circumstances.

The tuition fee will not be charged where:

  • the employer is the RTO for its own AA, or
  • the AA leaves one employer and recommences within 12 months with another employer, in the same qualification and with the same RTO, or
  • the AA is required to go to a different RTO as a result of a change of RTO process.

If you think you may be eligible for a fee exemption please contact us prior to registration. We can then review your circumstances and then ensure an exemption is applied where eligible.

How is a Traineeship Delivered?

McMillan can deliver this qualification to individuals or workplace groups.  More information

  • Individuals will be supported with regular face to face coaching and assessment support.
  • Workplace groups can receive training conducted in workshop format.

What does it cost to employ a Trainee?

A Trainee is usually paid a training wage, reflecting that the employee spends time in training. In other respects such as superannuation, workers' compensation and other entitlements or requirements, you will generally treat a New Apprentice the same as all other employees. Some State Governments also offer exemptions on workers’ compensation and/or payroll tax for trainees. Traineeships are a very cost effective way of getting your staff trained because of the Federal and State Funding incentives. In most cases the only cost incurred above the trainee's wage is the mandatory fee set by the states.

For free wage advice in relation to employing a trainee contact the Canberra Business Chamber on 1300 278 681 or email

More Information

This information is to be used as a guide only. Please contact us on the form below or call a McMillan business consultant on 02 62300266 to clarify and questions you have.

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