Trainee | Various Locations

  • Canberra
  • Fixed Term
  • Children’s Services

About Communities@Work

Communities@Work is Canberra's largest not-for-profit community organisation, working with our community to build a resilient, sustainable, and socially inclusive community. With over 40 years' experience in the ACT and Capital Region, we provide a wide range of high-quality early education and care services and community services that supports positive educational outcomes, assists in alleviating hardship, enhances quality of life, and leads to positive social change.

About the Team

Communities@Work is Canberra's largest Early Education and Care provider, operating numerous Child Care and Education Centres across Canberra, providing long day care services. Our child care and education centres are dedicated to providing a safe, family-friendly environment that fosters children's wellbeing and inspires a love of learning.

Communities@Work also won ACT Large employer for the year 2020, for the second year in a row, at the ACT Training Awards, for excellence in training and education. Apply now to work and train within our Award-winning Organisation.

About the role

Communities@Work is offering selected candidates the opportunity to gain a Certificate III qualification in Early Childhood Education and Care while working in a full-time contract within our Children's Services.

You will be working and studying at the same time, enabling you to become a qualified educator and enjoy a career in the sector offering long-term job security, great job satisfaction, flexibility, and lots of laughs! Career progression and professional development is also available, including the potential to study your Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care from our RTO and moving on to Team Leader and other such roles.

Unlike many other traineeship programs, this traineeship offers practical support every step of the way.  The opportunity is open to anyone who is energised by being part of an award-winning team - whether you are starting a new career or whether you are interested in making a career change.

Communities@Work's Traineeship Program has places available for a start in May 2021. Trainees in the program will be paid for 38 hours a week (full time) over 12 months, working in our Children's Services, and if all requirements are met, graduate with a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30113) from our Centre of Professional Learning and Education (RTO 88148).

Part-time contracts and flexible working hours may be considered.


  • Provide for the care, education and wellbeing of each child.
  • Work across several Communities@Work centres
  • Work with children from birth to 5 years 
  • Learn from experienced educators and mentors.
  • Complete a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30113) - weekly three-hour study sessions


  • To be eligible for this program, you need to be:
  • At least 18 years old by the 1st of January 2021
  • An Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident OR a New Zealand Citizen who has lived in Australia for more than 6 months, OR a visa holder with work rights on a pathway to permanent residency and not excluded from participation in government funded training.
  • Able to pass a basic literacy and numeracy assessment
  • Not already holding other relevant qualifications in Early childhood or Education.
  • Committed to completing the Certificate III qualification in a 12-month period

Skills and Experience

  • Passion for working with children
  • Enthusiasm for learning
  • Dedicated and motivated
  • Excellent communication skills (both spoken and written)
  • Excellent work ethic and professionalism
  • Willingness to travel to several locations across Canberra.
  • 'Working with Vulnerable People' registration, or willingness and ability to obtain. 


  • Be a part of our social impact, working for a community organisation that makes a real difference in the lives of people in our community
  • Inclusive and friendly workplace
  • Salary packaging options available if eligible
  • Employee child care discounts
  • Healthy lifestyle programs and healthy activity reimbursement
  • Professional development with our training organisation, including access to study leave
  • Uniform provided
  • Experience across a range of age groups and centres
  • Brand new training facilities
  • Be part of a team that values excellence, continuous improvement and innovation

How to Apply

Click on the link to apply.

Talking through your personal circumstances and what you're aiming to achieve is essential to ensure we can help and guide you on the right path. Once you have reviewed the information on our website, please call Natasha (our People Coordinator) on 6293 6534 to discuss. This will also give you a chance to ask any questions that you may have about the program.

Closing date for applications: 29/04/2021

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