Traineeships and Other Funding Options

There are several funding pathways to undertake professional courses and qualifications with the Communities@Work Centre of Professional Learning and Education: traineeships, skilled capital funding, and fee-for-service.

Communities@Work RTO - Traineeships and other Funding Options

Traineeships (User Choice Funding)

Traineeships are combined with structured training and paid work, allowing trainees to earn while they learn and receive a nationally recognised qualification.

Our traineeships model is designed to be flexible for both the student and employer, tailoring the training course to your needs by providing a variety of blended education opportunities. Our quality, evidence-based approach to delivering our training programs, consists of a range of teaching and learning strategies, including face to face workshops, webinars, workshop tasks, online learning, projects and on-the-job learning and assessment.

Benefits of Traineeships

  • Earn while you learn
  • Networking opportunities for trainees.
  • Training skills and knowledge to meet the needs of your business.
  • Structured training in a flexible learning environment including face to face, online learning and on-the-job training.
  • A cost-effective way of study with Government funding to subsidise the cost of training
  • Financial incentives for both the trainee and employer, pending trainee eligibility.
  • Attainment of a nationally recognised qualification on successful completion of the training course.

For information in regards to fees and charges please visit our Learner Resources and FAQs page, or refer to our Fee Structure (pdf download). 

For information on eligibility to apply for a traineeship, obligations of the employer, and financial incentives for the employer, please download our employer traineeship handbook.

What is User Choice Funding?

User Choice funding arrangements provide subsidised apprenticeships and traineeships. User Choice is a national funding policy funded by the ACT and Australian Governments and is available to eligible learners who are undertaking a nationally recognised qualification. The User Choice funded training contract is initiated by an Apprenticeship Network Provider (ANP) and is linked between the employer, trainee and registered training provider.

Ready to enrol?

Our approach to enrolment is to ensure both the trainee and employer have made an informed decision to enrol into a training course that is suitable for them. Enrolment is easy through the following steps:

  1. Select your employee candidate and discuss course possibilities
  2. Confirm their commitment to the training program, to your service standards, organisational requirements and expectations.
  3. Contact us at cple@commsatwork.org or phone 02 6293 6220 to inform us of your potential trainee.
  4. Organise a time to meet and discuss the training program and course requirements, including trainee eligibility.
  5. Register with an Apprentice Network Provider (ANP) prior to formal enrolment to initiate the training contract to access User Choice funding.
  6. Commence formal training!

Please note: Communities@Work Work’s Centre of Professional Learning and Education is not a registered training provider with CRICOS and therefore not eligible or permitted to provide nationally recognised training to international students in Australia on a student visa.

 Download our Employer Traineeship Handbook (PDF) here


Skilled Capital Funding

Skilled Capital is an ACT Government training initiative, funded by the ACT and Australian Governments. Skilled Capital provides subsidised training in a selection of qualifications from the ACT Skills Needs Lists. Skilled Capital is available to eligible learners wanting to enrol into a nationally recognised qualification. Skilled Capital funding is subject to available places. All learners must meet eligibility requirements and must pass a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) assessment before enrolment can be offered.

Benefits of Skilled Capital Funding

  • Skilled Capital is a training pathway, providing high-quality training in areas of skills needs, and maximising improved employment opportunities.
  • It provides candidates with the opportunity to access subsidised training within the ACT.
  • The delivery of face-to-face workshops will support students in understanding the skills and knowledge required for their job role in an early childhood environment.
  • A cost-effective way to study with subsidised training.
  • Eligible candidates have the opportunity to develop their skills and work to their maximum potential through an accessible and flexible training sector.
  • A financial incentive for students! Pending eligibility, students can receive a completion incentive of up to $300.00.

For further information please visit the ACT Government Skilled Capital website.

Please note enrolment eligibility is subject to change as per the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTO’s) 2015.

Download PDF: Skilled Capital Booklet


Fee for Service (FFS)

The Fee-For-Service arrangement is not linked to any Government funding or subsidised training. Learners who do not meet eligibility through Government funding arrangements have the opportunity to enrol through FFS arrangements. Where funding is not offered, learners are liable to pay the full fees for the cost of undertaking a course or qualification. All learners must meet eligibility requirements and must pass a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) assessment before enrolment can be offered.

Please note enrolment eligibility is subject to change as per the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTO’s) 2015.

Please check out our Fee Structure (pdf download)  for more information.


Contact Us

For further information on enrolment or funding, please contact the Centre of Professional Learning and Education on 02 6293 6220 or email cple@commsatwork.org.

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