Could traineeships be a part of your workforce strategy?

Roles in early childhood are hugely rewarding, but the sector faces a real shortage of qualified educators. Traineeships are one solution. Traineeships a great way for new educators to enter the profession because they can be employed as they study.

At Gowrie Victoria, we value real-world learning experiences and believe people learn best by observing, reflecting and doing. The traineeship model has become a key part of our workforce strategy. Our trainees study towards their qualification with our Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and work alongside educators the rest of the week.

We are aiming to share Gowrie Victoria’s experience of running successful trainee programs and the expertise of our RTO; and extend our program by partnering with non-Gowrie services to place additional trainees. Cohorts could be in Melbourne or in regional areas where we have enough interest from services and from trainees.  Our program includes wrap-around support for trainees to support them to complete the program and as they start their early childhood career. It also aims to tackle two of the main barriers for services: the time and administration involved in recruiting and managing a trainee program and navigating the funding; and the need for a campaign to reach sufficient numbers of prospective trainees.

The government offers financial incentives to employers, which means many early childhood services can access incentive payments and a wage subsidy.

Pipsqueaks, a Victorian early education provider, employed a trainee referred to them by Gowrie because they were struggling to find quality candidates. 

“Jenny was fantastic throughout the entire process. She gave us plenty of information about the requirements of having trainees onboard. We had one trainee who was referred to us through Gowrie and three that we sourced ourselves. The great thing about the trainee referred to us was that she had already been interviewed and short listed. We knew that she was going to be a certain standard and we were able to save time by only interviewing quality candidates. Jenny also organised the trainees sign up with MEGT which again made the transition so much easier.”

“By taking on the trainees, we ensure that they are trained to a standard that meets our expectations, as well as ensuring they are a good culture fit for our service. With the current government wage subsidy, we have been able to employ trainees and meet our staffing needs while also staying financially viable.”

– Belinda, Director at Pipsqueaks.

Is your early childhood service in regional Victoria?  Gowrie can run a class in your area and assist you with your traineeship program

Because we already recruit and support many trainees, Gowrie can help manage the recruitment process for you, and ensure you find the right candidates for your service. We can help you navigate the admin and paperwork and explain what needs to be done to ensure the success of the program. If your service is in regional Victoria, we will also find other nearby services to help make a new class viable.

To find out more about the program and government incentives for trainees contact Jenny on 1300 446 974 or email

Gowrie is a registered training organisation (RTO ID: 3900).