Live close to Melbourne or Bendigo and thinking of starting your career in early childhood?

Whether you’ve recently left school, looking for a career change or returning to the workforce, our Early Childhood Traineeship Program will really set you up for a fun and rewarding new career.

Being a trainee means working alongside experienced educators, learning on the job, and earning while you learn.  You will attend a Gowrie class in Melbourne or Bendigo one day a week to complete your qualification while you work at an early learning service close to home the other four days.

But that’s not all!  To give you the best start in your new career, you will also be supported by a mentor at your early learning service who will be there to guide you and share their own experience.  You will also be supported by Gowrie’s Facilitator who teaches your class and will ensure that you’re able to take what you learn and apply it in your work.  You’ll be a part of a team of trainees all starting your new career together.

The Victorian early childhood sector is growing, with career opportunities available across the state. There’s no better time to join a sector that is in high demand with unlimited potential for career growth.

Classes starting soon!

Our next intake in Melbourne starts April 2022 and in Bendigo early May 2022.

Apply now to secure your place! 

What does a traineeship involve?

On the Early Childhood Traineeship Program, you will gain valuable, practical skills to set you up in your new career. You will learn on the job for four days a week at a service close to home and attend a Gowrie class one day a week in Docklands to gain your nationally recognised qualification. Because we want you to succeed in your new career, this program offers a wide range of support

To find out about life as a trainee, check out our Trainee Spotlight Series.

Support and mentorship throughout your journey

On our Early Childhood Traineeship Program, you’ll attend weekly classes and then apply your learning at an early learning service close to home as a valued member of staff.  

An experienced educator at the service will be your dedicated mentor to guide you in your day- to-day work and meet with you regularly to see how you’re progressing and provide any support you need.  Your Gowrie Facilitator will be your other support – they teach you the theory, provide opportunities for practical simulation and help to ensure you are able to work through your assessment work and take this with you in your day-to-day work. They will visit to observe you and provide valuable feedback, ensure you can access additional study support when needed and continue to support you for the first 12 months after you have completed your traineeship.

Why Gowrie Victoria?

Gowrie has been a champion for high quality early childhood education & care for over 80 years. 

We’re proud of our history and being known as the place that generations of educators have come to observe, be inspired and learn.  Early childhood is our sole focus, we run our own services for children and families and we are specialists in training new educators and providing professional learning programs to the sector.  Classes are small and face-to-face in Melbourne at our early learning service in Docklands.  Our class overlooks the outside play area, you’ll see and hear children play and learn all day which means you’ll be immersed in high quality early learning throughout your experience. 

With support from the Victorian Department of Education & Training, we are expanding Gowrie’s own traineeship program and extending this opportunity through the Early Childhood Traineeship Program so that even more trainees can start their career with more services across Victoria.

Hannah and Nic completed their traineeships with Gowrie and found it a valuable, fulfilling entry into early childhood education and care. 

“I don’t know whether it was just the environment, the small classes, or how approachable and friendly my teacher Carolina was, but I did end up doing really well. Now I’m studying my Bachelor of Early Childhood Education. Gowrie empowered me to do that and is supporting me along the way. I now have Mondays off to fit my study in.”


“The training is fantastic, and the job is great as well. It’s exciting and different – every day is a new challenge. Because it’s all hands on, coming to class every week and then going back into the workforce makes me feel more equipped to handle all the different challenges that come up I love the variety. It’s not repetitive, it’s different, it’s exciting and I am getting paid to do the qualification from Moreland Community Childcare – so it’s great.”


Ready to become a trainee and start your new career?

If you’re interested in getting paid to study as a trainee, call Jenny on 1300 446 974 fill out the form below or email  

Jenny will talk you through the application process, ensure you complete all the right information and match you to an early learning service close to home.

Do you work in an Early Childhood and interested in a trainee at your service?

With support from the Department of Education & Training, Gowrie can support your service to integrate traineeships as part of your workforce strategy.

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