Employer Traineeship Guide

Everything you need to know

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What is a traineeship?

A traineeship is typically a year-long program that combines two primary modes of training: In classroom learning, for structured learning opportunities, and on-the-job training. Once trainees complete all of the course requirements, they will receive a Certificate from a nationally recognised accredited program.


There are two different types of traineeships:

New Entrant Traineeship is available to anyone within the first 3 months of commencing full time employment with an employer. They may also qualify if they are within the first 12 months of a part-time employment arrangement or within 3 months of completing a pre-requisite qualification.


Like any traineeship, your trainee will gain on the job experience whilst completing a qualification and will receive support and feedback throughout the duration of their studies. New Entrant Traineeships are available for almost all of METS qualifications, as long as the student is eligible for this kind of study.

Where a person is not eligible to be classified as a new entrant trainee, but still wishes to undertake a traineeship, they will be classified as an Existing Worker Trainee.

Like any traineeship, your employee will gain on the job experience whilst completing a qualification and will receive support and feedback from both you and METS throughout the duration of their studies. However, unlike New Entrant Traineeships, the NSW State Government does not fund METS for Existing Worker Traineeships and therefore we must invoice you, the employer, to cover the training costs. In most cases the incentives the employer receives from the Commonwealth Government will offset these costs.

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Traineeships FAQs for Employers

Traineeships FAQs for Employers

Traineeships 101
How can I find a trainee?

Finding a trainee is similar to finding any new team member. You will need to advertise the position and conduct interviews to find suitable candidates. In certain circumstances we can suggest individuals within your area looking for a traineeship however we can only simply forward them your details and can not provide any further recruitment assistance.

Is there a minimum amount of hours per week my trainees will need to work?

Yes. Your team member will need to be working at least 15 hours per week to be eligible for a Part-Time traineeship. Casual staff can not commence a traineeship.

Will my trainee need to leave the service at any time for any face to face training?

No. A METS trainer will visit your centre to conduct training and assessments on the premises. This means you won’t need to worry about replacing your trainee on the floor for the duration of their training requirements.

How often will my trainee receive visits from their trainer?

Depending on the qualification and units of study, the trainee will receive a visit from their assigned trainer every 6-8 weeks. Students will be assessed on both their written and practical skills.

Am I required to pay my trainee during time spent on assessment & learning?

Yes, your trainee should be withdrawn (with pay) from routine work duties for a minimum of 3 hours per week, for the purpose of undertaking formal training/learning/assessment activities*. Contact us if you have any concerns.


*Extracted from NSW Apprenticeship/Traineeship – Training Plan as per NSW DEC State Training Services regulations.)

One of my staff members has years of experience within the sector however hasn’t received a formal qualification. Can this experience be used towards gaining a qualification?

In most cases, yes. Your staff member could undergo the process of Recognition of Prior Learning to obtain a qualification. It is best to contact us regarding eligibility and other important information.

Employment-Based Training 


Employer-based training is a great way to get your staff skilled! Your trainee will receive onsite visits to review and discuss course materials, and answer any questions or concerns your trainee may have. Competency and job skills will be assessed during visits in consultation with the onsite representative. We ensure that your trainee receives holistic training to develop a full understanding of each unit of competency within their qualification, so that theoretical work and practical skills meet that of the National Standard.

Does an employment-based traineeship cost extra?


Will trainees receive support in between trainer visits?

Absolutely. We’ve been told by hundreds of our happy clients that they choose us because of our personable nature, quality training programs & one-on-one support. It’s training with a difference!

I have an employee with specific learning needs, can METS give them extra support?

Of course! Just let us know at the time of enrolment and we’ll take care of the rest. If your trainee discovers difficulties part way through their traineeship, we’ll also be happy to explore what additional assistance may be available. Just be sure to let us know!

Can you cater to trainees from a non-english speaking background?

All METS course materials are written in an accessible format. And naturally, as your trainee will receive visits from their METS trainer, they’ll have the opportunity to clarify their understanding of the course work face to face. And on top of all of this, your trainee may be offered the opportunity to clarify their theory responses with their trainer/assessor and possibly establish competency based on a combination of written and verbal assessment.

Do you offer recognition of prior learning and credit transfer?

We certainly do. If your trainee has received competency in a current unit of their qualification previously, or have 5 or more years on the floor experience working in the sector, METS are happy to offer Credit Transfer and/or assistance to work towards a qualification via Recognition of Prior Learning.

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