How to obtain a traineeship

Looking for work in aged care, home care or disability

If you are looking for work in aged care, home care or disability,  consider a traineeship with Health Training Australia.

A traineeship offers the opportunity to earn while you learn through a combination of employment and training similar to that of an apprenticeship.

On successful completion of your traineeship you will receive a nationally recognized qualification

  • CHC30212 Certificate III in Aged Care
  • CHC30312 Certificate III in Home and Community Care
  • CHC30408 Certificate III in Disability

Making application for  a traineeship with HTA

Candidates wishing to apply for a traineeship with HTA in aged care, home care or disability can make application by:

HTA also advertises on SEEK and GUMTREE.

Selection criteria

The Australian Government has set the following criteria for traineeship based learning.  Prospective trainees must:

  • Not have any qualifications, recognised in Australia, of Certificate III or higher, in the health industry
  • Be an Australian citizen, permanent resident or a New Zealander who has resided here for 6 months or more.
  • On a visa that is identified with the Department of Education and Training.

Before work experience, all participants are required to provide:

  • National Police Certificate (less than 1 year old)
  • Statutory Declaration is required if you have been a citizen or permanent resident of a country other than Australia since turning 16 years of age.

The following are criteria desirable for a prospective trainee:

  • Basic experience especially in safe manual handling.  Please note this may require you to undertake an introductory course to meet the criteria.
  • Have your own transport, or access to reliable public transport.
  • Willingness to do shift work and weekend work.
  • Fit to carry out manual handling tasks.
  • Commitment to work and training.

Preparation for employment

Candidates looking to enter a traineeship with HTA in aged care, home care or disability services must be selected and successfully complete a three day free preparation for employment course.

The preparation for employment course introduces the prospective trainee to the role and responsibilities of a care worker and the practical manual skills required to perform the role.

Placement on work experience is subject to available positons and successful completion of the preparation for employment course.

Work Experience

On completion of  a free three day Preparation for Employment course prospective trainees will be placed with a potential host employer for 40 hours of work experience over a two week period. This provides an opportunity for the prospective trainee to decide whether the care worker role is for them and for the prospective host to decide that the person suites their needs.

On completion of work experience the decision is made on whether to take on the HTA referral as a trainee through HTA. This decision can be made at any time within the 40 hours of work experience if the parties agree.