Traineeship information for training providers

What is the public sector traineeship program?

The ‘Public sector traineeship program’ is an employment-based training initiative in WA that provides young people with an opportunity to:

  • work in a public sector agency
  • develop public administration skills and competencies
  • gain a nationally recognised qualification (Certificate II, III of IV in Government)
  • earn a wage.

How many trainees will be part of this program?

There is no limit to the number of trainees a public sector agency can employ. It is envisaged that around 50 young people will undertake a traineeship through the program in metropolitan and regional areas in 2015. The Public Sector Commission plans to expand the number of traineeships available in the public sector.

Is funding available from the Department of Training and Workforce Development to deliver public sector traineeships?

Certificate II, III and IV in Government are funded traineeships.

How will the Commission promote traineeships to WA public sector agencies?

The Commission will be promoting traineeships to all public sector agencies through a targeted marketing campaign that consists of information sessions, publications and promotional materials.

How will public sector agencies identify registered training organisations (RTOs) that deliver Government qualifications?

The Commission will provide a list of RTOs that deliver Government qualifications. To ensure currency of this list, RTO’s are encouraged to contact the Commission via email at with any updates to their scope of registration. Alternatively, public sector agencies can also search for RTOs.

What public sector specific resources are available to develop learning materials for Government qualifications?

The Commission has developed a Vocational Education and Training (VET) information for training providers webpage where RTOs can download a range of public sector specific resources to develop learning materials. Government Skills Australia has launched the QC Builder that provides detailed information about suitable competency, training and qualification options for the public sector.

What assistance is the Commission providing to public sector trainee supervisors on the changes?

The Commission is looking at developing the skills of trainee supervisors that will increase awareness of the VET framework and the way in which traineeships operate.

Can units of competencies from other training packages be used within the Government qualification undertaken by a trainee?

While the Commission supports the flexible use of training packages, it is recommended to ensure consistency across all public sector traineeships that the majority of elective units are selected from the Public Sector Training Package. However, you can assist public sector agencies to choose the most appropriate elective units.

Are there preferred elective units for the Certificate III and IV in Government?

Click on the following sample Government qualifications.

Are there any other opportunities to deliver Government qualifications in the WA public sector apart from traineeships?

Yes, the Public Administration Industry Working Group aims to increase awareness and commitment by public sector agencies to use the Public Sector Training Package as a means of meeting public administration workforce development needs. Opportunities will be advertised on Tenders WA.

Page last updated 28 June 2016