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NSW JobTrainer Programme - Free Qualifications Including Cert 3, Diploma And Short Courses In Early Childhood

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The NSW and Commonwealth governments are providing fee-free part and full qualification courses for job searchers and existing workers in the early childhood education and care sector under the NSW JobTrainer programme. JobTrainer provides fee-free training that is fully financed by the NSW and Commonwealth governments.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has had a detrimental impact on job growth in several industries, early childhood education and care continue to rise. This means that qualified persons who are committed to caring for children and supporting their development and well-being will have plenty of career opportunities.

Furthermore, the early childhood education and care sector currently demand that its employees possess (or be working toward) one of the following credentials:

  • Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, or a
  • Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care.

Fee-free training is available to any qualified NSW resident who chooses to enrol in early childhood education and care certificate. This means that completely subsidised spaces are available to anyone who is interested and fits the criteria, regardless of a work situation or prior qualifications.


  • aged 16 and over
  • living or working in NSW
  • an Australian/New Zealand citizen, permanent resident or humanitarian visa holder
  • a school leaver
  • employed/existing worker. 

You do not have to be working in the early childhood education and care sector or have the previous industry experience to access fee-free full and part qualifications in early childhood education and care.

No matter who you are, NSW JobTrainer makes it easier to access the training you need to enter this rewarding sector. 

Training under JobTrainer is fee-free and fully funded by the NSW and Commonwealth governments.

Fee-free Courses Include: 

  • Certificate 3 In Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Diploma Of Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Perform CPR
  • Identify Respond and Support Rights and Safety Of Children At Risk
  • CPR, Emergency LifeSupport, First Aid

Benefits Of Include

For new staff:

  • They can avail of government-subsidized full and part qualification courses.
  • Slowly will learn to handle children and also about their needs and requirements.
  • In a childcare centre, lots of other work also the educators need to perform. This course will give ideas about planning activities, supervising play, and facilitating learning tasks.
  • Flexible working hours with opportunities for split shifts and early/later starts.
  • Once you have the certificate after completing the course you can work in different roles in this hugely diversified sector thus you can get the most well-suited work for you.
  • Watching children reach their developmental milestones can bring joy beyond words. Yes, the work is tough, but the payoffs are huge

For the existing staff:

  • Access to government-subsidized full and part qualification courses
  • Improved job prospects, better pay, and conditions
  • Up-to-date knowledge and skills mean better quality of care for children
  • Increased confidence and capability in the workplace
  • Improved career progression into leadership positions, e.g., early childhood educator to centre manager.
  • Improve the skills base of early childhood education and care, which ultimately means better pay and working conditions for everyone.

Please note: 

  • Many courses and locations (including online learning) are available across NSW. This means potential learners may be able to study via distance mode. 
  • New employees can start working in the sector and gain experience and skills whilst they study for free
  • Existing employees in the early childhood education and care sector can upgrade their qualifications for free
  • Enrolments close on 31 December 2022.

For more information: NSW Job trainer Program

Last modified on Sunday, June 5, 2022
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