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Trainee Educators - Certificate III

Job No: CEN3482
Location: Central Coast NSW

TRAINEESHIP - Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Primary Work Location: Central Coast NSW

  • Launch your child care career with one of the Central Coast's largest employers
  • Excellent learning opportunities with great mentors
  • Multiple Temporary full time Certificate III Traineeships for up to 18 months 
  • No previous child care qualifications required

Central Coast Council is committed to the goals of equal opportunity employment. We aim to provide a work environment for our employees that fosters equity, diversity and respect.

Council is committed to providing safe environments that protect the physical, emotional, cultural and social wellbeing of children on the Central Coast.

Ideally located on the northern fringe of Sydney and just an hour's drive from Newcastle, the Central Coast offers one of the best places in Australia to live and work.

Today the Central Coast is one of the fastest growing regions in NSW, with the third largest Local Government Area (LGA) in NSW and the 6th Largest LGA in Australia.

Council is excited to offer Traineeship opportunities for motivated people who have an interest in gaining “hands on” work experience and technical training as a Child Care Educator. The objective of our program is to acquire the knowledge, skills and competence to complete the Traineeship, with a view to establishing a career in Early Childhood Education and Care.


The Traineeship program requires the successful applicants to enter a Training Contract for up to 18 months.

As part of their individual Training Plans Trainees are required to undertake and complete a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care through the Registered Training Organisation (RTO). 

During your Traineeship you will have the opportunity to gain theoretical and practical experience whilst working at a Child Care Centre.  A wide range of stimulating in-services are offered and trainees are provided with the opportunity to network with staff from other Council Centres.

Successful candidates will need to be available for rostered shifts between 7am and 6pm, Monday to Friday. 

We have positions available in multiple locations across the Central Coast.

This position is required to provide quality customer service and create value for the community.

Minimum education requirement - Year 10 School Certificate or RoSA (Record of School Achievement) or equivalent leaving certificate. 

Applicants must meet screening requirements for existing qualifications which determine eligibility for a traineeship.

Please Note – Employment beyond the term of the Traineeship is neither automatically offered nor guaranteed.


The successful Trainees' primary responsibility in the position is to obtain the knowledge, skills and competence through tertiary qualifications and on-the-job training.  

What a 'day in the job' could look like:

  • To assist in the delivery of quality education and care functions in accordance with National Quality Framework requirements and CCC’s policies and procedures;
  • To obtain knowledge, skills and competence through tertiary qualifications and on the job training;
  • Be willing to develop and implement new skills and seek opportunities to gain feedback on behaviour and work whilst remaining open to the input of others.

About You:

  • You have a genuine interest in Early Childhood Education and Care; 
  • You have made the extra effort to gain practical experience or to undertake additional relevant learning in the area;
  • You understand the importance of being a team player;
  • You are committed to undertaking and completing the required studies;
  • You are keen to learn from others to further your career;
  • You have a focus on providing the best quality service to the Central Coast Community;
  • If you are over 18 you will need a current Working with Children Check (or be willing to obtain prior to any offer of employment);
  • You will be prepared to complete the required study at home in your own time, as well as on the job;
  • Willingness and ability to work a variety of shifts between a spread of hours from 7am to 6pm, Monday to Friday.

About Us:

  • We are one of the largest employers on the Central Coast delivering a wide variety of services to our local community;
  • You’ll be joining a team who love what they do;
  • We provide a supportive learning environment with the opportunity to gain "hands on" experience and technical training.


  1. Minimum education requirement - Year 10 School Certificate or RoSA (Record of School Achievement) or equivalent leaving certificate. 
  2. Demonstrated interest and/or experience in Early Childhood Education and Care;
  3. Be an Australian Citizen or granted permanent residency status;
  4. Demonstrated ability to work well in a team environment.

Applicants will be required to undertake a course of vaccinations against Hepatitis A and B, Tetanus (Boostrix), MMR and Varicella or demonstrate their immunity.

CMV screening will be required.

Central Coast Council is committed to ensuring the health, safety and well-being of all of our employees. In accordance with Council's WHS requirements and COVID-19 Safety Plans we require all employees to be fully vaccinated with an approved COVID-19 vaccine.

Please click on the Position Description for detailed information on the position and required skills and experience.


A commencing salary range of $679.44 to $794.96 per week ($35,426 to $41,449 per annum) plus 11% Superannuation will apply, dependent upon age and school qualifications.


Applications will be assessed based on information provided in the application. Council receives numerous applications for Traineeships and applicants need to meet the essential criteria and clearly establish their aptitude for their chosen role. For additional information on applying for a Traineeship role click on the following link : Checklist for applying for a CCC Traineeship or Apprenticeship.

Applicants who are selected to progress in the recruitment process will next be invited to complete an online assessment. Shortlisted applicants will then be invited to attend a panel interview which will be conducted during a week day. Applicants successful at progressing to interview may be asked to undertake a second assessment at time of interview to verify results. Applicants shortlisted for interview will be advised via phone and e-mail. Please note: Due to the current COVID-19 situation interviews will be conducted via Microsoft Teams unless advised otherwise.

Further enquiries may be directed to Kylie Payne, Section Manager Education and Care on 0408 229 857.

If you are deaf, hearing or speech impaired, you can contact us through the National Relay Service TTY call 133 677 or Speak & Listen 1300 555 727.

Applications close at midnight on Sunday, 26 November 2023.


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Thank you for your interest in the position.

For more information on applying for a Traineeship role with Central Coast Council please click on the following link: Checklist for applying for a CCC Traineeship or Apprenticeship.

Apply now using our fast, easy to use on-line application process. 

Don't have access to a computer or electronic device? Applications can be lodged at any of Council's Library locations. Pre-book a free 1 hour computer timeslot by contacting your nearest library or ask at the enquiry counter.

Please note that you do not need a "password" to use our on-line application system.

You will have the ability to save your application as you go using the 'Save Application' button. You can start an application and return to it later via the automatic follow-up email once you have the time and required information at hand to finally submit your application.  

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To lodge your application, please follow the below steps:

Step 1:  Answer the on-line questions shown below. Please ensure that you provide as much detail as possible in response to the questions asked.

Step 2:  Attach your Resume 

Step 3:  Attach your qualifications and licences (if applicable)

Once your application is successfully lodged you will receive an automated response sent to your e-mail address. If a response is not received this means that your application has not been successfully submitted and you will need to lodge another application.

IMPORTANT: If you require assistance to lodge your application please contact our Talent Acquisition team by emailing or phone 0409 601 161 to discuss what reasonable adjustments you may need.

Applicants who are selected for interview will be contacted by phone or e-mail. Please be advised, in order to ensure you receive all email communications from Central Coast Council, please whitelist '' in your preferred email client.  For Further instructions please click here

 PLEASE NOTE: By completing and submitting this online application you confirm that any information provided by yourself in this application is true & correct and acknowledge that any offer of employment may be withdrawn should the information that you have provided in support of your application be shown to be false.  You also consent to employment screening checks being conducted where appropriate.  This may include associated checks (Referee check, Working With Children Check, Entitlement to Work in Australia, Employment History and an Australian Federal Police Check) as well as substantiation of educational qualifications, industry memberships, previous Central Coast Council employment history and association with professional bodies.

I also acknowledge that I will be required to provide proof of eligibility (including photo identification) to work in Australia if selected for an interview.


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