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Employer Training Incentives

Employers may also be eligible for State or Federal government training incentives when their new or existing staff undertakes Certificate II, III or IV programs as a trainee.

The benefits of developing a pool of young, knowledgeable, ethical practitioners to an individual business, as well as the insurance and risk community as a whole, are obvious.While formal study and textbooks provide the basic knowledge and skills, it is the guidance provided by senior personnel that builds understanding of what it means to be a professional in broking, underwriting or claims handling. NIBA College offers Traineeships to students studying at Certificate III level.

Broking and general insurance licensees that need their representatives to meet ASIC compliance requirements can enrol their trainee into a program that includes Tier 2 accreditation. Traineeship schemes provide an ideal opportunity for employers to train their new staff to compliance level at a minimal cost.

The Traineeship program ensures students are given the necessary level support. Employers must designate a Superviser to the Trainee, and NIBA College also maintains close contact with the student throughout the duration of their traineeship. Mentoring is an important strategy in developing productive and motivated staff and consultants at all levels. However, for new entrants, effective mentoring helps to imbue positive attitudes to work and the groundings of ethical industry practice.

Most new entrants begin their studies and work experiences enthusiastically.However over the years that NIBA College has been monitoring traineeship outcomes it is clear that the workplace manager is important in keeping the new entrance interested in the broking profession and involved in the industry as well as compliance with organisational requirements. A clear example is the WestAustralianInsuranceAcademy which was set up by the local NIBA committee with local insurers to set up as a new style of broking cadetship. The positive experience of employee and employer participants seems in a large part to be linked to the higher levels of active involvement between supervisor and trainees.

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Aim of the Traineeship Program

Traineeships combine formal study with practical supervised training in the workplace. So far the program has been successful in developing a pool of young, employment-read, knowledgeable practitioners.

Traineeship schemes provide an ideal opportunity for employers to train their new staff to ASIC Tier 2 compliance level at a minimal cost.


The scheme is for new entrants into the industry or those moving into a new role from other areas. It is preferred that applicants have no post-secondary qualifications although this may not necessarily exclude them from participating.

As an employer you will need to apply to have your staff member accepted as a trainee through your local Australian Apprenticeship Centre.

Once approved, you will receive a traineeship contract which is a formal agreement between you as the employer, your trainee and the relevant government training authority. In this contract you simply nominate NIBA College as your training provider for the program to start the training process.

Getting your trainee enrolled

The College will send your trainee the appropriate enrolment forms and it is important that you and your trainee read the Terms of Study before completing enrolment.

Some trainees who have previous office or business qualifications can apply for recognition of prior learning and gain module exemptions. Trainees must supply a copy of their past certificate of completion and if applicable, a competency statement listing the national standards achieved, if they are seeking exemptions.

Want to know more about traineeships?

Traineeship guidelines applicable to your State

General information about traineeships

Other helpful sites for potential trainees

Do a postcode search for your local apprenticeship centre

Email NIBA College with a query at