CaPTA Group


CaPTA leads the way in skilling staff for the future and offers part time, full time and school based traineeships in areas of guiding, retail, sales, accounts, administration, horticulture, as well as food and beverage.  Traineeships vary depending on the needs of the individual, the links below provide more information about the various options.


CaPTA provides a school based “pathway” program designed to assist student in Years 11 and 12 to work towards a professional career in either hospitality or tourism.

The school based traineeship program was developed in 2007 for senior school students in the Far North which introduces them to the tourism and hospitality sector. In addition to their school studies, students undertake work placement with an employer providing on-the-job training and also complete formal tuition in that field.

CaPTA also provides training opportunities by offering structured work placement to Year 10 school students for periods of one week from both high schools across the region to “try before you buy”. This allows students to determine if a career path in tourism or hospitality is something they wish to pursue.  If so, this may lead to a school based traineeship following the career path of their choice.


The CaPTA school based traineeship program was developed in 2007 for school students in Years 11 and 12 across the Far North Region.  Employing a school-based trainee allows CaPTA to recruit keen young staff before they graduate from school and provide them with a realistic exposure to industry and business on a part-time basis before progressing into a full time role after graduating.

The flexible model of a school based traineeship allows students to complete their senior schooling during Years 11 and 12. Typically a school-based trainee will attend work one day a week and school four days a week. Attendance patterns are negotiated between the school, the Registered Training Organisation, the student and the employer.

The success of the program is evidenced by the increase in the number of trainees applying for placement each year. Students need to display a strong interest in their chosen field and commitment to a program that combines both classroom and paid on-the-job- training.

Testimonial: “The opportunity has been a big learning experience and has set me up for a wonderful career path for my future. The opportunity has introduced me to an amazing bunch of people. We’re all just like one big family. Going to training isn’t just a place to learn, it’s about having fun and I always know all my trainers will be there for me whenever I need advice.” – Emma Burke, School Based Trainee

Successful applicants will be offered a position within CaPTA and all training is provided by Careers Training Centre.  Both companies provide a high level of support for trainees to ensure the most successful outcome.

School based traineeships are available in Certificate III in Hospitality and Certificate III in Tourism.

Applications close at the end of Term 3 (October) with placement at the end of the year or the commencement of the following year.  There may also be opportunities for trainees to work extra casual hours on weekends and school holidays when available.  Transport to and from the work site is essential.

To obtain more details about school based traineeships students should contact their VET coordinator or to apply complete the application form below.

Email the completed form to and you will be contacted for an interview.

For further details regarding School Based Traineeships at Capta contact:

School Leavers and Adult Traineeships

CaPTA also provides traineeships for individuals that have left school through the Careers Training Centre which is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO No 40557).  Accredited training is available for the following:

  • Certificate II through to Diploma in Tourism
  • Certificate II through to Diploma in Hospitality


Flexibility and understanding is the key to meeting the needs of our trainees and employees.  For example, if trainees cannot attend a dedicated training session due to transport difficulties or personal issues, our trainers are available to go on site and work with them on a one-on-one basis at a time that suits to ensure continuity of training.

Assistance provided by supervisors in the workplace in addition to scheduled training times both help to keep trainees on track.


Recognition of prior learning is also available to existing employees and new trainees to assist them gain formal qualifications for skills and knowledge previously obtained through other studies, training or experiences at work or from experience in everyday life.


The Indigenous Employment Strategy has been specifically tailored to assist Indigenous employees with long term employment goals and offers them support from an Indigenous Mentor and linking them with Indigenous community organisations to assist in developing the most appropriate format for training and development.


The CaPTA culture embraces the eco-tourism standards of sustainability and to care for the environment.  The entire group participates in eco initiatives which support the CaPTA mantra – “All of our trips and attractions are nature based.”


Watch the video below to hear from some of our trainees first hand.

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