Happy Hosts Tell All

Happy Hosts Tell All


As a supervisor/manager, observing the career growth and development of team members is truly fulfilling. Many Host employers are happy about the concept of a traineeship program that holds the potential to benefit their organisation.

The AFL SportsReady traineeship program has allowed individuals to gain practical work experience while they are still in school or shortly after high school. The Traineeship programs are designed to equip young people with the skills and knowledge they need to be successful in their future careers.

Happy Hosts Tell All

I prefer having a Trainee because it allows us to build a job and service the area in need without having to keep one eye on it all the time. As long as we provide support and guidance for the Trainee, the work is getting done. This is a better outcome for us, and I also think it’s a better outcome for the person because they can experience a lot more with their time, and it’s just a bit more consistentRead more

Cricket Operations Manager at the Queensland Cricket Organisation

One of the benefits of a traineeship program is that it allows organisations to tap into a pool of talented and motivated individuals who are eager to learn and contribute to the team.

By bringing in Trainees, managers can infuse fresh perspectives, ideas and innovation into the workplace, which can be invaluable in today’s rapidly changing work environment.

A traineeship program is a great way to identify and cultivate the next generation within an organisation. By giving Trainees exposure to different departments and functions, businesses can help them understand how an organisation works as a whole. These opportunities, also allow them to work on real projects that align with their interests and career aspirations. This can also help us to identify potential candidates for future job openings and build a strong talent pipeline.

To ensure the success of a traineeship program, organisations need to establish clear goals, expectations and support systems for Trainees. This can include providing them with mentors, regular feedback and opportunities for professional development. By doing so, we help them to grow and develop in their careers. While also benefiting organisations with their skills and enthusiasm.

Find out more from host employers:

Charlie’s personal and professional growth since joining the AFL licensing department. He has become a valued member of the team with improved communication skills and seamless integration. Charlie quickly grew into his role, becoming part of the team.
Ali highly recommends the AFL SportsReady program and fondly recalls her experience as a former AFL SportsReady Trainee. The program came at the perfect time, allowing her to work while building her qualifications… – Read more

– Licensing Account Manager at the AFL and former AFLSR trainee


I have worked in three different schools as Principal and have had trainees in every school. I heard of the program 15 years ago and loved that the trainee not only provided extra support to teachers and staff, but it introduced them to teaching, like a try before you buy.

It’s a huge positive for us and a huge positive for the trainee – it’s a win win… Read more

– Principal of Holy Rosary Primary School in White Hills


The students really look up to the trainees especially because they are closer in age to the teachers. Our trainees develop a strong rapport with the students and in turn the students can really open up to the trainees. Which helps them progress in their personal development and learning.

All our trainees have been fantastic role models. They uphold great values, are passionate in their role and keep motivated, which rubs off on students and staff…  Read more

– HPE teacher and host supervisor at St Cuthbert’s Catholic School


The Trainee has provided us support for our organisation when we really needed another person on the ground to do stuff. Her cultural perspective, insight and willingness to engage and look for ways to be a part of things have been invaluable.

I think the biggest thing for me is realising that there is potential in young people. The Traineeship program has shown me that there was another way things could be done for our organisation… Read more

– National Manager of Education and Innovation at Australian General Practice Accreditation Limited (AGPAL)


It’s a fantastic opportunity for the Library service to keep younger Trainees interested in the industry.

I appreciate Trainees who are willing to jump in, learn, and embrace opportunities. Harriet’s ability to adapt and contribute has been instrumental in the success of our projects… – Read more

Library Technology Team Leader at the City of Sydney Library

The AFL SportsrReady traineeship program can be a valuable investment for an organisation, both in terms of building the talent pool and infusing fresh perspectives and ideas into the workplace. By supporting the growth and development of young professionals, organisations can also strengthen their reputation as an employer of choice and position themselves for long-term success.

Traineeship Intake – Apply Now!

Are you a recent high school graduate unsure about your path for the upcoming year? AFL SportsReady is calling for expressions of interest from individuals like you who are eager to secure a traineeship in 2024. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain hands-on experience, develop valuable skills, and kickstart your career journey.

Explore the diverse fields available, from Sport and Recreation to Business and Administration, Education, Finance, Horticulture, Information Technology, Retail, and the Creative Industries.

Don’t miss this chance to shape your future – express your interest in a traineeship now!

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