Apprenticeships / Traineeships


A traineeship or apprenticeship is a contract between an employer and a trainee or apprentice, whereby the employer undertakes to train and employ the trainee or apprentice in a nationally recognised vocation or trade.

The trainee or apprentice also undertakes structured learning and paid employment for a specific period of time to achieve a relevant qualification. A traineeship usually lasts for twelve months to three years, depending on the area of employment undertaken. An apprenticeship is in a traditional trade occupation and usually lasts for three or four years.

A traineeship or apprenticeship may be full-time, part-time or school based but this depends on the industrial award or agreement being utilised by the employer.

Additional information on traineeships and apprenticeships available in South Australia can be accessed on the Skills for All website at

For a list of example training programs covering the complete range of apprenticeships and traineeships you can visit

For career pathways information please visit or

Employer Incentives / FundingIf you are an employer hiring an apprentice or trainee, or you are an apprentice or trainee, you could be eligible for a range of incentives including commencement and completion incentives, tuition funding, WorkCover exemptions and Payroll Tax rebates. Please click on the links below or call the numbers listed for further information and clarification of your eligibility for incentives.

1. Australian Government Incentives –
2. WorkCover Exemptions – – Ph: 13 18 55
3. Payroll Tax Rebates – – Ph: 8204 9880
4. Construction Industry Training Board Incentives –

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