What is an apprenticeship or traineeship?

An apprenticeship or traineeship enables employees to learn a trade or specific skills both on the job under the guidance of a qualified tradesperson or professional and in class.

This leads to highly proficient workers with access to the latest industry trends and developments.

Apprenticeships are available for most trades – hairdresser, mechanic, electrician, chef, plumber and cabinet maker to name a few – while traineeships are available for a range of industries including technical production, HR, project management, early childhood education and more.

They can be full-time, part-time or school-based (initiated while still at school).

Why your business should take on an apprentice or trainee

When you employ an apprentice or trainee, you give your business the benefit of a skilled worker who understands your needs. This increases your competitive advantage by generating growth and productivity. Funding is available for many apprenticeships and traineeships.

In addition to this, the student will:

  • earn money while getting a qualification
  • gain a nationally recognised qualification on completion of training
  • train in the workplace, gaining practical skills while learning from qualified lecturers experienced in the industry
  • gain real life experience in the workplace
  • create a pathway to further education or university.

What is the difference between an apprenticeship and a traineeship?

Apprenticeships usually;

  • include trades such as automotive mechanic, pastry chef, fitter and turner, butcher, hairdresser and carpenter
  • take between 3 - 4 years of full time employment and training to complete
  • commence qualifications at Certificate III level.

Traineeships usually;

  • are available in non-trade areas such as financial services, aged care, children’s services, customer services, library information services and rural operations
  • take between 1 - 3 years of full-time employment and training to complete
  • commence qualifications at Certificate II or III level.

Strong Foundations

Learning with TAFE SA provides your apprentice or trainee with a strong foundation of practical skills and knowledge. We monitor world trends in practices and technology to ensure that students can benefit from up-to-the-minute course content and resources.

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School-based learning

A School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship (SBAT) allows senior secondary students to begin their apprenticeship or traineeship in Years 10, 11 or 12, combining paid employment and structured work-related training as part of their South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE).

SBATs are a pathway to employment in a trade or occupation, self-employment, further training or higher education.

Learn more about School Based Apprenticeships

For Employers - where do I start?

Here’s how to register an apprentice or trainee using TAFE SA as your preferred training provider:

1Select a person to sign up as an apprentice or trainee.
2Select an Apprenticeship Network Provider (ANP - see below) to assist you in setting up the contract of training.
3Ask your ANP if your organisation is eligible for government incentives/support.
4Having chosen TAFE SA as the preferred training provider, we will complete a training plan with you and your new apprentice or trainee, tailored to your organisation’s needs.
5The State Government’s Regulation and Contract Management will assess the contract of training application and advise you in writing of the decision.
6TAFE SA will contact the apprentice or trainee to commence their training.
7Upon successful completion of the qualification the apprentice or trainee will be issued with a parchment.

Apprenticeship Network Providers

Three (3) Apprenticeship Network Providers operate in South Australia, and have multiple offices. If you would like to commence an apprenticeship, employ an apprentice, or find out about apprenticeship financial assistance, please contact one of the following for assistance;

 Apprentices/Trainees with a Disability (DAAWS)

All TAFE SA students, including apprentices and trainees can receive assistance through Student Services.

The ‘Disabled Australian Apprentice Wage Support’ (DAAWS) scheme is a Commonwealth-funded initiative which supports apprentices/trainees to help them reach their potential as skilled workers.

The scheme may provide support for the off-the job component of your apprenticeship/traineeship, including mentoring, tutoring and interpreting.

For more information, contact one of our student services officers or your Australian Apprenticeship Network Provider: