What is an Apprenticeship or Traineeship?

An apprenticeship or traineeship is the time spent learning a skilled trade under a qualified tradesperson. There are hundreds of different trades from hairdresser to mechanic, electrician to chef, plumber to cabinet maker.

An apprenticeship or traineeship enables employees to learn skills both on the job and in class, leading to highly proficient workers with access to the latest in industry trends and developments.

Apprenticeships and traineeships can be full-time, part-time or School-based (initiated while still at school).

Why an Apprenticeship or Traineeship?

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 to 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 to 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 provide flexible training options, including online, external, internal and customised. We monitor world trends in practices and technology to ensure that up to date techniques and equipment are available.

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School Based Apprenticeships

A School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship (SBAT) allows senior secondary students to begin their apprenticeship or traineeship in Years 10, 11 or 12 as part of their South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE).

SBATs combine paid employment and structured work-related training within the SACE. SBATs are a pathway to employment in a trade or occupation, self-employment, further training or higher education.

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For Employers - where do I start?

The following steps outline the process of registering 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) 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, with 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;