FAQ

I hire apprentices through a Group Scheme

If you already use an apprentice through a group scheme - don't worry - you still receive the benefit of CITB support funding through a reduced hourly rate.

What do apprentices get out of this?

Apprentices get paid to train, gaining a recognised qualification and a rewarding career in the construction industry without a university debt.

Can the apprentice do other funded short courses while they are in training?

Yes, the CITB provide discounts on over 40 construction related courses that will assist the apprentice on their career path.

What if I sign off my apprentice before the full term of the apprenticeship is complete?

Apprenticeship training is completed under the “Adult Learning” model, which measures learning rather than time. Apprentices progress by proving that they have mastered the knowledge and skills (demonstrating their competence) required for a particular trade, regardless of how long it takes. Early sign off for your Apprentice is not uncommon and it is most important that all parties to the Training Contract are notified of this. Agreement and appropriate notifications need to be included for all parties, the Employer, the Apprentice, the Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and Trainee and Apprenticeship Services (TAS) so that the completion process happens as smoothly as possible.

On-Job Training Support is payable to the employer at the completion of each full year of the apprenticeship, and is payable on a pro rata basis on the year that the apprentice signs off early. Verification of all completions including early sign off is confirmed by TAS and payment cannot be made until the sighting of this by the CITB.

What other funding is available for employing an apprentice?

The Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program offers funding to those eligible under other initiatives such as Support for Adult Australian Apprentices, Living Away From Home allowances and many more.

Apprentice Trade Support Loans

The Australian Government offers Trade Support Loans of up to $20,000 to apprentices who are undertaking a Certificate III or IV qualification. The loan is repayable once the minimum income threshold is reached.

ABBTF - Australian Brick & Blocklaying Training Foundation

The ABBTF exists to ensure there is an adequate and competent bricklaying and blocklaying workforce to support the demand for bricks and blocks as a construction material and improve the standing of bricklayers and blocklayers within the industry. There is a shortage of skilled bricklayers in Australia.

What are the changes to payment amounts?

Apprentice funding rates changed on 1st July 2015. Please find the updated payment schedule below:

On Job Training Support

> Up to $2,100.00 per year

> Eligible electrical trades can claim up to $1,050.00 per year

 Trade School Support 

> Up to $900.00 can be claimed over the term of the apprenticeship

What are the benefits to the South Australian construction industry because of the changes?

To ensure that CITB can continue to support employers of apprentices in times of reduced revenue due to the downturn in the construction industry.

What has the CITB done to make people aware of the rate changes?

CITB has sent correspondence out to all existing employers of apprentices who are registered with the CITB.

How can I find out about changes to rates in the future?

CITB sends out important information and reminders electronically. Ensure that your contact details are up-to-date by using the Employer Login. If you do not have an Employer Login contact a CITB Field Officer on 8172 9500.