The two ways a business can hire an apprentice or trainee is through direct indenture or hosting.
1. Direct Indenture
A business can employ an apprentice/trainee and are responsible for paying wages, super, and entitlements. The apprentice/trainee and employer must have a formal training contract that is established through an Apprenticeship Network Provider.
For more details, refer to the information booklet South Australia’s Traineeship and Apprenticeship System
- Award wages
- 3-4 year Training Contract
- Direct CITB support available
- Candidate selection
- Tailored off-job training
2. Hosting through a Group Training Organisation
Apprentices and trainees can be hosted out to a business through a Group Training Organisation (GTO). The GTO manages the recruitment, training, paperwork, and legal requirements. To discuss this option, get in touch with a GTO from the list below.
- Flexible on-demand placement
- Hourly rate
- CITB funding support is received through a discounted hourly rate
- Minimal paperwork
Contact a Group Training Organisation
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Consider a school-based apprentice/trainee
Taking on a school-based apprentice (SBA) is a flexible and cost-effective alternative for employers who are keen to take on a part-time apprentice while meeting the needs and demands of their business. The student benefits from experiencing life in the workplace, earning an income, and the opportunity to work toward gaining a formal qualification while at school.
- Award wages
- Apprentice/Trainee can obtain their SACE
- Trade School Support funding available
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Consider a doorways2construction® work-ready student
Employers can select apprentice candidates from a pool of work-ready, partial-Cert III qualified students from the doorways2construction® (D2C) program. Students come into the workplace with White Card, PPE gear, on-job experience, and a good work ethic.
In their senior school years, students engage in construction training with a CITB Endorsed Training Provider while continuing to complete their South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE). This affords employers the opportunity to look at a School-Based Apprenticeship as a possible employment tool.
The program is run in over 40 schools across the state with student participation from Years 10-12. D2C industry pathway programs include general construction, plumbing, and civil and provide a broad and general introduction to the industry.
Endorsed by the CITB, the D2C program is South Australia’s premier Vocational Education and Training (VET) in schools program for the building and construction industry.
To source a D2C apprentice please contact a CITB Field Officer on 1800 739 839.
Government Financial Incentives
The Australian Government offers allowances, reimbursements, and financial incentives for your business if you employ an apprentice.
Government of South Australia - Skilled Careers
- Travel and Accommodation Allowance
- Equipped for Work (equipment or services)
Australian Government - Employer Incentives
- Additional Identified Skills Shortage Payment
- Support for Adult Australian Apprentices
- Assistance for Australian Apprentices with disability
- Australian Apprentice Wage Subsidy
Click here to read about financial support for Australian Apprentices.