Recruiting an Apprentice or Trainee

Build your business with an apprentice or trainee and discover government incentives.

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

    Benefits:

    • 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.

    Benefits:

    • Flexible on-demand placement
    • Hourly rate
    • CITB funding support is received through a discounted hourly rate
    • Minimal paperwork
    Contact a Group Training Organisation

    Call a Group Training Organisation to discuss your needs;

    › ATEC Group Training 1300 112 832

    › Career Employment Group (CEG) 1300 885 69

    › Group Training Employment (GTE) 8721 2345

    › Housing Industry Association (HIA) 1300 650 620

    › Master Builders Association Group Training Scheme (MBA) 1800 067 466

    › Master Plumbers Association (MPA) 8292 4000

    › Maxima Group Training 1300 669 859

    › National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) 8272 2966

    › Plumbing, Electrical, Electronic and Refrigeration Training (PEER) 8348 1200

    › Statewide Group Training 1800 808 004

    › Sunraysia Murray Group Training (SMGT) 1800 025 097

    › Training and Placement Services Inc (TAPS) 8433 1200

    Get help to find an apprentice or trainee

    1. Find an apprentice/trainee

    › Contact a CITB Field Officer on 1800 739 839 or

    › Contact a DECD Apprentice Broker on 8226 0480 or

    › Contact an appropriate Endorsed Training Provider

    2. Select a CITB-endorsed Training Provider (ETP)

    › Contact a CITB Field Officer on 1800 739 839

    › Talk directly with an approved ETP or

    › Search for training providers

    3. Find an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN)

    › Contact a CITB Field Officer on 1800 739 839

    › Visit Australian Apprenticeships

    4. Register the apprentice/trainee with CITB

    › Contact a CITB Field Officer on 1800 739 839

    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.

    Benefits:

    • Award wages
    • Flexibility
    • Apprentice/Trainee can obtain their SACE
    • Trade School Support funding available
    Get help to find a school-based apprentice or trainee

    1. Find an Apprentice/Trainee

    › Contact a CITB Field Officer on 1800 739 839

    › Contact a DECD Apprentice Broker on 8226 0480

    2. Select an Endorsed Training Provider (ETP)

    › Contact a CITB Field Officer on 1800 739 839

    › Talk directly with approved ETP or;

    › Search for training providers

    3. Find an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN)

    › Contact a CITB Field Officer on 1800 739 839

    › Visit Australian Apprenticeships

    4. Register the Apprentice/Trainee with CITB

    › Contact a CITB Field Officer on 1800 739 839

    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.