Incentives for employers of apprentices and trainees​

Learn about support programs and financial incentives.

Critical Skills Investment Program

The Critical Skills Investment Program supports training in areas of critical skills needs, and is aimed at increasing the number of apprentices and trainees who complete their training.

Support for Group Training Organisations

Funding is available through the Critical Skills Investment Program to assist Group Training Organisations (GTOs) to employ and mentor more apprentices and trainees.

Grants will be based on the wages paid to apprentices and trainees employed by the GTO, and are available to GTOs that are registered  in South Australia under the National Standards for Group Training Organisations. For further information call 1800 673 097.

Support for other employers

Funding is available to employers other than GTOs. A maximum payment of $2000 is available for apprenticeship and traineeship completions in qualifications that are of strategic importance to the state.

Read the Critical Skills Fund Completion Payment Fact Sheet for a list of funded qualifications, eligibility criteria and guidelines for applications. For further information call 1800 673 097.

Other financial incentives and support

Other incentives for taking on apprentices or trainees may include Australian Government commencement and completion payments. These are paid to employers and administered by Apprenticeship Network Providers (ANP).

To find your nearest Apprenticeship Network Provider, go to Find my ANP or call 13 38 73.

ReturnToWorkSA apprentice incentive

Employers may be entitled to a ReturnToWorkSA apprentice incentive for apprentices they employ. The incentive enables all apprentice wages to be exempt for the purposes of calculating an employer's ReturnToWorkSA premium.

  • If you only employ apprentices and no other staff, you may still need to pay an annual registration fee to ReturnToWorkSA
  • Trainees who commenced after 23 May 2013 will not be eligible unless they are employed by a registered South Australian Group Training Organisation.

For more information and full details of conditions visit the ReturnToWorkSA website or call 13 18 55.

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