Group training organisations employ you as their apprentice or trainee and then host you out to employers where you gain on-job experience and training.

How does it work?

Group training organisations (GTOs) employ many apprentices and trainees (sometimes hundreds).

A GTO will:

  • arrange your off-job training, usually done at the training provider's location
  • ‘host’ you out to a ‘host employer’ for your on-job training
  • pay you a wage.

Host employers

A host employer is one willing to take you on for a given period but who may not wish to commit to the full term that most apprenticeships and traineeships require. As a GTO apprentice or trainee:

  • you may find yourself working and learning under several host employers
  • you may find yourself working and learning under one host employer for the whole term of your apprenticeship
  • you’ll get the same range of on-job and off-job experiences as any other apprentice or trainee
  • you’ll be paid the appropriate wage by the GTO
  • you’ll be assigned a field officer who will visit you regularly to make sure things are going well with your host employer.

Next steps

  1. Select a South Australian Group Training Organisation.
  2. Visit an individual GTO's website and learn about their intake schedule and recruitment process.
  3. Apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship with a GTO. All GTOs employ their apprentices and trainees the same way as a normal employer, via an application and selection process.
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