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An investment in your business

When you invest in skilled people, you’re investing in the future of your business. Apprenticeships are an effective way to introduce knowledge, passion and ambition into your workforce, helping you respond to the evolving needs of your business and industry.

Taking on an apprentice has never been easier. With streamlined registration and management processes, we’re working with you to make it easier for your business to support and leverage skilled staff and resources.

We’re here to help you do business better. We connect businesses to the people and skills they need. We can help you thrive now and in the future – chat online now or call us on 1800 673 097 for services and advice tailored to your business.

What is an apprenticeship or traineeship?

The term apprenticeship can refer to an apprenticeship or a traineeship. So what’s the difference?

  • Apprenticeships are used to qualify your staff member in a traditional trade like cooking, horticulture, engineering, or plumbing. Apprenticeships are generally completed in 3 to 4 years. The probation period for an apprentice is generally 90 days, and they are issued a trade certificate when they complete their training.
  • Traineeships are used to train your staff in a broader range of occupations, including business, community health, child care, financial services and IT. Traineeships are generally completed in 1 to 2 years. The probation period for a trainee is generally 60 days, and they are issued a notice of completion when they complete their training.

There are more similarities between apprenticeships and traineeships than there are differences. As an employer, you will:

  • provide supervision, management and the on-the-job training for your employee
  • work with a training organisation to make sure your employee is learning the right skills in the classroom
  • shape and mould your employee, developing them into an integral part of your business
  • enter into a training contract, which is a legally binding agreement to work and train together until your apprentice has completed their training and you both agree they are competent in the skills required for their trade or vocation.

Throughout this site, we’ll use the term apprenticeship to refer to both apprenticeships and traineeships.

Why should you take on an apprentice?

Employing an apprentice can deliver real benefits to your business. You can:

  1. Develop new skills and harness new perspectives
    Apprentices not only bring up-to-date knowledge and skills into your business, but they also inject new ideas and energy, helping your business build momentum and get ahead.
  2. Guide, shape and mentor staff aligned to your business needs
    Apprenticeships are built on a foundation of training ‘on-the-job’. This presents a valuable opportunity to train staff with purpose: developing skills and knowledge in line with your business needs.
  3. Upskill your business
    Stay competitive and increase business sustainability by recruiting skilled people or upskilling current employees. Apprenticeships are an effective way to re-energise and reskill your workforce and extend your business offering.
  4. Build your business with confidence
    South Australia’s extensive training network and diverse employment options means you can recruit an apprentice with confidence. With streamlined management processes, probationary periods and employer incentives, there are apprentice pathways to suit businesses of all sizes.
  5. Recruit, train and upskill with ease
    Our advisors guide you through your recruitment and training options, partnering with you from your first enquiry to your apprentice’s first day.

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