These projects centre on delivering either a skill cluster or a qualification that provides a pathway to an apprenticeship and actively supports transitions to training contracts.
Pre-apprenticeship projects provide participants with a taste of the kind of work that an apprenticeship would involve, and some preliminary skills (and pre-requisites, such as safety licences and site permits) to improve their productivity once they commence in the workplace.
Pre-apprenticeship projects must involve:
- accredited training - either a qualification from the list at Appendix B in the guidelines below, or a skill cluster (group of units of competency)
- either the commitment by employer/s to provide apprenticeship opportunities, or a partnership with a Group Training Organisation to employ the participants
- active support for participants to transition to training contracts.
It is expected that at least 70% of participants will obtain an apprenticeship at the end of the project. Funding will be tied to achieving training contract outcomes.
These projects support businesses to take on apprentices, including higher apprentices, through a range of activities depending on the requirements of the businesses and/or the prospective apprentices.
Apprenticeship projects are intended to be one-off approaches that resolve or influence an issue that cannot be addressed through other funding options. For example:
- recruitment and work readiness activities that support disadvantaged cohorts to commence training contracts
- activities that attract and support employers that have not historically used training contracts
- small, targeted trials of alternative training and assessment methods with clear connections to employers and training providers.
Apprenticeship projects must have employers ready to take on apprentices, and result in training contracts at Certificate I to IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma levels.
The apprenticeship model is not always a practical option for some industries, occupations or businesses. In emerging sectors, a suitable apprenticeship pathway may still be in development. In certain businesses or workplace settings it is not always possible to meet the supervision requirements of an apprenticeship or provide work for the duration of an apprenticeship contract.
Factors such as these can limit the opportunities for both employers and individuals to benefit from combining a formal qualification with practical, on-the-job experience. In these circumstances, the Department has limited discretion to support training with similar characteristics to, or that are ‘like’ an apprenticeship through Skilling South Australia projects.
Training with similar characteristics could apply where the qualification is not listed on the Traineeship and Apprenticeship Pathways Schedule, or there are genuine factors in the context of the industry, occupation, or employer that prevent the use of training contract arrangements at the time of the application.
Project applications for training with similar characteristics will need to identify:
- how the work placement or experience will be sequenced with the training delivery
- that the proposed number of hours and activities undertaken during the work placement are commensurate with the qualification
- that sufficient employers are willing to host work placements for all participants, and
- that relevant insurance and appropriate supervision arrangements are in place for the work placement or experience component of the project.
Before applying for this type of project, please contact an advisor to discuss your proposal. Further information on this type of project can be found in the FAQs.
The Department may also work directly with some regions, industry sectors or other stakeholders to deliver strategic projects, particularly where they:
- respond to a specific issue or priority identified by the recently introduced Industry Skills Councils
- test innovation or will result in system improvements for employers, apprentices or training providers delivering under training contracts
- build the capability of training providers to develop innovative training approaches for apprenticeships.