Becoming an apprentice or trainee

Find an employer offering place in trade

To start an apprenticeship or traineeship you will need to find an employer who will take you on as an apprentice or trainee. Talk to local businesses that are listed on the Register of Approved Employers on the Training and Skills Commission website for employers registered to take on apprentices or trainees in your field of choice. Someone in your area might be looking for someone right now.

Check advertisements in newspapers and online job sites such as Jobactive website.

Consider a Group Training Organisation (GTO). A GTO will employ you as an apprentice or trainee and place you with a host employer.

Australian Apprenticeship Support Network

Meet with an Apprenticeship Network Provider (ANP) who will help you and your employer draw up a training contract and complete and lodge it with Traineeship and Apprenticeship Services (TAS) for assessment. ANPs provide information, administration services and support to employers and apprentices.

Visit an Apprenticeship Network Provider near you.

Find a training provider

Your apprenticeship or traineeship is generally made up of two types of training: on-job training (learning on the job with your employer or supervisor) and off-job training, which is usually carried out in classrooms or workshops by a training provider.

As part of its service, your training provider will tell you what off-job training components (often called units of competency) are needed to complete your qualification. Visit find a training course on the WorkReady website and find courses and training providers in South Australia.

Pay rates

Apprentice and trainee wages are mostly set by an industry award. Different industries have different awards. Search a current list of modern award rates on the Fair Work Australia website to find your industry and see what you should be paid.

If you are employed in the SA Public Sector search industry awards on the SA Industrial Commission website.

If you are not sure which award applies to you ask your employer or check your training contract.


Traineeship and Apprenticeship Services
Phone: 1800 673 097

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