There can be several aspects to consider including the terms and conditions of the training contract with your apprentice or trainee, State and/or national regulatory requirements, commercial arrangements and information about the right course, qualification or apprenticeship or traineeship for your business needs.
Information to assist you or your staff to gain new skills or a nationally recognised qualification is available on the Skilled Careers website.
If you are considering employing an apprentice or trainee for the first time, or you are a current registered employer, we can assist you to achieve a successful apprenticeship outcome.
Apprenticeships and Traineeships are under a training contract agreed to by:
To employ an apprentice or trainee you must be a registered employer. This means that you must be registered with the State Government, Traineeship and Apprenticeship Services. A step by step guide on how to employ an apprentice can be found here:
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We aim to help you to have a positive training experience and a successful apprenticeship, so when employing a trainee or apprentice, these are some of the key points and resources to consider:
We can also respond to concerns or complaints you may have about the training system.
Our services include:
If you have experienced barriers or challenges in employing an apprentice or trainee, we would like to hear from you to assist us to improve the system.
Other Helpful Resources:
Small Business Commission of South Australia
Fair Work Ombudsman - Help for Small Business
Department for Industry, Innovation and Science - Information for Business
Did you know that there are State and national awards for businesses to be recognised for high level achievement and their contribution to the training sector, including:
Our role is to provide a free and confidential advisory service to employers to help guide you through the training system or help you to connect to key industry stakeholders and gain access to the most current information relevant to your business needs.
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When hiring an apprentice, you have certain responsibilities and obligations. You will 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.
Employers are responsible for supervising and ensuring oversight and coordination of on-job training of an apprentice or trainee. On-job training must be by a skilled or qualified person in the competencies laid out in the agreed Training Plan. The work should be work relevant and appropriate to the trade or declared vocation.
If an employer delegates or assigns the responsibility of supervising or providing on-job training to any staff member (or contractor), the employer must make sure they understand and adhere to the requirements of the standard.
Help is available to resolve problems or disputes with your apprentice or trainee. For the most part, training is a positive experience for both employers and apprentices, but occasionally, disagreements or disputes may arise between you and your apprentice.
Problems in a training contract are easier to resolve when they’re dealt with as soon as possible. It’s important that employers try to resolve the issue with their apprentice directly before referring the matter further.
If you’re unable to resolve the matter with your apprentice, we can provide to help find a resolution.
Whilst we want to see all training contracts fulfilled successfully for the employer, apprentice or trainee, we recognise that sometimes contracts can be terminated when a more suitable option would be to temporarily suspend the contract.
A suspension is a temporary postponement of a training contract for a period of time agreed by both the apprentice/trainee and the employer with a view to the parties completing the training contract.
The South Australian Skills Commission will assess and either approve or decline an application for training contract suspension. It is important to know that suspension must be a last resort.
Examples of when a suspension may occur:
To apply for a suspension, an application form must be completed and information and support documents provided.
It is your responsibility as an employer, to comply with the South Australian Skills Regulations 2021, and the South Australian Skills Standards. More information can be found in the link below on what you need to know, and why.
Find out how you can make changes to a training contract, including all the necessary information and forms. You can also contact the Skilled Careers Infoline on 1800 673 097.