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We’re partnering with businesses and training providers to co-design innovative projects to drive apprenticeships.


Apprenticeship program to drive careers in forestry

The Logging Investigation and Training Association (LITA Training) is delivering a driver operations apprenticeship program to skill five new employees for forestry careers in the state’s South East.

Participants will undertake a Certificate III in Driving Operations and Heavy Combination truck training with a host employer, local contractor Tabeel Trading Nominees (TTN), allowing them to operate semi-trailers and learn on the job.

Participating apprentices are guaranteed work through a Group Training Organisation, Group Training Employment, throughout their two years of study. Upon completing their qualification, each will be offered ongoing employment with Tabeel Trading Nominees.

Mount Gambier-based training provider LITA Training has over 40 years’ experience equipping the local workforce with a range of forestry skills, and this project will drive careers in harvest and haulage.

Business, Digital Communications and Education

A pre-apprenticeship program supporting women who have experienced domestic violence has launched in South Australia after a successful Queensland pilot.

MEGT’s Empowering Career Options SA program—delivered in partnership with TAFE SA and the Government of South Australia—will equip 30 women with fundamental workplace skills and give them the opportunity to transition into paid traineeships upon completion.

In addition to earning credits towards a Certificate III in Business Administration, participants will have access to experienced domestic violence health professionals as they’re supported into sustainable employment with local businesses.

Queensland project participants received support from counselling and psychology service Child Aware. Director Leza Sullivan says the organisation has received positive feedback from the program’s pilot, and she looks forward to achieving similar outcomes in South Australia.

“This is an innovative program breaking down barriers for these women; empowering them through education and employment and providing them with skills and confidence through counselling,” she said.

“Participants in this project can provide for themselves and their children, and report feeling a renewed sense of self-worth.”

For more information and to express your interest in taking part, visit MEGT.

Construction, Mining and Energy

A pre-apprenticeship program has encouraged three of the state’s construction giants to invest in civil construction apprentices; growing capability and securing the future of their workforce.

Spearheaded by Statewide Group Training and Carey Training, the program has helped seven South Australians jobseekers gain a paid apprenticeship at Downer EDI Works, Fulton Hogan and SEM Group of Companies.

Participants are now undertaking a Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations, a qualification the South Australian Government has recently made available through a hands-on apprenticeship pathway.

Through Skilling South Australia, McMahon Services Australia will upskill 10 supervisors to create opportunity for more entry-level positions.

Participants will complete a Certificate IV in Demolition, a qualification new to South Australia that requires accredited trainers to travel from interstate to deliver the leadership training.

The project builds on the success of previous training initiatives with McMahon’s, including a demolition pre-employment program leading to eight new traineeship positions, established in partnership with Renewal SA’s Works Program.

Thirty-five workers in one of South Australia’s largest industries will upskill through a bespoke traineeship program, combining a Certificate III qualification with work at the world’s largest zircon mine.

​Around half of all project participants identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.

Iluka Resources has partnered with TAFE SA and Apprenticeship Network Provider MEGT to upskill staff at their South Australian Jacinth-Ambrosia site, with the project aiming to:

  • form part of the business’s workforce plan to improve performance and retention rates
  • recommence the business’s traineeship program and sustain this in a remote location
  • support positive employment outcomes for SA’s far west community.

Fifteen South Australians are set to start apprenticeships in the landscaping sector, after graduating from an industry-led training project.

Master Landscapers of South Australia (MLSA) mentored participants who will be assisted into apprenticeships through a partnership with TAFE SA and industry sponsors.

Participants of the nine-week intensive apprenticeship pathway project completed units of competency from qualifications in the agriculture, horticulture and conservation and land management training package.

Employer and industry supplier visits have also formed part of the Introduction to Landscaping project, exposing participants to job opportunities within the sector, including:

  • landscape design and construction
  • site supervisor
  • greens keeper (e.g. on a golf course)
  • lecturer or trainer in the industry
  • landscaping business owner/employer.

Civil construction and landscaping business outside ideas will upskill 12 supervisors through a new training program.

The capability building program will allow the South Australian business to take on 20 new apprentices, providing each with in-house mentoring and one-on-one training with a senior employee.

The program will:

  • equip the company’s leadership group with tailored skills to train, mentor and supervise an increased group of civil construction, landscape and concrete workers
  • ensure team leaders on all worksites can confidently support their workforce
  • increase the company’s apprentice numbers to more than 30 in 2019-20.

At least ten jobseekers will gain employment as civil construction apprentices through a collaboration between local councils in Fleurieu Peninsula and Adelaide Hills regions.

​12 participants will undertake a pre-apprenticeship program to gain fundamental skills and experience to prepare them for a full apprenticeship. At least 10 will continue to an apprenticeship, working towards a Certificate III in Civil Construction, Horticulture or Carpentry.

Participating councils are supporting regional development and ensuring the sustainability of their own workforce. The project will be delivered by Maxima in partnership with TAFE SA and a collaboration of councils led by the District Council of Yankalilla and including the Alexandrina Council, Mount Barker District Council, City of Victor Harbor and City of Onkaparinga.

Construction service provider McMahon Services, in partnership with Renewal SA, have delivered a pre-employment training program to source skilled workers and support job seekers start careers as demolition technicians.

Thirteen participants were involved in the program which included elements of the Certificate III in Demolition, such as white card, work-zone traffic management, working at heights, and work placement at one of McMahon Services’ demolition sites, including innovation precinct Lot Fourteen.

Following the four-week training, eight participants began a 24-month traineeship with McMahon Services while completing their Certificate III in Demolition.

Twenty-five job seekers will gain civil construction traineeships through an innovative training project involving the Wild Africa expansion project at Monarto Zoo.

Participants will undertake a Certificate II in Civil Construction while contributing to the growth of an iconic South Australian tourist attraction.

Led by the Civil Contractors Federation with Zoos SA, the project will see:

  • 36 participants undertake pre-vocational courses, equipping them with a range of skills and experience to ensure the career is right for them
  • 25 of the participants go on to undertake traineeships.

Developed in consultation with the Governor’s Aboriginal Employment Industry Clusters Program, the project includes 20 Aboriginal participants.

The State Government has provided more than $500,000 funding for the project including accredited training, non-accredited training, mentoring, and equipment hire.

Defence, Aerospace, Information Technology, and Cyber Security

Boosting businesses cyber security skills

Businesses will increase their capability through cyber security traineeships in a Skilling South Australia pilot program.

Up to 20 workers at SAGE Group, SA Power Networks and DXC Technology will be the first to begin cyber security traineeships.

The program aims to:

  • upskill ICT staff with the latest industry skills in cyber security functions
  • support participants and businesses to access subsidised training.

The two-year traineeship includes a Certificate IV in Cyber Security delivered online by TAFE SA. The Certificate IV in Cyber Security was developed by AustCyber in collaboration with national industry partners and the South Australian traineeship was endorsed by the State’s Training and Skills Commission and South Australia’s Chief Information Security Officer David Goodman.

There is a critical requirement for cyber-trained workers in industry sectors like defence, health, space, agribusiness and education, as well as the economy more broadly.

Businesses can find out more about applying for the cyber security traineeships by contacting MEGT on 13 69 63 or

A new higher apprenticeship pathway for careers in high tech industries is upskilling existing workers in the digital skills needed for Industry 4.0.

Led by Australian Industry Group, this pilot program will see 25 Higher Apprenticeships from participating organisations complete the Diploma of Applied Technologies.

This the first vocational education pathway in the high-tech sectors in the country and will be delivered with registered training organisation Skills Lab and includes a combination of online, virtual, real-time connection with Skills Lab’s training rigs, and workplace-based training.

The participating organisations include:

  • Redarc
  • Skills Lab
  • SAGE Automation
  • Sandvik
  • Treasury Wine Estates
  • Philmac
  • Vinpac

As our world becomes increasingly connected, industries will be transformed and driven by digitalisation, and the demand for workers with strong digital technology skills is only going to increase.

Microsoft Australia, in partnership with the State Government, will deliver a traineeship program to help create a pipeline of IT talent, and kickstart careers in the technology industry.

After launching in NSW in late-2018, the program has expanded to South Australia and will help:

  • build workforce capability in information technology and cloud computing
  • increase IT traineeships in the state.

The program will provide about 40 people with two-year traineeships that combine on-the-job paid work experience with a Certificate IV in Information Technology and a Microsoft Azure Certification delivered through TAFE SA.

Participants will be employed by MEGT’s Group Training Program and hosted by businesses in the Microsoft Partner Network, across metropolitan and regional areas, who will provide on-the-job training and development.

For more information visit Microsoft Traineeship Program.

The South Australia Defence Industry Leadership Program will continue in 2019, with more than $87,000 in Skilling South Australia funding secured for 25 participants.

The program will build existing leaders’ professional, behavioural and management leadership skills to prepare for unprecedented economic growth and opportunity from projects such as future frigates and future submarines.

Participants come from a range of organisations across defence and manufacturing industries. They’ll complete either an Advanced Diploma or Diploma of Leadership and Management, over an eight-month period through a higher-apprenticeship training model.

Up to 40 traineeships will be delivered in an innovative project with national IT services business DXC Technology (DXC).

The $214,000 Skilling South Australia project will boost IT industry capability and its workforce flexibility.

The two stage Associate Professional IT career pathway will offer 20 students a Certificate IV in Information Technology at TAFE SA with practical work experience at DXC’s new Digital Transformation Centre.

Students who successfully complete the Certificate IV can continue on to a two-year Diploma traineeship at the Adelaide Computer Support and Service Centre.

This model of learning has been developed in partnership with the IT sector, which has traditionally avoided vocational education and training. Participants will gain:

  • workplace experience
  • paid learning
  • mentoring and connection into a network of industry contacts
  • skilled careers through a higher-level traineeship as an IT professional.

Food, Wine, Tourism and Hospitality

An apprenticeship-ready course will prepare 20 Eyre Peninsula jobseekers for careers in the state’s thriving regional tourism sector.

The program aims to:

  • support participants into full-time apprenticeships in regional South Australia
  • encourage business owners to take on apprentices
  • boost the number of skilled employees in the state’s growing tourism industry
  • increase South Australia’s visitor economy, particularly in the state’s regions.

The Tourism Industry Council of South Australia (TiCSA) is working with TAFE SA to deliver the eight-week apprenticeship pathway training.

To complement the project, TiCSA will hold state-wide business development workshops that will:

  • promote training opportunities and the benefits of hiring apprentices
  • have representatives from Group Training Organisations, Registered Training Organisations and the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network who will contribute to workshops and help employers navigate the apprenticeship system.

Fifteen businesses in the Barossa region will receive a tailored support package to help them employ an apprentice or trainee for the first time and grow their business.

The pilot project will support:

  • participants to begin apprenticeships or traineeships with local small businesses
  • businesses to consider their skills needs and assist with planning.

Through the project, organisations will access the region’s Business 2 Business (B2B) network, including professional practitioners such as workforce development agents, accountants and legal practitioners which will help them become ready to employ an apprentice.

The project is being led by Regional Development Australia (RDA) Barossa Gawler Light Adelaide Plains with the B2B Network funded by RDA and Local Government partners.

We’ve partnered with the Independent Brewers Association to create traineeship opportunities and upskill workers in the state’s growing craft beer industry.

Twelve brewery workers will upskill through an Australian first traineeship in brewing through a Certificate III in Food Processing with TAFE SA.

The pilot project will support existing workers to advance their careers through practical on-the-job training and mentoring support.

Employers involved in the project include Barossa Valley Brewing, Beer Garden Brewing – Port Lincoln, Big Shed Brewing Concern, Prancing Pony Brewery and Sparkke.

Australian Apprenticeship Support Network provider MEGT is a partner in the pilot program.

This marks the 100th Skilling South Australia project to be announced – a massive milestone under Skilling South Australia.

Thirty young South Australians will gain a head-start to becoming the state’s future master chefs and hospitality-sector professionals, in a pilot training project.

The project combines on-the-job training with a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery or Hospitality, delivered by the Quality Training and Hospitality College.

Led by the Restaurant and Catering Industry Association of Australia, the project will pilot a new apprenticeship training model; grouping sets of job-related skills to be delivered through increasingly complex menus, instead of the standard unit-by-unit approach.

Through the program, participants will gain a more complete skill set and accelerate opportunities for career progression, meeting employer needs in the hospitality sector.

The South Australian Government has provided more than $80,000 funding for the project including employment brokerage, workplace mentoring and engagement, with highly-skilled and experienced chefs who will support the apprentices in their learning and development.

Health and Community Services and Disability

Training people to deliver quality care for older South Australians is more important than ever.

Skilling South Australia, in partnership with the aged care sector, is working to address this issue, with 19 training projects now underway.

Worth $2.66 million, these projects will equip almost 600 participants with the skills to provide high quality aged care services, with close to 470 of these securing traineeships in the industry. More than 15 per cent of the projects are benefiting regional South Australia.

Projects include:

  • Help for the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Education Centre to support 20 new entrants into aged care paid traineeships, undertaking a Certificate III in Individual Support.
  • The development of an apprenticeship-ready course through the Open Colleges School of Health, with 70 course graduates be supported into paid traineeships with an aged care provider.
  • A pilot program with Resthaven to offer the Certificate III in Individual Support to 30 home support workers.
  • Barunga Village traineeships supporting seven new workers to train and work as personal care workers in the Yorke and Mid North region.
  • A project to recruit, train and retain 22 personal care assistants with Career Partners Plus.
  • A structured six-week pre-apprenticeship program for 21 participants, to help build relevant skills and confidence to gain suitable employment within the aged care and disability care sectors with the Trustee for Mickamob Trust.
  • Career Employment Group’s project to support 10 participants, with seven transitioning to training contracts with Matthew Flinders Group in Port Lincoln.
  • Career Partners Plus, addressing skills demands in the Murraylands and Fleurieu regions, leading to 19 traineeships with Resthaven and Estia.
  • A partnership between Gratis Recruitment, Estia Health and Uniting Communities to provide 36 traineeships and boost capability in the sector.
  • A repeat project by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation to upskill 15 existing workers as personal care workers.
  • YourLife Health and Learning’s repeat Adelaide Aged Care project, which provides opportunities for 50 job seekers, including those displaced by COVID, to participate in a pre-traineeship program, with 35 transitioning to training contracts.
  • A project by UnitingCare Wesley Port Adelaide Ltd to trial a new integrated approach for recruiting trainees, including staff induction, traineeships, leadership and mentoring.
  • Building Business and People, a project by Baptist Care SA Inc that provides intensive, tailored case management support and bespoke training to address participants’ needs, and a work placement, resulting in 50 traineeships.
  • Three projects from AUCTUS Consulting:
    • Prepare to Care, which will prepare 58 participants for personal care assistant traineeships.
    • Prepare 2 Lead, which will support participants through a Certificate IV in Leadership and Management.
    • Komplete Care Upskilling Project, which will support 30 former employees of Integrity Care, with 16 gaining training contracts and 14 offered ongoing employment with Komplete Care.
  • My Care Solution’s New Careers in Aged Care project, which provides an accredited skills cluster to 20 mature-aged participants.
  • A partnership between Ternary Consulting and Calvary Health Care to meet skills demands in the residential and retirement sector due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • A pilot traineeship project to support 28 participants through a pre-apprenticeship program, with 20 transitioning to training contracts in Certificate III in Individual Support.

South Australians will be able to fast-track their careers in aged care thanks to traineeships being offered by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Education Centre (ANMEC).

The project will help 20 people to:

  • gain the skills and experience to enter a thriving sector through a paid traineeship in a residential facility or community/home care
  • complete a Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) over 12 months through classroom and on-the-job learning
  • be matched with an experienced mentor to help them adapt to the culture and responsibilities of the job.

The Upskilling to Diploma Qualifications program will deliver higher-apprenticeships to 15 existing childcare workers across eight businesses.

Delivered by Child Care Services Training Australia, the project has been developed in collaboration with employers to maximise the trainees’ opportunities to continue to work in their role whilst moving forward in their career path.

The project was announced at a Childcare Industry Roundtable, held in June 2019, that discussed industry’s workforce requirements and explored innovative options to strengthen training.

The project has been established to enable the use of apprenticeships and traineeships – these training models are new to the sector.

A pilot program will deliver up to 80 traineeships for the disability sector, in partnership between the State and Federal governments, and National Disability Services.

The innovative project will:

  • boost the number of traineeships in the disability sector
  • help trainees gain diverse skills and work experience across services including accommodation, community settings, children’s services, disability enterprises and day centres
  • meet the needs of employers in a transitioning sector
  • expand the Group Training Organisations (GTO) model of hiring trainees and placing them with host employers into a new industry.

This GTO model has been developed in consultation with disability sector employers, who sometimes find it difficult to fill vacancies and don’t normally use traineeship arrangements.

Manufacturing and Transport

Creating automotive apprenticeship pathways

We’ve partnered with the Motor Trade Association (MTA) of South Australia to create an additional 140 automotive apprenticeships to meet skills shortages in the state’s automotive sector.

The pre-apprenticeship training project will prepare young South Australians with job-ready skills to begin apprenticeships.

The $790,000 Skilling South Australia project will:

  • help address the industry’s workforce needs
  • provide participants with financial support for tools and equipment
  • industry-specific mentoring
  • provide a direct link to real jobs for apprentices.

Service Sector and Creative Industries

Up to 150 traineeships with Drakes Supermarkets will be created through Skilling South Australia, with:

  • 70 people to take up warehousing traineeships at Drakes Supermarkets’ new distribution centre at Edinburgh North
  • 80 workers across the supermarket network to upskill through high-level retail management and leadership traineeships.

Initially, 100 participants will be supported through a pre-apprenticeship training program and up to 70 of the participants will go on to the Certificate III in Warehousing Operations traineeships. The remaining 30 warehousing participants will be offered flexible working arrangements by Drakes in casual or permanent part-time positions.

Existing Drakes Supermarkets staff will also boost their skills with 40 people undertaking a Certificate IV in Retail Management and 40 taking up a Diploma of Retail Leadership as part of their traineeships.

An industry-driven hairdressing pre-apprenticeship program is being designed with South Australian salons to help attract and retain apprentices across the sector.

Employers in metropolitan Adelaide will be involved in recruiting 24 participants to take part in the Clip Joint Education Salon Connected Pre-Apprenticeship project.

Through apprenticeship ready courses, students can try out careers and gain valuable experience before committing to an apprenticeship.

In this project, participants will study a Certificate II in Salon Assistant and gain work experience and on the job mentoring to prepare them to start a hairdressing apprenticeship.

The project aims to increase apprenticeship retention levels by matching participants with salons, and ensuring they understand and enjoy working in a salon environment before beginning their skilled career.

Eleven jobseekers have completed a pre-apprenticeship program and landed full-time plumbing apprenticeships working on the construction of South Australia’s newest super schools at Aldinga and Angle Vale.

Participants were equipped with practical hand, tool and vehicle skills—as well as knowledge of safe working procedures and first aid—making them capable, safe and productive workers from their first day on the job.

This Skilling South Australia Project was a partnership between local business Jordan Plumbing, Trainee and Apprentice Placement Service (TAPS) and Carey Training.

More than 2,600 apprentices, trainees, graduates and existing employees will commence a vocational qualification within the South Australian Public Sector.

The Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment will work alongside a panel of Group Training Organisations to drive this new government training and employment program, which aims to:

  • equip participants with the skills and workplace experience required to advance their careers
  • increase diversity of the public sector workforce.

The project will also build capability in some of the state’s key growth areas, including allied health, child protection, education support, horticulture and IT/cyber security.

Partner with us to deliver training projects

We’re working closely with business and industry to co-design innovative and strategic projects to drive apprenticeship growth in the state.