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Achieving growth through collaboration

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) delivers a driver operations apprenticeship program to skill new employees for forestry careers in the state’s South East.

Participants undertake a Certificate III in Driving Operations and Heavy Combination truck training with a host employer, local contractor Tabeel Trading Nominees, 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.

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 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 pilot 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 South Australian 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 is upskilling supervisors to create opportunity for more entry-level positions.

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

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

One of South Australia’s largest industries will upskill workers 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.

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

Master Landscapers of South Australia mentor participants who transition to apprenticeships, through a partnership with TAFE SA and industry sponsors.

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

Employer and industry supplier visits have 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. golf course)
  • lecturer or trainer in the industry
  • landscaping business owner/employer.

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

The capability building program will allow the South Australian business to take on new apprentices, providing each with in-house mentoring and individual 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 apprentices.

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

​Participants will undertake a pre-apprenticeship program to gain fundamental skills and experience to prepare them for a full apprenticeship. Participants will transition 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 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.

Participants involved in the program experience elements of 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, participants engaged in a 2 year traineeship with McMahon Services, while completing their Certificate III in Demolition.

Participants gain civil construction traineeships through an innovative training project involving the Wild Africa expansion project at Monarto Zoo.

Participants 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:

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

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

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.

Existing 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 South Australian Skills Commission and South Australia’s Chief Information Security Officer.

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 engages Higher Apprenticeships from participating organisations, to complete the Diploma of Applied Technologies.

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

The participating organisations include:

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

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.

The program has expanded to South Australia from NSW and will help:

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

The program engages participants in 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 Australian Defence Industry Leadership Program builds existing leaders’ professional, behavioural and management leadership skills, to prepare for economic growth and opportunity from projects across maritime, land and aerospace domains.

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

Traineeships will be delivered in an innovative project with national IT services business, DXC Technology (DXC).

The project will boost IT industry capability and its workforce flexibility.

Associate Professional IT career pathway will offer students a Certificate IV in Information Technology, to be completed through TAFE SA, with practical work experience at DXC’s new Digital Transformation Centre.

Students who successfully complete the Certificate IV can transition 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 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.

Fifteen businesses in the Barossa region will receive a tailored support package to help employ an apprentice or trainee for the first time and to grow the 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) in the Barossa Gawler Light Adelaide Plains, in partnership with B2B Network, funded by RDA and Local Government partners.

The Independent Brewers Association has partnered with the Department 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.

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 funding for the project to support a variety of services, including employment brokerage, workplace mentoring and engagement, with highly-skilled and experienced chefs who will support 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 priority, with multiple projects underway.

These projects will equip of participants with skills to provide high quality aged care services, with more than 70 per cent of participants 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 new entrants into aged care industry paid traineeships, undertaking a Certificate III in Individual Support.
  • The development of an apprenticeship-ready course through the Open Colleges School of Health, with course graduates supported into paid traineeships with an aged care provider.
  • A pilot program with Resthaven to offer Certificate III in Individual Support to home support workers.
  • Barunga Village traineeships supports new workers to train and work as personal care workers in the Yorke and Mid North region.
  • A project to recruit, train and retain personal care assistants with Career Partners Plus.
  • A structured six-week pre-apprenticeship program for 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 supports participants, with 70 per cent transitioning to training contracts with Matthew Flinders Group in Port Lincoln.
  • Career Partners Plus addresses skills demands in the Murraylands and Fleurieu regions, leading to traineeships with Resthaven and Estia.
  • A partnership between Gratis Recruitment, Estia Health and Uniting Communities to provide traineeships and boost capability in the sector.
  • A repeat project by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation to upskill existing workers as personal care workers.
  • YourLife Health and Learning’s repeat Adelaide Aged Care project, which provides opportunities for job seekers, including those displaced by business shutdown conditions, to participate in a pre-traineeship program, with 70 per cent transitioning to training contracts.
  • A project by UnitingCare Wesley Port Adelaide is trialling 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, transitioning to traineeships.

Three projects from AUCTUS Consulting:

  • Prepare to Care, which will prepare 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 former employees of Integrity Care, with more than 50 per cent gaining training contracts and more than 40 per cent having opportunity of ongoing employment with Komplete Care.

My Care Solution’s New Careers in Aged Care project, which provides an accredited skills cluster to mature-aged participants.

  • A partnership between Ternary Consulting and Calvary Health Care to meet skills demands in the residential and retirement sector affected by pandemic response conditions.
  • A pilot traineeship project to support participants through a pre-apprenticeship program, with participants transitioning to training contracts in Certificate III in Individual Support.

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

Delivered by Child Care Services Training Australia, the project was developed in collaboration with employers, to maximise trainee opportunities to continue to work in their role while continuing on their career path. This training model is new to the sector.

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

This 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 automotive apprenticeships to meet skills shortages in the state’s automotive sector.

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

The 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

Traineeships with Drakes Supermarkets will be created through Skilling South Australia, with:

  • participants to take up warehousing traineeships at Drakes Supermarket’s new distribution centre at Edinburgh North
  • workers across the supermarket network have the opportunity to upskill through high-level retail management and leadership traineeships.

Participants will be supported through a pre-apprenticeship training program and up to 70 per cent of participants will go on to the Certificate III in Warehousing Operations traineeships. The remaining 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 per cent of workers undertaking a Certificate IV in Retail Management and 40 per cent of workers 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.

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

Participants are 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 Project is 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 build capability in some of the state’s key growth areas, including allied health, child protection, education support, horticulture and information technology/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.