9 reasons why it’s now easier to employ an apprentice or trainee

In a time where a wave of massive economic opportunity is hitting key growth industries across South Australia, employers are taking advantage of several new initiatives to help them take on apprentices or trainees and add value to their businesses.


But the first question from most business owners and operators is: why? What can an apprentice or trainee bring to my business, and what short or long-term mutual benefits can each party expect to gain?


The answer depends on the objectives a business hopes to achieve.


If you’re looking to upskill or add expertise to your core offering, then hiring an apprentice or trainee allows you to personally equip new recruits with practical skills tailored to the specific needs of your business. Business owners find this an attractive way to ensure staff are competent in the right areas.


Or, if you’re looking to grow your business by taking on more staff, then the option of doing so through the addition of an affordable, junior employee who will grow with the business is extremely viable.


In any case, employers are discovering that apprentices and trainees bring ideas, enthusiasm and a fresh approach which adds a new dimension to any business. Businesses investing in these training arrangements are also addressing industry demand for specific skills and qualifications to meet forecasted growth patterns.


Through the South Australian Government’s Skilling South Australia initiative, here are nine new benefits making it easier for businesses to take on an apprentice or trainee:


  1. More than 700 apprenticeship and traineeship qualifications added to the Subsidised Training List to provide your apprentice or trainee with relevant qualifications.

  2. A new state-wide advisory service to help you employ apprentices or trainees; with tailored support from first contact to your employee’s first day.

  3. Less red tape for businesses seeking to employ apprentices or trainees. We’re streamlining registration and working with you to remove other barriers.

  4. Financial support for both employers and apprentices through the reimbursement of the cost of goods and services essential to starting an apprenticeship or traineeship.

  5. An increase of nearly double the previous Travel and Accommodation Allowance for regional apprentices and trainees to help with the cost of attending training.

  6. Additional funding for Group Training Organisations to support businesses to take on apprentices and trainees, particularly in non-traditional trade industries. The GTO has responsibility for recruitment, selection and pastoral care, saving you time.

  7. Industry Skills Councils have been established to strengthen industry’s voice in skills and workforce development, and to ensure that funding for skills and training is directly aligned to industry priorities. More than 80 industry representatives have been selected.

  8. Funding for innovative Skilling South Australia Projects that drive apprenticeship and traineeship growth, designed by you in collaboration with Skilling South Australia advisers.

  9. Learner Support Services to help your apprentice or trainee complete their training.



If you’re interested in exploring the option to take on an apprentice in your business, find out more here or get in touch with an advisor who can help you take the next step.