National Partnership

The Government of South Australia has signed the Commonwealth Government’s National Partnership on the Skilling Australians Fund.

This National Partnership brings South Australia, New South Wales, Western Australia, Tasmania, the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory together to achieve a shared goal of improving Australia’s training system and increasing the number of apprenticeship and traineeship commencements across the country.

The National Partnership unlocks additional funds – over $90 million – to help the Government of South Australia grow apprenticeships in key industries and occupations.

The National Partnership aims to improve employment outcomes by supporting Australians to:

  • get the skills and training needed for jobs in demand through apprenticeship pathways

  • meet the growing need for skilled workers across a range of critical industries.

Reporting on our targets

The National Partnership includes targets across a range of activities, including commencements for pre-apprentices, apprentices, trainees, higher apprentices and like-training. For more information on targets and deliverables, download the National Partnership schedules:


The Government of South Australia submitted its first report to the Federal Government on 2018-19 National Partnership data, up to April 2019.


The report highlighted that total apprentice and trainee numbers exceeded the benchmark set for Skilling South Australia, with more than 10,000 commencements achieved. Based on the report, South Australia received 99 per cent of the total funding available under the National Partnership.

National apprenticeship statistics

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research releases quarterly reports, statistics and insights into training activity. Due to lags in processing, statistics on apprenticeship and traineeship commencements are estimations only with reports focussing on activity that is at least six months old.

View the latest report and learn more about the reporting methodology.

Through apprenticeships students are employed from day one, enabling them to earn a living while learning skills in the workplace and classroom.

Compared to other forms of training, apprenticeships help students to earn a wage more quickly and develop industry networks to support ongoing employment.

Apprenticeships are also a cost-effective solution for businesses looking to develop or grow their business.


Increasing apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities is helping to grow South Australian businesses and the economy.

Why are apprenticeships so important?

What is an apprenticeship?

In Australia, the term “apprenticeship” covers apprenticeships, traineeships and higher apprenticeships.

As part of our National Partnership Agreement, we also have targets to increase pre-apprenticeships and apprenticeship-like training.

  • Apprenticeship-ready courses, delivering either a skills cluster (a group of units of competency) or a Certificate II level qualification that provide pathways to skilled careers

  • Insight into careers and types of learning, helping to improve completion rates

  • Teaches students basic skills and helps them build relationships with businesses that can take them on as an apprentice and improve their employability.

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Traineeships and apprenticeships
  • Ranging from one and up to four years duration

  • Typically a Certificate III or IV level qualification

  • Apprenticeships are primarily in traditional trades, cooking and horticulture

  • Traineeships are available across a broader range of industries, including business, community health, child care and financial services

  • Employed on day one and given the opportunity to build relevant skills while employed


Discover the The Microsoft Traineeship Program project and Meeting the skills needs for cooks and chefs project.

  • Combine a program of structured on-the-job training with formal study

  • Include Diploma, Advanced Diploma and Associate Degree level qualifications

  • Opportunity to upskill staff and enable them to gain higher qualifications by leveraging their experiences in the workplace.

We're achieving higher-apprenticeship growth through projects. Discover the Upskilling childcare workers through higher-apprenticeships project.

Other accredited training
  • Used in industries where apprenticeship pathways do not exist or are not routinely used

  • Piloting the delivery of training in apprenticeship models demonstrates the value and relevance of apprenticeships to a broader range of industries

  • Successfully piloted qualifications can be recommended for an apprenticeship pathway, offering more flexible training solutions to students, business and industry

  • Other accredited training may also be used to pilot pre-apprenticeships or higher-apprenticeships.

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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.

To discover projects underway, see Achieving growth through projects.