SA businesses turn to apprentices and trainees to add value and drive growth

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 employ apprentices or trainees and add value to their businesses.


The State Government’s $203 million Skilling South Australia partnership is set to create an additional 20,800 apprenticeships and traineeships, and at the end of last year there had already been an estimated 4,000 commencements in more than 700 apprenticeship and traineeship qualifications on the Subsidised Training List.


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


The answer varies depending 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, there are a number of new benefits making it easier for businesses to take on apprentices and trainees:


  • Increased access to and choice of subsidised training options to provide your apprentice or trainee with relevant qualifications.


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


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


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


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


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.