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Program Overview

The Department employs apprentices through the Government Apprenticeship Scheme. All apprentices are employed in three or four year Contracts of Training and will gain a nationally recognised trade qualification.

Apprenticeships that may be offered in The Department include:

  • carpenter
  • electrical
  • electronics
  • engineering (mechanical, civil and electrical)
  • glazing
  • plant operator
  • plumber


Anyone seeking an apprenticeship with the South Australian Public Sector is eligible to apply.  There are no age restrictions.

Payment for Apprentices

Apprentices are paid according to the award in which they are employed.


Apprentices may be placed in metropolitan and regional locations throughout South Australia.

Guarantee of Employment

Apprentices who have performed to the standards expected by the department and who have met all the learning criteria within their award will be offered an ongoing position.


The Department advertises through out the year as apprentices are required. Please refer to I Work for SA for advertised vacancies.

For further information visit the Skills SA apprenticeship and trainee website.

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