How Do You Set Up a Traineeship in South Australia?



  1. The Short Answer 
  2. What Is a Traineeship Contract? 
  3. What Are the Minimum Hours Required for a Full-Time and Part-Time Traineeship? 
  4. How Do You Set Up a Traineeship Contract? 
  5. What Are the Responsibilities of the Training Organisation? 
  6. What Are the Responsibilities of the Employer? 
  7. What Are the Responsibilities of the Trainee? 
  8. What Is the Traineeship Wage Subsidy? 
  9. What Courses Are Available With Celtic Training’s Traineeship Program? 
  10. Conclusion 


What if you could earn a wage while studying your qualification? A traineeship is a fantastic way to earn your Certificate or Diploma on the job; you gain valuable experience in the industry and then turn that experience into credit for a nationally recognised qualification. 

Celtic Training’s traineeship program has been a massive success; hundreds of our students have earned their qualifications while working. 

Today, we are breaking down everything you and your employer need to know to set up a traineeship in South Australia. 


The Short Answer 


Traineeships combine paid work with structured training aimed at achieving a nationally recognised qualification. 

To set up a traineeship, you will need to complete a traineeship contract with your employer and a registered training organisation. This contract is the cornerstone of the traineeship. 


What Is a Traineeship Contract? 


The traineeship contract is a legally binding document that is agreed to by a trainee and their employer. The employer agrees to employ the trainee in a vocation or trade and the trainee ‘undertakes structured learning and paid employment for a specific period to achieve a relevant qualification’.2 


If the trainee is under 18, the contract must be signed by a parent or legal guardian. The contract covers: 


  • The qualification to be obtained. 
  • Employment arrangements and industrial award. 
  • Details of the registered training organisation (RTO) delivering the training. 
  • The length of the training period or traineeship.’2 
  • A traineeship usually lasts between twelve months to three years (and) may be full-time, part-time or school-based, depending on the agreement’.1 
  • For Celtic Training, the trainee cannot be employed on a casual basis. 


What Are the Minimum Hours Required for a Full-Time and Part-Time Traineeship? 


The minimum number of hours required to be under a contract signed after February 16, 2021, are: 

  • Full-Time Part-Time 
  • 20 hours per week 15 hours per week 


How Do You Set Up a Traineeship Contract? 


Once you and your employer have agreed to complete a traineeship, you will need to fill out the relevant contract and lodge it with your local Australian Apprenticeship Network Provider (ANP). 

You can find your local ANP here. 

In South Australia, the main ANPs are MEGT Australia and MAS Nation, both of which work with Celtic Training. 

We can also help you create the contract and fulfil the training organisation responsibilities outlined in the traineeship program. 


What Are the Responsibilities of the Training Organisation? 


The training provider must be a Registered Training Organisation (or RTO) to deliver nationally recognised qualifications. Both the trainee and employer agree on an RTO, such as Celtic Training. 


The training organisation will: 


  • Assist the employer and trainee with the development of a training plan. 
  • Lodge the training plan with Regulation and Contract Management. 
  • Provide Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) or Recognition of Current Competencies (RCC). 
  • Deliver training and assessing competencies. 
  • Provide mentoring and advice to employers, trainees, and apprentices. 
  • Issue a parchment recognising successful completion of qualification or issuing a Statement of Attainment to recognise the completion of a unit of competency 
  • Report all absences, late attendances, and misconduct to the employer.1 


What Are the Responsibilities of the Employer? 


In a traineeship program, your employer will: 


  • Provide employment and training for the term of the contract. 
  • Provide the trainee with appropriate supervision at all times. 
  • Release the trainee to undertake relevant training and assessment. 
  • Comply with the wages and conditions stipulated in the industrial award or agreement. 
  • Submit the Training Contract through the ANP to Regulation and Contract Management within 28 days of signing the Training Contract. 
  • Comply with other relevant legislation such as the Work Health and Safety Act 2012.1 


What Are the Responsibilities of the Trainee? 


If you are earning the traineeship, you have the following responsibilities: 


  • Attend work and training at the agreed times. 
  • Observe the conditions of employment and follow any lawful and reasonable direction from the employer. 
  • Work towards achieving the qualification. 
  • Undertake any training and assessment required.1 


What Is the Traineeship Wage Subsidy? 


Thanks to government funding, your employer will only need half of your year’s wages while undertaking a traineeship. The remaining wages are paid for by the government. This funding program is called the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements (BAC) Wage Subsidy. 

‘The (BAC) subsidy covers 50% of the new apprentice or trainee’s gross wages paid in the 12-month period from the date of commencement or recommencement, up to a maximum of $7,000 per quarter. Payments are made quarterly in arrears.’ 


The Australian Government has expanded the BAC Wage Subsidy to include new apprentices and trainees who sign up before the 30th of September 2021. The final claims for payment will need to be lodged by the 31st of December 2021. 


‘Businesses or GTOs may be eligible for the BAC wage subsidy if: 

  • they engage an Australian Apprentice or trainee between 5 October 2020 and 30 September 2021 
  • the apprentice or trainee is undertaking a Certificate II or higher qualification 
  • the apprentice or trainee’s training contract is formally approved by the relevant state training authority. 


The subsidy is available to employers of any size, industry, or location. 

Contact your Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) for more information about your eligibility for the BAC wage subsidy. Alternatively, you can call the Skilling Australia hotline on 1800 020 108 to find out who your AASN is. 

Eligible employers can make their first claim for the wage subsidy from 1 January 2021. Final claims need to be lodged by 31 December 2022.’ 

The above information was taken from the Fair Work Ombudsman website, which you can read here for more information on the wage subsidy.3 


What Courses Are Available With Celtic Training’s Traineeship Program? 


We currently offer the following qualifications as traineeships. 


CHC32015 Certificate III in Community Services

CHC42015 Certificate IV in Community Services 

CHC43115 Certificate IV in Disability 

CHC43315 Certificate IV in Mental Health

CHC43415 Certificate IV in Leisure and Health 

HLT43015 Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance 

CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services




We have covered the basics about traineeships and how to set up a traineeship contract. We also explained how 50% of your wages can be subsisted by the government for a year of the traineeship, thanks to the BAC Wage Subsidy. But this wage subsidy is only available for trainees who sign up before the 30th of September 2021. 


We’ll help you set up the traineeship for yourself or your employee. You can request more information or ask any questions about traineeships or the qualifications. 



  1. Celtic Training’s SA Traineeship Flyer (2021)