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Regional Youth Traineeship Program

The LGA is pleased to partner with Primary Industries and Regions SA in implementing the LGA Regional Youth Traineeship program.

RYTP Adelaide Plains Council 
RYTP Alexandrina Council 
 RYTP Murray Bridge
RYTP Yatala 

Program Overview

The initial 2015 - 2017 program was announced by the Minister for Regional Development, Hon Geoff Brock as part of the State Government’s $10M Jobs Accelerator Fund at the RDA Far North Roadshow held in Port Augusta in April 2015.

The Minister announced that the two year, $2M program would assist regional unemployed young people (17-24) to enter the workforce through full time traineeships in local government.

The program provides a wage subsidy of $29,000 to regional local governing authorities to employ a regional trainee full time for two years. Traineeship positions were available to the eligible participants listed under Eligibility Criteria below. Only councils based in non-metropolitan Adelaide were eligible to apply for funding under the Regional Youth Traineeship program.

The LGA Regional Youth Traineeship Program aims to assist unemployed young people in regional areas to participate in the labour market through two years of full time work experience and training in addition to achieving a Certificate III traineeship qualification.  The Program is designed to create sufficient incentive for councils to continue employing these trainees following the conclusion of the funding period.

Payment of the agreed funding amount to a council for employing a trainee for a period of two years will be made through the LGA. Payments to councils will be staggered and based on commencement, interim milestones and completion of the 2 year employment of their position(s) in the program.

Payments are subject to the provision of evidence to support that the Traineeship was conducted in accordance with the Program criteria, the Funding Deed entered into with the State Government and the State Government traineeship and apprenticeship regulator.

At the LGA Annual General Meeting on 21 October 2016, Hon Geoff Brock, MP announced Round 2 of the program and provided $2M for an additional 57 positions for Round 2 (2017- 2019) for eligible participants (outlined below) under the same conditions as Round 1.

Registration to participate in Round 2 closed on 2 December 2016. Please contact the Program Coordinator if you have any enquiries. 

Regional Youth Traineeship Program Coordinator

The LGA will work to assist councils and trainees with all aspects of the traineeship process for Round 1 and Round 2.

Please contact Lora Smith, Regional Youth Traineeship Coordinator via email or phone 8224 2013 if you have any queries regarding the program and registrations for Round 2.

Eligibility Criteria

Eligible participants are each SA regional council, Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY), Gerard Community Council, Maralinga Tjarutja, Nipapanha (Nepabunna) Community Council, Outback Communities Authority and Yalata Community Council. Each eligible participant was offered one (1) traineeship position funded under the Regional Youth Traineeship Program Round 1 and one (1) traineeship position for Round 2.

Any remaining unfilled positions were reallocated to participants that registered in both Rounds. Any eligible participant interested in expressing an interest in Round 2 should contact the Program Coordinator (refer contact details above).

Trainee Eligibility Criteria

Trainees employed in the program met the following criteria:

  • either unemployed or previously not employed on a permanent full-time basis for longer than six months. Full time employment is defined as employment for 37.5 hours or more per week
  • between 17 and 24 years of age. The selection criteria considered an applicant’s previous work history, with a preference in weighting to those who have not previously been employed.  Also, priority was given to applicants who:
    -              were registered job seekers or school leavers; or
    -              were of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Island descent; or
    -              had a declared disability; or
    -              were under the guardianship of the relevant Minister.
  • were regional South Australian residents
  • were Australian Citizens or had an appropriate work visa
  • did not hold a vocational qualification higher than a Certificate III
  • were not current South Australian local government sector employees

Regional Youth Traineeship Program Events

A number of regional events were part of the program. Please click here to find out more.

Roles and Responsibilities

 Traineeship - LGA Roles and Responsibilities
Traineeship - Council Roles and Responsibilities 
 Traineeship - Trainee Roles and Responsibilities
Traineeship - RTO Roles and Responsibilities 

Useful Resources and Frequently Asked Questions

1. During the recruitment phase of the program this document may assist council's with any queries:
    Questions and Answers Recruitment Phase - Regional Youth Traineeship Program(180 kb)

2. A Wage Guide for calculating trainee wages in this Program (based on the two SA awards):
    Regional Youth Traineeship Program - Wage Guide(480 kb)

3. A fact sheet on the traineeship process:
    Traineeship Fact Sheet For Councils - Regional Youth Traineeship Program(167 kb)

4. A Flowchart to summarise the process to employee a trainee through the Regional Youth Traineeship Program:
    Traineeship Process Flowchart - Regional Youth Traineeship Program(226 kb)

5. Traineeship and Apprenticeship System (TAS) Information booklet – V10, June 2016

Question: Our trainee has completed their 12/ 18 month traineeship. Can we enrol them in another qualification or traineeship?

You can continue to receive the wage subsidy however, there are number of factors that you should consider first.

Please use the Traineeship Renewal Checklist below before proceeding:
Traineeship Renewal Checklist(100 kb)

If you have any queries, please contact the Regional Youth Traineeship Program Coordinator .

Program Outcomes and Critical Success Measures

The Regional Youth Traineeship Program for both rounds will be continuously monitored by the LGA and progress reports presented to Primary Industries and Regions SA in keeping with the Funding Deed Agreement and milestone payment dates.

The table below reflects the roles councils chose in this program.

Trainee Role



Civil Works/ Maintenance

Environmental Services

Information Technology

Finance or Library

Community Devt/ Services

Total in RYTP








Percentage (%)








Please see following link to view the potential qualifications that could have been selected in this program - Cert III traineeships qualifications(222 kb)

Traineeship - Further Information

The Local Government Association of SA is delivering the Regional Youth Traineeship Program through funding provided by the Minister for Regional Development.

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