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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 LGA Regional Youth Traineeship Program aims to assist unemployed young people (17-24) in regional areas of South Australia to participate in the labour market through two years of full time work experience and training in addition to achieving a Certificate III qualification.

The program provides a wage subsidy of $29,000 to regional local governing authorities to employ a young person from their region full time for two years, commencing as a trainee. Employment 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.

Payment of the agreed funding amount to a council for employing a young person, commencing as 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.

The program initially commenced in 2015, with the then Minister for Regional Development announcing the Round 1 (2015-2017), $2M ‘Program’ as part of the State Government’s $10M Jobs Accelerator Fund in April 2015.

In October 2016, the then Minister for Regional Development 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.

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 Natasha Black, Regional Youth Traineeship Coordinator via email natasha.black@lga.sa.gov.au or phone 8224 2013 if you have any queries regarding the program.

Eligibility Criteria

Local Governing Authority 

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) position funded under the Regional Youth Traineeship Program Round 1 and one (1) position for Round 2.

Any remaining unfilled positions were reallocated to participants that registered in both Rounds.

Employment Position 

The employed position in the Program, commencing as a traineeship, must meet 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 tables below reflects the roles councils chose in each round of this program.

Round 1

Trainee Role

Administration

Horticulture

Civil Works/ Maintenance

Environmental Services

Information Technology

Finance or Library

Community Devt/ Services

Total in RYTP

25

8

9

2

3

5

5

Percentage (%)

44

14

16

4

5

9

9

Round 2

Trainee Role

Administration

Horticulture

Civil Works/ Maintenance

Environmental Services

Information Technology

Tourism or Library

Events

Total in RYTP

22

14

8

3

6

3

1

Percentage (%)

39

25

14

5

11

5

2

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

Regional Youth Traineeship Program Rounds 1 and 2 Update

Regional Youth Traineeship Program Rounds 1 and 2 Update August 2018

Round 1 Program Outcomes

Employment outcomes to date have been very positive with the majority of Program positions resulting in permanent employment for our regional youth, whether it is within the Local Government sector or in the private sector. The majority of councils are passionate and enthusiastic about the employment opportunities that they have been able to provide youth in their regions through their participation in this initiative.

  • Within the allocated 57 positions, 74 regional youth have had the opportunity to participate in fulltime employment and to undertake a certificate III level qualification as a result of the Round 1 Program. 
  • 47 councils submitted an expression of interest to participate in the Program at its inception, with 36 councils contributing to the success of the Program.
  • 8 councils have utilised the two year wage subsidy to employ 2 trainees for 12 months consecutively, therefore increasing the number of trainees gaining benefit from the Program.      
  • Of the 57 original positions (74 trainees):
    • 59 trainees have participated in meaningful employment and gained a qualification (80%). Of these:
      • 32 are employed full-time for councils (54%);
      • 17 are employed outside of local government (29%);
      • 3 are working part-time for council (of own choosing) (5%);
      • 5 are participating in further study (8.5%);
      • 1 status unknown (despite numerous attempts to enquire) (1.75%)
      • 1 unemployed (moved regions recently and actively looking) (1.75%)
    • 12 trainees were not successful in maintaining employment or completing a qualification
      • However 1 Yalata trainee remains with the Administration in Yalata and two others have secured meaningful employment in their community despite not finishing the qualification. The Yalata Administrator believes this Program assisted these young people gain the confidence and employability skills required to succeed elsewhere.

Of the 36 councils that participated in the Program:

  • 5 councils have supported 3 positions each (15 positions);
  • 12 councils have supported 2 positions each (24 positions);
  • 17 councils have supported 1 position each (17 positions);

2 councils shared 1 position with both unsuccessful in retaining the trainee and both withdrew from the Program.

RYTP Round 1 Program Outcomes

80% of participants who started the RYTP in round 1 completed at least one qualification, suggesting that RYTP outcomes are strong in comparison to similar training outcomes in South Australia. Eight trainees completed two 12 month qualifications consecutively during the two year period.

According to data from the National Centre for Vocational Education and Training Research (2017a), South Australian apprentice and trainees undertaking non-trade occupation qualifications have a completion rate of around 56%.

In comparison, around 70% of 18-24 year-old apprentice and trainee graduates in South Australia who completed non-trade occupation qualifications, who were not employed before training, are employed after training (NCVER 2017b).

Key to the Program’s success has been a culture of inquiry and improvement, whereby the Program coordinator has sought feedback from the trainees and councils to identify areas where the Program can be improved.  Where possible, the Program coordinator has adapted coordination and support practices to improve the experience and outcomes for trainees and councils.

Conclusion

Local government has proven to be a reliable and effective partner of successive State Governments over many years.  The sector plays a critical role in supporting the State Government to achieve positive outcomes for South Australia.  

Local Government in South Australia:

  • is one of the biggest sectors in the South Australian Economy, investing more than $2.0 billion each year in providing services [1];
  • is responsible for $23 billion in community infrastructure and assets such as roads, bridges, town halls, recreation and leisure facilities, drains, libraries and parks [2]; and
  • employs over $11,300 [3] personnel and is a key driver of employment in regional and remote areas of South Australia.

Councils and notably those in rural and remote areas of the State are the epicentre of communities, providing the infrastructure and services to sustain their communities.  They are commonly the major employer, providing a pipeline of employment for many occupations [4].

This Program is achieving tangible benefits to youth employment within regional areas.  It has demonstrated positive educational outcomes for youth, provided skills and created opportunities for young people to participate in local employment.  More broadly, the Program is contributing to economic, social and cultural outcomes in regional communities through retaining young people and their human capital to sustain regional populations.



[1] ABS, Taxation Revenue, Australia, 2015-2016, ABS cat. Number 5506.0

[2] Local Government Association of South Australia, website July 2018

[3] ABS, Employment and Earnings, Public Sector, Australia, cat. 6248055002DO001

[4] Current and Future Skills Needs of Local Government in South Australia, July 2018,


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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