The Government Apprenticeship Scheme provides a centralised recruitment and management service for State Government agencies and local government councils that employ and train apprentices.

All apprentices are employed on three or four year Contracts of Training by State Government agencies and local government councils. Apprentices will gain a nationally recognised trade qualification. Apprentices are not guaranteed employment at the end of their apprenticeship.

The recruitment and placement of all South Australian Public Sector/Local Government apprentices is coordinated through the Employment Programs branch of DFEEST.

Skills SA
Ph: 1800 673 097


Anyone seeking an apprenticeship with the South Australian Government is eligible to apply. There are no restrictions on an applicant's age.

Application process

The Government Apprenticeship Scheme advertises in June of each year.

Where are apprentices placed?

Apprentices are placed in metropolitan and regional locations throughout South Australia.
Apprenticeship vocations that may be offered through the Government Apprenticeship Scheme include:

  • Cooking
  • Carpentry and Joinery
  • Electrical Tradesperson (Electrician)
  • Engineering Tradesperson (Mechanical) - Fitting and Turning Stream
  • Engineering Tradesperson (Fabrication) - Boilermaking Stream
  • Horticulture
  • Electronics Tradesperson

More information

For more information please see the Government Apprenticeship Scheme website