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Traineeship and graduate opportunities

The Department for Education offers employment through traineeships and graduate positions.

Traineeships

Traineeships provide structured learning and paid employment to achieve a nationally recognised qualification at the certificate III level. They are for a specific period of time.

Traineeship positions may be full time or part time.

Trainees are paid according to the entry-level salary of the position.

Roles available

Traineeships are available in a number of units across the department, including:

  • information technology
  • office administration
  • sport and recreation
  • grounds work and maintenance
  • early childhood education and care
  • education support.

Traineeship eligibility

To be eligible you will be: 

  • aged between 17 and 30 years; or up to 35 years if identified as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander or as having a declared disability
  • a South Australian resident
  • an Australian citizen, or have an appropriate work visa
  • willing to undertake Responding to Abuse and Neglect (RAN) training
  • required to gain a Department of Human Services (DHS) Child-Related Employment Screening prior to being employed
  • without vocational education and training (VET) (higher than certificate III level) or tertiary qualifications.

In addition, you must:

  • have not completed a traineeship within the South Australian Public Sector previously, or one hosted by the South Australian Public Sector
  • not be a current South Australian Public Sector employee or were once a South Australian Public Sector employee who accepted a TVSP.

School-based traineeships (Skilling SA)

'Skilling South Australia' is a state government initiative helping young people develop skills and build meaningful pathways to meet the workforce needs of industry. As part of this, the Department for Education will create paid school-based traineeship places for senior high school students.   

Senior school students are encouraged to apply.

Visit school-based traineeships (Skilling SA) for more information.  

Graduate employment opportunities

Graduate employment is for people who completed a university qualification within the last 3 years or are a final-year student who will be conferred before the employment starts.

There are a number of graduate roles available across the department, such as:

  • care support worker
  • support worker
  • finance officer
  • information technology officer
  • laboratory assistant
  • HR administrative officer.

Graduate eligibility

To be eligible you will be:

  • a final-year student and will be conferred before employment commences or have completed a university qualification within the last 3 years
  • a South Australian resident
  • an Australian citizen, permanent resident or have an appropriate work visa
  • willing to undertake Responding to Abuse and Neglect (RAN) training
  • required to gain a Department of Human Services (DHS) Child-Related Employment Screening before being employed.

In addition, you must:

  • have not completed a graduate program within the South Australian Public Sector or Commonwealth Government previously, or one hosted by the South Australian Public Sector
  • not be a current South Australian Public Sector employee or were once a South Australian Public Sector employee who accepted a TVSP.

Apply for a traineeship or graduate position 

Available traineeship and graduate positions are advertised on the I work for SA website.

Contact

People and Culture Operations

Phone: 8226 1356
Email: education.hr [at] sa.gov.au