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Traineeship, graduate and cadetship opportunities

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

Traineeships

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

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.

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 commences.

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 Service3s (DHS) Child-Related Employment Screening prior to 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.

Cadetships

Cadetships combine nationally recognised qualifications with practical paid work experience. Cadetships are offered from certificate IV to advance diploma level, or a combination of certificate III and IV can be negotiated.

Cadetships generally run for 18 months to 2 years and can be full-time or part-time.

Cadetship eligibilty

To be eligible you will be:

  • 17 to 24 years old, or over the age of 40 years
  • 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.

No age restrictions apply for people who:

  • are of Aboriginal descent
  • have a declared disability
  • are currently or have been under Guardianship of the Minister
  • are deemed long-term unemployed
  • have status of migrant or refugee (with appropriate work visa)
  • are parents returning to work.

Apply for a traineeship, graduate position or cadetship 

Available traineeship and graduate positions are advertised on the Maxima website.

Available cadetship positions are advertised on the I work for SA website.

Contact

Traineeship and graduate opportunities

People and Culture - recruitment centre
Phone: 8226 4172
Email: education.recruitment [at] sa.gov.au

Cadetship opportunities

People and Culture - operations
Phone: 8226 1356
Email: education.hr [at] sa.gov.au