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Traineeships, graduate program and cadetships

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


Traineeships provide one year of employment and first-level certificate qualifications in a number of fields.

Four days a week are spent on the job and one day is dedicated to trainee studies.

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
  • business and administration
  • laboratory assistant science
  • sport and recreation
  • grounds work and maintenance
  • early childcare.

Eligibility for a traineeship

Trainees must be aged between 17 to 24 years.

People may be eligible for a traineeship up until they reach 30 years if they:

  • are of Aboriginal descent
  • have a declared disability
  • are currently or have previously been under the guardianship of the Minister
  • are deemed long term unemployed (greater than 12 months).

Graduate employment opportunities

Graduate employment is for people who have received a university qualification. 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.

Eligibility for graduate employment

To be eligible you must:

  • be aged between 17 and 30 years
  • be a South Australian resident
  • be an Australian citizen or have an appropriate work visa
  • have completed or nearly completed a recognised tertiary qualification
  • have not completed a graduate program within the SA public sector previously, or one hosted by the SA public sector
  • have not taken a targeted voluntary separation package within the last 3 years
  • not be a current SA public sector employee


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.

Eligibility for a cadetship

To be eligible you must be 17 to 24 years old, or over the age of 40 years.

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 program or cadetship

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


People and Culture operations

Phone: 8226 1356
Email: Education.Recruitment [at] sa.gov.au