The rules for employers of apprentices and trainees in South Australia are changing, with new guidance shortly to be released by the Training and Skills Commission. 

The new Guidelines for persons who supervise the training of apprentices and trainees will outline the details of what is required for the supervision of apprentices and trainees during training. They will provide employers with:  

  • clarity on an employer’s obligations  
  • guidance on best practice on-job training 
  • flexibility - within a determined ratio - to identify the level of supervision required, based on the training activity being undertaken by an apprentice or trainee 

The Commission is committed to ensuring quality supervision and on-job training for all apprentices and trainees in South Australia and the new Guidelines will provide direction to employers and their supervisors about the requirements for the training of apprentices and trainees in the workplace.  

The new Guidelines will establish the minimum requirements employers need to meet to fulfil their obligations to apprentices and trainees under the Training and Skills Development Act 2008 and the training contract. They will not displace, override or change an employer’s obligations under the WHS Act, which is administered by SafeWork SA. 

In late 2019, the Commission undertook a comprehensive review of the earlier Guidelines and developed draft amendments that were the subject of public consultation carried out across much of 2020. Stakeholders, including employers, apprentices, trainees, and employee and employer associations, contributed to the consultation through the completion of online surveys, face-to-face meetings and written submissions. Feedback was summarised in a report for the Commission.

* Please note the new supervision ratios apply only to apprentices and trainees who commence after the new Guidelines, referred to above, are implemented.