It seems like hard work, but FCTA is here to walk tradies through the process of hiring an apprentice for the first time. The SA Government site has a good guide available, click here to follow the link. The former Skills for All now WorkReady programme also have information on their website – it just isnt as user friendly, click here to view their information.

First off, if you’re like most people running a small business, you want to know (asides from the warm fuzzy stuff) ‘what’s in it for me?’. The good news is that there are incentives available to help employ apprentices. Some are paid by the Federal Government, and others are funded by industry – such as the CITB for all trades, and the ABBTF for bricklaying apprenticeships.

The following incentives are available for all trade apprentices:

6 months Federal Government Commencement $1,500
12 months CITB Subsidy $2,100
24 months CITB Subsidy $2,100
36 months CITB Subsidy $2,100
48 months CITB Completion $2,100
48 months Federal Government Completion $2,500
Total Subsidy = $12,400

Screen Shot 2015-09-28 at 9.54.55 amPlease note that as of July 2015 the old CITB logbooks have been replaced with a smartphone app called “My Profiling”. Our recommendation is to have your apprentice enter in what they completed during the week before finishing up on Fridays. The app is straight forward, with images to indicate the type of activity each tradie may have completed that week, for example – setting out a site, laying brick veneer, handling tiling tools and equipment. For more information visit

Bricklaying apprentices attract an extra $3000 in funding from the ABBTF:


12 months ABBTF Brickstart Subsidy $1,000
24 months ABBTF Brickstart Subsidy $1,000
36 months ABBTF Brickstart Subsidy $1,000

There’s a bit of paperwork involved, and FCTA can always help out employers with questions. As a bonus the ABBTF also offers an adult apprentice incentive of $2000. This is for apprentices who fall in between the ages of 21 – 24. Apprentices signed under 21 are juniors, and apprentices signed over 21 are ‘adult’ apprentices on higher rates.

Now for the actual sign up part,

Step 1: Register your business

Before taking on an apprentice or a trainee, you must register your business with Traineeship Apprenticeship Services (TAS).

TAS will arrange a worksite visit and assess your ability to meet the registration criteria. If you are already registered, go straight to step two. If you are considering hiring an apprentice, but need assistance obtaining your trade license, c0ntact Sam Cottell on 0430206032, or visit his site

Register your business with TAS

Step 2: Find the right person

Options include:

Step 3: Select an Australian Apprenticeships Support Network

AASN’s are contracted by the Australian Government to help employers with signing up to a training contract and advising whether they are eligible for any incentives. These people are also referred to as Apprenticeship Brokers.
In South Australia the current AASN’s are:
We deal with a range of apprenticeship brokers, so if you are unsure, just call us or email. You can search this website

Step 4: Sign a training contract

Before starting an apprenticeship or traineeship, all parties must sign a training contract. The contract will outline the rights and obligations that apply for the length of the training period. An AAC will help prepare the training contract and other paperwork.

Step 5: Select a Registered Training Organisation (A Special Type Of Trade School)

FCTA – Building Careers is an RTO delivering training in South Australia. We focus on Bricklaying, Tiling, Solid Plastering & Wall and Ceiling Lining (gyprocking). We can deliver some training onsite, but more advanced units require students to attend trade school, or notify us if they are doing something similar on site, eg, decorative bricklaying, tiling a pool.

A Registered Training Organisation (RTO) is responsible for delivering the qualification and assessing competencies against the training plan. The choice of RTO should be made with your apprentice or trainee. A list of RTOs can be found on the website – (FCTA is RTO number 40057) this is the official national register of information on training packages, qualifications, courses, units of competency and RTOs.Only the former Skills for All, new WorkReady training providers may be eligible for Government funding of qualifications on the Funded Training List.

Step 6: Prepare a training plan

The RTO, employer and apprentice or trainee must agree on a training plan. The RTO is responsible for the preparation of the training plan. We have standard plans on our website, if you would like to change some electives, just let us know.

Step 7: Seek contract approval

TAS must approve the training contract and training plan to ensure they meet all legal requirements. Your AAC will lodge the signed training contract with TAS on your behalf. Your RTO will lodge the training plan.

Now, technically it should be smooth sailing from here… but sometimes problems arise. TAS may have a backlog of contracts for example. If you need any help at this stage, just call the AASN’s and speak to the apprenticeship broker, or call us at FCTA.