Training apprentices and trainees

Learn about your obligations for training apprentices and trainees.

Training apprentices and trainees

Learn about your obligations for training apprentices and trainees. 

From 1 July 2021, legislative changes under the South Australian Skills Act (SAS Act) introduce new, simpler processes and clear responsibilities for training organisations. More information is available on the South Australian Skills Commission’s website.

NTO Nominations and Training Plans

A training plan outlines the formal training an apprentice or trainee does with you. It's your responsibility as the Nominated Training Organisation (NTO) to complete and maintain your students' training plan.

Accepting a nomination as the NTO and developing a Training Plan

Once an employer and apprentice or trainee chooses you as their training provider, a training contract will be created and listed on the Apprenticeship and Traineeship onLine Application System (ATLAS) portal system.

  1. Using ATLAS, search and view newly lodged contracts where you've been nominated as the training provider
  2. Confirm whether you accept or decline the nomination as the training provider. A guide is available to assist you in this process:
  3. If you have accepted the nomination to become the NTO, contact the employer and apprentice or trainee to discuss the details of training, including core and elective units of competency or study
  4. Complete a Training Plan, using the relevant template below, and then notify the Department that you have developed an endorsed Training Plan. A guide is available to assist you in this process:

To access ATLAS and our other systems, see Access our systems.


What to include in a training plan

 Training plans need to include:

  • the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) qualification to be undertaken
  • the units of competency that make up the AQF qualification
  • the mode of delivery of formal training (on-job or off-job)
  • the responsibilities of the apprentice or trainee, employer and Registered Training Organisation (NTO)
  • additional expectations of the apprentice or trainee, employer or NTO, agreed to by all parties.

Travel and Accommodation Allowance

If your regional apprentice or trainee travels more than 150km to attend training, the employer may be able to access the Travel and Accomodation Allowance to offset some of their travel and accommodation costs.

Information is available for employers, at Travel and Accomodation Allowance