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Traineeships, graduate program and cadetships

The Department for Education and Child Development (DECD) 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
  • be available to commence full-time work for the duration of the Jobs4Youth 2016 program.


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 Jobs SA and Jobs4Youth.


People and Culture operations

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