The Government of South Australia has signed the Commonwealth Government’s National Partnership on the Skilling Australians Fund.
This National Partnership brings South Australia, New South Wales, Western Australia, Tasmania, the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory together to achieve a shared goal of improving Australia’s training system and increasing the number of apprenticeship and traineeship commencements across the country.
The National Partnership unlocks additional funds – over $90 million – to help the Government of South Australia grow apprenticeships in key industries and occupations.
The National Partnership aims to improve employment outcomes by supporting Australians to:
get the skills and training needed for jobs in demand through apprenticeship pathways
meet the growing need for skilled workers across a range of critical industries.
Reporting on our targets
The National Partnership includes targets across a range of activities, including commencements for pre-apprentices, apprentices, trainees, higher apprentices and like-training. For more information on targets and deliverables, download the National Partnership schedules:
The Government of South Australia submitted its first report to the Federal Government on 2018-19 National Partnership data, up to April 2019.
The report highlighted that total apprentice and trainee numbers exceeded the benchmark set for Skilling South Australia, with more than 10,000 commencements achieved. Based on the report, South Australia received 99 per cent of the total funding available under the National Partnership.
National apprenticeship statistics
The National Centre for Vocational Education Research releases quarterly reports, statistics and insights into training activity. Due to lags in processing, statistics on apprenticeship and traineeship commencements are estimations only with reports focussing on activity that is at least six months old.
Through apprenticeships students are employed from day one, enabling them to earn a living while learning skills in the workplace and classroom.
Compared to other forms of training, apprenticeships help students to earn a wage more quickly and develop industry networks to support ongoing employment.
Apprenticeships are also a cost-effective solution for businesses looking to develop or grow their business.
Increasing apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities is helping to grow South Australian businesses and the economy.
Why are apprenticeships so important?
What is an apprenticeship?
In Australia, the term “apprenticeship” covers apprenticeships, traineeships and higher apprenticeships.
As part of our National Partnership Agreement, we also have targets to increase pre-apprenticeships and apprenticeship-like training.