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Building South Australia’s regions

At least ten jobseekers will gain employment as civil construction apprentices thanks to a collaboration between several local councils spanning the Fleurieu Peninsula and Adelaide Hills regions.


Minister for Innovation and Skills David Pisoni announced the Skilling South Australia project while in Goolwa, which will be delivered by Maxima in partnership with TAFE SA, thanks to a $67,000 investment from the State Government.


“The Skilling Construction in the Fleurieu and Hills project is a perfect example of organisations working together to fill vital roles and build capability in the local workforce,” Minister Pisoni said.


“A collaboration of councils led by the District Council of Yankalilla and including Alexandrina Council, Mount Barker District Council, City of Victor Harbor and City of Onkaparinga have carried out their mission to support regional development while ensuring the sustainability of their own workforces.


“Altogether, 12 participants will undergo a pre-apprenticeship program giving them the background knowledge and fundamental skills to succeed from their first day on the job, with at least 10 continuing on to a formal apprenticeship and working towards a Certificate III in Civil Construction, Horticulture or Carpentry.”


District Council of Yankalilla Chief Operating Officer Andy Baker says that as the region’s largest employer, the council wanted to set an example of investing in local youth.


“Council have taken a stance to look at their youth population and provide a vehicle for local employment,” Mr Baker said.


“It’s not only lifting the local economy in terms of production but also providing easier access to work in the area.”


During today’s regional visit, Minister Pisoni will also visit TAFE SA Victor Harbor and host a Skills Roundtable to discuss workforce requirements with local business owners.

“The Marshall Liberal Government is backing regional South Australians, and these Roundtable events offer me the invaluable opportunity to hear ideas directly from communities,” Minister Pisoni said.


“On my regular visits to regional South Australia, it has been terrific to see projects increasing apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities right across our state, including support for 15 Barossa businesses to employ their first apprentice and 25 Murraylands jobseekers employed as civil construction trainees through Monarto Zoo’s Wild Africa expansion project.


“There are more than 60 state-government funded Skilling South Australia projects, worth more than $11 million, now underway.”