SA hits training targets under Skills National Partnership
The South Australian Government has achieved its first target under the Skilling Australians Fund National Partnership Agreement, with total apprentice and trainee numbers exceeding the benchmark set for Skilling South Australia.
South Australia recently reported to the Commonwealth for the 2018-19 financial year and based on that report, which contained data as at April, South Australia will receive 99 per cent of the total funding available under the National Partnership, which equates to more than $20 million.
Minister for Innovation and Skills David Pisoni said more than 10,000 commencements have been achieved, which shows South Australia is making steady progress to increase our activity above historic declines.
“We’ve reached an early milestone in the Skilling South Australia initiative, as we work towards delivering training that will prepare more South Australians for the jobs of the future,” Minister Pisoni said.
“It’s critical that we continue to grow the number of apprentices and trainees in South Australia by working with industry to meet the skills needs of our state’s existing and emerging industries, so that we can boost our economy, build productive infrastructure, grow our exports, and create long-term career pathways.
“We’re ensuring funding from the Commonwealth will continue to flow into South Australia, as we progress the Skilling South Australia initiative.
“South Australia was the first state to sign up to the Skilling Australians National Partnership and we are pleased that we have achieved our annual benchmark payment from the Commonwealth.
“The Marshall Government is committed to reversing the historical decline in enrolments in traineeships and apprenticeships and building a workforce that’s equipped to deliver on the needs of industry and respond to the wave of economic opportunity on the horizon.
“The Department for Innovation and Skills is working directly with industry sectors across South Australia to address skills gaps in the workforce, and to date 60 projects have been co-designed with industry under Skilling South Australia with a value of $11 million.
“I’m confident that with the Marshall and Morrison Governments working together with industry, we’ll continue to see more and more South Australians in training.”