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Skilling South Australia turns training system around

The Skilling South Australia initiative has achieved almost 13,000 training commencements in the first year of the four-year program.


At the Industry and Training Provider forum held at the Convention Centre, Minister for Innovation and Skills David Pisoni announced that 96 per cent of the Skilling South Australia target has been achieved for the first year.


“The Marshall Liberal Government is turning South Australia’s training system around, achieving 12,941 commencements in total, with more than 700 South Australian businesses taking on an apprentice for the first time,” Minister Pisoni said.


“We set ourselves an ambitious target of an additional 20,800 apprentices and trainees over four years under Skilling South Australia.


“We have spent a significant amount of time changing the policy settings and rebuilding from the foundations up to reverse the downward trend to turn the training system around.


“This meant putting industry at the heart of the training system, which we did by establishing eight new Industry Skills Councils and revitalising the Training and Skills Commission.


“We already have more than 80 Skilling South Australia projects underway, which are developed in partnership with businesses and training providers. We have also expanded the Subsidised Training List to meet industry needs.


“We are investing in the professional development of our training sector through the $4 million Building Capability Framework, with a new round of projects opening mid-October – and our $1.6 million multi-faceted marketing campaign is shifting perceptions of vocational education and training, complemented by new websites for students, employers and training providers.


“This is a monumental effort to reframe the training system and we are leaving no stone unturned, working with employers, industry, training providers, parents and career seekers to get more people into apprenticeships and traineeships.


“I’m excited about the first year of Skilling South Australia and the positive impact on the number of students, employers and training providers participating in vocational education.


“We now look to the future to ensure we continue to supply the skills required by industry and reforming the system through the modernisation of the Training and Skills Development Act.


“We are ensuring that South Australians have access to the right training now, so they are ready to step into jobs and enjoy rewarding careers in the future.”