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Skills project will support Barossa businesses to take on 15 apprentices

Fifteen businesses in the Barossa region will receive a tailored support package to help them employ an apprentice or trainee for the first time and grow their business.


Minister for Innovation and Skills David Pisoni said the Generating Regional Traineeships and Apprenticeships project is a pilot program that will support 15 people to begin apprenticeships or traineeships with local small businesses.


“Through the project, businesses will access the region’s Business 2 Business (B2B) network, including professional practitioners, such as workforce development agents, accountants and legal practitioners which will help them become ready to employ an apprentice.


“The project, led by Regional Development Australia (RDA) Barossa Gawler Light Adelaide Plains, will support businesses to consider their skills needs and assist with business planning.


“This is among more than 50 Skilling South Australia projects, worth more than $9 million, that have been funded by Government and co-designed with business and industry.


“The project demonstrates how the South Australian Government is working together with industry to support growth in apprenticeships and traineeships leading to skilled careers.


“The Marshall Liberal Government is creating a pro-business environment that supports jobs, growth and industry development.


“The Business to Business network is funded by RDA and Local Government partners.


“The South Australian Government has provided more than $57,000 funding for the RDA to deliver the project, including support through business engagement and project management as well as extending access to the B2B program and networking events.


RDA CEO Anne Moroney said this funding will allow us to work with a business to assist in the design, structure and business case to take on an apprentice or trainee and skill someone specifically for their business.


“The apprentice can be young, old, in need of a qualification and extends to a creative or artisan trainee or apprentice,” Ms Moroney said.


While in the Barossa today, Minister Pisoni will speak with local business, visit training providers, as well as host a Skills Roundtable to discuss the region’s skilled workforce requirements.


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

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