• Skilling South Australia

Subsidised Training List better meeting the needs of industry

Updated: Jan 28

The South Australian Government today announced a key milestone in the Skilling South Australia strategy with the release of an improved list of courses subsidised by Government that are better aligned to industry skill needs.

“The Marshall Government is delivering on its election commitments, and the update to the Subsidised Training List represents a significant boost to skills training in South Australia, as almost 250 courses will now be accessible to non-government training providers – that’s an extra 1,700 training places,” said Minister for Industry and Skills David Pisoni.

“This represents a 21 per cent increase in the courses open to contestability, covering defence, agriculture, health, construction and ICT.

“The number of new places accessible to non-government providers has increased by 34 per cent, to 6,750 places. This is in addition to the 12,570 places available through TAFE SA.

“We are planning to invest almost $20 million into new training activity for non-government training providers in 2018-19, which is an increase of around $5 million from actual expenditure in 2017-18.

“The focus of the updated Subsidised Training List is on alignment with industry needs, more places and courses for non-government providers, greater engagement with industry stakeholders, and improved transparency.”

The update to South Australia’s Subsidised Training List (STL), effective 1 July 2018 moves it a step closer to a contestable training market and delivers employers and students increased choice.

“The Marshall Government is fixing the Subsidised Training List by listening to industry and aligning the courses on the list to new and emerging areas of the economy such as defence and cyber security, to drive growth and support key industry requirements in areas like the NDIS and health, which are critical to the state’s future,” said Mr Pisoni.

“The list has been informed by workforce modelling undertaken by the Training and Skills Commission, as well as industry feedback which included an engagement process I instigated during April and May 2018. More than 125 stakeholders were engaged through an on-line survey and facilitated workshops.”

In addition to the qualifications on the list, the State Government can through a submission subsidise any qualification or national skill set where there is a strong link to industry demand and real job opportunities.

PEER CEO Peter Nolan said: “PEER has strong links to industry and plays a critical role in supporting trade apprenticeships in SA. PEER welcomes the improvements to the Subsidised Training List and the Marshall Government’s renewed focus on industry needs, and the commitment to rebuild a sustainable and stable VET market with increased student choice.”

Over the coming months the Department will be developing the next steps for the fixing the STL commitment for approval.

This work will support the delivery of related election commitments including: the establishment of Industry Skills Councils and a revitalised Training and Skills Commission, which will deliver a Training Priorities Plan to inform future iterations of the Subsidised Training List.

The opening up of the STL complements the Government’s $100 million commitment to create more than 20,000 new apprenticeships and traineeships in South Australia over the next four years.

Access the Subsidised Training List.

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