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A modern skills strategy to ensure investment in training is connected to real employment outcomes

The Department will strengthen the funded training system to create focus, certainty and stability in the sector while promoting the value of a trade, boosting apprenticeships and encouraging entrepreneurship in the younger generation.

We’ve unlocked more opportunities for students and career seekers to access training and build skilled careers.

Skilling South Australia is helping more people get skills and qualifications to build lasting careers and meet the needs of the changing world of work.

Some of the fastest growing jobs in South Australia will require technical skills that can be gained through vocational education and training (VET), traineeships and apprenticeships. These are jobs in:

  • Defence and shipbuilding.
  • Healthcare and community services.
  • Food, wine and agribusiness.
  • Hi-tech industries like cyber security, digital and ICT.

​Skilling South Australia is made possible by the State Government’s partnership with the Commonwealth Government, which has enabled a $200 million investment to provide young South Australians with a range of pathways to secure the jobs of the future.

Programs we're implementing to support the system

The South Australian Government is investing $100 million to deliver 20,800 apprenticeships and traineeships over four years. The Commonwealth Government has also unlocked $92 million through the Skilling Australians Fund to complement this investment.

Find out about the benefits of apprenticeships and traineeships here.

  • Skilling South Australia Projects have been expanded to address the current workforce needs as a result of impacts of the global COVID-19 pandemic.
  • A streamlined registration process makes it easier for businesses to hire and manage apprentices.
  • A state-wide advisory service guides businesses from their first enquiry to their apprentice’s first day.
  • Industry Skills Councils strengthen industry’s voice in skills and workforce development.
  • Working with Group Training Organisations to increase commencements and completions under the group training model, which is known to provide excellent results.
  • Increased investment provides more subsidised training places.
  • More apprenticeship qualifications available on the Subsidised Training List addresses skills shortages.
  • Piloting apprenticeship-style training in new industries creates new training products and pathways.
  • Promoting the value and importance of pre-apprenticeship courses helps students prepare for their apprenticeship and increases retention and completion rates.
  • A marketing campaign challenges perceptions of apprenticeships.
  • Signature Projects demonstrate the value of apprenticeships, particularly in industries or sectors that do no currently make significant use of apprenticeship or traineeship pathways.
  • The Provider Development Program builds capability of training providers, trainers and assessors to enhance the delivery of high quality training and assessment.
  • The Training and Skills Commission has been revitalised to the South Australian Skills Commission.
  • The Training and Skills Development Act 2008 has been updated to better reflect and underpin a contemporary training system.