Government hits launch button for Skilling South Australia initiative

The Marshall Liberal Government will today launch the start of the Skilling South Australia initiative, a $203 million partnership with the Federal Government to create over 20 000 new apprenticeships and traineeships over the next four years.

This $203 million investment will ensure South Australians have the skills and are job-ready for key growth industries such as defence.

The Premier and Minister for Industry and Skills, David Pisoni, launched the details of the important initiative as they toured Rowland Metalworks at Lonsdale – a local company seizing the opportunities generated by our multi-billion-dollar defence contracts.

“This huge investment is a significant vote of confidence in our state’s skills training sector and will help ensure more South Australians are job-ready for key growth industries such as defence,’’ said Premier Steven Marshall.

“Apprenticeships are vital to building a skilled supply of workers for industry and this has never been more important as we move to a more diversified economy and to capitalise on major, long-term national defence contracts awarded to South Australia.”

“Our host today, Rowland Metalworks is just one example of the many South Australian businesses seizing these opportunities, working on the navigational bridge consoles for the Future Frigates Program.

“The Future Frigate project alone is poised to deliver 1500 direct local jobs, in addition to the 600 jobs needed for the redevelopment of the Osborne South Shipyards and opportunities through the supply chain.

 “Now more than ever we need these additional work-based apprenticeships and traineeships, so that we have the skilled local workforce necessary to deliver this project.

Minister Pisoni said that Marshall Liberal Government is committed to assisting more local businesses have the ability and the confidence to take on apprentices and trainees, which will not only add value to their operations but the entire state.

“Under the previous Labor government, we have seen a rapid decline in the number of apprenticeships and traineeships in South Australia and we are committed to turning that around,” Minister Pisoni said.

“Employers, industry associations, group training organisations, and training providers are invited to submit applications for project funding and the government will work with applicants to design tailored projects that increase apprenticeships and meet industry need.

“South Australia’s young people now have excellent, high-quality training options to consider because of this policy and, as a former apprentice myself, I’m excited about what can be achieved by people who are serious about their future careers.”

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