SA public sector takes on apprentices and trainees

The South Australian government will provide training for more than 2,600 apprentices and trainees over the next four years.

The project will be delivered through the public sector while providing trainees and apprentices to succeed in the workforce at large.

The announcement is the latest addition to the Skilling South Australia project which aims to create 20,800 apprenticeships and traineeships in four years.

According to Minister for Innovation and Skills, David Pisoni, the program will benefit the entire economy.

“This program will ensure more South Australians are equipped with the skills and experience required to advance their careers and will provide industry and employers with the skilled workforce they need to grow,” said PIsoni.

The program will target areas of skills demand such as clinical coding and cyber security, among other areas.

“Apprentices and trainees will be provided with on-job experience, training and mentoring support, and a formal qualification from a registered training organisation (RTO) to kickstart their careers,” said Pisoni.

Commissioner for public sector employment, Erma Ranieri, highlighted how the public sector can work to provide the workplace education opportunities that the state needs.

“Finding avenues to employment for South Australians is important – whether it be our youth, Aboriginal people or people with disability – it increases our diversity and reinforces the public sector’s role in providing and promoting skills and training opportunities, for our state,” said Ranieri.

Part of the program’s wider goals is t encourage more young people and those in employment to view traineeships and apprenticeships as a way to upskill or prepare for a rewarding career. Pisoni noted how this is a key aim of the South Australian government.

“Our whole of government training target as part of Skilling South Australia is a key part of lifting the profile and status of apprenticeships and traineeships and will significantly enhance skills development in the state,” said Pisoni.