Strong investment and reforms have facilitated a boost to South Australia’s vocational education and training system (VET), the premier announced on Tuesday. For manufacturers facing skills shortage challenges, this is welcome news.
SA’s stream of funding boosts over the last couple of years contributed to a boost in skills training, according to the Productivity Commission’s annual Report on Government Services (ROGS).
“This report shows Government payments to non-government training providers for VET delivery increased, with South Australia reporting the largest increase nationally,” Minister for Innovation and Skills, David Pisoni, said.
“I’m encouraged by the fact that South Australia delivered increases in the proportion of government funded VET graduates who were in a job or in further study after training, and had improved their employment status after training.
Extra $54.3 million in recurrent funding was a 38.1 per cent increase in 2018, and non-government providers received extra funding of $11 million, which was a 28 per cent increase on 2017, the largest increase in the nation in percentage terms.
“While there are positive signs in this report, we know there is much more to do improve training outcomes and further develop South Australia’s skilled workforce, which is why the Marshall Government is continuing to invest strongly in training through the Skilling South Australia program,” Pisoni said.
The government’s Skilling South Australia initiative contributed to more than 13,000 new apprenticeship and traineeship commencements.
“The Government will continue to lean in with industry and businesses to further grow our apprenticeships and traineeships to bolster the South Australian economy.”