Significant investment in jobs for SA could boost ECEC numbers
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Significant investment in jobs for SA could boost ECEC numbers

by Freya Lucas

November 09, 2020

Significant investments in job training programs in South Australia are creating employment opportunities for South Australians looking for work, with $12.9 billion of infrastructure investments already announced, and the Government signalling “plenty more to come”.


An additional $288 million has been committed for skills training which hopes to “put thousands of South Australians in new, well paid jobs as we emerge from the COVID-19 recession”.


SA Premier Steven Marshall said the JobTrainer initiative, combined with Skilling South Australia, represented a $288 million co-investment by the State and Federal Governments in a skills-led recovery from COVID-19.


JobTrainer priority industry sectors include aged or disability care, early childhood education and care (ECEC), ICT, cyber security, defence industries and creative industries.


“The investment in JobTrainer comes on the back of our Skilling South Australia initiative that has seen South Australia outperform the nation in apprentice and traineeship commencements,” Mr Marshall said.


He expressed his hope that the investment would not only support the state’s growth sectors and industries but also support young South Australians to transition from low-cost training to sustainable employment.


South Australian Minister for Innovation and Skills, David Pisoni, said the state Government had introduced a range of initiatives that would further assist employers and RTOs maximise the benefits of employing and training skilled people.


“Under JobTrainer we are announcing funding for projects that drive employment growth and are designed by business in collaboration with the State Government,” Mr Pisoni said.


Project examples include support for recruitment and on-boarding activity, mentoring, additional training and certification, personal protective clothing and pre-employment checks.


Registered training organisations (RTOs) and businesses can also access funding under the scheme, if they are able to support JobTrainer students into further education or employment.


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