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Skill Shortage Solutions

Solutions to address skills shortages in South Australia

The South Australian Government is supporting 8 projects to tackle current and emerging skills shortages in key sectors including defence trades, cookery, bricklaying and concreting.

Projects will support more than 700 people to enter trade shortage areas, including in regional areas.

Skills shortage solutions

Brick and blocklaying

An Industry Engagement Officer will promote and champion bricklaying as a career of choice and support employers and learners across the industry.

Delivered by Brick and Block Careers.

Commercial cookery

Job seekers will be immersed in commercial cookery environments and complete an introductory skill set before starting an apprenticeship.

Delivered by Career Employment Group Inc.


Industry will support the design and development of contemporary course materials for Certificate III in Concreting to increase access for students.

Delivered by TAFE SA.


A mobile electrical training unit will deliver innovative and practical training and assessment to electrical apprentices and learners in regional areas.

Delivered by PEER.

Electrician (dual trade)

The dual trade apprenticeship in Certificate III in Electrotechnology (Electrician) and Certificate III in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration will be digitised to support contemporary delivery to regional learners.

Delivered by PEER.

Heavy industry

Job seekers in the Upper Spencer Gulf will complete a Certificate II in Resources and Infrastructure Work Preparation and basic welding training to help them transition to jobs in the mining and resources sector.

Delivered by Regional Development Australia Yorke and Mid North Inc.

Women in civil

Women interested in civil careers will complete an introduction to concreting skill set and be supported into civil construction roles.

Delivered by Civil Contractors Federation.

Women in construction

A marketing campaign will help women to consider and connect with careers in the construction industry.

Delivered by Housing Industry Association Ltd.

About the grant

Skill Shortage Solutions grants support projects that tackle skills shortages in key areas including defence trades, cookery, bricklaying, concreting and saw technology.

Projects collaboratively address skill shortages at an industry, sector, regional or workforce level through partnerships to develop and pilot industry informed, customised, or localised skills solutions.

A core feature of successful projects is strong partnerships across relevant industry bodies, professional associations and unions, regional and community organisations, employers, and training organisations, working together to develop and implement solutions.

The next round of Skill Shortage Solutions grants for 2023-24 will open in coming months.