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Thriving South Australia

Supporting industry and employers

South Australia’s workforce continues to be shaped by the development and deployment of new technologies, such as those being used in advanced manufacturing or renewable energy.

These technologies will continue to increase the demand for highly skilled workers. We will continue monitoring and exploring emerging technologies to ensure the skills of our learners allow them to be successful in jobs for today, and into the future.

Our focus is to see employers and industry actively engage and partner to build an adaptable workforce, informed by need and evidence.

Government and industry will work in partnership to meet skills needs based on evidence and data.

Economic growth is strongly linked to the skills of workers, and is supported by an education, skills and training system that can equip businesses with the skills they need to innovate, grow, and succeed.

We will work with industry and across Government to better understand South Australia’s workforce needs and support the development and delivery of the workforce the state needs now and into the future.

The South Australian Skills Commission and the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) are central to understanding industry and workforce perspectives and informing Government policy and delivery in response to need.

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Skills Centres


To help shape this policy, Skills SA reached out to its network of key stakeholders for valuable input. A common theme was the need for better connections between learners, training providers and employers, particularly in regional areas.

As a result, Skills SA established the Skills Centres pilot, that will run over the 2023-24 financial year in five regional South Australia locations; Cleve, Mount Gambier, Port Augusta, Berri, and the Murraylands.

The Skills Centres aim to connect learners, training providers and employers and get more people into local jobs. Each Skills Centre responds to local needs through delivery of a physical space that will promote connection in an innovative and proactive way and respond to regional challenges such as addressing acute skills  shortages across multiple industries, attracting training providers to deliver locally and improving VET completion rates.

The Port Augusta Skill Centre, which was officially opened in November 2023, is just one example of how these Skills Centres are providing support and addressing skill shortages in the local community, with outreach to Ceduna and the APY Lands. Focusing on the local community care sector the Port Augusta Skills Centre fosters partnerships that leverage services, resources, and expertise to directly benefit the region.

Learners and job seekers can access tailored learning programs, formal qualifications, career advice, work placements and intensive support to assist them in completing their studies and finding employment while existing workers can upskill to support their career progression, contributing to retention in the care sector.