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SA Govt invests in vocational education and training

More young South Australians are in training and on the pathway to new jobs due in part to strong investment and reforms in South Australia’s Vocational Education and Training (VET) system.

The latest data from the Productivity Commission’s annual Report on Government Services (ROGS) reports that the Marshall Liberal Government delivered the highest boost to skills training and funding in the nation in percentage terms in VET in 2018, boosted non-government training providers, and delivered improved employment outcomes for students.

Highlights for South Australia include:

  • An additional $54.3 million in State Government recurrent funding, or a 38.1 per cent increase in 2018.
  • Non-government providers were supported by an additional $11 million or a 28 per cent increase on 2017, the largest increase in the nation in percentage terms.
  • 5 per cent of government funded VET graduates aged 20 to 64 improved their employment status after training in 2019 -above the national figure of 64.7 per cent.

“This report shows Government payments to non-government training providers for VET delivery increased, with South Australia reporting the largest increase nationally," said Minister for Innovation and Skills, David Pisoni.

“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.

“The report also shows South Australian government funded VET completions fell in both 2017 and 2018, a flow on from the former Labor government’s shocking legacy and record in skills and training – a record which saw VET commencements plunge by an unacceptable 66 per cent over its last six years in Government.

The first year of the Skilling South Australia initiative, according to Pisoni, saw 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," he said.

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