20,800 new apprenticeships and traineeships

What we’re doing

A Marshall Liberal Government will invest $100 million to create more than 20,000 new places in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) system to provide young South Australians with more opportunities to secure an apprenticeship or traineeship.

Young South Australians need a range of pathways to the jobs of the future and this investment in apprenticeships and traineeships is a central plank of our jobs policy.

The program will include:

  • providing $100 million to secure matched funding from the Federal Government’s Skilling Australians Fund to support a range of initiatives that will create an additional 20,800 apprenticeships and traineeships in South Australia over the next four years;
  • establishing at least one new technical college in Adelaide’s north-western suburbs with a focus on encouraging students to prepare for work in the defence sector;
  • maintaining financial support for the crucial role of Group Training Organisations in the training sector;
  • implementing a major multi-faceted program to encourage more young people to consider pursuing a career through a technical qualification as a first option, rather than as a fall-back plan;
  • encouraging flexible apprenticeship pathways enabling more young people to be learning and earning at the same time; and
  • giving industry a stronger voice in our training system.

Why we’re doing it

South Australia’s unemployment during Labor’s sixteen years in government has been the highest of the mainland states for almost half of that time.

Despite this, South Australia has also faced skills shortages in some key industries with the number of South Australians in apprenticeships and traineeships more than halving over the past four years.

In a rapidly changing world, government investment in training must be connected to the needs of the broader economy to lead to real jobs and better investment outcomes.

In particular, our state needs to better prepare for the naval shipbuilding jobs boom by reinvesting in the skilled jobs training sector to guarantee the lion’s share of the new shipbuilding jobs go to South Australians.

Because of the TAFE scandal, the Weatherill Labor Government has trashed the reputation of our training system and is incapable of restoring it.

That’s why a Marshall Liberal Government will invest in the critical jobs training sector – our young people deserve nothing less.