Industry and training providers have welcomed recently announced changes to the Skills for All program, offering subsidized training to all South Australians.
According to the news release issued by Skills Minister Grace Portolesi, the Government has carried out extensive consultation with industry and has introduced the changes following the feedback from training providers and the Training and Skills Commission.
“Skills for All has been incredibly successful at boosting the number of people with post high school qualifications, from some of the lowest in the country in 2002,” said Ms Portolesi.
“In response to industry consultation the Government has announced the introduction of price banding, a scale of subsidies based on the level of economic and public benefit. We will offer higher subsidies for training in priority areas and where there is a forecast need for jobs.”
The Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET) has also welcomed the initiatives. ACET’s CEO Claire Field said they have been vocal supporters for price bending in order to allow training providers to support their business plans, market their courses and increase business certainty in a competitive training market.
“ACPET, and the independently owned training providers we represent, have given substantial feedback to the government on mechanisms needed to improve the Skills for All policy settings,” Ms Field said.
“This announcement shows that the government recognises the concerns of providers. We are also pleased that the Minister has publicly confirmed that the use of ‘caps’ to limit student enrolments was a blunt instrument which was unacceptable.”
Motor Trade Association of South Australia Chief Executive Officer John Chapman said he was pleased with the State Government initiative to link many training packages for automotive and other trades with a contract of training.
“We are pleased to see there is now a very strong link between the apprenticeship path and Certificate lll in automotive training,” Mr Chapman said.
“Institutionalised training is not supported by our industry and does not produce people with the skills required to grapple with complex automotive repairs.”
According to Ms Portolesi, the changes are a strong economic management and the best public investment of training dollars, matched to South Australia’s priorities and in line with the Training and Skills Commission’s recommendations in order to improve the level of skills required by the country’s economy requirements.