The Australian and South Australian governments have signed a landmark 12-month Skills Agreement to address ongoing skills shortages and offer free TAFE and more vocational education places for South Australians.
The Agreement will inject more than $65 million into the South Australian training and training sector.
This will provide immediate support through approximately 12,500 free TAFE and Vocational Education and Training (VET) places in 2023.
Free TAFE and vocational education will better match training with skills shortages identified through the Skills Priority List, boosting enrollments in key sectors.
Free TAFE and more VET places in South Australia come at a crucial time as the State works to strengthen its trade and construction workforce, offering free access to a range of trade and construction qualifications, including Certificate IV in Building and Construction and Surveying Diploma.
The course roster will feature approximately 4,000 free places in the care sector, 3,000 places in hospitality and tourism, 2,500 places under construction, 1,000 places each in technology/digital and agriculture, and 500 places in sovereign capacity including manufacturing. There will also be a variety of places in education, basic skills and creative industries.
The Agreement will increase opportunities and labor participation for priority groups, including First Nations Australians, youth (17-24), people out of work or receiving income support, unpaid carers, women facing economic insecurity, women studying in non-traditional fields. , people with disabilities and certain categories of visa holders.
The 12-month Skills Agreement confirms TAFE’s central role in the VET sector, increases opportunities and job participation for priority groups and addresses skills gaps in the economy.
TAFE SA will deliver approximately 10,500 of the training places in South Australia, with around 2,000 places delivered by non-TAFE providers to ensure opportunities are available to all interested students.
The agreement also includes an Australian Government commitment of $0.93 million for essential VET data infrastructure reform in South Australia and $50 million to modernize TAFE campuses and training facilities nationwide.
All governments also agreed on a vision and guiding principles for the longer-term VET reform starting in 2024.
Citations attributable to Brendan O’Connor, Minister for Skills and Training
The Albanian government recognizes the urgency of the skills crisis facing the nation and the particular challenges of South Australia, which is why this Agreement is so important.
To provide South Australians with greater opportunities for secure and rewarding employment, we must be able to train and retrain our workforce.
Whether it is a need to build our sovereign capacity in manufacturing, construction, agriculture, hospitality and tourism, technology, or the care sector, we must deliver these skills at a time of acute skill shortages. .
I am delighted to be making this joint investment with South Australia to expand opportunities for South Australians.
Quotes attributable to Blair Boyer, South Australian Minister for Education, Training and Skills
The Malinauskas Labor government is proud to be working with the Commonwealth to offer free TAFE in South Australia from next year.
We promised South Australians that we would rebuild TAFE and this Agreement is an important step in supporting TAFE SA.
TAFE Free will play a key role in addressing the skills shortage we face and will open doors for South Australians who might not otherwise be able to afford training.
Free TAFE will be a game changer for South Australians looking to gain the skills they need for a rewarding career, and this investment in skills is one of the most significant in our state’s history.