Employers, job seekers, training providers, and community organisations are invited to have their say on skills, training and jobs needs in regional South Australia.

The South Australian Government is undertaking a comprehensive stakeholder engagement process to better understand and respond to industry demand and individual need for jobs and skills in non-metropolitan regions.

People are invited to answer a survey, which will help identify challenges and opportunities in each region. The survey will help inform 10 major workshops being held across regional South Australia through September and October.

The major workshops will help develop tailored responses and a Workforce Development Plan for each region, based on the feedback from a broad range of stakeholders during this initial engagement phase.

To join the discussion, complete the survey, and find out more about the workshops visit www.yoursay.sa.gov.au/jobsandskills

Background

South Australia’s regions strengthen the foundations of the state and contribute an estimated $25.5 billion each year to our economy.

This regional engagement on jobs and skills is part of WorkReady, the South Australian Government’s skills, training and employment strategy.

Quotes attributable to Higher Education and Skills Minister Susan Close

I encourage local people and communities to join in this regional engagement on jobs and skills, as involving local people and experts will enable the community and stakeholders to own and drive solutions.

Our regions are vitally important to our state’s economy, and we want to hear new and different perspectives and work together to address skills, training and employment challenges, and development new opportunities.
By helping us to better understand the needs of the different job seekers and businesses in regional South Australia, local communities can assist us to meet those needs.

We want people in regions to have access to training, skill development and job opportunities tailored to their needs. Equally, we want businesses to be able to recruit people who are work ready, with the skills needed for the jobs of today and tomorrow.

Quotes attributable to Regional Development Minister Geoff Brock

South Australia’s regions inspire and offer incredible opportunities for job, skills and training growth across the state. However, we also know of the challenges our regional communities face.

This year’s Regional Summit explored the jobs and skills needs of regional communities, and the initiatives that are already in place to support them.

This regional engagement, with a focus on jobs and skills, will build on that knowledge, and I urge every regional South Australian to get involved in this process.