South Australians living in social housing are a key target group of the Marshall Liberal Government’s new Apprenticeship Pilot Program which will fund 250 housing trade apprenticeships.
Social housing customers, women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders will be offered housing trade apprenticeships as part of the new pilot program.
The program will help reduce trade skills shortages by providing $5,000 per year for each apprenticeship over four years and apprentices will work on building sites, including Government projects.
It coincides with the Marshall Liberal Government’s new $400 million commitment to build 1000 new affordable homes by 2025, supporting vital jobs in the construction and building industry and helping more South Australians into homeownership.
A competitive procurement process will now be undertaken to engage Group Training Organisations (GTOs) to deliver the program.
Minister for Human Services Michelle Lensink said the new program supports the Marshall Liberal Government’s focus of supporting South Australians into jobs.
“The Marshall Liberal Government’s new $5 million innovative Apprenticeship Pilot Program will create opportunities for a diverse group of South Australians to achieve employment and economic independence as well as address housing skills shortages across the state,” said Minister Lensink.
“The Construction Industry Training Board has identified skills shortages in South Australia in bricklaying, carpentry, painting, plastering, electrical and wall and floor tiling.
“Our new pilot program will boost the supply of apprentices to support the construction sector and meet the increasing demand for these skills, as well as inspire and support South Australians achieve greater economic independence.
“In the longer term, social housing customers undertaking these apprenticeships have more opportunity to transition from social housing into affordable private rental or home ownership, creating more places for our most vulnerable.
“The pilot also supports the Marshall Liberal Government’s new $550 million Our Housing Future 2020-2030 strategy objective of delivering up to 1,000 employment and training
outcomes for social housing customers through targeted employment programs.”
Minister for Innovation and Skills David Pisoni said the new pilot program built on the exceptional outcomes already achieved through the Marshall Government’s $200 million Skilling South Australia program.
“The Marshall Government is creating nation leading opportunities for South Australians to be paid to learn whilst carving out a new career,” said Minister Pisoni.
“South Australia has had the strongest rebound in full-time employment of all the states and is leading the nation in creating new apprenticeships and traineeships under the Skilling South Australia program.
“South Australia recently recorded the lowest unemployment rate of all the states highlighting the growing confidence in the South Australian economy."