The State’s Training and Skills Commission released the annual update of its Skills for Jobs five-year plan for skills and workforce development in South Australia on Tuesday, 26 November, 2013, at the Commission's forum in Adelaide.
The Commission’s advice in the 2013 plan focuses on better targeting public funding to areas of industry demand and increasing the correlation between post-school education and jobs.
Despite a volatile global economy and structural change domestically, the Commission anticipates economic and employment growth, although revised downward, will continue in South Australia.
Although industry sectors vary, the Commission expects there will be strong growth in a number of industry sectors including mining; health care and social assistance; education and training; and agriculture, forestry and fishing.
The Commission’s recommendations to Government, which have been developed through extensive discussions with industry, community and academic leaders, include:
Informed client choice – ensuring information for participants and potential participants is available to assist them to make training choices that lead to jobs
Confidence in the training system - maintaining a quality assurance framework to ensure vocational education and training graduates have the skills they need for work
Skills for jobs – ensuring students complete their training knowing there is a high probability they will get a job
Industry-led demand – ensuring the training system aligns with the needs of industry
Sustainable registered training organisations – ensuring that high quality training organisations have a viable business model.