Department of State Development
Support for regional skills and employment

16 February

Support for regional skills and employment

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South Australia’s regional skills and employment needs will be supported through tailored projects, in response to extensive stakeholder engagement undertaken in late 2017. 

$1.5 million will fund 30 projects tailored to the unique needs of each region and will provide language, literacy and numeracy support; employability and work readiness skills; more enrolments in vocational education and training; and local jobs for local people.

Consultation took place across seven non-metropolitan regions - the Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island; Barossa, Light and Lower North; Eyre and Western; Far North; Limestone Coast; Yorke and Mid North; and Murraylands and Riverland - and included 100 engagement events (reaching over 1,360 people) and 750 survey responses received through yourSAy

Regional Development Australia Chair Rob Kerin commended the engagement process, saying it complements the dedicated work his organisation undertakes to strengthen the economic capacity of regional South Australia.

“We are pleased that the state government has listened and responded by immediately investing additional funding for initiatives in the region,” he said.

“We welcome the opportunity to continue working with the South Australian Government to deliver services, programs and initiatives for regional businesses and communities.”