South Australia’s shrinking skills training

National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) data released yesterday shows the drastic decline in the number of South Australians in jobs training has continued unabated.


Yesterday’s NCVER figures show the number of people in training fell to just 19,000 in September 2015, down from 25,000 in September 2014 and way down on the 39,000 that were in training in September 2012. (Graph attached in pdf)

"The 43.1 per cent fall in the number of people in jobs training in the last 3 years is having a crippling effect on the job opportunities of unemployed South Australians at the very moment the state faces a crisis in jobs and confidence," said Shadow Minister for Employment, Skills and Training David Pisoni.

"With the looming closure of Holden and its impact on the car component industry the Weatherill Government’s cuts to vocational training couldn’t come at a worse time for job seekers or the broader economy.

"With the highest youth unemployment in the nation our young people looking for a job will need better training to have a genuine chance of success in a highly competitive jobs market.

"Indeed with a headline unemployment figure of 60,000 and 95,000 underemployed, South Australia desperately needs a targeted, affordable skills training strategy.

"The number of students in vocational training in South Australia has been in freefall since the Weatherill Government took the axe to jobs training programs in 2014.