The nature of work and the skill requirements of the workforce in South Australia have changed since the Training and Skills Development Act 2008 (SA) (T&SD Act) was enacted more than 10 years ago, and it now requires an update to better support the growth of future industries, automation and digitisation.
The review of the T&SD Act responds to key recommendations from the Training and Skills Commission’s Skills for Future Jobs 2020 Series: Future-proofing the Apprenticeship and Traineeship System report. This report canvassed the views of a range of stakeholders on how well the apprenticeships and traineeship system works and whether it meets contemporary needs.
The TaSC’s Future-proofing review and the review of the T&SD Act are important pillars for supporting the Government’s objective to create more than 20,800 additional apprenticeships and traineeship places over four years through the Skilling South Australia initiative; which will support more South Australians into meaningful, long-term careers.
The review of the T&SD Act is also aimed at ensuring businesses and industries at the forefront of innovation and cutting-edge technologies have access to a skilled workforce.
The T&SD Act provides the framework for skills development and training delivery in South Australia, it defines the role of the Training and Skills Commission, the Training Advocate and Minister with responsibility for training and skills development.