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The Department for Industry and Skills (formerly the Department of State Development) is investing $1.5 million in new skills, training and employment initiatives to be implemented in 2017-18. Click here to read more.
The Department of State Development needs your help to better understand and respond to industry demand and individual need for jobs and skills in regional South Australia.
What is being decided?
The Skills and Employment Division of the Department of State Development is undertaking a comprehensive engagement approach to better understand and respond effectively and appropriately to industry demand and individual needs in relation to skills, training and employment in non-metropolitan South Australia.
We will collaborate with a broad range of local stakeholders and communities to develop tailored responses for skills, training and employment challenges and opportunities.
We want people in regions to have access to training, skill development and employment opportunities tailored to their needs. Equally, we want businesses to be able to recruit people who are work ready, with the skills needed for the jobs of today and tomorrow. We want to provide tailored initiatives which meet demand and deliver improved outcomes for individuals, employers and communities.
How can your input influence the decision?
Involving local people and experts in understanding challenges and opportunities, as well as developing tailored responses in each region, will enable the community and stakeholders to own and drive solutions.
This regional engagement project provides the opportunity for new voices and new perspectives to be heard by collaborating with a broad range of local stakeholders.
- build on local knowledge to understand industry demand and individual need in relation to skills, training and employment in each non-metropolitan region.
- consult, involve and collaborate with a broad range of local stakeholders and communities to develop tailored responses to address skills, training and employment challenges and take advantage of new opportunities.
- develop a Skills and Workforce Development Plan for each region, with short, medium and long term goals and strategies.
The engagement process for Jobs and Skills in Regional SA will include:
- initial engagement to identify need and demand: June – August 2017
- the development of tailored responses with stakeholders: September – October 2017
- co-delivery of actions and implementation of responses: from early 2018
To find out more about the engagement process, please download the fact sheet (PDF 205KB)
If you live or work in the Kangaroo Island region, we want to know more about the local challenges and opportunities in relation to skills, training and employment.
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How will your input be used?
By helping us to better understand the needs of the different kinds of job seekers and businesses in regional SA you can assist us to design and implement appropriate and effective responses to meet those needs and achieve better outcomes.
This project will focus on skills, training and employment as the priority, but there will be a process (using the Joined Up Policy Guide PDF 3MB) to ensure additional issues that impact on skills and jobs are actively pursued with other areas of Government.
A report summarising community and stakeholder input to the Jobs and Skills for Regional SA project will be published in December 2017.
Each non-metropolitan region will prepare a Skills and Workforce Development Plan in collaboration with stakeholders to identify short, medium and long-term goals and strategies. Your feedback will directly influence the development of these plans.
These plans will drive the implementation of strategies for skills, training and employment initiatives in regional South Australia from January 2018.
To be kept informed, please join our mailing list so we can provide you with updates on the Jobs and Skills for Regional SA project throughout 2017.
The Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island region is made up of three distinct sub-regions with six local councils, spanning over 8,000 square kilometres and housing more than 130,000 residents. The region has 8 per cent of the State’s population, 5.7 per cent of the State’s jobs and 4.8 percent of Gross Regional Product.
The region has diverse economies, workforces and communities, with pockets of population growth, new developments and an increase in skill demand. Conversely, some areas have stable / low-growth industries, and others have pockets of long-term unemployed job seekers. Across the region, the unemployment rate has fallen from 6.4 per cent in March 2016 to 5.4 per cent in March 2017.
Consistent across the region, tourism/hospitality and agriculture/primary production are crucial industries providing jobs and ongoing opportunities for the growth of the economy. However, agriculture is a seasonal industry, often employing a transient workforce (backpackers or teams moving across states to follow the availability of work). In addition, aged / disability care has become a significant employing industry in response to the region’s ageing population.
The 2016-2019 Regional Development Australia (RDA) Regional Roadmap has several focus areas - including matching the skills within the labour force to the needs of the region’s businesses and industries, and increasing the number of jobs available to local residents. There is a targeted focus on improving youth employment as well as supporting local organisations through business development activities and business improvement strategies.
To find out more, please download the Literature Review – Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island (PDF 260KB)
Regions In Focus: Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island
Kangaroo Island (State Government Region)
The Department of State Development is implementing two strategic directions to respond to the challenges of economic change by:
- Better understanding the demand and need in relation to skills, training and employment in regional SA.
- Tailoring skills and employment investment to respond to local demand and need.
The population of Kangaroo Island in June 2015 was 4,600 representing 0.3 per cent of South Australia's population. Population growth on Kangaroo Island is at a lower rate than for South Australia.
Compared to the South Australia region, the Kangaroo Island (DC) region has lower shares of people aged 0 to 44 years and higher shares of people aged 45 and older.
In the March quarter 2017 there were 99 unemployed people on Kangaroo Island, with an estimated unemployment rate of 3.8 per cent, significantly lower than the South Australian unemployment rate.
Residents of Kangaroo have lower levels of school achievement compared to South Australia. On Kangaroo Island, 45.2 per cent of the population aged 15 to 64 years have completed year 12 (or equivalent), compared to 54.2 per cent in the South Australia region.
To find out more about the engagement process planned for the Jobs and Skills for Regional SA project, please download the Skills and Employment Division Engagement Plan (PDF 345KB).