More than 20,000 new apprenticeships and traineeships are set to be created over the next four years in South Australia under a $203 million partnership with the Federal Government.

The Skilling South Australia initiative was launched earlier this month, with the aim to prepare for key growth industries.

“Apprenticeships are vital to building a skilled supply of workers for industry and this has never been more important as we move to a more diversified economy and to capitalise on major, long-term national defence contracts awarded to South Australia,” Premier Steven Marshall said.

“Now more than ever we need these additional work-based apprenticeships and traineeships, so that we have the skilled local workforce necessary to deliver this project.

Minister for Industry and Skills, David Pisoni said the initiative will give local businesses the ability and the confidence to take on apprentices and trainees, which will not only add value to their operations but the entire state.

“Employers, industry associations, group training organisations, and training providers are invited to submit applications for project funding and the government will work with applicants to design tailored projects that increase apprenticeships and meet industry need.

For more information on the Skilling South Australia initiative click here.