Skilling South Australia: Initiative to support more apprentices and trainees

Skilling South Australia is helping more people get skills and qualifications to build lasting careers and meet the needs of industry.

The initiative encompasses a range of activities to support more apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities in South Australia.

The South Australian Government is committed to ensuring that these opportunities are attractive to jobseekers, business and industry, and meets the state’s skills needs now and in the future.

For more information, visit SkillingSA

Up 1200 educational scholarships available for South Australians

The Commonwealth Scholarships Program for South Australia offers support for a minimum of 1200 undergraduate, postgraduate and vocational education and training students to undertake study, training and internships in South Australia.

It aims to improve skills and employment opportunities linked to priority industries in South Australia. It also creates opportunities for workers in industries experiencing structural adjustment and retrenchment.

The program delivers on the Australian Government’s 2016 election commitment to provide up to $24 million over four years for a minimum of 1200 scholarships for undergraduate, postgraduate and vocational education and training students to undertake study, training and internships in South Australia.

To be eligible to apply, you must:

  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • be eligible to undertake an approved program of study*
  • be aged 15-64 years at commencement of study
  • be a new student or in the first year of your study program
  • be living in, or able to relocate to, South Australia for the duration of the scholarship
  • be willing and able to participate in an internship (where applicable)
  • intend to enter the workforce or accept employment in South Australia at the end of your course of study or training.

For further information and to apply, please visit the dedicated website for the Commonwealth Scholarships Program for South Australia.

SAWIA appointed national wine industry representative for training policy

The South Australian Wine Industry Association (SAWIA) is proud to announce that we have been appointed as the national representative for the Australian wine industry through membership of the Food, Beverage and Pharmaceutical Industry Reference Committee (IRC) for Vocational Education and Training (VET). The appointment is for a 3-year term.

IRCs drive the process of training package development and are made up of people with experience, skills and knowledge of their particular industry sector. IRCs are responsible for ensuring that VET training packages meet the needs of employers by developing and reviewing training packages and inform industry priorities.

Industries are grouped together on an industry basis to form an IRC, with a committee structure and membership providing the best possible industry coverage and expertise to support training package reviews and development for each industry sector.

We are very pleased with the broad support we received for our nomination from individual wine industry employers and National and State wine industry associations.

SAWIA will be working closely with the wine industry nationally over the next 3 years to ensure that the interests of the industry is taken into account when developing and reviewing training packages and that the VET system is able to respond to the needs of the wine industry.

For more information contact Business Services Manager, Sarah Hills.

Welcome to Careers in Wine

buildingSAWIA is pleased to introduce our new Careers in Wine website , the outcome of the South Australian Wine Industry Employment Project.

This website is designed to promote careers in the industry and provide assistance to wine industry employers with various tools and materials relevant to improving their workplace training and knowledge.

This is a unique resource for the Australian wine industry. Its aim is to provide better  information about the numerous career pathways and opportunities the industry has to offer beyond being a winemaker or viticulturalist.

The website hosts three short videos introducing people who have used  diverse ranges of skills and qualifications and applied them to careers in the wine industry.  The videos  promote working in regional South Australia with real stories from people who have been given opportunities, experienced innovation and developed passion for  the wine industry.

While the website will be promoted to students currently choosing career paths, it is also a valuable on-line tool for wine industry employers to better understand the value and need to formalise “on the job” training of employees.

SAWIA would like to take this opportunity to thank the assistance of the SA Government, whose Skills for All initiative has gone a considerable way to making this Project a reality.