The Australian Institute of Building (AIB) welcomes the South Australian Governments announcement that employers in industries with skills shortages in jobs critical to the States future economic growth can now apply for funding of up to 90 per cent of the cost of training.
Robert Hunt, AIB Chief Executive Officer, stated that, This announcement makes a great deal of sense for South Australias construction industry. In particular the Olympic Dam Expansion, as well as upcoming mining work in South Australia, will require many skilled workers. However, this will also drain the local construction industry of skilled labour. Therefore, there is a need for further training to make up the shortfall.
Mr Hunt added, There are major infrastructure projects underway and soon to start in South Australia, such as the Southern Expressway, the Adelaide Oval, and the New Hospital. These will create pressure on the existing workforce. There is also the need to up-skill the workforce in the latest techniques.
There is also a large manufacturing base in South Australia, and retraining will help the employees in this sector will help them face the challenges of the future said Mr Hunt.