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Skilling South Australia (SSA) Workforce Projects

To address the current workforce needs as a result of impacts of the global COVID-19 pandemic and recent bushfires, the Department for Innovation and Skills is expanding Skilling South Australia projects.

SSA Workforce Projects will run parallel to existing Skilling South Australia Projects to support businesses, employers and industry sectors to retain, transition and mobilise workers, and to upskill and re-skill displaced workers for areas in demand.

Projects must demonstrate:

  • workforce retention, including apprentices and trainees, and upskilling of an existing workforce
  • support to transition or mobilise workers across industry sectors in need, such as aged care, disability support, health care, and/or manufacturing and transport and logistics, and/or
  • new opportunities to upskill or retrain displaced workers into areas in demand.

All projects are required to deliver accredited training.

Projects will be co-designed on a rolling basis until 30 September 2020, subject to demand and budget availability.

If you have an idea for a SSA Workforce Project contact an adviser to seek advice and support to co-design your concept further - call 1800 673 097 or email

Skilling South Australia Workforce Projects guidelines (PDF)

Skilling South Australia Projects

Skilling South Australia projects are Government-funded, co-designed projects with business and industry that drive apprenticeship and traineeship growth.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis throughout 2019-20, subject to demand and budget availability.

The Department welcomes project applications that:

  • increase regional apprenticeships
  • kickstart growth in apprenticeships within a business or occupation
  • support strategic industry sectors (such as defence, information technology, cybersecurity and disability services) and meet key skills shortages and needs
  • demonstrate innovative approaches or new models that can be trialled and adopted more broadly to support an industry sector
  • transition sectors with historically low use of apprenticeships
  • target specific cohorts where there is traditional under-representation in the industry.

We have a flexible approach to what can be funded, provided there is a demonstrable connection to apprenticeship commencements.

Employers are critical to successful projects. Applications are invited from individual businesses or organisations in need of apprentices.

There are four types of projects we’re interested in:

Outside Ideas project tripled apprentices

South Australian civil construction and landscaping business Outside Ideas were able to upskill 12 supervisors through a Skilling South Australia project, enabling them to triple their intake of apprentices to more than 30 in 2019-20.

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