Businesses who hire apprentices as part of their tendering process for government procurement and projects under $50 million now have a better chance of winning tenders.
Under the plan approximately 150 tenders per year are likely to boast apprentices and trainees in workforce plans.
Minister for Industry and Skills David Pisoni believes the plan will support the creation of 20,800 work-based apprenticeships and traineeships in South Australia over the next four years.
Minister Pisoni said that reforms to South Australia’s Industry Participation Plans further supports the $203 million Skilling South Australia initiative, to ensure a skilled future workforce.
Master Builders South Australia CEO Ian Markos said apprenticeships are vital to building a skilled supply of workers for industry.
“Unfortunately, the number of apprentices has seriously declined in an environment where consumers and many of our members are already grappling with a skills shortage,” Mr Markos said.
“Without suitably trained people coming through, our industry will suffer badly.”