In the news – Workers in the state’s defence industries will soon boost their skills through more than 2300 new training places worth $4.5 million.

On the subject of PPP funding (see my last post) – it seems the defence industry has had something of a boost (article from the Adelaide Advertiser 04/08/11) – SR…

Workers in the state’s defence industries will soon boost their skills through more than 2300 new training places worth $4.5 million.

The 2305 training places have been allocated to the Defence Teaming Centre through the Productivity Places Program (PPP) for Existing Workers.

The successful applicants include defence industry prime contractors BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin Australia, Raytheon Australia, and ASC AWD Shipbuilder and members of their supply chains.

The funding for the state-federal industry package was announced in a joint statement, by Defence Industries Minister Kevin Foley and assistant Employment, Training and Further Education Minister Tom Kenyon.

“Ensuring that these major players in SA’s defence industries have access to the skilled workers they require will allow the continued expansion of this key sector of our state’s economy,” Mr Foley said.

Mr Kenyon said the training allocation included 1072 nationally-endorsed places at Certificate IV level, 945 at Diploma level and 288 at Advanced Diploma level.

Training will be towards qualifications such as accounting; computer systems engineering; electrical engineering; manufacturing; project management; records management; building and construction, health and safety; human resources, marketing; purchasing and transport and logistics.

“The defence sector employs 24,700 people in SA and these new training places will help ensure workers gain the appropriate skills to meet anticipated future industry demand,” Mr Kenyon said.

The ministers said the training places supported the state’s commitment to create 100,000 additional apprenticeships and training places over six years to boost the skills and qualifications of SA’s workforce.

Mr Kenyon said the program, Skills for All, would result in more people in train-

ing, more choice about training providers, better skills, more jobs and a stronger SA economy.

The PPP for Existing Workers is worth about $117 million over four years and will provide 39,000 training places for existing workers across the state by the middle of 2012.

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