An overhaul to the delivery of Vocational Education and Training (VET) in state schools will give hundreds of students the opportunity to begin an apprenticeship or traineeship as early as year 10.
Flexible Industry Pathways, a new way of approaching the delivery of VET offered within schools, is designed to map out a student's journey through secondary school to employment in 26 key growth industries in SA.
Rolled out by the state government, the initiative forms their key pillar - 'VET for School Students' policy.
Importantly, the new direction seeks to restore the value and true purpose of VET pathways by amending courses to match industry needs and the potential for long-term employment.
The sectors with new Flexible Industry Pathways are:
- Aged Care and Disability
- Animal Care
- Automotive Retail, Service and Repair
- Building and Construction
- Civil Construction
- Conservation and land management
- Entrepreneurial (small business owner)
- Food Processing
- Hair and Beauty
- Health Support
- Information, Communication and Technology
- Manufacturing and Engineering
- Meat Processing
- Screen and Media Production, Gaming and Visual Effects
Education Minister John Gardner says the plan not only helps to raise the profile of VET but lead students to more meaningful job outcomes.
He said in most cases, students in year 10 can begin a paid apprenticeship or traineeship while at school and completing their SA Certificate of Education (SACE).
"It is vital that our education system is preparing students to take advantage of local job opportunities, and we know that many growing and emerging industries all require workers with vocational qualifications," the Minister said.
"We are ensuring that VET in schools is high quality, accessible and links to skilled careers where there are job opportunities right here in South Australia.
In addition, the pathways update aims to provide a pipeline of skilled workers for SA employers.
"We don't expect all year 10 students to know what career they want to follow, but we can help guide them on the right path to industries with long-term growth potential," the Minister added.
The new policy was developed in consultation with Industry Skills Councils and designed to meet the needs of industry and employers, Flexible Industry Pathways group any number of VET qualifications at Certificate I to III level that a specific industry considers will lead to real jobs for students.
To find out more about Flexible Industry Pathways visit education.sa.gov.au.