New procurement guidelines have been introduced to create more employment and training opportunities for young South Australians.

The Skilling South Australia Procurement Guideline is replacing the Workforce Participation in Government Construction Procurement Policy. In addition to cutting unnecessary red tape for employers, the new guideline will ensure that apprentices and trainees account for 15 percent of labour hours, as a recommended requirement for projects over $50 million.

As well as creating more jobs and providing training opportunities for South Australians, the Skilling South Australia Procurement Guideline significantly reduces red tape for industry and employers.

South Australian business understands the importance of industry participation and the vital role it has in creating an incentive to support local jobs.

The reforms will also focus on having a skilled future workforce ready to support growth and diversification in the state’s industry sectors.

These changes combined with the commitments made by business in the Industry Participation Plans will bring it together with measurable outcomes.