The South Australian Government has outlined $3.25 million in spending aimed at breaking down barriers that prevent adults from moving to higher level training and improving their prospects of finding a job.


The Adult Community Education (ACE) initiative will see 7433 training places offered by 60 community-based, not-for-profit training providers.


“The ACE sector is an important starting point for people who may consider vocational education and training and university study to be initially out of their reach,” State Employment, Higher Education and Skills Minister Tom Kenyon said.


“The successful applicants of this latest round of funding though the Foundations Skills Grants Program will provide accredited and non-accredited training, in partnership with registered training providers, including TAFE SA, so adults can improve their skills leading to better prospects of further training and finding a job.”


The project forms part of the State’s ongoing Skills for All initiative, which aims to revitalise the state’s vocational education and training sectors.


Training programs which will be funded through the ACE program include:


  • Advancing Whyalla – a project to help adults improve their English oral, reading and writing skills, provides assistance in using the internet, applying for jobs and time management.
  • Mount Gambier - a project including Pathways to Employment and IT Skills for Employment courses to help people who may be dealing with issues of poverty, unemployment, substance addiction and recovery, homelessness and mental health.
  • Eyre Futures Incorporated - The Ready Steady Job Ready program supports young people, aged 17-25 to develop literacy, numeracy and digital literacy skills to a point where they can successfully look for work or progress to Certificate II level training.
  • Renmark Paringa Council provides basic keyboarding skills and teaches learners a understanding of how to use the internet and foundation level computer skills.