Up until now, workforce participation has been the number one priority for Skills for All.
What we see in the latest budget is more of a balanced approach between industry needs, reducing the unemployment rate and increasing the number of South Australian’s with qualifications.
State Government Budget 2014-15
The State Government budget 2014-15 papers says that Skills for All gets 20,000 additional student places aimed at addressing industry training needs with $52 million over two years in addition to $11 million in 2013–14 (budget overspend?).
The 2014–15 Commonwealth Budget ceased funding for the continuation of the national partnership from 2017–18. As a result, funding and associated expenditure will be reduced by an estimated amount of $38.4 million in 2017–18.
With Training Places for Single and Teenage Parents ceased by the Commonwealth Government funding and associated expenditure will be reduced by $2.2 million per annum from 2014–15.
Changes in operating expenses for the Department of State Development are projected to decrease by $64.5 million primarily due to the profile of additional funding provided for the Skills for All program (very cleverly worded!).