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Key findings

  • In total, there were 1,304 qualifications, accredited courses and skill sets selected by industry as a priority.
  • A total of 70 per cent of the priority qualifications identified were a priority for just one industry.
  • Most industries placed a higher priority on entry level qualifications compared to upskilling qualifications.
  • Nearly one-in-five priority qualifications are from the Business Services (BSB) training package.
  • Community Services training package qualifications had the highest share of qualifications rated as essential.
  • Business Services, ICT and Training and Education qualifications are a priority across all industries.
  • Most priority qualifications are from national training packages. Very few are accredited courses.
  • Skill sets account for 20 per cent of essential, high and medium priority qualifications across all industries, although this figure varies substantially between industries.
  • Less than one-third of all available training package qualifications were selected as an essential, high or medium priority.
  • Certificate III is the most common qualification level among priority qualifications, followed by Certificate IV and then Diploma.
  • Many sectors are concerned about the training system’s ability to respond to rapidly changing skills needs.
  • Several industries raised concern about VET-in-schools students completing qualifications which don’t lead to employment or further training.
  • Attracting future workers is seen as a major challenge in several industries as they face an ageing workforce, students choosing to pursue university study, and competition from high profile industries such as defence.
  • The VET sector will play an important role in supporting the growing defence sector in SA, including delivering pathway qualifications in engineering.