Two programs aimed at supporting job seekers in the regions are being launched by the Local Jobs Program, a federal government initative which is part of their recovery plan in the wake of COVID-19.
Jobs 4 Locals, a collaborative pre-employment training program, and Strong Women for Work, aimed at female First Nations jobseekers, are two Local Recovery Fund Projects being rolled out.
Whyalla, Port Lincoln and Port Augusta are set to benefit from the Local Jobs Program, which is being led by Employment Facilitator Andrea Broadfoot and Jack Ritchie.
"Our aim is to work with industry and employers to understand their workforce needs and develop industry-driven training and employment initiatives to ensure local job seekers connect to employment," Ms Broadfoot said.
"With the vast range of programs and incentives available for both employers and people seeking jobs , our role is also to assist individuals and employers connect with existing programs that meet their needs."
Jobs 4 Locals is being delivered by Career Co, Career Employment Group and Centacare with funding from the Department of Education, Skills and Employment and the state Department of Employment and Skills.
The program has four pillars: industry skills training, physical rehabilitation assessment and a personalised training plan, personal development through the Centacare Coach model of support and industry collaboration.
"Jobs 4 Locals includes the elements we know connect people seeking jobs with employers needing a skilled workforce and it is designed to maximise jobs for participants," Ms Broadfoot said.
Meanwhile Strong Women for Work will be based in Port Augusta, and will focus on preparing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women for employment or training in a culturally safe and appropriate way delivered by the Kornar Winmil Yunti Aboriginal Corporation (KWY).