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South Australia will be 'crying out' for skilled workers: PM
14/05/2012 - A mining and development boom in South Australia will have the state crying out for skilled workers, Prime Minister Julia Gillard says.
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Opening a new training centre for workers in the civil, mining and construction sectors in Adelaide on Friday, Gillard said it is those industries that will be a source of new jobs across SA.
"We know that your economy is going to offer people jobs in this industry in the period ahead," she said.
"Indeed you're going to be crying out for skilled workers."
Gillard said like so many industries, the civil and mining sectors faced skill shortages and an ageing workforce just at the time when an "incredible pipeline" of projects was coming on-stream across South Australia.
"So it's not hard to see why there will need to be a 42 per cent increase in the demand for civil construction workers over the next five years," the PM said.
"These projects aren't going to build themselves."
Gillard said increased training places, like those to be on offer in Adelaide, were the key to covering the demand for new workers.
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