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Making a significant contribution to VET and workforce development as a proactive facilitator for our industry sectors, government and the community.

SSSA OfficeService Skills South Australia (SSSA) is recognised as one of Australia’s most respected and effective Industry Skills Alliance, enjoying excellent working relationships with all industry stakeholders including government, trade unions, employers and industry organisations. SSSA offers customised solutions to enable our clients to successfully navigate the complex training and workforce development maze.

SSSA’s Board brings together 9 highly credentialed and respected industry leaders to guide the organisation and influence the directions and projects undertaken.

We have 35 sub-committee members & 1500 network contacts feeding into four major industry sectors through three key sub committees:

  • Retail, Wholesale & Personal Services Training Advisory Group  (two sectors working together)
  • Sport and Recreation
  • Arts Thinkers Gym

SSSA works with 6 different Training Packages, covering over 30 diverse industry sub-sectors:

  • Retail Services (including Wholesale and Community Pharmacy) (SIR)
  • Floristry (SFL)
  • Hairdressing and Beauty Services (SHB)
  • Funeral Services (SIF)
  • Sport, Fitness and Recreation (SIS)
  • Creative Arts & Culture (CUA)

Since its inception in 2005 SSSA has managed over 20 projects valued at over $10.4 million and directly facilitated over 2,000 training and 600 employment outcomes.

The SSSA Board and committees provide a wealth and diversity of knowledge through our sector communities. The Board has adopted a staffing strategy of mixing a fresh perspective with experience to create a varied and forward-thinking business. A flexible use of sector and project consultants and an office shared with other skills organisations allows SSSA to adapt to meet specific industry needs.

Service Skills SA Board

CHAIRMAN 
Barry Stanton, OAMSport and Recreation 

 

DIRECTOR 
Alister Haigh
Retail and Wholesale
Haigh's Chocolates

 

DIRECTOR 
Brad Cagney
Personal Services, Retail and Wholesale  
SDA Union 

DIRECTOR 
Meredith DuftyPersonal Services
Pharmacy Guild (SA Branch)

 

DIRECTOR 
Alfredo Cappella
Personal Services
Hair & Beauty SA

 

DIRECTOR 
Ruth SmilesArts and Creative
Community Arts

DIRECTOR 
Jan SutherlandSport and Recreation 
Sport SA

 

DIRECTOR
Robert PittPersonal Services
Adelaide Cemeteries Authority 

  DIRECTOR
Gail KovatseffArts and Creative 
Media Resource Centre 

 

Service Skills SA Staff

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Graham Oades

graham@serviceskillssa.com.au

 

SENIOR PROJECT OFFICERPenny Curtis

penny@serviceskillssa.com.au

 

PROJECT OFFICERJemma Rippon

jemmar@serviceskillssa.com.au

 

 

         

DIVERSITY CONSULTANTLawrie Shem

lawrie@serviceskillssa.com.au

 

VET CONSULTANTShirley Brown

shirleyb@internode.on.net

 

RETAIL CONSULTANTColin Shearing

colin@serviceskillssa.com.au

 

 

       

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