Across its 35 year history, PEER has established itself as an exciting and innovative provider of nationally accredited training packages to meet South Australia’s skill development needs.
Based in Adelaide, the non-profit industry-based operation is a Registered Training Organisation and Group Training Organisation (GTO) that has trained 50,000 people, including more than 3300 apprentices, since it first opened its doors in 1985. The organisation boasts a 94 per cent completion rate - one of the highest in the country.
Passionate about helping students to succeed, PEER is highly regarded for delivering trade training and assessment excellence in the electrical, plumbing, data communications, and refrigeration and air conditioning trades. It also provides pre-vocational training, VET in Schools programs, upskilling short courses and skills recognition.
As a GTO, PEER is the largest employer of apprentices in South Australia’s building and construction industry, with nearly 400 apprentices and trainees currently engaged.
PEER’s training - customised and personalised to accommodate the learning styles of each student - is conducted in the organisation’s purpose-built training facility, the Centre of Excellence, which it designed and built in collaboration with industry partners.
Recognised for its work in proactively managing the challenges of the industries it supports and providing a creative learning experience that is engaging and continually evolving, PEER has transformed itself to ensure the market’s evolving needs can be effectively and sustainably met. This approach has positioned the organisation as a leading, modern, professional, responsive and proficient provider, setting new benchmarks in training outcomes and strong, constructive, mutually beneficial partnerships with industry.
Guided by its vision is to be Australia’s leading learning provider, PEER’s care and concern for students sets it apart from its competitors. The organisation trains, coaches, mentors and supports its students to be their best - as trade professionals and as individuals - positioning them to contribute to and prosper in the South Australian community.
The organisation’s affiliation with industry, demonstrated through its multi-layered relationships with trade associations, the private sector and unions, has resulted in a best practice approach to training, driven by industry demand.
The centrepiece of PEER’s commitment to excellence and high-level performance in national training arrangements has been its implementation of a flexible learning environment for electrotechnology, data and refrigeration apprentices. With training tailored to suit individual learning circumstances, PEER students benefit from flexible, customised, self-paced learning environments, enabling them to immerse themselves in both theoretical and practical elements under the guidance of qualified trainers.
PEER plans and coordinates Vocational Education and Training (VET) through extensive consultation and collaboration with industry and state and federal governments, and in response to market demand and feedback. Its expertise and track record of innovation ensures the organisation has the necessary capacity to successfully implement changes relating to reform initiatives.
Led by a team of adept, agile thinkers with a commitment to continuous development, PEER is one of the state’s most successful and celebrated VET ambassadors.