Education, Training & Skills

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Council’s Strategic Plan emphasises the relevance and importance of a learning community to the future sustainability and well-being of the district and Council is actively pursuing opportunities that will see this realised through strategies such as:

  • Promoting a culture of positive education and learning throughout the community
  • Providing opportunities for residents to participate in learning and engagement
  • Engaging with institutions, government and the private sector to develop education and learning facilities.

We are embracing education as a key element of our city and welcome enquiries from all education sectors to consider Mount Barker in your future plans. For further information on the region and its educational offerings please download our ‘Live, Learn, Work, Play’ presentation.

Live, Learn, Work, Play Presentation(2741 kb)

Live, Learn, Work, Play Presentation Interactive(2400 kb)

Live, Learn, Work, Play Presentation Mandarin Translation(3222 kb)


Free Online Food Safety Training

Council takes food hygiene within our district very seriously. All food businesses have obligations and the Mount Barker District Council is assisting them to meet these obligations by providing free access to this exciting new training tool.

There is a high demand for training within the food sector. This training will assist food handlers in developing the required skills and knowledge to ensure food is handled in a safe and hygienic manner. The program is also suitable to individuals wanting to improve their employment prospects in a food handling environment, or for those interested in adding to their general food handling knowledge.

The program is easy to follow, includes an entertaining presentation as well as interactive quizzes. A training acknowledgement form can be printed upon completion and be kept as part of an individual’s resume or for business records.

NB: This information package has been developed by qualified and experienced Environmental Health professionals and is equivalent in scope to a two-day consultant delivered course.

For more detailed information about the course please download the flyer Food Safety Online Training Flyer(1441 kb)

To access the course go to:


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CEO Connect is a new mentoring program developed by the Industry Leaders Group and supported by Regional Development Australia Adelaide Hills Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island and the Department of State Development. The program offers a two-way win for both youth and the business community by linking business mentors to youth aged from 17-24 years in a program of active support that will provide business experience, skills and advice to young people in the Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island region.

To find out more about the CEO Connect Program or to become involved as a business mentor contact Rhana Fleming, Deputy Chair of the Industry Leaders Group and CEO of Littlehampton Childcare Centre via email at or call 8536 9200.



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WorkReady Jobs First offers providers, employers and individuals the opportunity to co-invest in high quality training and employment projects that connect people into a job.

Jobs First has two project streams:

  • Jobs First Subsidised Training List (STL) Projects
  • Jobs First Employment Projects

Jobs First Employment Projects connect priority job seekers to available work, following participation in employment projects that are developed with employers, who are prepared to commit to jobs.

The objective of Jobs First Employment Projects is to deliver tailored employment projects that assist:

  • employers (including small business) to access appropriately skilled and work ready job seekers; and
  • job seekers who do not have a job, or who want to work more hours, to access work in their local communities

Jobs First eligibility and subsidy criteria apply.  Visit for details.


Mount Barker has three primary schools – the Mount Barker South Primary School, Mount Barker Primary School and St Marks Primary School which is a Lutheran School.

St Francis de Sales and Waldorf both have primary schools as well as high school campuses of the same name. There are also public primary schools in Callington, Echunga, Hahndorf, Littlehampton and Meadows and a Lutheran Primary School in Hahndorf.

Mount Barker has a single public high school – Mount Barker High, as well as three private high schools:

  • Cornerstone College (Lutheran Church of Australia)
  • St Francis de Sales College (Catholic)
  • Mount Barker Waldorf School (Independent)

All of these schools are co-educational. Overall approximately 1,500 – 2,000 school students from Mount Barker and the surrounding towns of Nairne, Littlehampton and the wider region are serviced by these high schools.


Mount Barker High School:
Cornerstone College:
St Francis de Sales College:
Mount Barker Waldorf School:

6 Dutton Road, Mount Barker SA 5251
T 8391 7200