Prime Minister Julia Gillard says the mining boom in South Australia means the region will soon be 'crying out' for workers.
According to AdelaideNow Gillard said like other regions of Australia SA was facing a skills shortage as an "incredible pipeline" of projects came online.
In opening a new training centre for the mining and construction sectors, Gillard said construction workers on mining projects would be particularly in demand.
"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," she said.
"These projects aren't going to build themselves."
Last week a US recruitment company said it was preparing to send skilled workers to Queensland to help companies fill empty jobs.
The comments came amid magnate Andrew Forrest's call for companies to look to indigenous workers to fill roles that could otherwise be taken by foreign labour.
Forrest said some mining jobs could easily be filled by indigenous workers if they were given a small amount of training and a chance.