Skilling WA Update

Skilling WA Update

Western Australia Minister for Training and Workforce Development Peter Collier

Skilling WA Delivering On WA Workforce Plan

Victor P Taffa

  • Review finds Skilling WA growing workforce and developing skills
  • More West Australians in training than ever before
  • Government commits an additional $33.4 Million to extra training places

Training and Workforce Development Minister Peter Collier today released a progress report on the first six months (January-June) of the State Government’s Skilling WA workforce development plan, which reveals good progress is being made on meeting Western Australia’s current and future skilled workforce needs.

“The report shows Skilling WA is achieving exceptional results in the key areas of growth in the State’s workforce, and developing the skills of West Australians.” Mr. Collier said.

“Record numbers of West Australians are now undertaking training, with an additional $33.4 Million allocated in this year’s Budget to fund more than 12,000 extra training places.”

“Of these, 7,500 are for training in critical occupations; 3,415 for people under represented in the workforce, from culturally and linguistically different backgrounds, or wanting to return to the workforce; and 1,131 places are for Aboriginal people.”

The Minister said the State Government has also opened Aboriginal Workforce Development Centres in Broome, Bunbury, Geraldton and Kalgoorlie-Boulder to help Aboriginal people to enter the workforce.

“The Aboriginal Workforce Development Centres that have opened in regional WA complement the great results achieved by the Perth Aboriginal Workforce Centre, which opened in March 2010.” Mr. Collier said.

The review period also coincided with the launch of the Western Australian Skilled Migration Strategy.

“WA industry must be able to recruit skilled migrants when skills shortages cannot be met from WA or other parts of Australia.” Mr. Collier said.

“It has been through the hard work of this Government and discussions I have had with the Federal Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen that led to Perth receiving regional status under the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme, which make it easier for Perth-based employers to recruit overseas workers.”

“We have also established a skilled migration portal, conducted migration forums for small to medium-sized businesses and I led an industry delegation to the United Kingdom and Ireland.”

“These actions will go a long way to ensure enterprises can supplement their workforces where vacancies cannot be filled by local workers.”

The Minister said the progress report showed the strong workforce focus of the government, industry, regions and other stakeholders.

“The release of the State’s affordable housing strategy and progress in the Pilbara Cities initiative are evidence of the State Government’s commitment to attracting and retaining skilled workers.” Mr. Collier said.

Industry, including the State’s Industry Training Councils, is contributing significantly to Skilling WA’s priorities through the promotion of job opportunities in specific sectors; identification of new apprenticeships and traineeships; and researching critical success factors in vocational training in schools.

“There is a shared understanding that WA must grow its skilled workforce to make the most of strong current and forecast economic opportunities.” Mr. Collier said.

Skilling WA is being continually reviewed to ensure its relevance and effectiveness is maintained.”

 Fact File

  • $33.4 Million allocated in 2011-12 Budget to fund 12,000 extra training places
  • 7,500 training places in critical occupations
  • 3,415 training places for people under-represented in workforce
  • 1,131 training places for Aboriginal people