WA Training Above National Average

WA Training Above National Average

Western Australia Minister for Training & Workforce Development Peter Collier

WA Leads The Way In Training

Victor P Taffa

Western Australia continues to lead the nation in training, with the highest growth in the number of people undertaking an apprenticeship or traineeship over the past five years.

The number of people in training as an Apprentice or Trainee in WA increased by 29 % between June 2005 and June 2010, while nationally the average increase was only 10.5 %.

The National Report released by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research also showed an increase in WA Apprentices and Trainees starting training, with 14,400 commencements in the first half of 2010, up from 12,300 in the first half of 2009.

Training and Workforce Development Minister Peter Collier said these numbers highlighted the strength of the State’s training system and were an asset when it came to maximising the availability of labour.

“WA is well positioned to benefit from the economic surge, with high numbers of people in training to learn skills that will support our State’s Development.” Mr. Collier said.

“The latest figures from the Department of Training and Workforce Development show there was a 39 % increase in apprenticeship commencements for the last 12 months to September 2010 compared to the previous 12 months.

“It is pleasing to see 38,896 apprentices and trainees in training in WA in September 2010, up 6.6 % from the same time last year.” Mr. Collier said.