Western Australia Minister for Training and Workforce Development Peter Collier
Government Sets New Increased Target For Growth
Victor P Taffa
The State Government has set a record target for the number of apprentices and trainees in training in Western Australia.
Western Australia Minister for Training and Workforce Development Peter Collier said the new target was 47,100 Apprentices and Trainees by 2012, an increase of 26 % over three years.
Mr. Collier said this represented an additional 10,000 workers on the last peak, which was reached in 2008.
“This target surpasses the previous figure of 37,076 recorded between 2005 and 2008 under the previous Labor government, during a time of economic prosperity.” Mr. Collier said.
“This target will be monitored closely and updated in response to industry needs as the economy continues to grow.”
The Minister said the new target for apprenticeship and trainee growth during the next three years was based on wide consultation with industry and reflected its future skills needs.
“The Liberal-National Government is dedicated to developing a skilled workforce for the future and ensuring the State is adequately prepared to take advantage of opportunities that are starting to emerge.” Mr. Collier said.
A key element of this was WA’s Workforce Development Plan: ‘A Skilled Workforce For The Future’, the issues paper for which was released in November.
“This plan will drive the development and co-ordination of future skills and labour needs, addressing key areas of labour demand and supply, identifying skill shortages and increasing participation in the workforce.” Mr. Collier said
“We have also created a dedicated department for training and workforce development, which places a greater emphasis on this sector and will elevate the status of training across the State.”
The Government has also introduced initiatives to boost training in WA, as outlined in Training WA a targeted blueprint to transform the State’s training system.