08/07/2017 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 08/07/2017 01:33
The State Training Board will undertake extensive consultation with industry over the coming months to look at ways to increase the take up of apprenticeships and traineeships across Western Australia.
The consultation, in metropolitan and regional WA, is part of the McGowan Government's election commitment to create jobs and revitalise the State Training Board.
Industry, small to large employers, apprentices and trainees will be consulted. This will provide the Board and the State Government with industry insight to help make strategic decisions about WA's future training needs.
The McGowan Government's Plan for Jobs has a strong focus on job creation that will see Western Australia's State Training Board front and centre in the drive to ensure training meets the skill requirements of the State.
The State Training Board has also released the State Training Plan 2017-2020 which includes a focus on the skills required by the aged care, disability and health sectors and a commitment to ensure Western Australians can access quality training through their local TAFE or private training provider.
The plan is available at http://www.stb.wa.gov.au
Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:
'Consultation between industry stakeholders was a key commitment of the McGowan Government's Plan for Jobs.
'This consultation will provide the Board and the State Government with industry insight to help it make strategic decisions about WA's future training needs.
'A robust training sector is essential to our Plan for Jobs, and the Board and training sector are key players as they provide a direct link between industry needs and government economic direction.'
Comments attributed to Chair of the State Training Board, Jim Walker:
'There has never been a more important time for training in Western Australia and we are ready to work with the sector to identify training and skills needed by WA industries for WA jobs.
'Through comprehensive consultations, we will ensure local businesses, both in Perth and the regions, will have a greater say in what is needed from the training sector in order to support employment opportunities.'
Minister's office - 6552 5700