The State Training Board has started consultations with industry, small to large employers, apprentices and trainees to look at ways to increase the uptake of apprenticeships and traineeships across Western Australia.
The consultation is part of the McGowan Government’s election commitment to create jobs and revitalise the State Training Board, with industry forums held in Perth in August and regional consultations set to run from October 13 to November 27.
Board chair Jim Walker will host consultations in Geraldton, Port Hedland, Merredin, Albany, Broome, Kalgoorlie and Bunbury to find out the challenges of administrating apprenticeships, how quality candidates can be attracted, what initiatives would encourage employers to take on apprentices and why school based traineeships are declining.
Dr Shaun Ridley facilitated the Perth consultation sessions on behalf of the State Training Board.
A final report will be presented in January, after regional consultations have been completed.
The State Training Board, which includes CCI’s Vice President Ray Sputore, will provide recommendations Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery, based on the feedback from the consultations.
The McGowan Government's Plan for Jobs has a strong focus on job creation that will see the Board front and centre in the drive to ensure training meets the skill requirements of WA.
Walker says there has never been a more important time for training in WA.
"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."
Apprenticeship Support Australia Manager Lena Constantine says apprenticeships and traineeships are so important to WA to ensure industry has access to the skills it needs and urged employers to offer feedback to the board.
“Employers need to be heard on what barriers currently exist to keep them from putting on an apprentice or trainee – and what support would assist them to train,” she says.
The board has also released its State Training Plan 2017-2020, which identifies the training and skill development priorities for WA’s industries and guides State Government investment under the VET act.
Metronet, major infrastructure projects, defence industry and NDIS and aged care were identified in the report as areas with increasing job opportunities requiring ongoing apprentices and trainees.
Priorities identified in the State Training Plan 2017–2020:
- Providing the skills needed by WA industries for WA jobs
- Understanding the skills needs of all industries through a robust industry engagement framework;
- Positioning the training sector to respond to technology and innovative advances;
- Creating opportunities for young people to participate in the labour market;
- Supporting older workers to participate in the labour market;
- Investing in the skills needed by our aged care, disability and allied health sectors; and
- Ensuring all 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.
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