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McGowan Government continuing to rebuild training sector

Hon. Sue Ellery MLC
Minister for Education and Training

Comprehensive report from the State Training Board released to support job creation and revitalise Western Australia’s training system Report recommendations incorporate feedback from some 350 individuals and organisations involved in WA’s training sector McGowan Government responding to critical themes and concerns

The McGowan Government’s work to bolster the economy by rebuilding the training sector has been highlighted with the release of the State Training Board’s findings from State-wide industry consultations.

‘Strategies to grow apprenticeships and traineeships in Western Australia’ was prepared to help understand what industry needs from the training sector and inform future strategies.

Key findings of the report include more financial incentives for employers to take on apprentices, less red tape for employers, better promotion of the VET sector amongst young people and a sector that is easier to navigate, customer focused and flexible.

A number of significant projects are already underway – through the McGowan Government’s Plan for Jobs – that address these issues including the TAFE fees freeze, the establishment of TAFE Jobs and Skills Centres or ‘one-stop shops’, and the reintroduction of training in craft industries such as wood machining, vehicle trimming and textile fabrication.

The signing of the Skilling Australians Fund National Partnership will make $126 million available to create thousands of jobs for apprenticeships and traineeships, and an employer incentive scheme that will provide training support to employers including small businesses.

The announcement to apply the Building and Construction Industry Training Fund levy to the resource sector will also ensure all sectors that rely on the State’s construction workforce contribute to the cost of its training and skills development.

‘Strategies to grow apprenticeships and traineeships in Western Australia’ and a summary of the McGowan Government’s strategic response are available at

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said:
“Apprenticeships and traineeships are so important for the ongoing growth and success of Western Australian industry and business.

“We have revamped industry’s involvement in Western Australia’s training system through reinvigorating the State Training Board.

“We will be using the recommendations of this report to increase the take-up of apprenticeships and traineeships.

“The McGowan Government is delivering on its commitment to rebuild the training sector by re-engaging industry in training. This is a critical part of our work to boost jobs and opportunities in the State.”

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