Written by: Stephanie Acevedo
The McGowan Government has signed a new $126 million dollar deal with the Federal Government’s Skilling Australians Fund National Partnership.
Twenty thousand new apprenticeships and traineeships will be created for young Western Australians, as well as pre-apprenticeships.
A McGowan Government employer incentive scheme will be implemented, providing training to support employers and small businesses. The scheme will allow the Government to target needs to better meet the State’s workforce priorities.
The scheme will also ensure it delivers high quality, on the job training, so that when the trainee is finished, they walk into a job and are exactly what the employer Is looking for.
The national partnership funding will also be used for skills development to support the implementation of the National Disability Insurance scheme.
The McGowan Government’s Plan for Jobs has a strong focus on job creating, including raising the number of apprenticeships and traineeships to ensure the state has a skilled workforce for existing a merging industries.
Education and Training Minister, Sue Ellery, said the main focus is to maximise training opportunities and increase the skills base in Western Australia.
“An apprenticeship or traineeship will help create thousands of new opportunities for apprentices and trainees by providing incentives to employers, making it more attractive for them to commit to training,” she said.
Ms Ellery said apprenticeship and traineeships allow young people to gain the skills and experience they need to perform high specialised and technical jobs, and provide employers with the trained staff required to run and expand their business.
“The partnership with the Federal Government will help ensure we are ahead of the game in skilling Western Australians to take up jobs of the future, especially as the economy start to recover and activity picks up,” said Ms Ellery.