WA jobs and training will get a boost with new jobs and skills centres creating increased access to job-related services.
The first five centres were launched on Wednesday, providing a one-stop shop for students, jobseekers and career changers to improve skills and job prospects and access to career, training and employment services.
“Jobs and Skills Centres have brought together a range of services – Careers Centres, Aboriginal Workforce Development and training services,” education and training minister Sue Ellery said.
“When service providers work collaboratively, they provide individuals, employers and industry with the best product and in this case, the product is all about creating jobs.”
The centres will engage with local communities and industries to respond to the needs of both jobseekers and employers.
Staff at the centres will provide free professional and practical advice on training and employment opportunities including career advice, apprenticeship and training information.
Ms Ellery said centres would work with industries, identifying job opportunities created by diversification of the economy.
“This is a big step forward in the training sector and will link people directly to training and to jobs,” she said.
Indigenous Australians have been identifyed as an important priority group for the new services, with consultation to enhance previously provided services to ensure Aboriginal people benefit from the services.
A further eight centres along with a number of outreach services will be established in WA’s regional areas during 2018-19.
Premier Mark McGowan said the centres are “targeted to meet industry needs” giving jobseekers access to training to maximise employment and career development opportunities.
“The Jobs and Skills Centres are a milestone for the Government’s Plan for Jobs – we are focused on delivering initiatives that boost local jobs and strengthen the WA economy,” Mr McGowan said.
“Our goal is to build a high-quality training sector on which to grow the economy and ensure that industry has the skills it needs for the jobs of the future.”