A new Jobs and Skills Centre in Albany will give jobseekers, students and career changers the chance to improve their employment opportunities, the state government has revealed.
The Albany Jobs and Skills Centre to be located South Regional Tafe will be a one-stop-shop to address unemployment and workforce needs in the Great Southern region, after opening on Wednesday.
It will provide practical information and advice on training, employment and apprenticeship opportunities through careers professionals to job seekers in the local community.
Local businesses and employers will also be provided business and workforce development advice to create employment, apprenticeship and traineeships.
Indigenous jobseekers will be a priority client group following extensive consultation, to ensure that they benefit from the service.
Outreach services will also be provided at other locations in the Great Southern region including Esperance, Denmark, Walpole and Katanning.
The centres will be complemented by a comprehensive website that includes a job notice board, qualifications lists and a course search feature.
Premier Mark McGowan said the centres will boost education and training for future jobs.
“This Government’s priority is to support job creation and strengthen the Western Australian economy,” Mr McGowan said.
“The implementation of Jobs and Skills Centres across Western Australia has transformed WA TAFE colleges to better link the training sector with industry, has the skills it needs for the job of today and tomorrow.”
Education Minister Sue Ellery said that the centres are focused on ensuring people have access to training and services “that equips them with the skills they need to take up new opportunities for employment.”
“The centre will ensure training programs are targeted to meet industry needs and allow people to access training that maximises their opportunities for employment and career development,” Mrs Ellery said.
Albany MLA Peter Watson said it will bring the region locally tailored employment support.
“The new centre in Albany will ensure that high-quality services are available locally to residents of the Great Southern,” he said.
“The centre will work with local businesses to identify job opportunities in the local industry and diversify the local economy.”