Hon Murray Cowper MLA

Hon Murray Cowper MLA

Former Minister for Training and Workforce Development; Corrective Services

    Health and social care jobs boom predicted

    11/08/2012 12:00 AM
    • Job growth forecast compares care sector with resources sector
    • New app to help match job and training seekers to employers and trainers

    Forecasts for jobs growth in Western Australia’s health and social care sectors resemble those in the State’s resources sector, Training and Workforce Development Minister Murray Cowper said today.


    Speaking at the official opening of the 2012 Skills West Expo, Mr Cowper said alongside the strength of WA’s resource sector, and its demand for trade qualified workers, other industries were also facing skills shortages and some had similar growth potential.


    “Health, including social, care is expected to be one of the industries leading jobs growth in WA in coming years, with about 6,100 additional jobs per year,” he said.


    “This sector is facing ever increasing community demands; we have an ageing workforce at a time when people are living longer and major new hospitals and medical services are opening.”


    Other industries leading the growth include construction; education and training; and transport and logistics.


    “With forecasts showing strong employment growth across such a broad range of industries, this weekend’s Skills West Expo is a must-visit event for anyone wanting information on career and training choices,” the Minister said. “Job seekers can meet employers and career advisers and consider different opportunities on offer across the whole WA economy.”


    Mr Cowper launched the State’s first-ever smart phone ‘app’ connecting potential apprentices and trainees with employers at the event.


    The innovative ApprentiCentre app lists current vacancies for a wide range of apprenticeships and traineeships in WA.  It also displays the geographical location of jobs, helping people search the suburb or region where they are most interested in working.


    “Apprenticeships and traineeships have gone mobile and it is now easier than ever to search for opportunities anywhere, anytime,” the Minister said. “The app also helps employers find the right person for their company by sending job seekers a message to let them know about current opportunities.”


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