Hon Murray Cowper MLA

Hon Murray Cowper MLA

Former Minister for Training and Workforce Development; Corrective Services

    State training never in better shape

    30/01/2013 12:00 AM
    • Funding for State training providers increased 50 per cent under Lib Nat Govt

    Record levels of apprentices and trainees in the State’s training system had never been in better shape, Training and Workforce Development Minister Murray Cowper said today.


    As at October 31, 2012, a record high of 46,558 apprentices and trainees were in training - an almost 19 per cent increase in the last year alone (up from 39,203 in August 2011).


    “Importantly, the Liberal National Government has spent an unprecedented $1.9million funding half a million training places during this term of Government,” Mr Cowper said.


    “Despite the Federal Labor Government cutting $38million to Western Australia’s training system, the State Government has invested more than $90million on capital projects in the training sector since gaining office in 2008.”


    The Minister said despite union claims today, State Training Provider total funding had actually increased 50 per cent in real terms under this Government - from $290million in 2008 to $434million in 2012.


    “This is a net funding increase of $144million - and is over and above the savings made through the implementation of the Government’s responsible efficiency measures,” he said.


    The funding increase comprises:

    ·         Polytechnic West - additional $26.9million

    ·         Central Institute - additional $27.8million

    ·         Challenger Institute - additional $19.4million

    ·         West Coast Institute - additional $12.4million

    ·         Regional Institutes - additional $57.7million


    “The Liberal National Government has had a clear agenda to cut Government waste and deliver better, more efficient services - we don’t apologise for this,” Mr Cowper said.


    “However, delivering more efficient services for taxpayers dollars does not mean funding cuts.


    “While it is not surprising that, in the lead up to a State election, the union is making misleading claims, what they are claiming is clearly and simply incorrect.”


           Fact File

    • Funding increases have purchased State training providers an extra 4.1 million Student Curriculum Hours (SCH) - from 24.2 million SCH in 2008 to 28.3 million SCH in 2012

    Minister’s office - 6552 5700