Hon Liza Harvey MLA

Hon Liza Harvey MLA

Former Deputy Premier; Minister for Police; Road Safety; Training and Workforce Development; Women's Interests

    New policy strengthens training commitment

    11/08/2015 9:00 AM
    • New policy requires sector-wide training commitment
    • Compliance measures have been strengthened under the new policy

    A new State Government policy will create more opportunities for apprentices and trainees in Western Australia's building and construction industry by requiring a sector-wide training commitment.


    Training and Workforce Development Minister Liza Harvey said under the new Government Building Training Policy, companies awarded State Government construction, building and maintenance work would need to meet a training benchmark for apprentices and trainees.


    Initially the benchmark will be apprentices and trainees consisting of 11.5 per cent of the company's trade workforce.


    "This new policy means successful companies will have demonstrated a commitment to training across all its projects, not just the Government contract," Mrs Harvey said.


    "This will strengthen the training commitment of the construction sector.


    "It will also ensure an adequate supply of skilled workers in the building and construction industry, which plays a key role in the WA economy."


    Contractors undertaking State Government projects with a labour value more than $2 million need to meet industry average training rates of apprentices and trainees across the company. This will also apply to maintenance contracts.


    The policy will apply to State Government construction projects including schools, hospitals, police stations and public housing projects.


    In addition, reporting requirements for head contractors have been changed to strengthen compliance monitoring.


    "The State Government invests heavily in infrastructure of all kinds, in both construction and maintenance, and it's fitting that there is an ongoing skills benefit to the State from these projects," the Minister said.


    "We are committed to developing a strong training culture through the employment of apprentices and trainees, while also ensuring West Australians are equipped with the best skills to get a job in the industries driving our economy."


    Fact File

    • The new policy replaces the 'Priority Start' program
    • WA's building and construction industry is the largest single employer of apprentices and trainees on a sector-by-sector basis

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