Norm Marlborough

Norm Marlborough

Former Minister for Small Business; Peel and the South West; Minister Assisting the Minister for Education and Training

    Skills forum heads to the Kimberley

    21/03/2006 9:46 AM
     
    21/3/06

    Employers and workers from the Kimberley are being encouraged to have their say on ways to reform the State’s apprenticeship and traineeship system at a public forum today.

    “Western Australia’s apprenticeship and traineeship system needs to change if it is to remain relevant to employers and workers,” Norm Marlborough, the Minister Assisting the Education and Training Minister, said today.

    “The Skills Formation Taskforce wants to hear from employers and workers throughout the State about ways to help overcome the current skills shortages and strengthen the State's training system to meet future needs.

    “WA's economy is going gangbusters at the moment and it has created unprecedented demand for skilled workers.

    “Workers, employers and the State’s economy stand to benefit from reforms to the traineeship and apprenticeship system.”

    Mr Marlborough said Kevin Fong, managing director of Broome-based company Goolarri Media Enterprises, understood the benefits of employing and supporting trainees.

    “We currently employ 22 trainees, including 13 school based trainees, across television, radio, events management and administration,” Mr Fong said.

    “We believe in investing in local people by providing them with reality-based training that gives them the skills they need for their careers and for life.”

    The Skills Formation Taskforce, chaired by Hon Clive Brown, will hold a public forum in Broome today from 5pm to 6.30pm at Mangrove Resort, 47 Carnarvon Street.

    The forum is one of 10 to be held across the State from the Kimberley to the Great Southern.

    A consultation paper can be downloaded from the website: http://www.stb.wa.gov.au.

    Written submissions can also be emailed to skills@det.wa.edu.au before the April 7 deadline.

    Minister's office: 9213 6500