Mark McGowan

Mark McGowan

Minister for Education and Training; South West

    Industry advice reforms under way in new effort to tackle skill shortages

    14/05/2008 12:00 AM
     

    New arrangements to better capitalise on high level industry advice to Government on training will come into effect later this year.

     

    Education and Training Minister Mark McGowan today welcomed the final report from the State Training Board on the ‘Review of Industry Training Advisory Arrangements.’

     

    Mr McGowan said that despite having the lowest unemployment rate of 3.3 per cent (as at April 2008) in the nation and the extraordinary growth of apprentices and trainees in training of 96 per cent since 2001, projections showed Western Australia would need an extra 180,000 skilled workers by 2016.

     

    “The report maps out changes to the bodies which provide advice to the State Government on training needs,” Mr McGowan said.

     

    “The new arrangements, which are expected to be in place later this year, will see the consolidation of the current 14 industry training advisory bodies to 10 new Training Councils.

     

    “The changes are part of the ongoing major reforms to WA’s training system to make it more flexible and responsive to industry needs.

     

    “The reforms outlined in the report will also bring WA’s training advice arrangements in line with the national system of skills advice.”

     

    The Minister also announced additional funding of $2.22million on top of the existing funding of $1.83million for the new councils.

     

    “The new Training Councils will include high level industry representatives from both employer and employee groups, who will drive reforms and solutions to address skill shortages now and into the future,” he said.

     

    The new councils will be based around the following industry groupings:

     

    ·           Education, Health Care and Social Assistance;

    ·           Retail Trade and Other Services;

    ·           Building and Construction;

    ·           Manufacturing and Automotive;

    ·           Arts, Information, Media and Telecommunications, Hospitality and Tourism;

    ·           Financial, Administrative and Professional Services;

    ·           Transport, Postal and Wholesale Trade;

    ·           Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Food Manufacturing and Scientific;

    ·           Public Administration, Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services; and

    ·           Resources Sector.

     

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