Mark McGowan

Mark McGowan

Minister for Education and Training; South West

    New study to shine spotlight on South-West youth skills

    14/05/2008 12:00 AM

    A Western Australian-first study will kick off in a matter of months to look at the training and career options available to South-West youth.


    Announcing the 12-week study today, Education and Training Minister Mark McGowan said the South West Youth Labour Market Study would result in the development of an action plan to better match training services to industry needs.


    Mr McGowan said the South-West economy was growing at an unprecedented rate and it was important that the region’s young people were skilled and available to local industries.


    “This landmark project will gather detailed information about the future skills needs in the South- West, and has the potential to be used as the model for studies in other regions around the State,” Mr McGowan said.


    “The findings will be reported to the State Training Board, and I’m sure the information will prove very useful in planning for our world-class Vocational Education and Training system.”


    The study will be jointly conducted by the Department of Education and Training (DET) and the South West Development Commission, and will look at the current youth labour market and how it matches up to the training services offered by schools and public and private training providers in the South-West.


    Collie-Wellington MLA Mick Murray welcomed the study and said it would help improve employment prospects for local youth while also meeting the needs of industry.


    “I am pleased to see the State Government is giving this issue the attention it deserves,” Mr Murray said.


    “Collie continues to suffer from high youth unemployment rates and a study like this one will help address this problem.”


    The Minister said the study would look at the projected supply and demand for workers by occupation in the South-West and investigate the barriers to industry engagement with the vocational education and training sector.


    The DET is expected to advertise in June for tenders to undertake the study. Findings are expected to be available by October 2008.


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