Workers in Western Australia will have the chance to upgrade their skills and gain higher level qualifications under a $2million program being funded by the State and Federal Governments.
Deputy Prime Minister and Employment and Workplace Relations Minister Julia Gillard and WA Education and Training Minister Mark McGowan today announced 1,000 new training places exclusively for up-skilling existing workers through higher level traineeships.
Mr McGowan said WA was the first State to join with the Australian Government to deliver the training places under the national Productivity Places Program.
“This program is a significant step forward to boost the supply of skills within our existing labour force and will be a win-win for workers and employers,” he said.
Mr McGowan said the new training places covered traineeships at the Certificate IV, diploma and advanced diploma levels.
“Nearly 80 qualifications are on offer across a range of industries, including the key skill shortage areas of building and construction, electro-technology, metals and mining, manufacturing, community services, hospitality and tourism,” the Minister said.
“We know industry is crying out for highly skilled workers and this program supports employers to help loyal workers gain the high level skills required to take their business to the next level.”
Ms Gillard and Mr McGowan made the announcement while opening a new $8.4million Central TAFE facility in Perth.
Perth MLA John Hyde said it was a cutting edge facility for creative industries of printing and jewellery making.
“The two-storey building has an industry standard printing plant and jewellery workshops among the best in the country, with a multimedia and computing centre to support art, design and media studies,” Mr Hyde said.
The Australian Government provided $7.3million for the facilities, with $1.1million from the WA Government.
The first round of training places will be available from July to the end of December 2008, with more places expected next year.
From July 1, businesses can apply to access training places for eligible staff.
Businesses may be eligible for incentives from the Australian Government, depending on the traineeship qualifications undertaken.
Student fees will apply to the program and the Federal and State Governments will fund the delivery of the training.
For more information, visit ApprentiCentre at: http://www.apprenticentre.wa.gov.au or call 13 19 54.
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