The State Government today embarked on the second stage of its multi-million dollar campaign to assist young Western Australians facing a tough job market and strong competition for university places.
The move came as more than 17,000 Year 12s prepared for their TEE exams in less than a fortnight.
Addressing students at Cyril Jackson Senior Campus in Bassendean today, Training Minister Kay Hallahan launched a comprehensive guide to education and training options which would be sent to 63,000 Year 10, 11 and 12 students this week.
The guide provided young people with important information about their choices for 1993 and beyond.
"Young people, particularly Year 12 school-leavers, need to secure a training place for 1993 without delay," Mrs Hallahan said
"Applications for full-time TAFE places in 1993 close on October 30 - the end of next week.
"Many students do not start planning for the future until after the holidays or when they receive their TEE results, at the risk of missing other opportunities such as education or training through TAFE."
Mrs Hallahan said young people had to consider additional training to increase their competitive edge in the job market.
New technology and other workplace changes meant there were few jobs for people with basic school qualifications.
"The guide outlines occupations, training providers, duration of training, and the size of the workforce for particular occupations and growth industries," she said.
The initiative follows recent steps by the Government to guarantee all 1992, Year 12 school-leavers an education or training place next year.
The Government's $10 million 'Smart Move!' strategy provided:
· 6,000 university places for Year 12 school-leavers;
· 5,100 places in full-time TAFE courses (1,500 more than in 1992);
· 480 places for students to prepare for TAFE entry;
· 250 TAFE pre-vocational courses;
· 470 places at independent colleges at Kalgoorlie, Karratha and Hedland;
· 700 apprenticeship places;
· 660 TEE repeat places and
· 500 places in Youth Conservation Corps projects.
It also involved a television advertising campaign promoting education and training through TAFE.