Training Minister Kay Hallahan today urged local industries to throw their weight behind an innovative new training institute planned for Armadale-Kelmscott.
Mrs Hallahan said the proposed institute would boost the skills of the workforce, thereby improving industry competitiveness.
"Everyone will benefit from the institute. Employers will get better trained workers and young people will be equipped with the right skills to find a job in local industry," she said.
Mrs Hallahan was speaking during a tour of a Kelmscott factory with local business leaders.
The factory, Venco-Westwind, designs and manufactures innovative products such as wind turbines, clay making machinery, potter's wheels and desalination equipment for local and export markets.
"Businesses such as Venco-Westwind are the backbone of the local economy. We need more businesses and a better trained workforce if our economy is to grow and provide more job opportunities," she said.
Mrs Hallahan said the Government was currently looking for a suitable site for the institute, which would be operational by mid-1993.
The Armadale-Kelmscott institute - closely tied to local industry - would provide young people with on and off-the-job training for up to two years.
Students would work at their own pace and acquire a general education as well as intensive work experience.
The institute would target 16 and 17-year-olds who had completed Year 10 and did not want to continue in upper secondary school.
It would operate 50 weeks a year with flexible opening hours to accommodate students working part-time.