The Federal and State Governments today embarked on a major summer campaign to encourage thousands of Western Australian school-leavers to take up further education and training places.
The move followed the end of an anxious wait for school-leavers whose TEE results arrived in the mail yesterday.
More than 17,300 young people who completed Year 12 in 1992 face stiff competition for university places and a competitive job market.
Kicking off TAFE's 'Smart Move!' summer campaign at Scarborough Beach today, WA Education Minister Kay Hallahan and Federal Employment, Education and Training Minister Kim Beazley said further education and training offered young people the best chance for the future.
"Young people need to be well skilled to take up the jobs which become available as the economy recovers," Mr Beazley said.
Mrs Hallahan said all evidence showed that the more skills a person had, the better their employment prospects.
"A highly skilled workforce benefits not only individuals but the State's economy as a whole," she said.
The 'Smart Move!' summer strategy included:
· a mobile school-leaver information service touring beaches and key metropolitan shopping centres;
· a series of counselling centres at 24 metropolitan and country locations; and
· a hotline for school-leaver queries.
Mrs Hallahan said the Federal and State Governments were able to guarantee every 1992, Year 12 Western Australian school-leaver a place in education or training.
"Everyone is guaranteed an opportunity, although they will have to be flexible about the location or choice of course," she said.
The Minister said the State and Federal Governments had put together a $10 million package to provide thousands of education and training places for young Western Australians, including:
· 6,000 university places;
· 5,100 places in full time TAFE courses (1,500 more than in 1992);
· 1,600 public sector training places;
· 480 places for students to prepare for TAFE entry;
· 250 pre-vocational courses;
· 470 places at independent colleges at Kalgoorlie, Karratha and Hedland;
· 700 apprenticeship places;
· 660 TEE repeat places; and
· 750 places in Youth Conservation Corps (Landcare and Environment Action Program) projects.
Young people wanting more information were urged to call 325 9322 (metro) or 008 999 167 (country toll free).