Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Premier; Treasurer; Minister for Public Sector Management; Federal-State Relations

Hon Sue Ellery BA MLC

Hon Sue Ellery BA MLC

Minister for Finance; Commerce; Women's Interests

    New technologies focus of Review of Skills, Training and Workforce Development

    28/07/2020 9:00 AM
    • All recommendations from the review into skills, training and workforce development to be advanced
    • Western Australians to be trained in new technologies to support State's economic recovery 

    The McGowan Government has committed to advancing all of the recommendations arising from the Review of Skills, Training and Workforce Development, with many already in place.


    The report is now available to the public.


    The 41 observations and recommendations focus on preparing the workforce for the digital world, furthering new technologies and creating new futures for displaced workers.


    It also recommends the building of training capacity in regional Western Australia and ensuring disadvantaged people are supported in their transition to training and the workforce.


    The review - which the McGowan Government commissioned in May this year - aims to ensure the WA training system can rapidly respond and prepare Western Australians to get back to work following the impacts of COVID-19.


    More than 238 stakeholders were consulted, 74 written submissions received and 10 Ministerial Roundtable meetings held.


    The new recommendations align with initiatives that are already in place such as the free and half price courses now available in work areas linked to State Government initiatives such as the Rebuilding our TAFEs plan and METRONET.


    The review report and the State Government's response to the recommendations can be found at https://www.jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/trainingreview


    Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:


    "We always knew the COVID-19 pandemic would have a devastating impact on our economy, and the journey to recovery would be challenging.


    "I want to thank stakeholders for their input into the review, at a time when business and community were under enormous pressure, in order to keep our State strong.


    "Responding to industry need and expert advice will ensure we are in a position to recover from the effects of the pandemic, stronger than ever.


    "WA's recovery is a joint effort, it's about government working with industry together. We are managing the pandemic together as a community. Together, we will recover."


    Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:


    "We know skills, training and workforce development are critical if we are to ensure a supply of skilled workers across priority industry sectors.


    "This review has identified practical training solutions in response to COVID-19 to meet industry needs, and ensure maximum opportunities for Western Australians to benefit from employment, skills, training and workforce development during this period of economic recovery.


    "More than 238 key stakeholders provided input and indicated their support to enhance the training system.


    "We have already started to implement many recommendations, and the review will continue to be a useful tool in the coming months as we move into the restarting and stimulating phase of the State Recovery Plan."


    Premier's office - 6552 5000

    Education and Training Minister's office - 6552 5700