- McGowan Government invests $121.4 million in training initiatives in the 2021-22 State Budget
- $29.8 million boost to provide 8,000 extra VET places in schools
- $19.2 million VET career taster program for Year 9 students
- $32.4 million to get 300 new building and construction apprentices and trainees working on State Government projects
- $25 million for state-of-the-art TAFE equipment
- $9.9 million to support TAFE college lecturer industry placements
- Delivery of election commitments continues McGowan Government's strong record over four years revitalising WA's TAFE and training sector
- Significant enrolment increases helping to address State's skills needs and prepare local people for local jobs
Quality local jobs continue to be more accessible to Western Australians, as the McGowan Labor Government builds on its substantial work to boost training with a $121.4 million investment in the 2021-22 State Budget.
The McGowan Government's investment will deliver on election commitments to ensure TAFE and training continues to be more affordable and accessible, enabling local people to find work in local jobs throughout the State.
More WA students will be encouraged into vocational education and training (VET) with a $29.8 million boost to VET in school places for Year 11 and 12 students.
Training places for school students will be increased by 8,000 to engage students in quality, industry relevant training, with options to attain their Western Australian Certificate of Education, while enhancing their post-school employment, education and training.
A $19.2 million VET Career Taster Program will also be rolled out to Year 9 students from 2022. The State Government is already engaging with industry, schools and other key stakeholders to inform the program's development, with regional consultation about to commence.
The McGowan Government will also invest $32.4 million to create 300 new jobs for apprentices and trainees with Group Training Schemes.
The funding will provide small and medium enterprises with access to 150 additional and highly subsidised apprentices and trainees in 2022 and again in 2023 to work on State Government projects.
TAFE colleges will receive $25 million of modern equipment as part of a four-year program to upgrade and modernise TAFE equipment and facilities to contemporary industry standards - helping students, apprentices and trainees become more job-ready.
A $9.9 million investment over four years will support TAFE college lecturers to undertake industry placements to keep them at the forefront of innovation and quality education, and enable them to upskill and maintain industry standards, practices, qualifications and skills.
For more information, visit https://www.ourstatebudget.wa.gov.au
Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:
"When my Government came to office in 2017 we set about restoring and revitalising a neglected TAFE sector. Over four years we have slashed fees, introduced free courses and invested in the biggest TAFE infrastructure program in WA history.
"This has delivered strong results, with enrolments increasing significantly, putting more Western Australians on the pathway to quality local jobs.
"Because of our strong budget management, we are able to continue this important work to support apprenticeships and targeted training opportunities to build a skilled workforce.
"Given the strength of the Western Australian economy and the huge amount of jobs being created these initiatives are critical to ensuring industry has access to a skilled local workforce.
"The 2021-22 State Budget ensures continued support for the training and skilling of Western Australians, providing access to quality jobs."
Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:
"When we came into Government we made a clear commitment to make training affordable and accessible for Western Australians.
"Because of this we have seen a large increase in people undertaking vocational education and training courses in Western Australia and these latest initiatives will help build on this."
Premier's office - 6552 5000
Education and Training Minister's office - 6552 5700