The Western Australian Government is to pump $103.5 million into local training, announcing it would match the federal government’s second round of JobTrainer funding.
JobTrainer, first announced in July 2020, funds free or low-fee training for job seekers and young people, including school leavers, to upskill or reskill in areas of identified skills need.
With a further $500 million committed in the 2021-22 federal budget, more than 255,000 Australians have enrolled in the JobTrainer program.
Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan said feedback from industry leaders and the state’s largest employers has been invaluable, with the new $103.6 million joint funding arrangement to continue to boost the local workforce.
McGowan said: “Through our Skills Summits, we have listened and are implementing initiatives that address industry needs.
“These low fee courses will target specific qualifications in the key sectors of childcare, aged and disability care and civil construction, which have a critical need to upskill workers.
“Further expansions to our successful Lower fees, local skills program will mean reduced fees for a further 30 courses, meaning there are now 210 courses being offered at heavily reduced fees.”
Federal employment minister Stuart Robertsaid it was pleasing to see Western Australia partner with the federal government to ensure JobTrainer continues.
More information about JobTrainer here.
Picture: Mark McGowan
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