12/10/2021 - 16:06

Further funding to upskill Western Australians

12/10/2021 - 16:06

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The state government is set to issue further JobTrainer funding to the tune of $103.5 million in a bid to upskill young people and those seeking employment.

Roughly 12,635 Western Australians have partaken in the programme so far. Photo: Gabriel Oliveira

The state government is set to issue further JobTrainer funding to the tune of $103.5 million in a bid to upskill young people and those seeking employment.

The $1 billion initiative was announced in 2020 as a partnership between state and territory governments to encourage the likes of school leavers to take up free or low-cost training courses for in demand skills.

The federal government pledged $500 million to the programme in 2020-2021 and a further $500 million in the 2021 – 2022 federal budget to be matched by state governments respectively.

The WA government estimated 12,635 Western Australians had partaken in the programme at the end of August 2021.

Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery said the initiative was training Western Australians for “in-demand” jobs.

"This initiative is boosting Lower fees, local skills, providing a significant boost to industries including childcare and health care, which will benefit from a more highly skilled and locally available workforce," the minister said.

The scheme includes 10,000 additional digital skills training places and 33,800 additional training places in the aged care sector.

It brings the number of discounted courses available to 210.

Places for childcare have been made available this month in the hope of addressing what the state government says is an “immediate” need in the sector.

Revised fees for expanded courses are set to become available from January 1 2022.

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