21/05/2020 - 15:40

Govt announces urgent review of WA workforce

21/05/2020 - 15:40

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The state government has appointed a review team to identify skills and training development solutions in response to the impact of COVID-19 on the Western Australian workforce.

Govt announces urgent review of WA workforce
Mark McGowan says the coronavirus pandemic has had a profound impact on Western Australia's workforce.

The state government has appointed a review team to identify skills and training development solutions in response to the impact of COVID-19 on the Western Australian workforce.

The review team will engage with industry and business to identify training needs and develop specific proposals to respond to such needs.

The team will be led by Department of Training’s Anne Driscoll, North Metropolitan TAFE managing director Michelle Hoad and South Metropolitan TAFE managing director Terry Durant.

Premier Mark McGowan said COVID-19 has had a profound impact on the state’s workforce.

“We need to rebuild opportunities for the recovery period,” Mr McGowan said in a statement.

“Some sectors will offer growth, especially the resources sector, which will need key tradespeople such as plant and process operators, diesel mechanics and engineering trades.

“There will also be a continued emphasis on training in other sectors such as health, defence, transport and construction.

“This review, which will engage business and industry stakeholders, will ensure we are ready to provide the training and workforce development the post-COVID-19 era will require.”

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery agreed the review was critical in rebuilding the WA workforce.

“The review will provide a coordinated, efficient and effective way for business to navigate the training system and will have an important role in preparing for the skills and job needs of the future,” she said.

The State Recovery Advisory Group will work with the review team to communicate specific occupations, skills, needs and training courses required in response to local needs across the state.

The review team will provide a report on key opportunities, practical actions and proposed TAFE implementation responses to the State Recovery Controller by June 30.

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