29/03/2010 - 13:01

Govt doubles funds for training program

29/03/2010 - 13:01

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The federal government has doubled funding for a training program that helps job seekers and existing workers to $50 million.

The federal government has doubled funding for a training program that helps job seekers and existing workers to $50 million.

The doubling of funds was announced by federal Workplace Relations Minister Julia Gillard in Perth today.

The enterprise stream of the Productivity Places program had $25 million allocated to it in 2009.

"The principle is that we will back training investment in areas where the economy is creating demand for skills and that, in doing so, we will encourage employers and enterprises to participate so that their own workers can be upskilled," she told the West Australian Breakfast forum.

Within the total pool of funding, $40 million will go towards training for almost 11,000 workers in more than 2350 businesses across Australia.

Another $10 million will fund a second round of funding applications.

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA welcomed the timing of the government's commitment, saying that all evidence is currently pointing to the imminent return of severe labour shortages.

The CCIWA has previously said the state will need an extra 400,000 workers over the next 10 years, however based on current population trends, WA will fall 150,000 short.

 

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