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New WA department to focus on training

The state government is to create a new department dedicated to training and will rebrand Tafe colleges as part of plans to ensure the state's skills base has the appropriate attention as WA gears up for a big rise in economic activity.

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Perth
Why is it that this state government and indeed the national government seeks to blame previous governments for the apparent misdirection of appropriate effort to support training. Secondly, the spin doctors have jumped on the Training band wagon and are spinning words and comments that in reality mean nothing. What about supporting real business by supporting those training companies that specialise in making sure our worksforce are indeed competent and safe in their chosen fields. What about doing something now to support those that have lost jobs and wish to re-skill but can't because of the high cost. When one seeks help from the department we are provided funding avenues that are designed to fit TAFE and support their organisations which is great, however there are approx 40, 000 people, adults, who have lost work in the last 12 months in WA and this government thinks that for a few hundred dollars a person that this will help them get trained by highly skilled specialists who have earned their stripes in industry and who can command significant salaries, what value does the state government put on training....very little..it's all just words!! As a training organisation, we want to employ high calibre instructors to provide the very best service to our clients yet we can't because this govenment will not support our business that in turn would support the persons that want and indeed need to be trained to take advantage and support the "boom" that is to come.....where is our support?!! This governemtn doesn't support business, just wants to sound good!

Wangara
I read in today's West Australian that; Opposition Leader Eric Ripper said the new department would be a waste of money. "Taxpayers' money will be wasted on new signs, new stationery, new corporate arrangements and there will be no real investment in training," Mr Ripper said. "A new department is not a plan, it is simply the shuffling of bureaucratic deck chairs. What a joke - this is exactly what his own party did when they came into power some years ago. Taxpayers, yes WA taxpayers own irreplaceable industrial training assets in WA. Subiaco TAFE for example, and the previous Labor Government has only let them get run down. It is time these assets were refurbished to service West Australians needs in training our youth and workforce for today's and tomorrow's opportunities. Forget the politics - let's get on with it Mr Ripper !!

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