15/10/2013 - 14:39

Seares to review training sector

15/10/2013 - 14:39

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Providing greater access to training and boosting links with industry will be the focus of a new review of the state's vocational education and training sector.

Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief officer member services and advocacy John Nicolaou.

Providing greater access to training and boosting links with industry will be the focus of a new review of the state's vocational education and training sector.

The review will look at ways to create streamlined information flows between Western Australia's more than 2,350 registered training organisations and industry, while encouraging the sector to become more autonomous and innovative.

Former University of Western Australia senior deputy vice-chancellor Margaret Seares will undertake the review and provide her recommendations to the minister by April 30 2014.

She is currently chair of the Perth International Arts Festival and a board member of Synergy, and has chaired a number of government reviews.

Training and Workforce Development Minister Terry Redman said the training system was undergoing rapid change and there was a strong need for a critical and detailed assesment of the sector. 

"WA needs a training system that is competitive and able to meet the current challenges in delivering quality training while offering students direct pathways to engaging and long lasting careers," he said.

Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA chief officer member services and advocacy, John Nicolaou, said understanding the full breadth of the state’s current and future training needs was an essential part of meeting industry’s skills demands over the next decade.

"Having a clear understanding of the requirements for skilled workers in the future will also be important to ensure public funding spent in training will deliver the best outcomes for those entering training as well as industry," Mr Nicolaou said.

The state government will introduce the Future Skills WA reforms at the beginning of next year, guaranteeing students access to state priority training programs. 

Victoria and South Australia have already introduced similar reforms with other states set to follow.

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