Workers given funding to help with reskilling

WORKERS who became unemployed as a result of the WA governments’ about-face over the Regional Forest Agreement are being given aid to reskill.

Funding of more than $235,000 has been allocated to promote job opportunities in the South West.

Training and Employment Minister Graham Kierath said the aim was to guide the retrenched workers into new jobs or self-employment.

More than 200 retrenched workers had been helped by the program, Mr Kierath said.

“Of those, almost half have secured work immediately or are following self-employment options. The rest are undertaking training courses.”

He said a team from a number of private businesses and WA Government departments had generated the employment plans.

Mr Kierath said programs were being developed including a combined training program designed to generate employment for contract work in seasonal industries such as viticulture and horticulture.

A commercial sewing enterprise at Balingup is instructing woman in commercial sewing, business management and assertiveness skills.

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