Review of skills, training and workforce development.
The State Government has established an urgent review of skills, training and workforce development in response to COVID 19.
The review will aim to identify practical and responsive training solutions for the post-COVID 19 recovery period. This follows the profound effect the pandemic’s restrictions have had on the workforce with many people losing their jobs or employment opportunities being reduced significantly.
The review team, led by Ms Anne Driscoll, Director General of the Department of Training and Workforce Development; Ms Michelle Hoad, Managing Director, North Metropolitan TAFE and Ms Terry Durant, Managing Director, South Metropolitan TAFE, will engage with industry and business to identify training needs and develop specific proposals that respond to these needs. The State Recovery Advisory Group will work with the review team to communicate specific occupations, skills, needs and training courses required to respond to local needs across WA.
A report on key opportunities, practical actions and proposed TAFE implementation responses will be provided by the review team to the State Recovery Controller by 30 June 2020.
Announcing the review today, Premier Mark McGowan said “This review will provide a direct line to government for the state’s business and industry stakeholders who have made it clear they want to communicate their training needs and to see responses implemented. 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.”
Speaking of the importance of the review, WA Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery said “Skills, training and workforce development are critical if we are to ensure a supply of skilled workers across priority industry sectors; prepare people for new and emerging industry needs and equip the health, not-for-profit and government sectors in supporting the community.”