Jobs and Skills Centre opens to support Collie workers

Support for Collie workers has reached another milestone today, with a new Jobs and Skills Centre (JSC) opening in the heart of the local community as the town continues its transition to a more sustainable future.

The new Collie JSC at the Collie Central Shopping Centre is a one-stop shop for workforce transition services, supporting community members and businesses needing to look for new opportunities as State-owned coal-fired power stations are retiring over the coming years.

The new Collie JSC provides free and practical career, training and employment assistance, and is the base for South Regional TAFE's Training Transition Team.

The Training Transition Team provides services including free skills assessments and individual training transition plans to support the retraining of local workers in a coordinated way.

Local businesses and industries can access specialist support for their training needs including the development of a training needs plan, a skills gap analysis to identify opportunities to upskill workers, and assessment of new workers' skills and experience to identify training solutions.

Premier Mark McGowan and Minister McGuirk at the Collie JSC opening

The support is part of the McGowan Government's $662 million Collie Transition Package to provide opportunities for workers and the community and ensure there continues to be well-paid, local, blue-collar jobs in the Collie region.

Services at Western Australia's JSCs are free and accessible to all members of the community. Contact your local JSC on 13 64 64 or find your local Jobs and Skills Centre location

Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:

"Supporting local workers is our number one priority as State-owned coal-fired power generation is retired and Collie transitions to a more sustainable future.

"My Government is getting on with bringing new industries and new businesses to Collie, and we are ensuring that local workers have the support and training needed to transition into new career pathways.

"The Collie Jobs and Skills Centre is a one-stop shop for workers and businesses in Collie, and I encourage all local workers to take advantage of this free, practical and tailored support."

Comments attributed to Training Minister Simone McGurk:

"This Government is committed to ensuring there continues to be well paid blue-collar jobs in the Collie region - and that locals have the right skills for those jobs.

"If you're a local worker needing to transition to a new field, or an employer looking to find workers, this centre has all the services in place to help you do that.

"It offers free, practical assistance to help people get jobs - such as preparing job applications and CVs, developing tailored training plans and providing career advice to help you take the next step."

Read the full media statement here