Following the review of skills, training and workforce development earlier this year, in response to COVID-19, Western Australia’s statewide network of Jobs and Skills Centres (JSCs) has been expanded to include new locations in Armadale and Midland; announced today by WA Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery MLC.
The review recommended that capacity and coverage of the JSC network increase to provide support to job seekers, career changers and young people in unemployment hot spots. Midland and Armadale were identified as key areas, and the new JSCs are now open, with free guidance, advice and information on careers, training and employment to help people get back into jobs. The two new centres will also provide businesses with free assistance to develop their workforce; including recruiting new workers, apprentices and trainees, and developing the skills of their existing workers.
Both JSCs will work to meet local needs, including high youth unemployment and low workforce engagement. Their highly experienced staff will focus on getting young people, women, displaced workers, and career changers into training and jobs to meet immediate and emerging skill requirements. WA’s Jobs and Skills Centres are complemented by a comprehensive website that includes a jobs notice board, qualification lists, a course search feature and Career Connect, a Facebook group established by JSC staff to connect jobseekers, employers, industry groups, vocational education and training practitioners and career practitioners.
Aboriginal people are a key priority client group for the new centres, with the Midland JSC working closely with Koolark — a support centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, and the Armadale JSC working with the Wungening Aboriginal Corporation.
Working with local industries to identify job opportunities, the JSCs will also collaborate with the METRONET Trade Training Centre, City of Swan and Midland Chamber of Commerce, and City of Armadale and community services including Job Active, Headspace Armadale and the Harry Hunter Rehabilitation Centre in nearby Gosnells.
The new centres are supported by the recently announced $167.4 million Rebuilding our TAFEs plan which includes a new $22.6 million TAFE campus for Armadale, a $2.5 million upgrade for the new METRONET Trade Training Centre at Midland and the expansion of the popular Lower fees, local skills program. The METRONET Trade Training Centre will be used to deliver a qualification in electrical rail signalling from Semester 1, 2021 and is critical to ensuring local content of at least 50 per cent on METRONET projects, including railcars, creating opportunities for local workers, pre-apprentices and apprentices.
South Metropolitan TAFE's replacement Armadale campus will be a purpose-built, multi-storey facility to accommodate more students and enhance training delivery so locals can learn the skills they need for growing industries.