The first five Jobs and Skills Centres were officially launched on 30 May by WA Premier Mark McGowan and Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery, creating increased access to job-related services for Western Australians. The centres are a one-stop-shop for students, jobseekers and career changers looking to improve their skills and job prospects. Staff at the centres will provide free professional and practical advice on training and employment opportunities, career advice and apprenticeship and training information.
Jobs and Skills Centres will engage with local communities and industries so they can respond to the needs of both jobseekers and employers. They will provide businesses with free assistance to develop their workforce, including recruiting new workers, apprentices and trainees, and develop the skills of their existing workers. The first five metropolitan Jobs and Skills Centres are now open. A further eight centres, as well as a number of outreach services, will be established in regional areas throughout WA during 2018–19.
"The Jobs and Skills Centres are a milestone for the Government's Plan for Jobs – we are focused on delivering initiatives that boost local jobs and strengthen the WA economy." Mr McGowan said. "Our goal is to build a high-quality training sector on which to grow the economy and ensure that industry has the skills it needs for the jobs of the future. The Jobs and Skills Centres will ensure training programs are targeted to meet industry needs and allow people to access training that maximises their opportunities for employment and career development."
Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said "Jobs and Skills Centres have brought together a range of services – Careers Centres, Aboriginal workforce development and training services. When service providers work collaboratively, they provide individuals, employers and industry with the best product and in this case, the product is all about creating jobs. Our new Jobs and Skills Centres will work with local industries to identify job opportunities that will be created by the future growth and diversification of the economy. This is a big step forward in the training sector and will link people directly to training and to jobs."
Aboriginal people are a key priority client group for the new services. Extensive stakeholder consultation has been undertaken on how best to incorporate and enhance the services previously provided, to ensure Aboriginal people benefit from the new service delivery model.
Pictured above, right: Premier Mark McGowan and Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery speak at the launch and cut the ribbon to officially open a Jobs and Skills Centre. A traditional Aboriginal smoking ceremony was part of the launch event.