New free TAFE pilot training program creating job opportunities

Plus new FREE Infrastructure Ready skill set!

  • McGowan Government launches pilot training program for job seekers with 250 places progressively available in late 2020 and early 2021
  • Four-week intensive TAFE course developed in consultation with industry to start in late October
  • ‘Job-ready’ participants have opportunity to gain entry-level role with civil construction contractors
  • Creates opportunities to work on McGowan Government’s $6.5 billion Building for Tomorrow road and rail infrastructure pipeline of work including METRONET

As Western Australia enters an unprecedented era of infrastructure construction – particularly major roads and METRONET – it is essential a skilled workforce is in place to help deliver this record pipeline of works. The WA State Government is partnering with industry to increase opportunities for jobseekers to be part of our transport infrastructure boom, today launching the Infrastructure Ready TAFE program. 

The program is part of a wider initiative designed to drive the sustainability of the civil construction industry by developing an ongoing pool of entry-level workers. Incentives will be available for contractors to employ and retain program participants. Participants will take part in a free four-week intensive training course at TAFE campuses across metropolitan Perth, while also gaining an inside look at some of WA’s key construction projects including the:

  • METRONET Bellevue Railcar facility, Yanchep Rail Extension, Thornlie-Cockburn Link and Denny Avenue Level Rail Crossing Removal;
  • Armadale to North Lake Road Bridge Project;
  • Karel Avenue Upgrade Project;
  • High Street Fremantle Upgrade Project; and
  • Roe Highway /Kalamunda Road Interchange Project.

The program will create job opportunities to work on the Government’s $6.5 billion Building for Tomorrow road and rail infrastructure pipeline of work. It also aims to increase industry diversity, with young and female jobseekers encouraged to apply. It's also an opportunity for mature age jobseekers recently displaced from other industries to enter the civil construction industry, which will be enjoying a sustained pipeline of work on fully- funded projects over coming years. 

The pilot program, developed in consultation with key industry partners include the Civil Contractors Federation, the Construction Contractors Association and the Construction Training Fund, will begin in late October with the first round of job-ready participants given the opportunity to gain entry level prospects with contractors from the civil construction industry, by early 2021.

People interested in signing up to the course can register their interest by emailing irp@dtwd.wa.gov.au

New free skill set

The four-week TAFE course that supports the pilot program is a new free* job ready skill set, to prepare workers for entry level roles in the booming infrastructure industry.

The Infrastructure Ready skill set will teach basic measurement and calculation skills relevant to construction and focus on safe work practices. Participants will also learn skills to operate small plant and equipment used on construction projects. 

Further information on the new skill set can be found at jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/skillsready

“This course combines training opportunities and jobs on major transport infrastructure projects which is critical as we recovery from the impacts of COVID-19." said Premier Mark McGowan. “Participants will gain firsthand experience on this unique course that will put them in good stead for work on our major infrastructure projects and for future employment opportunities.”

View the full media statement here

*Free for eligible students, see website for details.

Image of a hard hat and construction site.