Western Australia’s statewide network of Jobs and Skills Centres (JSCs) has been expanded in the State’s north, with Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery officially opening the South Hedland JSC at North Regional TAFE’s Pundulmurra campus today. Being such a vast region, the JSC can also provide outreach services to other locations throughout the Pilbara including Newman, Marble Bar, Yandeyarra, Warralong and Strelley.
JSCs provide free professional and practical advice on training and employment opportunities including career guidance and apprenticeship and training information, as well as help with job searching and direct links into work. There is also recruitment support, workforce development and workshop assistance available to organisations. There are now 17 Jobs and Skills Centres located across Western Australia.
The new South Hedland JSC is supported by Aboriginal organisation Bloodwood Tree, to help Aboriginal people across the Pilbara region get into training or access jobs. The team can provide culturally sensitive employment and career services, information on training options, access to job opportunities through the Aboriginal jobs board, help with resumés and job applications, and mentoring and support with referrals to other services. Working closely with local industries to identify job opportunities, the JSC can also assist employers and businesses to create a more culturally aware workplace to attract and retain Aboriginal employees.
For more information about services available at JSCs, visit the find your Jobs and Skills Centre page or contact your local JSC on 13 64 64.
Speaking at the JSC opening, Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said “The Pilbara region is known as the economic powerhouse of Australia, so it makes sense to have a Jobs and Skills Centre in Hedland to help connect local people with local jobs. The McGowan Government’s Jobs and Skills Centres benefit jobseekers and school leavers by providing a launch pad into training and job opportunities, as well as providing businesses with assistance to develop their workforce. This is an invaluable, free service now in 17 locations across Western Australia, supporting even more people to connect with work and training opportunities.”