The new Peel Jobs and Skills Centre was officially launched today at the Mandurah campus of South Metropolitan TAFE, by the Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery. Jobs and Skills Centres provide free professional and practical advice on training and employment opportunities, career advice and apprenticeship and training information, and specialist services for Aboriginal jobseekers.
They also support local employers and businesses to build a skilled workforce and create employment, apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities, and offer a free online jobs board where job vacancies can be posted.
The Peel JSC will work to meet the region's unique local needs, with a particular focus on addressing the area's high youth unemployment rate, working closely with school leavers, youth at risk, sole parents, employers and industry. Services are locally focused and delivered by South Metropolitan TAFE, in partnership with South Metropolitan Youth Link and Bridging the Gap.
Locals are already benefiting with career information services provided on 229 occasions, and 19 clients have been assisted into education and training since the centre opened just a few weeks ago. Auston Newburry, 18, secured a Heavy Diesel Apprenticeship at WestGold Resources with the support of Peel JSC. The centre provided coaching and advice based on Auston's unique situation, helping with his concerns about disclosing his autism and what to do in an interview. With the centre's help, his family is working with the Autism Association of WA so they can support him through his studies.
Pictured at right: George Walley performing Welcome to Country; Peel Jobs and Skills Centre team members Ethan Chad and Kylie Derschow with Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery, JSC client Auston Newburry and Mandurah MP David Templeman; and Minister Ellery.
The McGowan Government's Jobs and Skills Centres - a key election commitment as part of the Plan for Jobs - are one-stop-shops for students, jobseekers and career changers looking to improve their skills and job prospects. The opening of the Peel JSC today continues the delivery of this key election commitment.
Seven JSCs are now open at Kalgoorlie, Joondalup, Balga, Northbridge, Thornlie, Rockingham and Peel TAFE campuses, with several more to open across regional Western Australia throughout 2018-19 with outreach services offered in Boddington, Waroona, Byford and Pinjarra.
Aboriginal people are a key priority client group, and extensive local stakeholder consultation has been undertaken to ensure Aboriginal people benefit from the new services.
Speaking at the launch today, Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery said that the Peel Jobs and Skills Centre is all about creating jobs for people from Mandurah and across the region by directly linking training with employment, based on the needs of local industry. "We are focused on extending the reach of training and upskilling opportunities in WA because both employers and job-seekers need access to high-quality training and employment advice and services. These centres are already proving their value with clients like Auston achieving their employment and training goals, and employers supported to find staffing solutions."
"Mandurah has one of the highest youth unemployment rates in Australia and we are working hard to address this community issue. The most effective way of combating social issues is through opportunities for employment and training." said Mandurah MLA David Templeman, who also attended today's launch. "This new centre will help improve the connection between the training sector and industry, and ensure we meet the employment and training needs of local people and local businesses."