The WA State Government will today hear from Goldfields-Esperance business leaders about new ideas and opportunities to grow the local skilled workforce at a regional skills summit in Kalgoorlie.
Insights from the Kalgoorlie Goldfields-Esperance Regional Skills Summit will form the basis of a local action plan to address changing workforce needs in the region, with a focus on local solutions for local issues. More than 40 government and regional business leaders from a range of sectors including healthcare and social assistance, education and training, accommodation and food services, public administration and safety, construction and retail are attending.
Recognising the importance of training to build a skilled workforce and retain people in regional areas, the WA State Government has been working to ensure its investment in training initiatives reaches all corners of the State.
Goldfields-Esperance locals are snapping up affordable training opportunities offered through the State Government’s Lower fees, local skills (LFLS) initiative, with a 26 per cent increase in LFLS enrolments in the region this year. Employers have responded by taking on more apprentices and trainees in the Goldfields-Esperance region in 2021, with commencements up by more than 80 per cent in the 12 months to 31 July 2021.
“Training Western Australians to fill jobs in demand is the centrepiece of our State’s economic recovery and maintaining a strong and sustainable workforce in the Goldfields-Esperance region is pivotal to our continuing success." said Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery. "The Kalgoorlie Goldfields-Esperance Regional Skills Summit is an opportunity for regional business leaders to work in partnership with government to progress new or innovative ideas to meet the region’s unique skills needs."