On 21 May 2020, Premier Mark McGowan and the Minister for Education and Training, Sue Ellery announced the establishment of an urgent review on skills, training and workforce development in response to COVID 19's impact on the workforce in Western Australia. The Review Report was submitted to the State Recovery Controller on 30 June 2020 and was recently considered by the State Government.
More than 238 stakeholders were consulted, 74 written submissions received and 10 Ministerial Roundtable meetings held. Stakeholder feedback received through the Review was overwhelmingly constructive and positive about the important role of training to develop the pipeline of skilled workers needed to support Western Australia’s economic recovery.
The Review made 46 observations and recommendations under the following five key themes:
- New futures for Western Australians
- 21st century apprenticeships
- Maximising skills from Government investment
- Live-learn-work in regional WA
- Next generation training
Recommendations arising from the review will support Western Australia’s workforce to look forward. Creating new futures for displaced workers, and preparing the workforce for the digital world and new technologies, will be vital to the State’s recovery. Building the capacity of regional WA and ensuring disadvantaged people are supported in transitions to training and work will also be critical to serving the needs of the WA economy and community now and into the future.
The State Government has confirmed its commitment to advancing immediately almost all of the Review recommendations. Implementation has already commenced with the announcement of the State Government’s $57 million training recovery package on 2 July 2020. This included a range of initiatives, such as the expansion of Lower Fees Local Skills program, fee free short courses available to engage youth and displaced workers, and opportunities for apprentices, trainees, and their employers. Read more about these initiatives here: dtwd.wa.gov.au/whats-new#new-free-training-to-get-wa-skills-ready
Implementation of the Review recommendations will continue as part of the State’s Recovery Plan.
For further information, and to view the Review Report and the State Government's response, go to jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/trainingreview