Employment and jobs services enhanced for South West WA

South Regional TAFE's Albany Jobs and Skills Centre, officially launched today by Premier Mark McGowan and Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery, is a one-stop-shop for jobseekers, students and career changers,  supporting the employment and workforce needs of the Great Southern region. Jobs and Skills Centres, a key McGowan Government election commitment, offer free training information and career development services to the local community. Western Australians can access practical information and advice on training, employment and apprenticeship opportunities from a skilled team of careers professionals with industry partnerships and direct links into work. The centre will provide local businesses and employers with business and workforce development advice to create employment, apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities.

The new Albany Jobs and Skills Centre is supported by Worklink and the Southern Aboriginal Corporation to ensure services are tailored to meet the needs of WA's diverse community. Aboriginal people are a key priority client group, and extensive local stakeholder consultation was undertaken to ensure Aboriginal people benefit from the new service delivery model. Outreach services will be provided at other locations throughout the Great Southern region including Esperance, Denmark, Walpole and Katanning.

In its first few months of operation, some 65 individuals and organisations have already benefited from career guidance, résumé assistance and job application support, and workforce planning services offered by the centre. While studying for a Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping at South Regional TAFE, Wendy Dembowski from Denmark sought the Albany Jobs and Skills Centre's help with developing her résumé, cover letter and interview techniques for a senior position at the Shire of Denmark. Thanks to this support, Wendy secured the role and is progressing well in her new career. Alexander McConnell from Porongurup was able to undertake a Certificate III in Business after receiving career advice and course information. Alex found the service was very helpful with a friendly and comfortable atmosphere.

Jobs and Skills Centres are complemented by a comprehensive website resource that includes a jobs board, qualification lists and a course search feature. The Jobs and Skills WA website is available at jobsandskills.wa.gov.au.

Speaking at the launch, the Premier said "This Government's priority is to support job creation and strengthen the Western Australian economy. The implementation of Jobs and Skills Centres across Western Australia has transformed WA TAFE colleges to better link the training sector with industry, to ensure industry has the skills it needs for the jobs of today and tomorrow."

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said that Jobs and Skills Centres are focused on ensuring people have access to training and services that equips them with skills to take up new opportunities for employment. "The centre will ensure training programs are targeted to meet industry needs and allow people to access training that maximises their opportunities for employment and career development." the Minister said.

Albany MLA Peter Watson was also at the launch and commented that "Worklink and the Southern Aboriginal Corporation will support the Jobs and Skills Centre to provide individuals, employers and industry with specialist and locally tailored support. The new centre in Albany will ensure that high-quality services are available locally to residents of the Great Southern. The centre will work with local businesses to identify job opportunities in the local industry and diversify the local economy." 

Page last updated July 28, 2020