First regional Jobs and Skills Centre official opening

Industry, students, job seekers and career changers will have increased access to local job-related services with the Jobs and Skills Centre at Central Regional TAFE Kalgoorlie campus officially opening its doors last Friday 21 September. A key McGowan Government election commitment, Jobs and Skills Centres are transforming Western Australian TAFE colleges to better link the training sector with business and industry.

Services at the locally focused centre will be delivered by Central Regional TAFE in partnership with Worklink, and will support the local community with information about training and career development as well as providing assistance to jobseekers. The centre will also work closely with local employers and businesses to build a skilled workforce and create employment, apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities. 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.

Jobs and Skills Centres are now open at Kalgoorlie, Joondalup, Balga, Northbridge, Thornlie, Rockingham and Peel TAFE campuses, and several more will open progressively in regional WA throughout 2018–19. More information about JSC locations and services is available on the Jobs and Skills WA website

Speaking at the launch of the Kalgoorlie JSC, Premier Mark McGowan said "The implementation of two key projects from the Plan for Jobs in the Goldfields demonstrates our commitment to the region.Our priority is to create jobs for Western Australians and regional Jobs and Skills Centres will be key to meeting the needs of both jobseekers and employers."

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery also attended the launch. "The Plan for Jobs is centered on training and upskilling opportunities to ensure Western Australians are best placed to take up jobs in areas of industry demand." the Minister said. "We know the Goldfields is experiencing an upswing in mining activity and that there will be jobs growth in the disability sector, and it's important we have a local workforce with the skills they need to take advantage of that. The Regional Labour Market Review, combined with the support provided by the local Jobs and Skills Centre, means training can be better targeted to ensure industry has the skilled workforce it needs, and the local workforce has the skills to access new opportunities."

Also in attendance was Mining and Pastoral Region MLC Kyle McGinn, who commented "The delivery of this election commitment will be critical in providing employers and industry with an avenue for new employment opportunities.For jobseekers  – get down to the Jobs and Skills Centre and speak with the lovely staff who work hard to get good full time employment outcomes. I'm tired of people saying we have social issues with local youth without providing solutions on unemployment rates – I genuinely believe this new centre has the potential to open up pathways to not only our most vulnerable but to everyone."

Main photo: The Minister and Premier with local business owner Tyrone Richards. 

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