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Review of skills, training and workforce development

Earlier this year, the 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 team included North Metropolitan TAFE’s Managing Director Michelle Hoad, along with the Department of Training and Workforce Development’s Director General Anne Driscoll and South Metropolitan TAFE’s Managing Director Terry Durant.  

The Review made 46 observations and recommendations under the following five key themes:

  1. New futures for Western Australians
  2. 21st century apprenticeships
  3. Maximising skills from Government investment
  4. Live-learn-work in regional WA
  5. Next generation training

The WA Government has confirmed its commitment to advancing immediately almost all of the Review recommendations.

"We always knew the COVID-19 pandemic would have a devastating impact on our economy, and the journey to recovery would be challenging,” said Premier Mark McGowan.

"Responding to industry need and expert advice will ensure we are in a position to recover from the effects of the pandemic, stronger than ever.”

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.

Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery believes that skills, training and workforce development are critical to ensuring a supply of skilled workers across priority industry sectors.

"This review has identified practical training solutions in response to COVID-19 to meet industry needs, and ensure maximum opportunities for Western Australians to benefit from employment, skills, training and workforce development during this period of economic recovery,” said Minister Ellery.

"We have already started to implement many recommendations, and the review will continue to be a useful tool in the coming months as we move into the restarting and stimulating phase of the State Recovery Plan."

Download a copy of the key points infographic or read the full review.

Page last updated August 06, 2020