The Western Australia government has announced that it is partnering with the Federal Government to extend and expand JobTrainer by a further two years. First announced in July 2020, JobTrainer funds free or low-fee training for job seekers and young people including school leavers, enabling them to upskill or reskill in areas where skills shortages have been identified.
JobTrainer funds the WA government’s Lower fees, local skills program which makes training more affordable, targeting qualifications in sectors with a critical need to upskill workers. Expansion of this program will mean reduced fees for a further 30 TAFE courses, bringing the total number of discounted courses available to 210.
In a further initiative, workers in industries which have a critical need to upskill workers will now be able to access low fee ‘existing worker traineeships’. The introduction of reduced fees for workers in critical industries needing to upskill will come into effect for most courses from January 1 2021.
These initiatives respond to workforce issues raised by industry leaders and the State’s largest employers at the recent Perth and regional Skills Summits.