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Last weeks 2021-22 state budget included a number of initiatives aimed at boosting skills and training in WA.

An additional 8,000 places for Year 11 and 12 students to take part in Vocational Education and Training (VET) was announced. VET delivered to secondary students enables students to gain workplace skills through nationally recognised training whilst still at school and forms part of the Western Australian Certificate of Education.

A VET Career Taster Program will be rolled out to Year 9 students from 2022. The State Government is already engaging with industry, schools and other key stakeholders to inform the program’s development, with regional consultation about to commence.

The budget also included the creation of 300 new jobs for apprentices and trainees with Group Training Schemes. Small and medium enterprises will gain access to 150 additional and highly subsidised apprentices and trainees in 2002 and again in 2023 to work on state government projects.

A four-year program to upgrade and modernise TAFE equipment and facilities to contemporary industry standards was outlined in the budget. A further program will support TAFE college lecturers to undertake industry placements to ensure they remain at the forefront of innovation and quality education and enable them to upskill and maintain industry standards, practices, qualifications and skills.

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