In addition to the new Apprenticeship and Traineeship Re‑engagement Incentive for employers who take on displaced apprentices or trainees, the McGowan Labor Government has unveiled a comprehensive $57 million package for the training sector as part of the WA Recovery Plan.
The Lower Fees, Local Skills initiative that rolled out before COVID-19 will be expanded to a further 39 high priority courses that will have TAFE fees cut be up to 72 per cent. The program now includes 73 courses in total, providing Western Australians access to affordable training to help them get back into jobs that align with the State's immediate economic needs following COVID-19.
The package also includes $25 million for 'Free TAFE Short Courses' that have been developed in consultation with industry to engage displaced workers, including women and young people, and meet immediate and emerging skill requirements as the economy recovers. The initial list of 15 short courses will be available to around 13,500 Western Australians and includes courses in hospitality, logistics, cyber security, agriculture, civil construction and small business. Many of the short courses have built-in foundation digital skills and literacy and numeracy training, and can also be used as a credit towards a full qualification from the expanded Lower Fees, Local Skills initiative.
Enrolments open on Monday July 6, 2020. For more information visit http://www.jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/ or contact your local Jobs and Skills Centre on 13 64 64.