State Government's budget delivers for skills and training

Published on 09 September 2021

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Quality local jobs continue to be more accessible to Western Australians, as the State Government builds on its substantial work to boost training with a $121.4 million investment in the 2021-22 State Budget.

The State Government's investment will deliver on commitments to ensure TAFE and training continues to be more affordable and accessible, enabling local people to find work in local jobs throughout the State.

More WA students will be encouraged into vocational education and training (VET) with a $29.8 million boost to VET in school places for Year 11 and 12 students.

Training places for school students will be increased by 8,000 to engage students in quality, industry relevant training, with options to attain their Western Australian Certificate of Education, while enhancing their post-school employment, education and training.

A $19.2 million VET Career Taster Program will also 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 State Government will also invest $32.4 million to create 300 new jobs for apprentices and trainees with Group Training Schemes.

The funding will provide small and medium enterprises with access to 150 additional and highly subsidised apprentices and trainees in 2022 and again in 2023 to work on State Government projects.

TAFE colleges will receive $25 million of modern equipment as part of a four-year program to upgrade and modernise TAFE equipment and facilities to contemporary industry standards - helping students, apprentices and trainees become more job-ready.

A $9.9 million investment over four years will support TAFE college lecturers to undertake industry placements to keep them at the forefront of innovation and quality education, and enable them to upskill and maintain industry standards, practices, qualifications and skills.

For more information, visit https://www.ourstatebudget.wa.gov.au.