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New partnership to tackle WA skills shortages.

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The Hon Julia Gillard MP

Minister for Education. Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Minister for Social Inclusion. Deputy Prime Minister 06 May, 2008

Media Release

New partnership to tackle WA skills shortages

Federal Minister for Education, Julia Gillard and WA Minister for Education and Training, Mark McGowan

today announced that Western Australia will be the first state to join the Productivity Places Program.

From July to December 2008, Western Australia will pilot an initiative to deliver 1000 new training places in

identified skill shortage areas, with more places expected next year as part of the broader rollout of the


The Australian and WA Governments will invest $2 million to provide workers in Western Australia with the

chance to upgrade their skills and gain higher level qualifications.

This new partnership will better match training to industry needs and provide businesses with a solution to

on-going skill shortages.

The announcement was made at the opening of a new $8.4 million Print and Jewellery training facility at

Central TAFE in Perth that will cater for additional apprenticeship training in the printing and jewellery

industries. The Australian Government contributed over $7 million towards the establishment of the centre,

with $1.1 million from the WA Government.

The Australian Government is dedicated to tackling skills shortages across the nation, and this announcement

is an important step in delivering 450,000 new training places over the next four years.

This marks the next phase in the rollout of the Productivity Places Program, with the first 20,000 training

places already made available for job seekers from April.

The new training places announced today will be targeted to the existing workforce and will be available at the

Certificate IV, Diploma and Advanced Diploma levels.

Nearly 80 qualifications will be on offer across a range of industries, including the key skills shortage areas of

metals and mining; building and construction; electro-technology; manufacturing; community services; and

hospitality and tourism.

The Western Australian Government is to be congratulated as the first state to join the program, and both

governments will work together to tackle skill shortages and improve education and training.

More information on the Productivity Places Program is available at:

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