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22,000 training places released today.



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The Hon Brendan O'Connor

Minister for Employment Participation 01 July, 2008

Media Release

22,000 training places released today

Nearly 14,000 job seekers have enrolled in the fast-tracked places made available in Phase I of the Rudd

Government’s Productivity Places Program, with over 600 people already completed their training, nearly

100 more than anticipated.

Acting Minister for Employment and Minister for Employment Participation, Brendan O’Connor said in

program’s first three months there had been strong take up of the training places which will stand job seekers

in good stead to take up opportunities in industries currently experiencing skills shortages.

Mr O’Connor also today announced the start of Phase II of the program which will see an extra 22,000 places

rolled out for courses from Certificate II to Diploma levels.

The program will also be expanded to provide training for those in the existing workforce, subject to agreed

arrangements being finalised with each state and territory.

Western Australia is the first state to pilot an initiative to deliver 1000 new training places in recognised skills

shortage areas with more places to be expected next year as part of the broader rollout of the plan.

The Commonwealth and Western Australian governments will invest more than $2 million to provide

Western Australian workers with the chance to upgrade their skills and gain higher level qualifications.

The collaboration will better match training to industry needs, and provide businesses with hope for tackling the ongoing skills shortages across a range of industries.

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The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations is in negotiations with the other States

and Territories about their engagement in the Productivity Places Program.

Currently 439 Registered Training Organisations are participating in Phase 1 of the Jobseeker program,

delivering 2013 qualifications.

The Department is extending the contracts of these Registered Training Organisations to deliver training in

Phase II of the program and processing new submissions for Certificate IV and Diploma qualifications to

commence in July 2008.

For more information visit www.productivityplaces.deewr.gov.au

Media Contact:

Campbel Giles 0407 972 900

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