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$1.2 million to boost careers advice in Western Australia.

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Media Release


5 February 2004 MIN 606/04

I am pleased to announce that the Australian Government will provide more than $1.2 million in 2004 to help young people in Western Australia to obtain careers advice and guidance.

The Australian Government will sustain a national network of more than 220 local community partnerships right across Australia of which 29 are located in Western Australia.

These local community partnerships build links between schools, TAFEs, and local and regional businesses to assist young people to acquire vocational, enterprise and career education, knowledge and experience before they leave school. It combines traditional classroom learning with hands-on workplace learning.

Workplace Learning enables students to gain practical skills recognised by industry and the education system. The skills are assessed by Registered Training Organisations such as TAFEs and Australian businesses can be involved by providing on-the-job experience and mentoring required to develop both the technical and general employment skills of the student.

Last year, the Australian Government provided Western Australia with more than $1.2 million in support of the local community partnerships. This year, the Australian Government will again direct more than $1.2 million to local partnerships in Western Australia.

The Howard Government is committed to providing opportunities for the seven out of 10 young people who do not go directly from school to university.

Media Contacts: Dr Nelson’s Office: Yaron Finkelstein 0414 927 663 Dept of Education, Science & Training: Laila Lacis 0412 040 034