The $5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan is the recovery vision for Western Australia to get back on the road to becoming a thriving and innovative community in which to live, work, visit and do business. Central to the plan is restoring business and consumer confidence, getting people back into work and rebuilding the economy.
The plan is set around 21 priority streams, each driven by a clear and direct commitment from the Government to create more WA jobs. These range from new technologies, local manufacturing and training through to tourism, patient care and the environment.
Within each stream is a range of initiatives that may include capital works, grants, programs and projects.
This plan also outlines the commitments in the priority streams for those areas and people most impacted by the pandemic – regional WA, remote Aboriginal communities, women and young people.
Some of the initiatives in this plan have been brought forward and already announced by the Government. Over time, other initiatives and more specific details will be announced and progress will be tracked.
To view or download a copy of the Plan, please click here
The aim of the review commissioned by the McGowan Government in May this year was to ensure the WA training system can rapidly respond and prepare Western Australians to get back to work following the impacts of COVID-19.
The report sets out a targeted training and skills roadmap for Western Australia's economic recovery, and outlines the observations and recommendations of the review team under five key themes:
The report details a total of 46 recommendations.
View or download the report here
You can also download an infographic of key points here
If a training contract has been cancelled or suspended due to the impact of COVID-19, an apprentice or trainee can still continue off the job training with their TAFE college or registered training organisation with no fees — free! Eligible apprentices and trainees displaced between 1 March 2020 and 31 December 2020 are entitled to this fee relief.
This fee-free training means the apprentice or trainee can continue building their skills and knowledge and continue the apprenticeship or traineeship when work returns, or it can help them to find new employment.
To find out more about fee free training, call the Apprenticeship Office Helpline on 13 19 54.
The new Apprenticeship and Traineeship Re-engagement incentive provides employers with a one off payment of $6,000 for hiring an apprentice or $3,000 for hiring a trainee. Employers who take on an apprentice or trainee whose training contract was terminated on or after 1 March 2020 are eligible to receive the payment in addition to the regular employer incentives (up to $8,500) for employing an apprentice or trainee. For more information, please visit the Jobs and Skills Centre website here or telephone their hotline on 13 19 54.
The Jobs and Skills Centre will help you find an apprentice or trainee and you can access the list of displaced apprentices and trainees here.
Great news for WA talent!
Following extensive consultation with the VET sector and Australian Training Awards, and with consideration to COVID-19 restrictions, we are pleased to advise of a new streamlined WA Training Awards program for 2020 that provides an opportunity to recognise VET students who have completed their training and would not be eligible to participate in next year’s program. The impact of COVID-19 across our community has brought with it extraordinary challenges. The VET sector will be particularly relevant in the recovery period and in the rebuilding of a post COVID-19 economy.
The new streamlined program for 2020 will focus on five individual categories for VET students, which articulate through to the Australian Training Awards.
2020 Individual award categories
In addition to the recognition and opportunities these prestigious awards bring, winners in an individual category will receive $3,000 to further their training or kick start their career.
Applications open 1 July!
For further information or to apply, please click here