It’s part of the Morrison government’s $50.6 million investment to trial Industry Training Hubs in 10 regions across Australia.
Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business Stuart Robert MP said the initiative has strategically focused on young people from regional areas, who are most at risk of falling into the trap of long-term welfare dependency.
“We want to get more young Western Australians in to jobs, whether it is through our $2.7 billion investment securing the next generation of Australian apprentices or our $1 billion JobTrainer fund or indeed through our Industry Training Hubs like this one in Armadale. It is all about assisting young Western Australians to build skills today and get into jobs tomorrow,” Minister Robert said.
Mr Robert said young people can often face longer periods of unemployment than other age groups.
“Importantly, the Training Hub will help promote the many opportunities in the vocational education and training sector as a first-choice career option that may have been overlooked in the past,” the minister continued.
There will be a full-time Career Facilitator to manage the hub to guide the youngsters through the journey and help create better links between schools and local industry.
Senator for Western Australia Matt O’Sullivan said the Career Facilitator will encourage students to focus on developing skills for occupations that are most relevant to where they live.
“The Career Facilitator will engage with local employers who are having difficulty finding people with the right skills they need for their business or organisation, and in turn, advise senior high school students of these skill shortages,” Senator O’Sullivan said.
“An Industry Training Hub based here in Armadale is an important measure to help us build a strong workforce that meets the industry needs of our region.”
The government’s contract for the Armadale Training Hub has been awarded to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia.
Five other Training Hubs have already started in Burnie, Townsville, Maryborough, Port Pirie and Shepparton, with a further four to be progressively rolled out in Gosford, Grafton, Wanneroo and Alice Springs throughout 2021.