Project underway to strengthen training sector

Date: 15 October 2015

Key focus on function and structure of State's training system
Ensuring a sustainable vocational education and training sector for WA

The State Government has launched its Training Sector Reform Project to examine the function and structure of Western Australia's public training system to ensure a sustainable system which equips students with the best skills to get jobs.


Training and Workforce Development Minister Liza Harvey said the project stemmed from the independent review of the vocational education and training (VET) sector in WA, led by Emeritus Professor Margaret Seares.


"The review made a number of recommendations for the Government in relation to the functionality of WA's public training system," Mrs Harvey said.


"The Training Sector Reform Project will focus on the network of State Training Providers (STPs), to enhance their function and ensure the training being delivered strongly aligns to meet the needs of industry.


"This will ultimately benefit students throughout WA while also increasing the long-term viability of STPs."


The project steering committee is chaired by former Government Minister Cheryl Edwardes with representatives from industry and Government.  Former Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive officer John Langoulant is leading the project work.


The project steering committee is expected to present its initial report to the Minister in December, with outcomes to be progressed in the months following.


"The Government is committed to strengthening the delivery of high-quality training that is accessible and equitable to the community and supports improved outcomes for students," Mrs Harvey said.


"As a responsible Government, we must ensure the VET sector remains robust and sustainable, while supporting industry needs and the Western Australian economy in the long term."


Fact File

  • The State Government funds 11 STPs to deliver training from more than 50 campuses across WA
  • These STPs deliver courses for vocational education and training, apprenticeships, traineeships, workplace training, and commercial courses for business and industry


Minister's office - 6552 5900

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