WA is work­ing again

North West Telegraph - - Telegraph Opinion - Josh Stronach Josh Stronach is a Kar­ratha-based In­dus­try Train­ing Con­sul­tant with CCI's Ap­pren­tice­ship Sup­port Aus­tralia, a Statewide Aus­tralian Ap­pren­tice­ship Sup­port Net­work Provider an Aus­tralian gov­ern­ment ini­tia­tive.

With im­prov­ing em­ploy­ment and con­sumer sen­ti­ment fig­ures and the in­creased fo­cus on the im­por­tance of train­ing from both State and Fed­eral Gov­ern­ments, ap­pren­tice­ships and trainee­ships are set for a pos­i­tive fu­ture.

Ap­pren­tice­ship Sup­port Aus­tralia man­ager Lena Con­stan­tine said the team were ex­cited about hav­ing ap­pren­tice­ships and trainee­ships back in the spot­light. “It is great to see both State and Fed­eral gov­ern­ments mak­ing ap­pren­tice­ships and trainee­ships a fo­cal point of their speeches, poli­cies and pro­grams,” she said.

The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment through the Skilling Aus­tralians Fund aims to in­crease the num­ber of ap­pren­tices and trainees by 300,000 over four years.

In West­ern Aus­tralia, ap­pren­tice­ship and trainee­ship num­bers have been in de­cline since 2012 and the 2016-17 fi­nan­cial year saw that de­cline deepen, drop­ping about an­other 10 per cent.

How­ever, eco­nomic signs of op­ti­mism are also start­ing to push through. Ac­cord­ing to the ABS, there are now 942,000 West Aus­tralians in full time em­ploy­ment, the largest num­ber since 2015.

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