Balga: Job and Skills Centre officially opens at North Metropolitan Tafe

Jobs and Skills Centre Balga manager Janina Conner, Ellenbrook resident Jayman Fragomeni, Mirrabooka MLA Janine Freeman and Morley MLA Amber-Jade Sanderson
Jobs and Skills Centre Balga manager Janina Conner, Ellenbrook resident Jayman Fragomeni, Mirrabooka MLA Janine Freeman and Morley MLA Amber-Jade Sanderson

JOBSEEKERS in the eastern suburbs can now have access to employment and career advice at the Jobs and Skills Centre in Balga.

The centre, located in building F at North Metropolitan Tafe on Loxwood Road, was officially opened by staff, Mirrabooka MLA Janine Freeman and Morley MLA Amber-Jade Sanderson on May 31.

People aged 13 and above can seek career, training and employment advice and assistance services.

There are also support services for employers and businesses and specialist services for Aboriginal people, ex-offenders and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Manager Janina Conner said since the centre opened on April 16, there have been 100 people who sought career and employment advice.

“The goal is to improve the economic system and sustainability in the local community and help people get into employment ultimately,” she said.

“Even though they enrol in Tafe, they are on a pathway towards getting a job.”

Ms Freeman said the Mirrabooka and Balga area had some of the highest unemployment rates in WA – sitting at 21 per cent.

“It has reduced from the 25 per cent but it is still far too high,” she said.

“This is the first of its kind in the suburb for years and years.”

Morley MLA Amber-Jade Sanderson said the centre would transformational and accessible for people in the eastern suburbs.

“It brings the private, government and employment sector all together with a focus on migrant and Aboriginal employment which are in the areas with the highest rates,” she said.

For more information, visit jobsandskills.wa.gov.au or call 13 64 64.

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