State Govt launches Jobs and Skills Centre at North Metro Tafe

MLA Sabine Winton, MLA Emily Hamilton, MLA Jessica Stojkovski, MLA Mark Folkard, Brenton Turner (Job Skills Centre) and Michelle Hoad (managing director North Metropolitan Tafe). Picture: Martin Kennealey d483453
MLA Sabine Winton, MLA Emily Hamilton, MLA Jessica Stojkovski, MLA Mark Folkard, Brenton Turner (Job Skills Centre) and Michelle Hoad (managing director North Metropolitan Tafe). Picture: Martin Kennealey d483453

A ONE-stop-shop for job-related services has opened in Joondalup.

The State Government yesterday launched the first five Jobs and Skills Centres, including one at North Metro Tafe, in a bid to boost local jobs.

The centres aim to help West Australians find employment or transition careers, with staff providing free advice on training and job opportunities

They will also provide businesses with free help to develop their workforce and will engage with local communities and industries so they can respond to the needs of both jobseekers and employers.

Centres will have an online jobs board to connect jobseekers with employment opportunities and to help employers attract and recruit employees.

Joondalup MLA Emily Hamilton said she hosted a jobs forum in Joondalup last August to discuss the government’s plans for jobs.

“I was inundated with CVs and contact from local residents trying to find out ways that they can access support in trying to find meaningful employment,” she said.

“It was clear there needed to be better services to assist local residents in finding jobs.

“A third of the electorate of Joondalup is under 25 years of age and services provided by the Jobs and Skills Centre are fundamental to help these young people find work.

“But it doesn’t stop there, with services available to those already in the workforce seeking to change careers.”

Burns Beach MLA Mark Folkard agreed and said many young jobseekers were “frustrated by a lack of support in their efforts to join the workforce”.

“With youth unemployment nearing 20 per cent in some parts of my community, the Jobs and Skills Centre should offer many some much-needed assistance,” he said.

Wanneroo MLA Sabine Winton said as a mother of teenagers and “soon-to-be school leavers” she understood the “uncertainties that many families face”.

“The Skills Job Centre will be an excellent resource,” she said.

Aboriginal people are also a key priority client group for the new services, with extensive consultation undertaken on how best to incorporate and enhance the services previously provided.

Another eight centres will be established in regional WA in 2018-19.

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