Jobs advice service may go

The State Government announced that the Workforce Development Centre would go, along with three other centres in the metropolitan area.

Career adviser Jan Tye said she and two other staff could lose their jobs when the centre’s contract ends next month.

‘We have upwards of 5000 clients a year, including students, migrants and older people,’ she said.

‘We provide career advice at many of the schools throughout the Peel region.’

Community Solutions chief executive Rhys Williams said the centre had good success rates and had been operating for 10 years.

Mandurah MLA David Templeman said he was sick of Mandurah having services cut when it was one of the regions with the highest need.

‘I highlighted to the Minister for Training Terry Redman that the Peel region continues to have one of the highest levels of unemployment across all age groups, a lower participation rate in training and workplace development and was an area of need, yet he was cutting this important program.’

Mr Redman said the State budget had put pressure on all government agencies to make significant changes in spending.

‘The State Government continually assesses programs to ensure their value for taxpayer funding,’ he said.

‘Career services provided by the centres will continue to be available to Perth residents through the Murray St Mall Careers Centre and specialist Workforce Development Centres in East Perth and Mirrabooka.

‘Importantly, the eight existing Workforce Development Centres in regional WA will continue to operate,’ he said.