Skills initiatives and new date for Skills Summit

Today the WA State Government announced new measures to support skills in WA's workforce. The new measures take effect immediately in anticipation for the State Skill Summit, which was postponed amid the most recent lockdown of the Perth and Peel region. The Skills Summit is rescheduled to Friday, July 30, 2021.

The Skills Summit is an opportunity for multiple industries to discuss the WA skills and labour market needs collectively with State Government. Representatives at the summit will be provided the opportunity to propose collaborative and innovative resolutions to meet the skills needs across the WA workforce, and ensure WA remains globally competitive.

The summit comes at a critical juncture for the WA resources sector, with a report commissioned by the Chamber of Minerals and Energy identifying WA’s mining and resources operations may need up to 40,000 more workers between mid-2021 and mid-2023.

The new measures announced by State Government today include;

  • $5.2 million incentive for businesses to employ 200 new mature age apprentices

  • $4 million for 12-month extension to Apprentice and Traineeship Re-engagement Incentive

  • Pathways to attract onshore skilled migrants and interstate workers expanded

  • New partnership to grow tourism and hospitality workforce

  • Rents frozen on public sector housing in regional WA, supporting worker retention

Of particular interest, there are currently 300 out-of-contract apprentices and trainees seeking a new employer across a range of industries. Access the out of contact register to see if any candidates align with your business needs.

Additionally, with thousands of skilled temporary visa holders already in Australia, the Federal Government has approved the State Government's request to expand the program to focus on these skilled migrants residing in WA and other states as a priority. In response, the State Government has expanded the State Nominated Migration Program (SNMP) to provide a skilled migration pathway for temporary visa holders already in Australia. When updated the WA Skilled Migration Occupation List with 134 occupations additional occupations from high demand industries will be accessible here.