The Albany Jobs and Skills Centre, officially launched by WA Premier Mark McGowan and WA Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery at South Regional TAFE, is a one-stop-shop for jobseekers, students and career changers – supporting the employment and workforce needs of the Great Southern region.
Jobs and Skills Centres, a key WA Government election commitment, offer free training information and career development services to the local community.
Western Australians can access practical information and advice on training, employment and apprenticeship opportunities from a skilled team of careers professionals with industry partnerships and direct links into work.
The centre will provide local businesses and employers with business and workforce development advice to create employment, apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities.
The new Albany Jobs and Skills Centre is supported by Worklink and the Southern Aboriginal Corporation to ensure services are tailored to meet the needs of Western Australia’s diverse community.
Aboriginal people are a key priority client group, and extensive local stakeholder consultation was undertaken to ensure Aboriginal people benefit from the new service delivery model.
Outreach services will be provided at other locations throughout the Great Southern region including Esperance, Denmark, Walpole and Katanning.
In its first few months of operation, some 65 individuals and organisations have already benefited from career guidance, résumé assistance and job application support, and workforce planning services offered by the centre.
While studying for a Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping at South Regional TAFE, Wendy Dembowski from Denmark sought the Albany Jobs and Skills Centre’s help with developing her résumé, cover letter and interview techniques for a senior position at the Shire of Denmark. Thanks to this support, Wendy secured the role and is progressing well in her new career.
Alexander McConnell from Porongurup was able to undertake a Certificate III in Business after receiving career advice and course information. Alex found the service was very helpful with a friendly and comfortable atmosphere.
Jobs and Skills Centres are complemented by a comprehensive website resource that includes a job notice board, qualification lists and a course search feature.
Source: WA Government