Directors’ Message

Directors’ Message

Welcome to the September edition of the Training Alliance Group (TAG) newsletter.

Optimism is running high in the Western Australian jobs market with our State recording the highest proportion of employers expecting to increase staff over the next three months. At 29 per cent, the proportion looking to employ more staff was 11 per cent higher than the national rate and well ahead of other states currently impacted by COVID-19 restrictions.

The month of August was particularly good for recruitment with the latest Recruitment Insights Report from the National Skills Commission recording 52 per cent of WA employers hiring or having hired staff during the month – the highest recruitment rate in the country. While the WA forecast is good news for job seekers, the report also found that 52 per cent of employers looking for workers were having difficulty finding staff. Of the major occupations, the difficulty rate was the highest in the technicians and trades worker occupations, while labourers were also in short supply.

A lack of suitable applicants was highlighted as the most common problem for recruitment, and it is here that Training Alliance Group can be of most benefit to employers across sectors. TAG works closely with business, industry and government to help fill skills shortages, and to co-design training programs with employers to ensure participants’ skills, knowledge and attributes are developed to meet employer needs. In August, TAG placed 79 people into employment.

In this September issue of our newsletter, we would like to highlight announcements from both the Federal and State Governments on initiatives to help job seekers obtain a driver’s licence. Not being able to drive is a key barrier to employment, particularly in regional areas, and we know that the new supports will make a big difference to job seekers.

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