Friday, June 21, 2024

Driver’s licence no bump in road for WA construction trainees

A new driver’s licence training initiative in Western Australia is removing barriers for young building and construction industry trainees as part of the State Government’s efforts to get more workers into sector.

The Construction Training Fund’s $1.26 million Driver’s Licence Training Support Program gives students the opportunity to obtain a driver’s licence while ensuring apprentices entering the construction workforce are job ready.

“My Government is committed to giving apprentices every opportunity to succeed in their chosen profession and creating a pipeline of skilled workers now and into the future,” said Premier, Mark McGowan.

“By helping construction industry trainees to get their driver’s licence, we’re providing practical support that will remove barriers to employment while helping to boost the workforce.

“This important initiative is putting apprentices in the driver’s seat – ensuring they’re job ready when they complete their training.”

Access to a driver’s licence was identified as a key barrier to apprenticeship employment for young people at the WA Government’s 2021 Skills Summit.

The pilot program offers standard driver training and supervision to help participants gain a valid WA driver’s licence.

“This initiative gives young workers starting out in building and construction valuable life skills, ensuring they’re ready to hit the ground running when they complete their training,” said Training Minister, Simone McGurk.

In addition, specialised training for driving in a construction environment, such as towing, safe management of vehicle loads, vehicle maintenance and driving in the sand will assist young people to develop awareness and skills in road safety and vehicle management.

The Driver’s Licence Training Support Program will be available to 120 students, with 18 students currently participating in the first cohort.

The initiative is open to Year 11 and 12 students in the Construction Training Fund Scholarship Program, to supplement their pre-apprenticeship training.

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