WITH news that youth unemployment in Perth’s north, including Yanchep is the highest in the state, the issue of creating new jobs could become important leading up to the 2017 State Election.
Last month the Brotherhood of St Laurence said youth unemployment in the Perth north west – including Yanchep, Wanneroo, Joondalup and Osborne Park – had reached 14.5 per cent.
During the same period the organisation said Australian Bureau of Statistics data showed youth unemployment in Western Australia in the year to January was 10.7 per cent.
The organisation said young people continued to be at higher risk of unemployment than other age groups.
On Sunday, April 10 WA Labor released its Plan for Jobs, which it said would maximise local content on government projects and create new opportunities in tourism, agriculture, manufacturing and other industries.
Opposition leader Mark McGowan said the plan would also target an increase in opportunities for Aboriginal-owned businesses.
Mr Gowan said the plan would create more than 50,000 jobs across Western Australia, including thousands in regional WA, and was the most comprehensive employment plan ever released in the state.
As well as boosting local content and creating jobs on government projects and through government procurement the plan would also result in serviced industrial land being developed through a proposed industrial lands authority, which would foster private sector investment in the regions.
“A new industries fund will be created to provide grants to support new and emerging businesses in the regions,’’ he said.
“The agriculture sector will be encouraged to grow and more support will be provided for tourism and hospitality.’’
Training Minister Liza Harvey said the State Government’s major projects were a buffer against the mining construction slowdown and had created more than 45,000 jobs in the metropolitan area alone and were set to create 88,000 jobs between now and 2023.
“The State Government’s Affordable Housing Strategy has already delivered more than 20,000 homes for up to 50,000 people, generating $6.8 billion in economic activity and 30,000 jobs,’’ she said.
“In addition to these job creation measures this government has one of the best training sectors in the country.
“In 2015 WA graduates and companies took out the four top awards at the Australian Training Awards.
“This government has a range of programs and incentives to encourage people to both undertake apprenticeships and take on apprentices and trainees.
“The government substantially subsidises the cost of delivering apprenticeships by more than 85 per cent with the out of pocket expense for the student being about $1000 a year.
“In addition to this, the government recently capped fee increases for apprenticeships at 4 per cent and 1 per cent for diplomas and 0 per cent increase for foundation skills courses.
“The government also provides incentives for Group Training Organisations to commence unemployed youth, Aboriginal people and people in the regions in an apprenticeship, recently doubled the travel allowance for regional and remote students and created $3000 scholarships to encourage women into non-traditional trades which includes $2000 for employers.”