The WA Government has launched, in partnership with nbn, a new scholarship scheme to encourage West Australians to take the opportunity of the hundreds of jobs attached to the rollout of the Commonwealth’s national broadband network.
WA Deputy Premier and Training and Workforce Development Minister Liza Harvey said the WA State Government and nbn would offer 100 telecommunications scholarships over 2017-2020, encouraging workers to increase their skills.
“The scholarships, worth $1,000, can be used towards a range of associated costs, such as tools, learning resources, mentoring, coaching, accommodation, transport and childcare fees while the State Government and nbn will pay the course fees,” the Deputy Premier said.
The scholarships are open to people who meet the relevant selection criteria, are employed with an nbn delivery partner or subcontractor, and enrolled, or looking to enrol, in Certificate II and III in Telecommunications and Certificate II and III in Telecommunications Network, Build and Operate.
“As people move into skilled roles via this scholarship program, more entry level positions will also become available for West Australians looking to enter the industry,” Ms Harvey said.
The Deputy Premier said nbn expected about 500 additional opportunities arising within the next two to three years to help install, operate and maintain the broadband network in WA.
Through its delivery partners and subcontractors, nbn offer traineeships, which include Certificate level qualifications and on-the-job training, so trainees earn a wage while gaining skills.
Ms Harvey said the scholarship scheme was based on the successful initiative which aimed to get women training in non-traditional trade areas.
“Our training equips students with the best skills to get a job in the industries driving our economy,” she said.