The State Training Plan 2018–2021

The WA State Training Plan 2021–2022

Section 21(1)(a) of the Vocational Education and Training Act 1996 requires the State Training Board to provide a State Training Plan for the Minister’s approval. The plan is a key strategic document that sets out the training needs of the State’s industries and how those needs should be met by State Government investment in vocational education and training.

The State Training Plan 2021-2022 was endorsed by the Minister for Education and Training on 23 December 2020.

The plan identifies eight strategic priorities for Western Australia, to guide the State Government’s investment in the vocational education and training sector over the next two years. It focuses on the wide-reaching impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and identifies strategies to support the State’s recovery response, including the WA Recovery Plan and the Review of Skills, Training and Workforce Development.   

The State Training Board has developed the plan based on extensive consultation with industry and the training sector through the State’s Industry Training Councils, TAFE colleges and the Independent Tertiary Education Council of Australia, as well as the Department of Training and Workforce Development’s training data and labour market analysis.

You can view and download the State Training Plan 2021-2022 here [PDF 3.36MB].




    Priorities identified in the State Training Plan 2021–2022

    State Training Plan 2021-2022 Priorities

    The priorities identified for the State Training Plan 2021-2022 are as follows. Download a copy of the Plan's priorities here.

    Apprenticeships and Traineeships

    Provide high levels of funding and a range of support services for apprenticeships.

    Priority Industry Qualifications

    Provide high levels of funding and promotional activities for institutional training that Western Australia has identified as a state priotiy.


    Deliver accredited, industry-endorsed skills sets that are tailored to different career stages:

    • entering the workforce
    • growing within an industry
    • changing careers

    Digital Literacy

    Ensure digital literacy skills are embedded in all training and that training practitioners are skilled in the digital technologies required by industry.

    Links with Industry

    Training providers and the Department of Training and Workforce Development should adopt a range of strategies to establish relationships with local industry.

    Community Engagement

    Training providers and the Department of Training and Workforce Development should adopt a range of strategies to link with the local community to increase awareness of training options and to promote the value of VET.

    Pathways for Young People

    Prioritise high quality pathways into employment for young people, including pre-apprenticeships and pre-traineeships. Maximise the benefit of VET delivered to secondary students by prioritising courses that increase employability.

    Local Skills

    Use TAFEs and private training providers to ensure that training provides the skills needed for local jobs, so that people have the opportunity to train and work within their community.


    Page last updated February 01, 2021