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Pathways to apprenticeships and traineeships for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds

Walker, I., Tilbury, F., Volet, S.ORCID: 0000-0001-8450-6663, Tungaraza, C. and Hastie, B. (2005) Pathways to apprenticeships and traineeships for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Murdoch University/Australian Academy of Race Relations, Perth, W.A.

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Western Australia is experiencing a substantial shortage of skilled labour.

The State Government is committed to increasing participation in the workforce across the board, through schemes such as the Plans 4 Jobs, especially because of the current severe skills shortage in the economy.

The State Government is also committed, through the four principles of civic values, fairness, equality, and participation enshrined in the WA Charter of Multiculturalism, to promoting the full participation of all groups in all aspects of our community – social, economic, and civil – and to removing any systemic barriers to full participation. This commitment is also embodied in the multi‐departmental Policy Framework for Substantive Equality.

Aside from equity, denying equal opportunity also engenders resentment and hostility within our community, diminishes human value, and denies the state the full benefits of all its members’ talents. The cost of discrimination accrues to those who are denied opportunity and to the society which tolerates discrimination.

Members of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) communities in this state, in particular those from new and emerging communities, do not currently participate in apprenticeships and traineeships in significant numbers; this is regrettable and it is recommended that measures be taken to remedy this.

The Western Australian Department of Education and Training (DET) commissioned this report to investigate barriers to apprenticeships and traineeships confronting people from CaLD backgrounds, and to recommend strategies to improve their participation in apprenticeships and traineeships. The project was undertaken by the Australian Academy of Race Relations (AARR) at Murdoch University, for DET, during the period July – November 2005.

DET has many good programmes to promote apprenticeships and traineeships, including to members of CaLD communities. However, the array and complexity of these can be daunting, resulting in a lack of awareness of all the programmes available.

Item Type: Report
Murdoch Affiliation: Centre for Social and Community Research
Series Name: Report funded by the Western Australian Department of Education and Training
Publisher: Murdoch University/Australian Academy of Race Relations
Copyright: 2005 Western Australian Department of Education and Training
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