Midwest Shires doing ‘WELL’

Western Australia’s Midwest Shires have taken up an opportunity to participate in the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Workplace English Language and Literacy (WELL) Program. Funded by the Australian Government, the WELL program assists organisations to train workers in English language, literacy and numeracy skills.

It aims to improve the job performance and safety of employees through development of language and literacy skills with a view to more effective business operations and use of resources.

Shires participating in the training project are part of the Mid West Regional Council, which was established to promote strength in the region through unity.

They include Coorow, Carnamah, Mingenew, Morawa, Mullewa, Perenjori and Three Springs Shires.

Collectively, they have received a total of $264,000 in funding over three years from the Federal Government to facilitate the program.

The Mid West Regional Council is collaborating with the Durack Institute of Technology to deliver the WELL training, which is delivered in the workplace to ensure integration with on the job requirements.

“This kind of training is imperative to contributing to better workplace skills, including more effective communication, increased involvement in training and skill development programs, improved OH&S and ultimately, increased productivity,” said Managing Director of Durack Bert Beevers.

From the seven shires, a total of 186 staff will participate in the program.

CEO of the Mid West Regional Council Suzanne Ward said the funding will be used to help upskill shire employees in preparation for Local Government restructure and an agreement that is being negotiated with Main Roads WA for supply of services.

“Other areas covered by the training will include, development of computer literacy, improved report writing skills, team building, conflict resolution, cross cultural awareness and leadership,” she said.