THE Muresk Institute will receive a boost to develop agricultural skills.
The State Government's Royalties for Regions program will invest $10 million to further support agricultural skills development at Muresk Institute and strengthen the capacity of Western Australia's agrifood industry.
Training and Workforce Development Minister Liza Harvey said funding would support the continued development and delivery of the Agricultural Skills Development Pathway and Degree programs.
"Through short-course training options and higher education programs, we are building a skilled workforce which has the knowledge and technical expertise to meet the industry's needs," she said.
"These courses will help bridge the gap between existing skills in the agriculture industry and the skills required to capitalise on existing and future opportunities, with graduates from higher education and training programs in short supply."
The Agricultural Skills Development Pathway and Degree programs form part of Muresk's integrated education and training pathway model. Fundamental to this are partnerships with the University of Queensland, CY O'Connor and Charles Sturt University to deliver Diploma and Degree level programs.
Private and public training providers also deliver a range of agricultural skills sets and industry driven short courses.
Acting Regional Development Minister Mia Davies said the programs would address issues in the sector such as an ageing workforce, a lack of agricultural education and training pathways, low levels of post-secondary education, and changing technology.
"The programs will support the continued revitalisation of Muresk Institute, solidifying its role as a brokering hub for agricultural training and higher education," Ms Davies said.
"It also supports and promotes the development of the agricultural industry and sustainable rural communities by improving access to vocational education and training programs and higher education opportunities in regional WA.
"This commitment builds on the Government's unprecedented investment in the agricultural sector under the Seizing the Opportunity in Agriculture initiative."