COVID-19 update

Information update as of Friday 7 May

With no further local cases of COVID-19, easing of restrictions for Perth and Peel will proceed as planned from 12.01 am Saturday 8 May.

We encourage you to visit wa.gov.au to find more information

WA TAFE colleges

Masks will no longer be required on campus however students are reminded that they are still required on public transport. Students who train in settings such as hospitals, aged care facilities and disabilities services will be required to wear a mask in those locations. Regular campus cleaning continues, with particular attention to high contact surfaces. Hand sanitizer is also available across campuses in key locations. Usual physical distancing and hygiene practices will continue, following the Healthy WA guidelines, particularly those around hand washing, covering coughs and sneezes and staying home if you are unwell.

If you have been to one of the sites outlined on the Healthy WA website and are required to quarantine, please do as instructed by health officials. 

Usual physical distancing and hygiene practices will continue, following the Healthy WA guidelines, particularly those around hand washing, covering coughs and sneezes and staying home if you are unwell. If you are awaiting COVID-19 test results or in self-isolation, please do not attend TAFE.

Please continue to use the SafeWA app, practice good hygiene and COVID-safe habits and stay safe.

Jobs and Skills Centres

All Jobs and Skills Centres (JSCs) in the Perth metropolitan area and Peel region have returned to full operations as of 3 May 2021.

  • Visitors to all JSCs across the State must check in using the SafeWA app or contact register.
  • Visitors must wear a mask when attending a JSC and practice safe hygiene.
  • For those not wanting to attend a JSC in person, services will continue to be available via email and phone.
  • All JSCs in the regional areas of WA will operate as usual.

Visit jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/jobs-and-skills-centre to find contact details for your local JSC, or phone 13 64 64 for assistance.

Department of Training and Workforce Development

All services and facilities returned to full operations as of Monday 3 May 2021.

The Department of Training and Workforce Development remains committed to ensuring the health and wellbeing of all students, clients and staff. We will continue to follow the advice of the WA Chief Health Officer to take the necessary precautions related to COVID-19.

Please check WA.gov.au for further updates

We will update our website and social media as further advice becomes available.   

$10M state of the art training centre a step closer for Broome

New facilities for hospitality and tourism training in the Kimberley

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery has today announced that the new $10 million Broome training centre is a step closer, with the design now finalised.

North Regional TAFE’s new Broome Hospitality and Student Services Centre will feature state of the art facilities, that will offer speciality training in hospitality, tourism, hair and beauty for the Kimberley region. Local firm Engawa Architects has finalised the design for the development of two new buildings at the Broome TAFE campus; one for hospitality and tourism and the second for hair and beauty training, which will be linked by an outdoor meeting place. The project also includes an extension to the administration building to provide additional space for student and corporate services. The redevelopment will provide a welcome boost to hospitality and tourism training in the Kimberley region, and facilitate industry-standard practice in hair and beauty. The major upgrades will add vitality to campus life for all students and visitors, and create jobs for local construction workers.

The new training centre for Broome was announced in July 2020 as part of the WA State Government's $5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan and largest TAFE capital works program in Western Australia's history, which will see a record $167.4 million invested in upgrades to essential infrastructure across Western Australia's five TAFE colleges and create more than 1,000 jobs. 

Tenders for the construction of the new centre are now open. Construction is anticipated to start in July 2021 with estimated completion in July 2022.

“This major campus upgrade will support Broome and the wider Kimberley region’s vital hospitality and tourism industry by offering hands-on training in a world-class training facility.“ the Minister says. "We're committed to providing outstanding learning opportunities for students and generating a pipeline of local jobs to strengthen regional Western Australia’s economy.”.
 

Read the full media statement here

Renders of the hair and beauty, and hospitality, training areas.

State of the art new training centre for Mandurah moves forward

World class training for hospitality, tourism, hair and beauty

Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery has today announced that tenders for a new $14.67 million training centre at South Metropolitan TAFE’s Mandurah campus are now open.

These new world class facilities will give the Peel region greater access to specialty training in hospitality and tourism, as well as hair and beauty.  The new Hospitality and Tourism Training Centre will be used to deliver training in commercial cookery, tourism and event management, providing career pathways for aspiring chefs, event managers, baristas and front of house staff. Hair and beauty training facilities will also be incorporated into the new centre, opening up the amount of students it will cater for.

The centre will also be a one-stop-shop for simulated training at the Mandurah TAFE campus, with construction sets to include two training kitchens, a production kitchen and a live works restaurant, as well as a new hair salon and dedicated training spaces for beauty therapy and massage.

This project, part of the State Government's WA Recovery Plan with $167.4 million invested in essential infrastructure upgrades across WA's s five TAFE colleges, was announced in July 2020 as part of the WA Recovery Plan. Construction is estimated to begin in July.

“Mandurah’s new training centre will deliver industry relevant training and produce job ready and highly skilled workers for the Peel region’s growing hospitality and tourism industry. " said Minister Ellery. “The state of the art facility will allow students to take part in practical, on the job training in key areas of employment for youth in the region. The $14.67 million project is part of the WA Recovery Plan as part of the McGowan government’s commitment to economic recovery.”
 

Read the full media statement here

Images are renders of the design for the new centre.

COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 UPDATE: Lockdown restrictions eased for Perth and Peel region

COVID-19 lockdown restrictions eased  - update.

Important information update for WA TAFE students, Jobs and Skills Centre clients, and Department clients

With no further local cases of COVID-19 overnight, and strong testing numbers, at 12.01 am Friday 30 April 2021, the Perth and Peel regions post lockdown restrictions will be significantly eased. 

A small number of transitional measures will remain in place until 12.01 am Saturday 8 May 2021. 

We encourage you to visit wa.gov.au to find more information. Please follow state health advice, stay safe and check our website for further updates.
 

WA TAFE colleges

In line with the Perth metropolitan and Peel regions transitional measures, all staff and students at WA TAFE colleges will be required to wear a mask while inside the TAFE college buildings.  Lecturers are permitted to remove their mask while teaching.

People can travel out of the Perth and Peel regions, to other parts of WA. Please note, anyone who has been in Perth or Peel since 17 April must wear a mask when inside a WA metropolitan or regional based TAFE college building.

The two square metre rule will not apply in classrooms and working environments at any TAFE.

TAFE campuses are being cleaned before classes resume, with particular attention to high contact surfaces. Hand sanitiser is also available across campuses in key locations. There will also be a small supply of masks for staff and students in the event they require a replacement while on campus.

If you have been to one of the sites outlined on the Healthy WA website and are required to quarantine, please do as instructed by health officials. 

Usual physical distancing and hygiene practices will continue, following the Healthy WA guidelines, particularly those around hand washing, covering coughs and sneezes and staying home if you are unwell.

If you are unwell, awaiting COVID-19 test results or in self-isolation, please do not attend TAFE.

Please continue to use the SafeWA app, practice good hygiene and COVID-safe habits and stay safe.
 

Jobs and Skills Centres

All Jobs and Skills Centres (JSCs) in the Perth metropolitan area and Peel region have returned to full operations.
 

  • Visitors to all JSCs across the State must check in using the SafeWA app or contact register.
  • Visitors must wear a mask when attending a JSC and practice safe hygiene.
  • For those not wanting to attend a JSC in person, services will continue to be available via email and phone.
  • All JSCs in the regional areas of WA will operate as usual.

Visit jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/jobs-and-skills-centre to find contact details for your local JSC, or phone 13 64 64 for assistance.
 

Department of Training and Workforce Development

All services and facilities will return to full operation as of Monday 3 May 2021.

You can also use the following methods of contact:

The Department of Training and Workforce Development remains committed to ensuring the health and wellbeing of all students, clients and staff. We will continue to follow the advice of the WA Chief Health Officer to take the necessary precautions related to COVID-19. Please check WA.gov.au for further updates.

We will update our website and social media as further advice becomes available.   

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COVID-19 Update: Transition from lockdown for Perth and Peel region

Important information on COVID-19.

Important information for WA TAFE students, Jobs and Skills Centre clients, and Department clients

With no further local cases of COVID-19, and strong testing numbers, the Perth and Peel lockdown has ended as planned at 12.01am on Tuesday 27 April.

A range of interim restrictions will remain in place as part of a stepped-down approach. The interim restrictions will be in place for the next four days - specifically from 12.01am Tuesday 27 April, through to 12.01am on Saturday 1 May.

In line with the Perth metropolitan and Peel regions post-lockdown measures, TAFE campuses will open from today, Tuesday 27 April 2021.

TAFE classes will resume, but all staff and students will be required to wear a mask. Lecturers are permitted to remove their mask while teaching.

The four square metre rule will not apply in classrooms and working environments at TAFE.

We encourage people to visit wa.gov.au to find more information. Please follow state health advice, stay safe and check our website for further updates.

Campuses are being cleaned before classes resume, with particular attention to high contact surfaces. Hand sanitizer is also available across campuses in key locations. There will also be a small supply of masks for staff and students in the event they require a replacement while on campus.

If you have been to one of the sites outlined on the Healthy WA website and are required to quarantine, please do as instructed by health officials.

Usual physical distancing and hygiene practices will continue, following the Healthy WA guidelines, particularly those around hand washing, covering coughs and sneezes and staying home if you are unwell.

If you are unwell, awaiting COVID-19 test results or in self-isolation, please do not attend campus.

Please continue to use the SafeWA app, practice good hygiene, COVID-safe habits and stay safe.

Jobs and Skills Centres

All Jobs and Skills Centres (JSCs) in the Perth metropolitan area will return to full operations on Tuesday 27 April 2021.
 

  • Visitors to all JSCs across the State must check in using the SafeWA app or contact register.
  • Visitors must wear a mask when attending a JSC and practice safe hygiene.
  • For those not wanting to attend a JSC in person, services will continue to be available via email and phone.
  • All JSCs in the regional areas of WA will operate as usual.

Visit jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/jobs-and-skills-centre to find contact details for your local JSC, or phone 13 64 64 for assistance.

Department of Training and Workforce Development

All facilities will re-open on Tuesday 27 April 2021.

For general enquiries, please contact us via email at info@dtwd.wa.gov.au or phone 08 6551 5000.

 The Department of Training and Workforce Development remains committed to ensuring the health and wellbeing of all students, clients and staff. We will continue to follow the advice of the WA Chief Health Officer to take the necessary precautions related to COVID-19. Please check WA.gov.au for further updates.
Job Ready: Ageing and disability

New Job Ready program for aged care and disability support

Applications now open! Places available!

The WA State Government has launched a new short course to create a pipeline of workers in the social assistance and allied health industry, as part of their $5.5 billion investment in WA Recovery Plan initiatives to upskill the WA workforce and enhance employment and training opportunities following COVID-19.

Developed in partnership with industry to meet its workforce needs, the new Ageing and Disability Job Ready program is free for all jobseekers, young people, and concession-eligible students. It includes a training component; the  Introduction to Direct Support skill set, and a work placement component where participants will gain hands on industry experience in an aged care and/or disability support workplace. The training covers key skills needed for entry level work, such as how to comply with infection prevention and control; conduct manual tasks safely; meet personal support needs; and communicate and work in health and community services.

On completion of the course, students will be connected with opportunities to transition into employment, undertake a traineeship with a participating employer or further their training to gain a disability or aged care qualification.

The program, which was developed in consultation with Community Skills Western Australia and key industry partners. will be available initially through North Metropolitan and South Metropolitan TAFEs and private training providers Activ Foundation, Amana Living Incorporated, Insight Training Group Australia and Centacare Employment and Training. It will be expanded to the Goldfields and Wheatbelt regions in May 2021.

Employers have the opportunity to host a work placement student and, if the student transitions into a traineeship, will be able to access State and Australian Government incentives or wage subsides.

Applications for the program are now open with the first intake of students scheduled to start on 23 April, 2021.
 

Announcing the new program today, Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery said “There is growing demand for disability and aged care workers around the State, and the new Job Ready program provides pathways to full qualifications and employment. This program will help more Western Australians to join the disability and aged care workforce by providing real, hands-on experience in the industry. ”

“With the continued growth of the National Disability Insurance Scheme there has never been a better time to pursue a job in the disability and aged care industry. “Disability and aged care offers rewarding careers that make a positive difference to the lives of others.” said Disability Services; Seniors and Ageing Minister Don Punch.

Appliance service industry celebrates new apprenticeships

WA’s first locally-trained appliance service apprentices graduate

Western Australia’s appliance servicing industry recently celebrated an important milestone, with the graduation of its first cohort of locally-trained apprentices. Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery congratulated the nine inaugural graduates of the Certificate III in Appliance Service, whose achievements of the first WA trade certificates ever issued for the qualification hold a special significance.

When these graduates embarked on their apprenticeship journey in October 2017m the qualification had only just become available in WA. Having worked closely with industry to establish a trade apprenticeship, the WA Government responded to industry demand by funding Perth-based registered training organisation, Energy Skills Solutions, to develop and deliver it in WA. The qualification, which trains apprentices to set up, service and repair electrical and refrigerated appliances, was previously only delivered on the east coast. As well as breaking down a significant distance barrier to training, the delivery of the apprenticeship in WA is providing the industry with new opportunities to meet the growing demand for skilled workers.

Apprentices Nicholas Chambers, 52, and Peta Tournay, 30, are two graduates who wasted no time enrolling in the training when it became available. Nicholas has worked with the Metropolitan Appliance Service in Myaree for almost a decade, and for him the opportunity to undertake formal training is all about ensuring safe practices and setting benchmarks for the industry. Nicholas transitioned into appliance servicing from another trade at age 43, and now enjoys training others in his workplace and hopes having the formal training available in WA will attract new people to work with him to service this growing industry.

Peta began working at her family’s Bunbury Appliance Service business a few years ago, initially helping out in an office-based role. When a position in the workshop became vacant, Peta – who had worked in other trades – transitioned to the tools, signed up for the Certificate III in Appliance Service qualification, and has never looked back. Getting her appliance service qualification was a positive experience for Peta, who enjoyed working alongside likeminded peers and sharing insights into the various aspects of the job. Peta plans to add more training to her growing list of achievements.

More information about the Certificate III in Appliance Service qualification is available on the Jobs and Skills WA website

“Our Government’s investment in local training opportunities is helping overcome significant barriers to training and securing pathways to rewarding careers.”, says Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery. “Having a pipeline of skilled workers is crucial for the success of our local industries and for our State’s continuing economic recovery post COVID-19. Access to highly-trained apprentices will be key in meeting a high demand for workers across a range of occupations and industries.”

Read the full media statement here

Main picture: Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education and Training, Mr Terry Healy (at left), with graduating apprentices including Nicholas Chambers (second from right) and Peta Tournay (fourth from left).

Shining the spotlight on excellence in WA's VET sector

Minister encourages individuals and organisations to apply for WA Training Awards

Applications are now open for this year's WA Training Awards, which recognise the outstanding achievements of apprentices, trainees, employers and training organisations. Now in its 27th year, the Awards provide an opportunity for the training sector to showcase excellence, reward best practice and put WA's best VET achievers in the spotlight.

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery is encouraging eligible individuals and organisations to apply, with applications closing Friday, April 23. "The WA Training Awards are the State's premier training award program, showcasing excellence and putting our best talent in the spotlight. With vocational education and training playing a vital role in the rebuilding of Western Australia's economy, there is no better time to recognise our best students. Western Australia's training system is one of the best in the world and success stories such as last year's Trainee of the Year Cheyne Pearce and Vocational Student of the Year Trent Caldwell highlight that a vocational training pathway leads directly to jobs."

After a slightly revised program in 2020, this year all award categories are back, with eight individual and four organisational categories.

Individual categories

  • WA Apprentice of the Year
  • WA Trainee of the Year
  • WA Vocational Student of the Year
  • WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year
  • WA School-based Apprentice of the Year
  • WA Trainer of the Year
  • WA Cultural Diversity Training Award
  • WA International Student of the Year

Organisational categories

  • WA Medium Employer of the Year
  • WA Large Employer of the Year
  • WA Small Training Provider of the Year
  • WA Large Training Provider of the Year

As well as the recognition these respected Awards bring, individual winners will receive $3,000 which they may use to further their training or kick-start their career, while organisation winners will be recognised as industry leaders. Winners will be announced at a presentation ceremony in September. 

Winners of the WA awards may go on to represent WA at the Australian Training Awards in November, just like last year's Trainee of the Year Cheyne Pearce and Vocational Student of the Year Trent Caldwell. Both Cheyne and Trent were named as runner-up in their respective categories at the peak national awards, after securing jobs they were passionate about following successful stints at TAFE. Cheyne completed a Certificate IV in Horticulture in order to fulfil his passion to make a positive difference to the environment. His hard work and resolve eventually paid off with the offer of a traineeship at Kings Park and Botanic Gardens, and has since secured full time employment as a local government park operator. Trent wanted to blend the skills learnt from his background in community services, advertising and art, embarking on a journey to land his long-held ambition of a role in marketing. After successfully completing a Diploma of Marketing and Communication he reached his goal, and is now employed as marketing co-ordinator for an assistive technology company.

Cheyne and Trent are also WA Training Awards Ambassadors and encourage people of all ages to celebrate their success by applying for the Awards.

NEW Heavy Vehicle Driving Skill Set

The new recently launched job ready Heavy Vehicle Driving Operations skill set will train an estimated 1,000 skilled workers needed by the transport industry to avoid skill shortages. 

The six-week program will remove barriers to entry in Heavy Rigid (HR), Heavy Combination (HC) or Multi-Combination (MC) heavy vehicle driving through both theoretical and hands-on practical truck driver training. 

Targeted funding for the delivery of industry mentoring for program graduates, will be co-ordinated by Western Roads Federation, and will be crucial for smaller transport companies without the capacity to provide on-the-job training.

The Heavy Vehicle Driving Operations skill set will be delivered in Perth's north-eastern suburbs by Central Regional TAFE and is an expansion of the Heavy Haulage Driving Operations skill set being delivered in Collie, which will transition to this new program. 

The new program has been modified to provide students with more of the practical skills needed by industry, including on-road experience. To be responsive to industry need, the short course has been developed to have a strong focus on practical skills and will be an Australian first.

The aim of the pilot is to increase skilled workers in this essential service but also give existing workers the opportunity to upskill to more complex combination heavy vehicle driving, increasing industry productivity and safety.

Course participants will get a credit toward the Certificate III in Driving Operations traineeship and a leg up to complete the full qualification.

The course will run for just over six weeks, with the formal training component of the course will be free for job seekers and people under 25*.

*A small contribution will be required for participation in separate practical driving lessons, which will accompany the training.

For more information, visit centralregionaltafe.wa.edu.au/courses or call Central Regional TAFE 1800 672 700.

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Search for excellence is on in WA's training sector!

Applications are now open for the 2021 WA Training Awards, which recognise the outstanding achievements of apprentices, trainees, employers and training organisations.

Now in its 27th year, the Awards provide an opportunity for the training sector to showcase excellence, reward best practice and put WA's best VET achievers in the spotlight.

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery is encouraging eligible individuals and organisations to apply, with applications closing Friday, April 23 2021.

Winners will be announced at a presentation ceremony in September.

After a slightly revised program in 2020, this year all award categories are back, with eight individual and four organisational categories.

Individual categories:

  • WA Apprentice of the Year
  • WA Trainee of the Year
  • WA Vocational Student of the Year
  • WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year
  • WA School-based Apprentice of the Year
  • WA Trainer of the Year
  • WA Cultural Diversity Training Award
  • WA International Student of the Year

Organisational categories:

  • WA Medium Employer of the Year
  • WA Large Employer of the Year
  • WA Small Training Provider of the Year
  • WA Large Training Provider of the Year

As well as the recognition these respected Awards bring, individual winners will receive $3,000 which they may use to further their training or kick-start their career, while organisation winners will be recognised as industry leaders.

Winners of the WA awards may go on to represent WA at the Australian Training Awards in November, just like last year's Trainee of the Year Cheyne Pearce and Vocational Student of the Year Trent Caldwell.
 
Both Cheyne and Trent were named as runner-up in their respective categories at the peak national awards, after securing jobs they were passionate about following successful stints at North Metropolitan TAFE.
 
Cheyne completed a Certificate IV in Horticulture in order to fulfil his passion to make a positive difference to the environment. His hard work and resolve eventually paid off with the offer of a traineeship at Kings Park and Botanic Gardens, and has since secured full time employment as a local government park operator.
 
Trent wanted to blend the skills learnt from his background in community services, advertising and art, embarking on a journey to land his long-held ambition of a role in marketing. After successfully completing a Diploma of Marketing and Communication he reached his goal, and is now employed as marketing co-ordinator for an assistive technology company.
 
Cheyne and Trent are also WA Training Awards Ambassadors and encourage people of all ages to celebrate their success by applying for the Awards.
 
To find out more about the WA Training Awards and how to apply, visit WA Training Awards at dtwd.wa.gov.au/watrainingawards/wata2021
 
Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery commented:
 
"The WA Training Awards are the State's premier training award program, showcasing excellence and putting our best talent in the spotlight.
 
"With vocational education and training playing a vital role in the rebuilding of Western Australia's economy, there is no better time to recognise our best students.
 
"Western Australia's training system is one of the best in the world and success stories such as last year's Trainee of the Year Cheyne Pearce and Vocational Student of the Year Trent Caldwell highlight that a vocational training pathway leads directly to jobs."

Students chatting with a clipboard

2020 Student Satisfaction Survey now available

The full report from the Student Satisfaction Survey 2020 is now available.

The survey is conducted annually to gather information about the satisfaction levels amongst students at Western Australia's five TAFE colleges and the WA Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). The 2020 Student Satisfaction Survey fieldwork was conducted over approximately 8 weeks, from September 21, 2020 to November 13, 2020 and over 14,500 students were surveyed. 

The results inform the development and improvement of policy, planning and resources, and enable the colleges to gain a better understanding of their customers and their needs. The survey is also a critical component of statutory reporting for State Parliament. Highlights of the 2020 report for TAFE colleges include an increase in:

  • overall student satisfaction (87.6%);
  • quality of lecturers (89.2%); and
  • how likely the training will lead to a job/career (83.7%).

The full Student Satisfaction Survey 2020 report is available here on our website.

VETDSS qualifications register now available for 2022

Register of VET qualifications available to secondary school students

The VET qualifications register for secondary students (the register) is produced annually by the Department. The new edition for the 2022 school year is now available. 

The register provides industry advice for schools and RTOs on the suitability of qualifications for secondary students and delivery requirements to meet industry standards. The register aims to assist schools and RTOs to select qualifications that are more likely to be completed by secondary students or help them to transition effectively to further training or employment.

The register is also an excellent resource to assist students and parents to help with career planning for Years 11 and 12.

Find out more and download the register here

The Guide to WA school-based apprenticeships and traineeships is also an excellent resource with detailed information about these programs for secondary students. 

View or download the SBAT guide here

Muresk and WA Farmers Bootcamp to employment

Applications open for the WAFarmers Bootcamp to Employment!

Are you a young person* interested in agricultural technology? Are you willing to live and work in a regional town?

The farm mechanisation industry is calling out for enthusiastic, driven individuals to skill up and join the workforce. The WAFarmers Bootcamp to Employment provides the perfect opportunity to kick start your career in the Ag-tech machinery industry.

Are you a young person* interested in agricultural technology? Are you willing to live and work in a regional town?

The farm mechanisation industry is calling out for enthusiastic, driven individuals to skill up and join the workforce. The WAFarmers Bootcamp to Employment provides the perfect opportunity to kick start your career in the Ag-tech machinery industry.

Developed in partnership between WAFarmers, Farm Machinery and Industry Association of WA (FMIA), and Muresk Institute, the Bootcamp is a three-day program providing an opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge of and/or aptitude for precision control technology, drones, data management, and other aspects of the industry.

Bootcamp also includes practical learning sessions with industry experts and builds vital employability skills such as workplace communication, teamwork, problem-solving, initiative, and preparing a professional CV.

Kicking off at the Muresk Institute in Northam on 13 July 2021, the Bootcamp will conclude on 15 July and provide you with the opportunity to meet with and pitch yourself to prospective employers who may be looking for apprentices and trainees. You will be given guidance on presentation and confidence to assist in this process.

Places in the Bootcamp are limited, so download an application and return it as soon as possible.

The farm mechanisation industry needs you! 

 
*You must be at least 16 years of age to apply.
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Applications for the 2021 WA Training Awards open 1 March

Time to put yourself in the spotlight!

The WA Training Awards program recognises excellence in vocational education and training (VET), and the outstanding achievements of VET students, apprentices and trainees, practitioners, organisations and employers.

If you’re an apprentice, trainee or vocational student, the WA Training Awards can open doors to new career opportunities and highlight your skills and achievements.

For organisations, the Awards are an opportunity to be recognised as an industry leader and provide a platform to network with other businesses and training providers in WA and around Australia.

The 2021 program will highlight the achievements of both individuals and organisations across the following 12 categories.

Individual categories

  • WA Apprentice of the Year
  • WA Trainee of the Year
  • WA Vocational Student of the Year
  • WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year
  • WA School-based Apprentice of the Year
  • WA Trainer of the Year
  • WA International Student of the Year
  • WA Cultural Diversity Training Award Organisational categories

Organisation categories

  • WA Medium Employer of the Year
  • WA Large Employer of the Year
  • WA Small Training Provider of the Year
  • WA Large Training Provider of the Year

Winners of individual categories receive a $3,000 prize, and all WA winners have the opportunity to represent Western Australia at the Australian Training Awards later in the year.

Applications open on 1 March and close at 5.00 pm on Friday 23 April 2021.

Find out more about the 2021 WATA program at dtwd.wa.gov.au/watrainingawards/wata2021

To register your interest please email the WA Training Awards team or phone 08 6551 5952.

COVID-19 information update

COVID-19 Update: Transitional lockdown restrictions lifted

Update regarding lifting of restrictions from 14 February 

The Perth and Peel restrictions will end as planned at 12.01 am, Sunday, 14 February. This means the whole of Western Australia will return to the pre-lockdown conditions, as experienced prior to 6 pm on Sunday 31 January. From Sunday 14 February masks will no longer be required to be worn either inside or outside.

Further information is available on the wa.gov.au website: Return to pre-lockdown life from 12.01am Sunday, 14 February 

WA TAFE colleges

Students and staff attending North Metropolitan TAFE and South Metropolitan TAFE will not be required to wear masks. Students should continue to practise physical distancing where possible, maintain good personal hygiene at all times and get tested when unwell.

Further details about the specific arrangements at each TAFE is provided on their website, please follow the links below. 
 

Jobs and Skills Centres

All Jobs and Skills Centres (JSCs) will be operating as usual. 

  • Visitors to all JSCs across the State must check in using the SafeWA app or contact register.
  • For those not wanting to attend a JSC in person, services will continue to be available via email and phone.

Visit jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/jobs-and-skills-centre to find contact details for your local JSC, or phone 13 64 64 for assistance.

Department of Training and Workforce Development

All offices and facilities will be operating as usual.
 

 The Department of Training and Workforce Development remains committed to ensuring the health and wellbeing of all students, clients and staff. We will continue to follow the advice of the WA Chief Health Officer to take the necessary precautions related to COVID-19. Please check WA.gov.au for further updates.

COVID-19 Update: Transition out of lockdown for Perth, Peel and South West WA

Information for students, clients and staff

The WA Government has announced that if there are no further cases of COVID-19 recorded, restrictions in the Perth metropolitan, Peel and South West regions are set to ease from 6 pm, Friday 5 February 2021.

From 6 pm Friday 5 February the following will come into effect.

  • Perth and Peel will enter into a post-lockdown transition period until 12.01 am, Sunday 14 February; and
  • South West will return straight to pre-lockdown conditions.

Further information, including about the post-lockdown transition period for Perth and Peel, is available on the wa.gov.au website

WA TAFE colleges

Semester one will commence on Monday 8 February 2021 at all North Metropolitan TAFE, South Metropolitan TAFE and South Regional TAFE South West campuses.

Consistent with health advice, the four square metre rule will not apply in classrooms and working environments at TAFE.

Students who are unwell should stay home, follow health advice and not attend their TAFE campus.
 

  • Students and staff attending North Metropolitan TAFE and South Metropolitan TAFE will be required to adhere to physical distancing requirements and wear masks, in line with health advice.
  • Everybody must wear a mask once they leave their home.
  • There will be a small supply of masks for students in the event they require a replacement while on campus.
  • All South Regional TAFE campuses will operate as usual and return to pre-lockdown conditions.
  • North Regional TAFE and Central Regional TAFE campuses will continue to operate as usual.

Further details about the specific arrangements at each TAFE is provided on their website, please follow the links below. 
 

Jobs and Skills Centres

All Jobs and Skills Centres (JSCs) in the Perth metropolitan area and in South West regions will return to full operations on Monday 8 February 2021.
 

  • Visitors to all JSCs across the State must check in using the SafeWA app or contact register.
  • For those not wanting to attend a JSC in person, services will continue to be available via email and phone.
  • All JSCs in the regional areas of WA will operate as usual.

Visit jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/jobs-and-skills-centre to find contact details for your local JSC, or phone 13 64 64 for assistance.

Department of Training and Workforce Development

All offices and facilities will re-open on Monday 8 February 2021.
 

 The Department of Training and Workforce Development remains committed to ensuring the health and wellbeing of all students, clients and staff. We will continue to follow the advice of the WA Chief Health Officer to take the necessary precautions related to COVID-19. Please check WA.gov.au for further updates.

COVID-19 update

Information for students, clients and staff

The latest health advice of Sunday 31 January is that parts of Western Australia - the Perth metropolitan and the Peel and South West regions  - will be going into a mandatory five-day lock down from 6 pm Sunday 31 January to 6 pm Friday 5 February.

Media statement

The following services will be closed during this time.

WA TAFE colleges

  • All North Metropolitan TAFE and South Metropolitan TAFE campuses will be closed.
  • South Regional TAFE campuses in the South West region will be closed. Campuses in Narrogin, Katanning, Denmark, Mt Barker, Albany and Esperance will operate as usual during this time 
  • Central Regional TAFE will operate as usual during this time except for the Northam campus where some staff and students who travel from a lockdown area will be affected.
  • North Regional TAFE campuses will operate as usual. 

Further details about the specific arrangements at each TAFE is provided on their website.

Jobs and Skills Centres

  • All Jobs and Skills Centres in the Perth metropolitan area, and in South West WA, will be closed for physical attendance during this time. Services are still available via email and phone. Visit jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/jobs-and-skills-centre to find contact details for your local JSC, or phone 13 64 64 for assistance. 
  • All Jobs and Skills Centres in the Goldfields, Central, North and Great Southern regional areas of WA will be operating as usual during this time.

Department of Training and Workforce Development

All offices and facilities will be closed during this time. For general enquiries, please contact us via email at info@dtwd.wa.gov.au
 

While we will endeavour to continue providing services during this time, there may be some delays as we adjust our approach.

The Department of Training and Workforce Development remains committed to ensuring the health and wellbeing of all students, clients and staff. We will continue to follow the advice of the WA Chief Health Officer to take the necessary precautions related to COVID-19. 

Please check the website for further updates. 

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Free access to myfuture

myfuture is a national career information service that has FREE access for all Western Australians.

The myfuture.edu.au website (myfuture) is a national career information service, managed by Education Services Australia (ESA) aimed primarily at school students, school leavers, and those assisting young people. It is designed for use by students, teachers, career practitioners, parents and carers, and offers a variety of tools, information and resources to assist with career planning and development. Access to myfuture is now free for all Western Australians.

Jobs and Skills Centres (JSC) Career Engagement officers (CEOs) use a suite of online resources and tools to tailor their support and guidance to the needs, age and career development stage of each client. This ensures that career changers, upskillers and reskillers, jobseekers, school students and school leavers receive personalised support and can gain the most benefit from the JSC’s. The myfuture website will now be added to this suite of online resources.

Jobs and Skills Centres can also provide support to students wishing to use the myfuture website tools and resources for career planning, as well as free information and assistance with training options and jobseeking.

There’s 15 JSCs across Perth and regional WA — call your local centre on 13 64 64 or find out more here.

Infrastructure Ready training program.

TAFE graduates go straight to work on METRONET projects

Infrastructure Ready program delivers job ready workers!

Twenty one graduates from the first Infrastructure Ready Pathways to Employment program are now employed across major infrastructure projects including the METRONET Yanchep Rail Extension, METRONET Thornlie-Cockburn Link and High Wycombe Train Station. A further 35 students are currently enrolled in the Infrastructure Ready course, with almost half of this group women. 

The Infrastructure Ready Pathways to Employment program was developed in consultation with industry, to ensure students gain the skills needed for entry level civil construction jobs. It's designed to provide a pathway into entry level jobs in civil construction, and options for further study or apprenticeships. It is anticipated the Infrastructure program will extend to regional Western Australia in 2021 as projects such as the Bunbury Outer Ring Road get underway.
 

Find out more about the Infrastructure Ready program on the Jobs and Skills WA website

 

 

Conveyor belt training for WA's resource industry.

New specialist training facility for WA’s resources sector

Exciting news for North Metropolitan TAFE's Midland campus!

A tender for the construction of a dedicated industrial conveyor belt trade training facility at the Midland campus of North Metropolitan TAFE has been issued today, with the design development stage now complete. 

Armstrong Parkin Architects designed the facility, which will be used to deliver a qualification in the repair, maintenance and installation of the conveyor belts used in industries such as mining and logistics. The shed-style workshop will house a conveyor area, splicing table area, workshop benches, tool storage, an external undercover area and a 'chalk and talk' area for theory-based learning. Specialist industry-standard equipment will support the delivery of a Certificate III in Polymer Processing. It is anticipated construction will be completed in October 2021 with training commencing in Semester 1, 2022.

For information about jobs, careers and training in WA's resources sector, please visit jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/resources

The Midland area was identified as being a key area for skills, training and employment investment. In response to the review, Western Australia's network of Jobs and Skills Centres was expanded to include a new location at North Metropolitan TAFE's Midland campus.

Stage one of the METRONET Trade Training Centre at Midland project is now complete. The centre will be used to deliver a qualification in electrical rail signalling from Semester 1, 2021, and is critical to ensuring local content of at least 50 per cent on METRONET projects, including railcars.

For more information about local training opportunities, contact the Midland Jobs and Skills Centre on 13 64 64 or 08 9374 6321

New COVID-19 contact register from 5 December

Important information for businesses and venues

Mandatory contact registers at relevant businesses and venues will be introduced from Saturday 5 December 2020. Maintaining a contact register is an extra safety measure and one of the most effective ways to control the spread of COVID-19.

Businesses and venues will need to record the name, telephone number, location, date and arrival time of all patrons, staff, volunteers and contractors and keep that information for 28 days.

These businesses or venues include:

  • food and licenced venues (restaurants, cafés, bars, pubs, taverns, nightclubs);
  • gyms, indoor sporting centres and pools;
  • places of worship and funeral parlours;
  • beauty and personal care services including hairdressers and barbers;
  • galleries and museums;
  • cinemas, theatres and other entertainment venues;
  • auction houses and real estate inspections;
  • community facilities, libraries and halls ;
  • zoos and amusement parks;
  • function centres; and
  • accommodation facilities that already have check in arrangements in place (eg; hostels, hotels, large camp grounds).

New app available

To assist businesses and venues in collecting the information required, and make it easier for individuals to provide their contact details; a free, safe and secure app called SafeWA is now available. Endorsed by the Department of Health, the app provides businesses and venues a unique QR code that enables patrons to quick scan their contact details into the register.

Data collected via the SafeWA app will be encrypted at the point of capture, stored securely, and only be accessible by authorised Department of Health contact tracing personnel should COVID-19 tracing be needed. This means tracing can be performed quicker to keep people safe. 

The use of SafeWA is not mandatory, but is encouraged. The free app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play, giving businesses and venues time to implement the digital contact register system in time for 5 December. An information pack will be emailed to each business that downloads SafeWA.

Businesses may also use alternative formats for registration — including other electronic or paper-based systems depending on what is suitable for the business, venue or individual — however all information collected must be saved and stored securely and retained for 28 days.

Further information

Full details about the contact register requirements including frequently asked questions, ‘how to’ guides and information sheets for businesses and for individuals, is available on the WA Government website. Contact register templates, for those not using the SafeWA app, are also available.

Find out more at wa.gov.au/organisation/covid-communications/covid-19-coronavirus-contact-registers

Fast lane opens for lifeguard and swim instructor jobs!

Two new FREE aquatic industry job ready skill sets released

We're getting Western Australia summer ready to meet the statewide demand for pool lifeguards and swimming instructor jobs. Two nationally recognised short courses  — the Pool Lifeguard Skill Set and the Swimming and Water Safety Teacher Skill Set —will fast track participants into entry level pool lifeguarding and swimming instructor roles in time for the aquatic industry's busy summer period.

The two new courses — which are free for eligible students including unemployed and people aged 15—24*— were developed after consultation with Royal Life Saving WA (RLSWA) who identified a statewide need for additional pool lifeguards and swimming teachers to meet the demand. RLSWA will deliver the new job ready short courses.

Each course can be used as credit toward further qualifications including the Certificate III in Aquatics and Community Recreation, which is a pathway to a wider range of employment opportunities across the leisure and aquatic recreation industry, or further study.

To find out more about these two new skill sets, visit the Jobs and Skills WA website

In an additional initiative, school students now have the opportunity to receive fully-funded training to become qualified swimming instructors for the Department of Education's VacSwim program. Eligible Year 11 and 12 students can register now to take part in the training and gain paid employment over the summer holidays during VacSwim. To be eligible, students must be at least 17 years of age at the start of Term 4.

The training will be available across the metropolitan area and in specific regional centres. Participants will also receive ongoing support and mentoring. At the end of the training, students can then apply for swimming instructor positions across the State in time for VacSwim lessons with opportunities for further employment after VacSwim. Upon completion, trainees will obtain an accredited swimming teacher qualification, Swim Australia Teacher (SAT), and CPR qualification. Visit education.wa.edu.au/swimming for further information.

* Course fees will apply to non-concession eligible students.

Building pathways for new apprenticeships

New free program offering 50 bricklaying apprenticeships

A new short course is now available: the Bricklaying Job Ready program. It was developed in consultation with the Construction Training Fund and key industry partners including HIA, MBA and ABN Group, will create a pipeline of qualified bricklayers to meet the needs of WA’s building industry.

Students will complete the Work Safely in Construction short course skill set, which teaches work safety practices, basic measuring and calculation skills, and how to operate small plant and equipment used on building and construction projects — through a mix of on-campus training and work placement with industry employers. The program is free for concession-eligible students including jobseekers and people aged 15—24. Non-eligible participants will need to pay a fee. On completion of the course, students will have the opportunity to start a bricklaying apprenticeship with a participating employer.

The pilot program will be delivered by North Metropolitan TAFE, South Metropolitan TAFE, and private training provider Skill Hire. The program will be reviewed at the completion of the first course with a view to it being expanded to regional WA. Employers who sign up to the program will be able to access State and Australian Government incentives and wage subsidies.

Applications for the course are now open — with 50 places available for the first intake scheduled to start on November 9, 2020. Register your interest by emailing BricklayingJobReady@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

Course fees slashed for another 107 courses!

$103.4M JobTrainer agreement boosts skills for WA

An additional 107 new courses will have their fees slashed by half or more, as part of the new $103.4 million JobTrainer Agreement with the Australian Government. This further investment in WA’s training sector builds on the $57 million investment into training programs to create a pipeline of skilled workers to help with WA’s economic recovery.

Reduced course fees for these additional 107 courses will apply to study that commences from 1 January 2021; and applications and enrolments are open now.

Under the highly successful Lower fees, local skills* initiative, course fees are slashed by up to 72 per cent for a total of 180 courses to make training more affordable for Western Australians. The initiative has already seen enrolments in eligible priority vocational education and training (VET) courses increase by 20 per cent. The list of available courses has been expanded in consultation with industry to engage jobseekers, women and young people, to meet immediate and emerging skill requirements. People under 25, and eligible people of all ages looking for work, will pay no more than $400 in annual course fees. 

The 107 additional reduced-fee courses will deliver training in sectors including building and construction, manufacturing, information technology, mining, engineering, aquaculture, agriculture, horticulture and logistics. More free short courses will also be added to meet emerging skills needs. These skill sets are completely free for those looking for work or people under 25 to help get them into jobs.

For more information, visit jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/skillsready 

* This program is funded by JobTrainer  — a joint initiative of the Western Australian and Australian governments.

Ready to explore a career in WA's booming resources sector?

New webpage launched for jobseekers and career changers

A roadmap of training options that lead to jobs in Western Australia’s booming resources sector is now just a click away, with a new webpage for jobseekers, career changers and young people.

The new Working in WA’s Resources Sector page on the Jobs and Skills WA website has a useful overview of the sector and the career opportunities it offers, information on training options, how to get an apprenticeship or traineeship, where the  jobs are now and what future jobs will look like. There's also a list of over 160 courses aligned with occupations in the resources sector — many of which have their course fees slashed by up to 72 per cent under the Lower fees, local skills program*, as well as information on opportunities for Aboriginal people and women who are interested in working in the sector. 

The comprehensive resource is supported by the WA Chamber of Minerals and Energy (CME) and Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA), who also provided advice on areas of training need.

Check out Working in WA’s Resources Sector at jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/resources

The Lower fees, local skills program was recently expanded by an additional 107 courses, bringing the total now to 180, to support local workforce training and address skills shortages. Training Western Australians for local jobs is critical to the resources sector, which employed 135,000 people last financial year. It also experienced record sales of $172 billion in the 2019—20 financial year, according to statistics released by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety. 

New free training for the blooming horticulture industry!

New skill set kickstarting careers in jobs growth areas

As part of the Skills Ready program, a new fee-free short course is now available to build a pipeline of skilled workers and support the State's economic recovery.

The new Introduction to Production Horticulture skill set will prepare workers for entry level roles in horticulture. WA grows a diverse range of top-quality horticultural crops including tropical and temperate fruits, delicious vegetables and outstanding table wines. This new skill set covers safe work practice in the horticultural industry; and the skills and knowledge to either plant or harvest horticultural crops, depending on the season and location.

The Western Australian horticulture industry is a significant employer in regional and remote communities and the new short course will provide relevant skills for those looking to work in the billion dollar industry. It is fee-free for people aged 15 to 24, concession students and displaced workers.

Several job ready and infection control short courses were rolled out in July. There have been more than 2,350 enrolments in those skill sets, highlighting the demand for free short courses to help displaced workers and young people get into jobs.

For more information, please visit the Skills Ready page on the Jobs and Skills WA website

 

Annual report 2019—20 now available

Supporting WA's economy and workforce

The Department is pleased to announce that our Annual report 2019—20 is now available. The report provides the Western Australian Parliament and the community with an overview of our performance, as well as budget papers and other strategic documents. It offers transparency, accountability, and compliance with legislative and government policy requirements, focuses on key areas of achievement and describes the functions, operations and performance highlights of the Department over the period.

 

SBAT guide.

New guide for school-based apprenticeships and traineeships now available

Helpful information for all WA SBAT users

The Department has released a new guide to Western Australian school-based apprenticeships and traineeships. The guide was developed collaboratively with stakeholders and is now available on our website.

The new guide provides detailed information on the important aspects involved in a school-based apprenticeships and traineeships (SBAT) arrangement. It provides help and support for schools, registered training organisations (RTOs), employers, students, parents and other stakeholders operating in Western Australia’s apprenticeship and traineeship system.

It includes:

  • a quick guide which highlights the key steps involved in an SBAT from starting out through to completion;
  • real life examples to make it easier to understand how SBATs actually work in practice;
  • information on the different roles and responsibilities of each of the stakeholders, including the importance of effective communication and collaboration; and
  • website links for easy access to fact sheets, forms and other relevant information.   

The guide is available as an online resource and can also be downloaded and printed.

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