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.

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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.

 

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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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