COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update: Friday 14 May

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

Pending no further community cases of COVID-19, Perth and Peel is set to return to pre-lockdown life from this Saturday, 15 May 2021.

WA TAFE colleges

Masks will no longer be required on campus. 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.

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.
 

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.

It is important all Western Australians keep up the good work by registering their contact details using SafeWA or a manual contact register as required at businesses and venues across the state.

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

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.   

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.
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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."

WATA2021.

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. 

Women in defence industry scholarship program 2021

$5,000 industry training — Applications now open!

Applications are now open for the Women in Defence Industry scholarship program for 2021!  20 scholarships, for $5,000 each in training, are available.

WA's defence industry is continually growing and evolving, with new projects and new technologies - it offers fantastic employment and career opportunities.This program aims to support women who have just finished school, are returning to work, or seeking a career change to join the defence industry.

The program will be delivered by South Metropolitan TAFE, in partnership with industry, commencing February 2021. It offers two qualifications, achieved over six months; 

  • the Certificate II in Electronics; and
  • the Certificate III in Engineering — Technical.

The training will cover foundation mechanical engineering design, operations and maintenance, and participants will develop technical skills and an understanding of technology and automation in the defence industry. Program participants will also receive career and employment support.

Applications close on 10 January 2021. 

For further information about this scholarship program, including how to apply, and find out more about the opportunities in WA's defence industry, please visit the Jobs and Skills WA website.
 

jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/defence

 

Happy holidays

Business closure over the Christmas and new year period

Important information for customers

All Department of Training and Workforce Development offices; including Apprenticeship Office, Muresk Instite, Migration Services, the Office of the State Training Board, TAFE International (TIWA) and the Training Accreditation Council (TAC), will be closed from 4.30 pm WST on Thursday 24 December — reopening at 8.30 am WST on Monday 4 January 2021.

The 13 19 54 Apprenticeship Office Helpline will not be operational during this time. Please email your enquiries to ApprenticeshipOffice@dtwd.wa.gov.au and we will respond to your enquiry when we reopen in the new year.

  • Training contracts can continue to be lodged during the closure, and will be assessed from 4 January 2021.
  • Training contracts changes can still be submitted via the Western Australian Apprenticeship Management System
    (WAAMS) online client portal during the closure period. 
  • Emails or other training contract related requests received during the closure will be actioned from 4 January 2021.

The metropolitan and regional Jobs and Skills Centres will also be closing over the Christmas and new year period. Please check the Jobs and Skills website for details

We would like to wish all of our customers, colleagues and stakeholders a safe and happy festive season — we look forward to working with you again in 2021. 

New free TAFE pilot training program creating job opportunities

Plus new FREE Infrastructure Ready skill set!

As Western Australia enters an unprecedented era of infrastructure construction – particularly major roads and METRONET – it is essential a skilled workforce is in place to help deliver this record pipeline of works. The WA State Government is partnering with industry to increase opportunities for jobseekers to be part of our transport infrastructure boom, today launching the Infrastructure Ready TAFE program. 

The program is part of a wider initiative designed to drive the sustainability of the civil construction industry by developing an ongoing pool of entry-level workers. Incentives will be available for contractors to employ and retain program participants. Participants will take part in a free four-week intensive training course at TAFE campuses across metropolitan Perth, while also gaining an inside look at some of WA’s key construction projects including the:

  • METRONET Bellevue Railcar facility, Yanchep Rail Extension, Thornlie-Cockburn Link and Denny Avenue Level Rail Crossing Removal;
  • Armadale to North Lake Road Bridge Project;
  • Karel Avenue Upgrade Project;
  • High Street Fremantle Upgrade Project; and
  • Roe Highway /Kalamunda Road Interchange Project.

The program will create job opportunities to work on the road and rail infrastructure pipeline of work. It also aims to increase industry diversity, with young and female jobseekers encouraged to apply. It's also an opportunity for mature age jobseekers recently displaced from other industries to enter the civil construction industry, which will be enjoying a sustained pipeline of work on fully- funded projects over coming years. 

The pilot program, developed in consultation with key industry partners include the Civil Contractors Federation, the Construction Contractors Association and the Construction Training Fund, will begin in late October with the first round of job-ready participants given the opportunity to gain entry level prospects with contractors from the civil construction industry, by early 2021.

People interested in signing up to the course can register their interest by emailing irp@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

New free skill set

The four-week TAFE course that supports the pilot program is a new free* job ready skill set, to prepare workers for entry level roles in the booming infrastructure industry.

The Infrastructure Ready skill set will teach basic measurement and calculation skills relevant to construction and focus on safe work practices. Participants will also learn skills to operate small plant and equipment used on construction projects. 

Further information on the new skill set can be found at jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/skillsready

*Free for eligible students, see website for details.

WA Training Awards winners 2020.

Congratulations to the 2020 WA Training Awards winners!

Celebrating excellence in vocational education and training

Five winners from the WA Training Awards 2020 were announced at an intimate event at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre last night.

  • WA Apprentice of the Year 2020: Bethany Clarke
  • WA Trainee of the Year 2020: Cheyne Pearce
  • WA Vocational Student of the Year 2020: Trent Caldwell
  • WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Student of the Year: Colleen Little
  • WA School-based Apprentice of the Year: Joel Pearson

Winners from this year’s awards, who succeeded despite highly unusual circumstances and changes to workplaces and training delivery, received $3,000. This year, winners were recognised across five individual categories WA Apprentice of the Year; WA School-based Apprentice of the Year; WA Trainee of the Year; WA Vocational Student of the Year; and WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander of the Year.

The winners will now be put forward to compete against the nation’s best at the Australian Training Awards which will be a virtual celebration on 20 November 2020.

The State’s premier training award program is possible thanks to continuing support from the State Training Board Apprenticeship Support Australia, AMA Apprenticeship and Traineeship Services, College of Electrical Training, Crown Perth, The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation, MEGT, Roy Hill, StudyPerth and the Training Accreditation Council.

Meet this year's winners! 

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Architect appointed for new $17.6M Joondalup TAFE workshop

State of the art light auto and technology training facilities

Peter Hunt Architect has been appointed to design a new $17.6 million light auto trades training workshop at North Metropolitan TAFE’s Joondalup campus.

The facility will be used to deliver training in new and emerging auto technologies and ICT-related technologies such as the maintenance and repair of drones and innovations in horticulture.

Peter Hunt Architect is the Perth-based architectural practice responsible for the major refurbishment of Beatty Park Leisure Centre in North Perth and the HBF Park (formerly Perth Oval) stadium redevelopment in Perth’s inner east. Construction of the light auto workshop for Joondalup TAFE is anticipated to start in November 2021, and the project will unlock local jobs and have a positive flow-on effect for small business in the area.

The Joondalup upgrade was announced in July 2020. Also in the northern suburbs, $32 million has been allocated to build a multi-storey training facility at the Balga TAFE campus for training in building and construction, community services and general education.

New $8 million announced to upgrade WA TAFE infrastructure

Four new capital works projects underway

To generate new jobs and ensure a pipeline of skilled workers in Western Australia, and in recognition of the important role TAFE plays in skilling, reskilling and upskilling WA workers to support the State’s economic recovery, four more capital works projects to improve TAFE college infrastructure have been announced. 

The aim of the initiative is to upgrade vocational education infrastructure to meet industry expectations, improve training delivery to meet industry needs and address skills shortages. The four new capital works projects include:

  • $2.7 million for new technologies across all WA TAFE colleges;
  • $2.5 million for projects associated with North Metropolitan TAFE’s METRONET Trade Training Centre at Midland campus;
  • $1.8 million for a new NDIS Simulated Training Space at North Metropolitan TAFE’s Mount Lawley campus; and
  • $1 million for an agricultural machinery trade workshop at Central Regional TAFE’s Moora campus.

The projects address immediate industry training needs and will be rapidly implemented to further stimulate the building and construction industry.

The refurbished facilities will cater to the increased demand for training thanks to the expansion of the Lower fees, local skills initiative which slashed fees to 73 priority courses. The courses with reduced fees are also targeted at job opportunities that relate to capital works initiatives.

Local architect appointed for new $22.6M Armadale TAFE

Multi-storey campus to start construction December

Armstrong Parkin Architects has been appointed to design South Metropolitan TAFE’s new $22.6 million multi-storey Armadale campus, which will provide industry relevant training and revitalise the local area. Site analysis is currently underway with construction of the new campus anticipated to start in December 2021.

The Armadale region has a high need for vocational training programs to provide pathways into long term jobs. Current training delivery in Armadale is dispersed across three ageing leased premises located in the Armadale town centre. There are 12 secondary schools in the area, and the future population growth requires appropriate facilities and courses to accommodate the growing number of students seeking quality education and training opportunities.  Construction of the new campus will unlock local jobs, while the opening of the campus will have positive flow on benefits for local small business, with more student capacity at the site.

The new campus, to be located within the Armadale town centre, will boost student capacity and enhance training delivery. Vocational education and training delivered to secondary students will be a strong focus to help address jobs for local young people, and the purpose-built facility will provide a high-quality environment for locals to learn the skills they need for growing industries.

WA's first whole-of-government Cyber Security Operations Centre launched

Applications open for cyber security experts!

$1.8 million of funding for the establishment of a new Cyber Security Operations Centre was announced today..

The new whole-of-government centre will significantly improve visibility of the cyber threats against agencies' networks and the Government's capability to detect and respond to cyber security incidents, and support existing complementary efforts to improve cyber security resilience across government. It will also expand and complement the existing dedicated cyber security team within the Department of the Premier and Cabinet's Office of Digital Government.

Staff in the new operations centre will be trained cyber security professionals, with the centre also offering further avenues of work and training for cyber security TAFE and university students participating in the Office of Digital Government's work integrated learning program.

The Office of Digital Government has opened applications for the recruitment of a whole‑of‑government pool of cyber security experts. Successful applicants will be placed in the Cyber Security Operations Centre team, another team within the Office of Digital Government's Cyber Security Unit or in other public sector agencies. To apply, visit jobs.wa.gov.au and search under 'Department of Premier and Cabinet' as the agency. 

For free* and half price* cyber security training, visit Skills Ready on the Jobs and Skills WA website

* Eligibility conditions apply, see website

 

Working in the WA Defence Industry.

$18 million investment in defence workforce

Includes a new $20,000 incentive for defence employers!

An $18 million package to build a pipeline of skilled workers in Western Australia to attract defence maritime projects to the State has been announced. This workforce investment will help provide the skilled workers needed to support upcoming WA defence projects and secure future defence work, expected to be valued at up to $75 billion nationally over the next decade.

New $20,000 employer incentive
The package includes $8.5 million for a new $20,000 Defence Industry Employer incentive, on top of existing financial subsidies, for shipbuilding employers to take on in-demand apprentices in readiness for a pipeline of future work.

New training initiatives for the defence industry, along with two new scholarship programs, will soon be announced. 
A further $2.85 million has been allocated to deliver 335 additional apprenticeship commencements in nominated defence trades in 2020—21 to achieve 200 apprenticeship completions by 2024—25. A further $3.3 million will be provided to create new TAFE short courses to support Western Australians to upskill and become 'defence ready'. 

Equipment will be upgraded at South Metropolitan TAFE, to assist with training students in defence-related industries, including the purchase of four new computer numeric control milling and lathe machines to train metal fitters and machinists, with workshops customised to accommodate the new machines.

The package includes $800,000 to create two new scholarship programs to encourage women and defence veterans to take up a career in the defence manufacturing industry; 20 scholarship opportunities per year will be available for both women and Defence veterans. The program will be co-funded between the State Government and industry, with each party contributing $5,000 per scholarship.

As part of the package, a dedicated defence industry team will be established at Rockingham Jobs and Skills Centre to undertake careers promotion across all schools and provide advice to jobseekers and potential workers. A maritime defence industries toolkit will also be developed to provide practical advice for jobseekers.

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Join the TAFE WA team! Lecturer applications now open!

Looking for skilled workers, no teaching qualification required

We are seeking skilled workers to join the TAFE WA team as lecturers, to complement TAFE’s existing workforce of highly skilled staff and and ensure WA is well-positioned to train our future workforce.

We are looking for skilled workers with at least five years' industry experience who have a genuine passion for their field and the drive to teach others. A teaching qualification is not required — applicants with the right skills and experience will be assisted to attain their lecturing qualification/s. Applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds — in particular Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, as well as women in non-traditional trades — are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Opportunities are available for lecturing positions in a broad range of industries and teaching areas across all five TAFE colleges — in metropolitan Perth, and throughout regional WA. These include casual, fixed term contract and some permanent positions. Our regional TAFE colleges have a number of permanent positions available, and generous subsidies and allowances are available for eligible employees. 

Since the start of the year there have been almost 85,000 TAFE enrolments, as a result of the Lower fees, local skills initiative introduced in January 2020. The initiative was further expanded in July and now includes 73 high priority courses with course fees slashed by as much as 72 per cent, for qualifications that align with WA’s immediate and emerging job opportunities.  Skilled lecturers are also needed for the range of free short courses now available to jobseekers and young people under the Skills Ready program.

Applications are now open, and close 5 October 2020.

IT and Cyber Security 2021 scholarships for people on the Autism spectrum

Up to $5,000 available for VET study in 2021

The Autism Academy for Software Quality Assurance (AASQA) at Curtin University is an Australian social innovation initiative with the vision of harnessing the special talents of people on the Autism Spectrum. The mission of the Academy is to enable individuals on the Autism Spectrum to leverage their awesome talents and skillsets. Their natural ability for extreme attention to detail, appreciation of predictability and capacity to focus, will augment their training in addressing business needs of the ICT industry. In particular, ICT is facing challenges in attracting and retaining talents in areas like software development and testing, and cyber security.

AASQA, the Autism Association of Western Australia and the Department of Training and Workforce Development have provided five scholarships for 2021, to a value of up to $5000 each funded by the Department. This scholarship is for students on the Autism Spectrum to undertake an appropriate VET course aimed at gaining employment in information technology (IT) and cybersecurity.

​The program offers scholarships up to the value of $5,000 each, to people on the autism spectrum to study in the field of information technology. Software testing needs high levels of attention over prolonged periods of time, and this plays to the strengths of many individuals who are on the autism spectrum. Cyber security is another area of focus for this scholarship, along with programming and software development. 

Scholarships will cover the cost of student fees for information technology, programming, cyber security or software development courses at Certificate IV and Diploma levels. Applications close on 5 December 2020. 

WA Training Awards 2020 finalists announced!

Showcasing the best in WA's vocational education and training

The 16 finalists for the 2020 WA Training Awards were announced today. This year, winners are recognised across five individual categories. These are:

  • WA Apprentice of the Year;
  • WA School-based Apprentice of the Year;
  • WA Trainee of the Year;
  • WA Vocational Student of the Year; and
  • WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander of the Year.

The WA Training Awards, the state's premier training award program, is possible thanks to continuing support from Apprenticeship Support Australia, AMA Apprenticeship and Traineeship Services, College of Electrical Training, Crown Perth, The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation, MEGT, Roy Hill, StudyPerth and the Training Accreditation Council.

Congratulations to all of this year's finalists! 

Winners will be announced on 6 October 2020 and may be eligible to compete against the nation’s best at the Australian Training Awards on 20 November 2020.

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WA Apprentice of the Year 2020 finalists

Bethany Clarke (Mount Pleasant)
Bethany entered her apprenticeship through the National Energy Technician Training Scheme, the first of its kind in Australia and the outcome of an amazing collaboration involving multiple different oil and gas companies. She achieved her Certificate III in Process Plant Operations through apprenticeship arrangements with Programmed. Bethany believes that being a female in a male-dominated industry pushed her to become a more confident version of herself, and is passionate about advocating for more women in the industry.

David Millington (Yangebup)
As he approached his thirties, David found himself having gained a variety of experience at multiple workplaces yet lacking any formal qualifications. He set his sights on qualifying as an electrician but found an apprenticeship was not easy to come by. After two years of interviews, he finally landed a mature-age apprenticeship with Austal and qualified four years later as an electrician, completing his Certificate III in Electrotechnology through South Metropolitan TAFE. He went on to win his employer’s Apprentice of the Year Award as well and his message to others is the importance of goal setting and resilience in the face of adversity.

Elizabeth Klokeid (East Victoria Park)
For Elizabeth, food has always been her passion but with a career background in the disability sector, she did not see her love for cooking as a career pathway until her sister bought a cocktail bar in Melbourne and she had the opportunity to run the small kitchen full time. She returned to Perth and enrolled at South Metropolitan TAFE Bentley campus. Having successfully applied for Crown’s Apprenticeship program, she qualified in March as a chef. Elizabeth believes that food creates a strong sense of community and has a universal ability to bring people together. By completing a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery, Elizabeth now has the chance to share that vision working at Crown Perth Modo Mio.

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WA Trainee of the Year 2020 finalists

Audrey Wong (Perth)
A decision to change careers in 2015 led to Audrey relocating to WA to complete a self-funded Certificate II in Process Plant Operations at the Australian Centre for Energy Process Training (ACEPT) through South Metropolitan TAFE. As a volunteer firefighter, Audrey has always been happier with a hands-on approach, and after meeting a female production technician who inspired her, she gave up her studies in architecture and made the leap to a new career pathway. Audrey thinks one of the most valuable things she has learned is how a team can work together and achieve success.

Cheyne Pearce (Ardross)
Cheyne chose to study a Certificate IV in Horticulture at North Metropolitan TAFE in order to fulfil his passion to make a positive difference to our environment. His hard work and resolve eventually paid off with the offer of a dream job as a trainee at Kings Park and Botanic Gardens. Cheyne loves the variety in the work – from liaising with clients, designing gardens, and calculating costings, to report writing and computer skills. He has found that as his training has progressed, so too has his appetite for knowledge and experience.

Cassandra Rowan (Geraldton)
Leaving school at 15, Cassandra knew she had to jump straight into the workforce and build herself a career she would enjoy. Despite some early setbacks, she pursued her interests by completing a Certificate III in Resource Processing at Central Regional TAFE, bettering her skills so she was well equipped to face new challenges. As a plant operator at Iluka Resources’ Narngulu site, she used her drive to expand her knowledge, reputation and excellence to progress quickly and received a recognition award for her initiative, problem solving and teamwork. She later went on to win Central Regional TAFE’s Trainee of the Year 2019 for the Midwest and Gascoyne.

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WA Vocational Student of the Year 2020 finalists

Trent Caldwell (Ballajura)
With a background in community services, advertising, and art, Trent wanted to blend the skills learnt from these industries and embark on a journey to land his dream role in marketing. After successfully completing a Diploma of Marketing and Communication at North Metropolitan TAFE, Trent has landed his dream role as a Social Media Manager. He manages the website, social media accounts and paid advertising campaigns for Near Me Real Estate. After his successful past 18 months, Trent advocates one simple message - study with TAFE!

Chantelle Un (Kununurra)
Chantelle knows just how far she has come on her training journey. Coming from a background where school or learning was not encouraged, opting out of education seemed like the only option. After leaving school in year 9, she doubted her ability to study and almost gave it all up on her first day at North Regional TAFE. Her intrinsic motivation to be a good role model for her children, and have a job where she could help others, pushed her to complete a Certificate III in Community Services and to achieve her goal of bettering her community.

Georgia Potts (Kalgoorlie)
Georgia was inspired to work in education support, having been diagnosed with dyslexia at age eight. Despite the challenges dyslexia presents, she loved learning and undertook a Certificate IV in Education Support at Central Regional TAFE. Now working at a primary school in Kalgoorlie, Georgia says that the most rewarding part of her job is knowing she is helping to set students up with a positive start to their educational journey.

Eleanor Litterick (Furnissdale)
Inspired by her grandmother, who is an incredible seamstress and costume maker, Eleanor taught herself to sew, making clothes and costumes for friends and family. After taking a break to raise her daughter, she decided to take a leap of faith and pursue her passion by completing an Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising. Eleanor says the course at South Metropolitan TAFE taught her more than just practical skills, saying she learnt how to manage herself and her expectations, and have faith in her abilities. She also discovered a passion for sustainability in design through her studies, and has made this the focus of her future career.

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WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander of the Year 2020 finalists

Philemon Pearson (South Hedland)
Philemon is from Poruma (Coconut) Island in the Torres Strait. He moved to Australia with his partner and children with the goal of securing a trade. He started an apprenticeship as a boilermaker a year after leaving secondary school, but was also playing professional rugby at the same time. He was told by his coach to make his apprenticeship his number one priority but did not listen and dropped out of his apprenticeship with one year left to go. Nine years later, he finally took his coach’s advice and enrolled at North Regional TAFE to complete a Certificate II in Engineering, whilst undertaking a traineeship at BHP as a Trainee Mechanical Fitter.

Colleen Little (Wanneroo)
Colleen loves cars and has always been interested in the automotive field, so when the opportunity arose to complete a traineeship through AMA Training Services at Motor Trade Association of Western Australia (MTA WA), she leapt at the chance. Coming from a large indigenous family, her traineeship allowed her to balance work and study responsibilities, with her family commitments. The Certificate III in Business allowed her to gain both on-the-job administrative experience, and knowledge of the automotive industry. She is now employed full time with MTA WA and her role allows her to help the next generation of tradespeople to commence their own careers.

Jayden Ugle (Heathridge)
A turning point in Jayden’s life was when he became a father at age 17. This life altering event was motivation to establish a long-term career, in order to secure steady employment for himself, his son and his family. Jayden undertook a Certificate III in Civil Construction through Carey Training, and enjoys seeing the fruits of his labour all around Perth. He now works at Downer Group/DM Roads and says it’s a great feeling driving past something and being able to say, ‘I constructed that, or I worked on that’.

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WA School-based Apprentice of the Year 2020 finalists

Jesse Booker (Mukinbudin)
Jesse chose work experience in the building and construction industry on the recommendation of his principal, who recognised he would benefit from practical work experience alongside his formal school studies. During his Certificate II in Construction Pathways at Central Regional TAFE, Jesse very quickly discovered that he enjoyed the work, and took pride in being able to finish a job for a client and reflect on what he had accomplished. Jesse hopes to inspire other students who may struggle with certain areas in school, to become a school-based trainee.

Piper Sweet (Dianella)
Piper was really unsure about what she wanted to do after school and applied for a school-based traineeship in the public sector. She hoped it would get her a foot in the door to somewhere that offered a range of career options. A Certificate II in Government Administration also felt more suited to her decision to take an ATAR pathway in Year 11 and 12. Apart from her on the job success, Piper was proud to be asked to present to the next year's group of trainees at their orientation, and achieved her personal goal of being able to publicly speak. Combined with her politics and law, and Italian studies at school, she now has a clearer idea of what she would like to do with her career, and hopes it will be in government or politics.

Joel Pearson (Geraldton)
The arts industry is something which Joel has always been deeply passionate about, so after years of circus, dance and volunteering at events, he started up his own circus entertainment company. A year of work placement encouraged Joel to further his training through a Certificate III in Arts Administration at North Regional TAFE, which resulted in being selected to complete a Tour Coordinator Mentorship with regional arts industry leader, CircuitWest. A highlight of Joel’s career so far was his first solo project in late 2019, working with the City of Greater Geraldton to provide a performance project titled Geraldton's Worst Artist at the local event, Christmas on the Terrace, which was attended by thousands.

Wander out Yonder in Regional WA.

Work and wander out yonder in regional WA

Connecting jobseekers to regional job opportunities

A new campaign; Work and Wander out Yonder (WWOY) has been launched, to inspire young Western Australians to embrace the opportunity to have a working holiday in regional WA.

The border and travel restrictions in place for COVID-19 have placed additional challenges on the agricultural, tourism and hospitality sectors in our regions that traditionally rely on interstate and international backpackers to fill short and long term jobs. The WWOY campaign will target 18—30 year olds, and encourage them to take action now and seize the opportunity to travel and work around WA.

The State Government has partnered with recruitment services Seek and Studium to match employers and jobseekers through the campaign website. Jobseekers can register their details, for free, to connect with employers. Employers in regional areas are encouraged to advertise on the available platforms, to connect with jobseekers.

Find out more at wa.gov.au/government/work-and-wander-out-yonder

For further information about support and assistance available to employers seeking to hire new staff,  visit the Jobs and Skills WA website 

Financial support for jobseekers 

To support this initiative, a regional worker subsidy is available to provide accommodation and travel support for people moving to the regions for agricultural work. Eligible workers will be able to claim up to $40 a night in accommodation rebates for up to 12 weeks – up to a maximum total rebate of $3360. A travel allowance will be also made available to those relocating more than 100 kilometres from their usual place of residence. Workers will be able to claim:

  • $150 for travel to the Peel, South West, Great Southern, Wheatbelt, Mid West or Goldfields-Esperance regions;
  • $350 for travel to the Gascoyne or Pilbara; and
  • $500 for travel to the Kimberley.

The rebate scheme will come into effect on 21 September . More information about submitting a claim can be found at dpird.wa.gov.au/regional-workers-scheme.

New NDIS job matching service coming soon

Supporting the employment needs of WA's disability sector

A new NDIS Job Matching Service will soon be rolled out over the next few months, to connect jobseekers with employment opportunities in the fast-growing disability sector, and address the industry's skills and recruitment needs.

NDS, an industry body representing non-government disability service providers, will work with NDIS service providers to identify their workforce needs, as well as WA Jobs and Skills Centres and other employment services to connect jobseekers with jobs.

The service will also support NDIS service providers to navigate the vocational education and training (VET) sector to increase skilled workers in the industry. Jobseekers interested in working in disability services will be connected with quality VET options, and NDS will also seek to engage and skill people with disability for careers in disability services. Other services will include identifying courses and training opportunities for existing workers to improve skills and help employers access available incentives.

The NDIS Job Matching Service was developed with extensive industry consultation, including the WA State Training Board's Social Assistance and Allied Health Workforce Steering Committee.

In addition to the NDIS Job Matching Service, the Lower fees, local skills initiative was recently expanded to over 70 half price qualifications, including the Certificate II in Introduction to Disability Care, the Certificate III in Individual Support and the Certificate IV in Disability. A range of free training is also available.

For more information on free training, and half price Lower fees, local skills qualifications,  visit jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/skillsready or contact your local Jobs and Skills Centre on 13 64 64.

$252.3 million package for the South-West region

Investing in training, creating jobs, and supporting industry

A $252.3 million package for the South West region, to drive economic and social recovery and create a pipeline of local jobs, was announced today.

The South West Recovery Plan is focused on getting locals back to work and includes a significant investment in sectors including construction, manufacturing, tourism and hospitality, renewable energy, education and training, and agriculture. It will deliver a pipeline of short and long term jobs supporting and strengthening our existing industries, as well as laying the foundation for jobs of the future.

The plan includes upgrades to school facilities across the region, and a significant investment in local infrastructure to create opportunities for local businesses and jobs for local workers. There is also a focus on programs to drive tourism and create jobs, including upgrades to existing attractions and the creation of new features to attract tourists to the region. 

South Regional TAFE's Harvey campus has a new home!

Refurbished new premises now open for students

A new and improved Harvey campus — on James Stirling Place — opened to students this week. 

As part of lease negotiations, Harvey Water carried out a complete refurbishment to create contemporary learning areas that are fit for purpose and meet industry and student demands.

The Harvey campus offers courses in a number of areas including business, children's services, education and adult education. Students also have the opportunity to study courses that are part of the State Government's Lower fees, local skills initiative, which offers over 70 qualifications with course fees slashed by up to 72 percent.  Half price courses available at Harvey campus include the:

  • Certificate IV in Ageing Support;
  • Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing); and
  • Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability).  

New NDIS Training Centre at South Regional TAFE Bunbury

 Supporting the region's demand for skilled aged and disability care workers

A brand new National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Training Centre was opened today at South Regional TAFE's Bunbury campus.

To ensure students graduate job-ready, the $1.3 million project includes teaching spaces, a simulated in-home care area and residential care facility, fully equipped to industry standard. The Bunbury NDIS training centre will provide the best learning environment possible, so graduates can deliver quality care to clients, while meeting local demand for skilled workers in aged and disability sectors.

The new centre will cater to increased demand for this training, as a result of the Lower fees, local skills initiative which has slashed the course fees for more than 70 high priority qualifications by up to 72 per cent.  It will deliver the following half price courses:

  • Certificate III in Individual Support  — Ageing;
  • Certificate III in Individual Support  — Disability; and
  • Certificate IV Ageing Support.

It will also be used for the delivery of the new free COVID-19 Direct Care skill set, which provides participants with critical infection control skills for jobs in aged care and disability support.

Find out more about this training at jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/skillsready

New Pilbara Specialist Centre to revitalise trades training

$22 million boost for facilities at Pundulmurra TAFE campus

$22 million for new industry-standard trades training workshops at North Regional TAFE's Pundulmurra campus was announced today.

Training in South Hedland is currently segregated, with light and heavy vehicle, and metal trades training conducted at an annex offsite from the main Pundulmurra TAFE campus. This new project will bring training together in one place to create a Pilbara Specialist Centre, which will improve trade training outcomes so students graduate job ready for local employment opportunities, particularly in the resources sector. The upgrade will include a purpose built, industry-aligned heavy plant and engineering trades training facility, and enable the delivery of a number of new qualifications in engineering - mechanical and fabrication and mobile plant technology. While existing equipment will be relocated from the annex, funding has also been allocated to purchase contemporary trade training equipment.

A new commercial cookery facility to enable the delivery of the Certificate III in Commercial Cookery — targeted at catering for resource sector employees — will also be constructed as part of the project.

The Pundulmurra campus spend is part of a $167.4 million investment in capital works projects which will see five Western Australian TAFE colleges significantly upgraded. North Regional TAFE's Broome, Kununurra and Minurmarghali Mia (Roebourne) campuses will also receive new facilities through the initiative.

These capital works projects will deliver state-of-the-art learning opportunities for students in the Pilbara region and boost the WA economy by generating jobs.

Pilbara Recovery Plan to boost jobs and industry

Investing in TAFE, infrastructure, schools, community and business

A $211.8 million package for the Pilbara region has been announced, to drive economic and social recovery and create a pipeline of local jobs.

The Pilbara Recovery Plan is focused on getting locals back to work. It includes a significant investment in industry sectors including construction, manufacturing, tourism and hospitality, renewable energy, education and training, and agriculture. It will deliver a pipeline of short and long term jobs supporting and strengthening existing industries, as well as laying the foundation for jobs of the future.

The plan includes upgrades to TAFE infrastructure in the region, including:

  • $32 million to expand the Lower fees, local skills program and slash course fees by up to 72 per cent across over 70 high priority courses.
  • $22 million to North Regional TAFE's Pundulmurra (South Hedland) campus for a new workshop to expand training for plant mechanic and engineering trades as well as commercial cookery, tailored to meet resource sector requirements;
  • $5 million to North Regional TAFE's Minurmarghali Mia (Roebourne) campus for a new classroom block to expand and deliver training in more modern facilities; and
  • $25 million for free TAFE short courses to upskill thousands of Western Australians, with a variety of free courses available North Regional TAFE's Karratha, Minurmarghali Mia (Roebourne), Newman, Pundulmurra (South Hedland) and Tom Price campuses.

Schools in the Pilbara are also set for significant upgrades, including a focus on facilities for specialist technology including STEM, and $4 million for a residential facility in Newman to support Martu students from remote communities to participate in secondary education and VET programs.

The Pilbara Recovery Plan includes investment in local infrastructure, to create opportunities for local businesses and jobs for local workers. The revamped Buy Local policy will ensure local businesses are in the box seat to carry out this work. The plan also includes a significant investment in programs to drive tourism and create jobs, and a focus on driving investment in existing and emerging industries across the region. There will also be a significant investment in health and community services. 

For information about free and reduced fees training, visit jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/skillsready

WA Training Awards 2020 — Applications now closed

Thank you to this year's applicants

Applications for the WA Training Awards 2020 are now closed. 

Thank you to all of this year’s applicants and congratulations on putting your name up in lights this year!

The WA Training Awards team are currently reviewing applications and conducting quality assurance checks to ensure the required information has been supplied and is correct before applications are sent on to the judging panels. Best of luck for this year’s competition.  Our judging panels look forward to reading your application!

If you have submitted an application, we will be in touch to confirm any details we need or advise that it has been passed on for judging.

Visit the WA Training Awards 2020 page for information on this year’s key dates

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Further assistance

If you have any questions about your application or the process, don't hesitate to contact the WA Training Awards team. 

E: watrainingawards@dtwd.wa.gov.au
P: 08 6551 5952

New Mid-West Recovery Plan driving a bright future

Investing in local jobs, training, infrastructure and tourism

A multimillion dollar package for the Mid-West region has been announced today. Focused on getting locals back to work and includes a significant investment in sectors including construction, manufacturing, tourism and hospitality, renewable energy, education and training, and agriculture. It will deliver a pipeline of short and long term jobs supporting and strengthening existing industries, as well as laying the foundation for jobs of the future to drive economic and social recovery.

The plan includes upgrades to TAFE infrastructure in the region including:

  • $2 million to Central Regional TAFE's Geraldton campus to create more specialised art spaces for fashion design, jewellery making, multimedia and digital technologies;
  • $4 million across the State to upgrade maritime training vessels at TAFEs including Central Regional TAFE's Geraldton campus to ensure safety and training using modern maritime facilities to deliver industry relevant training programs in maritime operations, fishing operations, boating services, tourism and coxswains.

This is in addition to:

  • $25 million for free TAFE short courses to upskill thousands of Western Australians, with a variety available at Central Regional TAFE;
  • $32 million to expand the Lower fees, local skills program and reduce TAFE fees for over 70 high priority courses; and
  • $4.8 million across the State for the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Reengagement Incentive that provides employers with a one-off payment of $6,000 for hiring an apprentice and $3,000 for hiring a trainee.

Find out more about free and reduced fees training 

The Mid-West Recovery Plan includes a significant investment in infrastructure, industry, new technologies and programs to drive tourism and create opportunities for local businesses and jobs for local workers, with the revamped Buy Local policy ensuring that local businesses are in the box seat to carry out this work. As well as supporting existing industries, the plan includes a focus on driving investment in renewable energy and new technologies to create sustainable jobs. 

Over 115 apprentices and trainees are back into jobs

Over 100 employers access new Reengagement Incentive

More than 115  apprentices and trainees who were displaced through the impact of COVID-19 have already returned to work within a month of the new Apprenticeship and Traineeship Reengagement Incentive being launched. 

The $4.8 million scheme supports employers by providing one-off payments of $6,000 for apprentices and $3,000 for trainees, and gets apprentices and trainees whose training was cancelled or terminated reengaged in training and back into work.

The Reengagement Incentive became available on 2 July, and is already seeing strong uptake from industries including building and construction, automotive and electrical with more than 100 WA employers accessing the scheme to date. It has also been well received in non-trade areas, with more than 20 apprentice hairdressers and barbers back at work and restarting their training in the past few weeks.

Available until 30 June 2021, the incentive is supported by a new Out of Contract Register, available on the Jobs and Skills WA website, which helps apprentices and trainees who have been stood down to find a new employer. The register provides employers with a quick search tool to find apprentices and trainees who are already skilled and experienced, and keen to get back into work and continue their training.

For more information about the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Reengagement Incentive, visit  the Jobs and Skills WA website at jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/reengagementincentive or call the Apprenticeship Office Helpline on 13 19 54.

Support for apprentices and trainees, and employees, is also available at Jobs and Skills Centres. Each of the 13 JSCs located across metropolitan Perth and regional WA provide free advice, information and support to help with job searches, resume assistance and interview tips, and can assist employers to find an apprentice or trainee. The Jobs and Skills website also offers free online resources include videos, a jobs board, and the new Career Connect Facebook community.

Find out more at jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/jobswa

Plan for Peel region unveiled

Boosting training, jobs, tourism and industry

On Saturday 8 August a multimillion dollar package for the Peel region was unvelied, to drive economic and social recovery and create a pipeline of local jobs. The Peel Recovery Plan is focused on getting locals back to work and includes a significant investment in sectors including construction, manufacturing, tourism and hospitality, renewable energy, education and training, and agriculture. It will deliver a pipeline of short and long term jobs supporting and strengthening our existing industries, as well as laying the foundation for jobs of the future.

The plan includes upgrades to TAFE infrastructure in the region, including:

  • $9.17 million to South Metropolitan TAFE's Mandurah campus for a new Hospitality and Tourism Training Centre to deliver training for a range of courses including commercial cookery, tourism and events management;
  • $25 million for free TAFE short courses to upskill thousands of Western Australians, with a variety of free* courses available at South Metropolitan TAFE's Mandurah campus;
  • $32 million to expand the Lower fees, local skills program with half price course fees* across over 70 priority qualifications; and
  • $4.8 million for the Apprenticeship and Traineeship R-engagement Incentive that provides employers with a one-off payment of $6,000 for hiring an apprentice and $3,000 for hiring a trainee. 

Find out more about free and half price training here

Read more about the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Reengagement Incentive here

It also includes $10.38 million for the Pinjarra Senior High School for a new permanent performing arts centre and sports hall, as part of the Major School Upgrade package, and investment in infrastructure and industry to create opportunities for local businesses and jobs for local workers. The revamped Buy Local policy will ensure local businesses are in the box seat to carry out this work. The plan includes $8.65 million to invest in upgraded infrastructure to attract private industry and create local jobs, and $8 million to the Offsets Fund for Recovery program that creates green jobs by supporting conservation groups to carry out on-ground works such as fencing, seeding and planting.

The plan also includes a significant investment in infrastructure and programs to drive tourism and create jobs. It includes:

  • $1.19 million for upgrades on the Bibbulmun Track and Munda Biddi Trail including renewing camp sites, bridges and sections of the track;
  • $750,000 to replace the ageing timber boardwalk in Goegrup Lake Nature Reserve in the Mandurah region;
  • $350,000 for upgrades to buildings, new facilities and services across national parks in the Peel region, including Serpentine National Park; and
  • $25 million for the Healthy Estuaries WA program for improvement works in estuaries across regional WA, including in the Peel-Harvey system. 

* Please check the website for details about eligibility for free and half price course fee qualifications.

 

Newrecovery plan for WA's Gascoyne region

Boosting jobs, tourism, training and infrastructure

A multi-million dollar package for the Gascoyne region, to drive economic and social recovery and create a pipeline of local jobs, has been announced today.

The Gascoyne Recovery Plan is focused on getting locals back to work and includes a significant investment in industry sectors including construction, manufacturing, tourism and hospitality, renewable energy, education and training and agriculture.It will deliver a pipeline of short and long term jobs supporting and strengthening our existing industries, as well as laying the foundation for jobs of the future. The plan also includes a significant investment in infrastructure and programs to drive tourism and create jobs.  The revamped Buy Local policy will ensure local businesses are in the box seat to carry out this work.

The plan includes:

  • $1.3 million towards planning for the redevelopment of the Tantabiddi Boat Ramp facility in Exmouth, to cater for recreational tourists and separate commercial use;
  • $1.47 million to upgrade wastewater services to allow for the expansion of the Coral Bay Caravan Park;
  • $2.65 million for significant upgrades to visitor access and facilities in the Shark Bay World Heritage Area;
  • $1.2 million for upgrades to visitor access and facilities in the Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area;
  • $6 million for the Regional Aviation Recovery Program to ensure affordable airfares for residents and tourists including between Perth and Exmouth to stimulate visitation between July and October 2020; and
  • $3 million in total for regional aviation support to ensure a minimum level of service to regional locations Monkey Mia and Carnarvon. 

Strengthening Western Australia's health and community infrastructure is a vital component, with several projects announced including:

  • $18.8 million towards operating regional renal hostels including a service in Carnarvon;
  • $1.85 million for upgrades to sobering up centres including in Carnarvon;
  • $80 million statewide for targeted maintenance programs for regional social, remote and government workers housing properties, including approximately 100 homes across the Gascoyne and Mid-West regions; and
  • $3.81 million to regularise the electricity network in remote communities including Woodgamia, making it safer and more reliable. 

As well as supporting existing industries, the Gascoyne Recovery Plan has a focus on driving investment in renewable energy and new technologies to create sustainable jobs. It includes enabling more customers to install rooftop solar systems and reduce their power bills, with funding allocated for Exmouth, Carnarvon and Gascoyne Junction.

Gascoyne residents will also benefit from free TAFE short courses, with free and half price training available through the Skills Ready program at Central Regional TAFE's Carnarvon campus.
 

Find out more about free and half price training

Wheatbelt training facilities overhaul to meet industry needs

$2million upgrades for Central Regional TAFE's Northam campus

A $2 million project to modernise Central Regional TAFE’s Northam campus was announced today. 

Current facilities, which include light automotive, metals and construction workshops, will be replaced with contemporary training facilities and upgraded equipment to meet industry needs.The enhanced learning environments will ensure Wheatbelt students are trained to be job ready in industry areas essential to the region including building and construction, metal fabrication, automotive and engineering. The new facilities will meet demand for more skilled workers in the region by expanding training options.

Additionally, the upgraded workshops will be an integral to the region’s Vocational Education and Training Delivered to Secondary Students (VETDSS) programs, offering pathways into apprenticeships such as agricultural machinery technology and heavy commercial fitting.

The Northam campus spend is part of a $167.4 million investment in capital works projects, which will see five Western Australian TAFE colleges significantly upgraded. As part of a commitment to regional WA, more than half of the total spend has been allocated to projects at regional TAFE colleges. The capital works projects will deliver state of the art learning opportunities for students and boost the WA economy by generating jobs.

The number of half price* courses available, as part of the Lower fees, local skills initiative under the Skills Ready program, has recently been increased. Initially launched in January, the initiative halved the cost of training for 34 high priority qualifications. In July, the program was expanded to include an additional 39 courses slashed by up to 72 per cent to align with the State's immediate economic needs following COVID-19. The courses with reduced fees, as well as new free* short courses, are also targeted at job opportunities that relate to capital works initiatives such as the Rebuilding our TAFEs plan.

Find out more about free and half price training on the Jobs and Skills WA website

*Half price applies to course fees only; other fees may apply. Please see website for details.
**Please visit the website for details of eligibility requirements for free training.

TAFE investment to boost trades training in the Great Southern

$17 million for new trades workshops at Albany TAFE

$17 million for new trades training workshops at South Regional TAFE's Albany campus has been announced today.

Outdated 50-year old training workshops will be replaced with contemporary facilities to ensure people in the Great Southern have access to high quality training that meets the demands of the local industries and employers — particularly those in the automotive, metals and engineering, building and construction, and carpentry and joinery industries. The project will consolidate trades training to one area of the campus, which will expand training options and improve training outcomes so that students graduate job ready for local employment opportunities. 

The Albany campus spend is part of a $167.4 million investment in capital works projects, which will see facilities at all five Western Australian TAFE colleges significantly upgraded. As a commitment to regional Western Australia, more than half of the total spend has been allocated to projects at regional TAFE colleges. The capital works projectswill deliver state of the art learning opportunities for students and boost the WA economy by generating jobs.

Through the new Skills Ready program, the number of half price* courses available as part of the Lower fees, local skills initiative has been increased. Initially launched in January, the initiative halved the cost of training for 34 high priority qualifications. In July, the program was expanded to include an additional 39 courses with fees slashed by up to 72 per cent to align with the State's immediate economic needs following COVID-19. The courses with reduced fees are also targeted at job opportunities that relate to capital works initiatives. A range of free** training is also now available under the Skills Ready program. 
 

Find out more about free and half price training on the Jobs and Skills WA website

*Half price applies to course fees only; other fees may apply. Please see website for details.
**Please visit the website for details of eligibility requirements for free training.

New free training for agricultural harvest operations

Get farm ready with the Broadacre Harvest Operations skill set!

A new free* skill set in harvesting operations is now available. The new training has been developed to meet the immediate and emerging skills needs of Western Australia's multi-billion dollar agricultural sector. 

The new Broadacre Harvest Operations skill set will get you job ready for the agricultural industry, with the skills and knowledge to safely undertake employment for harvest operations in the broadacre sector. Participants will learn how to safely operate a range of agricultural machinery used for harvest — for example a tractor, header, augur and chaser-bin, and also learn how to undertake agricultural crop harvesting. The skill set is 100% free for eligible students.

This skill set is ideal for anyone wanting to enter the agricultural industry and gain employment as a farm worker during harvest, or as a starting point for a career in agriculture. It's perfect for school leavers, career changers, or anyone wanting to update their skills according to current industry practices and equipment. It covers three nationally accredited and recognised units of competency: 

  • AHCWHS301 — Contribute to work health and safety processes
  • AHCMOM305 — Operate specialised machinery and equipment
  • AHCBAC308 — Undertake agricultural crop harvesting activities

The new skill set is the ideal pathway to further training; such as in the Certificate III in Agriculture qualification, which is half price* under the Lower fees, local skills program.
 

Find out more about the new Broadacre Harvest Operations skill set, and half price qualifications, on the Jobs and Skills WA website

*Please visit the website for details of eligibility requirements for the free training.
**Half price applies to course fees only; other fees may apply. Please see website for details.

$8 million investment in WA's ag sector for Muresk Institute

New specialist training centre for farm technologies

WA is Australia’s largest grain-growing region and, as the rate of technology adoption escalates, the demand for agricultural machinery apprentices is expected to grow significantly. The farm mechanisation sector is critical to good crop yields and profitability with about eight per cent of farming budgets spent on machinery repairs and maintenance, and a centralised specialist training centre was identified by industry as key to its success.

Muresk Institute is set to become home to a new $7.5 million Specialist Centre for Agricultural Mechanisation to train farm machinery technicians in new and emerging technologies. Muresk, a 898 hectare working farm in Northam, has a rich history of providing world-class agricultural education and training and as a hub for modern agriculture is uniquely placed to meet industry needs. The creation of the new centre follows extensive industry consultation.

The new centre, coupled with industry partnerships and affordable and free training options for the agricultural sector, will help ensure a pipeline of skilled workers. The project will include construction of two large machinery training workshops, covered hardstand area, classrooms and new training equipment. In addition, $500,000 has been allocated towards a specialist shearing shed to provide interactive training in wool handling and shearing for students at Muresk. 

The number of half price* courses available has recently increased, including qualifications in agriculture, as part of the Lower fees, local skills initiative. Initially launched in January, the initiative halved the cost of training for 34 high priority qualifications. In July, the program was expanded to include an additional 39 courses slashed by up to 72 per cent to align with WA's immediate economic needs following COVID-19. The courses with reduced fees are also targeted at job opportunities that relate to capital works initiatives.

Also announced today is a new free* job ready skill set in harvesting; Broadacres Harvest Operations. The new skill set is aimed at anyone who wishes to join the agricultural industry and gain employment as a farm worker, during harvest, or as a starting point for a career in ag and will appeal to school leavers, career changers, or those already in the industry who wish to update or upskill. It also offers a study pathway to ful Lower fees, local skills qualifications such as the Certificate III in Agriculture, as well as other VET programs.

Find out more about free and half price training on the Jobs and Skills WA website

*Half price applies to course fees only; other fees may apply. Please see website for details.
**Please visit the website for details of eligibility requirements for free training.

Wheatbelt Recovery Plan unveiled

Boosting the region's training, jobs  and economy

A multimillion dollar package for the Wheatbelt region to drive economic and social recovery, and create a pipeline of local jobs, has been announced. The Wheatbelt Recovery Plan is focused on getting locals back to work and includes a significant investment in sectors including agriculture, construction, manufacturing, tourism and hospitality, renewable energy, education and training. It will deliver a pipeline of short and long term jobs supporting and strengthening our existing industries, as well as laying the foundation for jobs of the future.

The plan includes upgrades to TAFE infrastructure in the region including:

  • $8 million to the Muresk Institute in Northam for a new trades workshop, classrooms and specialist facilities for agricultural machinery apprentices, and a new workshop space for shearing skills;
  • $2 million to Central Regional TAFE's Northam campus for major upgrades to workshop facilities and equipment;
  • $25 million for free TAFE short courses to upskill thousands of Western Australians, with a variety of free courses available at Central Regional TAFE and at South Regional TAFE's Narrogin campus; and
  • $32 million to expand the Lower fees, local skills program and significantly reduce TAFE fees across 39 high priority courses

The Wheatbelt Recovery Plan includes investment in local infrastructure to create opportunities for local businesses and jobs for local workers.

The revamped Buy Local policy will ensure local businesses are in the box seat to carry out this work. It includes:

  • $35 million through the Regional Road Safety Program to upgrade 400 kilometres of Wheatbelt roads with shoulder sealing and installation of audible lines, creating around 150 local jobs;
  • $80 million across the State for targeted maintenance programs for regional social, remote and government workers housing properties, including approximately 150 homes in the Wheatbelt;
  • $141.7 million to refurbish social, remote and government workers housing across WA's ageing housing stock, including approximately 60 homes in the Wheatbelt; and
  • $1.63 million statewide funding for maintenance and infrastructure upgrades in remote Aboriginal communities, including at Badjaling. 

The plan also includes a significant investment in infrastructure and programs to drive tourism and create jobs, including:

  • $425,000 for upgrades to visitor facilities in Nambung National Park, including improving services at the Pinnacles Desert Discovery Centre and sealing the access road and car park at Lake Thetis; and
  • $175,000 for upgrades to visitor facilities in parks across the Wheatbelt region, including upgrading buildings, trails, camp sites and roads in the proposed Dryandra Woodland National Park and at Eaglestone Rock. 

The Wheatbelt region will also benefit from a range of statewide programs, including:

  • $23 million across the State for green jobs to employ people with no prior skills on environmental restoration including fencing, seeding and rehabilitating degraded land, in regional locations including across the Wheatbelt;
  • $10 million towards the Clean Energy Future Fund to invest in clean energy technologies; and
  • $8.1 million to continue the eConnected Grainbelt Program to promote the availability of information and ag-tech tools across WA's grain industry to provide growers with tailored information including weather, pests and diseases and to maintain 187 automated weather stations. 

 

$10 million TAFE investment is gold for the Goldfields!

New $46 million Goldfields—Esperance Recovery Plan announced

A $46 million package for the Goldfields—Esperance region has been announced, to drive economic and social recovery and create a pipeline of local jobs. The package includes a $10 million funding injection to bolster trades training at Central Regional TAFE (CR TAFE).

  • A new $9 million heavy plant and engineering trade workshop will provide students with a state of the art training environment, and support the delivery of job ready employees to local industry. The focus for the new workshop will be to expand training for mechanic and engineering trades, tailored to support resource sector needs.
     
  • An additional $1 million will be spent on upgrades to an existing workshop at the Kalgoorlie TAFE campus. The combined $10 million capital works project will see approximately 400 apprentices trained at the campus each year in high demand engineering, fabrication, electrical and automotive programs.

The Kalgoorlie TAFE campus spend is part of a $167.4 million investment in capital works projects, which will see five Western Australian TAFE colleges significantly upgraded. 

The new training facilities will meet demand for more skilled workers in the Kalgoorlie—Boulder and Goldfields region by expanding training options, and increasing the number of half price courses available as part of the Lower fees, local skills initiative. Initially launched in January, the initiative halved the cost of training for 34 high priority qualifications. In July, the program was expanded to include an additional 39 courses slashed by up to 72 per cent to align with the State's immediate economic needs following COVID-19 as part of the new Skills Ready program. The courses with reduced fees are also targeted at job opportunities that relate to capital works initiatives.

Find out more about free and half price courses

Top TAFE training facilities in our top end!

$16M investment in new and upgraded training centres for the Kimberley

Funding for the construction of new state of the art training facilities at North Regional TAFE's Broome and Kununurra campuses has today been announced.

The $10 million hospitality centre in Broome will provide students with a contemporary training environment. It will also be home to a brand new live works training restaurant and alfresco café, adding vibrancy to local communities while delivering industry-standard training and fostering industry partnerships. The new centre will ensure students are jobready and equipped to take up local employment opportunities in the hospitality and tourism industry, as well as in the wider region such as catering in mine sites.

A further $6 million for the Kununurra campus has been allocated for a health and hospitality trade training centre. The new training facility will provide simulated in home care training facilities to support National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) related training, and enable North Regional TAFE to deliver NDIS and aged care training. 

These upgrades to North Regional TAFE are part of a $167.4 million investment in capital works projects and will meet demand for more skilled workers in the region by expanding free training options and increasing the number of half price courses available, as part of the Lower fees, local skills initiative. Initially launched in January, the initiative halved the cost of training for 34 high priority qualifications. In July, the program was expanded to include an additional 39 courses slashed by up to 72 per cent to align with the State's immediate economic needs following COVID-19.

For information about free training and half price qualifications, visit the Skills Ready page at jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/skillsready

New state of the art NDIS Training Centre opens in Broome

Supporting the region’s demand for skilled workers in aged and disability care

A brand new National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Training Centre at North Regional TAFE’s Broome campus was officially opened today. Built at a cost of $955,000, the centre was designed to cater for the region’s increase in demand for skilled aged care and disability workers. Designed by local firm Engawa Architects and constructed by Broome Builders, only local subcontractors were engaged to work on the project.

The state of  the art facility includes a dedicated teaching space and four simulated in-home care environments, with a customised bedroom, bathroom, kitchenette and living room to reflect a client’s home. The centre also includes a bedroom and ensuite bathroom that replicates hospitals and aged care facilities, to ensure students can achieve the competencies required for NDIS related training.

The new facility will support the delivery of Lower fees, local skills half price course fee qualifications. These courses in priority areas have course fees reduced from 50 to 72 per cent to align with WA's immediate economic needs following COVID-19. The NDIS Training Centre will deliver the following half price courses:

  • Certificate III in Individual Support – Ageing;
  • Disability and Home and Community Care; and
  • Certificate II —Diploma of Community Services and the Certificate IV in Ageing Support.

In addition, the facility will be used for the delivery of the new Provide Individual Support skill set which provides participants with critical skills for jobs in aged care and disability support. North Regional TAFE has already has already had more than 25 applications for this skill set which is free to people under 25 years of age, and other eligible concession students.

Find out more about free and half price training here 

 

$9.17 million for new Mandurah TAFE hospitality and tourism training centre

Meeting demand for skilled hospitality and tourism workers in the Peel region

 

A world class hospitality and tourism training centre will be built at South Metropolitan TAFE’s Mandurah campus. The $9.17 million centre will vastly improve the greater Peel region’s capacity to train job-ready, highly skilled chefs, front of house staff, and events management and tourism workers. The new facility, set to replace an ageing home economics-style room, will focus on training apprentice chefs and engaging local secondary students, young people and the long-term unemployed in vocational education and training.

Mandurah’s new state of the-art training facility will meet demand for more skilled workers and build greater youth engagement in the region by expanding training options and the number of half price courses available through the the Lower fees, local skills program. Initially launched in January, the initiative halved the cost of training for 34 high priority qualifications. In July, the program was expanded to include an additional 39 courses reduced by up to 72 per cent to align with the State’s immediate economic needs following COVID-19.

Biggest TAFE investment in history as part of WA Recovery Plan

$229.2 million Rebuilding our TAFEs program announced today

The biggest capital works program in history for TAFE campuses across the State was announced today. The $229.2 million Rebuilding our TAFEs plan includes a record $167.4 million investment in capital works projects to upgrade essential infrastructure across the five Western Australian TAFE colleges. The upgrades will create world-class learning opportunities for students while generating a pipeline of jobs, which will deliver a boost to the economy and help WA get back on track.  

  • Two North Metropolitan TAFE campuses will receive significant upgrades as part of the program. 
  • The ageing Balga campus is set to receive a major upgrade, with $32 million allocated to overhaul the campus that was originally constructed in the 1970s.
  • A new multistorey building will replace 22 transportable classrooms to provide training in building and construction, community services and general education.
  • Construction of a new trade training workshop, and associated technology laboratories, for light automotive training is also planned for the Kendrew Crescent campus in Joondalup, with $17.6 million budgeted. 
  • South Metropolitan TAFE's Armadale campus, split over temporary buildings in various locations, will be replaced, with $22.6 million earmarked for construction of a new consolidated state-of-the-art campus. The new campus will be more accessible for young people, boost student capacity and enhance training delivery. Vocational education and training delivered to secondary students will also be a strong focus for the campus to help address youth unemployment. 
  • Regional Western Australia will also benefit from upgrades totalling $79.1 million, including a $17 million upgrade to South Regional TAFE, Albany; $22 million to North Regional TAFE, Pundulmurra (South Hedland); $2 million for upgrades to Central Regional TAFE, Northam; while $5 million is planned to go towards a new classroom block at North Regional TAFE, Minurmarghali Mia (Roebourne).

This record infrastructure spend complements other initiatives to form its plan to rebuild WA's training sector, to support displaced workers, women and youth, and provide training for emerging skills needed in the community. The Rebuilding our TAFEs plan includes:

  • $167.4 million in capital works projects across WA;
  • $25 million for free short courses to upskill thousands of WA;
  • $32 million for the expansion of the Lower fees, local skills program; and
  • $4.8 million for the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Re-engagement Incentive. 

Review of skills, training and workforce development

Review report and response now available

On 21 May 2020, the establishment of an urgent review on skills, training and workforce development in response to COVID 19's impact on the workforce in Western Australia was announced. The Review Report was submitted to the State Recovery Controller on 30 June 2020 and was recently considered by the WA State Government.

The Review made 46 observations and recommendations under the following five key themes:

  1. New futures for Western Australians
  2. 21st century apprenticeships
  3. Maximising skills from Government investment
  4. Live-learn-work in regional WA
  5. Next generation training

Recommendations arising from the review will support Western Australia’s workforce to look forward. Creating new futures for displaced workers, and preparing the workforce for the digital world and new technologies, will be vital to the State’s recovery.  Building the capacity of regional WA and ensuring disadvantaged people are supported in transitions to training and work will also be critical to serving the needs of the WA economy and community now and into the future. 

Implementation of the Review recommendations will continue as part of the State’s Recovery Plan.

Further information, and the Review Report and the State Government's response, is available here

$5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan launched to get WA back on track

Focus on job creation and skilling our workforce through VET

The WA Recovery Plan — the next important step in WA's COVID-19 journey that will help drive economic and social recovery across the State, and create a pipeline of jobs for Western Australians — has been released. The plan has been developed in consultation with the State Recovery Advisory Group, which includes representatives from business, industry, not-for-profit organisations, UnionsWA, the public sector, local government and the community.

The $5.5 billion investment will create thousands of local jobs in important sectors such as construction, manufacturing, tourism and hospitality, renewable energy, education and training, agriculture, mining and conservation. It includes more than $60 million for 'shovel-ready' maintenance upgrades to vital facilities, expected to get underway within weeks. These projects will create an immediate boost to workers such as electricians, painters, plumbers, builders and carpenters.

One of the priority areas within the plan is rebuilding TAFE and reskilling our workforce. 

  • New and upgraded specialist facilities with state of the art equipment will be constructed in the largest ever capital funding program for WA TAFE collegess. 
  • $25 million has been allocated to provide free training for people to extend transferable skills and tap into new job needs  (see jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/skillsready).
  • $32 million to support the Lower fees, local skills program, under which course fees for priority qualifications have been slashed by up to 72 per cent, to provide easier access to training in critical areas  (see jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/skillsready#lower-fees-local-skills-half-price-course-fees).
  • $4.8 million for the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Re-engagement Incentive which offers employers one-off payments to reengage displaced workers  — $6,000 for apprentices and $3,000 for trainees  —(see jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/reengagementincentive).

The WA Recovery Plan is available at wa.gov.au/government/wa-recovery

New $1.1M Health and Community Care Training Centre opens

State of the art facilities for students

The new $1.1 million Health and Community Care Training Centre at Central Regional TAFE's Kalgoorlie campus was officially opened last Friday.

The state of the art training facilities provide an authentic workplace experience for students of nursing, aged care, disability and individual support, allied health, mental health and more. It features an eight-bed hospital ward, reception area, medication room, showers, pan room, and an aged care residence. 

The opening of the new centre is particularly timely, with a range of free training and half price course fees qualifications in a range of healthcare areas, including nursing and aged care, under the Skills Ready program. To find out more, please visit the Jobs and Skills WA website.

Perth Jobs Fair 2020

Perth Virtual Jobs Fair (July 2020)

FREE Virtual online Jobs Fair - Tuesday 14 July 2020

The Australian Government is hosting a Virtual Jobs Fair for the Perth and regional areas of Western Australia to help people in the community find a new job.

The Perth Virtual Jobs Fair is being held online on Tuesday 14 July 2020.

The Virtual Jobs Fair is an opportunity for you to meet employers, and brings together job seekers, employers, employment service providers and recruitment agencies in the area.

As COVID-19 measures in the community begin to relax, more businesses are beginning to reopen and looking for staff and job seekers are actively looking for work.

Where: Online – on your computer, tablet, or smartphone device
Date: Tuesday, 14 July 2020
Time: 9.30 am to 1.30 pm (AWST)
Register: Register your attendance here

All businesses at the Perth Virtual Jobs Fair have vacancies they are looking to fill.

Use this opportunity to chat with exhibitors to learn about jobs and career options across Perth and the surrounding region.

Not only are there jobs on offer, but strategies to improve your job search. There are information sessions on writing résumés and how to find jobs

If you are struggling to find work, you can speak to local employment support services who can help you to gain skills to increase your ability to find employment more quickly.

To find out who is exhibiting, to register your attendance and to get some tips on making your visit a success, go to https://www.employment.gov.au/perthvjf

Elite athletes get fair playing field for apprenticeships and traineeships

New flexible arrangements support elite athletes to access VET

New career opportunities for Western Australian elite athletes have now opened up, after reducing the minimum hours required for them to undertake an apprenticeship or traineeship. The EEAT arrangements will also help our elite athletes to diversify their interests during their sporting careers, while supporting them to transition to life after sport. The West Coast Eagles Football Club and Western Australian Institute of Sport have played a significant role in the change.

Doing an apprenticeship or traineeship part-time has been out of reach for many elite athletes because of managing the demands of sport with the requirement to fulfil a minimum number of hours in order to gain a qualification. Under the new EAAT, minimum part time hours will change from 15 or 20 hours per week to 7.5 hours per week for elite athletes, averaged over six month periods.

For more information on the EAAT arrangements including eligibility criteria and fact sheets, visit jobsandskills.wa.gov.au or call the Apprenticeship Office Helpline on 13 19 54.

 

 

New free training to get WA Skills Ready!

$57 million recovery package for WA TAFE and VET sector

A comprehensive $57 million package for the training sector that will deliver 15 free short courses and slash course fees or thousands of Western Australians has been unveiled.

In an expansion of the Lower fees, local skills initiative that rolled out before COVID-19,  course fees for a further 39 high priority courses will be slashed by as much as 72 per cent. The expanded program now includes 73 courses in total and will ensure Western Australians can access affordable training to help them get back into jobs. The heavily reduced fees have been targeted to align with the State’s immediate economic needs following COVID-19.

What's new

Free* infection control and job ready skill sets

The package includes $25 million for free short courses that have been developed in consultation with industry to engage displaced workers, including young people, and meet immediate and emerging skill requirements as the economy recovers. These free skill sets will provide a launch-pad for students to get skills ready for new jobs, and provide pathways to full qualifications.

The initial list of 15 short courses will be available to around 13,500 Western Australians and includes free infection control skill sets, and courses in hospitality, logistics, cyber security, agriculture, civil construction and small business. Many of the short courses have built-in foundation digital skills and literacy and numeracy training. The free short courses can also be used as a credit towards a full qualification from the expanded Lower fees, local skills initiative.

More Lower fees, local skills qualifications

  • The program now also includes 27 Certificate-level qualifications that will have course fees reduced from between 50 and 67 per cent for areas such as plumbing, agriculture, METRONET courses, construction, electrical trades, health services, fabrication, mental health and disability services.
     
  • Six diploma courses – including Diploma of Nursing, Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care and Diploma of Community Services— will have course fees reduced by 72 per cent.
     
  • Six pre-apprenticeship courses will have course fees cut by 67 per cent. These courses, in areas including automotive electrical technology, engineering, plumbing and, building and construction, will prepare students for apprenticeships in industries where there will be demand for skilled workers.
     
  • From second semester, the maximum  course fees students will pay for Lower fees, local skills qualifications will be capped at $400 for concession students and youth and $1,200 for non-concession students.

For more information on the free training and new Lower fees, local skills qualifications visit jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/skillsready

For free advice, information and support about training, please contact your local Jobs and Skills Centre on 13 64 64.

Enrolments open on Monday 6 July 2020.

*Please note: Some of the free courses have eligibility requirements. Please go to jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/skillsready for full details.

Apprenticeships and traineeships.

Up to $6,000 incentive for employers of displaced apprentices and trainees!

New reengagement incentive to help maintain WA's pipeline of skilled workers

Up to $6,000 in financial support is now available to employers who take on a displaced apprentice or trainee, to support apprentices and trainees during the State's COVID-19 recovery. The incentive will help employers maintain a pipeline of skilled workers in Western Australia and is available until June 30, 2021 from the Department of Training and Workforce Development.  

The new Apprenticeship and Traineeship Re-engagement Incentive provides employers with a one-off payment of $6,000 for hiring an apprentice and $3,000 for hiring a trainee.

Employers who take on an apprentice or trainee whose training contract was terminated on or after 1 March 2020, are eligible to receive the payment.

The financial boost for businesses follows the recent announcement to cover the training costs for more than 3,000 apprentices and trainees who have had their contracts cancelled or suspended, to continue their 'off the job' training for up to six months.

The new incentive is supported by a new Out of Contract Register which helps apprentices and trainees who have been stood down to find a new employer. The register provides employers with a quick search tool to find apprentices and trainees who are keen to continue their training.

Information and support for employers of apprentices and trainees is available from the Apprenticeship Office Helpline on 13 19 54.

 

WA Training Awards return for 2020!

Applications for new streamlined 2020 program open 1 July

The annual Western Australian Training Awards will go ahead in 2020, following the State's staged easing of COVID-19 restrictions. 

Applications for the WA Training Awards will open tomorrow, July 1, with the State's top apprentices, trainees and students encouraged to apply. 

Individual winners will receive $3,000 in cash and may be eligible to compete against the nation's best at the Australian Training Awards in November.

This year, winners will be recognised across five individual categories. These are: WA Apprentice of the Year; WA School-based Apprentice of the Year; WA Trainee of the Year; WA Vocational Student of the Year; and WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year. Applications close August 14 and winners will be announced in October.

For more information or to apply, visit dtwd.wa.gov.au/watrainingawards/wata2020

 

First stage of Collie TAFE complete!

New truck driver training program launched

Stage 1 of major upgrades to South Regional TAFE's Collie campus were officially opened today.

Local architect Kent Lyon and local builder Smith Constructions were engaged to complete Stage 1, which includes a fully refurbished main administration and teaching block to deliver essential training, including aged care, to the region. The opening of the new facilities coincided with the launch of a new pilot program that will deliver advanced skills to truck drivers to increase productivity and industry safety.

New truck driver training

The Heavy Haulage Driving Operations Skill Set, endorsed by the Western Roads Federation, was developed following considerable industry consultation and will fill key skills gaps for this essential service. The five-week course has been developed to support workers and businesses and gives drivers the end-to-end skills needed in their workplace and help jobseekers increase their employability.

The course will also give participants eight units of competency from the Certificate III in Driving Operations and a leg up to complete the full qualification. South Regional TAFE is working in partnership with Keens Truck Driver Training to deliver the new program. The Western Road Federation will work with its industry partners to ensure course participants have at least one interview with an industry employer within a month of completing the program.

The pilot will commence in July using the newly upgraded facilities and will move to a dedicated training space to be constructed as part of Collie's Stage 2 upgrade. The Stage 2 upgrade will see a new training space created from the full refurbishment of two classrooms, bathrooms and student breakout spaces, with new furniture and IT equipment included. It is anticipated Stage 2 will be underway before the end of the year and will be completed early in 2021 at an estimated $0.5 million. 

 

Would you like to contribute to WA's COVID-19 recovery?

iThink is open for ideas!

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented an extraordinary challenge for Western Australia in responding to and now progressing to recovery. A range of initiatives, programs and stimulus measures have already been introduced in response to the pandemic and for early recovery, and the work is continuing. Now you're invited to contribute to this planning.

Do you have new and innovative ideas on how to get the State back on its feet from the COVID-19 pandemic, across the recovery areas of health, economy and infrastructure, social, industry and regions?

iThink provides an opportunity for every Western Australian to contribute information and ideas to support WA's recovery and contribute to recovery planning. 

iThink is an online ideas community initially launched for the WA public sector to give its 140,000 staff the opportunity to contribute ideas to make their workplaces even better. It was recently opened up to the WA community, to assist with some of the particular challenges of the State’s COVID-19 response and is now being used to capture people’s ideas about recovery. Ideas can be posted on iThink by anyone and other users can provide constructive feedback and vote on their favourite ideas.

To register for iThink, visit ithink.wa.gov.au

For more information about iThink, email ithink@psc.wa.gov.au.

Please encourage your staff, clients and extended networks to join iThink to contribute their ideas, and together we can support the State’s recovery from the impacts of the pandemic.

You can also download promotional materials such as graphics to use on your website and social media here

Getting ready for future jobs with STEM skills

Take 2 STEM campaign launches

A new STEM campaign has been launched, to ensure young Western Australians are ready for the jobs of the future. The campaign message 'Take 2 STEM' aims to encourage more WA students to select at least two STEM subjects  — Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths — especially those entering Years 11 and 12 or considering a vocational pathway.

As WA begins its economic recovery from the global COVID-19 pandemic, Take 2 STEM aims to build skills in young people that will position them to be ready to take on the jobs of the future. WA is already a leader in technologies such as cyber security, data analysis, remote operations, robotics and medical research, and Take 2 STEM will build on these strengths to ensure our workforce has the capacity to attract investment and remain globally competitive. The campaign will also emphasise that STEM skills go beyond the lab; these are skills that are critical across a broad range of industries and vocations.

The Take 2 STEM campaign features videos of a range of Western Australian STEM champions, a website and a logo co-designed by WA young people. Take 2 STEM includes a focus on increasing participation in under-represented groups, including girls and women, people from lower socio-economic backgrounds and Aboriginal students.

Visit the Take 2 STEM website at  take2stem.com

South Metropolitan TAFE's Munster campus plays a key role in delivering STEM-based training for new technologies including Industry 4.0 and automation. The Certificate II in Autonomous Workplace Operations qualification, currently being delivered as a pilot program to secondary students, has achieved positive student engagement and outcomes. The course will be available to all secondary schools from Semester 2, 2020.

 

Free training for WA apprentices and trainees

Course fees scrapped for off-the-job training

More than half of the apprentices and trainees in Western Australia impacted so far by COVID-19 are in hospitality, tourism, wholesale and retail services, personal services, finance, property and business services and building and construction. Thanks to the latest initiative to safeguard Western Australia’s future workforce, more than 3,000 apprentices and trainees will now be able to access free training so that they can continue building their skills and stay in employment where possible.

Training costs will be covered for apprentices and trainees who have had their training contracts cancelled or suspended, to continue their off the job training for up to six months. This support will make apprentices and trainees more employable in the COVID-19 recovery phase, and is one of the measures to keep WA’s pipeline of skilled workers on track during COVID-19.

  • Eligible apprentices and trainees displaced between 1 March 2020 and 31 December 2020 will be entitled to fee relief.  There will be no course and resource fees for any units commenced by these apprentices and trainees for up to six months.
  • Fee relief will continue to apply if the apprentice or trainee is subsequently picked up by another employer.
  • The course fees will be paid by the Department of Training and Workforce Development directly to training providers, who will be able to access the payments from 1 July 2020.

Employers will also benefit from a more flexible approach to training apprentices and trainees during the COVID-19 recovery period, given that it may be difficult to meet some requirements while restrictions are in place.

    This initiative is supported by a new Out of Contract Register, available on the Jobs and Skills WA website, which will help apprentices and trainees who have been stood down to find a new employer. The register offers employers a quick search to find apprentices and trainees who are keen to continue to develop their skills.

    View the Out of Contract Register

    The Apprenticeship Office Helpline is available on 13 19 54 to provide employers with advice on how to retain their apprentices and trainees, and help to navigate current State and Commonwealth Government financial support.

    Further information, including a full list of financial support available to employers, apprentices and trainees, is available on the Jobs and Skills WA website via the following links.
     

    Launchpad ready to boost Pilbara businesses!

    Business accelerator program now available

    Pilbara entrepreneurs are invited to sign up for a series of free online learning programs to upskill in modern approaches to grow their businesses.

    Following the online learning, participants will present their ideas to a local audience of industry, community and government representatives at an online 'pitch night'. Pitch night winners will then present at a 'Regional Pitchfest' in Port Hedland later in the year.

    Launchpad is a program developed by the Pilbara Regional Innovation Network which is led by Port Hedland Chamber of Commerce and The WEB Business Hub.

    Launchpad is designed as a business accelerator program to help Pilbara businesses move to the next level, creating jobs and driving diversification in the region. Participants will work with experts to increase their capacity, capability and exposure with a focus on business growth. The program will target existing small and medium sized enterprises and new businesses from across the region.

    Registrations are being taken via local chambers of commerce.

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    Identifying training solutions for COVID-19 recovery

    Review of skills, training and workforce development

    An urgent review of skills, training and workforce development has been initiated. in response to COVID 19.

    The review will aim to identify practical and responsive training solutions for the post-COVID 19 recovery period. This follows the profound effect the pandemic’s restrictions have had on the workforce with many people losing their jobs or employment opportunities being reduced significantly.

    The review team, led by Ms Anne Driscoll, Director General of the Department of Training and Workforce Development; Ms Michelle Hoad, Managing Director, North Metropolitan TAFE and Ms Terry Durant, Managing Director, South Metropolitan TAFE, will engage with industry and business to identify training needs and develop specific proposals that respond to these needs. The State Recovery Advisory Group will work with the review team to communicate specific occupations, skills, needs and training courses required to respond to local needs across WA.

    A report on key opportunities, practical actions and proposed TAFE implementation responses will be provided by the review team to the State Recovery Controller by 30 June 2020.

    Housing in WA.

    $150M Stimulus to boost building industry jobs

    Supporting WA tradies and business

    Funds  earmarked in a $150 million housing investment package will be brought forward, to help maintain a pipeline of work for local tradies and building businesses. The Housing Investment Package, originally announced in December 2019, was due to roll out from July but has been brought forward.

    The immediate focus of the stimulus, originally scheduled to begin in 2020—21, is on refurbishing 70 homes across the metropolitan and regional areas, with construction of up to 500 social and affordable homes coming on line as the package unfolds.

    The stimulus initiative is expected to create and support about 1,000 jobs and generate hundreds of millions in economic activity as part of the construction work, with the outcome of providing more social and affordable housing for people on low incomes or at risk of homelessness.

    The package also includes $19.2 million for 200 additional shared equity homes, delivered in partnership with Keystart — WA's low deposit home ownership scheme.

    Esperance Western Australia.

    Investing in training and jobs for Esperance

    New state of the art $18.34 million TAFE campus announced

    Esperance locals will benefit from state-of-the-art training facilities with construction set to commence on South Regional TAFE's new $18.34 million Esperance campus. Located on land adjacent to the secondary school oval, the new campus will provide local school students with easy access to vocational education and training (VET) programs as part of their education.

    The new state of the art facility will increase the scope of training offered in Esperance, providing a wider range of high quality training opportunities and encourage people back into VET which will be essential to meeting the demand for skills post-COVID-19. The project will also support the local building and construction industry to maintain a skilled workforce and give greater certainty during the pandemic. The new buildings will include three trade workshops for training in construction, metal engineering and auto/machinery industries and specialist facilities for childcare, institutional and home care for NDIS and aged care training.

    It is anticipated construction of the new campus will start in June and is expected to open to students in Semester 1, 2022. Students will relocate from the current campus on Pink Lake Road to the new campus once it opens. 

    A number of measures have already been implemented to maximise local business participation including requiring the shortlisted tenderers to advertise packages of work via local media and the Chamber of Commerce, and offering incentives to tenderers that engage Aboriginal businesses or employ Aboriginal people. Tjaltjraak, a local Aboriginal organisation, has been consulted throughout the design process and has been instrumental in identifying training needs, areas of cultural significance, landscape design and will also be involved in providing the public art. Under the Western Australian Industry Participation Strategy (WAIPS), EMCO Building will generate local economic benefits and opportunities for local industry, plus job opportunities including apprenticeships and traineeships. The WA State Government will closely monitor the number of regional contractors employed through the construction phase and EMCO Building's WAIPS commitment to ensure local benefit.

    A road sign on a WA country road.

    $14.4 million to support WA tourism industry and jobs

    WA Tourism Recovery Program announced

    A new WA Tourism Recovery Program funding package to support and boost small tourism businesses and jobs following the easing of regional travel and other COVID-19 related restrictions has been announced. Under the program, two grants are available.
     

    • The $10.4 million Tourism Recovery Fund will provide one-off cash grants of $6,500 to assist up to 1,600 tourism operators across the State including micro tourism businesses such as sole traders and businesses with four or less employees.
    • The $4 million Tourism Business Survival Grants package will be available for tourism operators dealing with exceptionally difficult circumstances, such as those located in parts of the State with more restrictive travel bans in place or whose circumstances mean they will face a more difficult road to recovery, with grants of $25—100,000 available.

    Tourism WA is also developing a new marketing campaign to promote WA destinations, to boost the industry.

    More information on the Tourism Recovery Fund and the online application form is available on Tourism WA's corporate website.

    For information about other financial support measures available for WA business, please visit the COVID-19 Support for business page on the Jobs and Skills WA website.

    Rio Tinto apprentices.

    New opportunities for WA apprentices!

    Rio Tinto and TAFE partnership creating new jobs

    In partnership with South Metropolitan TAFE (SMTAFE), Rio Tinto will cover course fees for up to 200 displaced apprentices to complete a recently accredited automation qualification. The micro-credential course for apprentices and technicians was developed jointly by Rio Tinto and SMTAFE to give students the knowledge and skills to work at top-tier automation facilities. The course will be delivered in four-day blocks from 1 June  to 31 December at SM TAFE's Munster campus. The automation qualifications were developed by the Resource Industry Collaboration led by Rio Tinto, the WA State Government and SMTAFE.

    Course information is available on the SMTAFE website

    National Careers Week 2020

    National Careers Week Australia coming soon!

    Starts 18 May, running all week through to 24 May 2020

    National Careers Week Australia celebrates careers, career development, career development services, and career development practitioners. This forum also aims to promote the economic, social and personal benefits of career development.

    National Careers Week starts on 18 May 2020, running all week through to 24 May 2020. The current challenges presented by COVID-19 and the resulting social distancing requirements have presented an opportunity to take National Careers Week events and activities online.

    This year’s exciting program is packed full of interesting material with free webinars throughout the week featuring international presenters recognised as experts within their field speaking on topics such as, finding your career niche, the world of online courses and much more. Free 30-minute industry information sessions are also available to bring together industries with a high demand for employment.

    View the schedule for National Careers Week 2020 here

    Register to attend here

    Disability support worker.

    New website to assist jobseekers in disability services

    Increasing WA's disability sector workforce capacity

    A new website that will support WA's disability sector to continue providing high quality and safe services, and minimise disruption for people with disability during the COVID-19 pandemic, has been launched.

    The Jobs in WA Disability Services website has been established by National Disability Services WA (NDS), with funding from the WA Department of Communities, to enable jobseekers and employers across the State to access employment opportunities in the disability sector. Jobseekers with experience working in customer facing roles, including in the disability, community or health sectors can use the new website to register their interest in working in the disability sector and make themselves known to employers needing additional staff during the pandemic.

    The website is intended to reduce the time and effort required to apply for jobs in the disability sector, and help employers to shortlist jobseekers. Disability service providers and individuals who self-manage their individualised plan can also use the website to search for and employ suitable staff.

    Visit the Jobs in Disability WA website

    Construction workers.

    New $24.5 million support package for WA construction industry

    Funding support for employers and apprentices

    The WA State Government, together with the Construction Training Fund (CTF), have announced a $24.5 million support package to assist the building and construction industry to maintain a skilled workforce during the COVID-19 crisis. The package includes $10 million to provide an immediate, one-off payment of $2,000 to employers of existing apprentices and trainees currently receiving CTF grant payments.

    A new grants scheme worth $9.5 million will be introduced to assist employers to retain their existing apprentices, with payments beginning from 1 June 2020 (backdated from 1 April 2020). The payments will range from $250 per month to $500 per month, per apprentice or trainee, depending on the trades facing the most critical skills shortages in the industry.
     

    • Employers currently receiving CTF grants for apprentices and trainees in employment will be eligible for the new grant scheme. Support for apprentices and trainees
    • Apprentices and trainees employed in the industry can claim up to $1,000 to support the costs of undertaking short courses to assist them in upskilling.

    Employers and employees can find out more information at ctf.wa.gov.au

    Scholarship

    Scholarship opportunity: Up to $10,000 for VET study

    Applications now open!

    The Commonwealth Government’s Scholarships Program for Young Australians Program provides scholarships of up to $10,000 for study costs, for courses that target in-demand occupations across a range of industries including construction, healthcare, information technology, sports and recreation and education.

    Applicants who are eligible can apply for the scholarship to undertake an approved course of study at Certificate III to Advanced Diploma levels. Courses can be undertaken part time or full time, and you will also complete a 20-day paid internship for which you will receive an additional $3,000.

    Young people aged 15—24 or recently exited Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel in nominated regions of WA can apply for the scholarship program. Priority will be given to the following cohorts.
     

    • Individuals who have exited from the ADF in the previous two years (age criteria does not apply for ex-ADF applicants)
    • Indigenous young Australians • Young Australians with a disability
    • Young Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds

    Full details about the program, including a list of eligible occupations and regions, can be found on the Busy at Work website.

    If you would like free support and advice to help choose from the available occupation areas, to suit your career goals, please visit your local Jobs and Skills Centre.

    Find your local JSC

    You may also find it helpful to look through the occupation profiles on the Jobs and Skills WA website, to learn more about the occupations on the scholarship list.

    View the Jobs and Skills WA occupation profiles

    Training for jobs

    New short course to upskill aged care and disability workers

    COVID-19 Direct Care course now available!

    Vital funding for TAFE and some specialist private training providers to roll out new training for the State’s aged care and disability sectors has been announced

    The new COVID-19 Direct Care Skill Set will increase the number of skilled workers in the aged care and disability sectors able to care for people and minimise the risk of exposure to an infectious disease. It will also provide skills for workers such as cleaners and social support workers, to operate safely and shift into other critical roles.

    As part of the course, students will learn about the basis of infection from viruses to bacteria as well as modes of transmission, infection prevention and control - including the correct use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and handling contaminated waste. Training will be delivered mostly online and where safe, face-to-face training will occur in a simulated environment. Completion of this course will count towards a Certificate III in Individual Support qualification, for students who want to continue their training in the future and receive the full qualification.

    Aged care and disability service providers identified a high demand for training needed for up to 2,000 people to prevent short-term gaps emerging for key frontline workers. WA’s vocational education and training sector, spearheaded by the Community Services, Health and Education Training Council, has co-designed the skill set with employers to meet their requirements.
     

     

    A female student doing online learning through TAFE.

    New blended delivery model for WA TAFEs in Term 2

    Continuing training in line with latest COVID-19 health advice

    Western Australian TAFE colleges have adapted their training delivery to enable students to continue their studies, with Term 2 beginning tomorrow Tuesday April 28. 

    TAFE's new blended delivery approach for Term 2 allows training to continue in line with the latest COVID-19 health advice around social distancing measures, ensuring the safety of students and staff. The blended delivery will include learning via online and interactive technologies, and will include face-to-face delivery where necessary and where adequate social distancing measures can be implemented. Courses previously delivered online will continue to be delivered online.

    To ensure regulatory and/or industry requirements are met, practical learning and assessments have largely been deferred to when students can safely return to campus.

    TAFE colleges will work with students to identify solutions for their specific circumstances, and provide assistance for students to complete their courses without extra cost.

    Answers to frequently asked questions about TAFE in Term 2 are available here 

    To find out more about the 34 half-price qualifications under the Lower Fees, Local Skills program please visit the Jobs and Skills WA website

     

    Apprentices.

    New national employment register for displaced apprentices and trainees

    Connecting apprentices, trainees and employers

    Apprentices and trainees who recently lost their job due to COVID-19 are now able to connect with prospective employers to explore ongoing work and employment opportunities, through a new free national service.

    The new Apprentice and Trainee Re-engagement Register will support displaced apprentices and trainees displaced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, by connecting them with a network of employers across the country.

    The register enables eligible apprentices and trainees who were in a training contract with a small business at March 1 to upload details such as qualifications, work experience and resumes to help them connect with employers. 

    Employers of any size, including group training organisations, are able to register their details and post a vacancy for an apprentice or trainee. Employers who re-engage an apprentices or trainees displaced from a small business may be eligible for a wage subsidy of 50 per cent of the apprentice’s or trainee’s wage, under the government’s Supporting Apprentices and Trainees initiative.

    The register is hosted by the National Apprentice Employment Network (NAEN) and supported by the Australian Government, as part of the economic response to COVID-19. 

    For further information, please visit naen.com.au/apprentice-and-trainee-re-engagement-register.

    You can also download this information flyer

    Financial incentives for employers.

    Financial incentives for business to employ and train

    Updated information now available

    Financial incentives are available to help businesses with the cost of taking on a new employee, apprentice or trainee.

    Information on the full range of financial support for employers is now conveniently located in one location on the Jobs and Skills WA website — a one-stop-shop for information and resources on careers, training, apprenticeships and traineeships and jobs in WA.

    To find out more and for links to further support, please visit the Jobs and Skills WA website

    WA Training Awards 2020.

    Important notice: WA Training Awards 2020

    In response to COVID-19

    The Western Australian Training Awards (WATA) is the State’s premier awards program recognising excellence in vocational education and training (VET) and the outstanding achievements of our VET students, apprentices and trainees, practitioners and training providers, organisations and employers.

    The Department places the highest priority on the safety and health of our students, training providers and extended communities. Unfortunately, the measures we have adopted in response to COVID-19, together with the rapidly evolving situation in Western Australia, have led to a decision to cancel the 2020 WATA program. While we realise this will be disappointing for those who were applying, our decision aligns with the State Government’s position at this time.

    Australian Award direct-entry categories are still open and can be entered by visiting the Australian Training Awards website.

    We apologise for any inconvenience, and thank you for your understanding and continued support. We would like to particularly acknowledge our WATA sponsors and stakeholders for their support of the VET sector in WA. At times like this the importance of a skilled workforce becomes very clear — both now to support Western Australians during this crisis, and in brighter times ahead when VET will have an essential role helping rebuild the economy. We look forward to working together to make 2021 a great year for the WA Training Awards.

    Should you require further information please contact the WA Training Awards team at WATrainingAwards@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

    Support available for individuals and jobseekers impacted by COVID-19

    Jobs and Skills WA provides a one-stop-shop for useful information

    The Commonwealth Government has announced new measures to support individuals and jobseekers who have been impacted by COVID-19. 

    Support is also available from the WA Jobs and Skills Centres, and in your local community.

    The Jobs and Skills WA website now provides a page of useful information and links to help access these measures. It includes information for students, apprentices, trainees, individuals and families regarding accessing financial support, as well as information about workplace entitlements and obligations.

    View the COVID-19 Support for individuals and jobseekers page

    WorldSkills Australia National Championships postponed for COVID-19

    Competition will now be held from 29 April to 1 May 2021

    The Worldskills Australia National Championships, due to be held in Perth this August, will be postponed until 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The championships are Australia's largest vocational education and training (VET) competition, attracting more than 500 competitors and 20,000 visitors. Competitions will now be held from 29 April to 1 May 2021 at the Perth Exhibition and Convention Centre. Competitors currently preparing for the 2020 championships, will be able to compete in 2021.

    This is the third time Western Australia has hosted the event with the last National Championships being held in Perth in 2014.

    For further information about WorldSkills Australia visit worldskills.org.au

    WA Jobs and Skills Centres: Service update

    Changes to JSC services during COVID-19

    Western Australia's Jobs and Skills Centres, located across the State, are one-stop shops for careers, training and employment advice and assistance. Services are free, and accessible to all members of the community.  The centres are located on TAFE campuses throughout Perth and regional WA, with additional outreach locations for regional areas. 

    Each of the centres is staffed by people who can provide free professional and practical advice on training and employment opportunities including careers advice, apprenticeship and training information. Support services for employers and business, as well as specialist services for Aboriginal people, ex-offenders and people from a culturally or linguistically diverse background are also available.

    To ensure we are looking after the wellbeing of  Jobs and Skills Centre staff and their clients during this time, and minimising the risk of illness or transmission of COVID-19, in-person services at some centres may be required to change. 

    Services during COVID-19

    Some centres may not be able to offer in-person appointments at this time. All JSCs can provide support and assistance over the phone, which is the best option at present

    We ask that clients call the centre first, before visiting. 

    All JSCs can provide support and assistance over the phone, which is the best option at present. If you have an appointment to meet with a JSC staff member in person, please be aware that they will be practising social distancing – this means the staff member will not be able to shake your hand to greet you, and they will sit around two metres away from you.

    For further information, and contact details for all of WA's Jobs and Skills Centres, please visit the Jobs and Skills WA website.

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    Changes to operations at WA TAFE colleges

    Effective from Monday 30 March, in response to COVID-19

    Changes to operations at all WA TAFE colleges, in response to COVID-19, have been announced.

    Key points include the following.
     

    • From Monday 30 March, until the end of term 1 on April 9, there will be a temporary pause in face to face delivery for most courses.
    • In term 2 TAFEs will move to a blended style of delivery to include online learning and interactive technologies, and face to face training where necessary and where adequate social distancing measures can be implemented.
    • Face to face training in essential service courses such as enrolled nursing and aged care will continue. Arrangements for these courses will be modified to ensure safety.
    • Colleges will stay open and essential student services including student resource areas will remain available with social distancing measures applying.
    • Students are being emailed and/or sent a text message informing them how they will be affected by the changes.

    The new approach will ensure safety for TAFE students and staff as well as providing skills that will be needed during the pandemic and in the critical recovery time afterwards.

    These are challenging times for all and we would like to thank our WA TAFE colleges, lecturers and trainers, students and employers for your understanding and support as we work through this together.

    State and Commonwealth Government supports WA businesses

    COVID-19 Financial stimulus package

    A stimulus package of $114 million, in measures to support Western Australia’s small and medium businesses, has been announced.

    Changes to payroll tax

    • Payroll tax paying businesses with a payroll between $1 and $4 million will receive a one-off grant of $17,500
    • Additional payroll tax relief for small businesses will be fast-tracked, with the payroll tax threshold increasing to $1 million from 1 July 2020
    • Small and medium sized businesses affected by COVID-19 can now apply to defer payment of their 2019—20 payroll tax until 21 July 2020

    For further details on these changes to payroll tax, please visit the Jobs and Skills WA website

    WA small business assistance service

    A dedicated small business assistance service is now available through the Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC). Businesses can access support services and assistance regarding these financial stimulus measures, as well as other advice – online and over the phone – to help manage the impact of COVID-19. There is also a range of useful information and resources on the SBDC website.

    P: 133 140 (8.30 am to 4.30 pm weekdays)

    E: info@smallbusiness.wa.gov.au

    W: smallbusiness.wa.gov.au

    Commonwealth Government support for business

    The Commonwealth Government has also announced a $189 billion stimulus package to support the Australian economy through the challenges of COVID-19. The package provides measures to support and assist small and medium businesses to manage cash flow challenges and retain their employees, including apprentices and trainees.

    Two key measures have been announced;

    • Boosting Cash Flow for Employers; and
    • wage subsidies for apprentices and trainees.
    Boosting Cash Flow for Employers

    The Boosting Cash Flow for Employers measure will provide up to $100,000 back to small and medium-sized business, with a minimum payment of $20,000 for eligible businesses. The payment will provide temporary cash flow support to small and medium businesses that employ staff. The payment will be tax free.

    Wage subsidies for apprentices and trainees

    Eligible employers can apply for a wage subsidy of 50 per cent of the wages paid to an apprentice or trainee during the nine months from 1 January 2020 to 30 September 2020. Employers will be reimbursed up to a maximum of $21,000 per eligible apprentice or trainee ($7,000 per quarter).

    For further details on these measures, and other financial support available for WA businesses, please visit the Jobs and Skills WA website

    Coronavirus update 18 March

    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) information update

    Updated measures as of Wednesday 18 March 2020

    Some new measures have been put in place to help manage COVID-19 in Australia.
     

    • Non-essential indoor gatherings of more than 100 people are banned by the Australian Government from 18 March 2020.
    • The Australian Government announced Level 4 travel advice for Australia: do not travel.  All Australians are advised to reconsider their need for overseas travel at this time.

    These measures are in addition to requirements in place from 16 March:

    • anyone arriving in Australia from overseas will be required to self-isolate for
      14 days; and
    • non-essential outdoor gatherings for more than 500 people are banned.
    What does this mean for TAFE staff, students and visitors?

    TAFE colleges are open and students can attend classes. All students, staff, parents/carers, contractors, visitors and volunteers should continue to follow health advice for self isolation.
     

    • Anyone who has returned from overseas cannot attend TAFE for 14 days.
    • Anyone who has been informed by public health authorities that they have been in close contact with a confirmed case of Coronavirus (COVID-19), they must also isolate themselves for 14 days after the date of last contact with the confirmed case.

    If this is you, please notify your TAFE college immediately to advise you will be away for the isolation period, and confirm the date/s and location/s of your travel.

    What does ‘isolation’ involve?
    Gatherings

    From 16 March 2020, the medical advice preventing non-essential, organised gatherings of 500 people or more going ahead will be enforced.  This is for indoor and outdoor events. 

    From 18 March 2020 non-essential indoor gatherings of more than 100 people are banned by the Australian Government.

    For TAFE colleges, this means smaller gatherings, such as graduations and forums will probably be cancelled.  You will be notified by your TAFE college of events that have been cancelled.

    Social distancing

    Everyone should practise ‘social distancing’.  This means you should keep a safe distance between you and others in public places, and you should not shake hands or hug when greeting others.

    Minimising personal risk

    The risk of Coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission in Australia remains low, however the situation is evolving. Western Australians should remain alert, but not be alarmed.

    • Follow good hygiene practices such as washing your hands with soap, covering your nose and mouth with a tissue or flexed elbow when coughing or sneezing.
    • Avoid close contact (maintain a distance of at least one metre) with anyone who has cold or flu-like symptoms.

    If you have cold or flu-like symptoms and/or are concerned that you may have been in contact with some who has, or if you become unwell and think you may have symptoms of Coronavirus, seek medical attention. Tell your doctor about your symptoms, travel history and any recent close contact with someone who has or may have Coronavirus.

    Training sector pandemic incident response to COVID-19

    The Department of Training and Workforce Development Executive and TAFE Managing Directors are working together to manage our Pandemic Incident Response Plan, with a key focus on minimising risk to students and staff. It’s important that we take precautions wherever possible to control the spread of the virus.

    We continue to liaise closely with lead agencies in Western Australia, including the Department of the Premier and Cabinet and Department of Health, to ensure our approach is consistent with current information and advice. 

    Further information and assistance

    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) information update

    Updated self-isolation requirements as of Monday 16 March 2020

    From today, anyone arriving in Australia from overseas is required to self-isolate for 14 days. This means students, staff, parents/carers, contractors, visitors and volunteers cannot attend TAFE for 14 days if they have returned from overseas.

    Anyone who has been informed by public health authorities that they have been in close contact with a confirmed case of Coronavirus (COVID-19), must also isolate themselves for 14 days after the date of last contact with the confirmed case.

    If this is you, please notify your TAFE college immediately to advise you will be away for the isolation period, and confirm the date/s and location/s of your travel.

    What does ‘isolation’ involve?

    During the 14 days of isolation, you must stay at home and not go to public places, including work, school, child care, university or public gatherings. Ask someone to get food and other necessities for you and leave them at your front door. Only people who usually live with you should be in your home – do not let visitors in.

    Please refer to the Australian Government Department of Health isolation guidelines for further information about isolation

    For further information or advice, please contact your TAFE college directly.

    Attendance at events and gatherings

    From today, the medical advice preventing non-essential, organised gatherings of 500 people or more going ahead will be enforced. This is for indoor and outdoor events. 

    At this stage, this advice does not extend to schools, TAFEs, universities or public transport.

    Gatherings such as graduations and forums may be cancelled. If this is the case you will be notified by your TAFE college.

    Minimising personal risk

    The risk of COVID-19 transmission in Australia remains low, however, the situation is evolving. To minimise your risk:

    • follow good hygiene practices, such as washing your hands with soap and covering your nose and mouth with a tissue or flexed elbow when coughing or sneezing; and
    • avoid close contact (maintain a distance of at least one metre) with anyone who has cold or flu-like symptoms.

    If you have cold or flu-like symptoms and/or are concerned that you may have been in contact with some who has, or if you become unwell and think you may have symptoms of Coronavirus, seek medical attention. Tell your doctor about your symptoms, travel history and any recent close contact with someone who has or may have Coronavirus.

    Training sector pandemic incident response to COVID-19

    The Department of Training and Workforce Development Executive and TAFE Managing Directors are working together to manage our Pandemic Incident Response Plan, with a key focus on minimising risk to students and staff. It is important that we take precautions wherever possible to control the spread of the virus.

    We continue to liaise closely with lead agencies in Western Australia, including the Department of the Premier and Cabinet and Department of Health, to ensure our approach is consistent with current information and advice. 

    Further information and assistance

    Coronavirus update

    Update on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) 13 March 2020

    Updated information for students, TAFE colleges and RTOs

    The Department of Training and Workforce Development Executive and TAFE Managing Directors are working together to manage our Pandemic Incident Response Plan, with a key focus on minimising risk to students and staff. It’s important that we take precautions wherever possible to control the spread of the virus.

    We continue to liaise closely with lead agencies in Western Australia, including the Department of the Premier and Cabinet and Department of Health, to ensure our approach is consistent with current information and advice. 

    This latest update provides you with new and updated information related to travel advisories and health considerations, as at Friday 13 March.

    Today, the Prime Minister has advised that all non-essential events with more than 500 people should be cancelled. At this stage, this advice does not extend to schools, TAFEs, universities or public transport.

    Students, staff and others at WA TAFE colleges

    Students and staff cannot attend TAFE if they have:

    • left or transited through mainland China in the last 14 days (they must isolate themselves for 14 days from the date of leaving mainland China;
    • left or transited through Iran on or after 1 March (they must isolate themselves for 14 days after leaving Iran);
    • left or transited through the Republic of Korea, on or after 5 March (they must isolate themselves for 14 days after leaving the Republic of Korea);or
    • left or transited through Italy in the last 14 days (they must isolate themselves for 14 days from the date of leaving Italy).

    If this is you, please notify your TAFE college immediately to advise you will be away for the isolation period, and confirm the date/s and location/s of your travel.

    If you have recently returned to Australia from any other countries — particularly Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore and Thailand which are currently considered ‘moderate risk’ — monitor your health for 14 days after leaving that country. If you develop a fever or cough, or shortness of breath, do not attend TAFE (refer to the information above). Seek medical advice urgently and isolate yourself.

    If a student or staff member has been informed by public health authorities that they have been in close contact with a confirmed case of Coronavirus (COVID-19), they must isolate themselves for 14 days after the date of last contact with the confirmed case.

    These guidelines also apply to all parents/carers, contractors, visitors and volunteers on TAFE campuses and/or worksites.

    For further information or advice, please contact your TAFE college directly.

    What does ‘isolation’ involve?

    Please refer to the Australian Government Department of Health isolation guidelines for further information about isolation.

    Minimising personal risk

    The risk of Coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission in Australia remains low; however the situation is evolving. Western Australians should remain alert, but not be alarmed.
     

    • Follow good hygiene practices such as washing your hands with soap, covering your nose and mouth with a tissue or flexed elbow when coughing or sneezing.
       
    • Avoid close contact (maintain a distance of at least one metre) with anyone who has cold or flu-like symptoms.

    If you have cold or flu-like symptoms and/or are concerned that you may have been in contact with some who has symptoms, or if you become unwell and think you may have symptoms of Coronavirus, seek medical attention. Tell your doctor about your symptoms, travel history and any recent close contact with someone who has or may have Coronavirus.

    Further information and assistance

    WorldSkills National Championships and Skills Show 2020

    Don't miss out — Reserve your free tickets!

    Are you ready to watch champions in action, experience greatness, uncover innovation and explore excellence at Australia’s largest skills-based competition? It’s all happening here in Perth from 13—15 August at the Perth Exhibition and Convention Centre, for the WorldSkills Australia National Championships and Skills Show 2020.

    In the two-year lead up to the national championships, vocational education and training (VET) students and apprentices and trainees have been competing to win a place and represent their state or territory in their skills area. This huge event in August will see over 500 competitors showcase and benchmark their skills across over 60 competition categories on the national stage, as they go for gold and a chance to represent Australia at the International Competition in 2021.

    Over three action-packed days, you’ll have access to an exciting array of interactive events, workshops and activities. As well as the competitions to watch and cheer on, there will be cutting edge virtual reality and technology to experience at the STEMhub, demonstrations to watch at the Skills Show, or you can get into Try’aSkill and see how you go in the trade demonstration areas.

    The national championships will take place at the same time as Perth’s SkillsWest Careers Expo, offering great connections with training providers, career specialists and employers for advice and insights.

    Don’t miss out on this exciting event, and get behind TeamWA who will be competing for Western Australia. To register and reserve your tickets, visit the WorldSkills Australia website: worldskills.org.au.

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    Coronavirus (COVID-19) information update 10 March 2020

    Information for students and training providers

    Department of Training and Workforce Development (DTWD) Executive and TAFE Managing Directors are meeting weekly to ensure the sector is well placed to manage COVID-19 developments. We continue to work closely with lead agencies including Department of the Premier and Cabinet and Department of Health to ensure our approach is informed by, and aligns with, central coordination points. Recognising the need to respond rapidly and effectively to a Pandemic, DTWD Executive and TAFE Managing Directors have established a Pandemic Incident Response Plan to manage COVID-19 developments.  

    As has been the case in recent weeks we will continue to closely monitor new information such as travel advisories and quickly and clearly advise you what this means, both for staff and students. We will provide regular updates to you as information becomes available.    

    The latest advice from the WA Department of Health in response to the outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Australia and overseas is as follows.  

    WA COVID clinics opening  

    As at 10 March, three COVID clinics will be open at Fiona Stanley Hospital, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and Royal Perth Hospital to test and support people at risk of coronavirus and to help prevent community-based transmission of the disease. The clinics will operate from 8 am to 8 pm, seven days a week, to screen and test patients where appropriate, provide information and refer patients for further medical treatment if necessary. 

    Those who should attend the clinic are people with fever and respiratory symptoms, such as a cough or sore throat and: 

    • have returned from overseas travel in the last 14 days or; 
    • are a contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case or; 
    • believe they have been in contact with a person infected with COVID-19.    

    Information on the COVID clinics is on the Department of Health website

    Those individuals who are tested and well enough will be asked to self-isolate while they await test results, which is generally 48 hours. Anyone who is confirmed to have coronavirus who does not require hospitalisation will be asked to stay in home isolation as instructed by the public health team. 

    Members of the public can telephone the COVID-19 Health Information Line on 1800 020 080 for advice and more information, including specific clinic locations, by visiting healthywa.wa.gov.au.  

    Countries with travel restrictions in place for people entering Australia 

    • The Australian Government has extended travel restrictions for people entering Australia having left mainland China (excluding Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) on or after 1 February 2020. 
    • The Australian Government has put in place travel restrictions for people entering Australia having left Iran on or after 1 March 2020. 
    • The Australian Government has put in place travel restrictions for people entering Australia having left the Republic of Korea on or after 5 March 2020. 
    • Special restrictions apply for students or staff who have travelled from mainland China, Iran or the Republic of Korea, or been in close contact of a confirmed case of coronavirus.  

    Students cannot attend TAFE if they have:  

    • left, or transited through mainland China, Iran or the Republic of Korea in the last 14 days (they must isolate themselves for 14 days from leaving mainland China); and/or
    • been in close contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus in the last 14 days (they must isolate themselves for 14 days after the date of last contact with the confirmed case).

    Students should notify their lecturer or tutor of their circumstance to determine whether alternate arrangements for learning can be temporarily put in place. 

    Countries considered to pose a risk of transmission  

    This list is based on the risk of the person having been exposed to COVID-19 due to travel to a country with sustained community transmission and/or based on the patterns of travel between those countries and Australia, and/or the other epidemiological evidence.  

    • Higher risk: Mainland China, Iran, Italy, South Korea  
    • Moderate risk: Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia (including Bali), Japan, Singapore, Thailand  

    The most up to date list can be accessed on the Australian Government Department of Health website

    All returned travellers who have travelled in or transited through the remaining listed higher risk countries (Italy) or a country considered to pose a moderate risk of transmission in the last 14 days should self-monitor for symptoms and immediately isolate themselves if they become unwell.  

    The WA Department of Health website has further information and fact sheets for parents, students and staff, and access to a health information helpline 1800 020 080.       

    Information will be updated as advised by health authorities. 

    Building a stronger Western Australia through gender equity

    Stronger Together: WA's Plan for Gender Equality released

    While significant advances have been made to remove barriers faced by women, there is still a long way to go to bring about lasting solutions and achieve gender equality. Statistics consistently show that women in WA are still at considerable risk of violence and abuse, including in their own homes, and bear the majority of domestic work. They also face the nation's biggest gender pay gap of 22 per cent (compared to 14 per cent nationally), and continue to be overlooked for leadership roles.

    Western Australia's first plan to address gender inequality Stronger Together: WA's Plan for Gender Equality, launched today, sets out a long-term co-ordinated approach to addressing gender inequality, to ensure women and girls have opportunities to reach their full potential in WA. The 10-year plan provides a framework for action by Government, business, organisations and individuals with practical steps to advance gender equality and drive change. It is accompanied by specific initiatives, including:

    • a target of 50 per cent women in top-level (Senior Executive Services) public service positions;
    • public sector to trial voluntary reporting of agency data to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (currently no public sector agencies in any State do so); and
    • a commitment to examine opportunities to use the State Government's purchasing power to incentivise suppliers to support gender equality policy and practice. 

    Thousands of women and girls from across WA, including representation from the Department on the WA State Government Reference Group, contributed to the plan through the Women's Voices: Building a Stronger WA Together consultations. An implementation and action plan will guide delivery of the plan over the next 12 months. Data collected from the outcomes of actions will contribute to the evidence base for and reflect the status of progress made to advance gender equality and will inform future action plans.

    To find out more, and view the new Stronger Together: WA's Plan for Gender Equality in full, please visit communities.wa.gov.au/strategies/stronger-together-was-plan-for-gender-equality

    Coronavirus (COVID-19) information update

    For WA TAFE students: Updated 4 March

    Department of Training and Workforce Development Executive and TAFE Managing Directors met on Tuesday 3 March and agreed on an approach to ensure the sector is well placed to manage COVID-19 developments. We will be working closely with lead agencies including Department of Premier and Cabinet and the Department of Health to ensure our approach is informed by, and aligns with, central coordination points.  

    Firstly, as has been the case in recent weeks, we will continue to closely monitor new information such as travel advisories and quickly and clearly advise you what this means, both for staff and students. The sector will also urgently update existing continuity management plans that deal with influenza outbreaks to ensure we have flexible strategies that proportionately respond to issues that could unfold.  We expect to have this in a revised form very quickly, it will however be an evolving policy as we learn more.  We will also assess the interventions of other educational institutions in WA and across other jurisdictions and incorporate into our plans as appropriate.

    DTWD Executive and TAFE Managing Directors will now meet weekly to continue to monitor and adapt as necessary the COVID -19 management plan, implement agreed strategies and ensure alignment with other agencies. We will provide regular updates to you as information becomes available.   

    Latest advice from the WA Department of Health in response to the outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Australia and overseas, updated 3 March 2020 is as follows.
     

    • The Australian Government has extended travel restrictions until 6 March 2020 for people entering Australia having left mainland China (excluding Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) on or after 1 February 2020.
    • The Australian Government has put in place travel restrictions for people entering Australia having left Iran on or after 1 March 2020.
    • Special restrictions apply for students or staff who have travelled from mainland China or Iran, or been in close contact of a confirmed case of coronavirus. 

     Students or staff cannot attend TAFE or a vocational educational facility if they have:

    • left, or transited through mainland China in the last 14 days (they must isolate themselves for 14 days from leaving mainland China);
    • left, or transited through Iran on or after 1 March (they must isolate themselves until 14 days after leaving Iran); and/or
    • been in close contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus in the last 14 days (they must isolate themselves for 14 days after the date of last contact with the confirmed case).

    Students should notify their lecturer or tutor of their circumstance to determine whether alternate arrangements for learning can be temporarily put in place.

    The WA Department of Health website has further information and fact sheets for parents, students and staff, and access to a health information helpline 1800 020 080.     

    Information will be updated as advised by health authorities.

     

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    New look for Apprenticeship Office website launched today!

    Fresh design and more customer-friendly information

    The Department’s Apprenticeship Office registers and administers training contracts and regulates the apprenticeship system for apprenticeships and traineeships in Western Australia.

    Each month, the Apprenticeship Office page of this website receives up to five thousand visits, and provides information and  resources such as fact sheets and forms to assist with employers, apprentices and trainees, registered training organisations (RTOs) and Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) providers with the management of the training contract.

    In response to feedback from clients and website users, a new design and structure has been developed for the Apprenticeship Office website page. Information is now organised so that it’s easier to access, with new one-click links to help find what you need more quickly.

    Over the next few months, we are undertaking a full review of all fact sheets and forms to ensure we are providing the information and support needed for our customers and stakeholders across WA. 

    Take a look at the new page at dtwd.wa.gov.au/apprenticeship-office

    Working in aged care.

    New half price course fees popular with Mandurah students

    Making training more affordable and accessible to the local community

    The Certificate III in Individual Support is one of nine qualifications available at SMTAFE's Mandurah campus this semester that are eligible for reduced fees under the Lower fees, local skills initiative. The initiative, which saw 34 priority courses become half price at the start of the year, is designed to stimulate training in key areas including healthcare and social assistance.

    Lower fees, local skills is already having a positive impact on enrolments in priority TAFE courses, with SM TAFE Mandurah campus seeing strong enrolment growth in courses included in the reduced fees initiative, including the Certificate III in Tourism, and Certificate III in Commercial Cookery qualifications, and there is also interest in the new Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) qualification. Early data indicates a general 20 per cent increase in enrolments in the 34 priority courses acrossall WA TAFE colleges.

    Find out more about Lower fees, local skills 

    2020 RTOs Forum welcomes returning and new contracted WA providers

    Launch of improved website to support contract management

    The Department’s Training Resource Allocation (TRA) team manages the purchase of training delivery services for Western Australia’s VET sector, under Jobs and Skills WA, across a range of programs including apprenticeships and traineeships. There are approximately 165 RTOs currently contracted in WA to provide training services.

    TRA works closely with TAFE colleges and private registered training organisations (RTOs) in the planning and management of service agreements and contracts for training delivery, and providing support. RTOs are provided with an abundance of information such as contractual obligations, reporting, payment and audit requirements, which can sometimes be challenging to manage.

    At today’s 2020 RTOs Forum, attended by existing and new contracted registered training organisations (RTOs), a new website design to improve support for contracted providers was launched. Developed in response to feedback gathered from clients through 2019, the new website design contains all of the information, resources and tools needed to help understand, administrate and manage a contract. It also explains the contract process and obligations, to help RTOs who may wish to apply for funding.

    The new website was received very positively at the forum, with RTOs commenting that it’s easy to use and information is easy to find. We look forward to continuing to support our contracted providers, and working with you in 2020.

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    COAG VET Reform Roadmap consultation draft

    Feedback also invited on microcredentials for VET sector

    In 2019, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to a vision for vocational education and training (VET) to position the sector as responsive, dynamic and trusted.  To deliver on this vision, COAG tasked Skills Council with developing a VET Reform Roadmap (the Roadmap). 

    Skills Council has asked senior officials in all jurisdictions to work together to develop a Roadmap for consideration by Ministers and endorsement by COAG by the middle of 2020.

    Skills officials have developed a consultation draft of the roadmap, which is now available.  This draft is a working document of the Skills Senior Officials’ Network: it has not been reviewed or endorsed by governments or COAG.

    View the VET Reform Roadmap consultation draft 

    For general enquiries about the VET Reform Roadmap, please contact the Department’s Policy area via email to VSPcoordination@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

    Fast track project — Microcredentials

    To support the Development of the COAG VET Reform Roadmap for a responsive, dynamic and trusted VET sector; Skills Ministers agreed to immediately fast track four pieces of foundational work. One of those is on the use of microcredentials in the national VET system, to better respond to student and job-need while preserving the importance of nationally recognised full qualifications.

    This work will be led by the Victorian Department of Education and Training, in collaboration with South Australia and Western Australia. The first stage of this project will deliver an agreed definition of microcredentials in the VET sector, and an operational framework for how microcredentials function in the national VET system. This will complement work being undertaken following the review of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) and in the higher education sector.

    The consultation paper is the first instalment of the fast tracked foundational work on microcredentials. We welcome your input to help shape the definition of microcredentials, and to what needs to change to support the operation of the definition in the VET sector.

    Please provide your input to tertiary.education.national.reform@edumail.vic.gov.au  by 20 March 2020.

     

    New service to connect employers and jobseekers in the disability sector

    More local skills, more local jobs for VET graduates

    As part of the National Disability Insurance Scheme's (NDIS) implementation, a new NDIS Job Matching Service will be introduced to ensure skilled people are connected to the fastest growing sector in Western Australia: the disability sector. The service was developed with extensive industry input and in consultation with the WA State Training Board's Social Assistance and Allied Health Workforce Steering Committee.

    Working closely with the training sector, including TAFE Jobs and Skills Centres and Commonwealth employment services, the new service will help NDIS providers fill current and future vacancies. Jobseekers interested in working in the disability sector will be connected with quality vocational education and training (VET) options, then — following graduation from their VET course — the job matching service will connect them to NDIS service providers. Other services will include identifying courses and training opportunities for existing workers to improve skills, and help for employers to access available incentives.

    In addition to the new job matching service, the Lower fees, local skills initiative sees course fees for 34 high priority courses reduced by 50 per cent or more. These half price courses include the Certificate II in Introduction to Disability Care and the Certificate IV in Disability qualifications.

    For more information on Lower fees, local skills and a full list of half price courses visit jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/skillsready or contact your local Jobs and Skills Centre on 13 64 64.

    An AASN provider.

    Changes to WA Australian Apprenticeship Support Network providers

    WA AASN providers updated as of 1 February

    Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) providers are contracted through the Commonwealth Government to deliver apprenticeship support services throughout Australia, and are responsible for the sign up of the training contract.  

    Following a competitive tender process, the Commonwealth Government announced the successful AASN providers to operate from 1 February 2020, as follows.
     

    • Apprenticeship Support Australia, Busy at Work and MEGT will deliver services to Perth and surrounds.
    • Apprenticeship Support Australia and Busy at Work will deliver services to regional Western Australia.

    The Commonwealth Government is working with employers, apprentices and trainees to manage the transition process. Should you have any queries about this change, please phone the Australian Apprenticeships helpline on 13 38 73.

    For further information on the role and responsibilities of an AASN provider, you can view refer to the Department’s Roles and responsibilities fact sheet

    For further information about apprenticeships and traineeships in WA, please visit the Jobs and Skills WA website.

    Lower fees, local skills delivers increase in TAFE enrolments

    Half-price course fees initiative supporting skills for WA

    The 50 per cent cut to TAFE fees under Lower fees, local skills is already having a positive impact, with early data showing a significant increase in TAFE enrolments. Half price fees on 34 priority courses have now commenced under the Lower fees, local skills program. Preliminary data from all five WA TAFE colleges shows a 20 per cent increase in student enrolments, with strong take-up in high priority courses. The fee reductions have been targeted to align with emerging skills shortages and important sectors of the local economy including aged and disability care, METRONET and civil construction, defence, hospitality and tourism.
     

    • Certificate III in Engineering — Fabrication Trade (Heavy/Welding YH) has seen an additional 146 students enrol compared to 2019, an increase of 85 per cent.
    • Certificate IV in Cyber Security has seen and additional 114 enrolments, an 85 per cent increase.
    • Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is up by 191 students, or 40 per cent,
    • Certificate IV in Preparation for Health and Nursing Studies is up by 123 students, or 31 per cent.

    The commercial cookery qualification is proving popular with early data showing an increase in enrolments of more than 20 per cent across all of the five TAFE colleges, compared to the same time last year. 

    The Lower fees, local skills webpage has been viewed more than 105,000 times since the initiative was announced in October 2019.

    For more information on Lower fees, local skills and a full list of half price courses visit the Jobs and Skills WA website, or contact your local Jobs and Skills Centre on 13 64 64.
     

    WA Training Awards 2020 applications are now open!

    Looking for the stars of WA's vocational education and training sector

    Applications for the WA Training Awards 2020 are now open. 

    Award winners will be announced in September at the WA Training Awards Presentation Dinner, the vocational education and training (VET) sector's night of nights. Winners will be recognised across 14 categories  — nine individual and five organisational  — with applications closing on 1 May 2020. Individual winners will receive $3,000 in cash and may also be eligible to compete against the nation's finest at the Australian Training Awards later in the year. 

    For 2019 WA Training Awards Trainee of the Year Rebecca Hudson, 43, the awards opened up a world of new opportunities. The former Dalyellup local transitioned from a career in human resources to becoming a crane operator after completing a Certificate III in Mobile Crane Operations qualification. She has since secured an exciting new position as a Lifting Technician for BHP in the Pilbara. Rebecca is also a WA Training Awards Ambassador, and she encourages people of all ages to celebrate their training achievements by applying for the awards. 

    For more information about the WA Training Awards and to apply, visit dtwd.wa.gov.au/watrainingawards

    Coronavirus national public health advice for TAFE students

    Revised 1 February, following national public health advice

    In response to reported cases of the novel coronavirus in Australia and overseas, the Department of Training and Workforce Development and TAFE are acting on national public health advice from the Australian Department of Health, updated on 1 February.

    A highly precautionary approach is recommended.
     

    • Students who have been in contact with any confirmed novel coronavirus cases should self-isolate for 14 days following exposure and stay away from TAFE; and
    • Returned travellers who have been in mainland China should self-isolate in their homes for 14 days after leaving China, other than seeking individual medical care.

    National public health advice is on the Australian Department of Health website, visit: https://www.health.gov.au/health-topics/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov

    The WA Department of Health website has further information and fact sheets for parents, students and staff, and access to a helpline 1800 300 243.

    Information will be updated as advised by health authorities.

    Coronavirus national public health advice for TAFE students

    Revised following national public health advice

    In response to reported cases of the novel coronavirus in Australia and overseas, the Department of Training and Workforce Development and TAFE are acting on national public health advice from the Australian Department of Health.
     
    A highly precautionary approach is recommended.
     
    • Students who have been in contact with any confirmed novel coronavirus cases should self-isolate for 14 days following exposure and stay away from TAFE; and
    • Returned travellers who have been in Hubei province of China should self-isolate in their homes for 14 days after leaving Hubei province, other than seeking individual medical care.

    National public health advice is on the Australian Department of Health website:
     

    The WA Department of Health website has further information and fact sheets for parents, students and staff, and access to a helpline 1800 300 243.

    Information will be updated as advised by health authorities.

    Coronavirus update for TAFE

    Important advice for parents, students and staff

    The enrolment period for students attending TAFE in Semester 1 2020 is in progress and semester is due to commence from 3 February.

    The Department of Training and Workforce Development and TAFE colleges are working closely with the WA Department of Health to monitor and respond to the latest information about Novel Coronavirus in Western Australia.

    There is some important advice which has been agreed across all State and Commonwealth Health Departments. Further information and fact sheets for parents, students and staff are on the WA Department of Health website.

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    South Metropolitan TAFE gets top training award

    Named in top 50 vocational institutions in Asia-Pacific region

    South Metropolitan TAFE (SMTAFE) has been named one of the top 50 vocational institutions in the Asia-Pacific region for a second consecutive year. The prestigious award was presented by the International Cultural Resource Organisation (ICRO) at a special ceremony in Shanghai,China, last week. 

    The award recognises training institutions that have made outstanding contributions in the cultivation of technical and skilled personnel in the Asia-Pacific. Only one other Australian training organisation, the Melbourne Institute of Technology, featured on the list. SMTAFE was recognised for its work with ICRO and the Zhejiang Provincial Government to successfully roll out the TAFE model across the region. This involved working on in-country delivery of the Advanced Diploma of Engineering with the Zhejiang Institute of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering and establishing professional development programs with Ningbo Polytechnic, Wuhan Technical College of Communications and the Zhejiang Institute of Economics and Trade.

    ICRO collaborates with overseas educational providers, such as SM TAFE, to promote high-quality foreign educational programs, resources, undergraduate and postgraduate programs as well as conferences and study tours. To further strengthen the relationship between SM TAFE and ICRO, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the two organisations. The MoU will progress new training opportunities in China in 2020 in aged care, individual support and remedial massage.

    WA has long-standing ties with the Zhejiang Province through its Sister State agreement, which has been active since 1987. In August 2019 WA's Asian Engagement Strategy 2019—2030: Our Future with Asia was launched, which will support the relationships, knowledge and skills necessary to grow trade and investment with Asian markets, diversifying and expanding the State's economy and creating jobs.

    WA Farmers Bootcamp

    WAFarmers Bootcamp to Employment coming in June!

    Exciting new agricultural training program at Muresk Institute

    Are you a young person* interested in agricultural technology? Are you willing to live and work in a regional town? The farm mechanisation industry needs YOU!

    The WAFarmers Bootcamp to Employment is an intensive new three-day program for school leavers and young people, which offers the skills and knowledge you need to get a job in the agricultural machinery sector. The program is proudly supported by WAFarmers and the Farm Machinery and Industry Association of WA (FMIA). 

    Some of the things you'll learn in this exciting program include:

    • agricultural technology, data collection and management;
    • hands-on flying a drone;
    • operating precision control technology;
    • machinery application for agronomy;  
    • cloud-based paddock software;
    • understanding data based decision making; and
    • how to market yourself to get into the agriculture industry.

    You will also meet industry leaders and even get the chance to showcase your skills to prospective employers looking to take on apprentices and trainees.

    The Bootcamp to Employment kicks off at Muresk Institute in Northam on 23 June  – but be quick, places are limited and applications close on 30 April.

    Visit the Muresk website to find out more, and get your application in

     

    *You must be at least 16 years of age to apply.

    Season's greetings

    Department business hours over Christmas and new year

    Season's greetings and best wishes for the holiday season

    The Department of Training and Workforce Development’s services will be closed from Wednesday 25 December 2019 to Friday 3 January 2020, inclusive. All services will resume operation on Monday 6 January 2020.

    In the meantime please explore our website for relevant information and resources. 

    For details about services from Apprenticeship Office over this period, please refer to this information

    We look forward to working with you in the new year.

    SMTAFE’s Naval Base Campus training excels

    Producing job-ready workers for WA

    Western Australia's commitment to skilling workers for Australia's new high-tech naval fleet has been formally recognised with the Naval Shipbuilding College endorsing South Metropolitan TAFE's Certificate III Engineering Fabrication Trade course. The endorsed training program at the Naval Base Campus — the Certificate III in Engineering Fabrication Trade — was established to increase the availability of a trained and skilled shipbuilding workforce both State-wide and nationally. The qualification is part of the Lower fees, local skills program for 2020–21, with half-price course fees.

    Developed in collaboration with industry, the program places WA at the forefront of defence industry training.

    South Metropolitan TAFE has been working in partnership with the defence sector for more than two decades, delivering a range of qualifications and courses throughout WA and nationally. The WA office of the Naval Shipbuilding College is co-located within the Naval Base Campus, enhancing the partnership with the Australian Government. Construction of 10 offshore patrol vessels will start at Henderson in 2020, with welding and fabrication trades identified as priority roles for the naval shipbuilding and sustainment contractors.

    TAFE lecturer Ron Simeon gets Lifetime Achievement Award

    Recognising over 20 years supporting VET

    Wall and floor tiling lecturer Ron Simeon, from North Metropolitan TAFE, was recognised recently for his contribution to the VET sector through his involvement with the WorldSkills Australia program promoting and supporting vocational education and training. 

    WorldSkills competitions showcase skills excellence, testing competitors’ skills in practical projects based on industry skills. For over two decades, Ron has been giving his time as a volunteer with WorldSkills helping to design competition projects, judge wall and floor tiling competitions and train competitors at state, national and international level.

    Ron was presented with two awards at a state event, held at Crown last month, which recognised the achievements of nearly 200 medallists from Western Australia. Trevor Schwenke, CEO of WorldSkills Australia, paid tribute to Ron’s contribution as a judge, coach and mentor in helping to inspire hundreds of competitors to strive for excellence. He presented Ron with a Lifetime Achievement Award from WorldSkills Australia, recognising his work at national level. Ron also received a Certificate of Merit from WorldSkills International, which acknowledged his contribution as the only international expert from Western Australia, training members of the Australian team — the Skillaroos.

    Ron will be a familiar face to visitors to the SkillsWest Expo, where he runs the wall and floor tiling competitions which select members of Team WA. He will be back there again judging the nation’s best in August 2020 when Perth hosts the WorldSkills National Championship at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.

    Congratulations Ron, and thank you for being such a great VET Ambassador. 

    Main picture: Ron Simeon holding his Lifetime Achievement Award, with North Metropolitan TAFE Managing Director Michelle Hoad. 

    Temporary closure of Apprenticeship Office over Christmas and New Year

    Important information for employers, apprentices, RTOs, GTOs and AASNs

    The Department of Training and Workforce Development Apprenticeship Office will be closed from 4.30 pm Tuesday 24 December 2019 to 8.30 am Monday 6 January 2020 Western Standard Time.

    The 13 19 54 information hotline will not operate during the Christmas closure. Please email your enquiry to ApprenticeshipOffice@dtwd.wa.gov.au and we will respond to your enquiry in the new year.

    • Training contracts can continue to be lodged during the Christmas closure, and will be assessed from 6 January 2020
    • Training contract changes can be submitted via the Western Australian Apprenticeship Management System (WAAMS) portal during the Christmas closure period
    • Emails or training contract related requests received in the Apprenticeship Office email boxes during the closure will be actioned after the Apprenticeship Office reopens in the new year

    From everyone at Apprenticeship Office, we would like to wish you well over the festive season.

    Want to be part of the 2020 WorldSkills National Championships?

    EOIs open for volunteer event support positions

    The WorldSkills National Championships is coming to Western Australia in 2020!

    Don’t miss the opportunity to be a part of this amazing event, celebrating the very best of VET right here in Western Australia.

    Applications are encouraged for a range of voluntary positions – including judges, convenors, site crew and team leaders – to assist at the event, which will be held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre from 13 to 15 August 2020. Please note that you may be required to be available from 10–17 August, dependent on individual skill requirements, to cover bump in pre-event, competition days during the event, and bump out post-event. Exact requirements will be communicated closer to the event.

    For further information about the positions that are available, and how to apply, please visit the WorldSkills Australia website.

    Applications close on Monday 16 December. 

    Successful applicants will be notified of by late January, once competitor numbers have been finalised and WorldSkills Australia has determined accurate requirements.

    Apprenticeship program boosting youth employment for South West WA

    Local business building a skilled workforce

    Working in collaboration with registered training organisation Group Training South West, Schlam Engineering has a dedicated apprenticeship program employing and training local youth to ensure a skilled and local workforce. Five apprentices are currently undertaking a Certificate III in Engineering Fabrication.

    Local resident 18-year old Zachary Faulkner joined Schlam Engineering as an apprentice boilermaker in 2018, and believes the hands on experience he has learnt through the apprenticeship program will open doors for future opportunities in the mining industry. His skills have already been recognised, with Zachary being honoured as an Apprentice of the Year finalist in the 2018 Apprenticeship and Traineeship Company Awards.

    The Certificate III in Engineering Fabrication is one of 34 courses that will be half price and capped from 1 January 2020 under the Lower fees, local skills initiative.  The 50 per cent course fee reductions have been targeted to align with emerging areas of jobs growth, the State's economic diversification strategy Diversify WA and important sectors of the local economy, including aged and disability care, METRONET and civil construction, defence, hospitality and tourism. Schlam Engineering is also eligible for the Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive, which provides up to $8,500 for employing an apprentice or trainee.

    More information about the Lower fees, local skills program and the Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive is available on the Jobs and Skills WA website.

    Find out more about Lower fees, local skills half-price courses

    Find out more about the Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive

    WA Jobs Act

    First year of Jobs Act delivers thousands of local jobs

    Including approximately 660 apprenticeships and traineeships, building workforce skills

    Local workers will fill about 12,800 jobs from the first year of the new Jobs Act, which was a key election commitment to prioritise local workers on State Government infrastructure projects and services. These figures include around 660 apprenticeships and traineeships linked to WA Government infrastructure projects, building the technical skills of WA's workforce.

    The Western Australian Participation Strategy (WAIPS) is a key component of the Jobs Act. Under WAIPS, prospective State Government contractors and suppliers are required to submit a participation plan that outlines their commitment to prioritise local workers, and enter into supply contracts with WA's small and medium businesses.

    The strategy makes sure local participation is maximised in a diverse range of WA infrastructure projects, including the Bunbury Regional Prison Expansion, Reid Highway Dual Carriageway Project, New Museum Project - Stage 2 and METRONET Railcar Procurement. It’s also delivering in regional WA with an estimated 3,980 jobs, including 262 apprenticeships and traineeships, in projects such as the Berth 3 Deck Replacement Project at the Port of Port Hedland.

    People working in agriculture.

    VET partnerships program to drive job growth in regional WA

    New VET programs creating more apprenticeships and traineeships

    The introduction of a vocational education and training (VET) program that will create more apprenticeships and traineeships in regional Western Australia has been announced..

    Fostering strong links between regional TAFE colleges and government, industry and the education sector, the VET Regional Partnerships Program aims to ramp up job growth and build a stronger WA economy. The program will involve planned and collaborative engagement with regional industry and the community, recognising that local communities are in the best position to understand the challenges and opportunities they face.

    • North Regional TAFE will partner with local resource companies to deliver pre-apprenticeship programs in Port Hedland. TAFE facilities in Broome, Karratha, Rockingham and Bunbury will also be upgraded as part of the Lower fees, local skills initiative to support National Disability Insurance Scheme training. 
    • Central Regional TAFE, which covers the Mid-West, Goldfields and Wheatbelt regions, will partner with farm machinery manufacturers and distributors to deliver apprenticeship and training programs.
    • South Regional TAFE will team up with South Metropolitan TAFE to deliver electrotechnology training in the South-West.

    A partnership also now exists between Muresk Institute in Northam and the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Department of Education and the Food, Fibre and Timber Industries Training Council. Through this partnership, thousands of high school students will be shown the diversity of careers available across the agriculture, fisheries, forestry and food industries.

    In addition, all WA TAFE colleges will share their resources including the co-design and delivery of their education and training programs.

    Other initiatives contributing to regional prosperity include the Lower fees, local skills scheme which has seen course fees halved for 34 targeted qualifications, and the Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive which is helping small business owners with the cost of hiring a new entrant trainee or apprentice.

    More information about training opportunities in regional Western Australia, the Lower fees, local skills program and the Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive is available at jobsandskills.wa.gov.au

    WA’s best apprentices and students to be tested at national competition

    WorldSkills WA 2020 Training Squad nominees announced!

    The WA Training Squad for selection for the WorldSkills Australia National Championships was announced at a special medal ceremony held at Crown Perth this morning.

    Recognised for their outstanding performance throughout the regional WorldSkills competitions, 196 competitors received medals with 66 being nominated for the WA Training Squad. From this squad, the WA team will be selected to compete as Team WA at the WorldSkills Australia National Championships to be held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre next year. 

    The biennial WorldSkills competition aims to find the best young apprentices, trainees, tradespeople and vocational education and training graduates in the country by testing them with set tasks, strict judging criteria and a race against the clock. More than 500 young Western Australians participated in the regional competitions this year, in 32 skills categories such as bricklaying, cooking, cybersecurity, automotive and hairdressing. The August 2020 event, last hosted by Western Australia in 2014, is expected to draw a crowd of more than 20,000 people to cheer on more than 500 competitors.

    South Metropolitan TAFE first-year bricklaying apprentice Monique Juratovac of Lesmurdie was selected for the WA Training Squad after claiming gold with her bricklaying skills. Following months of training with a brick-filled wheelbarrow to improve her upper body strength, Monique achieved the top score in Western Australia. The South-West continues to produce champions with South Regional TAFE apprentice Dylan Rader of Augusta winning gold for his exceptional cabinet making skills. Dylan will have plenty of support with previous champions coming from the region, including Kevin Dirks who won a Silver at the 2018 National Championships, and Nick Johnston who represented Australia as a member of the Skillaroos in 2017.

    Over the coming months, the WA Training Squad will undergo further training with dedicated mentors from industry and training to secure their place in Team WA. Secondary school students in the WA team will also defend the prestigious vocational education in school shield which was won by WA for the first time in 2018 after collecting 11 of 17 gold medals in the nationals. 

    Further information on WorldSkills WA can be found here on our website

    Western Australia’s training achievements honoured at national awards

    WA in the spotlight at the Australian Training Awards

    Congratulations to Western Australia's high calibre training award finalists for their recognition at Australia's leading industry awards — the Australian Training Awards — last night (21 November). The Australian Training Awards are the peak national awards for the VET sector recognising individuals, businesses and registered training organisations for their contribution to skilling Australia.

    Two of WA’s nine nominees from the WA Training Awards 2019 winners received accolades whilst Wayne Collyer, former Managing Director at South Metropolitan TAFE and Central Regional TAFE, received the honourable Lifetime Achievement Award. Having worked in the education sector for more than 40 years, 30 of them dedicated to VET, Mr Collyer achieved significant results for VET in WA through his expertise in developing future VET leaders and providing leadership to state and national policy committees. An instrumental builder of the education and training sector, Mr Collyer has made a difference to thousands of students.

    Winner of the Large Employer of the Year Award, Barminco was recognised for their excellent training programs, dedication to their staff and successful partnerships with registered training organisations.

    Runner up for the Australian Trainer of the Year Award, Caversham resident Matthew King has a passion for working with young people and believes through great teaching you can shape the next generation.As a mentor he has provided inspirational learning experiences and was responsible for establishing the only school-based pre-apprentice electrical course in WA.

    For information about the WA Training Awards please visit the website 

    Lifetime Achievement Award — Wayne Collyer

    Wayne Collyer was Managing Director at Polytechnic West (now South Metropolitan TAFE) from 2004 until his retirement in February 2013. In the ten years previous, he was Managing Director of Central West College of TAFE (now Central Regional TAFE).

    Throughout his career Mr Collyer achieved significant results for VET in WA through his considerable expertise in developing future VET leaders and providing leadership to state and national policy committees. Nationally, Mr Collyer has contributed to the development and continuous improvement of a world class Australian VET sector through his long commitment and executive membership of the TAFE Directors Australia Board.

    Winner - Large Employer of the Year 2019 
    Barminco (winner of the WA Training Awards Large Employer of the Year 2019)
    Barminco is one of the world’s largest hard-rock underground mining services providers employing 3,500 employees world-wide. Founded in 1989, the WA-based company has 30 years’ experience in delivering hard-rock underground mining services both domestically and internationally. Its Barminco Leaders Program (BLP) has 102 employees enrolled, of which 24 have graduated with a BSB42015 Certificate IV in Leadership and Management. 

    Runner up  - VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year Award
    Matthew King (winner of WA Trainer of the Year 2019), Caversham, Swan Trade Training Centre 
    Prior to becoming a trainer, Matthew was an electrician and still runs his own business. With a passion for working with young people, he believes that through great teaching you can shape the next generation. As a mentor, he provides inspirational learning experiences while remaining relevant to industry. Matthew was responsible for establishing the only school-based pre-apprenticeship electrical course, run by in-house staff in WA.  

    Main picture: WA Training Awards 2019 finalists and Australian Training Award nominees with Department of Training and Workforce Development Director General, Anne Driscoll, and guests at the Australian Training Awards presentation dinner, Brisbane Exhibition Centre, 21 November. 

    Training boost for the social assistance and allied health sectors

    Funding support to upskill workers

    Western Australia's social assistance and allied health sector has welcomed a significant training boost under the new Enterprise Training Program (ETP). Introduced on July 1, 2019, the ETP provides support to employers to help them upskill their workforce to meet the challenges related to workforce development in WA.

    Working in partnership with a registered training organisation, individual employers in the social assistance and allied health sector can apply for up to $200,000, while a consortium of employers can access up to $300,000 in funding. Funding for approximately 3,500 training places for aged care and disability care workers has been allocated since the roll-out of the pilot program, with skillsets linked to the Certificate IV in Ageing and the Certificate III in Individual Support the most common.

    A second initiative, the Pre-Traineeships Program, is operating as a pilot program aimed at providing students with an introduction to the aged care and disability care sectors and an understanding of the working environment.  The program provides employers, in partnership with a registered training organisation, an opportunity to pre-screen potential students for their suitability to work in the social assistance and allied health sector.

    Both initiatives were introduced in response to the Social assistance and allied health workforce strategy released by the WA State Training Board in 2018. The strategy was developed with extensive industry input, and recommended a co-ordinated response to maximise the development of a contemporary, skilled and flexible workforce aligned with the National Disability Insurance Scheme roll-out.  

    Funding for both programs is a combination of State and Commonwealth funds under the National Partnership Skilling Australians Fund

    Perth now even more attractive for international students

    Boosting education, training, jobs and tourism for WA

    Perth is now a more attractive destination for international students.  On 26 October 2019 the Commonwealth Government announced that Perth’s status as a regional city will be reinstated, with the change coming into effect as of 16 November 2019.  The change will enable international students to access incentives to undertake their study in Perth, and is in addition to the recent announcement to extend the graduate stream of the State Nominated Migration Program to include vocational education and training (VET) graduates.  The first invitation round to include VET graduates will be issued in December 2019.  The Graduate Occupation List will be expanded to include occupations for VET graduates, and the criteria will be amended to make it easier for international students to meet the eligibility requirements.

    Amendments to eligibility criteria

    • Studies in higher education, VET and/or English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) will all count towards the requirement to study for two years in Western Australia.
    • Work experience in job offer requirements will also be reduced.  Graduates will need to either demonstrate six months of work experience or a six month employment contract, but not both.  Currently international students need to have 12 months of work experience plus a job offer for 12 months.

    A new Graduate Occupation List and updated eligibility criteria for the graduate stream will be published on the migration portal prior to the December invitation round.

    For further information on requirements for the graduate stream of the State Nominated Migration Program please visit the migration portal

    New Certificate IV remote operations qualification creates career pathways

    TAFE partnership with Rio Tinto for an Australian first

    A ground‑breaking course in remote operations — the first of its kind in Australia — was announced today. Starting at South Metropolitan TAFE (SMTAFE) as a pilot course for 2020, the now nationally accredited Certificate IV in Autonomous Control and Remote Operations qualification was developed through the Resource Industry Collaboration, a landmark partnership between the WA State Government, SMTAFE and Rio Tinto Iron Ore.

    The Resource Industry Collaboration is led by WA State Training Board Chair Jim Walker and includes Rio Tinto, Santos, Yara, Komatsu, BHP, FMG, South32, Roy Hill, the Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia, TAFE WA, the University of Western Australia and Scitech. The partnership aims to ensure Western Australian workers are prepared for industry advancements, innovation and automation. Today's announcement follows the introduction of two additional automation courses in June 2019, a Certificate II in Autonomous Workplace Operations and a micro-credential course for apprentices and technicians, developed under the same partnership.

    Combining integrated learning in a control centre, the new qualification is designed to give students the knowledge and skills to work at some of Australia's top-tier automation facilities, such as Rio Tinto's Remote Operations Centre in Perth.Rio Tinto has committed $2 million towards the development of these qualifications, providing pathways to emerging jobs in the field of automation and placing WA at the forefront of technological development in the resources sector. Approximately 30 Rio Tinto Iron Ore employees will be involved in the pilot of the new qualification in 2020, and pending successful completion of the pilot, the first course will start in 2021.

    A female electrician.

    Energy utilities and TAFE join forces to upskill WA workers

    More than 100 workers upskilling to service the future electrical landscape

    The cleaner, lower cost and more reliable delivery of electricity to customers across Western Australia is requiring new skills in the energy sector. To meet these needs, a first-of-its-kind training program to upskill its energy utility workers in new energy technology solutions, such as standalone power systems has been developed.

    Western Power and Horizon Power electricity supply industry distribution powerlines and cable jointing workers commenced a 12-month program today at North Metropolitan TAFE, to become trade qualified electrical fitters. Once qualified, the employees will be able to operate, maintain and repair standalone power systems, which combine solar, battery and diesel generation.

    The Horizon Power Port Hedland and Karratha-based employees will be able to maintain and repair the North West interconnected system transmission terminal yards and distribution substations in the Pilbara, as well as the new Onslow utility grade solar farm and battery. The training program is a collaboration between TAFE, Horizon Power, Western Power, and the WA Utilities, Engineering, Electrical and Automotive training councilThis new training initiative complements Western Power's existing partnership with TAFE to develop skills for the growing rollout of standalone power units. 

    Western Power will install a further 57 standalone power systems this year, which is Australia's biggest rollout. By 2020, Horizon Power will have installed 17 standalone power systems for customers living in the Neridup and Beaumont farming areas in the Goldfields-Esperance region.

    Nominations open for 7NEWS Young Achiever Awards *closed*

    Applauding the leadership, vision, excellence and commitment of young people under 29.

    Nominations are open for one more month for the 7NEWS Young Achiever Awards. The Awards applaud the leadership, vision, excellence and commitment of young people under 29, while highlighting their efforts and success.

    This is your opportunity to give thanks and recognition where it is needed – to our young leaders.

    To nominate someone all you have to do is call the Awards Office on 9201 1155 and give them the nominee’s name, and they will take it from there.

    Nominate in one or more of the following categories. 

    • Tradie Business Blueprint Trade Business Award
    • Masonic Care WA / Freemasons WA Community Service Volunteering Award
    • Catholic Education Western Australia Young Leadership Award
    • Surge Fitness Sports Award
    • First National Real Estate Innovation Award
    • Woolworths Youth Group Achievement Award
    • Town of Victoria Park Arts and Culture Award
    • Elders Agriculture Award
    • Awards Australia Regional Service Award

    Category winners will each receive a $1,000 Bartercard account, $500 cash, a $500 Woolworths gift card and a trophy. One of the category winners will be chosen as the Western Australian Young Achiever of the Year and will win an additional $1,000 Bartercard account, $500 cash, $500 Woolworths gift card and a state trophy.

    For more information:

    Important dates

    Nominations open:         13 September 2019
    Nominations close:       11 December 2019
    Judging:                                 18 March 2020
    Awards gala presentation: 29 May 2020

    Bel Skinner (second from left, top) with some of her music students at NR TAFE — photo by Ben Houston Photography

    North Regional TAFE music lecturer receives ARIA nomination

    Bel Skinner nominated for the ARIA Music Teacher of the Year Award

    One of North Regional TAFE’s talented lecturers has been named an ARIA Award finalist, in what is a first for the vocational education and training sector. NR TAFE’s very own Broome-based music lecturer, Bel Skinner, is in the running to take out the 2019 Telstra ARIA Music Teacher of the Year Award!

    In September NR TAFE celebrated Bel’s outstanding and innovative achievements with a special guest appearance from talented Sydney artist and ARIA Award winner, Montaigne, who flew across to Broome to announce the lecturer’s nomination. Bel's career has seen her journey from remote music lecturer to Western Australian Trainer of the Year and now ARIA Award finalist. Bel’s passion for music emerged at the age of five when she started formal music lessons. In her adult years, she went on to complete a Bachelor of Music (Honours) at the University of New South Wales. Her studies are ultimately what drove her to pack up and bring her love for the music industry to the remote town of Broome.

    Bel’s inspiring story really kicked off back in 2002 when she commenced work at NR TAFE and began delivering the Certificate II in Music Industry with only three guitars, limited classroom space and five indigenous youth at risk students. Bel has since built the music program from the ground up and now delivers to her students in a state of the art studio, with regional and remote delivery of Certificate II, III, IV and Diploma in Music Industry across the North West. While working as a music lecturer at NR TAFE, Bel — a musician in her own right — also dedicates her time to artist management and loves sharing opportunities and industry knowhow with her students, to help them achieve their goals as individuals.

    “By bringing music education to isolated students, my programs are able to consistently engage disadvantaged youth from diverse cultural and socio-economical backgrounds, building literacy and numeracy, and self-esteem, and promoting increased school attendance in the remote communities that I travel to. I believe that music and music education play a key role in engagement and social change in Indigenous communities across the Kimberley and Pilbara regions and I take great pride in being able to offer this to young people through my training,” Bel said.

    In 2014, Bel went on to write and launch completely online delivery of the Certificate III in Music Industry, the first of its kind in Australia.  This innovative course has provided students across Australia, particularly those in regional and remote areas, with access to music education and has opened them up to pathways into the music industry and further education. Bel was also the creator of a juvenile justice intervention program, which involved working with groups of teenagers to write and produce their own original songs, while also building on language and literacy skills throughout the creative process.

    Bel’s achievements did not come easy, and were met with a number of challenges over the years. “Of course, the tyranny of distance is a significant factor. I drive thousands of kilometres to deliver training, however I use this time creatively to reflect on my programs for continuous improvement." Bel says. "A lack of available music resources, particularly instruments and equipment in remote locations, is a continuous challenge. I address this by seeking to develop partnerships with local organisations such as job service providers and community radio stations to create a training environment. I also work with the organisations and students to access funding to build infrastructure. I embrace individual differences and customise each program to meet the individual learner needs.” 

    The talented music lecturer took the opportunity to reflect on her passion for music and teaching ahead of the awards. “I truly love every aspect of what I do to bring positive change through music into people’s lives. I’m passionate and committed to working with every student to meet their individual needs and develop their music skills and knowledge to achieve great outcomes,” Bel said.

    We wish Bel all the best for the ARIAs, and congratulate her on this wonderful achievement.

    To watch this year’s ARIA Awards, tune in to the Nine Network broadcast, live from The Star Event Centre in Sydney on Wednesday 27 November 2019.

    You can vote for Bel at ariamusicteacheraward.com.au/Vote
     
    Or visit the website for more information: ariamusicteacheraward.com.au 
     
    Main photo: Bel Skinner (second from left, top) with some of her music students at NR TAFE — photo by Ben Houston Photography

    WorldSkills national championships coming to Perth!

    WA to host Australia's premier VET skills showcase in August 2020

    It was announced today that Perth will host Australia's premier skills showcase in August 2020 — the WorldSkills Australia National Championships.

    Showcasing up to 60 different skill categories, the WorldSkills Australia National Championships is the nation's biggest vocational education and training (VET) competition. The event will bring together the best and brightest apprentices, trainees, educators, employers and industry professionals to compete for the title of national champion in each skill category.

    This is the third time Western Australia has hosted the event, with the last National Championships being held in Perth in 2014. For further information about WorldSkills Australia visit worldskills.org.au or for information on WorldSkills Western Australia visit dtwd.wa.gov.au/worldskills-wa

    Held 13—15 August 2020 at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, the free championships will run in conjunction with the SkillsWest Career Expo, and is expected to attract more than 500 competitors and 20,000 visitors. Visitors will experience a variety of skilled trades and technology careers under the one roof and can watch the competitions, participate in Try-a-Skill demonstrations and network with hundreds of industry and educational experts. The 2020 National Championships provide a pathway for medallists to become a member of the Australian Skill Squad to compete at the next WorldSkills International Competition to be held in Shanghai, in September 2021.

    Migration Western Australia — Latest news

    Graduate migration pathway to attract more international students

    The State Nomination Migration Program (SNMP) graduate stream will soon be more accessible for international students who study in Western Australia.

    On 16 October 2019 it was announced that the graduate stream of the SNMP will be extended to include vocational education and training (VET) graduates who complete a qualification in Western Australia at Certificate III level or above, excluding trade occupations (unless approved for delivery to international students).  The first invitation round to include VET graduates will be issued in December 2019.

    Other changes to the SNMP graduate stream are:

    • studies in higher education, VET and/or English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) will all count towards the requirement to study for two years in Western Australia; and
    • work experience and job offer requirements will also be reduced. Graduates will need to either demonstrate six months of work experience or a six month employment contract, but not both. Currently, international students need to have 12 months of work experience plus a job offer for 12 months.

    A new Graduate occupation list and updated eligibility criteria for the graduate stream will be published on the migration portal prior to the December invitation round.

    Further information on requirements for the graduate stream of the State Nomination Migration Scheme is available here on the migration portal  

    Reduced VET fees pave the way for new METRONET jobs

    Midland TAFE to become specialist training centre

    Western Australians who want to be part of the METRONET building program will benefit from the new $53.5 million Lower fees, local skills program that's reducing VET course fees from 1 January 2020. 

    From next year, the Midland campus of North Metropolitan TAFE will become a speciality METRONET Trade Training Centre, with upgraded workshops and new fabrication training equipment. The centre is just three kilometres from the site of the new METRONET Bellevue Assembly Facility where the new C-Series railcars will be commissioned. Under the plan, the TAFE and its workshops are being redeveloped into a specialist centre that provides the specific technical and support skills required for railcar manufacturing and METRONET maintenance.

    METRONET courses that will benefit from the reduction in course fees include the:

    • Certificate II in Civil Construction;
    • Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations; and
    • Certificate III in Civil Construction. 

    The METRONET 'Train of Thought' forum was held on Monday October 14, bringing together industry stakeholders including railcar manufacturers, government and training industry representatives to discuss ways to ensure the training centre meets the industry's short and long-term requirements. 

    Students looking at a computer

    Course fees halved for target qualifications

    VET now more affordable for 2020

    Course fees will be reduced to half price or less for target vocational education and training (VET) qualifications, from 1 January 2020 through to 31 December 2021, under the new Lower fees, local skills program. 

    The course fee rate per hour for these qualifications will be reduced by 50 per cent. The maximum annual fee students will pay is capped at $400 for concession students and youth, and at $1,200 for non-concession students.

    The initiative will make VET more affordable for students, stimulate training in job growth areas, and support new apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities in Western Australia. The two-year initiative aims to stimulate training in job growth areas and support important sectors of the State’s economy including aged and disability care, Metronet, defence, hospitality and tourism.

    For more information on Lower fees, local skills — including the list of fee-reduced priority courses — visit jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/skillsready or contact your local Jobs and Skills Centre on 13 64 64.

    The Heights on set.

    ABC drama a springboard to the stars for TAFE talent

    Opening doors for WA screen and media students

    A partnership between North Metropolitan TAFE (NMTAFE) and producers of hit ABC TV series The Heights continues to open doors for Western Australian screen and media students. 

    The Heights, which has a major production investment from Screenwest, tells the story of residents living in an inner-city housing complex and the people who live in the rapidly gentrifying community surrounding it. It is being produced by Matchbox Pictures and For Pete’s Sake Productions for ABC Television. With 30 episodes to be made, The Heights will give Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (Digital Cinema) students practical training in a number of course units, providing tangible skills and experience for emerging screen industry professionals. 

    While studying at NM TAFE, Harne Hennessey from Yanchep interned on the first season of the series in 2018. Following his experience on set and graduation, the 22 year old secured work as a camera and lighting operator on Channel 9’s Today Show. Another two graduates,who interned on The Heights while studying last year have also found work on the series. NMTAFE are now negotiating additional student placements within the production’s lighting and sound teams.          

    The WA State Government recently announced a $7 million Lotterywest grant for Screenwest, which distributes funding to WA screen projects. The grant will help to underpin the continued growth and success of Western Australia’s screen industry.

    Main picture: Minister Ellery (front, centre) with NMTAFE Managing Director Michelle Hoad (left), NMTAFE students and crew on set of The Heights

     

    ChemCentre’s Open Day – Celebrating science

    Showcasing the diversity of STEM careers

    On, 26 October, from 10 am to 4 pm, ChemCentre is holding an open day to celebrate science and showcase the diversity of careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

    ChemCentre is a Western Australian Government agency that offers specialised chemical and forensic services to ensure a safe and prosperous community. It provides environmental chemistry services in the areas of occupational health and safety, air quality, water, soil, marine environments, and mining and petroleum chemistry, and support to government agencies and departments in chemical, biological and radiological incidents. ChemCentre also has forensic science services including clandestine laboratory remediation, forensic toxicology, illicit drug analysis and physical evidence, working closely with agencies such as the WA Police, WA Health, and the Department of Fire and Emergency Services.

    All of these specialist areas will be on show for the open day, with tours of the forensic science and environmental chemistry labs where you can get hands-on with the experts. You can also find out how science plays an important part in police work, experiencing a day at work as a crime-solving chemist. Other activities include exploring the HAZMAT emergency response mobile laboratory, getting scientific insights into your backyard soil through chemical analysis, and speak to local science and chemistry experts about their work and careers.

    Entry is free, and free parking is available. The open day is held at ChemCentre, in Bentley. For further information, please visit chemcentre.wa.gov.au/OpenDay.

    STEM is a key area for future jobs in Western Australia, with a range of career options in exciting fields – from agriculture through to information technology, health to artificial intelligence, there really is something for everyone. To find out about careers in STEM, and training courses that can get you there, visit the Jobs and Skills WA website.

    jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/jobs-and-careers/science-technology-engineering-and-mathematics-stem

    Aboriginal Perth brought to life with Noongar place naming

    Gnarla Boodja Mili Mili recognising traditional owners of the land

    An interactive map acknowledging Noongar place names in the Perth central business district was launched recently by Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt. The map brings renewed recognition to the traditional owners of the land and their ongoing connection to the region. "All Australians share a special relationship to the land and the names we give to places convey their significance, sense of history and identity.” said Mr Wyatt. "Aboriginal people share a connection to country that goes back tens of thousands of years and is deeply rooted in traditions, lore and spirituality. The map acknowledges Noongar names that are rich with meaning and histories that predate European contact.”

    Gnarla Boodja Mili Mili (Our Country on Paper) is the cumulative work of research conducted by Aboriginal History, a division of the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries that works in partnership with Aboriginal communities and other stakeholders to connect people to Aboriginal culture and history and promote reconciliation in the wider WA community. Thirty-one place names, with information about the significance of each, have been identified and included on the map. Early photographs and references are also included.

    Amongst the sites captured are the Noongar names for popular landmarks such as Kings Park (Kata Moor) and Elizabeth Quay (Gumap), as well as sites that existed prior to European contact such as Goonininup, a permanent spring and camping ground that was located at the base of Mount Eliza.

    Gnarla Boodja Mili Mili is the first map of its kind to comprehensively document the Aboriginal place names of a capital city's central business district in Australia. Its release coincides with the International Year of Indigenous Languages, declared by the United Nations General Assembly to encourage urgent action to preserve, revitalise and promote indigenous languages. It aims to begin to address the void in the identification, recording and writing of Australian Aboriginal histories and provides opportunities to preserve and reawaken the ancient story of our traditional owners through place naming. Additionally, it sets a standard to inspire local governments to embrace local language names in their work throughout Western Australia.

    The map is available to access online at dlgsc.wa.gov.au/department/publications/publication/gnarla-boodja-mili-mili-(our-country-on-paper)

    Record number of Western Australians employed in mining sector

    Following a $30 billion increase in mineral and petroleum sales

    Figures from the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety's latest statistics 2018-19 show Western Australia's mineral and petroleum industries reported sales of $145 billion. This is a $30 billion increase from the previous 2017–18 period. As a direct outcome from this growth in sales, the average number of individuals employed in the WA minerals sector in 2018-19 was 124,010, up from 112,008 the previous year.

    "Interest and investment in the resources sector remains strong, WA projects in the pipeline had an estimated value of $108 billion in September 2019." said Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston.

    For more information about these statistics, visit the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety website

    Information about training courses for, and occupations in, the mining sector is available on the Jobs and Skills WA website.

    Visit the Jobs and Skills WA website

    Main picture, (L) Kim Dick, winner of the 2017 WA Training Award for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year, with a colleague.

    All a-buzz at Muresk this weekend!

    Muresk's first beekeeping course a huge success

    A growing interest in keeping bees has prompted the first ‘Introduction to Beekeeping' course at Muresk Institute in Northam, delivered this past weekend.

    Through the course, budding apiarists canlearn the basics of beekeeping and how to apply responsible beekeeping practices in line with Western Australian standards.

    Director General of the Department of Training and Workforce Development Anne Driscoll said the course had attracted a lot of buzz, especially from hobby farmers keen to start their own hives. “All courses at Muresk are driven by demand and developed in collaboration with delivery partners and industry, Ms Driscoll said. “Beekeeping has become hugely popular over the past few years, and this course offers a comprehensive and industry driven introduction to apiary.”

    Commercial beekeepers and subject matter experts John Enkelmann and Laura McLean from Westlands Honey in Beverley will deliver the course. Mr Enkelmann grew up with beekeeping and became a commercial beekeeper four years ago. He said the course was for anyone wanting to become more confident with bees and that ultimately beekeeping was hugely rewarding. “Western Australia has the healthiest bee population in the world and because of that we do not use any chemicals or antibiotics on our bees, he said. “One of the most important aspects of beekeeping is biosecurity so we can keep our bees healthy. This course will teach not just beekeeping basics but also how to keep our WA hives safe from pests and disease.” Mr Enkelmann said bees were paramount to the success of Western Australia’s agricultural industry as they are a natural pollinator and also an important bio indicator of the overall health of the ecosystem.

    Muresk Institute offers a range of courses, workshops and professional development opportunities. Upcoming short courses include the Livestock School, Precision Control Technology training and the Drone pilot licence. There are also a number of full time courses delivered in partnership with TAFEs and universities.

    For more information about Muresk Institute visit dtwd.wa.gov.au/mureskinstitute or call 1300 994 031.

    Boost to Aboriginal employment opportunities in the Goldfields

    Providing vocational training and employment pathways in the resources sector

    An agreement to deliver education and training and support employment opportunities for Aboriginal people in the Goldfields resources sector has been announced today.. Carey Mining, the Australian Aboriginal Mining Academy (AAMA) and Curtin University today signed a Memorandum of Understanding marking a major step towards establishing an Aboriginal Mining Academy, offering Aboriginal vocational training and employment pathways unique to Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

    The three organisations will work together to determine the best approach to deliver education and training services for Aboriginal people in the Goldfields, aimed at increasing participation in meaningful employment for Aboriginal people in the region.

    Earlier this year, Carey Mining received a $166,980 Regional Economic Development Grant to undertake a study on current and future education and training needs of the Goldfields resources sector, a first step towards establishing an Aboriginal Mining Academy. The study is underway and will be completed by March 2020.

    Innovation and excellence driving WA Training Award winners

    Spotlight on our very best in vocational education and training

    Thirteen individuals and organisations scooped top honours at the WA Training Awards gala dinner last Friday night for their commitment to innovation and excellence in the vocational education and training (VET) sector. The spotlight was on the State’s key skill areas including building and construction, social assistance and allied health and STEM which took out the awards for WA Apprentice of the Year, WA International Student of the Year and WA Small Training Provider of the Year.

    After ten years in the oil and gas industry, WA Apprentice of the Year Anthony Di Cristofaro was ready for a change. He started an apprenticeship in carpentry and joinery and never looked back. A passionate advocate for mental health in the workplace, Mr Di Cristofaro now mentors and coaches younger apprentices and believes training is key to producing quality skilled workers who are resilient and confident in their abilities.

    Winner of the WA International Student of the Year Award, Dushica Poposki was employed as a nurse in Macedonia before relocating to Perth. Starting in aged care, she continually challenged herself and trained to work with patients with acquired brain injury. A job promotion gave her the final push to train as an enrolled nurse where she currently enjoys providing the best nursing care to the community.

    Now in its 25th year, the WA Training Awards highlight the achievements of apprentices, trainees, VET students, trainers, training organisations and employers in the training sector. Some category winners will now advance to compete against the nation’s best at the Australian Training Awards in Brisbane on 21 November 2019. 

    dtwd.wa.gov.au/watrainingawards

    Individual award winners

    WA Apprentice of the Year 2019, sponsored by MEGT (Australia) Ltd
    Anthony Di Cristofaro, (Darch), North Metropolitan TAFE   

    Prior to starting a mature age apprenticeship, Anthony worked in the mining industry for 10 years. Committed to learning and excelling in his trade, he exhibits genuine care for his co-workers safety and mental health, mentoring younger apprentices and completing the Mates in Construction Connector course. Anthony believes in the importance of training to produce quality skilled workers that are resilient and confident in their abilities.

    WA School-based Apprentice of the Year 2019, sponsored by Roy Hill          
    Tiffany Heelan, (Bullsbrook), SEDA Group WA        

    Sports have always been a passion for Tiffany and so the opportunity to train in sport and recreation felt like a natural pathway. Training has developed her determination – recovering from injury – and her leadership skills as well. As a WA netball program student ambassador she has worked on personal development programs and fundraising initiatives. Her goal is to help people live active and exciting lives.

    WA Trainee of the Year 2019, sponsored by Crown Perth         
    Rebecca Lee Hudson, (Dalyellup), Australian Training Management            

    After years working in human resources, Rebecca decided to take on a completely different career as a crane operator. Despite having no experience, she found one of her biggest challenges of the traineeship was learning how to learn again. Her experience retraining herself to take notes and listen to her trainer’s advice after years in management roles taught her to be more confident and trust in her ability.  

    WA Vocational Student of the Year 2019  
    Chloe Baigent, South Regional TAFE

    With 10 years of experience in Horticulture, Chloe dreamed of a career where she could support and empower young people and chose to pursue youth work. Chloe’s passion and ability saw her be named the 2019 South Regional TAFE Student of the Year. She continues to be an ambassador, creating a program to help youth write resumes to support them to become more financially independent.      

    WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year 2019, sponsored by The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation  
    Rekeisha Voss, (Ellenbrook), Aspire Performance Training

    Rekeisha started her career in beauty therapy and hospitality, however felt the need to try something new and applied for a traineeship. Working as a trainee service desk officer has taught her many things about the behind the scenes world of ICT. With a passion for learning new skills, Rekeisha wants to break negative perceptions and shine a spotlight on positive work outcomes for Indigenous people.

    WA Cultural Diversity Training Award 2019             
    Elena Smirnova, (Armadale), South Metropolitan TAFE

    Books and libraries provide a constant source of inspiration for Elena. She loves reading and literature but also the community that libraries create. It was this inspiration that motivated her to study English after arriving in WA. Her goal is to become ‘a warrior of the light’ - a Russian expression to describe someone who is educated and, through further training, fulfil her career in library services.

    WA International Student of the Year 2019          
    Dushica Poposki, (Nollamara), North Metropolitan TAFE

    Employed as a nurse in Macedonia, a chance experience as an outpatient while visiting Perth inspired Dushica to relocate and train in WA. Starting in aged care, she continually challenged herself and trained to work with patients with acquired brain injury. A job promotion gave her the final push to train as an enrolled nurse where she enjoys providing the best nursing care to the community.

    WA Trainer of the Year 2019, sponsored by Training Accreditation Council  
    Matthew King, (Caversham), Swan Trade Training Centre  

    Prior to becoming a trainer, Matthew was an electrician and still runs his own business. With a passion for working with young people, he believes through great teaching you can shape the next generation. As a mentor he provides inspirational learning experiences whilst remaining relevant to industry. Matthew was responsible for establishing the only school-based pre-apprenticeship electrical course, run by in-house staff in WA.

    Organisational award winners

    WA Large Employer of the Year 2019       
    Barminco

    Barminco is one of the world’s largest hard-rock underground mining services providers employing 3,500 employees world-wide. Founded in 1989, the WA based company has 30 years’ experience in delivering hard-rock underground mining services both domestically and internationally. Its Barminco Leaders Program (BLP) has 102 employees enrolled, of which 24 have graduated with a BSB42015 Certificate IV in Leadership and Management.
     

    WA Medium Employer of the Year 2019, sponsored by CCI Apprenticeship Support Australia
    Eden Corporation Pty Ltd T/As McDonald’s Karratha

    Since opening its doors in September 1997, McDonald’s Karratha struggled with crew retention and filling managerial positions as employees moved to higher paid positions in the mining sector. In 2016 it decided to bring back WA Apprenticeships with just 2 Apprentices. Since then, 41 employees have passed through the system. The operation now has 80 staff and a remarkably low staff turnover rate. 

    WA Large Training Provider of the Year 2019                          
    North Regional TAFE

    North Regional TAFE is the largest provider of training and vocational services in the north of WA, servicing industries and communities across the region. With a total of 11 campuses and the College’s three largest delivery centres at Broome, Karratha and Pundulmurra in South Hedland, in 2018, it delivered more than 190 nationally recognised and industry-endorsed qualifications to over 7,300 students.           

    WA Small Training Provider of the Year 2019                          
    Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services

    Since 1983, KAMS has been committed to providing high quality VET training in the Kimberley region. Established to offer a local study option for Aboriginal Health Work without having to relocate to Perth, courses offer flexibility and practical, supervised experience for Aboriginal Health Care Workers providing services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.                              

    WA Industry Collaboration Award 2019                                    
    The Electrical Industry Female Participation Program (EIFPP), Joondalup

    EIFPP, led by the College of Electrical Training, partners with secondary schools, NECA WA and local employers to improve course accessibility and reduce barriers for female school students obtaining an apprenticeship. The program provides a structured career pathway into the electrical industry, promotes the electrical industry as ‘gender neutral’ and delivers a training experience aimed at giving students the best possible chance of employment.

    Muresk Institute showcases modern agriculture to international guest

    Promoting Western Australia's agriculture industry to the Asian market

    One of Australia’s top diplomats visited Northam’s Muresk Institute today as part of a program to promote agriculture in Western Australia to the Asian market.

    Australia’s Consul-General in Ho Chi Minh City, Julienne Cowley, is in WA engaging first-hand with regional communities and businesses to learn and listen to local perspectives on trade and development policy, in conjunction with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

    Director General of the Department of Training and Workforce Development Anne Driscoll said the Muresk visit was an excellent opportunity to showcase the State’s premier skills hub for modern agriculture. “Muresk is at the forefront of WA’s agricultural scene, working closely with partners to bring cutting edge technology to regional Australia,” she said.

    Today’s visit included a campus and farm tour with exposure to the ground breaking SmartFarm technology, in operation at Muresk since 2018. This technology has been used to increase Muresk’s productivity, environmental sustainability, safety and workflow and train and upskill Western Australians studying or working in agriculture.

    Ms Driscoll said the Muresk Institute is the perfect setting to study short or long term agricultural courses, with a number of accommodation options and meal packages. “With WA's clean environment and first-rate agricultural industry we have a lot to offer the Asian market with innovative partnerships and research opportunities. Muresk Institute offers a wide range of nationally accredited courses as well as workshops and professional development opportunities. Upcoming short courses include the Livestock School, Precision Control Technology training and the Drone pilot licence. There are also a number of full time courses delivered in partnership with TAFEs and universities, including the Curtin University Associate Degree in Agribusiness which is a two year program and pathway into the full Curtin University Bachelor of Agribusiness, the South Regional TAFE Diploma of Agriculture and Central Regional TAFE’s Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.".

    For more information about Muresk Institute visit their website or call 1300 994 031.

    dtwd.wa.gov.au/mureskinstitute

    Main photo: 
    L to R – Kylie Tydde  External Relations WA State Office, DFAT, Bich Thi Nguyen - Economic and Government Affairs Officer, Julienne CowleAustralia’s Consul-General in Ho Chi Minh City, Prue Jenkins, General Manager, Muresk Institute and Cameron Broun  Farm Technical Officer in the shearing shed discussing the use of technology for livestock breeding and production systems. 

    Preparing women for STEM jobs of the future

    Women leading the way in science, technology, education and mathematics!

    Girls in STEM, an event aimed at increasing female participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in Western Australia, was held last Friday. 115 students from 11 schools in Perth attended the annual expo at North Metropolitan TAFE in East Perth, gaining valuable insight into vocational education and training (VET) pathways available for girls in STEM.

    Students heard from female professionals and industry leaders about their career journeys and participated in STEM activities such as animation, civil engineering, mining, lab technology, horticulture, software development and building design. 

    Girls in STEM is a partnership between North Metropolitan TAFE and the Department of Education’s Marine Industry School Pathways Program, funded by the Commonwealth Department of Defence to facilitate and support student STEM pathways to defence industry careers. 

    For information about STEM training and careers, please visit the Jobs and Skills WA website.

    jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/jobs-and-careers/science-technology-engineering-and-mathematics-stem

    Adult Learners Week 1–8 September

    Celebrating lifelong learning through vocational education and training

    Adult Learners Week is celebrated annually all around the world. With hundreds of events and activities taking place across Australia, Adult Learners Week is a celebration of lifelong learning. It aims to highlight the benefits of learning while educating about the many adult learning options available.

    Learning as an adult can increase competence, confidence, self-sufficiency and general wellbeing. In purely economic terms this means that people are more productive because they are healthier, motivated and more skilled; but it can also provide people with opportunities for social interaction, networking and collaboration.

    Vocational education and training (VET) offers a range of learning options – from a skill set when you want to learn something specific, a unit or units of competency if you want a broad set of skills in a particular area, right through to a full qualification – the choice is yours! With VET, you can follow your own learning pathway.

    VET is designed for adults – learning is hands-on and practical, and you achieve competence by demonstrating your skills and abilities rather than sitting an exam. Through Jobs and Skills WA, many VET courses that align with priority industry areas and occupations are subsidised, making them more accessible to everyone.

    To find out more about VET courses and training options, please visit the Jobs and Skills WA website or contact your local Jobs and Skills Centre for free advice, information and guidance.

    Visit the Jobs and Skills WA website 

    Find your local Jobs and Skills Centre

    To find out what events are happening in Western Australia, visit the Adults Learners Week website at adultlearnersweek.org/alw-events.

    New! 2019 State priority occupation list (SPOL) now available

    Identifying priority training areas for WA's future development

    The State priority occupation list (SPOL) is produced each year by the Department in consultation with key stakeholders, including the State’s industry training councils, to inform and guide workforce planning and development for Western Australia. It is a list of occupations rated according to their priority status for WA.

    The SPOL informs the WA State training plan, which guides the allocation of subsidised training programs into areas of prioritised need. It also informs WA workforce development planning and the Western Australian skilled migration occupation list (WASMOL), the Graduate occupation list  and WA's State nominated migration program. The list, and related background evidence, also forms the basis for WA Government submissions such as the State Wage Case, Commonwealth migration and various other priorities.

    The 2019 SPOL is now available here on our website. You can also review the scope and methodology paper, and the review and changes paper, that support the information in the 2019 SPOL paper.

    View the 2019 SPOL

    Skills on show at SkillsWest Expo

    Showcasing training and career opportunities through VET

    More than 10,000 members of the public including 5,000 secondary school students attended the free SkillsWest Expo over the weekend.

    Celebrating its tenth year, the SkillsWest Expo featured over 80 industry, employers and training organisations showcasing employment and vocational education and training (VET) opportunities.

    Department of Training and Workforce Development Director General Anne Driscoll said the interest in the SkillsWest Expo spoke for itself. “As WA’s leading event to promote careers and training, the event really has something for everyone, from those looking to upskill or a secondary school student taking their first step into a career.”

    Some 2,000 people visited the stand for the TAFE Jobs and Skills Centres, who offer a one-stop-shop for career and training related services. “The centres are a single point of contact for members of the community and businesses to find help and information with their career, training and employment needs,” Ms Driscoll said.

    The TAFE STEM hub was one of the main attractions with attendees trying hands-on activities in new and emerging technologies such as aerospace, cyber security, laboratory technology and software development. Traditional trades such as hairdressing, floristry and automotive technology were also on show and WA VET Ambassadors Caitlan Noble and Megan Feaver, winners of the WA Training Awards in 2018, shared their experiences of training in the VET sector. 

    WorldSkills competitions saw the State's most talented apprentices and trainees in a battle of skills such as bricklaying, plastering, heavy automotive, refrigeration and plumbing, and the expo also provided an opportunity for media and event students from North Metropolitan TAFE to gain valuable real world experience, broadcasting live from the event with Boom Radio.

    Main picture: Department of Training and Workforce Development Director General, Anne Driscoll, with WA VET Ambassadors Megan Feaver (L) and Caitlan Noble (R), at the Jobs and Skills Centres stand. 

    A woman engineer.

    Training boost for Western Australians under-represented in STEM

    Eight new community-based education projects creating opportunities

    Women, girls, Aboriginal people and people living in regional and remote locations will benefit from funding to boost the skills of people under-represented in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) professions, with eight new community-based education projects through its new Digital and Technology Skills Program.

    The program is an initiative under the State's STEM skills strategy Future jobs, future skills — Driving STEM skills in Western Australia, which focuses on the skills needed to embrace new technologies and innovative work practices, enabling Western Australians to take on the jobs of the future. Skills developed through this training will include areas such as coding, data analysis and geospatial mapping, and provide deeper knowledge about concepts such as virtual reality and artificial intelligence that can be applied to a range of industry areas. Grants have been awarded to:

    • City of Belmont ($21,896) for 'Film It!!';
    • City of Bunbury ($30,000) for the Bunbury Library Makerspace;
    • Fire Tech Camp Australia Pty Ltd ($147,007) for the Wirrpanda STEM Indigenous Project;
    • Peel Bright Minds ($49,197) for the Peel Bright Minds Project;
    • Shire of Murray ($30,000) for the Murray STEM Futures Project;
    • Spacecubed ($210,000) for the She Codes Project;
    • Winyama Pty Ltd ($70,000) for the Indigenous Mapping Workshop; and
    • Women in Technology WA ($179,900) for the Techtrails [tech+] Future Skills Program.

    For information about training courses in STEM, and occupational profiles for STEM related job roles, please visit the Jobs and Skills WA website at jobsandskills.wa.gov.au

    For information about the Digital and Technology Skills Program, please visit jtsi.wa.gov.au/digtechskills

    Record number of jobs for WA tourism industry!

    Great news for tourism jobs and careers in WA

    In positive news for tourism in Western Australia the industry has achieved the highest number of jobs on record since the statistic was first recorded 12 years ago, according to a new Tourism Research Australia report released this week.

    The new State Tourism Satellite Account 2017-18 details the economic impacts of tourism for each state and territory across Australia. It reports that in 2017—18, a total of 108,800 people were employed in the WA tourism industry  — almost 2,000 more jobs compared to the previous year. 

    The WA tourism industry added $12.9 billion to the State's economy for the 2017—18 period, and makes up 8.2 per cent of the State's total employment. This is higher than other industry sectors such as mining (7 per cent); professional, scientific and technical services (6.9 per cent); and manufacturing (5.9 per cent). More than a quarter (27.7%) of people directly employed by tourism in WA are in the cafes, restaurants, and takeaway food services sector, with a further 13.7% in the accommodation sector.

    For information about training courses and occupational profiles for the tourism industry, please visit the Jobs and Skills WA website

    To view the 2017-18 State Tourism Satellite Account report, visit the Tourism WA website

    Strategic plan

    Strategic Plan 2019—2023 released!

    Setting a clear vision for the future of Western Australia's VET sector

    The Department of Training and Workforce Development has recently released our new strategic plan, which will guide the strategic direction of the Department over the next four years.

    The strategic plan sets a clear, high level vision for the future of the training sector. It draws on extensive stakeholder consultation, which conveyed consistent views about the Department’s emerging priorities and primary activities. The goals of Our Priorities: Sharing Prosperity and other Government strategic initiatives are also embedded in the plan.

    To achieve our vision of transforming people’s lives and creating strong, vibrant businesses and communities through training, the plan outlines key actions that we will take under the following five priorities.

    1. Drive accessibility and participation in training that lead to jobs and careers, especially in the regions
    2. Embed STEM and digital capability into VET
    3. Drive innovative, quality training content and delivery with employers and industry
    4. Support micro-credentials for more agile skills development
    5. Promote a contemporary and dynamic VET sector domestically and internationally

    The strategic plan provides a clear direction for the Department and we look forward to working with our stakeholders in achieving the Department’s vision.

    View the Strategic Plan 2019—2023

    Get stuck into STEM at the Skills West Expo!

    Training, careers and jobs — Perth's premier career event of the year!

    The Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre will welcome over 4,000 students through its doors starting Friday August 16 for the 2019 Skills West Expo.

    The annual event, now in its tenth year, will run from 16–18 August 2019. Skills West Expo is Perth’s largest training and career event, with a focus on the opportunities offered by a vocational education and training (VET) pathway.

    North and South Metropolitan TAFEs have combined forces to provide a host of activities to inspire visitors with STEM at this year’s event. Visitors can try a range of activities in the dedicated STEM hub from virtual welding to aerospace and game design and explore future technologies that are on show. If you’re looking for employment, some of WA’s top employers will be on exhibit at the show. Visitors to the expo can also take advantage of career seminars as well as resume advice workshops that will be running across the weekend.

    Here are just a few of the activities that you can get into at this year’s expo.

    Meet the Jobs and Skills Centre teams!
    The Jobs and Skills Centre teams will also be at the Expo offering a one-stop-shop for free careers, training and employment advice and assistance. Be sure to stop by stand 21 and say hello.

    Try’a Skill and WorldSkills
    As well as Try‘a Skill activities, the WorldSkills pavilion will be staging ten WorldSkills competitions which test some of the State’s most talented in a battle of the skills in construction trades, automotive industries and engineering. Don’t miss this opportunity to witness some of the best of WA’s skilled trades competing live.

    Aerospace
    Ready to take flight? Check out the South Metropolitan TAFE helicopter (for real!) or pilot a plane with our virtual reality masks.

    Animation
    Immerse yourself in arcade games at the virtual reality sideshow alley and try your hand at 2D and 3D drawing.

    Applied engineering
    The future has arrived! Learn about the world of mechatronics with our miniature demonstrations featuring a smart home and an industrial production line.

    Building design
    Enter another dimension as you enjoy a virtual walk-through of a building design.

    Cyber security
    Enjoy the thrill of the hunt as you analyse the deliberate exploitation of a computer system, enterprise or network in this billion-dollar growing business.

    Jewellery
    Accessorise like a fashionista by making your very own keyring or earrings.

    Nursing
    Anything is pulse-ible with a nurse around! Get a free health check from North Metropolitan TAFE’s Roaming Education and Community Health (REACH) Clinic (Friday only).

    Web/computer programming
    Take your first steps on the information super highway as you create a web page using HTML, program a game using Python and play with some fantastic apps.

    Full details for this year's SkillsWest Expo are available on their website

     

    WA Training Awards 2019 finalists announced!

    WA's best in Vocational education and training in the spotlight

    In 2019, the WA Training Awards celebrate 25 years of excellence in the training sector through employers, organisations and training providers as well as individual talent setting the benchmark for our future workforce.

    Across 13 categories, 43 finalists have shown excellence in their fields, including two employers for this year’s inaugural Medium Employer of the Year award.  

    The awards highlight the opportunities available for Western Australians to transform their careers and change their future. Many of the individual finalists this year have been inspired to change career paths and pursue their dreams through training. From construction to community services and from beauty therapy to ICT, these stories demonstrate the unique ability of the training system to inspire individuals to transform their futures and obtain skills required for future job needs.

    The organisational finalists this year demonstrate how the training sector delivers vital education and training opportunities while providing important services to the community. For the first time in the WA Awards, the contributions of medium employers were recognised as a separate category.

    A full list of finalists is available on the Winners and Finalists page of the WA Training Awards website

    The 2019 WA Training Awards winners will be announced at the Presentation Dinner, sponsored by Electrical and Communications Association (ECA) of Western Australia Inc (ECA WA) in September. Winners will be eligible to compete against the nation's best at the Australian Training Awards to be held in Brisbane later this year where the national category is available. This year’s Presentation dinner will be held on 13 September 2019 at Crown Perth. Ticket sales are now open.

    The WA Training Awards are possible thanks to its partners: ECA WA; CCI Apprenticeship Support Australia; Crown Perth; The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation; MEGT; Roy Hill; AMA Apprenticeship and Traineeship Services and AV Partners.

    A person working in aged care.

    Growing healthcare skills and building career pathways

    Funding of up to $300K for existing worker training

    The Department is proud to be participating in the Skilling Australians Fund — part of the Commonwealth Government’s commitment to the vocational education and training (VET) sector. The program works in partnership with state and territory governments through the National Partnership on the Skilling Australians Fund (NPSAF).

    We are working with industry, businesses and employers, training providers and other stakeholders to develop, introduce and support key strategies and VET programs across Western Australia's priority industries and occupations that are most in demand – now, and into the future. In addition to the Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive that commenced on 1 July, we are happy to advise of two new VET programs – the Enterprise Training Program (ETP) and the Pre-traineeship Program (PTP) – that are now available for the first time as pilot programs for 2019.

    The Enterprise Training Program is designed to address skill priorities for existing workers, supporting businesses and ensuring that workers have the skills and knowledge to meet the current and future needs of the organisation and industry. The program enables individual organisations (or a consortium of organisations) to identify skill gaps and work with a registered training organisation to develop training to suit and meet their organisation’s needs, and apply for funding of up to $200,000 for single enterprises and $300,000 for consortiums to support that training.

    The Pre-traineeship Program is an exciting initiative that offers students the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on industry-based skills, knowledge and experience through a combination of on and off the job training. The program also provides potential employers with an opportunity to provide work placement to students, and access to program graduates who have been screened for suitability to work in the sector and can offer core skills identified as critical for new entrants.

    WorldSkills WA.

    WorldSkills WA 2019 regional competitions are on!

    Kicking off in Bunbury with the South West’s best in VET.

    Western Australia’s WorldSkills regional competitions were launched last week in the South West, with a number of exciting competitions hosted by South Regional TAFE in Bunbury.

    Guest of honour on the action-packed day was the VETiS* Shield – awarded for outstanding performance in VETiS competitions at the WorldSkills Australia national championships. In 2018, the VETiS shield was won by WA – the first and only state to take the win from New South Wales in its 17-year history.

    The construction wing at the TAFE campus was buzzing with competitors keen to show off their skills, with year 11 students competing in three VETiS construction categories. The bricklayers carefully laid courses to construct their project, while in an Australian first the crowd was treated to a demonstration VETiS painting competition designed by the TAFE lecturers.

    2018 national gold medallist and WA VET Ambassador, Nik Foster (main photo), helped motivate the apprentices in his trade of bricklaying at the competition by pace-setting the speed test and also helping to judge the results. Another WA VET Ambassador, Nick Johnston, was on hand to help judge the cabinet making category where competitors were hoping to follow in the footsteps of South West champion Kevin Dirks, who won a silver medal at the national championships in 2018. Nick also helped with the VETiS construction by prebuilding the project – a saw horse – to inspire competitors.

    Over in hospitality, things were heating up in the kitchen as year 11 cooks prepared a three-course meal while a range of mocktails were prepared for invited guests by students competing in the food and beverage category. WA has a proud history in this field, having performed exceptionally well at the 2018 national competitions and bringing home the gold, silver and bronze medals.

    Rounding out the day, students in the hairdressing skills category were competing in style as they completed a number of challenges including creative long hair design. This is the second time the South West has run VETiS hairdressing, with rising star Caitlin Carmody winning gold for WA at the 2018 national championships.

    The South West will be running another series of competitions in September at South Regional TAFE, but in the meantime applications are open for VETiS and open construction and automotive categories to be held at the Perth Skills West Expo 16–18 August. To find out more about WorldSkills WA and how you can get involved, please contact worldskills@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

    Follow WorldSkills WA and check out all the competition photos on their Facebook page 

    *VETiS is a term used by WorldSkills Australia, who own and operate the competition program.

    New Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive now available!

    Supporting WA businesses to employ a new apprentice or trainee.

    The new Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive is now available, effective from 1 July 2019. The incentive aims to increase the number of apprenticeship and traineeship commencements in Western Australia, which will contribute to the target of 150,000 additional jobs in WA by 2023-24. by providing financial support to WA employers to assist with the costs of employing an apprentice or new entrant trainee.

    Employers that have lodged a training contract for registration on or after July 1, 2019, will receive a base payment of up to $8,500 for employing an apprentice or new entrant trainee. Additional loadings will increase the payment for regional areas, employees with disability, priority occupations, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees, and apprentices aged between 21 to 30 years. It is estimated this scheme will extend State Government support to nearly 6,000 businesses across the State.

    The incentive will be funded through the redirection of payroll tax, to remove the remaining payroll tax exemption for trainees. The payroll tax exemption for apprentices will be retained.

    The Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive is an initiative under the National Partnership on the Skilling Australians Fund, which also includes an Enterprise Training Program and a Pre-traineeship Program aimed at the Social Assistance and Allied Health sector. Further information about these programs will soon be available on the Department of Training and Workforce Development’s website.

    Further information about the Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive is available at jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/employerincentive
    VET school students.

    SCSA’s 2019 VET Awards – Nominations now open

    Recognising VET students in WA’s secondary schools

    Completing a vocational education and training (VET) qualification while still at school can open career pathways through the development of industry-focused, job-ready skills and knowledge and the achievement of a nationally recognised qualification.

    Western Australia’s School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA) has announced that nominations for the 2019 VET Awards are now open. The awards recognise the skills students gain when studying VET while still at school.

    Students may be awarded a VET exhibition or Certificate of Excellence, and also have the opportunity to be eligible for the prestigious Beazley Medal: VET, which is awarded to the eligible student who has demonstrated the most outstanding performance in a VET Certificate II or higher and in their other WACE achievements.

    Nominations close on Monday 2 September, with winners announced in February 2020. Full information including how to apply is available on the SCSA website.

    Visit the SCSA website for further information 

    ECA WA pledges support for WA Training Awards 25th year

    Sponsor of the presentation dinner for the Awards' 25th year celebrations.

    The Electrical and Communications Association of Western Australia (ECA WA) hs been involved in the WA Training Awards for almost ten years. This year, the organisation has pledged its support for the program as the major presentation dinner sponsor in the Awards' 25th year.

    In 2010, ECA WA won its first WA Training Award as the WA Small Training Provider of the Year. Just four years on, the organisation had expanded so significantly it took out the title of WA Large Training Provider of the year in 2014. Since then, ECA WA has been a big part of the WA Training Awards, has has been recognised each year as a finalist for their exceptional initiatives that continue to benefit industry and students alike. "ECA WA is committed to quality training, investing in the student experience from pre-apprentice through to apprentice and our post-trade students. Our RTO, the College of Electrical Training, works with industry stakeholders to ensure that training is current, flexible and agile to meet the ever changing needs in the electrotechnology sector." said Carl Copeland, Chief Executive Officer of ECA WA.

    With a focus on high quality training and work outcomes for its students, and a highly skilled workforce for the electrotechnology industry, ECA WA has also supported the WA Training Awards as a sponsor of the WA School-based Apprentice of the Year since 2016. In 2019, the WA Training Awards celebrates its silver anniversary, and ECA WA were the first to put their hands up and support the program and the major event sponsor for 2019. "ECA WA has enjoyed a long association with the WA Training Awards, and it was a natural fit for us to show our commitment to the training industry by sponsoring the Awards this year." said Mr Copeland.

    This year also marks a new focus for ECA WA, which is committed to continuous improvement to strive for excellence in the training delivered and the outcomes provided. "ECA WA is working with industry to promote greater participation by females in the electrotechnology sector. Attracting females of all ages into the trade is a priority, to ensure that we can meet the needs of the sector. As Industry 4.0 and 'the internet of things' flows through, removing barriers to employment, and encouraging diversity in industry, will allow our workforce to grow and adapt to these needs."

    We would like to thank ECA WA for their generous support of the WA Training Awards this year.

    Visit the ECA WA website 

    VET to step up for Indonesia’s mining and tourism sector

    Round table talks aim to encourage more Indonesian students to WA

    The Indonesia-Australia roundtable talks took place on Friday 28 June, aimed at improving Western Australia's offering of vocational education and training (VET) in the mining and tourism sector for Indonesia. The talks will be a key driver to supporting the upskilling of Indonesia's workforce through the promotion of VET opportunities.

    Indonesian students made up 2.2 per cent (1,121) of WA's international student population in 2018 – the 16th biggest student population by nationality in the State. Increasing the number of Indonesian students will help boost the local economy, create jobs and add to the social and cultural vibrancy of the broader community in WA. WA already contributes up to 40 per cent of Australia's total exports to Indonesia, a key regional and global player forecast to become the world's fourth biggest economy by 2050.

    The roundtable was jointly organised by the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, Canberra; the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in Perth; the Indonesian Investment Promotion Centre, Sydney; the Indonesian Trade Promotion Centre, Sydney; and the Australia Indonesia Business Council. It is anticipated that the March signing of the long-awaited Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) will come under the spotlight during the talks. The IA-CEPA offers new opportunities for Indonesians to receive training from Australian training providers in both Indonesia and Australia, and to grow the number of Indonesian students seeking to study in Australia.

    People working in the manufacturing industry.

    Manufacturing Skills Australia’s Industry Development Fund

    Support payments up to $10K for training, education or research.

    Australia’s manufacturing industry is responsible for producing a diverse range of products; including food and beverages, clothing and footwear, machinery and equipment, and furniture and appliances.  It is one of Australia’s largest industry areas, with $3.5B in earnings (ABS 2017–18), and it employs over 840,000 Australians – ten per cent of those in Western Australia. With changes in work practices and manufacturing standards, many jobs within the industry require specialist skills. Additionally, new technologies such as automation will be a key change for future manufacturing jobs.

    Manufacturing Skills Australia has announced its Industry Development Fund is now taking applications for 2019. The fund is offering a series of support payments designed to assist and support students or intending students within the manufacturing industries — successful recipients can receive between $1,000 and $10,000 to develop their skills and knowledge through training, education and/or research. 

    These payments are intended to reward individuals that have shown exceptional commitment to vocational education and training, and who are committed to furthering their skills and knowledge within their chosen industry, including:

    • metal, engineering and boating;
    • aerospace;
    • process manufacturing, including chemicals, hydrocarbons, mineral products, plastics and rubber;
    • laboratory operations;
    • recreational vehicles;
    • textiles, clothing and footwear;
    • furnishing;
    • competitive systems and practices; and
    • environmental monitoring and sustainable operations.

    Funding applications are currently open on the MSA website from 1 June 2019 and will close on 12 July 2019. 

    Visit the MSA website to find out more

    New TAFE training program for Western Power’s future jobs

    South West WA to benefit from greener technology

    A new training program has been launched at North Metropolitan TAFE's East Perth campus to upskill Western Power staff. The collaboration between North Metropolitan TAFE (NMT) and Western Power will provide workers with the opportunity to gain new skills and knowledge about stand-alone power systems (SPS) and new energy technology projects in a hands-on, practical setting.

    SPS units combine solar and battery technology with a backup generator which provides enough storage to provide two days' supply of electricity. The partnership with NMT will play an essential part in Western Power's commitment to meet the growing opportunity to supply greener non-traditional network solutions such as SPS. In February this year Australia's largest rollout of units with 57 to be installed across the South West Interconnected Network in regional areas including Tambellup, Mullewa, Newdegate and Bonnie Rock, delivering great outcomes for homes and businesses in the South West of WA was announced.

    Targeted skills development through vocational education and training is an important contributor to the creation and growth of jobs and the ongoing development of WA’s workforce. The Department is playing a key role in this area through the support of collaborative partnerships between industry and TAFE colleges to develop and deliver training programs that meet the needs of industry and business for the jobs of the future.

    The training at NMT will be integral to support the rollout of SPS units across the network. An initial cohort of 15 participants are currently undergoing training, with the ability to train more in the future. Two courses will be available – including SPS Familiarisation and Repair and Maintain SPS – to support the installation, maintenance and fault response for SPS. 

    Innovative FarmSmarts showcased at Muresk Institute

    New technologies and best practice for WA's agriculture sector

    The latest SMART Farm technology and agricultural innovations have once again been highlighted at this year's FarmSmart showcase at Muresk Institute in Northam this week.

    More than 350 farmers, industry leaders and training providers attended the free event, bringing together industry leaders and training providers to highlight how the integration of new technology with existing farming practices can help improve quality and efficiency.

    Opportunities for jobs continue to grow in Western Australia’s agriculture sector, with Australian farms expected to generate more than $100b in annual income by 2030. 

    This year’s FarmSmart showcase included demonstrations from Telstra with their Mobile Technology Lab and tours of Muresk's SMART Farm, the first public demonstration farm in WA set up for cloud-based SMART Farm technology. Cloud-based SMART Farm technology is the integrated use of digital equipment in modern agriculture, such as sensors and GPS, providing farmers with the data they need to make more informed and efficient choices in farming. Visitors to the event also enjoyed seminars on adapting to a digital business, breeding better sheep, improving animal welfare and livestock handling operations through technology, and connecting consumers and producers.

    The Department is contributing to the Regional prosperity outcome to deliver strong regional economies through courses at Muresk Institute that provide specialist technology training and skills for future jobs in the agriculture industry. For more information about Muresk Institute’s SMART Farm and the courses on offer, please visit their website.  

    Main picture: Hon. Darren West MLC (far left), Prue Jenkins (fourth from left), General Manager Muresk Institute, with Ballardong Elder Trevor Davis (second from right) who performed a Welcome to Country to open the event, and special guests and presenters at Muresk Institute for FarmSmart.

    Boosting training pathways for Aboriginal people in WA’s South West

    Sharing traditional knowledge for land management.

    A Lotterywest grant of $1,195,800 was presented to the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council Aboriginal Corporation on 12 June, to build capacity and establish educational pathways for young Noongar people in WA’s South West.

    The grant will fund a three-year project to support the Noongar Natural Resource Management Pathways project — created to increase Aboriginal students' interest in land and natural resource management and science, and create opportunities for them to learn about managing their traditional lands. Training will include workshops and engagement with local Elders to pass on traditional knowledge, and will be delivered in partnership with the Shire of Quairading and Muresk Institute.

    The project will help build skills and knowledge in land management ahead of the commencement of the South West Settlement, which will see $1.3 billion in benefits flow to the Noongar people — including 320,000 hectares of land — which will be transferred into the Noongar Land Estate and joint management of the State's conservation estate.

    The Department is proud to support this important initiative through Muresk Institute’s involvement as part of our commitment to the areas of Aboriginal wellbeing and regional prosperity.

    Automation technology.

    New courses skilling our WA workers for future jobs

    TAFE training leads the way in automation technology.

    Two new ground-breaking automation courses that will be available at South Metropolitan TAFE's Munster campus from Semester 2, 2019 have been announced. The new automation courses will position WA workers to take full advantage of the many exciting opportunities automation is expected to deliver to the industry and economy.

    This is the first achievement of the Resource Industry Collaboration between the WA State Government, South Metropolitan TAFE and Rio Tinto, with Rio Tinto contributing $2 million towards the new training program. The collaboration includes Rio Tinto and other major employers, such as FMG, BHP and Komatsu, representatives from TAFE WA, Scitech and The University of Western Australia, and was created in 2018 to build the skills and capabilities of the Western Australian workforce.

    The two new courses are:

    • Working Effectively in an Automation Workplace — this micro-credential course offers a skill set that trade qualified workers and apprentices can use to improve or upgrade their skills in automation to meet future workforce and industry needs; and
    • the Certificate II in Autonomous Workplace Operations — to be delivered as a pilot VET course for secondary students from Cecil Andrews College, Gilmore College, Baldivis Secondary College and Karratha Senior High School.
    VET school students.

    New! VET qualifications register for secondary students

    Now available for the 2020 school year

    The Department of Training and Workforce Development, in consultation with the WA industry training councils, has revised and updated the VET qualifications register for secondary students (the register) for the 2020 school year. The new 2020 register includes:

    • industry advice on qualifications and delivery options which may contribute to successful student outcomes; and
    • information to help schools and registered training organisations (RTOs) determine their capacity to deliver and assess a qualification to the required industry standards to improve quality, including advice where auspicing is considered to be high risk.

    Flag colours are assigned for each qualification,based on industry’s support for the available delivery options.

    • Green flag – All available delivery options, subject to industry advice, are supported for secondary students.
    • Orange flag – Not all delivery options are supported or industry has concerns about a delivery option. This includes qualifications where industry considers auspicing high risk.
    • Red flag – Qualifications are not supported for delivery to secondary students. Schools and RTOs will be encouraged to offer green or orange flagged qualifications via the supported delivery option(s).
    Learning about the mining industry.

    Industry partners with TAFE to create career opportunities in mining

    New pre-apprenticeship program for Karratha students in 2020

    A new initiative between the WA State Government and the Western Australian resources sector will enable Karratha students to complete a pre-apprenticeship course from 2020, with the opportunity for future employment in the mining sector. From next year, year 11 students from Karratha Senior High School will be able to obtain a Certificate II pre-apprenticeship qualification in Electrotechnology Electrician or Engineering Mechanical Trade at North Regional TAFE.

    The two-year program will require Karratha Senior High School students to attend TAFE on a full-time basis during Term 4 of Year 11 and Term 1 of Year 12. The program will meet the requirements of the Western Australian Certificate of Education. 

    This new program is part of the Pilbara Collaboration Charter, an initiative between the WA State Government and the Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia and collaboration partners BHP, Chevron Australia, CITIC Pacific Mining, Fortescue Metals Group, Rio Tinto, Roy Hill, Woodside and Yara Pilbara, which was developed in response to the Premier's request for industry and Government to work together to deliver further social and economic benefits to the Pilbara region. These resources companies have committed to interview the students who complete these pre-apprenticeship courses with North Regional TAFE.

    Karratha JSC opens.

    Karratha Jobs and Skills Centre officially opened

    Supporting jobs, careers and training in the Pilbara

    The new Karratha Jobs and Skills Centre was officially launched today at North Regional TAFE. The centre will support the workforce needs of WA's Pilbara region by providing quality guidance, advice and information on careers, training and employment to jobseekers, employers and Aboriginal community stakeholders. For local businesses and employers, the centre can provide workforce development advice to create employment, apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities.

    Since opening in November 2018, the Karratha JSC and outreach services have provided mentoring support, job application assistance and career guidance to more than 266 clients.

    Karratha JSC is supported by career services from Empowering People in Communities (EPIC) and Aboriginal services from Bloodwood Tree. Aboriginal people are a key priority client group, and extensive local stakeholder consultation was undertaken to ensure Aboriginal people in the region benefit from the new service delivery model.

    Outreach services are provided at other locations throughout the Pilbara including Newman, South Hedland and Roebourne. Bloodwood Tree's drop-in Centre at South Hedland will also provide complementary cultural-based services such as driving lessons and mental health support services.

    Find out more about Jobs and Skills Centres via the Jobs and Skills WA website at jobsandskills.wa.gov.au

    Students.

    2018 Student Satisfaction Survey now available

    Measuring the quality of service provided by WA TAFE colleges

    The full report from the Student Satisfaction Survey 2018 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 2018 Student Satisfaction Survey fieldwork was conducted over approximately 11 weeks, from September 10, 2018 to November 25, 2018 and over 15,000 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 2018 report for TAFE colleges include an increase in:

    • overall student satisfaction (88.2%);
    • quality of lecturers (85.8%); and
    • how likely the training will lead to a job/career (83.1%).

    The full Student Satisfaction Survey 2018 report is available here on our website.

    View the Student Satisfaction Survey 2018 

    Northam Jobs and Skills Centre officially opened!

    Supporting jobs, training and business in the Avon and Wheatbelt. 

    Central Regional TAFE's Northam Jobs and Skills Centre was officially launched on Thursday 30 May. Jobs and Skills Centres are one-stop-shops for students, jobseekers and career changers looking to improve their skills and job prospects. 

    The Northam Jobs and Skills Centre will work to address the Avon and Wheatbelt Region's unique local needs and assist job seekers of all ages, with a particular focus on helping school leavers develop skills needed to enter the workforce. Outreach services are also available in Moora and Merredin, and the centre is supported by career services and Aboriginal services from Directions Workforce Solutions Inc.

    Locals are already benefitting, with career guidance provided on 254 occasions and 173 resumé assistance services delivered. 

    Visit the Jobs and Skills WA website to find out more about Jobs and Skills Centres

    A young STEM student in a laboratory.

    New STEM skills, study and employment strategy launched

    Preparing Western Australians for the jobs of the future. 

    A critical step in preparing Western Australians for the jobs of the future has been taken today, with the launch of the State's first-ever science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills strategy. 'Future Jobs, Future Skills: Driving STEM skills in WA' has been welcomed across a variety of education, industry and technology sectors as a way to enhance the skills of future employees and keep jobs in WA.

    The strategy was developed by a panel made up of industry experts, researchers and educators, and chaired by WA's Chief Scientist, Professor Peter Klinken. A core objective of the strategy is addressing the current lack of diversity in STEM education and STEM related careers — currently women represent just 16 per cent of STEM qualified people in Australia, and Aboriginal people represent less than one per cent of higher education engineering and science students. 

    Funding of over $3.3 million includes a four-year professional learning program for more than 1,000 teachers in lower socioeconomic public schools, which is already underway. Other projects to drive this strategy include mentoring programs, digital and technology programs and the development of a STEM communication campaign.

    To continue to drive the implementation of this strategy, the State Government will be working with industry to develop new programs that will not only see young people trained, but existing workers reskilled to meet the future needs of business and industry. The Department will play a key role in supporting the strategy through STEM-focused vocational education and training (VET) programs and workforce development initiatives.

    The Future Jobs, Future Skills: Driving STEM skills in WA strategy is available at the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation website.

    Visit the JTSI website  

    Muresk Institute FarmSmart

    Register now for Muresk Institute's FarmSmart Showcase 2019!

    Grow your agriculture smarts with this free one-day event.

    In agriculture, one of the most important things you can grow is your knowledge.

    The agricultural industry is going through a resurgence as free trade agreements and emerging markets create excitement and growth in the industry. In 2017 Australian farms generated $60 billion in income and with the National Farmers' Federation’s vision to grow this to $100 billion by 2030, the industry must be equipped to meet the demand.

    The 2019 FarmSmart Showcase is a free one day event featuring the latest agricultural innovations, technologies and upskilling opportunities.
    As Western Australia’s skills hub of modern agriculture we have partnered with industry leaders, ag tech companies and training providers to hold a one day showcase that brings you the knowledge and skills you need to do better, smarter business.

    Over the course of the day, Muresk Institute’s FarmSmart Showcase will explore topics that are important to modern farmers through a variety of presentations, exhibitions and demonstrations. Attendees will also be able to learn about the latest developments in the Internet of Things and see the brand new range of Telstra Smart Farm products-on site in their mobile technology lab.

    Registration is essential — reserve your place! 

    To see the exciting line-up of speakers and presenters, find out more about the day and register to attend, please visit the Muresk Institute website 

    Our priorities for the WA Government.

    Our Priorities: Sharing Prosperity

    Unlocking the potential of our economic, social and environmental future. 

    Our Priorities: Sharing Prosperity is the response to the challenge of focusing the capacity to deliver better outcomes for all Western Australians. It’s a statement of intent focused on whole-of-government targets that can unlock the potential of our economic, social and environmental future.

    WA State Government agencies are working together to establish and achieve  key strategic milestones and develop program frameworks for targeted, collaborative and results-driven actions for the following six priorities.

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    The Department of Training and Workforce Development will contribute to all six target areas, and is playing a key role in three — a strong economy, a bright future, and regional prosperity. Targeted skills development through VET is an important contributor to all of these areas, as is the creation and growth of jobs and the ongoing development of the Western Australian workforce.

    We will keep you informed of our progress and how you can get involved, as work continues on the Our Priorities initiative. Please visit dtwd.wa.gov.au/ourpriorities for the latest updates, or follow us on social media.

    You can also visit the WA Government website for further information about the Our Priorities program > 

    The new TCSOC.

    State-of-the-art Training Cyber Security Operations Centre opens!

    South Metropolitan TAFE's new TCSOC offering specialist cyber security training. 

    South Metropolitan TAFE (SMTAFE) has developed one of the first Training Cyber Security Operation Centre's (TCSOC) in Western Australia, which is now open and operating.

    The TCSOC is an integral part of cyber security training for students and is specifically designed using specialised equipment in a multi functional training facility. Students can learn in a closed and secure training environment designed to simulate realistic cyber-attacks relating to attack, defence and monitoring. It is also available for employers and government agencies to develop and enhance their cyber security capability through industry specialised training.

    The centre provides a multi-campus learning experience based at SMTAFE's Murdoch campus, with ‘nodes’ at Thornlie and Rockingham campuses. This ensures  security students at all campuses experience leading edge training. 

    The new centre is a step towards addressing the growing industry shortage for cyber security professionals both state-wide and nationally, and preparing them for entering the workforce. 

    Visit the Jobs and Skills WA website, and use the course search, to find out more about courses in this exciting area

    An employer with a group of apprentices.

    New employer incentive scheme to boost apprenticeships and traineeships

    Supporting real training for real jobs in WA

    An employer incentive scheme from 1 July 2019 has been announced, to help thousands of Western Australian employers with the costs of employing an apprentice or new entrant trainee. It aims to increase apprenticeship and traineeship commencements by extending support to a wider range of businesses.

    A total of $182.4 million has been allocated for new employer incentives and training subsidies, including more than $45 million for regional WA. Under the new scheme, businesses will receive a base payment of up to $8,500 for employing an apprentice or new entrant trainee. It is estimated this will extend support to nearly 6,000 businesses, and be of particular benefit to small businesses and not-for-profit employers. For larger businesses, the new scheme will replace the payroll tax exemption for new entrant trainees, providing more transparent and equitable State Government support.

    The scheme will be funded through the redirection of payroll tax, once legislation is passed to remove the remaining payroll tax exemption for trainees. The payroll tax exemption for apprentices will be retained. Additional loadings will increase the payment for regional areas, employees with disability, priority occupations, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees, and apprentices aged between 21 to 30 years. 

    Further information, including fact sheets, is available on the Jobs and Skills WA website

    WA VET Ambassadors shine a light on STEM and apprenticeships

    Spreading the word about the opportunities available through VET pathways.

    Two WA Training Awards winners are helping to spread the word about the opportunities available through vocational education and training (VET) pathways at up and coming WA careers expos.

    Megan Feaver, who won the coveted Apprentice of the Year Award in 2018, and Caitlan Noble who won the 2018 WA Trainee of the Year Award, will appear as VET Ambassadors at VET and careers events this year. They will be at the Careers Expo today, and at the Skills West Expo in August. ​

     

    Megan left a corporate career to follow her interest in maths and electronics and trained as an electrician with South Metropolitan TAFE.

    She has not looked back since successfully applying for an apprenticeship with Western Power.

    Her mission is to encourage other women to enter trades that have been previously thought of as male-only careers.

     

    Megan Feaver.

    Caitlan, whose passion for the health industry has seen her engage with Telethon as a volunteer for many years, has found her dream career at King Edward Memorial Hospital after qualifying with a Diploma in Anaesthetic Technology.

    After winning the WA title, she went on to win the Australian Training Award in her category. ​ ​

    Caitlan Noble.

    Both Megan and Caitlan will be helping to inspire the next generation of STEM-related apprentices by inspiring visitors to the Jobs and Skills WA booth at each of the expos.

    What's up pup!

    Drone vs Dog competition showcases agricultural technology at Muresk

    The third Drone vs Dog Trials were held at Muresk Institute, just outside Northam, on Wednesday. Now in its third year, Drone vs Dog is a competition that gives students serious 'paws' for thought about the way technology is used in agriculture, and exposes secondary school students to the rapidly advancing agriculture industry and the career opportunities it provides.

    228 students from 11 Western Australian secondary schools attended the competition, using drones to race against highly trained agility dogs to achieve the best time around an obstacle course. Students also toured the Muresk farm learning about the smart farm technology used to manage its farm operations. Michael Morris from St Mark's Anglican Community School won a DJI Spark Drone for his school, beating the other student pilots with a time of 15.61 seconds for the course. Border Collie x Kelpie Jay and Border Collie Bobby  just couldn't outrun the drones — their fastest time was 25.97 seconds. This is the first win for St Marks, who travelled from Hillarys to take part in the competition.

    Last year, Australian farms generated $60 billion with projected growth to $100 billion by 2030.  Director General Anne Driscoll said Drone vs Dog challenges the perceptions of careers in agriculture. "With more farmers using technology and with free trade agreements and emerging markets creating growth, it is an exciting time to be in agriculture," she said. 

    Muresk Institute works closely with training providers to provide Western Australians with the skills and knowledge required to excel in the modern agricultural sector through a wide range of nationally accredited courses. For more information about Muresk Institute, and careers in agriculture, please visit the Muresk website.

    Schools that participated in the 2019 Drone versus Dog trials

    • Applecross Senior High School
    • Coodanup College
    • Edmund Rice College, Bindoon
    • Kelmscott Senior High School
    • Kiara College
    • Mt Barker Community College
    • Pinjarra Senior High School
    • Western Australian College of Agriculture - Harvey
    • Western Australian College of Agriculture – Morawa
    • St Marks Anglican Community School
    • York District High School

    New $2.4M shipbuilding training facility supporting jobs growth 

    South Metropolitan TAFE's new Naval Base training campus officially opens.

    South Metropolitan TAFE (SMT) Naval Base Campus in Henderson was officially opened on Wednesday 1 May, securing the future of WA's growing shipbuilding industry. The new state-of-the-art facility is designed to deliver a skilled workforce that will meet the naval shipbuilding industry’s requirements for jobs both in WA and nationally, well into the future. 

    $2.4 million has been invested in the new campus, which will deliver a multi-skilled workforce to meet the naval shipbuilding industry's requirements. Consolidating heavy fabrication, marine fabrication, welding and composite apprenticeship training from the old SMTAFE Henderson and Rockingham campuses, the new facility was designed with training in mind. In close proximity to relevant employers, industry and the Australian Marine Complex, the SMT Naval Base Campus will offer a mix of apprentice training and fee-for-service as well as post trade training.

    ​Housed within the Naval Base Campus is the WA Office of the Naval Shipbuilding College (NSC), which has its headquarters in Adelaide. The co-location of the NSC to WA, one of two major naval defence industry hubs in Australia, will enhance the partnership to meet the needs of shipbuilding and defence industries. In addition, the focus of the State Government’s Defence and Industry Strategy has recommended the establishment of a WA Defence Industry Workforce Office within SMT Naval Base Campus. The purpose of the office is to develop a workforce development strategy covering priority projects across all six capability domains in the Defence Integrated Investment Program.

    SMTAFE has been working in partnership with defence for more than two decades delivering a range of qualifications and courses throughout the State and nationally to all arms of the defence industry. Major defence partnerships include ASC Collins Class Submarine training services and technical services training for the Royal Australian Navy through a sub-contracting arrangement. 

    WA Training Awards 2019 applications now closed

    Names will soon be up in lights!

    Applications for the WA Training Awards 2019 are now closed. Thank you to all applicants, and congratulations on putting your name up in lights this year!

    The WA Training Awards team are currently reviewing applications and conducting quality assurance checks to ensure the required information has been supplied and is correct, before applications are sent on to the judging panels.

    If you have submitted an application, we will be in touch during the week of 6 May to confirm any details we need, or to advise that you application has been progressed to judging. For details of key dates for this year's awards, please visit the About the Awards section of the WA Training Awards website. And remember you can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube to stay up to date with all the latest on this year's awards. 

    Best of luck to all applicants for this year's competition. Our judging panels look forward to reading your applications. 

    Minister Ellery at the Jobs and Skills Centre launch.

    Bunbury Jobs and Skills Centre officially opened!

    New state-of-the-art facilities supporting industry and jobseekers.

    The new Bunbury Jobs and Skills Centre was officially opened at South Regional TAFE on Friday 3 May. Jobs and Skills Centres are available to all Western Australians and offer free advice on training, employment and apprenticeship opportunities from a team of skilled careers professionals.

    Almost half a million dollars has been invested into refitting and refurbishing the building, combining the existing Student Services Centre with the new Jobs and Skills Centre to create a new service hub for clients. A new main entrance, reception area, meeting rooms, pod spaces, workstations and an upgrade to the ICT infrastructure were part of the refurbishments. Jobs and Skills Centres are complemented by a comprehensive Jobs and Skills WA website resource that includes a job notice board, qualification lists and a course search feature.

    Visit the Jobs and Skills WA website

    The Bunbury Jobs and Skills Centre combines and integrates the resources of South Regional TAFE and Jobs South West to deliver career, training and employment information and assistance to the South-West region. Jobs South West will support and promote the centre across the region and ensure adequate and effective liaison with community, industry and employees. Aboriginal people are a key priority client group, and extensive local stakeholder consultation was undertaken to ensure Aboriginal people benefitted from the new service delivery model. Outreach services will be provided at other locations throughout the South-West region including Busselton, Collie, Manjimup, Margaret River and Narrogin.

    The Bunbury Jobs and Skills Centre will work closely with schools and youth services partners in the region to support and provide career advice or direction for young people looking to study or gain employment.  

    In its first few months of operation the Bunbury Jobs and Skills Centre has delivered 129 resume assistance services and 48 career guidance services. While studying for a Certificate III in Business Administration at South Regional TAFE, Sarah Rogers from Bunbury sought help from the centre to develop her résumé and cover letter for a position as receptionist at Perkins Builders in Bunbury. Thanks to this support, Ms Rogers secured the role and is progressing well in her new career.

    Fast-track your career in aged care and disability support!

    New employment pathway courses include work placements

    Applications are now open for two new programs offering direct pathways to further study and employment in aged care and disability support.

    • Certificate II in Introduction to Aged Care
    • Certificate II in Introduction to Disability Care

    Offered through North Metropolitan TAFE (NMT) the industry-endorsed Certificate II courses include valuable work placements with well-known healthcare providers Brightwater, MOSAIC, Nulsen Disability Services, Senses Australia, Bethanie, Juniper or Southern Cross Care. Students who successfully complete the program at NMT will be eligible to go on to study the relevant Certificate III course, and could be considered for employment as a trainee by their work placement employer.

    Department of Training and Workforce Development (DTWD) Director General Anne Driscoll said streamlining training and work placement will increase student’s chances of continuing onto employment within the industry. “There is a rising demand for services in the disability and aged care sectors, and these courses have been designed to meet industry skill gaps and provide an important pathway for workers entering the disability and aged care workforce. Our offerings are delivered by leading training providers and industry experts in this field.”

    The healthcare and social assistance industry employs more than 172,000 Western Australians, however forecasts show this will grow by almost 40,000 people by 2023. “Disability Support workers make a tremendous difference to the quality of life for people living with physical or intellectual disabilities by promoting social connectedness, independence, emotional wellbeing and general health. Aged care is equally rewarding as you assist a wide variety of older people with daily living and helping them feel connected with the community,” Ms Driscoll said. The pathway programs address a skills need identified in the WA State Training Board's Social assistance and allied health workforce strategy released earlier this month.

    To enrol in the courses prospective students will need to attend the information sessions on 1 and 2 May 2019, which will provide an overview of the program, the selection process and an opportunity to meet industry partners. 

    More information is available on the North Metropolitan TAFE website.

    Media contact:

    Amber Gorrie
    Senior Media Officer 
    Department of Training and Workforce Development
    08 6551 5383

    WA Training Awards 2019 applications closing soon

    It's not too late, and we're here to help!

    Applications for this year’s WA Training Awards close in less than three weeks on Friday 3 May 2019.

    It’s time to put the finishing touches to your application. Make sure you’ve included hard-hitting examples demonstrating how you meet the selection criteria, collate your required attachments and press the submit button on your application.

    Need a little assistance?

    Visit the Tools section on the WA Training Awards website.

    Here you’ll find example applications for the student categories, evidence guides for all categories and a handy checklist to ensure you’ve included everything in your application. You can also watch the recordings from our recent webinars to hear from previous winners and WA Training Awards judges to get their insider tips on how to write an award-winning application.

    Have a question?

    If you have any questions about your application, eligibility, the Awards process or using the application portal email the team at trainingawards@dtwd.wa.gov.au or give them a call on 6551 5608. Alternatively, you can check out the FAQs section on the WA Training Awards website where you might find the answer you’re looking for.

    Don’t miss your opportunity to be recognised for all you’ve achieved this year! If you’ve been working hard to kick your career goals or your organisation has been hard at work creating a quality training culture – get your application in for the WA Training Awards 2019!

    TAFE and industry collaboration leads to new employment pathway courses

    Creating opportunities in aged care and disability care

    As part of the WA State Training Board's recently announced Social assistance and allied health workforce strategy, North Metropolitan TAFE has been collaborating with the Community Services, Health and Education industry training council and seven industry partners to develop two ‘pathway to employment’ programs. 

    The new programs, one for aged care and the other for disability care, offer students the opportunity to complete a Certificate II level introduction program through attending training at TAFE and participating in work placements with one of the industry partners — Brightwater, MOSAIC, Nulsen Disability Services, Senses Australia, Bethanie, Juniper or Southern Cross Care. Students who successfully complete the program will be eligible to go on to study the relevant Certificate III course, and may be considered for employment as a trainee by their work placement employer.

    North Metropolitan TAFE is running an information session for each of the programs — full details are available on their website.

    Further information about the WA State Training Board's Social assistance and allied health workforce strategy is available on their website.

    Visit the State Training Board website

    Two female aged care workers, with a resident in an aged care home.

    Growing WA's health and social assistance sector

    State Training Board releases new workforce development strategy 

    After months of industry consultation and research, the Western Australian State Training Board has released its Social assistance and allied health workforce strategy.

    Research found Western Australia’s social assistance and allied health industry was undergoing fundamental change coupled with rising demand for services, particularly in the disability and aged care sectors. 

    The Social assistance and allied health workforce strategy calls for a co-ordinated response to maximise the development and growth of a contemporary, skilled and flexible workforce to meet the growing needs of vulnerable people living in Western Australia. It identifies that the number of disability and aged care support workers needs to double over the next five years, and the vocational education and training (VET) sector must provide training that meets the needs of this workforce. Considering the current environment, the report highlighted it is likely the social assistance and allied health sectors will face challenges sustaining a skilled workforce.

    Streamlining training pathways to provide flexible employment options for students, and enhancing the quality of training through a stronger focus on partnerships between TAFE and local employers are options to make the VET sector more accessible to industry and the public. As part of the National Partnership–Skilling Australia Fund signed  in December 2018, a number of initiatives to boost the social assistance and allied health workforce and assist skills development in the sector are underway, including:

    • an employer incentive scheme to increase apprenticeships and traineeships; and
    • piloting an enterprise training program targeting growth of about 150 existing worker traineeships in the sector and prioritising regional delivery.

    The State Government will work in partnership with industry, the Commonwealth Government, and education and training providers to grow a skilled workforce for the allied health and social assistance sectors in WA, including addressing barriers to participation in training programs. To support the implementation of the strategy and ensure cross-sector collaboration across key State Government agencies, an Interagency Working Group (IWG) has been established. The IWG will work alongside in partnership with the State Training Board’s Steering Committee to ensure there is a shared responsibility between industry and the State Government to address the workforce issues identified for the sectors.

    View the full report on the State Training Board website

    View the Terms of Reference and membership details for the IWG 

    A female and male contractor on a building site

    Priority Start: Maximising opportunities for WA apprentices and trainees

    Developing a skilled building and construction workforce

    Effective from 1 April 2019, the new Priority Start policy aims to increase the overall numbers of apprentices and trainees in the building and construction industry. The policy meets the WA State Government’s Plan for Jobs commitment to increase training rates on Government building, construction and maintenance contracts. The Priority Start policy replaces the previous Government building training policy.

    The new Priority Start policy applies to State Government building, construction and maintenance contracts resulting from tenders released from 1 April 2019. Under the policy, all head contractors awarded State Government building, construction and maintenance contracts, valued over $5 million (incl GST), will be required to meet a target training rate across the combined construction trades workforce of their company and all subcontractors used for the contract.

    Priority Start aims to develop a sustainable local supply of skilled workers for the building and construction industry by encouraging contractors to invest in the employment of apprentices and trainees. The Department of Training and Workforce Development will support the whole of government implementation of the policy.

    Further information on the new Priority Start policy is available on the Department’s website at dtwd.wa.gov.au/prioritystart

    WA Minister for Education and Training, Sue Ellery, speaking at the launch of the Broome JSC.

    Broome Jobs and Skills Centre officially opened!

    Supporting the Kimberley region's training and employment needs

    The Broome Jobs and Skills Centre was officially opened today at North Regional TAFE. The Broome Jobs and Skills Centre is supported by career services from Wunan Foundation, and this combined expertise will work to address the Kimberley region’s unique local needs, particularly focussing on assisting youth at risk, to develop the skills needed to enter the workforce. Outreach services will be provided throughout the Kimberley region including Derby, Fitzroy Crossing, Halls Creek and Kununurra.

    Jobs and Skills Centres offer Western Australians access to free practical information and advice on training and employment opportunities delivered by skilled professionals with direct links to industry. Aboriginal people are a key priority client group, and extensive local stakeholder consultation was undertaken to ensure Aboriginal people benefit from the new service delivery model. The Broome Jobs and Skills Centre will work with local communities to partner with industry and support Aboriginal jobseekers and training.

    Since opening in late November 2018, the Broome Jobs and Skills Centre (including Kununurra) has provided more than 200 services to 85 individuals including resumé assistance, career guidance, job application support or workforce planning services. Anna Wungundin, a local Broome resident, came to the Broome Jobs and Skills Centre seeking information on traineeship and apprenticeship opportunities as well as resumé , interview and job application assistance. Thanks to the support Anna received at the centre, she is now undertaking a traineeship with Life Without Barriers.

    Jobs and Skills Centres are complemented by a comprehensive website resource that includes a jobs notice board, qualification lists and a course search feature. 

    Visit the Jobs and Skills WA website

    WA Minister for Education and Training, Sue Ellery, speaking at the launch of the Geraldton JSC.

    New Jobs and Skills Centre boosts opportunities for Mid West region

    Geraldton JSC officially opened

    The Geraldton Jobs and Skills Centre was officially opened today at Central Regional TAFE. Jobs and Skills Centres offer Western Australians access to free practical information and advice on training and employment opportunities delivered by skilled professionals with direct links to industry. The Geraldton JSC will also provide workforce development advice on creating employment, apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities for local employers.

    The services and resources provided at the centre are possible due to the support of Joblink Midwest and Central Regional TAFE. Outreach services will be provided throughout the Mid West and Gascoyne regions; from Exmouth in the north, to Wiluna in the east and Cervantes in the south. An additional drop-in centre will also be available to clients in Carnarvon at the Central Regional TAFE campus. Aboriginal people are a key priority client group, and extensive local stakeholder consultation was undertaken to ensure Aboriginal people benefit from the new service delivery model.

    Since opening earlier this year, Geraldton JSC has provided 65 individuals and organisations with resume assistance, career guidance, job application support or workforce planning services. Local resident David Ronan sought advice from the Geraldton JSC to update his resume and answer selection criteria for a job as an Aboriginal Islander Education Officer at Waggrakine Primary School. Thanks to the support and assistance David received, he was able to successfully secure the position.

    Jobs and Skills Centres are complemented by a comprehensive website resource that includes a jobs notice board, qualification lists and a course search feature.

    Visit the Jobs and Skills WA website

    WA Training Awards 2019 – Applications now open!

    Celebrating 25 years of showcasing our best in VET

    The 25th annual Western Australian Training Awards were launched today at the award-winning Bentley Pines Training Centre at South Metropolitan TAFE.

    The WA Training Awards are an opportunity for the Western Australian training sector to showcase excellence, reward best practice and put our State’s best VET achievers in the spotlight. The awards recognise and reward the achievements of apprentices, trainees and vocational students and the contribution of trainers, training organisations and employers. This year will see the introduction of separate categories for Large Employer of the Year and Medium Employer of the Year, to better recognise the contribution employers of all sizes make to the training sector.

    Award winners will be announced at a presentation ceremony on 13 September with winners of individual categories receiving $3,000 to further their training or kick start their careers. Winners may also be eligible to compete against the nation’s best at the Australian Training Awards later in the year. In 2018 the State recorded its best ever results at the national awards with six of the 18 national titles, putting WA at the top of the leader board for 2018.

    We would encourage all eligible employers, training providers, trainers and students to apply for the Awards – showcase your dedication to training and put your name up in lights in 2019! 

    Visit the WA Training Awards website at dtwd.wa.gov.au/watrainingawards to apply today

    Employment and jobs services enhanced for South West WA

    Albany Jobs and Skills Centre officially launched today

    South Regional TAFE's Albany Jobs and Skills Centre was officially opened today. Jobs and Skills Centres are a one-stop-shop for jobseekers, students and career changers,  supporting the employment and workforce needs of the Great Southern region. Jobs and Skills Centres offer free training information and career development services to the local community. Western Australians can access practical information and advice on training, employment and apprenticeship opportunities from a skilled team of careers professionals with industry partnerships and direct links into work. The centre will provide local businesses and employers with business and workforce development advice to create employment, apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities.

    The new Albany Jobs and Skills Centre is supported by Worklink and the Southern Aboriginal Corporation to ensure services are tailored to meet the needs of WA's diverse community. Aboriginal people are a key priority client group, and extensive local stakeholder consultation was undertaken to ensure Aboriginal people benefit from the new service delivery model. Outreach services will be provided at other locations throughout the Great Southern region including Esperance, Denmark, Walpole and Katanning.

    In its first few months of operation, some 65 individuals and organisations have already benefited from career guidance, résumé assistance and job application support, and workforce planning services offered by the centre. While studying for a Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping at South Regional TAFE, Wendy Dembowski from Denmark sought the Albany Jobs and Skills Centre's help with developing her résumé, cover letter and interview techniques for a senior position at the Shire of Denmark. Thanks to this support, Wendy secured the role and is progressing well in her new career. Alexander McConnell from Porongurup was able to undertake a Certificate III in Business after receiving career advice and course information. Alex found the service was very helpful with a friendly and comfortable atmosphere.

    Jobs and Skills Centres are complemented by a comprehensive website resource that includes a jobs board, qualification lists and a course search feature. The Jobs and Skills WA website is available at jobsandskills.wa.gov.au.

    Jess Haydon’s journey to Beazley Medallist

    Top secondary school student in the VET sector awarded honour.

    Growing up on a rural property and a life-long interest in machinery contributed to deciding, at the age of 15, the ATAR pathway wasn’t for him.

    “I knew I had to follow my interest in working with my hands and operating machinery so I investigated a vocational education and training pathway,” Jess said.

    Jess’s drive to be employable at the end of Year 12 pushed him to be the first student at his school to undertake external VET training while still attending school and achieving his WACE.

    Jess has accrued a strong list of achievements. He finished school with outstanding results, won a School Curriculum and Standards Authority VET Exhibition for Construction Industries, attained a Certificate II in Civil Construction and achieved the 2018 VET DUX award at Swan Valley Anglican Community School. He was also named among the State’s best as one of four finalists for WA Vocational Student of the Year in the 2018 WA Training Awards, and was the only secondary school finalist in this category.

    WA schools are now starting to see the benefits of partnering with registered training organisations to provide training and promote career options that arise from the study of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), helping students like Jess transition from school to employment or further training.

    Jess said using knowledge from his mathematics and English classes while doing his training was invaluable because it helped him understand and complete calculations on site. For example; when drawing scaled plans of a property, he would use trigonometry to find the angle of a pathway. It also assisted him with the application of new technology, interpreting building plans and operating machinery. Finding the practical value of his school subjects, throughout his traineeship in civil construction at Ertech, gave him drive and motivation to do better at school. “I wanted to be good at it, so I really cracked down on all my school subjects as well. I became an A-grade student topping my classes instead of an average student. It just turned me around really.” Jess is now employed as a fly-in, fly-out worker with Ertech on Barrow Island.

    The WA STEM strategy Future jobs, future skills – Driving STEM skills in Western Australia was recently released.. The vision of this strategy is to create ‘a globally competitive and innovative workforce with the skills to drive Western Australia’s technological future and create new job opportunities’.

    As demonstrated by Jess, the WA VET sector plays an important role in providing STEM training and skill development for Western Australians. Quality training and reskilling in STEM provides students with the skills they will need for the future to compete and adapt in a job market that is constantly evolving.

    VET sector professional development 2019

    Consultations planned for stakeholder feedback

    Following feedback from stakeholders, the Department has been reviewing the professional development programs being delivered to the WA vocational education and training (VET) sector.

    In 2019 the Department will be reshaping its approach with a view to hosting VET sector forums with a focus on best practice, emerging VET sector trends, RTO quality, regulatory and compliance issues to build capability and promote excellence in the VET sector.

    An events team in Department’s Communications and Marketing area will lead the delivery of professional development programs, along with current activities which celebrate VET sector excellence, including WorldSkills competitions and the WA Training Awards. VET sector stakeholders are invited to provide input and suggest topics and issues that could be covered at the forums.

    The VET community and VET practitioners will continue to receive information about events, seminars and workshops through the Department website and VETinfonews. Further information will be available in the coming weeks.

    For further details, or to provide input to the future VET sector forums, please email PD.Sector.Capability@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

    Training Accreditation Council joins the Department

    Providing quality assurance and recognition of VET services to support WA’s training sector.

    On 1 January, Training Accreditation Council (TAC) Secretariat employees transferred to the Department of Training and Workforce Development.

    The TAC is Western Australia’s registering and course accrediting body and is responsible for the quality assurance and recognition of VET services in WA. TAC continues to provide quality assurance and recognition of VET services to support WA’s training sector.

    The TAC secretariat will remain at its current location at Level 9, 20 Walters Drive, Osborne Park, however postal and email addresses and phone numbers have changed. Redirections will be in place for an extended period.

    Visit the TAC website at tac.wa.gov.au

    Geraldton Jobs and Skills Centre opens today!

    Supporting business, employers and the community of WA's Central West.

    A new Jobs and Skills Centre on the Geraldton campus of Central Regional TAFE is now open!  This is now CRTAFE's third Jobs and Skills Centre in the region, together with the Kalgoorlie and Northam centres that opened in 2018. Western Australia's TAFE Jobs and Skills Centres are one-stop shops for careers, training and employment advice and assistance. Services are free, and accessible to all members of the community as well as employers and business. 

    Central Regional TAFE's Geraldton Jobs and Skills Centre can provide free professional and practical advice on training and employment opportunities including careers advice, apprenticeship and training information, and also help with job searching and direct links into work.

    The team also has expertise in business and workplace development and partnerships with industry, and welcomes employers and business owners. There is also a free online jobs board available for employers to advertise local job vacancies.

    For more information about Geraldton JSC and the services available, please visit their page

    An illustrated map of the central west region of WA.

    Northam Jobs and Skills Centre opens today!

    Supporting business, employers and the community of WA's Central West

    A new Jobs and Skills Centre on the Northam campus of Central Regional TAFE is now open! Western Australia's TAFE Jobs and Skills Centres are one-stop shops for careers, training and employment advice and assistance. Services are free, and accessible to all members of the community as well as employers and business. 

    Central Regional TAFE's Northam Jobs and Skills Centre can provide free professional and practical advice on training and employment opportunities including careers advice, apprenticeship and training information, and also help with job searching and direct links into work.

    The team also has expertise in business and workplace development and partnerships with industry, and welcomes employers and business owners. There is also a free online jobs board available for employers to advertise local job vacancies.

    For more information about Northam JSC and the services available, please visit their page

    Seasons greetings from Apprenticeship Office

    Temporary closure of Apprenticeship Office

    Christmas 2018 and 2019 new year period

    The Department of Training and Workforce Development Apprenticeship Office will be closed from 4.30 pm Friday 21 December 2018 to 8.30 am Wednesday 2 January 2019 Western Standard Time.

    The 13 19 54 information hotline will not operate during the temporary closure period. Please email your enquiry to ApprenticeshipOffice@dtwd.wa.gov.au and we will respond to your enquiry in the new year.

    • Training contracts can continue to be lodged during the closure period, and will be assessed from 2 January 2019
    • Training contract changes can be submitted via the Western Australian Apprenticeship Management System (WAAMS) portal during the closure period
    • Emails or training contract related requests received in the Apprenticeship Office email boxes during the closure will be actioned after the Apprenticeship Office reopens in the new year

    From everyone at Apprenticeship Office, we would like to wish you well over the festive season.

    New apprenticeship and traineeship policy released

    More user-friendly, and streamlined for all stakeholders

    Following extensive consultation with stakeholders, the Department has updated its Apprenticeship and traineeship policy (A&T policy). The revised policy came into effect on 29 November 2018, and is now available on our website.

    View the new Apprenticeship and traineeship policy

    The new A&T policy has been simplified to make it more user friendly for apprentices, trainees, employers, registered training organisations, AASNs, GTOs, students, parents and schools. The key changes are as follows.

    • All related policy documents are now incorporated. This includes the School-based apprenticeship policy; Travel and accommodation allowance (TAA) policy; Trade skills recognition policy; and the Trade certificate policy.
    • The policy includes web links for easy access to program information and fact sheets and forms for employers, apprentices, registered training organisations and other providers operating in the apprenticeship system.
    • The strengthening of eligibility criteria for Western Australian trade certificates, including those issued under the trade skills recognition (TSR) process, to ensure the integrity of the application and assessment processes.  The new eligibility criteria come into effect on 1 January 2019.
    • Individuals who are qualified tradespersons in an Australian state or territory other than WA are now able to apply for a WA trade certificate if they meet the requirements.
    • The policy reflects recent changes to regulations which clarify requirements around training plans, including for school-based apprentices and trainees.

    Several fact sheets on the Apprenticeship Office website have been updated to align with the new policy, and the following new fact sheets have been developed.

    Title Location
    Applying for a WA trade certificate by interstate tradespeople Other publications
    Applying for a WA trade certificate via trade skills recognition (effective from 1 January 2019) Information for RTOs, and also in Other publications
    Eligibility for a WA trade certificate Other publications
    Training contract and exemption notices for children of compulsory school age Training contract forms and fact sheets

     

    The location of Karratha JSC.

    New Jobs and Skills Centre opens in Karratha!

    The Pilbara region's new one-stop-shop for training, careers and jobs.

    A new Jobs and Skills Centre on the Karratha campus of North Regional TAFE is now open! Western Australia's TAFE Jobs and Skills Centres are one-stop shops for careers, training and employment advice and assistance. Services are free, and accessible to all members of the community as well as industry, business and employers.

    North Regional TAFE's Karratha JSC can provide free professional and practical advice on training and employment opportunities including careers advice, apprenticeship and training information, , and also help with job searching and direct links into work. The team also has strong links with local businesses and employers, and expertise in workplace development, and welcomes employers and business owners. A free online jobs board is also available for employers to advertise local job vacancies.

    The team at Karratha JSC has strong experience in the region and local communities, expertise in Aboriginal workforce development, and with working with local employers. They are supported by career services from Empowering People in Communities (EPIC), and Aboriginal services from Bloodwood Tree, and can provide outreach services at other locations throughout the Pilbara region. 

    Western Australia's TAFE Jobs and Skills Centres are one-stop shops for careers, training and employment advice and assistance. Services are free, and accessible to all members of the community.  The centres are located on TAFE campuses, with additional outreach locations for regional areas. 

    Muresk Institute

    Muresk Institute adds new industry representatives to advisory committee

    Empowering and supporting Western Australia's  agriculture industry.

    Muresk Institute is Western Australia's skills hub for modern agriculture, working closely with industry and training partners to ensure industry-driven education and training opportunities are made available, to meet the demand for skilled workers. 

    The Muresk Institute Advisory Committee (MIAC) was established in 2013 to strengthen collaboration between Muresk Institute, industry and the community. The committee provides high quality advice and guidance contributing to the future direction of Muresk as a commercially sustainable, multi-use facility for the delivery of training, research and programs that are responsive to industry and regional needs. On 23 November, Muresk announced the addition of eight new industry representatives to MAIC.

    Muresk Institute general manager Prue Jenkins said existing members felt broader industry representation was needed on the Muresk Institute Advisory Committee (MIAC) to further contribute to the high level industry advice it provides. "The eight new members are well known and highly respected in the agriculture industry. “ Ms Jenkins said. “They will help inform Muresk to make the best decisions in relation to the programs we deliver and business opportunities we undertake. The last six months have been some of our most successful with the implementation of new initiatives like the SmartFarm, and we want to build on this momentum so Muresk can better support WA's booming agriculture industry. I’m certain our new committee members will help us empower WA’s agriculture industry and make the most of the exciting new opportunities to support emerging markets and technological advancements.”

    The new MIAC committee members are as follows.

    • Brad Jones, Managing Director Cropcair Pty Ltd and Director Bungulla Farming Pty Ltd
    • Glen Brayshaw, Rural Consultant Planfarm Pty Ltd
    • Matthew Williams, Area Manager, CSBP Fertilisers
    • Julie Alvaro, Grain Research Development Corporation Western Panel Member, Grower Windsor Hart Enterprises, DPIRD Soil and Land Conservation Ministerial Advisory Committee
    • John Seabrook, Farmer Seabourne Farm and Machinery Importer
    • Duncan Young, Farmer, President WA Farmers Grains Council, GPA Policy Council of Australia, GIWA Barley and Oats Standards Committee
    • Kellie McCrum, Manager Culture and Capability, CBH Group
    • Ian Hanna, Committee Member, Australian Dohne Breeders Association’s National Council.

    The new members were appointed by the Department of Training and Workforce Development's Director General for a three-year term.

    New TAFE Jobs and Skills Centre opens in Broome!

    The Kimberley region's new one-stop-shop for training, careers and jobs.

    A new Jobs and Skills Centre on the Broome campus of North Regional TAFE is now open! Western Australia's TAFE Jobs and Skills Centres are one-stop shops for careers, training and employment advice and assistance. Services are free, and accessible to all members of the community. 

    North Regional TAFE's Broome JSC can provide free professional and practical advice on training and employment opportunities including careers advice, apprenticeship and training information, , and also help with job searching and direct links into work. The team also has strong links with local businesses and employers, and expertise in workplace development, and welcomes employers and business owners. A free online jobs board is also available for employers to advertise local job vacancies.

    The Broome Jobs and Skills Centre is supported by career services from Wunan Foundation. They can also provide outreach services at other locations throughout the Kimberley region, including Derby, Fitzroy Crossing, Halls Creek and Kununurra, by arrangement with the centre. North Regional TAFE will soon be opening a second JSC in Karratha, to support the Pilbara community. 

    Western Australia's TAFE Jobs and Skills Centres are one-stop shops for careers, training and employment advice and assistance. Services are free, and accessible to all members of the community.  The centres are located on TAFE campuses, with additional outreach locations for regional areas. 

    New TAFE Jobs and Skills Centre opens in Bunbury

    South West WA's second one-stop-shop for training, careers and jobs.

    A new Jobs and Skills Centre on the Bunbury campus of South Regional TAFE is now open! Western Australia's TAFE Jobs and Skills Centres are one-stop shops for careers, training and employment advice and assistance. Services are free, and accessible to all members of the community. Bunbury is now South Regional TAFE's second JSC in the region, together with the Albany Jobs and Skills Centre that opened on 15 November. 

    South Regional TAFE's Bunbury JSC can provide free professional and practical advice on training and employment opportunities including careers advice, apprenticeship and training information, , and also help with job searching and direct links into work. The team also has strong links with local businesses and employers, and expertise in workplace development, and welcomes employers and business owners. A free online jobs board is also available for employers to advertise local job vacancies.

    The Bunbury Jobs and Skills Centre is supported by career services from Jobs South West.  They also provide outreach services at other locations throughout the region, including Busselton, Collie, Manjimup and Margaret River.

    Western Australia's TAFE Jobs and Skills Centres are one-stop shops for careers, training and employment advice and assistance. Services are free, and accessible to all members of the community.  The centres are located on TAFE campuses, with additional outreach locations for regional areas. 

    Australian Training Awards Winners 2018

    WA scoops the pool at Australian Training Awards!

    State's best in vocational education and training recognised.

    Congratulations to Western Australia’s vocational education and training (VET) sector for one of our best ever showings at Australia’s leading industry awards last night. Six of WA’s 11 award nominees picked up accolades at the Australian Training Awards, with both individual and organisational winners from the State’s VET system being recognised for their success. 

    Three outstanding female VET students secured titles in the individual categories for their performance as strong ambassadors for vocational education pathways. Yarawu and Bunuba woman and Broome mother, Soleil White, was named Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year for her work to close the gap within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander healthcare industry. The healthcare worker credited her training with giving her the confidence to make a difference and progress to further studies. She completed a Certificate IV in Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care and is now undertaking a Diploma of Nursing.

    Inspirational examples of high calibre VET programs delivered to secondary students were also recognised at the awards, with Canning Vale College teacher Crystle Challinger securing the title of VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year – the second year in a row that a WA nominee has won this prestigious award. Regional WA was well represented, with Busselton Senior High School winning the School Pathways to VET award and Central Regional TAFE taking home the Industry Collaboration Award for its innovative biodiversity collaboration project. These achievements follow Western Australia’s success at the the 2018 WorldSkills Championships earlier this year, where the WA secured the prestigious VETiS Shield as the country’s best-performing State.

    School-based Apprentice of the Year 2018
    Caitlin Whittle, Lower Chittering, Tubal Workplace Training

    Juggling studying five ATAR subjects with a Certificate II in Hospitality, Caitlin has thrived in the workplace environment. She credits the experience with increasing her confidence and dedication, and has seen her grades improve as a result.

    Caitlin has transferred her new skills, assisting with numerous school events. She is also a strong advocate for Swan Valley Anglican Community School’s hospitality program, presenting to younger students and writing articles for her local newspaper and the school website.    

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    Vocational Student of the Year 2018
    Caitlan Noble, Mount Lawley, North Metropolitan TAFE

    After completing a Bachelor of Commerce, Caitlin did an internship with Telethon which sparked her passion for the health industry. While at Princess Margaret Hospital, Caitlan was inspired to move into a clinical role.

    Now employed as an anaesthetic technician at King Edward Memorial Hospital, Caitlan has been commended by her peers for going above and beyond to improve patient care. As an active volunteer for Telethon, she enjoys seeing how children benefit from fundraising.

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    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year 2018
    Soleil White, Bilingurr, Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services and North Regional TAFE

    Soleil recently completed a Certificate IV in Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care and is now undertaking a Diploma of Nursing.  Her training has given her the confidence to be an advocate for Aboriginal health care and undertake further studies. As the mother of a two-year-old, she is extremely motivated to create a better quality of life for future generations.

    Soleil is doing her part to close the gap for Aboriginal people to provide and assist them with high quality care and taking a holistic approach to physical, emotional and spiritual needs.

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    Trainer of the Year 2018
    Crystle Challinger, Bayswater, Canning Vale College

    The Canning Vale College teacher champions VET programs for secondary students throughout Western Australia and has been heavily involved in training other VET school based trainers. Crystle taught other teachers about using virtual and augmented reality programs to engage students creatively and use digital evidence collection for presentations.

    As an Aboriginal Australian, Crystle believes in providing structured alternatives to traditional learning to meet the individual needs of a student. 

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    Industry Collaboration Award 2018
    Central Regional TAFE – Biodiversity Conservation Collaboration, Geraldton

    Central Regional TAFE, in collaboration with several environmental conservation stakeholders, is working to protect and restore key ecosystems in the Mid West. The collaboration focuses on restoring habitats at the Houtman Abrolhos Islands and managing invasive aquatic species. With integrated nationally recognised training programs, students gain real world experience on high priority environmental conservation projects, which also impacts employers, the community and the environment.

    Collaboration partners include Northern Agricultural Catchments Council, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, City of Greater Geraldton, and Western Australian Museum.

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    School Pathways to VET Award 2018
    Busselton Senior High School

    As an RTO school since 1999, Busselton Senior High School has a unique model. A key feature is the highly supported student participation in work placement one day a week. The model provides a platform for exceptional industry links, RTO compliance, and offers flexibility with an off-grid timetable to assist staff to develop highly innovative programs. The school is highly regarded for its expertise in supporting schools across the State to meet compliance and deliver high quality programs to students, with employment for further training outcomes.

    VET offerings have increased in recent years to reflect the needs of industry and provide engaging programs. In 2018, 75 per cent of senior school students were enrolled in a VET qualification. A flexible timetable model with strong industry links is central to the success of the programs, as is delivery by suitably qualified and dedicated staff. In 2017, the school achieved a 100 per cent attainment rate. This is indicative of the high levels of support provided to students and the engaging nature of the programs.

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    New TAFE Jobs and Skills Centre opens in Albany

    South West WA's one-stop-shop for training, careers and jobs!

    A new Jobs and Skills Centre on the Albany campus of South Regional TAFE is now open! Western Australia's TAFE Jobs and Skills Centres are one-stop shops for careers, training and employment advice and assistance. Services are free, and accessible to all members of the community.

    The Albany JSC can provide free professional and practical advice on training and employment opportunities including careers advice, apprenticeship and training information, and partnerships with industry, and also help with job searching and direct links into work. The team also has expertise in business and workplace development, and welcomes employers and business owners. A free online jobs board is also available for employers to advertise local job vacancies.

    The Albany JSC is supported by career services from Worklink, and Aboriginal services from Southern Aboriginal Corporation (SAC). Outreach services at other locations throughout the South West region are also available, by arrangement with the centre.

    More information about the Albany Jobs and Skills Centre, and the services it offers, is available on the Jobs and Skills WA website

    Western Australia's TAFE Jobs and Skills Centres are one-stop shops for careers, training and employment advice and assistance. Services are free, and accessible to all members of the community.  The centres are located on TAFE campuses, with additional outreach locations for regional areas. 

    International students

    New era for international education in Western Australia

    New international education strategy launched

    Western Australia currently has more than 50,000 international students living and learning in Perth. They are a key contributor to the WA economy, create jobs and enrich the WA community. In 2017, the sector generated about $1.9 billion in export income, supported an estimated 10,000 full time jobs and contributed to increased tourism, with each international student attracting 1.5 visiting friends and relatives from overseas. Nationally, international education exports grew by 22 per cent in 2017 and Australia became one of the top three destinations for international students. 

    On 23 October, WA's plan to attract thousands of more international students to Western Australia  – 'Where Bright Futures Begin: International Education in Perth, Western Australia 2018–2025' — was launched. The strategy, developed in partnership with StudyPerth, will guide future government and industry action and is focused on growing the number of international students coming to study in WA. Fundamental to WA's success will be effective marketing of the State as an international education destination; improving the experience for students living and learning in Perth, and the collaboration and co-operation of the sector. The next stage is to bring together StudyPerth and key stakeholders to work on projects and initiatives to show international students that Perth is the best place to live, learn and launch the next stage of their lives and careers.

    Information about the strategy, and other actions to put Perth on the map as an education destination, can be found at jtsi.wa.gov.au/WAIES.

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    New State Training Plan 2018–2021 now available

    Priorities and strategies for vocational education and training in WA.

    The WA State Training Board's State Training Plan 2018–2021 was endorsed on 20 August 2018. The priorities identified in the Plan inform funding, planning and policy decisions for vocational education and training in Western Australia.

    The State Training Plan identifies the current and future training and skill development needs of Western Australia's industries and workforce. It contains strategies that will contribute to achieving the State Government’s major goals and visions for the WA economy and labour market, through well-targeted training programs that enable people to access and obtain training that maximises their opportunities for employment and career development. Additionally, the Plan supports the key initiatives in the Government’s Plan for Jobs by investing in affordable, high quality training that’s available through TAFE colleges and private training providers.

    Particular areas of priority and focus in this new Plan include:

    • State priority occupations;
    • apprenticeships and traineeships;
    • increasing participation in VET through TAFEs and private training providers;
    •  enhancing links between VET and WA’s industries;
    • responding to the challenges and opportunities from emerging industries, technology and innovation advances; and
    • meeting the growing skill demands of WA’s social assistance and  and allied health workforce.

    Review announced to boost quality of VET delivery in schools

    Improving outcomes for WA secondary students

    An overhaul of the vocational education and training (VET) delivered in Western Australian secondary schools was announced today. The planned changes will help to ensure students receive quality training, from quality training providers, to ensure the best possible outcomes once they leave school. Additionally, the list of qualifications offered to students will be refocused, in consultation with industry and the education and training sector, to ensure senior secondary students graduate with a valuable qualification that meets industry needs and leads to employment opportunities.

    Two wide-ranging reports into the delivery of vocational education and training in secondary schools – the Auditor General's 2016 report VET for Year 11 and 12 students in public schools and the Parliamentary Education and Health Standing Committee's 2017 report Putting VET to the Test – made a number of recommendations to strengthen the current system. Both recommended the requirements for achieving a Western Australia Certificate of Education (WACE) be monitored closely to ensure schools are providing a sustainable future for students. 

    The School Curriculum and Standards Authority will begin consultation this month with key stakeholders including school leaders, training providers and parents, on broadening the scope for students to achieve a WACE to deliver the best post-school outcomes for students that are not on an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) pathway. Currently, students not pursuing an ATAR are required to complete a Certificate II or higher VET qualification, in combination with other senior secondary courses, to achieve a WACE. The consultation will explore if there is scope for other options for Year 11 and 12 students, such as completing at least five general courses.

    The Department of Education and the Department of Training and Workforce Development, as well as the School Curriculum and Standards Authority, will also implement a range of changes to VET programs for secondary students to add rigour to senior secondary certification and to maintain the quality of training. A guidance tool to assist schools to find a suitable Registered Training Organisation (RTO), and assess its performance, was made available to schools earlier this year.  To further ensure quality training, a preferred provider contract panel will be established to provide schools with a selection of quality-assured RTOs to choose from when making future arrangements.

    The Department of Education will improve governance arrangements between schools and RTOs before training is delivered, including developing standardised contracts. This will include stipulating the timeframe for verification of student achievement for inclusion in the WACE.

    A diverse range of occupations.

    WA State priority occupation list 2018 endorsed and available

    SPOL 2018 details occupation priorities for WA's labour market.

    The State priority occupation list (SPOL) 2018 has been endorsed and is now available. The SPOL is a list of occupations rated according to their priority status for Western Australia. It is produced annually by the Department of Training and Workforce Development, using a range of key economic and labour market data and projections as well as evidence from each of the WA industry training councils and other stakeholders.

    The main use for the SPOL is to help guide the annual purchasing of publicly-funded vocational education and training (VET) in WA, and in particular which qualifications receive additional subsidies via the Priority industry qualification list (PIQL) to encourage the take up of training in these areas. The SPOL also helps inform:

    • the State Training Plan produced by the WA State Training Board;
    • the Western Australian skilled migration occupation list (WASMOL); and
    • the Graduate occupation list (GOL),

    as well as workforce development planning and other key work across the Department. SPOL data also informs occupational profiles and helps guide the broader framework of workforce development planning under the WA Plan for Jobs.

    Of the 754 occupations initially assessed for the SPOL 2018, 253 are listed as State priority occupations, up from 247 in 2017. Compositionally, the health, education and professional services sectors continue to have the strongest presence on the SPOL 2018.

    Peel JSC opens.

    New Peel Jobs and Skills Centre officially opens!

    Boosting opportunities for the Mandurah region.

    The new Peel Jobs and Skills Centre was officially launched today at the Mandurah campus of South Metropolitan TAFE. Jobs and Skills Centres provide free professional and practical advice on training and employment opportunities, career advice and apprenticeship and training information, and specialist services for Aboriginal jobseekers. They also support local employers and businesses to build a skilled workforce and create employment, apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities, and offer a free online jobs board where job vacancies can be posted.

    The Peel JSC will work to meet the region's unique local needs, with a particular focus on addressing the area's high youth unemployment rate, working closely with school leavers, youth at risk, sole parents, employers and industry. Services are locally focused and delivered by South Metropolitan TAFE, in partnership with South Metropolitan Youth Link and Bridging the Gap. 

    Locals are already benefiting with career information services provided on 229 occasions, and 19 clients have been assisted into education and training since the centre opened just a few weeks ago. Auston Newburry, 18, secured a Heavy Diesel Apprenticeship at WestGold Resources with the support of Peel JSC. The centre provided coaching and advice based on Auston's unique situation, helping with his concerns about disclosing his autism and what to do in an interview. With the centre's help, his family is working with the Autism Association of WA so they can support him through his studies. 

    Jobs and Skills Centres are one-stop-shops for students, jobseekers and career changers looking to improve their skills and job prospects. The opening of the Peel JSC today continues the delivery of this key election commitment. Seven JSCs are now open at Kalgoorlie, Joondalup, Balga, Northbridge, Thornlie, Rockingham and Peel TAFE campuses, with several more to open across regional Western Australia throughout 2018-19 with outreach services offered in Boddington, Waroona, Byford and Pinjarra. Aboriginal people are a key priority client group, and extensive local stakeholder consultation has been undertaken to ensure Aboriginal people benefit from the new services. 

    Main picture: Mr George Walley performing Welcome to Country at the Peel JSC launch. 

    Funding boost to create thousands of apprentice and trainee jobs

    WA signs up to Skilling Australians Fund partnership agreement

    Up to $126 million is now available to create thousands of jobs for apprenticeships and traineeships, after signing up to the Federal Government's Skilling Australians Fund National Partnership. In addition, the national partnership will also provide funding for thousands of pre-apprenticeships – a career pathway that is strongly supported by industry. The national partnership funding will also be used for skills development to support the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

    Key to the national partnership is an employer incentive scheme that will provide training support to employers, including small businesses.

    Funded from changes to payroll tax exemptions for traineeships and the national partnership, the scheme will enable the Government to target assistance to better meet the State's workforce priorities.  Industry will be consulted throughout the development of the incentive scheme to ensure it meets the sector's needs and encourages high-quality, on-the-job training.

    Winners at the WA Training Awards 2018 presentation dinner.

    Congratulations to the 2018 WA Training Awards winners!

    Outstanding individuals and organisations in the spotlight

    Twelve individual and organisational winners have been recognised as outstanding apprentices, trainees, students at Friday night's WA Training Awards 2018 presentation dinner. The WA Training Awards highlight the achievements of apprentices, trainees, VET students, training organisations and employers in the training sector.

    Women in vocational education and training (VET) were in the spotlight, winning seven of the eight individual categories. Bassendean electrician Megan Feaver, who decided to take the leap into the male-dominated trade later in life, was named WA Apprentice of the Year 2018 at the event. The South Metropolitan TAFE graduate has excelled since making the career change, securing a coveted Western Power apprenticeship and winning Western Power's Apprentice of the Year. Already actively involved with the Women in Male Dominated Occupations and Industries network, Megan aspires to lead and encourage women into non-traditional trades. And Megan was in good company – while women made up less than half of publicly funded enrolments in the VET sector in 2017, more than 70 per cent of the pool of WA Training Awards 2018 finalists were female.

    Some category winners will now advance to compete against the nation's best at the Australian Training Awards in Sydney on November 15, 2018.

    A full list of winners with their profiles, and photographs from the night, will soon be available on the WA Training Awards website.

    WA Training Awards 2018 winners

    The WA Apprentice of the Year 2018, sponsored by MEGT (Australia) Ltd
    Megan Feaver, South Metropolitan TAFE

    WA School-based Apprentice of the Year 2018, sponsored by ECA WA
    Caitlin Whittle, Tubal Workplace Training

    WA Trainee of the Year 2018, sponsored by McDonald's Australia
    Beth Hodder, ABS Institute of Management; Australian Industry Training

    WA Vocational Student of the Year 2018, sponsored by Crown Perth
    Caitlan Noble, North Metropolitan TAFE

    WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year 2018, sponsored by The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation
    Soleil White, Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services and North Regional TAFE

    WA International Student of the Year 2018
    Ananda Paiva, North Metropolitan TAFE

    WA Cultural Diversity Training Award 2018
    William Bol, North Metropolitan TAFE

    WA Trainer of the Year 2018, sponsored by Training Accreditation Council
    Crystle Challinger, Canning Vale College

    WA Employer of the Year 2018, sponsored CCI Apprenticeship Support Australia
    Roy Hill, Perth Airport

    WA Industry Collaboration Award 2018
    Central Regional TAFE - Biodiversity Conservation Collaboration, Geraldton

    WA Small Training Provider of the Year 2018
    Mental Health Commission - Strong Spirit Strong Mind Aboriginal Programs, Perth

    WA Large Training Provider of the Year 2018
    North Metropolitan TAFE

    Levy change to boost apprenticeship and training opportunities

    Supporting training and development for WA's construction industry

    The resource industry will now contribute to the Building and Construction Industry Training Fund (BCITF) levy with the removal today of a long-standing exemption.

    The BCITF levy is invested in training incentives and support for employers of apprentices and trainees in the construction industry. Options for investing the additional funds collected from the resources sector will be explored in consultation with stakeholders to ensure that the disbursement of levy funds supports improved training opportunities for the Western Australian construction sector.

    The policy change will ensure all industries undertaking construction work contribute to the training and development of Western Australia's construction workforce. Removing the exemption will improve the resource industry's ability to access the skilled workforce it has identified it needs. The levy has previously applied to all residential, commercial and civil engineering projects undertaken in Western Australia where the total value of construction is estimated to be more than $20,000.

    The levy will not be applied to work associated with the core operational business of the resources sector such as exploration, mine excavation and backfilling, environmental clean-ups, and repairs and maintenance.

    Minor construction work under the value of $10 million for the relocation, replacement, renovation and alteration of existing resources facilities will be excluded from the levy. This recognises the unique nature of resource sector operations.

    Further information on the BCITF levy is available on the Construction Training Fund website.

    Pilbara minerals.

    TAFE partnership delivers customised training for Pilbara lithium project

    VET sector supporting industry and developing WA's workforce

    North Metropolitan TAFE (NMT) has partnered with Pilbara Minerals to develop and deliver bespoke training for operation staff on the Pilgangoora Lithium-Tantalum Project. 

    To ensure Pilbara Minerals' employees were job ready ahead of the commissioning of the project, a high-quality training program was developed by NMT. The Pilbara Minerals employees were trained earlier this year in the theory component over an intense two-week training period at NMT's East Perth campus, and are now completing the practical component of their training on site at the Pilgangoora mine.

    NMT lecturers will head to the site later this year to assess the students – once assessed as competent, the employees will receive a Certificate III in Resource Processing.

    Kalgoorlie JSC launch.

    First regional Jobs and Skills Centre official opening

    Kalgoorlie JSC now supporting Goldfields region

    Industry, students, job seekers and career changers will have increased access to local job-related services with the Jobs and Skills Centre at Central Regional TAFE Kalgoorlie campus officially opening its doors last Friday 21 September. Jobs and Skills Centres are transforming Western Australian TAFE colleges to better link the training sector with business and industry.

    Services at the locally focused centre will be delivered by Central Regional TAFE in partnership with Worklink, and will support the local community with information about training and career development as well as providing assistance to jobseekers. The centre will also work closely with local employers and businesses to build a skilled workforce and create employment, apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities. Aboriginal people are a key priority client group, and extensive local stakeholder consultation was undertaken to ensure Aboriginal people benefit from the new service delivery model.

    Jobs and Skills Centres are now open at Kalgoorlie, Joondalup, Balga, Northbridge, Thornlie, Rockingham and Peel TAFE campuses, and several more will open progressively in regional WA throughout 2018–19. More information about JSC locations and services is available on the Jobs and Skills WA website

    Main photo: The Minister and Premier with local business owner Tyrone Richards. 

    Economy to benefit from new graduate migration stream

    New graduate pathway for WA State Nomination Migration Program

    A new Graduate stream is now available for Western Australian State Nomination through the State Nomination Migration Program. The new stream is available to eligible university graduates who:

    • have gained a higher qualification and studied for at least two years in Western Australia at a Western Australian university;
    • have an available occupation on the new Graduate occupation list for the intended visa subclass; and
    • can meet the Western Australian State Nomination Graduate stream eligibility criteria.

    You can also email the Migration Services team or call them on on +61 8 9224 6540.

    A woman in rural Australia.

    Regional women the focus of new education partnership

    Developing leadership skills of women in rural, remote and regional WA.

    Women in regional Western Australia will benefit from professional development and learning opportunities under a new partnership between Curtin University and the Rural, Regional and Remote Women’s Network of Western Australia (RRR Network). The partnership, outlined in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), sets a pathway for education and training opportunities that develop the leadership skills of women living in rural, remote and regional WA.

    Curtin University Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic Professor Jill Downie said Curtin and the RRR Network would work together to offer more opportunities to rural and regional women. “This partnership will work to deliver professional development programs, including masterclasses, conferences, workshops and lectures, to women living in regional WA with the aim of supporting their leadership aspirations,” Professor Downie said.

    There will be a particular focus on the agricultural and food sectors, to encourage more women into industry areas that are significant contributors to the Australian economy.

    Curtin University's Professor Jill Downie, and RRR Network CEO Jackie Jarvis signing the MOU on Wednesday 19 September.

    RRR Network Chief Executive Officer Jackie Jarvis said when RRR Network launched on online survey focusing on this topic earlier in the year, 81 per cent of respondents stated they were considering undertaking some form of personal or professional development, training or further study within the next two years. Ms Jarvis said the top three areas of learning identified were leadership, effective communication, and influencing decision makers.

    Muresk Institute General Manager Prue Jenkins said the agriculture industry contributed an estimated $6.7 billion to the WA economy and employed some 41,000 Western Australians. “If WA is going to capitalise on this growing industry we must ensure all workers are equipped with relevant and contemporary skills to meet demand. Women have always been an integral part of the farm and we recognise that we must provide training opportunities to support them to achieve their leadership and management goals. Our aim is to make courses and workshops that empower women in agriculture part of Muresk’s regular offering,” Ms Jenkins said. 

    The first Regional Leadership Masterclass to be offered as a result of the partnership will be held at the Muresk Institute in Northam from October 10 to 12. The masterclass, delivered by career management and transition expert Associate Professor Julia Richardson from Curtin’s School of Management, will provide participants an in-depth understanding of the role of power, influence, trust and justice as essential components of contemporary leadership, as well as effective communication skills. The other presenters include Bluesee Director Esther Jones, Brennan Rural Group Executive Director Sue Middleton, Creative IQ Chief Executive Officer Anna Dixon and agVivo Director Erin Gorter. Western Australia’s Food Ambassador Don Hancey will also present a food and wine conversation.

    Main picture: Curtin University's Jill Downie (L) and RRR Network CEO Jackie Jarvis (R), signing the MOU on Wednesday 19 September.

    WA Training Awards 25th Anniversary Design Competition

    Calling all budding graphic designers!

    Aspiring graphic designers will be given the opportunity to create the branding for the 2019 WA Training Awards to commemorate a special anniversary for the award program.

    Western Australia’s premier vocational education and training (VET) awards program enters its 25th year in 2019 and is running the competition as part of anniversary celebrations. Current WA graphic design students studying accredited courses are eligible to enter the competition. The competition winner will receive a $500 cash prize, two tickets to the 2019 presentation dinner, at which they will be invited to speak about their design, and will be featured in various promotions. Entries will be assessed by the Department of Training and Workforce Development’s communications and marketing area.

     

    Department of Training and Workforce Development Director General Anne Driscoll said the program had a long history of giving apprentices, trainees and vocational students industry experience and the opportunity to make professional contacts. “The WA Training Awards have always incorporated rising talent into the award program from creating the floral centrepieces to doing the hair and makeup for the award’s night MC,” Ms Driscoll said. “We practice what we preach and give students a chance to showcase their talents to industry representatives and add a high-calibre professional development experience to their resumes. The WA Training Awards have been putting WA’s top VET achievers in the spotlight for 25 years and to mark this milestone we want to put WA graphic design on show with a chance to create the commemorative design for the anniversary. The talent of the VET sector always impresses me so I’ll be excited to see what our creative graphic design students present.”

    Entries close 1 October 2018 and winners will be announced 1 November 2018.

    Registered training organisations: Information session

    An invitation from Apprenticeship Office to all RTOs. 

    The Department of Training and Workforce Development is committed to engaging stakeholders in the Western Australian apprenticeship and traineeship system on a regular basis, and providing updates on changes that may impact their operations.

    The Department’s Apprenticeship Office and Policy, Planning and Research branch would like to invite you to an information session in which a number of topics will be covered, including:

    • the distinction between Class A and Class B qualifications, delivery and conferral;
    • the proposed changes to issuing trade certificates under the trade skills recognition process;
    • training contract completion requirements; and
    • training plan signing and notification requirements.

    You can attend the information session either in person or via online live streaming.

    When Thursday 20 September 2018 
    9.30 am to 12.00 pm
    Where Keirp Nyinalungup (formerly Town Hall), ground floor
    Department of Training and Workforce Development
    Optima Building
    16 Parkland Road, Osborne Park

    Registration closes at 4.00 pm on Thursday 13 September 2018

    You are also invited to submit any questions in relation to the above-mentioned topics via email to apprenticeshipoffice.compliance@dtwd.wa.gov.au by Friday 14 September 2018. The Department will endeavour to respond to all questions at the information session.

    WA to attract best and brightest international students

    Strengthening our future workforce and boosting our economy.

    It was announced today that high achieving education graduates of Western Australia's universities – those with PhD, Masters, Honours and other higher degrees – will be offered a pathway to skilled migration. This is expected to attract an increased number of high-quality international students to the State and help grow our share of the international education market, boosting the economy and helping to create jobs.

    This initiative includes an investment of $2 million to develop an International Education Strategy to grow and diversify the knowledge economy. The strategy is expected to be announced later this year.

    An additional Graduate skilled migration list will be introduced to attract the best global talent with the advanced qualifications, skills and experience and help grow our share of the international education market. The State Government's existing Skilled migration occupation list (the WASMOL) will not be affected, with the policy of not including occupations such as bricklayers, electricians and mechanics remaining in place.

    Priority consideration for skilled migration under the State nominated migration program will be granted to the best and brightest international students graduating from WA's universities. These students are essential to maintaining the competitiveness of Western Australia's universities in creating knowledge and building capacity for scientific and technological development, and strengthening the future workforce. Information about eligibility and how to apply will be available on the Department of Training and Workforce Development's migration portal at migration.wa.gov.au in coming months.

    WA Training Awards 2018 finalists announced!

    29 of our top apprentices, trainees, students and trainers are in the spotlight.

    The 29 outstanding individual finalists in this year's WA Training Awards have been announced today. 

    The WA Training Awards put the training sector in the spotlight by highlighting the achievements of apprentices, trainees, VET students, training organisations and employers. The awards help highlight the opportunities the VET sector provides people to upskill or retrain, ensuring they can adapt to a changing economy, workplaces and jobs.

    Caitlan Noble, a finalist in the WA Vocational Student of the Year 2018 category, completed a Bachelor of Commerce but discovered her passion for the health industry while completing an internship with Telethon. She diverted from a potential career in marketing to complete a Diploma of Anaesthetic Technology at North Metropolitan TAFE, and is now employed as an anaesthetic technician at King Edward Memorial Hospital.

    The individual finalists will join the recently announced organisational finalists at the awards presentation in September.  Winners may be eligible to compete against the nation's best at the Australian Training Awards later in the year.

    The WA Training Awards 2018 winners will be announced at the presentation dinner in September. 

    Congratulations to the following finalists for the WA Training Awards 2018.

    WA Apprentice of the Year 2018, sponsored by MEGT (Australia) Ltd

    • Diego Correa Mendonca, South Metropolitan TAFE
    • Megan Feaver, South Metropolitan TAFE
    • Isabelle Croswell, Central Regional TAFE
    • Emily Davis, Power Training Services WA

    (Pictured left to right)

     

    WA Apprentice of the year finalists

    WA School-based Apprentice of the Year 2018, sponsored by ECA WA

    • Danny Hennessey-O'Shea, North Metropolitan TAFE
    • Rachel Knuckey, Illuminate Group  
    • Caitlin Whittle, Tubal Workplace Training
    • Jazmin Hahn, Central Regional TAFE

    (Pictured left to right)

    WA School-based apprentice of the year finalists

    WA Trainee of the Year 2018, sponsored by McDonald's Australia

    • Rebecca Thompson, South Metropolitan TAFE
    • Elizabeth Gaffney, JSW Training and Community Services
    • Beth Hodder, ABS Institute of Management; Australian Industry Training
    • Hayden Schilling, South Metropolitan TAFE

    (Pictured left to right)

    WA Trainee of the year finalists

    WA Vocational Student of the Year 2018, sponsored by Crown Perth

    • Jess Haydon, Australian Training Management Pty Ltd
    • Caitlan Noble, North Metropolitan TAFE
    • Claire Garcia-Webb, North Metropolitan TAFE
    • Caris Jones, North Metropolitan TAFE

    (Pictured left to right)

    WA Vocational student of the year finalists

    WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year 2018,
    sponsored by The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation

    • Courtney Garlett, WA College of Agriculture - Cunderdin
    • Tarra Ninyette, Illuminate Group
    • Jannika Jacky, South Metropolitan TAFE
    • Soleil White, Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services and North Regional TAFE
    WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander of the year finalists

    WA International Student of the Year 2018

    • Wang Na Cheung, North Metropolitan TAFE
    • Ananda Paiva, North Metropolitan TAFE
    • Roberto Rangel, North Metropolitan TAFE
    • Sonam Wangchuk, North Metropolitan TAFE

    (Pictured left to right)

    WA International student of the year finalists

    WA Trainer of the Year 2018, sponsored by Training Accreditation Council

    • Kate Moore, North Metropolitan TAFE
    • Richard Rose, North Regional TAFE
    • Crystle Challinger, Canning Vale College
    • Taryn Sharp, North Metropolitan TAFE

    (Pictured left to right)

    WA Trainer of the year finalists

    Cultural Diversity Training Award 2018

    William Bol, North Metropolitan TAFE

    Cultural Diversity Training Award 2018

      Employers and employees connect at Deadly Jobs

      Promoting employment opportunities for Aboriginal people

      The Deadly Jobs marquee at the recent NAIDOC Family Fun day was the ideal place for staff from the new TAFE Jobs and Skills Centres to network with both Aboriginal jobseekers and employers recently.

      The centres are one-stop shops for careers, training and employment advice and assistance. The implementation of Jobs and Skills Centres across Western Australia will transform our TAFE colleges to better link the training sector with businesses and industry. 

      Department of Training and Workforce Development Director General Anne Driscoll said the centres worked closely with employers, business owners and industry to help find employment opportunities for Western Australians. “The focus of Deadly Jobs was on real jobs and it was the ideal venue for staff from the centres to interact with both industry and potential employees,” she said. “More than 4,000 Aboriginal people attended the fun day held at Ashfield Reserve in Bassendean, one of the largest events of its kind in WA.”

      Ms Driscoll said numbers were up on previous years, of both employers and potential employees. “We had stallholders in the marquee representing more than 45 companies, such as Downer Group, Crown Perth, Water Corporation, Woodside and the Wirrpanda Foundation, who spoke to visitors about current and upcoming job opportunities, and feedback from employers was very positive and there was keen interest from Aboriginal people for positions within their companies. Deadly Jobs was also a chance for staff from the newly established TAFE Jobs and Skills Centres to meet the public and talk about other services they can provide, such as information and guidance on career and training choices.”

      To find out more about Jobs and Skills WA, and the services available through the Jobs and Skills Centres, visit jobsandskills.wa.gov.au or call 13 64 64.

      Finalists showcase the importance of training to Western Australia

      Organisational finalists for WA Training Awards 2018 announced!

      A project that gives students real world experience while helping to protect WA's Abrolhos Islands is just one of the success stories in the spotlight at this year's WA Training Awards. Central Regional TAFE is leading the Biodiversity Conservation Collaboration project to manage invasive aquatic species and restore key ecosystems on Australia's Coral Coast. The project is a finalist in the WA Industry Collaboration Award 2018 category.

      This year's organisational finalists demonstrate how the training sector delivers vital education and training opportunities while providing important services to the community. Award winners will be announced in September. Winners may also be eligible to compete against the nation's best at the Australian Training Awards later in the year.

      The WA Training Awards are possible thanks to its partners the State Training Board, Crown Perth, CCI WA Apprenticeship Support Australia, The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation, McDonald's Australia, MEGT, NECA WA, Training Accreditation Council, AV Partners, Roy Hill, AMA Apprenticeship and Traineeship Services, Picton Press and Taylorweir International School of Hairdressing.

      For more information on the WA Training Awards, visit dtwd.wa.gov.au/trainingawards

      Finalists – WA Employer of the Year 2018

      Gino's Panel and Paint, South Fremantle

      Gino's Panel and Paint has been operating in the Fremantle business community for 45 years as a highly trained team of technicians providing quality vehicle repair. A long-term host employer for the Motor Trade Association of Western Australia, the company provides on the job training for 11 apprentices. The company's training plan is an integral part of their business, including training for apprentices, technicians, customer service roles and supervisory positions.

      Mandurah Taxis, Mandurah

      Mandurah Taxis has been providing on demand transport for the Peel Region since 1959. With a strong focus on supporting their local community, Mandurah Taxis are an equal opportunity employer offering mechanical and administrative apprenticeships and traineeships, work experience opportunities for local secondary school students, and employment and support for many new migrants. The business also works with job providers to assist people with injuries, disabilities or disadvantaged students get back into the workforce.  

      Roy Hill, Perth Airport

      Roy Hill is an integrated iron ore mining, rail and port operation in the Pilbara region. The business relies on an efficient, flexible, cost-effective and well trained workforce to meet business needs. In the past 12 months over 150 traineeships and apprenticeships were commenced at Roy Hill. The organisation is driven to give back to the community by offering genuine training and employment opportunities to Western Australians with limited or no mining experience, while upskilling existing employees. 

      Finalists – WA Industry Collaboration Award 2018 

      Central Regional TAFE – Biodiversity Conservation Collaboration, Geraldton

      Central Regional TAFE in collaboration with several environmental conservation stakeholders is working to protect and restore key ecosystems in the Midwest. The collaboration focuses on restoring habitats at the Houtman Abrolhos Islands and managing invasive aquatic species. With integrated nationally recognised training programs, students gain real world experience on high priority environmental conservation projects, which also impacts employers, the community and the environment.
      Collaboration partners include Northern Agricultural Catchments Council, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, City of Greater Geraldton, and Western Australian Museum.

      NECA College of Electrical Training's WA Schools Collaborative Training Pathway, Balcatt

      NECA College of Electrical Training has partnered with some 31 schools, industry bodies and employers in WA to deliver effective pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship courses in the electrical industry. The program provides young people with an improved career path from school into a formal qualification and later into employment as tradespeople, with employers benefitting from access to pre-screened applicants for apprentice recruitment.

      The National Energy Technician Training Scheme (NETTS) in collaboration with Programmed Training Services, Quadrant Energy and Shell Vermillion, Welshpool

      NETTS brings together the leading players in the oil and gas sector with peak training bodies in a proactive solution to a skills shortage in the sector. Through best practice research, shared training practices the program is growing and developing well-rounded and qualified technicians, who are competent in all technical aspects and instilled with a safety culture and life skills that align with their host company's values.

      WA Small Training Provider of the Year 2018

      Mental Health Commission – Strong Spirit Strong Mind Aboriginal Programs (Perth)

      The Mental Health Commission's Strong Spirit Strong Mind Aboriginal Programs offers culturally secure training in community services to support Aboriginal communities to address issues associated with alcohol and drug use. These programs are developed by Aboriginal people for Aboriginal people. More than 250 Aboriginal health workers have completed community services qualifications through the program since its commencement in 2003, contributing to a sustainable Aboriginal health workforce in WA.

      Stanley College, Northbridge

      Three campuses across Perth engaging with local and international students Stanley College provides qualifications in Business, Health, Early Childhood Education, English Language, and Hospitality to around 2,000 students from 42 countries. Stanley College has cultivated a culture of ongoing collaboration, networking and experimentation to implement the most effective training and assessments to its students. Stanley College is a hands-on, practical institution preparing students to meet modern workplace demands.

      Taylorweir International School of Hairdressing, Northbridge

      This year Taylorweir International School of Hairdressing celebrates 21 years of training. Taylorweir is committed to its continued development as a quality training organisation which focuses on innovative and flexible training in the hairdressing industry. Open and conducive relationships with employers, industry bodies and suppliers encourage industry engagement and positive opportunities for students. Their vision is to provide the essential skills that build a solid foundation on which to grow a rewarding and prosperous career.

      WA Large Training Provider of the Year 2018

      Central Regional TAFE, Geraldton

      Central Regional TAFE operates across nine campuses from Exmouth to Northam and enrolled more than 8,500 students last year. Central Regional TAFE is a leader in industries such as maritime, agriculture, land management, community services, local government, mining and nursing. It continues to place students, industry partners and strong links with community and Aboriginal people, at the forefront of its activities. 

      North Metropolitan TAFE, Joondalup

      North Metropolitan TAFE leverages its knowledge and understanding of changing business models and contemporary training techniques to provide solutions to meet the current and future skill requirements of individuals, enterprise and the community. Delivering 40 per cent of WA's publicly funded Diploma and Advanced Diploma qualifications and taking an active role in skills development for the implementation of Metronet is all part of this TAFE's planning for a skilled workforce. 

      South Metropolitan TAFE, Murdoch

      South Metropolitan TAFE provides world-class training to around 25,000 students from Bentley to Mandurah. The college plays an important role in the state's economic development delivering training to around 40 per cent of Western Australia's apprentices as well as training around 2000 international students each year. The college continues to be responsive to industry needs from delivering a new cyber security qualification to working with Rio Tinto to develop Australia's first automation qualifications.

      Minimum wage rates raise from 1 July

      Pay rates for apprentices and trainees also set to rise

      On 13 June, the WA Industrial Relations Commission increased the state minimum wage for adult award free employees and all pay rates in WA awards effective from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2018. Junior rates and rates for apprentices and trainees will also increase.

      Location allowances for employees working in regional areas are also increasing from 1 July 2018.

      For full details of the new wage rates, please visit the Department of Mines, Industry, Regulation and Safety website 

      The new pay rates will be available on the Wageline website by Friday 29 June 2018
       

      WA young guns shine at 2018 WorldSkills National Championships

      An outstanding achievement by Team WA wins 21 medals!

      Western Australian trainees and apprentices have dominated the 2018 WorldSkills National Championships in Sydney, picking up 21 medals and the prestigious VETiS Shield, recognising the best performing state.

      The WorldSkills National Championships is the country’s largest Vocational Education and Training (VET) competition. It highlights the country’s best apprentices and trainees in more than 60 different skills areas, who compete for the title of national champion. More than a third of the 51 Team WA participants were secondary school students who competed in the WorldSkills Australia Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS) program.


      Some of Team WA enjoying the sights of Sydney at the WorldSkills National Championships

      WA performed particularly well in the hospitality categories, winning gold, silver and bronze in the VETiS Food and Beverage category and a gold medal in VETiS Commercial Cookery. WA also won bronze in the open competition in the retail baking – pastry category. Cailtin Budd from Karratha Senior High School, who won the bronze medal in the VETiS Electrotechnology category, also caught the eye of a peak industry association who want to secure her an apprenticeship in the field.


      Nik Foster (centre)  from South West WA took out third place in the bricklaying speed test
      at the WorldSkills National Championships

      Ron Simeon from North Metropolitan TAFE was also presented with a life member pin for his services to WorldSkills at the event.

      National Medal winners may now be considered for selection in the 2019 Team Australia Skillaroos to compete in the 45th WorldSkills Competition in Russia.

      WA’s first demonstration SMART Farm opens at Muresk

      Opportunities for WA jobs continue to grow in agriculture sector  

      Western Australia’s first demonstration SMART Farm was unveiled yesterday at Muresk Institute's inaugural FarmSmart Showcase  – a free professional development event exhibiting the latest agricultural innovations.

      Cloud-based SMART Farm technology is the integrated use of digital equipment in modern agriculture, such as sensors and GPS, providing farmers with the data they need to make highly informed choices and help improve efficiency. Western Australians studying or working in agriculture will be able to use the facilities at Muresk Institute to train and upskill, and the system will also increase Muresk’s productivity, environmental sustainability, safety and workflow as a working farm, which will ultimately make the farm more self-sufficient.


      L to R: Jim Walker, Chair WA State Training Board; Anne Driscoll, Director General Department of Training and Workforce Development;
      Darren West, Agricultural Region MLC; and Prue Jenkins, General Manager Muresk Institute

        
        

      WA Industry Link rolled out to the regions

      Creating jobs and opportunities for local businesses in Western Australia.

      Local businesses interested in State Government supply and tendering opportunities in regional Western Australia are invited to attend the WA Industry Link Regional Roadshow, which kicks off this month.The regional roadshow will run throughout the State in June and July informing regional businesses about WA Industry Link – a strategy to increase opportunities for local businesses to secure work on government contracts.

      The WA Industry Link initiative will play an important role in ensuring the $27 billion spent annually on State Government procurement, benefits regionally based local businesses and creates more jobs for Western Australians.

      The roadshow will introduce the dedicated Local Content Advisers to prospective regional suppliers and provide information on the advisory services available.

      Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan says the roadshow will highlight how the dedicated Local Content Advisers will engage with local businesses in the regions, building knowledge and capability to make it simpler and easier for suppliers to secure State Government contracts.

      The roadshow begins in the Peel region on Friday June 15. For a full list of roadshow dates and locations, visit the WA Industry Link website.

      Boost for WA jobs as Jobs and Skills Centres open

      Officially launched by  Premier Mark McGowan on 30 May

      The first five Jobs and Skills Centres were launched on 30 May, creating increased access to job-related services for Western Australians. The centres are a one-stop-shop for students, jobseekers and career changers looking to improve their skills and job prospects. Staff at the centres will provide free professional and practical advice on training and employment opportunities, career advice and apprenticeship and training information.

      Jobs and Skills Centres will engage with local communities and industries so they can respond to the needs of both jobseekers and employers. The