Useful contacts and links
VET in schools
The Department of Training and Workforce Development works with the education systems and sector, School Curriculum and Standards Authority and industry to support the delivery of quality
VET in Schools programs in Western Australian schools.
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The Department of Training and Workforce Development provides the Western Australian Pre-apprenticeship Program to prepare students and make them more competetive when applying for an apprenticeship.
A pre-apprenticeship is a Certificate II program that includes a mandatory period of workplace experience coordinated by the training provider. The aim is to provide students with industry specific training, combined with adequate time in a real workplace to gain skills, knowledge and behaviours to transition into an indentured apprenticeship.
There are many pre-apprenticeship courses on offer at registered training organisations (RTOs) across the State.
The WA Pre-apprenticeship Program Business Rules set out how pre-apprenticeship programs must be structured, including pre-apprenticeships in schools.
Pre-apprenticeships in Schools are a limited selection of pre-apprenticeship courses that have been nominated by industry training councils as valid pathways for secondary students into related apprenticeships. Complettion of a pre-apprenticeship may also contribute to a student's WACE.
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Apprenticeships and traineeships
The Department of Training and Workforce Development's Apprenticeship Office (formerly ApprentiCentre) administers training contracts and regulates the apprenticeship system in Western Australia as prescribed in Part 7 of the
Vocational Education and Training Act 1996 (the VET Act) and associated Regulations.
The Apprenticeship Office also has a compliance role that includes audits on training plans, assessments on employers' suitability to train their apprentice(s), and ensuring that regulatory requirements are maintained across the apprenticeship/traineeship system. The Apprenticeship Office also provides a dispute resolution service for employers and apprentices/trainees where disagreement may arise under the training contract.T: 13 19 54
Classification of Prescribed Vocational Education and Training Qualifications (Class A/B Register)
Class A and B qualifications list (also known as the Class A/B Register) is the official list of all apprenticeships and traineeships available in Western Australia.
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Training and career support
The Department's Career Centre provides free and independent training information and career guidance. Their website provides free access to information, resources and tools to assist with career planning and development.
Aboriginal Workforce Development Centres (AWDCs)
The Department has five AWDCs across Western Australia. The AWDCs provide Aboriginal people with career guidance, information about training options and access to job opportunities. The AWDCs also work with employers to promote diversity in the workforce.
Workforce Development Centres
The overarching objective for the WDCs is to assist individuals of any age and at any point throughout their lives to make informed educational, training and occupational choices.
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VET regulators and advisory bodies
Commonwealth Department of Education and Training
The Commonwealth Government agency responsible for national policies and programs for early childhood education to higher education and vocational education and training, international education and research.
Australian Industry and Skills Committee
The AISC provides advice to the Ministerial Council to ensure that directions taken by Ministers are informed by an industry-based perspective focused on the quality and relevance of the national training system including the endorsement of training packages.
Industry Reference Committees (IRCs)
IRCs are made up of people with experience, skills and knowledge of their particular industry sector. The IRCs will ensure that training packages meet the needs of employers and they will have the direct relationship with the AISC.
Skills Service Organisations (SSOs)
Industry Skills Councils (ISCs) have been replaced by SSOs. The SSOs will provide administrative, technical and operational support to the Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) as the conduit for industry intelligence into training policy and practice and to guide the development of industry-based training packages.
The following three ISCs will continue providing support to the IRCs until a SSO for the mining and drilling, manufacturing and automotive industry sector is identified:
VET Reform Taskforce
Develops and progresses Commonwealth Government reforms that elevate trades and vocational education to the centre of Australia's economy and puts the focus squarely on ensuring Australian workers are highly skilled and job-ready.
Australian Skills Quality Authority
National vocational education and training regulator.
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