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WAAMS set to launch on 14 May

New online portal to benefit employers, apprentices and RTOs

On 14 May 2018 the Department of Training and Workforce Development Apprenticeship Office will release a new training record management system, the Western Australian Apprenticeship Management System (WAAMS). WAAMS has an online client portal that will deliver significant benefits, including 24/7 online access to view and manage training contracts and greater flexibility to manage your personal details and/or those of your organisation. For most types of training contract changes, you can submit requests (either individually or in bulk) in the client portal, replacing the current requirement to submit forms via email to the Apprenticeship Office. Where possible, your change requests will be instantly approved.

WAAMS will replace the current Training Record System (TRS) and as a consequence TRS will be decommissioned when WAAMS is released. Additionally, a blackout period will be put in place from 4 pm Wednesday 9 May to 9am Monday 14 May 2018. During this period, the interface between TRS and external systems such as TYIMS and ASRI will be disabled. In addition, no transactions such as training contract registrations or variations will be processed in TRS. You can continue to submit training contract change requests via email to the Apprenticeship Office during the blackout period and they will be processed as soon as WAAMS is released.

The invitation to stakeholders to access the WAAMS client portal will be sent via the following staged process.

  • On Monday 14 May 2018, RTOs, AASN providers and employers currently have access to TRS will receive an email invitation for them to create a WAAMS client portal account (Stage 1),
  • Employers and apprentices who do not currently have access to TRS will receive portal invitations on Tuesday 5 June 2018 (Stage 2).
  • Stakeholders in Stage 2 can continue to submit training contract change requests to the Apprenticeship Office by email until they receive the WAAMS portal invitation.

A series of WAAMS how-to videos are now available on the Apprenticeship Office website. More videos on specific functions and features of the WAAMS client portal will be available in the near future.

The Apprenticeship Office will continue to conduct training sessions following the WAAMS release and all stakeholders are encouraged to attend. Further details of these sessions will be distributed to stakeholders via email and published on the Apprenticeship Office website.

Early bird registration now extended!

Training Providers Forum 2018 – Register now!

The Department’s annual vocational education and training conference, the Training Providers Forum 2018, will be held on Monday 28 May at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Early bird registration has now been extended to 11 May.

A preview program is now available to give you a look at some of our exciting speakers, presentation sessions and workshops. With guest speakers from some of Australia’s most innovative training organisations and leaders in vocational education and training sharing their knowledge and experiences, there’s something here for everyone. From insights into the future of VET, through to creative ways to engage learners and even exploring issues and practical how-tos around training and assessment compliance, this year’s program promises a day that’s sure to interest and inspire you. For our early risers, we have breakfast and a special guest speaker at 7am, and once again we’re hosting networking drinks starting at 5pm where you can unwind from a busy day and enjoy the opportunity to catch up with colleagues.

Registrations are now open – get in quick for your early bird discount!

More information about the Training Providers Forum 2018, including the preview program, is available on the TPF18 page of our website at dtwd.wa.gov.au/tpf18.

Apprenticeship Office engages with stakeholders

Well attended session included WAAMS preview

The Department of Training and Workforce Development’s Apprenticeship Office held a stakeholder engagement session which included a showcase of the new Western Australian Apprenticeship Management System (WAAMS) to an attentive audience earlier this month.

Approximately 200 peopleincluding secondary school VET coordinators and staff from both group training and registered training organisations attended either in person or online. The session was also an opportunity to present information about changes to vocational education and training (VET) regulations and systems.

Service Delivery Strategy Director Philip Wyles said the Apprenticeship Office was committed to providing information to help keep stakeholders of the apprenticeship and traineeship system up to date with any changes to systems and regulations that could impact on their operations. “Our main objective was to inform stakeholders about amendments to the Vocational Education and Training (General) Regulations 2009, and changes to the school based apprenticeship/traineeship arrangements.” he said. “The session was also an opportunity to demonstrate the functionality and benefits of the new WAAMS client portal. All private training providers who deliver training and assessments to apprentices or trainees in Western Australia will be encouraged to use WAAMS to notify the Department when training plans are signed and training contracts are completed. Employers and apprentices/trainees are also expected to the use the portal to manage their training contracts.”

Mr Wyles said feedback from Apprenticeship Office’s stakeholders showed a demand for stronger engagement with the Department on matters relevant to the apprenticeship system. “The Apprenticeship Office is committed to undertaking stakeholder engagement activities on a regular basis.” he said. “More than 185 people attended the previous training sector stakeholder information session we held in November last year. We have had a number of changes occur since that session, and given their impact, it was vital to give stakeholders an opportunity to have any questions they had about the changes answered.”

New opportunities in automation, technology and innovation

Australian first – new qualifications for mining and resources sector

A Western Australian vocational education and training (VET) alliance between Rio Tinto and South Metropolitan TAFE to encourage input and involvement from the mining and resources industry will result in the development of Australia's first automation qualifications.

The WA VET Collaboration, chaired by industry leader and WA State Training Board chair Mr Jim Walker, will inform curriculum development, education opportunities and strategies to build new skills and capabilities of the Western Australian workforce. This industry input will result in Australia's first nationally accredited courses in automation with a Certificate II course primarily aimed at secondary students, and a Certificate IV course to support the jobs of the future.

"Automation, technology and innovation will transform a range of industries and create new opportunities, and we need to be ahead of the curve to ensure our workforce can take advantage of that." said Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery. "Creating clear education and training pathways is key to maintaining our competitive advantage as a leader in automation technology. By partnering directly with industry, we can ensure the new curriculum futureproofs jobs by training Western Australians with the skills we know industry will need. This is a great example of industry working collaboratively with government to ensure our training sector creates a highly skilled workforce."

Science Minister Dave Kelly said "Research shows that 75 per cent of the fastest growing occupations in Australia require STEM skills. That is why as a priority, the McGowan Government is developing a State STEM strategy to lift the profile of STEM and to ensure every Western Australian has an equal opportunity to the jobs of the future. However, a 'STEM ready' WA workforce cannot be delivered by Government alone. That is why this initiative by Rio Tinto, working with TAFE, is so important."

This is the next step of a landmark partnership between South Metropolitan TAFE and Rio Tinto announced in October last year, with Rio Tinto contributing $2 million towards the new training program. The program is expected to be delivered for the first time in 2019.

2017 Student satisfaction survey now available

The Student Satisfaction 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. 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.

The Student Satisfaction 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. 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.

The 2017 survey was conducted between Thursday 14 September and Monday 20 November 2017, to over 47,000 students  across WA. Key areas of focus included:

  • the quality of lecturers;
  • how likely it is that the course will lead to a job/career;
  • the quality of resources and facilities;
  • support and additional services offered and used; and
  • access to online learning.

In total, almost 12,000 unique and valid completed surveys were collected.

Training Providers Forum 2018 – Monday 28 May

Preview program available, and registrations are open!

The Department’s annual vocational education and training conference, the Training Providers Forum 2018, will be held on Monday 28 May at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.

A preview program is now available to give you a look at some of our exciting speakers, presentation sessions and workshops. With guest speakers from some of Australia’s most innovative training organisations and leaders in vocational education and training sharing their knowledge and experiences, there’s something here for everyone. From insights into the future of VET, through to creative ways to engage learners and even exploring issues and practical how-tos around training and assessment compliance, this year’s program promises a day that’s sure to interest and inspire you. For our early risers, we have breakfast and a special guest speaker at 7am, and once again we’re hosting networking drinks starting at 5pm where you can unwind from a busy day and enjoy the opportunity to catch up with colleagues.

Registrations are now open – get in quick for your early bird discount!

More information about the Training Providers Forum 2018, including the preview program, is available on the TPF18 page of our website at dtwd.wa.gov.au/tpf18

Jobs and Skills WA update

Five new metropolitan Jobs and Skills Centres opening 16 April

In support of the McGowan Government’s Plan for Jobs initiative, a network of TAFE Jobs and Skills Centres will be opening in Western Australia in 2018. These centres will offer free career, training and employment services to businesses, students, jobseekers and career changers.

On 16 April 2018, five Jobs and Skills Centres will open at North and South Metropolitan TAFE campuses in Joondalup, Balga, Northbridge, Thornlie and Rockingham. Services for students and jobseekers at the Jobs and Skills Centres will include:

  • career information and guidance;
  • training and course information;
  • help with job searching and job matching;
  • apprenticeship and traineeship assistance;
  • skills and qualification recognition information; and
  • culturally sensitive employment and career advice for Aboriginal people.

For businesses and employers the Jobs and Skills Centres will provide:

  • recruitment assistance;
  • apprentice/trainee recruitment;
  • advertising opportunities on an Aboriginal specific jobs board;
  • workforce development advice;
  • training or course information;
  • information on training solutions and services that can be customised to meet enterprise-specific needs; and
  • resources and advice on Aboriginal recruitment and retention strategies.

The new  Jobs and Skills Centres will enhance existing career and job services offered by the Department, with the Perth Aboriginal Workforce Development Centre (AWDC) and Career Centre transitioning their services to the five centres in April. Regional Jobs and Skills Centres will open progressively in 2018/19. The Department continues to fund a range of contracted Career Centre services and AWDC services.

For more information about the Jobs and Skills Centres, including the location and contact details for regional service providers, please visit our Jobs and Skills WA page.

Driver training program a huge success!

Reducing barriers to employment for Aboriginal people.

The commitment of Wirrpanda Foundation mentor Kylie Jesus to a driver training program has seen huge returns for young Aboriginal people, with almost 90 people obtaining their provisional licence and more than 50 gaining employment as a direct result of the program. Kylie is a driver training mentor for the Kwinana Driver Training Program which was funded by the Department of Training and Workforce Development through the Wirrpanda Foundation.

The Department's Aboriginal Workforce Development Centre Manager Des Duguid said the program was aimed at helping disengaged or at risk people gain their licence. “Many of the participants came from homes where parents or caregivers didn’t have their licence or there was no family car to learn in,” he said. “The link between unemployment and no drivers licence for young Aboriginal people is very clear. This program helped to guide participants through the long and challenging process of obtaining a licence and changed lives by reducing barriers to employment.”

Des said that a total of 200 people had entered the program since it started in 2014. “Significantly 56 of the 89 young people who obtained their licence transitioned directly into employment at the end of the funding period late in 2017, and the remaining participants all gained valuable driving experience and made significant steps toward gaining their licence.”

Participants’ stories show that gaining a licence not only helps the driver but their whole family. One case study involved two sisters and a brother who came from a family where nobody could drive. The children weren’t able to get to school. The oldest sister obtained her licence through the program and was then able to drive all the family’s children to school. The brother later gained his licence as well, and found employment.

Since funding ceased the Wirrpanda Foundation has continued its work in this area, obtaining Commonwealth funding for a youth pre-employment program which will be expanded to include a driver training component.

Main picture: Driver training mentor Kylie Jesus with driver training program participant Dylan Jacobs-Bolton, proudly displaying his red P-plates.

Applications for the 2018 WA Training Awards are now open!

Put yourself in the spotlight.

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Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery today launched the 2018 WA Training Awards while visiting the facilities at North Metropolitan TAFE's Pavilion Restaurant.

The WA Training Awards are an opportunity for the Western Australian training sector to showcase excellence, inspire future talent and reward best practice. The awards recognise and reward the achievements of apprentices, trainees and vocational students and the contribution of trainers, training organisations and employers.

"The WA Training Awards shine a light on professions that are vital to our State's prosperous future, and the success stories of those within them." Ms Ellery said at the launch. "Training can be the key to creating a better future – getting a better job, securing better pay. Training can change lives. As jobs change and diversify, it is important to showcase the success stories of vocational pathways across a range of sectors and recognise the hard work of those in the industry. I encourage those in the training sector to apply and put your industry in the spotlight."

As one of the biggest employing industries in WA, it is anticipated the awards will feature many entrants from the hospitality sector which employs some 97,000 Western Australians and continues to grow. The Pavilion Restaurant is a training facility functioning as a fine dining restaurant to provide real life training experiences for hospitality students from North Metropolitan TAFE. Pavilion-trained chefs have secured coveted positions at some of the world's most renowned restaurants including Eleven Madison Park in New York City and the Fat Duck in London.

North Metropolitan TAFE has also had a long and successful history with the WA Training Awards. Trainer of the Year Jane Goodfellow is a trainer at the college, and last year it had eight finalists in individual categories, as well as being a finalist in the Large Training Provider of the Year category.

Applications close on Friday May 4, 2018.

The media statement from the Minister was published here, 14 February 2018
For media enquiries to the Department please contact Ms Amber Gorrie, Senior Media Officer on 08 6551 5196 or via media@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

Main picture: WA and Australian Trainer of the Year 2017, Jane Goodfellow, and Jamie Stewart, WA Apprentice of the Year 2017, at the launch event at North Metropolitan TAFE's Pavilion Restaurant.

Muresk Institute brings the best knowledge and skills to WA

International livestock experts to present new one-day course

Muresk Institute is passionate about bringing the best training, industry knowledge and skills to Western Australians. A new one day course to benefit the WA livestock industry – 'Building a better cow' – will be offered for the first time at Muresk in March, and presented by renowned industry experts Dr Enoch Bergman and Dr Cliff Lamb. The course is tailored to individuals working within the livestock industry and focuses on specific areas of beef production.

Dr Bergman, originally from Colorado, has been a partner of Swans Veterinary Services in Esperance for the past 14 years and Dr Lamb is the Head of Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University. Together the pair have a long association with commercial livestock producers throughout Australia and the United States of America and will share innovative strategies for improving herd structures.

Muresk Institute General Manager Prue Jenkins said it was a coup for the WA livestock industry to have Dr Bergman and Dr Lamb present at Muresk Institute. "Dr Bergman and Dr Lamb have extensive experience in the area of beef production and can offer insights and innovative ideas for the WA livestock industry," she said. "This is an example of Muresk Institute at its best, bringing industry experts and the Western Australian agricultural industry together to learn the latest techniques and improve ways of working."

muresk_logo.png  For more information on this new course, and other training courses on offer, please visit the Muresk Institute website.

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Sponsor the WA Training Awards from as little as $2,500

Put your organisation in the spotlight!

Want to highlight your organisation’s commitment to quality, high level training? Become a WA Training Awards sponsor! 

Through supporting the Awards, your organisation will be associated with a sector committed to building the WA workforce and providing positive career pathways. Your organisation has the opportunity to give back and engage with the community, rewarding those who are setting the benchmark for quality training outcomes in WA. 

Editorial exposure in 2017 equated to more than $52,000 in advertising value with stories reaching over 1.3 million people. With a distribution network of over 10,000 individuals, businesses and training organisations, your organisation will be promoted right around the State.

With five sponsorship streams to choose from, you can put your organisation in the spotlight from as little as $2,500.

Visit the Sponsors page of the WA Training Awards's website Sponsors page to download the WA Training Awards 2018 sponsorship prospectus, or contact the WA Training Awards team on 6551 5608 for more information.

Training Providers Forum 2018

Book it in your diary now – 28 May is the day!

The Department’s annual vocational education and training conference, the Training Providers Forum 2018, will be held on Monday 28 May at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. In response to feedback from delegates who attended previous events, the 2018 Forum will be a one day event. A busy and vibrant program will both engage and challenge this year's delegates.

In 2018 the Forum themes will focus on:

  • skilling the future workforce;
  • aboriginal training and workforce development; and
  • training in the regions.

Workshop streams will be broadly aligned to the above themes and the following topics:

  • teaching and learning;
  • compliance; and
  • digital literacy.

Who should attend?

Training Providers Forum 2018 is aimed at anyone involved in the planning, delivery and assessment of vocational education and training in Western Australia.

This includes those from private registered training organisations and TAFE colleges, Industry Training Councils, Skills Service Organisations, schools, universities and government departments.

How can you attend?

In 2018 delegates will be able to attend the Forum either in person or online. All the plenary presentations, the plenary discussion panel and a selection of workshops will be available live as webinars. Webinar workshops will be indicated on the program.

Online delegates can choose between an individual webinar registration for one delegate or a group webinar registration. Group webinar registration will allow organisations to set up and project the online classroom into their workplace and invite colleagues to attend. Group registrations are limited to 10 delegates.

How much will it cost to attend?
In person
Breakfast $70.00 inc. GST
Early bird $305.00 inc. GST
Standard one day $325.00 inc. GST

 

Webinar
Individual $110.00 inc. GST
Group $440.00 inc. GST

For more information, contact us via email to tpforum@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

To register, please go to event360.dtwd.wa.gov.au/event-calendar.

For group registrations, please phone us on 08 6212 9713 or email pd.sector.capability@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

Introducing Jobs and Skills WA

Renewing the focus on vocational education and training and jobs in 2018.

Since 2013, Future Skills WA has been the way the State Government, via the Department of Training and Workforce Development, prioritised its investment in training and procurement of training delivery services through a funding and policy framework aligned with State priority qualifications. The WA Labor Government’s new Plan for Jobs initiative is a major election commitment to help create new jobs for Western Australians. It outlines plans and strategies that represent a significant re-focus on creating new jobs in a broader range of industries through increasing training opportunities that deliver employment outcomes for our community and support growth and diversity in the State’s economy.

To support Plan for Jobs, from 1 January 2018 the Department is consolidating all customer-facing operations related to training and workforce development into a new program – Jobs and Skills WA.

Many important industry qualifications are subsidised under Jobs and Skills WA, and our investment in training is focused on courses that enable people to gain skills for jobs that are, or will be, in high demand by industries and businesses in Western Australia. Priorities include apprenticeships, eligible traineeships and priority industry qualifications. Foundation skills and equity courses to build literacy, numeracy and employability skills continue to be subsidised, to support people in improving their training and employment outcomes. Additionally, contracting arrangement processes for publicly funded training providers have been streamlined and strengthened under Jobs and Skills WA, to support greater quality training provision and offer enhanced choices to students and employers.

A new Jobs and Skills WA website will launch in 2018 as the main customer-facing portal for all information related to vocational education and training, career development and workforce development. 2018 will also see the establishment of Jobs and Skills Centres which will be located across metropolitan and regional locations, and a number of outreach services. The centres will be a one-stop shop for information, support and services related to training, career development and workforce development. Five metropolitan Jobs and Skills Centres will open between April and June 2018, and centres will be opening progressively in regional areas of Western Australia through 2018–19. Specialist career, training and jobseeker support  will continue to be available in the meantime, through our regional Career Centres and Aboriginal Workforce Development Centres. More information about the new Jobs and Skills WA website and centres will be available early in 2018.

For enquiries or further information, please contact the Department's Communications and Marketing team via email to communications.marketing@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

Jobs Bill passes through State Parliament

Supporting local business, creating jobs.

The McGowan Labor Government's Jobs Bill passed through the Legislative Council on 7 December, ensuring Western Australians will get a bigger share of work on good and services provided by the State Government. The Jobs Bill was a key election commitment designed to support local businesses to tender for government contracts, creating more jobs for local workers.

Under the new laws, local businesses will be given more opportunities to compete for government contracts, particularly in the area of infrastructure. Prospective suppliers of government contracts will now be required to submit local participation plans as part of their tender, and these plans will then be incorporated into the contracts of successful suppliers to ensure the promised local jobs are delivered.

The Bill includes a requirement for a new Industry Participation Strategy to guide the implementation of the new laws. WA's local content policies and guidelines are being reviewed as part of the development of this strategy. The new laws also allow the government to declare a major project a 'project of strategic significance for the WA economy' to create more opportunities for local content.

Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:

"The Jobs Bill is a key component of the Government's Plan for Jobs and its passage through the Parliament will provide a boost to jobs in WA. The Bill was an important election commitment that we made a priority since being elected in March. The new laws set out this Government's expectation that opportunities for Western Australian businesses and workers are maximised when it comes to delivering government goods and services.

"Each year, the State Government spends billions of dollars on goods, services and works for the community. The Jobs Bill is all about making sure Western Australian businesses get a bigger share of this work. We expect the new laws will create more opportunities for local small businesses and more local jobs. I am proud to lead a government that is working hard to secure more work for Western Australians."

 

WA WorldSkills medallists applauded

Celebrating a record year of achievements in 2017!

It was a morning of celebration on Tuesday 21 November as over 600 people travelled from all over Western Australia to applaud the achievements of the 2017 WorldSkills WA regional competition medallists. The breakfast ceremony was opened by Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery, who praised the talent of the 150 medallists that competed across 22 different trade categories.

This year there were a record number of VET in Schools (VETiS) medallists and it was also the first year many competitions were run including VETiS hairdressing, VETiS plumbing, VETiS wall and floor tiling and a motorcycle mechanic competition. In total:

  • 42 medals went to North Metropolitan TAFE students;
  • 39 medals went to to South Metropolitan TAFE students;
  • our regional WA TAFEs took home 21 medals between them; and
  • 11 students from private training providers also won medals.

Department of Training and Workforce Development Director General Anne Driscoll congratulated the winners and acknowledged the commitment of the lecturers whose dedication had enabled the competitions to be run in what had been a busy year, and then presented the 2017 Hall of Fame awards which recognised a handful of those dedicated trainers.

The ceremony concluded with MC Narelda Jacobs calling the medal winners and new members of the 2017 WA Skill Squad back to the stage, many of whom might have the chance to represent their State at the National Championships in Sydney next year.

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Pictured above: All the medallists who were able to attend the 2017 WorldSkills WA medal presentation, on stage for a final celebration of their achievements.
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WA is home to Australia's best trainer!

A passion for training inspires excellence

North Metropolitan TAFE lecturer Jane Goodfellow took out the title of Australian VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year 2017 in front of more than 740 people at the 24th annual Australian Training Awards in Canberra last week. The event brought together finalists from across all fields of vocational education and training (VET) including apprentices, trainees, VET students, teachers, employers and training providers to recognise their contribution to skilling Australia.

Jane was named Western Australia's Trainer of the Year 2017 at the WA Training Awards in September, where judges commended Jane’s ability to make a positive difference in student’s lives including using innovative training methods to match the context of situation or environment. Judges were impressed with her dedication to continuous improvement and contributions to the industry and selected her to vie for the national title.

Jane’s passion for training inspired her to overcome complete and sudden hearing loss six years ago so she could continue to lecture in education support and early childhood.

Jane said it felt amazing to add Australian Trainer of the Year to her credentials after twenty plus years of teaching. “I am delighted and I think it's going to have a big impact on my career. Already I've been asked to consult at a national level so I'm really excited to see what other opportunities come my way,” she said. While awards were nice, Jane said teaching itself was the greatest reward. “Seeing students achieve their dreams and goals, especially students who have struggled and overcome adversity, is the best part of my job.”

Jane thanked all the staff at North Metropolitan TAFE for always supporting her including Michelle Hoad, Robyn O'Neill and husband and fellow lecturer Steve Goodfellow.

Picutred: Australian VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year 2017, Jane Goodfellow, with her award.

New course to skill next generation of female agricultural leaders

Exciting new program available at Muresk Institute 2018

A new course to skill the next generation of female agricultural leaders – the Emerging Leaders in Agriculture, Technology and Enterprise (ELATE) program – will be offered at Muresk Institute from 2018. The ELATE program, launched at Muresk by Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery on the inaugural National Agriculture Day, aims to improve productivity and develop a highly skilled rural workforce with clear employment pathways.

The ELATE program is aimed at emerging female leaders and will include topics such as operational planning, contemporary farming practices using technology, effective workplace relations, succession planning and ensuring safe workplaces. The course covers contemporary issues such as biosecurity, technology adoption, animal welfare and business innovation, and is particularly aimed at boosting participation of women in agriculture to equip the next generation of agricultural leaders with business and management skills, while teaching them how to take advantage of emerging industry and technological trends.

Muresk Institute has worked with industry to create a tailored curriculum, using learnings from on-site research initiatives, to ensure graduates have the skills they need to meet industry needs. Industry leaders will also be involved as guest lecturers, including former winners and finalists for the State and national Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation Rural Woman of the Year.

Agriculture is Australia's second biggest export industry, with agricultural production in 2016-17 valued at $60 billion. Muresk Institute is Western Australia's skills hub for modern agriculture and is leading transformational change in the agribusiness sector with a focus on emerging markets, business opportunities, technology and innovation. The 12-month program will be delivered from 2018 in three residential blocks to enable participants to attend from across the State. Graduates will achieve a nationally recognised Diploma of Leadership and Management upon completion.

Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:
"Agriculture is a viable career option and currently supports 1.6 million Australian jobs across the supply chain in areas like production, retail, logistics, processing and marketing. The ELATE program will equip students not only with practical agricultural skills, but also the managerial and leadership skills to manage a successful and productive business. The demand for highly skilled workers in the agriculture sector is growing and, like many other industries, it continues to evolve as technology modernises the way we work. The ELATE program will close the gap between practical skills and managerial and leadership skills and, with direct involvement from industry, graduates will be well placed to take up the jobs on offer. It's a win-win for both students and industry."

This media statement was originally published here, 21 November 2017.

For media enquiries to the Department please contact Ms Amber Gorrie, Senior Media Officer on 08 6551 5196 or via media@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

Pictured: (L to R) Muresk Institute farm supervisor Steve Wainewright, Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery, and Muresk Institute General Manager Prue Jenkins at the ELATE launch on 21 November 2017.

South Metropolitan TAFE's Munster campus stage 2 officially opens

New specialist facility for resources industry training.

New facilities to help students develop the skills required by the oil and gas, chemical processing, engineering and resources industries are now available with stage 2 of South Metropolitan TAFE's Munster campus officially opened. The $12.4 million world-class facility is aligned with industry training requirements and gives students hands-on experience in a real-life industry setting.

Students will have access to specialist electrical engineering and mechatronics laboratories, dedicated Navy training spaces and materials testing areas. A specialised process plant control room simulation, debriefing and communications rooms have been developed alongside office space for industry partners, enabling students to directly engage with industry. The new facility is co-located with the Australian Centre for Energy and Process Training (ACEPT)  – a purpose-built oil and gas facility and process plant supported by Shell, Chevron, Woodside, Quadrant Energy, ConocoPhillips and BHP.

More than 750 students will attend the campus from 2018, including 450 applied engineering students from the amalgamated Beaconsfield campus and 108 Australian Navy students.

Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:

"These upgrades put South Metropolitan TAFE at the forefront of flexible and innovative training in mining, oil and gas, engineering and mineral and chemical processing. ACEPT and applied engineering study areas will now have a greater ability to share facilities and resources – further strengthening engagement between South Metropolitan TAFE, students and industry. This collaboration direct with industry means students at the Munster Campus will develop the practical skills employers are looking for and their hands-on experience means they have a head-start when transitioning to the workplace."

This media statement was originally published here, 17 November 2017.

For media enquiries to the Department please contact Ms Amber Gorrie, Senior Media Officer on 08 6551 5196 or via media@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

Pictured: students Thomas Leary, Harpreet Kaur Sohi and Ravaani Parteek with the Minister. Photo by South Metropolitan TAFE.

TAFE upgrade benefits students and wider community

Interactive student hub at Geraldton campus officially opens.

On 26 October Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan officially opened Central Regional TAFE's interactive student hub at the Geraldton campus, offering improved learning experiences for more than 500 students who access the facility each day. Equipped with a 24/7 computing lab, high speed Wi-Fi access, meeting spaces and an upgraded café, the hub is an asset to the greater Geraldton area and promotes engagement in campus life for students and a space for industry collaboration. The creation of the hub has provided an essential expansion to core library functions to support modern learning.

Smart architectural solutions have created a seamless link between the library and the café, two important student socialisation spaces, and the project has been extremely well received by staff and students alike.

Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:"The modern facilities give students a top quality learning environment close to home. The new student hub will allow the college to adapt to the changing requirements of students and deliver the skills needed for the workforce. It is also an asset to the wider community and local industry, providing opportunities for public access and support specific to the local job market."

Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan: "The hub is a timely addition that will meet the evolving requirements of students and industry. It will contribute towards Geraldton's vision as an education hub, supporting flexible training options and increasing the availability of a trained and skilled workforce in the Mid-West. The hub will enable regional residents to capitalise on job prospects, making a positive contribution to the regional economy."

This media statement was originally published here, 20 October 2017.

For media enquiries to the Department, please contact Ms Amber Gorrie, Senior Media Officer on 08 6551 5196 or via media@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

Industry training partnership to future-proof Western Australian jobs

Preparing for industry advancements, innovation and automation.

A landmark partnership between TAFE WA and Rio Tinto will ensure Western Australians are skilled to take up the jobs that automation and future advances in technology will create.

New TAFE WA curriculum for post-secondary courses and industry traineeships, to be developed over the coming year, will help ensure the current and future workforce has the qualifications, skills and competencies required by industry in changing workplaces. The curriculum will be the first of its kind in Australia.

A recent report commissioned by the WA State Training Board showed the shift towards automation and innovative technologies would create new roles requiring different specialist skills such as electronics, computing and precision manufacturing. By partnering directly with industry, the new qualifications will deliver the skills needed to meet industry demand and ensure Western Australians are equipped to take up the jobs of the future.

Rio Tinto will work with trainers from South Metropolitan TAFE to assess industry changes and future training needs over the next five to 10 years, and ensure this is reflected in the curriculum. The new industry traineeships and post-secondary courses are anticipated to commence in 2019. Rio Tinto is contributing $2 million towards the initiative.  

Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:

"We must ensure vocational education and training keeps pace as technology and innovation transforms a range of industries. We want Western Australian workers, including the next generation of our workforce, to have the skills they need to take up the jobs that automation and technology will create. This partnership with Rio Tinto ensures we are skilling Western Australians with the qualifications we know industry will require."

This media statement was originally published here, 20 October 2017.

For media enquiries to the Department, please contact Ms Amber Gorrie, Senior Media Officer on 08 6551 5196 or via media@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

AWDC's Aboriginal Youth Transition Program workshops a big success

Supporting Aboriginal school students into further education, training or employment.

In September the Perth Aboriginal Workforce Development Centre hosted a series of forums that connected graduating Aboriginal secondary school students and young jobseekers with employers, universities and former students.

The forums are a part of the AWDC's Aboriginal Youth Transition Program which aims to improve the transition rate of Aboriginal students into further education, training or employment after year 12.

More than 80 students attended the forums and met with representatives from 16 organisations. Each employer gave a short presentation about the career opportunities available within their organisation, their application processes and what support networks and/or cultural programs they have in place for Aboriginal employees. The students also had the opportunity to register with the AWDC, so the team can continue to help them with their post schooling goals.

Guest presenters included:

  • Shell;
  • Nudge;
  • Edith Cowan University;
  • Skill Hire;
  • WA Police;
  • Australian Defence Force;
  • Pindari;
  • University of WA;
  • Murdoch University;
  • Wesfarmers;
  • Ertech Construction;
  • St Catherines – Dandjoo Darbalung;
  • Woolworths;
  • Woodside;
  • Crown Perth; and
  • Department of Fire and Emergency Services.

For more information about the Aboriginal Youth Transition Program and other services available to support Aboriginal jobseekers, please visit the AWDC website.

Apprenticeship Office consultations a great success

Further sessions planned for 2017–18.

The Department of Training and Workforce Development's Apprenticeship Office held two consultation sessions in August to seek feedback on training plan quality improvement. These training plan quality improvement stakeholder consultation sessions were part of a series of regular and ongoing information/consultation sessions that the Apprenticeship Office delivers to stakeholders on a range of topics and matters relating to the apprenticeship system in Western Australia.

At both consultation sessions over 100 attendees openly discussed some of the challenges and barriers they face in relation to meeting training plan compliance requirements. This information will assist Apprenticeship Office to identify ways to support the training providers in meeting the requirements in the future. The majority of the attendees have indicated, through their responses to a subsequent satisfaction survey, that they think the consultation sessions were useful and have increased their knowledge about the relevant requirements.

More consultation sessions are planned for 2017, and will be available for attendance both in-person and online. Keep an eye on the Apprenticeship Office section of our website for more information as it becomes available.

Annual report 2016–2017

The Department's Annual report 2016–2017 is now available online.

This year’s report contains a summary of the Department’s functions, operations and performance highlights, and reflects on a year of significant change.

The full report, and our new Workforce Development supplement providing a snapshot of the Department’s key priorities for 2016–17 can be viewed here.

If you have any questions or feedback please email us at annual.report@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

WA Training Awards 2017 winners announced

Congratulations to this year's winners and finalists!

The Department of Training and Workforce Development and State Training Board congratulate the winners of the WA Training Awards 2017. Winners were announced at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre last Friday night, where they received awards for innovation, commitment and leadership within the vocational education and training sector.

All winners and finalists in the WA Training Awards 2017 should be extremely proud of their achievements.

Organisation winners

  • WA Employer of the Year 2017 sponsored by CCI Apprenticeship Support Australia
    McDonald's Australia
  • WA Industry Collaboration Award 2017
    MPA Skills
  • WA Small Training Provider of the Year 2017
    Auswest Specialist Education and Training Services – Department of Justice
  • WA Large Training Provider of the Year 2017
    North Regional TAFE

Individual winners

  • WA Apprentice of the Year 2017
    Jamie Stewart
  • WA Trainee of the Year 2017
    Claire McLeary
  • WA School-based Apprentice of the Year 2017 sponsored by NECA WA
    Benjamin Rowe
  • WA Vocational Student of the Year 2017 sponsored by Crown Perth
    Kyle Morgan
  • WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year 2017 sponsored by The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation
    Kim Dick
  • WA Cultural Diversity Training Award 2017
    Esfandiar Shahmir
  • WA International Student of the Year 2017 sponsored by the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation
    Rui Scheidt Feix
  • WA Trainer of the Year 2017 sponsored by Training Accreditation Council
    Jane Goodfellow

For more details about this year's winners and finalists, please visit the WA Training Awards website.

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Curtin University to offer Associate Degree in Agribusiness at Muresk

Education and Training Minister announces new Associate Degree.

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery today announced Curtin University will offer an Associate Degree in Agribusiness at Muresk Institute from 2019.

The new course will provide flexible delivery modes including face to face teaching at Muresk and Curtin's Bentley campus, augmented with relevant hands-on and practical experience.  Block teaching will also be considered as a means of addressing students' seasonal work commitments associated with the farming sector.

This 'frequently asked questions' document provides more information about the new Associate Degree course.

Read more about the annoucement from the Minister for Education and Training.

New State Training Plan 2017–2020

Priorities and strategies for vocational education and training in WA.

The WA State Training Board's State Training Plan 2017–2020 was endorsed by the Hon. Sue Ellery, Minister for Education and Training on 18 July 2017. 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 focus in this new Plan include apprenticeships and traineeships, developing programs that will increase participation in training by young people, responding to the challenges and opportunities from technology advances, supporting older workers, and skills development for the aged care, disability and allied health sectors.

New website for State Training Board

Renewing the focus on meeting WA’s workforce and training needs.

Western Australia’s State Training Board is proud to announce the launch of its new website today. With a new design and new services including the lodgement of proposals for the establishment and variation of apprenticeships now available online, the website aligns with the Board’s drive to ensure vocational education and training meets the skill requirements of our State’s industries, employers and business.

With a strong focus on ensuring our VET system is maximising opportunities for Western Australians to get into the workforce or skill up, and supporting the State Government’s Plan for Jobs, the Board has set clear priorities to increase participation in training and maximise employment opportunities through consultation and collaboration with industry, employers and training providers. These priorities, along with details of current projects and initiatives that the Board is undertaking, are detailed on the new website.

Visit the new State Training Board website at stb.wa.gov.au.

The State Training Board is a statutory body established by Part 3 of the Vocational Education and Training Act 1996. The Board is the peak industry training advisory body to the Minister for Education and Training in Western Australia.

New Certificate IV in Leadership and Management at Muresk

Calling all emerging leaders and managers!

Solidify your leadership skills and open the door to new career opportunities through a Certificate IV in Leadership and Management at Muresk Institute.

Registered training organisation One World Learning will be delivering this course at Muresk across three short blocks in August, October and December this year (see below for dates and details of the units of study). Students can enrol in one or more blocks, but will need to complete all three to obtain the full Certificate IV qualification.This comprehensive course gives individuals the tools to provide quality leadership, guidance and support to others, and the skills to organise and monitor the output of a team. Participants will gain key knowledge in applying solutions to a defined range of predictable and unpredictable problems, and analysing and evaluating information from a variety of sources.

Take the next step in your career and enrol today! To discuss this course in more detail contact the Muresk team on 1300 994 031 or send an email to muresk@dtwd.wa.gov.au. You can also find out more about this course and other programs available at Muresk on their website at dtwd.wa.gov.au/mureskinstitute.

Workshop dates and units

Enrol in part one: 7 – 9 August 
  • BSBLDR401 – Communicate effectively as a workplace leader
  • BSBLDR402 – Lead effective workplace relationships
  • BSBLDR403 – Lead team effectiveness
  • BSBLDR404 – Lead a diverse workforce
  • BSBWOR404 – Develop work priorities
Enrol in part two: 9 – 11 October
  • BSBMGT402 – Implement operational plan
  • BSBMGT403 – Implement continuous improvement
  • BSBSUS401 – Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
  • BSBRSK401 – Identify risk and apply risk management processes
Enrol in part three: 4 – 5 December
  • BSBCUS401 – Coordinate implementation of customer service strategies
  • BSBCUS402 – Address customer needs
  • BSBCUS403 – Implement customer service standards

Deadly Jobs Expo lives up to its name

Thousands of people attend this year's event, organised by Perth AWDC

‘Deadly’ is an Aboriginal expression for 'fantastic' and this year’s Deadly Jobs Expo was exactly that. Thousands of people attended the event on 6 July which was organised by the Perth Aboriginal Workforce Development Centre team as part of the Town of Bassendean’s NAIDOC Family Day.

Representatives from 45 employers were on hand to talk about their current job opportunities; including the Australian Defence Force, Crown, Australia Post, Rio Tinto, Chandler Macleod, Bunnings, Officeworks and many more.

AWDC Perth Manager Carolyn Davis said she has received a lot of positive feedback about the event. “Western Power hadn’t attended before and they were overwhelmed with how much interest they received and how many people came along throughout the day.”

One jobseeker has already started work as a direct result of interaction with employers on the day and the AWDC team are confident more job placements are still to come.

For more information on the AWDCs and how they assist Aboriginal jobseekers across Western Australia, please visit the AWDC website.

Changes prioritise WA workers

Western Australian skilled migration occupation list has been replaced. 

Premier Mark McGowan announced today that a new list has been developed that contained 18 occupations where there is a genuine need to attract overseas workers. The new list only contains occupations where there is a genuine need to attract overseas workers. The 2016 Western Australian skilled migration occupation list included 178 occupations such as engineers, bricklayers and nurses. These workers could be sought from overseas despite WA's soaring unemployment and, in many cases, local workers who are capable of carrying out the work. In areas such as health, where there is an unmet demand for workers, these occupations will still be eligible for State nomination based on the new WASMOL.

The McGowan Government has also delivered its election commitment to remove Perth from the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme, paving the way for more jobs for Western Australians. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull wrote to the Premier confirming that the Federal Government had agreed to Mr McGowan's request to have Perth removed from the RSMS.

Since it was added to the RSMS during the height of the mining boom in 2011, Perth has been classified as a 'region', providing an additional pathway to obtain a visa to work in Western Australia. Given the change in the State's economic circumstances and with widespread unemployment, it is no longer suitable for Perth to be included in the RSMS.

You can view the new WASMOL here on the Migration portal website.

The full media statement is available from the State Government's Media Statements website.

Media contact: Ms Laura Reibel  08 6551 5170

Department launches new Reconciliation Action Plan

Strengthening our commitment to celebrating Aboriginal culture and heritage.

This week individuals and organisations across Australia are celebrating National Reconciliation Week.

The Department of Training and Workforce Development embraces the spirit of reconciliation and is committed to providing services to assist Aboriginal people to gain skills and qualifications leading to a rewarding career.

On Thursday 1 June, the Department launched its new Reconciliation Action Plan 2017–2019 that strengthens our commitment to celebrating Aboriginal culture and heritage, engaging respectfully with Aboriginal partners, and continuing to work towards closing the gap on Aboriginal disadvantage.

Acting Director General Anne Driscoll said she was delighted to launch the Department’s second RAP which builds on programs and initiatives already in implementation.  “The Department of Training and Workforce Development plays a key role in helping Aboriginal Western Australians to acquire vocational skills, qualifications and employment”.

You can view and download our new Reconciliation Action Plan 2017–2019 here.

For more information about the RAP,  please contact rap@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

 

 

2016 Student Satisfaction Survey report now available

Students report high levels of satisfaction with WA colleges.

The Student Satisfaction 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. 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.

The 2016 survey was conducted between Wednesday 7 September and Monday 21 November 2016 to a student population of over 47 000 across WA. Key areas of focus included:

  • the quality of lecturers;
  • how likely it is that the course will lead to a job/career;
  • the quality of resources and facilities;
  • support and additional services offered and used; and
  • access to online learning.

In total, 12 060 unique and valid completed surveys were collected. In general the report highlights a number of areas in which satisfaction levels have significantly increased from those reported in the 2015 survey results.

The Student Satisfaction Survey 2016: WA State Report has now been published and is available here.

McGowan Government delivers TAFE fee freeze

Encouraging  people into training and creating opportunities

Premier Mark McGowan and Education and Training Minister Hon. Sue Ellery MLC announced on 2 May that TAFE fees have been frozen. The fee freeze will allow more Western Australians to get the skills they need to get decent jobs and grow our State's economy.

"The freeze on TAFE fees was an important election commitment that I'm pleased we have delivered", the Premier said. "The huge increases in fees have prevented young Western Australians from getting the training they need to enter the workforce. We recognise the importance of TAFE in preparing young Western Australians for the best possible start to their working lives.  Today's announcement will encourage Western Australians into training to create more opportunities in important industries."

The TAFE fee freeze means there will be no further increases to TAFE fees in the McGowan Government's first term. The cost of the freeze is estimated at $11.8 million over four years, and will be paid for by the new Foreign Buyers Surcharge as promised.

"At a time of economic stress and a soft labour market, we should be encouraging people into the training sector." Minister Ellery said. "The previous government's TAFE fee increases put TAFE out of reach for many Western Australians. The McGowan Government's TAFE fee freeze will encourage Western Australians back into the training sector and create more jobs."

The full media statement is available from the State Government's Media Statements website.

Enquiries

Premier's office 
P 08 6552 5000

Education and Training Minister's office
P 08 6552 5700

State government re-opens Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme

RSMS to reopen immediately for all non-metropolitan regions.

The State government has re-opened the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme for non-metropolitan regions (excluding Perth) and will begin processing applications for the RSMS and State Nominated Migration Program that were received prior to the suspension of the program announced on March 13. In addition, the Government has re-opened the SNMP with an interim list of occupations on the Western Australian Skilled Migration Occupation List targeting those occupations which are of a specialised nature and have compelling evidence of unmet demand at a State level.

The Government has asked the Department of Training and Workforce Development to consult with industry to develop a new list. This is expected to be complete and operational in late May.

On his first day in office Premier Mark McGowan wrote to the Prime Minister to request that Perth be removed from the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme. The Premier also reaffirmed his commitment to develop a new WASMOL in consultation with industry.

While the State Government continues to work with the Commonwealth Government to formally remove Perth as a region in the RSMS, the scheme will reopen immediately for all non-metropolitan regions.  This will enable regional employers to secure skilled overseas workers but only when they have demonstrated that they have tested the local labour market and are unable to fill the position.

All applications for the skilled migration programs that were received before temporary suspension of the programs on Monday 13 March will be processed according to the criteria that were in place prior to this date.  For those intending migrants who were invited to apply for State Nomination under the State Nominated Migration Program, their invitations will be honoured and their applications processed.   All applications for the RSMS program prior to the temporary suspension will also be processed according to the criteria in place for this program.

It is expected that these applications can be processed within the normal timeframes for the SNMP and RSMS programs so that applicants will not be disadvantaged by the temporary suspension that was put in place following the State Election.

Further information is available on the Migration Portal at migration.wa.gov.au.

New Disability Access and Inclusion Plan

We're working to improve access and inclusion in training and employment.

Training has a critical role to play in providing people with accessible learning pathways and support to identify, enter into and maintain fulfilling careers and employment.

The Department of Training and Workforce Development provides ongoing support to assist Western Australia’s workforce and vocational education and training sector to be more accessible, particularly for people with disability.

Our new Disability access and inclusion plan 2017–2021 builds on our achievements to date and outlines our commitment to improving access and inclusion in training and employment.

View the DAIP here to find out more about the strategies it contains. If you require the document in an alternative format such as large or standard print, electronically or in audio format, please telephone 08 6551 5607 or email daip@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

New website goes live

The Department's new website launched successfully on 15 December.

Welcome to the new website for the Department of Training and Workforce Development, which went live on 15 December 2016. The new website has a new design and content has been reorganised to so that it is now more aligned with our clients and stakeholders, and information is now easier to locate within each of the five main sections; Training, Career development, Workforce development, Online services and About us along the main menu bar at the top of the home page.  Additionally, the new website is compliant with all State Government requirements, including accessibility, and is mobile device friendly.

We have also provided a one-stop-shop for links to resources and information from across the website that are relevant to three of our key client groups. These can be easily accessed via the notes on the home page (pictured below) or the three icons on the right-hand side of the main menu bar.

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Please browse around and take a look at what's new. We welcome your feedback on the new website – please email us via website@dtwd.wa.gov.au, or use our online form to contact us