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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.

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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.

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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.

“A key focus of the McGowan Labor Government is jobs, maximising training opportunities and increasing our skills base." said Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery.  “It’s encouraging to see Western Australian apprentices and trainees, particularly our secondary school students, performing so well on a national stage.  Their achievements help shine a light on the training sector – the achievements of the apprentices and trainees themselves, great work of our training providers who are skilling our future workforce and the opportunities that are available for those learning a trade, especially as jobs change and diversify.”

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.

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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

Agricultural Region MLC Darren West represented Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery to officially open the inaugural FarmSmart Showcase at Muresk today. The event brought together industry leaders and training providers to highlight how embracing new technology and data with existing farming practices can help improve quality and efficiency.

The Minister said "The McGowan Government is committed to increasing agricultural productivity, diversifying the economy and creating jobs for Western Australians. Being able to demonstrate the impact and benefits of technology in farming will be a huge benefit to students and the existing workforce - this initiative will help equip our workforce with relevant and contemporary knowledge and skills. 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."

Speaking at the event, Darren West MLC said "As a local farmer, I understand the importance of new technology and the efficiencies and opportunities it presents to our industry. Not only is technology changing the way we do things, it is also opening up new opportunities for jobs. Muresk is leading the way in teaching and adopting the latest innovations in technology and systems to allow us to keep pace with the rest of the world."

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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 key component of the McGowan Government's Western Australian Jobs Act 2017 to maximise 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.

Premier Mark McGowan says creating jobs and opportunities for local businesses in Western Australia is a top priority."That's why this initiative – a part of this Government's Jobs Law– is vital in ushering in a new era of job creation," he said."We're determined to ensure this initiative helps to grow and diversify our regional economies."

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.

This article is adapted from the original media statement from the Premier's Office.

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 by WA Premier Mark McGowan and Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery, 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.

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Premier Mark McGowan and Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery 

cut the ribbon to officially open a Jobs and Skills Centre

Jobs and Skills Centres will engage with local communities and industries so they can respond to the needs of both jobseekers and employers. They will provide businesses with free assistance to develop their workforce, including recruiting new workers, apprentices and trainees, and develop the skills of their existing workers. Aboriginal people are a key priority client group for the new services. Extensive stakeholder consultation has been undertaken on how best to incorporate and enhance the services previously provided, to ensure Aboriginal people benefit from the new service delivery model. The first five metropolitan Jobs and Skills Centres are now open. A further eight centres, as well as a number of outreach services, will be established in regional areas throughout WA during 2018–19.

"The Jobs and Skills Centres are a milestone for the Government's Plan for Jobs – we are focused on delivering initiatives that boost local jobs and strengthen the WA economy." Mr McGowan said. "Our goal is to build a high-quality training sector on which to grow the economy and ensure that industry has the skills it needs for the jobs of the future. The Jobs and Skills Centres will ensure training programs are targeted to meet industry needs and allow people to access training that maximises their opportunities for employment and career development."

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said "Jobs and Skills Centres have brought together a range of services – Careers Centres, Aboriginal workforce development and training services. When service providers work collaboratively, they provide individuals, employers and industry with the best product and in this case, the product is all about creating jobs.Our new Jobs and Skills Centres will work with local industries to identify job opportunities that will be created by the future growth and diversification of the economy. This is a big step forward in the training sector and will link people directly to training and to jobs."

The centres are complemented by the Jobs and Skills WA website, which is a comprehensive one-stop online shop for information about WA vocational education and training, careers and jobs.

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Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery,
at the Jobs and Skills Centre launch
 

Department's street banner helps fly the flag for reconciliation

In support of National Reconciliation Week 27 May to 3 June

The Department of Training and Workforce Development has proudly sponsored a street banner in support of National Reconciliation Week, which takes place from 27 May to 3 June, 2018. The banner is part of a project led by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, and is on display in Adelaide Terrace Perth from 25 May until 4 June.

The banner features the Department logo alongside this year’s reconciliation message, ‘Don’t keep history a mystery’ and the artwork ‘Wirrwul’ from WA Aboriginal artist Katie Ward. 

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Executive Director Service Delivery, Karen Ho, said sponsoring the banner was part of the Department’s commitment to creating an inclusive community through our Reconciliation Action Plan and an acknowledgement of our support for social harmony and reconciliation initiatives.

A national council, Reconciliation Australia, initiated National Reconciliation Week in 1996 to celebrate Indigenous history and culture in Australia and foster reconciliation discussion and activities.

The week is held between 27 May and 3 June of each year, with the dates holding special historical significance.

View the Department's Reconciliation Action Plan here

 
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WA Police welcome first Aboriginal Cadet Program graduates

Increasing Aboriginal representation in Western Australia's police force

Four recruits from the Aboriginal Cadet Program's inaugural intake begin their police careers, after successfully graduating from the Western Australia Police Force Academy as fully sworn police officers on 25 May. The two men and two women were among 41 graduating officers cheered on by family and friends during a ceremonial march-past parade at the Western Australia Police Force Academy in Joondalup.

The Aboriginal Cadet Program is a partnership between the WA Police Force and North Metropolitan TAFE, and is open to applicants from 17-25 years of age. The cadetship has been designed to create a more accessible pathway for young Aboriginal people who wish to become police officers, and to increase Aboriginal representation in the Force. Cadets receive on the job training within police stations, while attending formal class-based training with North Metropolitan TAFE to achieve a Certificate II in General Adult Education. They then go on to complete the 28-week intensive training course to become fully sworn officers.

There are currently 12 participants in the Aboriginal Cadet Program, with a recruitment process underway to identify further potential applicants.

Police and Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts said "Today marks the beginning of a new and exciting career for all our new officers, and I am particularly delighted to welcome the first of our recruits who've been part of the Aboriginal Cadet Program. Increased representation of Aboriginal people in the WA Police Force is something I know Commissioner Dawson is committed to, and something we as a Government whole-heartedly support. It is important WA Police continually strive to have a diverse and culturally rich workforce, to ensure it reflects the community it serves. All of our new recruits have shown enormous determination and professionalism, and the Government thanks you for the positive difference you will be making to communities throughout Western Australia."

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said "This program is the first WA TAFE and WA Police initiative of its kind, and today's graduation is proof of its success. The cadets have also been supported by North Metropolitan TAFE's Koolark Centre for Aboriginal Students which has provided advice, and academic and cultural mentors throughout their study. Graduates will now be deployed to regional and metropolitan police stations to start their police career.The cadets graduating today should be really proud of their achievements and excited for the careers they have ahead of them - no doubt they will inspire others to pursue a great career in the Police Force."

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Senior Sergeant Geoff Regan (rear) and North Metropolitan TAFE Managing Director Michelle Hoad (front, centre)
with two of the Aboriginal Cadetship Program graduates at the Joondalup Police Academy

Free event promises to smarten up WA farmers

In agriculture, one of the most important things to grow is your knowledge.

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The latest innovations, technologies and upskilling opportunities in the agricultural sector will be featured at Muresk Institute’s inaugural FarmSmart Showcase to be held on 13 June. Farmers and those working in the agriculture and livestock industry will benefit from this free one day event which will bring together experts from Western Australia and interstate.

Muresk Institute General Manger Prue Jenkins said Muresk’s FarmSmart Showcase was about ways that farmers can work smarter, not harder. “At Muresk Institute we strive to provide knowledge about the latest innovations in the agriculture industry,” she said. “There are a range of new and exciting opportunities in the sector, and Muresk Institute is proactive in ensuring that the Western Australian public has access to information to stay up to date with those opportunities.”

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      An exciting line up of presenters at FarmSmart include:

      • Professor Simon Cook, who will share his insights on how to get the best value out of digital farming;
      • Dr Natasha Ayres, with a presentation that will go beyond the hype of agtech;
      • Geoff Carroll, with a full service internet solution for the ag sector;
      • Dr Andrew Thompson, who will share how to take the work out of recording dam pedigrees for sheep; and
      • Boyd Holden, addressing the technology available for improving animal welfare and livestock handling.

      Don Hancey, WA Food Ambassador will also feature with a food conversation and demonstration using local produce. Attendees will also be the first to learn about some of our exciting new technology that will be unveiled on the day. In a first for Western Australia, the technology will then be made available for public education and demonstration purposes.

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      Move over, Rover! Drone vs Dog trials at Muresk

      Students learn how technology is transforming agriculture

      More than 190 students from nine Western Australian secondary schools attended this year's Muresk Institute's Drone versus Dog trials on Wednesday 16 May.

      The Drone versus Dog trials were established in 2017 at Muresk Institute, Western Australia's skills hub of modern agriculture, to expose secondary school students to the rapidly advancing agriculture industry and the career opportunities it provides. The event teaches students how modern technology such as drones and robots or 'agbots' are applied in the industry, and showcases the sector to students who might not otherwise think about a career in agriculture. The program also allows Muresk to demonstrate clear pathways to employment through the educational courses at Muresk, including Curtin University's Associate Degree in Agribusiness.

      This year, Archie Le Grice from John Curtin College of the Arts won a drone for his school, beating the other student pilots with a time of 17.42 seconds. The dog, Jay, had the best time but missed the final hurdle. This is the second win in a week for Archie who also took out the Under-18 Junior Boys division at the HIF WA Longboard Titles, and will represent WA at the Australian Surf Festival on the Tweed Coast, New South Wales in August.

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      Archie Le Grice from John Curtin College of the Arts (L), with Prue Jenkins General Manager Muresk Institute

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      Jay the kelpie cross goes through the course for the Drone vs Dog trials at Muresk Institute on 16 May

      The agricultural industry is booming with free trade agreements and emerging markets creating growth in the industry. Ensuring WA is best placed to take advantage of industry resurgence, the McGowan Government is investing in contemporary training and skills development for the agricultural sector through education and training programs such as Drone versus Dog at Muresk.

      "The Drone versus Dog trial is a unique way to show school students the role technology plays in a modern farm. It's been a big hit with students and highly effective in changing their perceptions about jobs in agriculture." said Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery. "The trials demonstrate the McGowan Government's commitment to the agriculture sector. We understand the importance of growing agricultural skills in the State, as the industry offers an opportunity to diversify and strengthen the Western Australian economy."

      Originally published on mediastatements.wa.gov.au

      New resources to support training delivery to secondary students

      Supporting the delivery and planning of quality VET programs in schools

      An updated VET qualifications register for secondary students and an RTO auspicing research tool for schools are now available to help support secondary schools and training providers deliver high quality vocational education and training (VET) to students to help them achieve their Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE).

      The register includes industry advice on which VET qualifications and delivery options may contribute to successful student outcomes. It also includes information to help schools and training providers determine if they have the capacity to deliver and assess a qualification to the required industry standards. It has been updated, in consultation with WA industry training councils, to help guide the selection and delivery of VET qualifications to secondary students for the 2019 school year.

      The majority of VET delivered to secondary students is through schools auspicing arrangements with training providers. Developed in collaboration with the Western Australian Department of Education and Training Accreditation Council Secretariat, the new RTO auspicing research tool will help schools research and choose suitable training providers to partner with for the delivery of VET programs to their students. The auspicing research tool includes:

      • a focus on VET sector regulatory requirements;
      • a checklist of information that should be included in an auspicing agreement; and
      • links to VET sector resources to help schools easily access this information and understand the sector’s requirements. 

      Schools and training providers are encouraged to use the register and auspicing research tool in their decision making processes for the delivery of VET to secondary students.

      For more information about the register and/or the RTO auspicing research tool, please contact the Department’s VET policy team by email to vet.schools@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

      New Jobs and Skills WA website launched!

      Your one-stop online shop for career, training and employment information

      The new Jobs and Skills WA website is now available at jobsandskills.wa.gov.au.

      Jobs and Skills WA is a new brand representing the publicly funded vocational education and training (VET) sector in Western Australia – in particular, the investment in training that equips people to take up jobs that are, or will be, in high demand. To support this, the new Jobs and Skills WA website is a one-stop online shop for Western Australians, bringing information and resources about vocational education and training, careers and jobs together for the first time in one place. The website also offers some exciting new features.

      Course search
      Search through all publicly funded VET courses and qualifications available through Western Australia’s TAFE colleges and private training providers.

      Jobs board
      Look for employment opportunities, including apprenticeships and traineeships, on the free online jobs board. Employers can also use the jobs board to advertise employment opportunities. There is also a free online jobs board for Aboriginal jobseekers.

      Career exploration
      Whether you’re just starting out on your career path, or working towards new career goals, jobsandskills.wa.gov.au has a great range of information and resources, including a collection of ‘day in the life’ occupational videos, to help with your career planning.

      Aboriginal services
      If you're an Aboriginal person looking to get into training, find employment or further your career, you will find a range of culturally sensitive training, employment and career information available to assist you, including a jobs board with employment opportunities for Aboriginal people. You can also join the Deadly Jobs page on Facebook to keep up to date with all the latest about employment opportunities. 

      Resources for employers
      The website offers useful information, templates, links and resources for employers, business and industry, to assist you to better plan, attract, develop and retain a skilled workforce that can help you reach those business goals now and into the future. 

      News and updates
      All the latest news and updates related to vocational education and training, careers and jobs will be available on the website’s news page, and you can keep in touch and up to date via the Jobs and Skills WA Twitter and Facebook social media channels.

      The new Jobs and Skills WA website is also where you’ll find information about the Jobs and Skills Centres. The centres offer free career, training and employment services to students, jobseekers and career changers, and culturally sensitive career support services for Aboriginal people. For employers and business, the Jobs and Skills Centres can provide recruitment assistance, including apprentices and trainees, information on training solutions and services that can be customised to meet enterprise-specific needs, workforce development advice, and resources and advice on Aboriginal recruitment and retention strategies. Five Jobs and Skills Centres, located at metropolitan TAFE campuses, opened on 16 April. Regional Jobs and Skills Centres will open progressively in 2018/19, and in the meantime, services from Five Jobs and Skills Centres, located at metropolitan TAFE campuses, opened on 16 April. Regional Jobs and Skills Centres will open progressively in 2018/19. In the meantime, services continue to be available in regional areas through Career Centres and Aboriginal Workforce Development Centres.

      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.

      • Stage 1: On Monday 14 May 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 2: On 18 June all other employers with active training contracts who did not receive an invitation in Stage 1 will receive the email invitation.
      • Stage 3: On 9 July apprentices (and guardians if applicable) in an active training contract will receive the email invitation to WAAMS.

      Stakeholders in Stage 2 and 3 can continue to submit training contract change requests to the Apprenticeship Office by email until they receive the WAAMS portal invitation.

      Please follow the instructions provided in the portal invitation to register as a user and access the portal once the registration process is completed.

      A frequently asked questions document providing further information on the WAAMS client portal, including the functionality available to each user group and how to register to use the portal, is available on the Apprenticeship Office website

      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.

      Five new Jobs and Skills Centres open today!

      Your one-stop shop for career, training and employment information

      Five new TAFE Jobs and Skills Centres opened today at Western Australia's north and south metropolitan TAFE campuses.

      The TAFE Jobs and Skills Centres offer free career, training and employment services to students, jobseekers and career changers, and employers and business.

      • Balga campus – North Metropolitan TAFE
      • Joondalup campus – North Metropolitan TAFE
      • Northbridge campus – North Metropolitan TAFE
      • Thornlie campus – South Metropolitan TAFE
      • Rockingham campus – South Metropolitan TAFE

      Services for students and jobseekers at the TAFE Jobs and Skills Centres will include:

      • career information and guidance;
      • training and course information;
      • help with job searching and job matching; 
      • access to a free online jobs board;
      • apprenticeship and traineeship assistance;
      • skills and qualification recognition information; and
      • culturally sensitive employment and career advice for Aboriginal people.

      For businesses and employers the TAFE Jobs and Skills Centres can provide:

      • recruitment assistance, including apprentices and trainees;
      • advertising opportunities on an Aboriginal specific jobs board;
      • workforce development advice;
      • 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.
       
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      Regional Jobs and Skills Centres will open progressively in 2018/19. In the meantime, the Department continues to fund a range of Career Centre services and Aboriginal Workforce Development Centre services in regional areas.

      Pictured at right: Jobs and Skills Centre Manager Janina Conner and Senior Client Engagement Officer Aboriginal Services Des Duguid at the Balga TAFE Jobs and Skills Centre.

      New website coming

      A new Jobs and Skills WA website will be launched on Friday April 20. The new website will streamline information and resources into a one-stop online shop for Western Australian training and careers information and resources, with new features including a course search providing information about all publicly funded vocational education and training courses in WA, and a jobs board with employment opportunities. More information about the new Jobs and Skills website will be available later this week.

      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.

      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.

      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."

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      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.

      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

      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.

       

       

      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.