What's new

Hong Kong youth exchange program 2017–2018

Applications now open!

A unique youth exchange program is offering the chance to take a one-of-a-kind trip to Hong Kong. 

Twelve young Western Australians aged between 18 and 25 years will have the opportunity to participate in the International Youth Exchange Program between Hong Kong and Western Australia in October 2017 and February 2018. Young people from regional areas as well as those with Aboriginal and multicultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The program offers participants opportunities to to develop self-confidence, build international networks, gain an understanding of different cultures and develop a base for future career goals.

Successful applicants will meet delegates from Hong Kong and participate in activities in Perth in October 2017, before travelling to Hong Kong for a one-of-a-kind trip in February 2018.

The program is an initiative of the WA State Government and the Home Affairs Bureau of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government.

To find out more and apply online, visit the program page at the Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia website.

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.

Training Matters August edition out now

News and information for WA's vocational education and training sector.

Training Matters is a free magazine produced by the Department for the Western Australian vocational education and training sector. It provides high quality and informative editorial about the latest news and developments in VET and highlights the achievements of students, trainers and organisations in the sector.

Training Matters readers include:

  • registered training organisations, including staff and students at metropolitan and regional TAFE colleges and private training providers;
  • training practitioners, including secondary high school VET coordinators and career advisors;
  • industry advisory groups;
  • employers, industry and Government; and
  • other key personnel within the training and workforce development sector.

The August 2017 edition of Training Matters is out now. Our cover story is of Peter Coghlan, a TAFE graduate who was insprired to leave behind his life as a tradie and join the allied health industry after surviving a traumatic accident.  You can also see the highlights from this year's Training Providers Forum held in May, and read the stories behind the success of this year's WorldSkills competitors; including Nick Johnston, our WA Skillaroo who's off to Abu Dhabi in October to represent Australia in the international WorldSkills competition. There's a wrap up of this year's very successful Muresk Open Day – and we announce the winner of Muresk's inaugural Dog vs Drone competition. And of course you can catch up on all the latest VET news  featuring the State Training Board, the Adult Migrant English Program, what's happening around WA in our TAFE colleges, some great examples of the innovative and exciting work our VET colleagues are doing, and a feature on Skills West Expo happening this month. You can also find out what's going on with a salmon census in Broome and see why baking is on the rise. 

Go to the Training Matters page for more information, and to view or download the August 2017 edition.

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

WA Training Awards 2017 individual finalists announced

Congratulations to WA's best apprentices, trainees, students and trainers.

Education and Training Minister Hon. Sue Ellery today announced the 30 individual category finalists for the 2017 WA Training Awards, the State's premier industry awards program recognising talent and excellence in the training sector.  Award winners will be announced at a presentation dinner at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre on Friday 15 September, and  will go on to represent the State in the Australian Training Awards later this year. 

"Some of our most promising apprentices, trainees, students and trainers from across the State are finalists in this year's Awards. This Awards program opens doors and gives finalists opportunities to take their skills even further.", the Minister said. "The training sector is key to our economic future and plays a vital role in the State Government's Plan for Jobs. Our goal is to build a strong training sector to boost the economy and the WA Training Awards support this."

The announcement of this year's finalists recognises individual talent in the training sector, like that of WA Trainer of the Year 2017 finalist Jane Goodfellow. 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. Her extensive contributions to the industry includes developing an Associate Degree in Education and Auslan professional development courses to meet student and community needs.

The WA Training Awards are presented by the Department of Training and Workforce Development and the State Training Board. For more information about the Awards, visit dtwd.wa.gov.au/watrainingawards

2017 WA Training Awards individual finalists

WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year 2017 sponsored by The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation

Shayna Daniels
Kim Dick
Kirsten Holiner
Wynston Shovellor-Sesar

WA Apprentice of the Year 2017

Lauren Bruce-Smith
Nicholas Johnston
Tristan Palmer
Jamie Stewart

WA Cultural Diversity Training Award 2017

Rachel Orr
Esfandiar Shahmir
Lalida Udomsak

WA International Student of the Year 2017 sponsored by the Department of Education

Jia-Shian Chen
Kumbirai Gono
Rui Scheidt Feix
Charlotte Strike

WA School-based Apprentice of the Year 2017 sponsored by NECA WA

Harmony Broughton
Lauren Brunalli
Benjamin Rowe
Harrison Salter-Browne

WA Trainee of the Year 2017

Alex Baldock
Claire McLeary
Kristina Mutlow

WA Trainer of the Year 2017 sponsored by Training Accreditation Council

Jane Goodfellow
Ekta Tandon
Robert Taylor
Indumathi V

WA Vocational Student of the Year 2017 sponsored by Crown Perth

Maria Baker
Chloe Blight
Nardine Burgess
Kyle Morgan

WA's finest tradies to represent Australia on the world stage

2017 WA Skillaroos team named for WorldSkills international competition.

Hairdressing work experience which turned into trying car painting, and a young gamer working to make his passion his career are two Western Australian stories from the 44th WorldSkills International Competition. WorldSkills competitions are held over a two-year cycle, showcasing skills excellence at State, national and international levels.

While females aren’t commonplace in the automotive industry, Dusti-lee Franchi’s aptitude for vehicle painting, and now national recognition, is helping to change perceptions. This achievement for the South Metropolitan TAFE trained painter is the culmination of years of hard work and dedication to her craft.

Dusti-lee, 22, from South Lake will be joined by gamer Alex Schmidt, 21, from Parmelia who trained at North Metropolitan TAFE and cabinet maker Nick Johnston, 20, from Roelands who trained with South Regional TAFE.

Department of Training and Workforce Development A/Director General Anne Driscoll congratulated the three WA representatives and said the remarkable achievement demonstrated where determination and perseverance could take you. “The WorldSkills International Competition experience is unparalleled in the industry. Young people get to compete against their international counterparts while making fantastic industry connections and testing their abilities in a high pressure environment,” she said. “These competitors are in good company, WA WorldSkills alumni include internationally-renowned florist Matthew Landers and fine jeweller Tayron Scagnetti.”

The Skillaroos are now training hard to do Australia proud in the international competition, to be held in Abu Dhabi from 14 to 19 October this year.   With more than 3 000 participants representing 77 countries to compete in 51 trades and skills, Australia – currently ranked 12th in the world – is aiming to finish in the top ten in 2017. More information about WorldSkills WA is available here on our website.

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

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.

Organisational finalists for WA Training Awards 2017 announced

Recognising excellence in our State's employers and training providers.

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery today announced the organisational finalists for the 2017 WA Training Awards from across the State. The organisational finalists represent the efforts and achievements of individuals, employers and training providers in the State.

Finalists in the individual categories for apprentices, trainees, students and trainers will be announced next month, and winners will be announced at a presentation dinner to be held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre on Friday 15 September 2017.

Small training provider finalist, Auswest Specialist Education and Training Services, provides training in WA prisons. As a result of their training programs, reoffending rates have decreased and they have seen an increase in employment retention for prisoners post custody.

The WA Training Awards are presented by the Department of Training and Workforce Development and the State Training Board. For more information, please visit the WA Training Awards website

2017 organisational finalists

WA Small Training Provider of the Year 2017
  • Auswest Specialist Education and Training Services
  • Scope Training
  • Industrial Training Institute
WA Large Training Provider of the Year 2017
  • North Metropolitan TAFE
  • South Metropolitan TAFE
  • North Regional TAFE
WA Employer of the Year 2017
  • McDonald's Australia
  • JSW Australia
  • Roy Hill
WA Industry Collaboration Award 2017
  • National Electrical and Communications Association WA
  • MPA Skills

Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:

"There has never been a more important time for training in Western Australia. These finalists go above and beyond to drive opportunities and partnerships, a key factor to achieve employment targets and build a stronger WA.  We are working to ensure our training system delivers opportunities for any Western Australian wanting to enter or re-enter the workforce or change careers. These finalists are setting the benchmark because we are looking for training on which to grow jobs and support the economy."

This media statement was originally published here. Please contact the Minister's office for enquiries: 6552 5700. For all media enquiries to the Department please email media@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

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

All are welcome at the Career Centre

A response to messages on social media regarding the WA Careers Expo.

The Department of Training and Workforce Development would like to address the messages received recently on social media channels regarding this year’s WA Careers Expo.

The Department’s Career Centre attended the Expo as an exhibitor, however the Career Centre is not the organiser of the WA Careers Expo and is not involved with any decision making on how the Expo is managed.

The Career Centre is a free service which offers career planning advice to anyone who is currently participating in, or intends to enter the Western Australian workforce.

Services can be accessed by phone, email, web chat and face-to-face. The Career Centre also offers school workshops to assist students who wish to work through the career planning tools on the website. The Career Centre welcomes everyone who wishes to plan their next steps in their career journey.

For more information on the Department’s Career Centre services, and to access the variety of free career planning tools, visit their website at careercentre.dtwd.wa.gov.au.

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.

 

 

Student support following Careers Australia receivership

Student help line available for those requiring assistance.

Following the announcement that Careers Australia has gone into voluntary administration, the Department of Training and Workforce Development has put in place a number of processes to support affected students in Western Australia.

Acting Director General Ms Anne Driscoll said the Department is sympathetic to the disruption and uncertainty the closure of Careers Australia has undoubtedly caused for these students.

“At this stage the Department is aware of approximately 600 Western Australian students that have been affected by the closure of Careers Australia. We do anticipate this number will grow. In response, the Department has established a dedicated contact point to ensure that students are provided with support and information during through this difficult time.”

Students should call the Department on 131 954, 8:30am–4:30pm Monday to Friday, or email trainingmarkets@dtwd.wa.gov.au and provide their name, contact details, the course they are enrolled in and confirm if they are a recipient of a VET student loan.

“The Department will work closely with the Department of Education, the administrators and the Commonwealth Government Department of Education and Training and the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network providers over the forthcoming week to develop transition arrangements for affected students to assist them to continue their studies with another provider,” Ms Driscoll said.

Media contact: Ms Laura Reibel  08 6551 5170

Training Matters May edition out now

News and information for the WA vocational education and training sector.

Training Matters is a free magazine produced by the Department for the Western Australian vocational education and training sector. It provides high quality and informative editorial about the latest news and developments in VET and highlights the achievements of students, trainers and organisations in the sector.

Training Matters readers include:

  • registered training organisations, including staff and students at metropolitan and regional TAFE colleges and private training providers;
  • training practitioners, including secondary high school VET coordinators and career advisors;
  • industry advisory groups;
  • employers, industry and Government; and
  • other key personnel within the training and workforce development sector.

The May 2017 edition of Training Matters is out now. It features an article written by our new Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery MLC on the key focus areas of the McGowan Government for the training sector. Other feature stories include a catch up with last year's WA Training Awards winners, a round-up of what's happening in our five TAFE colleges and a profile of four WA TAFE students who will represent Australia at next year's WorldSkills International competition. We also feature Study Perth's new Welcome Desk for international students, a first for Western Australia.

Go to the Training Matters page for more information, and to view the May 2017 edition.

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.

Applications now closed

Applications for the 2017 WA Training Awards have now closed.

We are currently verifying applicant details and will confirm all applications by the end of this week.

Shortlisting across the Awards categories will commence next week. Our judging panels are looking forward to reading about WA’s best training programs, initiatives, trainers and students.

Individual applicants will be notified as to whether they have been selected as a semi-finalist by Wednesday 14 June 2017.

Organisation applicants will be notified as to whether they have been selected as a finalist by Friday 30 June 2017.

Please refer to the About the Awards section of our website for information on the Awards process and key dates.

Find the WA Training Awards on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube or Wordpress for all the latest information on the next phase of your WA Training Awards journey.

If you have any questions, please direct them to trainingawards@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

WA Apprentice of the Year travels with PM

Once in a lifetime opportunity for WA Training Awards winner Brendan Carlson.

Thanks to the WA Training awards, former Swanbourne resident and 2016 WA Apprentice of the Year Brendan Carlson was selected to travel to India with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull for the Australia–India Skills mission. The purpose of the mission, held in April, was to strengthen Australia’s engagement with India and commitment to skilling in a global economy.

This is not his first coup; since winning the WA Training Award Brendan has also travelled to Darwin and Canberra to speak about his training experiences. Originally an Infantry Soldier in the Australian Defence Force, Brendan said the award win had certainly opened a lot of doors on his new career path.

“I am so grateful for the opportunities winning a WA Training Award has afforded me I certainly don’t think I would have travelled with the Prime Minister to talk about my training and professional experiences otherwise,” he said. “It was an extremely busy and interesting couple of days. I met with Indian students, teachers and registered training organisations and spoke about my experience completing an Electrical Instrumentation apprenticeship and the benefits that can come from this type of training.  India has quite defined social classes and we wanted to promote apprenticeships as a top tier employment category.”

The Newman resident worked in the Australian Defence Force for six years before completing an apprenticeship with Chevron as part of his transition back into civilian life. He will be traveling to Adelaide in August to speak at the TAFE Directors Australia Convention and then to Canberra in November to mentor applicants in this year’s Australian Training Awards.

Applications are now open for the 2017 WA Training Awards and close 5 May 2017. More information can be found online at dtwd.wa.gov.au/watrainingawards.

Main picture: Brendan Carlson, WA Apprentice of the Year 2016 (second from right) with Australian Apprentice of the Year 2016 Shane Dealy (far right), talking to students during the Australia-India Skills Mission.

Media contact: Amber Gorrie, Senior Media Officer – 6551 5196

Time to shine with the 2017 WA Training Awards

From Hon. Sue Ellery MLC, Minister for Education and Training

There is still time for Western Australian students, trainees, apprentices, trainers and organisations to put their accomplishments in the spotlight as part of the WA Training Awards 2017.

The 2016 WA Apprentice of the Year Brendan Carlson discovered that winning the award opened up opportunities to advance his career. Brendan worked in the Australian Defence Force for six years before completing an electrical/instrumentation apprenticeship with Chevron, as part of his transition back into civilian life.

"The annual awards are an ideal opportunity to celebrate and honour the achievements of some of the outstanding performers from vocational education and training in the State. In addition to officially recognising training success, the awards are also a springboard for finalists and winners to build on their notable achievements and raise their profile in their chosen careers." the Minister said. "A key focus of this Government is jobs, which requires a strong, industry-driven training sector that can drive economic development. Success stories such as last year's Apprentice of the Year show how a robust training sector attracts students and allows them to move in and around the labour market."

Award winners will be announced in September and each winner will receive $5 000 in cash or prizes.  Winners may also be eligible to compete against the nation's best at the Australian Training Awards later in the year.

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Applications for the WA Training Awards 2017 close at 5pm on Friday, May 5.

For more information, visit dtwd.wa.gov.au/trainingawards or telephone 08 6551 5608.

Minister's office 08 6552 5700
Media statement published at mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/McGowan/2017/04/Time-to-shine-with-the-WA-Training-Awards-2017.aspx

Muresk Institute open day May 20

Showcasing agricultural techniques, technologies and careers.

Muresk Institute is gearing up for this year’s open day on Saturday 20 May 2017, with a full program of events and activities planned.

The open day will showcase new techniques, technologies and careers in the agricultural sector, providing visitors with the opportunity to talk to potential employers and training providers. This year’s event will officially be launched by Don Hancey, WA Food Ambassador, and will see the inclusion of a ‘chill out zone’ and a vintage car display by the Avon Valley Vintage Vehicle Association.

There will be plenty to see and do with activities for the whole family including a petting zoo, farm tours, quad bike and drone demonstrations, and a range of delicious lunch options – all the while surrounded by beautiful Avon Valley scenery.

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Keep an eye on the Muresk Institute Facebook page for all the latest information and make sure you bookmark Saturday 20 May 2017 in your calendar. Gates open at 9 am.

View the map and directions to Muresk Institute

Visit the Muresk Institute website

Training Providers Forum 2017 program out now!

A busy and vibrant program will engage and challenge delegates. 

The Department’s annual vocational education and training conference, the Training Providers Forum 2017, will be held on Monday 29 May at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. In response to feedback from delegates who attended previous events, the 2017 Forum will be a one day event. 

Training Providers Forum  2017 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, schools, universities and government departments. This year the Forum themes will focus on:

  • the student experience;
  • employer perspectives; and
  • assessment.

Workshop streams will be broadly aligned to the following topics:

  • compliance;
  • language, literacy and numeracy;
  • international students;
  • workplace training;
  • student focussed training; and
  • assessment.

Attend in person or online

In 2017 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, which enables you  to set up and project the online classroom.

Find out more, view the program and register for your early bird discount.

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.

Sponsor the WA Training Awards for 2017

Sponsorship opportunities available

Here's an opportunity to put your organisation in the spotlight by sponsoring the WA Training Awards.

Each year the Awards partner with a range of WA businesses and training sector stakeholders to present this exemplary program and event. With a distribution network of over 10 000 individuals in training and stakeholders in the State's vocational education and training sector, the WA Training Awards presents sponsors with a unique opportunity to profile their organisation for their commitment to quality training and the development of a skilled workforce for WA.

As a sponsor, you will benefit from valuable marketing opportunities, involvement in the judging process, presentation rights at the Awards event in September, exposure to a diverse audience and much more. Packages are available to sponsor the Semi-finalist Judging Day event, Award categories and the Presentation Dinner at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, and start at just $6 000.

Talk to us today about a tailored package to benefit your organisation and how you can contribute to this prestigious program. To find out more, please visit the WA Training Awards sponsorship page or you can contact Elysia Tsangarides, WA Training Awards Coordinator on 08 6551 5608 or via email to trainingawards@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

New facilities for Goldfields students

The new Agricola Residential College opens.

On Monday 23 January the new Agricola Residential College, located in Kalgoorlie, was officially opened to meet the increasing demand for accommodation for students undertaking training in the Goldfields.

Curtin University Chancellor Colin Beckett, Vice-chancellor Professor Deborah Terry, Hon Liza Harvey MLA, Deputy Premier; Minister for Training and Workforce Development, and Member for Kalgoorlie Wendy Duncan at the opening of the Agricola Residential College. Photo by Travis Anderson (c) Curtin University.

Curtin University Chancellor Colin Beckett, Vice-chancellor Professor Deborah Terry,
Hon Liza Harvey MLA, Deputy Premier; Minister for Training and Workforce Development,
and Member for Kalgoorlie Wendy Duncan at the opening of the Agricola Residential College.
Photo by Travis Anderson ©Curtin University.

The project to upgrade the original facility with 180 new individual bedrooms and refurbished accommodations was made possible via funding through the State Government's Royalties for Regions Skills Training Initiative and from the Department of Training and Workforce Development, the Department of Regional Development, and Curtin University.

With world-class training facilities such as Central Regional TAFE's Kalgoorlie campus and Curtin University's Western Australian School of Mines attracting students from all over Australia and overseas to the Goldfields area, Agricola can now offer accommodation for up to 228 students. The facility will also provide opportunities for regional, remote or rural students who may not be able to relocate to Perth to access training.

Agricola will also provide benefits to the local industry as workplaces wanting to employ locally will be able to attract graduates who wish to move into the regional workforce.

Read more in the media statement from Hon Liza Harvey MLA, Deputy Premier; Minister for Training and Workforce Development.

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

Students see a range of 'ag-tivities' at Muresk

Young people have been shown possible careers in agriculture through training at Muresk Institute.

Muresk Institute General Manager Prue Jenkins said eight veterinary nursing students and a group from the As One Nyitting Caring for Country program had a fantastic learning experience with a visiting vet earlier this month.

“One of our farm horses, Teddy, has a history of lameness in his right front leg,” she said. “John Williams, a specialist equine vet from Ascot, came out with his mobile x-ray equipment to see Teddy. “The two student groups had the chance to see an equine specialist at work and see the inner workings of a horse’s leg.” The x-ray was connected via Bluetooth to John’s laptop so he could diagnose the problem on the spot. The students were amazed to see the bone structure of a living horse right in front of them.

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​Equine vet John Williams, assisted by local farrier Ross Hall,
takes an xray of the right front leg of Teddy; one of the Muresk Institute farm horses.

A group from Northam’s PCYC also visited Muresk, spending time in the shearing shed as part of a tour of the campus and farm. Prue said shearing part of Muresk’s sheep flock was in full swing, with several shearers and wool classers hard at work. “The visit was a great opportunity for these local young people to see the type of careers available in agriculture and perhaps spark an interest,” she said. “To capture this interest we have proposed several new agriculture training programs for Muresk in 2017. One of these is the Certificate II in Rural Operations for students still in school. To help prepare them for farmhand work, students would spend one day a week at Muresk Institute’s working farm. We also have a full time course in animal studies which will start in the first semester next year. The Certificate II in Animal Studies will be ideal for those who want a job outdoors working with animals. It will help students kick start their career by providing a broad introduction to working with a range of animals and in a variety of animal care workplaces. This Certificate also provides a pathway to further study available at Muresk, such as a Certificate III in Agriculture and Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing (Specialising in Large Animals).”

The animal studies course will be delivered by Central Regional TAFE at Muresk Institute for one semester full time and expressions of interest are being taken now. To register, phone 08 9622 6777 or email northam@crtafe.wa.edu.au.

news-muresk_logo_small.pngMuresk Institute is an education and training facility situated in the Wheatbelt (approximately 100km east of Perth). The Institute boasts modern education and training, conference and specialised research facilities. Visit the Muresk Institute website to find out more.

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WorldSkills competitions champion world-class skills

Five young champions from Western Australia have been selected to join the WorldSkills Australia Skills Squad in the first stage of qualifying to represent Australia as Skillaroos at the 2017 International competition in Abu Dhabi. Their selection follows the success of TeamWA at the 2016 WorldSkills Australia National Competition, held in October, where Western Australia won a total of 27 medals across every industry category at the event with TeamWA members having qualified through regional competitions the previous year.

Five young champions from Western Australia have been selected to join the WorldSkills Australia Skills Squad in the first stage of qualifying to represent Australia as Skillaroos at the 2017 International competition in Abu Dhabi. Their selection follows the success of TeamWA at the 2016 WorldSkills Australia National Competition, held in October, where Western Australia won a total of 27 medals across every industry category at the event with TeamWA members having qualified through regional competitions the previous year.

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WA members of the Skills Squad:  L-R Chris Williamson (Graphic design technology, North Metropolitan TAFE). Dusti-lee Franchi (Car painting, South Metropolitan TAFE),
Nick Johnston (Cabinetmaking, South Regional TAFE)Hannah Alexander (Jewellery, North Metropolitan TAFE), and Brody Young (Cookery, South Metropolitan TAFE)
© WorldSkills Australia. Reproduced by permission

The Skills Squad met for the first time in November at an orientation camp designed to prepare them for the rigorous training schedule ahead. The international competition will feature over 1 000 competitors from over 70 countries competing in skill categories for gold, silver and bronze medals.  All five members from WA are passionate about their industries and have proved they are prepared to train hard to get results. They have each been teamed up with a training expert and are now busy developing training plans to ensure they are competition‑ready by October next year. WA also has one training expert heading to Abu Dhabi; Brendan Hibbert from North Metropolitan TAFE was selected as the expert in the Graphic design category and will be working with Chris Williamson to get his skills ready for the task ahead.

The next round of WorldSkills Australia Regional Competitions will be run across Western Australia in 2017. For more information visit the WorldSkills WA page

About WorldSkills Australia

WorldSkills Australia aims to develop and nurture the skills of young Australians. Our purpose is to promote and build a skills culture by inspiring young people, celebrating skills excellence and providing them with an opportunity to showcase their trade and skill talent. For more information, visit the WorldSkills WA web page. The international competition will be held from 14-19 October 2016 in Abu Dhabi.