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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.

2017 Applications are open!

Applications for the WA Training Awards 2017 are now open.

The Western Australian Training Awards recognise WA’s top achieving apprentices, trainees and vocational students, the dedicated lecturers driving students to success and the training organisations and businesses raising the bar for quality training and a skilled workforce for WA.

Winners will be announced at a Presentation Dinner on Friday 15 September 2017 and will receive $5 000 in cash or prizes and recognition as the best in the Western Australia.

Winners in eligible categories will also have the opportunity to represent Western Australia at the Australian Training Awards in Canberra in November.

The WA Training Awards judging panels look forward to receiving your application, so if you’re passionate about quality training in Western Australia, visit the WA Training Awards website to download an application guide and apply today!

The Awards team will be running two webinars – one for individual category applicants and one for organisation category applicants on Friday 3 February 2017. These sessions will provide an overview of the process, how to apply, tips and tricks and will assist applicants with any questions they may have about this year’s program. Email trainingawards@dtwd.wa.gov.au to register your interest in the webinars.

Applications close Friday 5 May 2017.

To stay up to date on all the latest news, follow the WA Training Awards on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube or subscribe to the WA Training Awards blog.

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

Career Centre – 'tis the season

Now is a great time to get career advice.

While the Career Centre provides career information and guidance throughout the year to Western Australians of all ages and stages in their lives, the period from October to April has its own set of challenges.

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Senior Career Development Officer Shirley Eason
using webchat to talk to a Career Centre customer.

Year 12 students finish high school in November and many are not sure of what to do next. As a result Career Centre staff often need to address a range of school leavers’ concerns, such as:
• I don’t know what to do now school has finished.
• I didn’t get my WACE so now I can’t meet the prerequisites for the pre-apprenticeship I applied for.
• I didn’t get the (ATAR/WACE/Year 12) results I was hoping for and now I won’t be able to start the university course I applied for.
• I need a plan B in case my results are not as favourable as I would like.
• I have finished high school and I need to get a job.

Then in January, New Year’s resolutions will bring career changers into the mix. Some are thinking about a new occupation or qualification. Others might have returned to work to find their position had been made redundant. Dilemmas for these clients can be:
• How am I going to continue to pay my rent/mortgage?
• I need a job, something, anything, as soon as possible and then I can think about what I want to do for the longer term.
• I wonder if I should re-train before I look for work again.
• I have no idea what to do next for work.

Students currently studying may spend time during the festive season rethinking their pathway into a future profession. The Career Centre team receives queries from students which can include:
• This would be my last year at university however I don’t think I want to continue studying [field of study] anymore.
• I want to change my degree/major at university this year.
• I would like to find out what occupations I can work in when I finish my current studies.

Whatever the time of year and whatever the type of question, Career Centre staff are there to help their clients with all of these questions through web chat, email, phone and face to face.

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Do you know of somebody who would benefit from the friendly expertise of the Career Centre team? Email career.centre@dtwd.wa.gov.au or call 13 64 64 to find out more, or visit the Career Centre website.

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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Australian Training Awards announced

Once again Western Australia's brightest and best are in the spotlight at the Australian Training Awards.

A Western Australian lecturer who teaches in the State’s far north has received the honour of being named runner-up Australian VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year for 2016. Tegan Mossop was among the nation’s best in the training sector at the 2016 Australian Training Awards presentation dinner held in Darwin last week.

The Australian Training Awards recognise the achievements of business, registered training organisations and everyday Australians in vocational education and training.

Department of Training and Workforce Development Director General Ruth Shean said the eight finalists representing WA were great examples of the talent the State’s training sector had to offer. “Our finalists are among the best in their field. They will inspire others to take up vocational education and training,” she said. “I would also like to thank the organisations for their contribution to vocational education and training and applaud all finalists on their dedication towards training.”

Joining Tegan as a finalist from WA were Naomi Beath, (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year), Louise Brookes (Vocational Student of the Year), Liam Brien (Australian School Based Apprentice of the Year), Brendan Carlson (Australian Apprentice of the Year Award) and Blake Sayer (Apprentice (Trainee) of the Year).

Organisation finalists included Mount Barker Community College (School Pathways to VET Award) and Kwinana Industries Council’s Education Development Program (Industry Collaboration Award).

Dr Shean said the Department was proud of all of our finalists. “Being part of the Australian Training Awards is a tremendous professional development opportunity which will provide valuable experience for all of our finalists,” she said.

For more information on this year’s winners, visit the Winners page of the WA Training Awards website.

 

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.

Training Matters November edition out now

Published by the Department of Training and Workforce Development, the November 2016 issue of Training Matters magazine is available now.

Training Matters November 2016 edition features Team WA’s record results at the WorldSkills Australia National Competition in Melbourne. We also celebrate top achievers at the WA Training Awards 2016. Other stories include cadet programs for the public sector and Aboriginal police, a report on Skills West Expo and the reintroduction of barbering as an apprenticeship.

Regular items include the Director General’s comment, industry profiles and professional development news.

If you wish to be on the distribution list for future issues of Training Matters either in print or electronically, email trainingmatters@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

Download the November 2016 edition

Training Matters welcomes submissions of story ideas and advertising requests. Please visit our page to find out more.

WA Training Awards 2016 winners announced

The WA Training Awards 2016 Presentation Dinner was held last Friday night at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, in celebration of the outstanding individuals and organisations in the vocational education and training sector. The Department of Training and Workforce Development and State Training Board congratulate the winners of the WA Training Awards 2016 for their exceptional achievements and contribution to training in Western Australia.

The WA Training Awards 2016 Presentation Dinner was held last Friday night at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, in celebration of the outstanding individuals and organisations in the vocational education and training sector. The Department of Training and Workforce Development and State Training Board congratulate the winners of the WA Training Awards 2016 for their exceptional achievements and contribution to training in Western Australia.

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WA Employer of the Year 2016 sponsored by CCI Apprenticeship Support Australia
Civmec Construction and Engineering

WA Industry Collaboration Award 2016 sponsored by Department of Training and Workforce Development
Kwinana Industries Council Education Development Program

WA Small Training Provider of the Year 2016 sponsored by The West Australian
Scope Training

WA Large Training Provider of the Year 2016 sponsored by The West Australian
South Metropolitan TAFE

Individual winners

WA Apprentice of the Year 2016 sponsored by CCI Energy Apprenticeships Group
Brendan Carlson

WA Trainee of the Year 2016 sponsored by Australian Medical Association (WA)
Blake Sayer

WA School-based Apprentice of the Year 2016 sponsored by NECA WA
Liam Brien

WA Vocational Student of the Year 2016 sponsored by Career Centre
Louise Brookes

WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year 2016 sponsored by The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation
Naomi Beath

WA Cultural Diversity Training Award 2016 sponsored by Crown Perth
Jasmin Porter

WA International Student of the Year 2016 sponsored by Department of Training and Workforce Development
Natalie Robinson

WA Trainer of the Year 2016 sponsored by Training Accreditation Council
Tegan Mossop

State winners in eligible categories* will now have the opportunity to represent Western Australia at the Australian Training Awards in Darwin on 17 November 2016.

We would like to thank all applicants for putting themselves in the spotlight for this year’s WA Training Awards. We encourage all applicants to contact the Awards team at trainingawards@dtwd.wa.gov.au to obtain feedback on their applications.

For more information on the Training Awards and this year's winners, please visit the WA Training Awards website.

*Does not include the WA Cultural Diversity Training Award or WA International Student of the Year winners as these are categories unique to WA.