What's new

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.