Developing your workforce

Developing your workforce

In today’s ever-changing business world it’s important to have a skilled workforce that can learn and grow with you, and adapt to both challenges and opportunities. A smart organisation knows that a focus on its people is just as important as a focus on finance or any other aspect of the business. Workforce development activities such as training and career development can increase employee engagement, leading to better retention of staff and increased productivity.

Putting together a comprehensive workforce development plan will help you attract, develop and retain a skilled workforce that can take your business forward into its next level of success. This could include taking on an apprentice or trainee, upskill your existing workforce to gain formal recognition of their skills and knowledge or even undertaking a customised training solution developed specifically to improve your business operations.

Whatever your requirements, the Department has a range of support services available to assist you with your workforce planning and development.

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Training solutions for employers and business

If you run a business or employ workers in Western Australia, there are a number of different ways that training can help to give your business a competitive edge and engage your workforce. You could take on an apprentice or trainee, upskill your existing workforce or gain formal recognition of their skills and knowledge, or even undertake a customised training solution developed specifically for your business operations. The following information may help you find the solution for your business.

  • Recognition of prior learning

    You may already have a skilled workforce, but do they hold a qualification which recognises their skills and experience? You can help your staff gain formal recognition towards a nationally recognised qualification for the skills and knowledge they already have.

    Recognition of prior learning is a process that assesses the skills and knowledge your staff may have obtained through their work experience, studies and life experiences against the required competencies of a qualification. RPL can be granted for partial or total completion of a qualification and employees can be assessed at the workplace, ensuring minimum disruption for employers and business operations.

    For more information please contact your preferred training provider or visit the RPL section of the Career Centre website.

  • Apprenticeships and traineeships

    Apprenticeships and traineeships are a great way to recruit new staff or to help your existing staff to increase their skills and knowledge. There are hundreds of apprenticeships and traineeships available with options to employ full time, part time, vocational education and training in school students and mature age apprentices and trainees, and incentives are available to employers.

    Apprenticeships tend to be in traditional trades, whereas traineeships are usually in non-trade areas such as business.

    The Commonwealth Government contracted Australian Apprenticeship Support Network can provide information about how apprenticeships and traineeships could contribute to the development of your workforce.

    For more information visit the Australian Apprenticeships website or contact the AASN on 13 38 73.

  • Training programs

    There are many training providers that can design, develop and deliver tailored solutions to meet the needs of your business. Help is available if you need to up-skill or re-skill your workforce, train staff to support new technology or processes, or require a customised training program to provide professional or occupational development.

    Contact your local TAFE college or private training provider to discuss your training requirements.

    Contact details for all WA TAFE colleges are available on the TAFE Choices website, or you can search for private training providers in WA on the myskills website.

  • Group training organisations

    Many small to medium sized businesses would benefit from having an apprentice or trainee, but may not have capacity to employ one, either because they:

    • are unable to offer an apprentice or trainee a permanent position or guarantee ongoing work for the duration of the apprenticeship or traineeship;
    • might not have the range of work available to ensure that the apprentice or trainee gains all the necessary job skills for that industry; or
    • don’t have the time to undertake all the employment and on-the-job training responsibilities that are required.

    Group Training Organisations can assist. GTOs employ apprentices and trainees and hire them to other businesses, referred to as host employers, while they undertake their training. Some specialise in a particular industry, while others may cater for an entire region and cover many industries.

    • Benefits of working with a GTO

      As the primary employer, the GTO:

      • selects the apprentice or trainee;
      • manages and monitors the on and off-the-job training, including the training contract;
      • is responsible for all paperwork related to wages and allowances, superannuation, workers’ compensation, sick or holiday pay etc; and
      • issues uniforms, tools, PPE etc as required.

      With a GTO, you’re not locked into a long term arrangement. This means you can change and move your arrangements for hosting the apprentice or trainee as and when required to suit your business needs. You pay only for the actual hours worked, and do not have to manage all the administration tasks. You can even access apprentices and trainees at different experience levels, right up to experienced fourth year apprentices.

      To find out more, contact a GTO in your industry area.

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    Page last updated February 09, 2017