Welcome to the Department of Training and Workforce Development

The Department of Training and Workforce Development manages the State Government’s investment in vocational education and training. We work together with individuals, employers, business and industry and training providers to build a skilled Western Australian workforce for the future.

WA Defence Industry: Opportunities & incentives

The WA State Government is investing $18 million into defence industry initiatives, including a new $20,000 incentive for defence employers and new scholarship programs, to create a pipeline of skilled workers. 

Join the TAFE WA team — teach@TAFE!

Would you like to share your knowledge to train skilled workers for your industry? We’re hiring lecturers in a range of industry areas across all five TAFE colleges in metropolitan and regional Western Australia! As a TAFE lecturer you will play an important role in developing and growing WA's skilled workforce, and helping people reach their career goals. You don’t need a teaching qualification to apply — we want people who are experienced in their field and would enjoy teaching people. 

Review of training, skills and workforce development

The new Report on the Review of Skills, Training and Workforce Development is now available.

The report sets out a targeted training and skills roadmap for Western Australia's economic recovery. It details a total of 46 recommendations to identify practical and responsive training solutions, developed in consultation with industry, business and other key stakeholders. 

 

Skills Ready: Boost your skills for the future!

A range of free short courses, job ready skill sets and 70 half-price course fees qualifications are now available under the new Skills Ready program. 

 

Skilling Australians

Through the National Partnership on the Skilling Australians Fund, we are working with industry, businesses and employers, training providers and other stakeholders to develop, introduce and support key strategies and VET programs across Western Australia's priority industries to build skills for the occupations that are most in demand – now, and into the future. 

Our Priorities: Sharing Prosperity

Our Priorities: Sharing Prosperity is the WA Government’s response to the challenge of focusing the capacity of State Government to deliver better outcomes for all Western Australians. Targeted skills development through vocational education and training is a key strategy, as is supporting the creation and growth of jobs and the ongoing development of our workforce. Find out how we are contributing to this exciting initiative. 

Jobs and Skills WA

As Western Australia’s economy grows and diversifies, the outlook for jobs is constantly changing. From 2018, Jobs and Skills WA is the way the State Government – through the Department – is prioritising its investment in training to focus on courses that support and enable people to take up jobs that are, or will be, in high demand. Many qualifications are subsidised, including apprenticeships and traineeships across a range of industries.

Priority Start policy

The Priority Start policy came into effect in Western Australia on 1 April 2019, replacing the previous Government building training (GBT) policy. The new policy meets the State Government’s Plan for Jobs commitment to maximise opportunities for apprentices and trainees on all major State Government funded building, construction and maintenance contracts. 

Training providers and schools

We work with both public and private vocational education and training providers across Western Australia to provide support, information and resources that help to achieve quality outcomes for students and the State’s workforce.

Changes to TAFE in Western Australia

Following a review of the VET sector in Western Australia, the Training sector reform project was undertaken in 2015 to look at where improvements could be made to the State’s public training system; specifically the WA TAFE colleges, to deliver new choices to students, industry and the community.

Building the workforce to meet the economic and community needs of Western Australia

Review of skills, training and workforce development

On Thursday 21 May 2020, Premier Mark McGowan and the Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery jointly announced the establishment of an urgent review of skills, training and workforce development in response to COVID-19’s impact on the workforce in Western Australia. A review team was established, to engage with industry and business to identify practical and responsive training solutions for the post COVID-19 recovery period. Over the review period, the review team met with over 238 stakeholders in 70 meetings. 

A full report from the review is now available, setting out a targeted training and skills roadmap for Western Australia's economic recovery, and detailing 46 recommendations. A paper detailing the WA State Government's response to the recommendations, and notes regarding implementation is also available.

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