Jobs and Skills WA

Jobs and Skills WA

Jobs and Skills WA

As Western Australia’s economy grows and diversifies, the outlook for jobs is constantly changing. Jobs and Skills WA is the way the State Government, through the Department, prioritises its investment in training to focus on courses that equip people to take up jobs that are, or will be, in high demand. Priorities include apprenticeships, eligible traineeships and priority industry qualifications.

Many other important industry qualifications are also subsidised under Jobs and Skills WA, including general industry training courses and foundation skills and equity courses. Full details of priority training areas and subsidised training courses are available on the Jobs and Skills WA website.

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Jobs and Skills Centres

The Department is working with TAFE colleges, service providers and other stakeholders to establish Jobs and Skills Centres (JSCs) to fulfil an election commitment.  Jobs and Skills Centres will offer free career, training and employment assistance. The first metropolitan TAFE Jobs and Skills Centres opened on 16 April 2018, and services have been progressively rolled out across WA through 2018. When fully implemented the community and industry will have increased access to services with a Statewide network of centres situated in metropolitan and regional TAFE locations, supported by a number of regional outreach centres. 

The centres are a one-stop-shop for anyone looking to improve their skills and job prospects – including students, jobseekers and career changers. The centres will engage with their local communities and industry so they can respond effectively to the needs of their clients.  When fully implemented the community and industry will have increased access to services with a Statewide network of five metropolitan TAFE locations, eight regional locations and a number of regional outreach centres. 

Metropolitan centres

  • Joondalup campus – North Metropolitan TAFE
  • Balga campus – North Metropolitan TAFE
  • Northbridge campus – North Metropolitan TAFE
  • Peel (Mandurah) campus – South Metropolitan TAFE
  • Rockingham campus – South Metropolitan TAFE
  • Thornlie campus – South Metropolitan TAFE

Regional centres

  • Albany campus – South Regional TAFE
  • Broome campus – North Regional TAFE
  • Bunbury campus – South Regional TAFE
  • Kalgoorlie campus – Central Regional TAFE
  • Karratha campus – North Regional TAFE
  • Northam campus – Central Regional TAFE

More regional Jobs and Skills Centres will open soon. In the meantime, the Department continues to fund a range of contracted Career Centre services and Aboriginal Workforce Development Centre services.

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Frequently asked questions – Jobs and Skills WA

Jobs and Skills Centres are a new State Government service offering free career, training and employment assistance and information, advice and guidance for training and careers, and they also provide specialist support for Aboriginal jobseekers. When fully implemented the community and industry will have increased access to services with a Statewide network of centres situated in metropolitan and regional TAFE locations, supported by a number of regional outreach centres. The centres are a one-stop-shop for anyone looking to improve their skills and job prospects – including students, jobseekers and career changers.

The centres engage with their local communities and industry so they can respond effectively to the needs of their clients, and develop local solutions for local needs. The centres will also assist businesses to develop the workforce they need to support business growth. They also provide businesses with free assistance to recruit new workers, including apprentices and trainees, and develop the skills of their existing workers. 

Answers to the following frequently asked questions  are provided for your assistance. 

Visit the Jobs and Skills WA website for more information about Jobs and Skills Centres

 

Do I have to be a TAFE student to access services at a Jobs and Skills Centre?
No, you do not have to be a TAFE student to access the services on offer at a Jobs and Skills Centre. All members of the community are welcome to visit a Jobs and Skills Centre and explore their career, training and/or employment options. 
Do I have to visit a Jobs and Skills Centre to access their services?
There will be a number of communication channels available to make it easy for you to access career, training and employment services through a Jobs and Skills Centre. These will include face-to-face assistance at your nearest Jobs and Skills Centre, tools and information on the Jobs and Skills website, as well as email and phone contact.
Where is my nearest Jobs and Skills Centre in the metropolitan area?
Jobs and Skills Centres are open at the following TAFE locations.
  • Balga campus – North Metropolitan TAFE
  • Joondalup campus – North Metropolitan TAFE
  • Kalgoorlie campus – Central Regional TAFE
  • Northbridge campus – North Metropolitan TAFE
  • Peel (Mandurah) campus – South Metropolitan TAFE
  • Rockingham campus – South Metropolitan TAFE
  • Thornlie campus – South Metropolitan TAFE
Are any specialist services available?
In addition to the Jobs and Skills Centres, specialist career and Aboriginal services offered by non-government service providers will continue to operate from the following locations.
  • Mirrabooka – Career Centre provided by Mercycare, assisting people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
    4 Brewer Place, Mirrabooka, phone: 08 6298 9888.
  • Cannington – Career Centre provided by Mercycare, assisting people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
    64-66 Kent Street, Cannington, phone: 08 6298 9888.
  • East Perth – Career Centre provided by Outcare, assisting ex-offenders.
    27 Moore St, East Perth, phone 08 6263 86
When are the Jobs and Skills Centres opening in regional areas?
Currently there is a regional Jobs and Skills Centre in Albany, Bunbury, Broome, Kalgoorlie, Karratha and Northam. A centre in Geraldton will be opening in coming weeks. Each centre also offers outreach services for other locations within their region. The Department continues to fund a range of contracted Career Centre services and Aboriginal Workforce Development Centre services, where a Jobs and Skills Centre is not yet open. For the full range of regional services, please refer to the Jobs and Skills WA website at jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/jobs-and-skills-centres.
What services are available to businesses and employers at Jobs and Skills Centres?
The Jobs and Skills Centres will engage with local communities and industries to help build local workforce solutions. The following services are available to employers and businesses.
  • Recruitment assistance
  • Apprentice/trainee recruitment
  • Free posting of employment vacancies on the JSWA website's jobs board
  • Advertising opportunities on a free online Aboriginal-specific jobs board
  • Workforce development advice
  • Training or course information
  • Information on training solutions and services that can be customised to meet enterprise-specific needs
  • Resources and advice on Aboriginal recruitment and retention strategies
What services will be available to students and jobseekers at Jobs and Skills Centres?
School students and leavers, career changers, and jobseekers looking to enter the workforce can access their nearest Jobs and Skills Centre to update or upgrade skills, and improve their job prospects. The Jobs and Skill Centres provide free:
  • career information and guidance;
  • training and course information;
  • help with job searching and job matching;
  • skills and qualification recognition information;
  • apprenticeship and traineeship assistance; and
  • culturally sensitive employment and career service for Aboriginal people
Can the Jobs and Skills Centres help me find a job?
Jobs and Skills Centres can assist you with career information and guidance, discovering your career interests and focusing your career choices, access to online career planning tools and resources, education and training options, making choices and action planning, and job searching and referrals to other job agencies. They also run free workshops to help with writing a CV and applying for jobs. Please check the Jobs and Skills WA website for more information.
What about the Perth Career Centre and Aboriginal Workforce Development Centre?
As of April 16 2018, services previously offered at the Perth Career Centre and Aboriginal Workforce Development Centre are now available at each of the TAFE Jobs and Skills Centres. Each centre has experienced career development officers to assist you to explore your training and/or career options.
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For training providers

Jobs and Skills WA encourages healthy competition among providers and offers enhanced choices to students and employers.

Under Jobs and Skills WA, contracting arrangement processes have been streamlined and strengthened to support greater quality training provision. The focus is on efficient and effective selection and management of contracted private registered training organisations.

All information for training providers, VET practitioners and schools can be found in the Training providers and schools section of this website.

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Page last updated December 21, 2017