Innovation and excellence driving WA Training Award winners

Spotlight on our very best in vocational education and training

Thirteen individuals and organisations scooped top honours at the WA Training Awards gala dinner last Friday night for their commitment to innovation and excellence in the vocational education and training (VET) sector. The spotlight was on the State’s key skill areas including building and construction, social assistance and allied health and STEM which took out the awards for WA Apprentice of the Year, WA International Student of the Year and WA Small Training Provider of the Year.

After ten years in the oil and gas industry, WA Apprentice of the Year Anthony Di Cristofaro was ready for a change. He started an apprenticeship in carpentry and joinery and never looked back. A passionate advocate for mental health in the workplace, Mr Di Cristofaro now mentors and coaches younger apprentices and believes training is key to producing quality skilled workers who are resilient and confident in their abilities.

Winner of the WA International Student of the Year Award, Dushica Poposki was employed as a nurse in Macedonia before relocating to Perth. Starting in aged care, she continually challenged herself and trained to work with patients with acquired brain injury. A job promotion gave her the final push to train as an enrolled nurse where she currently enjoys providing the best nursing care to the community.

Now in its 25th year, the WA Training Awards highlight the achievements of apprentices, trainees, VET students, trainers, training organisations and employers in the training sector. Some category winners will now advance to compete against the nation’s best at the Australian Training Awards in Brisbane on 21 November 2019. 

“Training is central to supporting the growth and diversification of the Western Australian economy to meet new and emerging skill needs, particularly in key growth areas such as the social assistance and allied health sector." said Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery. "Our government is working to ensure we stay ahead of the game in skilling Western Australians to take up the jobs of the future. The awards highlight those apprentices, trainees and students who are doing just that, as well as the trainers and employers giving them the opportunity and the skills. I congratulate all winners and finalists for their drive to achieve great things, inspiration to others and contribution to ensure a strong, industry-driven VET sector.” 

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Individual award winners

WA Apprentice of the Year 2019, sponsored by MEGT (Australia) Ltd
Anthony Di Cristofaro, (Darch), North Metropolitan TAFE   

Prior to starting a mature age apprenticeship, Anthony worked in the mining industry for 10 years. Committed to learning and excelling in his trade, he exhibits genuine care for his co-workers safety and mental health, mentoring younger apprentices and completing the Mates in Construction Connector course. Anthony believes in the importance of training to produce quality skilled workers that are resilient and confident in their abilities.

WA School-based Apprentice of the Year 2019, sponsored by Roy Hill          
Tiffany Heelan, (Bullsbrook), SEDA Group WA        

Sports have always been a passion for Tiffany and so the opportunity to train in sport and recreation felt like a natural pathway. Training has developed her determination – recovering from injury – and her leadership skills as well. As a WA netball program student ambassador she has worked on personal development programs and fundraising initiatives. Her goal is to help people live active and exciting lives.

WA Trainee of the Year 2019, sponsored by Crown Perth         
Rebecca Lee Hudson, (Dalyellup), Australian Training Management            

After years working in human resources, Rebecca decided to take on a completely different career as a crane operator. Despite having no experience, she found one of her biggest challenges of the traineeship was learning how to learn again. Her experience retraining herself to take notes and listen to her trainer’s advice after years in management roles taught her to be more confident and trust in her ability.  

WA Vocational Student of the Year 2019  
Chloe Baigent, South Regional TAFE

With 10 years of experience in Horticulture, Chloe dreamed of a career where she could support and empower young people and chose to pursue youth work. Chloe’s passion and ability saw her be named the 2019 South Regional TAFE Student of the Year. She continues to be an ambassador, creating a program to help youth write resumes to support them to become more financially independent.      

WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year 2019, sponsored by The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation  
Rekeisha Voss, (Ellenbrook), Aspire Performance Training

Rekeisha started her career in beauty therapy and hospitality, however felt the need to try something new and applied for a traineeship. Working as a trainee service desk officer has taught her many things about the behind the scenes world of ICT. With a passion for learning new skills, Rekeisha wants to break negative perceptions and shine a spotlight on positive work outcomes for Indigenous people.

WA Cultural Diversity Training Award 2019             
Elena Smirnova, (Armadale), South Metropolitan TAFE

Books and libraries provide a constant source of inspiration for Elena. She loves reading and literature but also the community that libraries create. It was this inspiration that motivated her to study English after arriving in WA. Her goal is to become ‘a warrior of the light’ - a Russian expression to describe someone who is educated and, through further training, fulfil her career in library services.

WA International Student of the Year 2019          
Dushica Poposki, (Nollamara), North Metropolitan TAFE

Employed as a nurse in Macedonia, a chance experience as an outpatient while visiting Perth inspired Dushica to relocate and train in WA. Starting in aged care, she continually challenged herself and trained to work with patients with acquired brain injury. A job promotion gave her the final push to train as an enrolled nurse where she enjoys providing the best nursing care to the community.

WA Trainer of the Year 2019, sponsored by Training Accreditation Council  
Matthew King, (Caversham), Swan Trade Training Centre  

Prior to becoming a trainer, Matthew was an electrician and still runs his own business. With a passion for working with young people, he believes through great teaching you can shape the next generation. As a mentor he provides inspirational learning experiences whilst remaining relevant to industry. Matthew was responsible for establishing the only school-based pre-apprenticeship electrical course, run by in-house staff in WA.

Organisational award winners

WA Large Employer of the Year 2019       
Barminco

Barminco is one of the world’s largest hard-rock underground mining services providers employing 3,500 employees world-wide. Founded in 1989, the WA based company has 30 years’ experience in delivering hard-rock underground mining services both domestically and internationally. Its Barminco Leaders Program (BLP) has 102 employees enrolled, of which 24 have graduated with a BSB42015 Certificate IV in Leadership and Management.
 

WA Medium Employer of the Year 2019, sponsored by CCI Apprenticeship Support Australia
Eden Corporation Pty Ltd T/As McDonald’s Karratha

Since opening its doors in September 1997, McDonald’s Karratha struggled with crew retention and filling managerial positions as employees moved to higher paid positions in the mining sector. In 2016 it decided to bring back WA Apprenticeships with just 2 Apprentices. Since then, 41 employees have passed through the system. The operation now has 80 staff and a remarkably low staff turnover rate. 

WA Large Training Provider of the Year 2019                          
North Regional TAFE

North Regional TAFE is the largest provider of training and vocational services in the north of WA, servicing industries and communities across the region. With a total of 11 campuses and the College’s three largest delivery centres at Broome, Karratha and Pundulmurra in South Hedland, in 2018, it delivered more than 190 nationally recognised and industry-endorsed qualifications to over 7,300 students.           

WA Small Training Provider of the Year 2019                          
Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services

Since 1983, KAMS has been committed to providing high quality VET training in the Kimberley region. Established to offer a local study option for Aboriginal Health Work without having to relocate to Perth, courses offer flexibility and practical, supervised experience for Aboriginal Health Care Workers providing services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.                              

WA Industry Collaboration Award 2019                                    
The Electrical Industry Female Participation Program (EIFPP), Joondalup

EIFPP, led by the College of Electrical Training, partners with secondary schools, NECA WA and local employers to improve course accessibility and reduce barriers for female school students obtaining an apprenticeship. The program provides a structured career pathway into the electrical industry, promotes the electrical industry as ‘gender neutral’ and delivers a training experience aimed at giving students the best possible chance of employment.

Media contact: Emmeline Drake-Brockman 0428 925 699 or 6552 5700

Muresk Institute showcases modern agriculture to international guest

Promoting Western Australia's agriculture industry to the Asian market

One of Australia’s top diplomats visited Northam’s Muresk Institute today as part of a program to promote agriculture in Western Australia to the Asian market.

Australia’s Consul-General in Ho Chi Minh City, Julienne Cowley, is in WA engaging first-hand with regional communities and businesses to learn and listen to local perspectives on trade and development policy, in conjunction with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Director General of the Department of Training and Workforce Development Anne Driscoll said the Muresk visit was an excellent opportunity to showcase the State’s premier skills hub for modern agriculture. “Muresk is at the forefront of WA’s agricultural scene, working closely with partners to bring cutting edge technology to regional Australia,” she said.

Today’s visit included a campus and farm tour with exposure to the ground breaking SmartFarm technology, in operation at Muresk since 2018. This technology has been used to increase Muresk’s productivity, environmental sustainability, safety and workflow and train and upskill Western Australians studying or working in agriculture.

Ms Driscoll said the Muresk Institute is the perfect setting to study short or long term agricultural courses, with a number of accommodation options and meal packages. “With WA's clean environment and first-rate agricultural industry we have a lot to offer the Asian market with innovative partnerships and research opportunities. Muresk Institute offers a wide range of nationally accredited courses as well as workshops and professional development opportunities. Upcoming short courses include the Livestock School, Precision Control Technology training and the Drone pilot licence. There are also a number of full time courses delivered in partnership with TAFEs and universities, including the Curtin University Associate Degree in Agribusiness which is a two year program and pathway into the full Curtin University Bachelor of Agribusiness, the South Regional TAFE Diploma of Agriculture and Central Regional TAFE’s Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.".

For more information about Muresk Institute visit their website or call 1300 994 031.

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Media contact: Carrie Soderberg Senior Media Officer – 6551 5183

Main photo: 
L to R – Kylie Tydde  External Relations WA State Office, DFAT, Bich Thi Nguyen - Economic and Government Affairs Officer, Julienne CowleAustralia’s Consul-General in Ho Chi Minh City, Prue Jenkins, General Manager, Muresk Institute and Cameron Broun  Farm Technical Officer in the shearing shed discussing the use of technology for livestock breeding and production systems. 

Preparing women for STEM jobs of the future

Women leading the way in science, technology, education and mathematics!

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery joined Girls in STEM on Friday, an event aimed at increasing female participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in Western Australia. 115 students from 11 schools in Perth attended the annual expo at North Metropolitan TAFE in East Perth, gaining valuable insight into vocational education and training (VET) pathways available for girls in STEM.

Students heard from female professionals and industry leaders about their career journeys and participated in STEM activities such as animation, civil engineering, mining, lab technology, horticulture, software development and building design. As part of the State’s STEM Strategy Future jobs, future skills introduced in May this year, the McGowan Government has announced a range of initiatives. Most recently a $738,000 Digital and Technology Skills Program to boost STEM skills of science, technology, engineering and maths professions.

Girls in STEM is a partnership between North Metropolitan TAFE and the Department of Education’s Marine Industry School Pathways Program, funded by the Commonwealth Department of Defence to facilitate and support student STEM pathways to defence industry careers. 

Speaking at the event, Minister Ellery said "STEM is an exciting, diverse and constantly evolving field. Encouraging young women to participate in STEM is part of the Government’s long term plan to build Western Australia’s STEM capacity. We need to ensure that all Western Australians are equipped with the right skills to grow the State’s economy and provide jobs for the future.” 

For information about STEM training and careers, please visit the Jobs and Skills WA website.

jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/jobs-and-careers/science-technology-engineering-and-mathematics-stem

Adult Learners Week 1–8 September

Celebrating lifelong learning through vocational education and training

Adult Learners Week is celebrated annually all around the world. With hundreds of events and activities taking place across Australia, Adult Learners Week is a celebration of lifelong learning. It aims to highlight the benefits of learning while educating about the many adult learning options available.

Learning as an adult can increase competence, confidence, self-sufficiency and general wellbeing. In purely economic terms this means that people are more productive because they are healthier, motivated and more skilled; but it can also provide people with opportunities for social interaction, networking and collaboration.

Vocational education and training (VET) offers a range of learning options – from a skill set when you want to learn something specific, a unit or units of competency if you want a broad set of skills in a particular area, right through to a full qualification – the choice is yours! With VET, you can follow your own learning pathway.

VET is designed for adults – learning is hands-on and practical, and you achieve competence by demonstrating your skills and abilities rather than sitting an exam. Through Jobs and Skills WA, many VET courses that align with priority industry areas and occupations are subsidised, making them more accessible to everyone.

To find out more about VET courses and training options, please visit the Jobs and Skills WA website or contact your local Jobs and Skills Centre for free advice, information and guidance.

Visit the Jobs and Skills WA website 

Find your local Jobs and Skills Centre

To find out what events are happening in Western Australia, visit the Adults Learners Week website at adultlearnersweek.org/alw-events.

New! 2019 State priority occupation list (SPOL) now available

Identifying priority training areas for WA's future development

The State priority occupation list (SPOL) is produced each year by the Department in consultation with key stakeholders, including the State’s industry training councils, to inform and guide workforce planning and development for Western Australia. It is a list of occupations rated according to their priority status for WA.

The SPOL informs the WA State training plan, which guides the allocation of subsidised training programs into areas of prioritised need. It also informs WA workforce development planning and the Western Australian skilled migration occupation list (WASMOL), the Graduate occupation list  and WA's State nominated migration program. The list, and related background evidence, also forms the basis for WA Government submissions such as the State Wage Case, Commonwealth migration and various other priorities.

The 2019 SPOL is now available here on our website. You can also review the scope and methodology paper, and the review and changes paper, that support the information in the 2019 SPOL paper.

View the 2019 SPOL

Skills on show at SkillsWest Expo

Showcasing training and career opportunities through VET

More than 10,000 members of the public including 5,000 secondary school students attended the free SkillsWest Expo over the weekend.

Celebrating its tenth year, the SkillsWest Expo featured over 80 industry, employers and training organisations showcasing employment and vocational education and training (VET) opportunities.

Department of Training and Workforce Development Director General Anne Driscoll said the interest in the SkillsWest Expo spoke for itself. “As WA’s leading event to promote careers and training, the event really has something for everyone, from those looking to upskill or a secondary school student taking their first step into a career.”

Some 2,000 people visited the stand for the TAFE Jobs and Skills Centres, who offer a one-stop-shop for career and training related services. “The centres are a single point of contact for members of the community and businesses to find help and information with their career, training and employment needs,” Ms Driscoll said.

The TAFE STEM hub was one of the main attractions with attendees trying hands-on activities in new and emerging technologies such as aerospace, cyber security, laboratory technology and software development. Traditional trades such as hairdressing, floristry and automotive technology were also on show and WA VET Ambassadors Caitlan Noble and Megan Feaver, winners of the WA Training Awards in 2018, shared their experiences of training in the VET sector. 

WorldSkills competitions saw the State's most talented apprentices and trainees in a battle of skills such as bricklaying, plastering, heavy automotive, refrigeration and plumbing, and the expo also provided an opportunity for media and event students from North Metropolitan TAFE to gain valuable real world experience, broadcasting live from the event with Boom Radio.

Media contact: Carrie Soderberg, Senior Media Officer – 08 6551 5383

Main picture: Department of Training and Workforce Development Director General, Anne Driscoll, with WA VET Ambassadors Megan Feaver (L) and Caitlan Noble (R), at the Jobs and Skills Centres stand. 

A woman engineer.

Training boost for Western Australians under-represented in STEM

Eight new community-based education projects creating opportunities

Women, girls, Aboriginal people and people living in regional and remote locations will benefit from funding to boost the skills of people under-represented in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) professions, with eight new community-based education projects through its new Digital and Technology Skills Program.

The program is an initiative under the State's STEM skills strategy Future jobs, future skills — Driving STEM skills in Western Australia, which focuses on the skills needed to embrace new technologies and innovative work practices, enabling Western Australians to take on the jobs of the future. Skills developed through this training will include areas such as coding, data analysis and geospatial mapping, and provide deeper knowledge about concepts such as virtual reality and artificial intelligence that can be applied to a range of industry areas. Grants have been awarded to:

  • City of Belmont ($21,896) for 'Film It!!';
  • City of Bunbury ($30,000) for the Bunbury Library Makerspace;
  • Fire Tech Camp Australia Pty Ltd ($147,007) for the Wirrpanda STEM Indigenous Project;
  • Peel Bright Minds ($49,197) for the Peel Bright Minds Project;
  • Shire of Murray ($30,000) for the Murray STEM Futures Project;
  • Spacecubed ($210,000) for the She Codes Project;
  • Winyama Pty Ltd ($70,000) for the Indigenous Mapping Workshop; and
  • Women in Technology WA ($179,900) for the Techtrails [tech+] Future Skills Program.

"This Government believes that all Western Australians should have the opportunity to develop STEM skills regardless of age, gender, race or postcode.” Said Science Minister Mr Dave Kelly. "By supporting STEM education service providers outside the formal education system, we are opening up more avenues for Western Australians to build their skills and gain employment in a STEM future."

For information about training courses in STEM, and occupational profiles for STEM related job roles, please visit the Jobs and Skills WA website at jobsandskills.wa.gov.au

For information about the Digital and Technology Skills Program, please visit jtsi.wa.gov.au/digtechskills

Read the Minister’s full media statement here

Record number of jobs for WA tourism industry!

Great news for tourism jobs and careers in WA

In positive news for tourism in Western Australia the industry has achieved the highest number of jobs on record since the statistic was first recorded 12 years ago, according to a new Tourism Research Australia report released this week.

The new State Tourism Satellite Account 2017-18 details the economic impacts of tourism for each state and territory across Australia. It reports that in 2017—18, a total of 108,800 people were employed in the WA tourism industry  — almost 2,000 more jobs compared to the previous year. 

The WA tourism industry added $12.9 billion to the State's economy for the 2017—18 period, and makes up 8.2 per cent of the State's total employment. This is higher than other industry sectors such as mining (7 per cent); professional, scientific and technical services (6.9 per cent); and manufacturing (5.9 per cent). More than a quarter (27.7%) of people directly employed by tourism in WA are in the cafes, restaurants, and takeaway food services sector, with a further 13.7% in the accommodation sector.

"Generating jobs is a key focus for the State Government and it's fantastic news that the WA tourism industry created a record number of employment opportunities during 2017-18." says WA Tourism Minister Mr Paul Papalia.

For information about training courses and occupational profiles for the tourism industry, please visit the Jobs and Skills WA website

To view the 2017-18 State Tourism Satellite Account report, visit the Tourism WA website

The Minister's full media statement is available here 

Strategic plan

Strategic Plan 2019—2023 released!

Setting a clear vision for the future of Western Australia's VET sector

The Department of Training and Workforce Development has recently released our new strategic plan, which will guide the strategic direction of the Department over the next four years.

The strategic plan sets a clear, high level vision for the future of the training sector. It draws on extensive stakeholder consultation, which conveyed consistent views about the Department’s emerging priorities and primary activities. The goals of Our Priorities: Sharing Prosperity and other Government strategic initiatives are also embedded in the plan.

To achieve our vision of transforming people’s lives and creating strong, vibrant businesses and communities through training, the plan outlines key actions that we will take under the following five priorities.

  1. Drive accessibility and participation in training that lead to jobs and careers, especially in the regions
  2. Embed STEM and digital capability into VET
  3. Drive innovative, quality training content and delivery with employers and industry
  4. Support micro-credentials for more agile skills development
  5. Promote a contemporary and dynamic VET sector domestically and internationally

The strategic plan provides a clear direction for the Department and we look forward to working with our stakeholders in achieving the Department’s vision.

View the Strategic Plan 2019—2023

Get stuck into STEM at the Skills West Expo!

Training, careers and jobs — Perth's premier career event of the year!

The Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre will welcome over 4,000 students through its doors starting Friday August 16 for the 2019 Skills West Expo.

The annual event, now in its tenth year, will run from 16–18 August 2019. Skills West Expo is Perth’s largest training and career event, with a focus on the opportunities offered by a vocational education and training (VET) pathway.

North and South Metropolitan TAFEs have combined forces to provide a host of activities to inspire visitors with STEM at this year’s event. Visitors can try a range of activities in the dedicated STEM hub from virtual welding to aerospace and game design and explore future technologies that are on show. If you’re looking for employment, some of WA’s top employers will be on exhibit at the show. Visitors to the expo can also take advantage of career seminars as well as resume advice workshops that will be running across the weekend.

Here are just a few of the activities that you can get into at this year’s expo.

Meet the Jobs and Skills Centre teams!
The Jobs and Skills Centre teams will also be at the Expo offering a one-stop-shop for free careers, training and employment advice and assistance. Be sure to stop by stand 21 and say hello.

Try’a Skill and WorldSkills
As well as Try‘a Skill activities, the WorldSkills pavilion will be staging ten WorldSkills competitions which test some of the State’s most talented in a battle of the skills in construction trades, automotive industries and engineering. Don’t miss this opportunity to witness some of the best of WA’s skilled trades competing live.

Aerospace
Ready to take flight? Check out the South Metropolitan TAFE helicopter (for real!) or pilot a plane with our virtual reality masks.

Animation
Immerse yourself in arcade games at the virtual reality sideshow alley and try your hand at 2D and 3D drawing.

Applied engineering
The future has arrived! Learn about the world of mechatronics with our miniature demonstrations featuring a smart home and an industrial production line.

Building design
Enter another dimension as you enjoy a virtual walk-through of a building design.

Cyber security
Enjoy the thrill of the hunt as you analyse the deliberate exploitation of a computer system, enterprise or network in this billion-dollar growing business.

Jewellery
Accessorise like a fashionista by making your very own keyring or earrings.

Nursing
Anything is pulse-ible with a nurse around! Get a free health check from North Metropolitan TAFE’s Roaming Education and Community Health (REACH) Clinic (Friday only).

Web/computer programming
Take your first steps on the information super highway as you create a web page using HTML, program a game using Python and play with some fantastic apps.

Full details for this year's SkillsWest Expo are available on their website

 

WA Training Awards 2019 finalists announced!

WA's best in Vocational education and training in the spotlight

In 2019, the WA Training Awards celebrate 25 years of excellence in the training sector through employers, organisations and training providers as well as individual talent setting the benchmark for our future workforce.

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery today announced the finalists in the 2019 WA Training Awards. “A key focus of this Government is jobs, which requires a strong, industry-driven vocational training sector. The WA Training Awards encourages continuous improvement, innovation and excellence in the VET sector which is crucial to building a skilled and work ready workforce in Western Australia,” said Minister Ellery.  

Across 13 categories, 43 finalists have shown excellence in their fields, including two employers for this year’s inaugural Medium Employer of the Year award.  

In announcing the finalists, Minister Ellery said “Finalists are contributing positively to Western Australia’s future and these awards are a springboard for many finalists to continue to raise the profile of their chosen careers and build on their achievements. The WA Training Awards are an opportunity to really shine a light on, celebrate and honour the achievements of the many outstanding performers in the VET sector.”. 

The awards highlight the opportunities available for Western Australians to transform their careers and change their future. Many of the individual finalists this year have been inspired to change career paths and pursue their dreams through training. From construction to community services and from beauty therapy to ICT, these stories demonstrate the unique ability of the training system to inspire individuals to transform their futures and obtain skills required for future job needs.

The organisational finalists this year demonstrate how the training sector delivers vital education and training opportunities while providing important services to the community. For the first time in the WA Awards, the contributions of medium employers were recognised as a separate category.

A full list of finalists is available on the Winners and Finalists page of the WA Training Awards website

The 2019 WA Training Awards winners will be announced at the Presentation Dinner, sponsored by Electrical and Communications Association (ECA) of Western Australia Inc (ECA WA) in September. Winners will be eligible to compete against the nation's best at the Australian Training Awards to be held in Brisbane later this year where the national category is available. This year’s Presentation dinner will be held on 13 September 2019 at Crown Perth. Ticket sales are now open.

The WA Training Awards are possible thanks to its partners: ECA WA; CCI Apprenticeship Support Australia; Crown Perth; The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation; MEGT; Roy Hill; AMA Apprenticeship and Traineeship Services and AV Partners.

A person working in aged care.

Growing healthcare skills and building career pathways

Funding of up to $300K for existing worker training

The Department is proud to be participating in the Skilling Australians Fund — part of the Commonwealth Government’s commitment to the vocational education and training (VET) sector. The program works in partnership with state and territory governments through the National Partnership on the Skilling Australians Fund (NPSAF).

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 and occupations that are most in demand – now, and into the future. In addition to the Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive that commenced on 1 July, we are happy to advise of two new VET programs – the Enterprise Training Program (ETP) and the Pre-traineeship Program (PTP) – that are now available for the first time as pilot programs for 2019.

The Enterprise Training Program is designed to address skill priorities for existing workers, supporting businesses and ensuring that workers have the skills and knowledge to meet the current and future needs of the organisation and industry. The program enables individual organisations (or a consortium of organisations) to identify skill gaps and work with a registered training organisation to develop training to suit and meet their organisation’s needs, and apply for funding of up to $200,000 for single enterprises and $300,000 for consortiums to support that training.

The Pre-traineeship Program is an exciting initiative that offers students the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on industry-based skills, knowledge and experience through a combination of on and off the job training. The program also provides potential employers with an opportunity to provide work placement to students, and access to program graduates who have been screened for suitability to work in the sector and can offer core skills identified as critical for new entrants.

To find out more about the ETP and PTP, please visit the Skilling Australians page of our website 

WorldSkills WA.

WorldSkills WA 2019 regional competitions are on!

Kicking off in Bunbury with the South West’s best in VET.

Western Australia’s WorldSkills regional competitions were launched last week in the South West, with a number of exciting competitions hosted by South Regional TAFE in Bunbury.

Guest of honour on the action-packed day was the VETiS* Shield – awarded for outstanding performance in VETiS competitions at the WorldSkills Australia national championships. In 2018, the VETiS shield was won by WA – the first and only state to take the win from New South Wales in its 17-year history.

The construction wing at the TAFE campus was buzzing with competitors keen to show off their skills, with year 11 students competing in three VETiS construction categories. The bricklayers carefully laid courses to construct their project, while in an Australian first the crowd was treated to a demonstration VETiS painting competition designed by the TAFE lecturers.

2018 national gold medallist and WA VET Ambassador, Nik Foster (main photo), helped motivate the apprentices in his trade of bricklaying at the competition by pace-setting the speed test and also helping to judge the results. Another WA VET Ambassador, Nick Johnston, was on hand to help judge the cabinet making category where competitors were hoping to follow in the footsteps of South West champion Kevin Dirks, who won a silver medal at the national championships in 2018. Nick also helped with the VETiS construction by prebuilding the project – a saw horse – to inspire competitors.

Over in hospitality, things were heating up in the kitchen as year 11 cooks prepared a three-course meal while a range of mocktails were prepared for invited guests by students competing in the food and beverage category. WA has a proud history in this field, having performed exceptionally well at the 2018 national competitions and bringing home the gold, silver and bronze medals.

Rounding out the day, students in the hairdressing skills category were competing in style as they completed a number of challenges including creative long hair design. This is the second time the South West has run VETiS hairdressing, with rising star Caitlin Carmody winning gold for WA at the 2018 national championships.

The South West will be running another series of competitions in September at South Regional TAFE, but in the meantime applications are open for VETiS and open construction and automotive categories to be held at the Perth Skills West Expo 16–18 August. To find out more about WorldSkills WA and how you can get involved, please contact worldskills@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

Follow WorldSkills WA and check out all the competition photos on their Facebook page 

*VETiS is a term used by WorldSkills Australia, who own and operate the competition program.

New Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive now available!

Supporting WA businesses to employ a new apprentice or trainee.

The new Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive is now available, effective from 1 July 2019. The incentive aims to increase the number of apprenticeship and traineeship commencements in Western Australia, which will contribute to the State Government's target of 150,000 additional jobs in WA by 2023-24. by providing financial support to WA employers to assist with the costs of employing an apprentice or new entrant trainee.

Employers that have lodged a training contract for registration on or after July 1, 2019, will receive a base payment of up to $8,500 for employing an apprentice or new entrant trainee. Additional loadings will increase the payment for regional areas, employees with disability, priority occupations, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees, and apprentices aged between 21 to 30 years. It is estimated this scheme will extend State Government support to nearly 6,000 businesses across the State.

The incentive will be funded through the redirection of payroll tax, to remove the remaining payroll tax exemption for trainees. The payroll tax exemption for apprentices will be retained.

The Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive is an initiative under the National Partnership on the Skilling Australians Fund, which also includes an Enterprise Training Program and a Pre-traineeship Program aimed at the Social Assistance and Allied Health sector. Further information about these programs will soon be available on the Department of Training and Workforce Development’s website.

"We are proud to introduce the Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive today as it will support real training for real jobs.” Premier Mark McGowan said. "This incentive will help the State create thousands of new opportunities for apprentices and trainees while ensuring we are ahead of the game when it comes to skilling Western Australians."

Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery said "The Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive will give more young people the opportunity to become an apprentice or trainee and gain the skills and experience they need to perform highly specialised, technical and complex jobs. The incentive will provide employers with the trained staff they require to run and grow their businesses, boosting WA's economy."

Further information about the Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive is available at jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/employerincentive
 
VET school students.

SCSA’s 2019 VET Awards – Nominations now open

Recognising VET students in WA’s secondary schools

Completing a vocational education and training (VET) qualification while still at school can open career pathways through the development of industry-focused, job-ready skills and knowledge and the achievement of a nationally recognised qualification.

Western Australia’s School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA) has announced that nominations for the 2019 VET Awards are now open. The awards recognise the skills students gain when studying VET while still at school.

Students may be awarded a VET exhibition or Certificate of Excellence, and also have the opportunity to be eligible for the prestigious Beazley Medal: VET, which is awarded to the eligible student who has demonstrated the most outstanding performance in a VET Certificate II or higher and in their other WACE achievements.

Nominations close on Monday 2 September, with winners announced in February 2020. Full information including how to apply is available on the SCSA website.

Visit the SCSA website for further information 

ECA WA pledges support for WA Training Awards 25th year

Sponsor of the presentation dinner for the Awards' 25th year celebrations.

The Electrical and Communications Association of Western Australia (ECA WA) hs been involved in the WA Training Awards for almost ten years. This year, the organisation has pledged its support for the program as the major presentation dinner sponsor in the Awards' 25th year.

In 2010, ECA WA won its first WA Training Award as the WA Small Training Provider of the Year. Just four years on, the organisation had expanded so significantly it took out the title of WA Large Training Provider of the year in 2014. Since then, ECA WA has been a big part of the WA Training Awards, has has been recognised each year as a finalist for their exceptional initiatives that continue to benefit industry and students alike. "ECA WA is committed to quality training, investing in the student experience from pre-apprentice through to apprentice and our post-trade students. Our RTO, the College of Electrical Training, works with industry stakeholders to ensure that training is current, flexible and agile to meet the ever changing needs in the electrotechnology sector." said Carl Copeland, Chief Executive Officer of ECA WA.

With a focus on high quality training and work outcomes for its students, and a highly skilled workforce for the electrotechnology industry, ECA WA has also supported the WA Training Awards as a sponsor of the WA School-based Apprentice of the Year since 2016. In 2019, the WA Training Awards celebrates its silver anniversary, and ECA WA were the first to put their hands up and support the program and the major event sponsor for 2019. "ECA WA has enjoyed a long association with the WA Training Awards, and it was a natural fit for us to show our commitment to the training industry by sponsoring the Awards this year." said Mr Copeland.

This year also marks a new focus for ECA WA, which is committed to continuous improvement to strive for excellence in the training delivered and the outcomes provided. "ECA WA is working with industry to promote greater participation by females in the electrotechnology sector. Attracting females of all ages into the trade is a priority, to ensure that we can meet the needs of the sector. As Industry 4.0 and 'the internet of things' flows through, removing barriers to employment, and encouraging diversity in industry, will allow our workforce to grow and adapt to these needs."

We would like to thank ECA WA for their generous support of the WA Training Awards this year.

Visit the ECA WA website 

VET to step up for Indonesia’s mining and tourism sector

Round table talks aim to encourage more Indonesian students to WA.

Asian Engagement Minister Peter Tinley participated in the Indonesia-Australia roundtable talks on Friday 28 June, aimed at improving Western Australia's offering of vocational education and training (VET) in the mining and tourism sector for Indonesia. The talks will be a key driver to supporting the upskilling of Indonesia's workforce through the promotion of VET opportunities.

Indonesian students made up 2.2 per cent (1,121) of WA's international student population in 2018 – the 16th biggest student population by nationality in the State. Increasing the number of Indonesian students will help boost the local economy, create jobs and add to the social and cultural vibrancy of the broader community in WA. WA already contributes up to 40 per cent of Australia's total exports to Indonesia, a key regional and global player forecast to become the world's fourth biggest economy by 2050.

"These roundtable discussions help develop important networks and increase VET opportunities in neighbouring countries.” Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said. “Encouraging Indonesian students to engage with WA's education service providers will help boost our economy and create jobs."

The roundtable was jointly organised by the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, Canberra; the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in Perth; the Indonesian Investment Promotion Centre, Sydney; the Indonesian Trade Promotion Centre, Sydney; and the Australia Indonesia Business Council. It is anticipated that the March signing of the long-awaited Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) will come under the spotlight during the talks. The IA-CEPA offers new opportunities for Indonesians to receive training from Australian training providers in both Indonesia and Australia, and to grow the number of Indonesian students seeking to study in Australia.

Read the full media statement here

People working in the manufacturing industry.

Manufacturing Skills Australia’s Industry Development Fund

Support payments up to $10K for training, education or research.

Australia’s manufacturing industry is responsible for producing a diverse range of products; including food and beverages, clothing and footwear, machinery and equipment, and furniture and appliances.  It is one of Australia’s largest industry areas, with $3.5B in earnings (ABS 2017–18), and it employs over 840,000 Australians – ten per cent of those in Western Australia. With changes in work practices and manufacturing standards, many jobs within the industry require specialist skills. Additionally, new technologies such as automation will be a key change for future manufacturing jobs.

Manufacturing Skills Australia has announced its Industry Development Fund is now taking applications for 2019. The fund is offering a series of support payments designed to assist and support students or intending students within the manufacturing industries — successful recipients can receive between $1,000 and $10,000 to develop their skills and knowledge through training, education and/or research. 

These payments are intended to reward individuals that have shown exceptional commitment to vocational education and training, and who are committed to furthering their skills and knowledge within their chosen industry, including:

  • metal, engineering and boating;
  • aerospace;
  • process manufacturing, including chemicals, hydrocarbons, mineral products, plastics and rubber;
  • laboratory operations;
  • recreational vehicles;
  • textiles, clothing and footwear;
  • furnishing;
  • competitive systems and practices; and
  • environmental monitoring and sustainable operations.

Funding applications are currently open on the MSA website from 1 June 2019 and will close on 12 July 2019. 

Visit the MSA website to find out more

New TAFE training program for Western Power’s future jobs

South West WA to benefit from greener technology.

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery and Energy Minister Bill Johnston have launched a new training program at North Metropolitan TAFE's East Perth campus to upskill Western Power staff. The collaboration between North Metropolitan TAFE (NMT) and Western Power will provide workers with the opportunity to gain new skills and knowledge about stand-alone power systems (SPS) and new energy technology projects in a hands-on, practical setting.

SPS units combine solar and battery technology with a backup generator which provides enough storage to provide two days' supply of electricity. The partnership with NMT will play an essential part in Western Power's commitment to meet the growing opportunity to supply greener non-traditional network solutions such as SPS. In February this year Mr Johnston announced Australia's largest rollout of units with 57 to be installed across the South West Interconnected Network in regional areas including Tambellup, Mullewa, Newdegate and Bonnie Rock, delivering great outcomes for homes and businesses in the South West of WA.

Targeted skills development through vocational education and training is an important contributor to the WA Government’s Our Priorities: Sharing Prosperity program, as is the creation and growth of jobs and the ongoing development of WA’s workforce. The Department is playing a key role in this area through the support of collaborative partnerships between industry and TAFE colleges to develop and deliver training programs that meet the needs of industry and business for the jobs of the future.

The training at NMT will be integral to support the State Government's rollout of SPS units across the network. An initial cohort of 15 participants are currently undergoing training, with the ability to train more in the future. Two courses will be available – including SPS Familiarisation and Repair and Maintain SPS – to support the installation, maintenance and fault response for SPS. Speaking at the launch on 19 June, Minister Ellery said "The Western Australian workforce is adapting to technological change in industry, and this first training group shows that by increasing their skills and knowledge they can deliver contemporary solutions to the energy sector.”.

 

Innovative FarmSmarts showcased at Muresk Institute

New technologies and best practice for WA's agriculture sector.

The latest SMART Farm technology and agricultural innovations have once again been highlighted at this year's FarmSmart showcase at Muresk Institute in Northam this week, with Agricultural Region MLC Darren West representing Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery to officially open the event.

More than 350 farmers, industry leaders and training providers attended the free event, bringing together industry leaders and training providers to highlight how the integration of new technology with existing farming practices can help improve quality and efficiency.

Opportunities for jobs continue to grow in Western Australia’s agriculture sector, with Australian farms expected to generate more than $100b in annual income by 2030. Speaking about the FarmSmart event, Minister Ellery said “The McGowan Government is committed to delivering stronger regional economies. The FarmSmart showcase is a great example of agricultural innovation, increasing productivity and diversifying the economy to create more jobs for Western Australians. It is vital the State Government works with the agricultural industry to ensure we are delivering the right skills at the right time and in the right places."

This year’s FarmSmart showcase included demonstrations from Telstra with their Mobile Technology Lab and tours of Muresk's SMART Farm, the first public demonstration farm in WA set up for cloud-based SMART Farm technology. Cloud-based SMART Farm technology is the integrated use of digital equipment in modern agriculture, such as sensors and GPS, providing farmers with the data they need to make more informed and efficient choices in farming. Visitors to the event also enjoyed seminars on adapting to a digital business, breeding better sheep, improving animal welfare and livestock handling operations through technology, and connecting consumers and producers.

 As part of the WA Government’s Our Priorities: Sharing Prosperity program, the Department is contributing to the Regional prosperity outcome to deliver strong regional economies through courses at Muresk Institute that provide specialist technology training and skills for future jobs in the agriculture industry. For more information about Muresk Institute’s SMART Farm and the courses on offer, please visit their website.  

 "As a farmer I have seen firsthand how technology is changing the way we do things and how it has opened up new opportunities for jobs." said Mr West. "It is essential that we continue to upskill and keep up-to-date with new technology so that we can take advantage of the efficiencies and opportunities it presents to our industry."

 
Main picture: Hon. Darren West MLC (far left), Prue Jenkins (fourth from left), General Manager Muresk Institute, with Ballardong Elder Trevor Davis (second from right) who performed a Welcome to Country to open the event, and special guests and presenters at Muresk Institute for FarmSmart.

Boosting training pathways for Aboriginal people in WA’s South West

Sharing traditional knowledge for land management.

Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt presented a Lotterywest grant of $1,195,800 to the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council Aboriginal Corporation on 12 June, to build capacity and establish educational pathways for young Noongar people in WA’s South West.

The grant will fund a three-year project to support the Noongar Natural Resource Management Pathways project — created to increase Aboriginal students' interest in land and natural resource management and science, and create opportunities for them to learn about managing their traditional lands. Training will include workshops and engagement with local Elders to pass on traditional knowledge, and will be delivered in partnership with the Shire of Quairading and Muresk Institute.

The project will help build skills and knowledge in land management ahead of the commencement of the South West Settlement, which will see $1.3 billion in benefits flow to the Noongar people — including 320,000 hectares of land — which will be transferred into the Noongar Land Estate and joint management of the State's conservation estate.

"This exciting program will support and encourage young Noongar people in fulfilling their cultural responsibilities for managing their traditional lands.” Mr Wyatt said. "We know that when country is cared for properly, there are educational, environmental, employment and social benefits for Aboriginal people. It is important that we provide young people with the skills and training needed to take full advantage of the opportunities that will arise after the commencement of the South West Settlement."

Read the full media statement here

The Department is proud to support this important initiative through Muresk Institute’s involvement as part of our commitment to the WA Government’s Our Priorities: Sharing Prosperity, in the areas of Aboriginal wellbeing and Regional prosperity.

Automation technology.

New courses skilling our WA workers for future jobs

TAFE training leads the way in automation technology.

Premier Mark McGowan and Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery recently announced two new ground-breaking automation courses that will be available at South Metropolitan TAFE's Munster campus from Semester 2, 2019. The new automation courses will position WA workers to take full advantage of the many exciting opportunities automation is expected to deliver to the industry and economy.

This is the first achievement of the Resource Industry Collaboration between the McGowan Government, South Metropolitan TAFE and Rio Tinto, with Rio Tinto contributing $2 million towards the new training program. The collaboration includes Rio Tinto and other major employers, such as FMG, BHP and Komatsu, representatives from TAFE WA, Scitech and The University of Western Australia, and was created by the McGowan Government in 2018 to build the skills and capabilities of the Western Australian workforce.

The WA mining industry is a global leader in automation, with Rio Tinto leading the way in its adoption of autonomous trains, trucks and drills.  "This is a great example of industry working in partnership with government to ensure our training sector creates a highly skilled workforce.”, the Premier said.  "These new courses will allow us to maintain our competitive advantage as a leader in automation technology in Australia and ensure local people have the skills for the new jobs that are being created through technological innovation. They will also ensure the diversification of our economy and help Western Australians assist the mining industry well into the future."

The two new courses are:

  • Working Effectively in an Automation Workplace — this micro-credential course offers a skill set that trade qualified workers and apprentices can use to improve or upgrade their skills in automation to meet future workforce and industry needs; and
  • the Certificate II in Autonomous Workplace Operations — to be delivered as a pilot VET course for secondary students from Cecil Andrews College, Gilmore College, Baldivis Secondary College and Karratha Senior High School.

View the full media statement here

VET school students.

New! VET qualifications register for secondary students

Now available for the 2020 school year

The Department of Training and Workforce Development, in consultation with the WA industry training councils, has revised and updated the VET qualifications register for secondary students (the register) for the 2020 school year. The new 2020 register includes:

  • industry advice on qualifications and delivery options which may contribute to successful student outcomes; and
  • information to help schools and registered training organisations (RTOs) determine their capacity to deliver and assess a qualification to the required industry standards to improve quality, including advice where auspicing is considered to be high risk.

Flag colours are assigned for each qualification,based on industry’s support for the available delivery options.

  • Green flag – All available delivery options, subject to industry advice, are supported for secondary students.
  • Orange flag – Not all delivery options are supported or industry has concerns about a delivery option. This includes qualifications where industry considers auspicing high risk.
  • Red flag – Qualifications are not supported for delivery to secondary students. Schools and RTOs will be encouraged to offer green or orange flagged qualifications via the supported delivery option(s).
Learning about the mining industry.

Industry partners with TAFE to create career opportunities in mining

New pre-apprenticeship program for Karratha students in 2020.

An initiative between the McGowan Government and the Western Australian resources sector will enable Karratha students to complete a pre-apprenticeship course from 2020, with the opportunity for future employment in the mining sector. From next year, year 11 students from Karratha Senior High School will be able to obtain a Certificate II pre-apprenticeship qualification in Electrotechnology Electrician or Engineering Mechanical Trade at North Regional TAFE.

The two-year program will require Karratha Senior High School students to attend TAFE on a full-time basis during Term 4 of Year 11 and Term 1 of Year 12. The program will meet the requirements of the Western Australian Certificate of Education. "These trades will address local industry needs and encourage the employment of apprentices by local employers, and bridge the gap between training and employment." Said Premier Mark McGowan.

This new program is part of the Pilbara Collaboration Charter, an initiative between the State Government and the Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia and collaboration partners BHP, Chevron Australia, CITIC Pacific Mining, Fortescue Metals Group, Rio Tinto, Roy Hill, Woodside and Yara Pilbara, which was developed in response to the Premier's request for industry and Government to work together to deliver further social and economic benefits to the Pilbara region. These resources companies have committed to interview the students who complete these pre-apprenticeship courses with North Regional TAFE.

 "This pre-apprenticeship program is about helping to ensure a pipeline of skilled local workers. The labour market review for the Pilbara highlighted that mechanical engineers and electricians were occupations that were difficult to fill locally.” Said Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery. "Extensive consultation undertaken by North Regional TAFE with employers in the region revealed the need to provide additional trade training services and greater opportunities for local residents. This program is designed to encourage young people in the Pilbara to consider trade-related employment opportunities."

Karratha JSC opens.

Karratha Jobs and Skills Centre officially opened

Supporting jobs, careers and training in the Pilbara

The new Karratha Jobs and Skills Centre was officially launched today by Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery, at North Regional TAFE.

The centre will support the workforce needs of WA's Pilbara region by providing quality guidance, advice and information on careers, training and employment to jobseekers, employers and Aboriginal community stakeholders. For local businesses and employers, the centre can provide workforce development advice to create employment, apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities.

Since opening in November 2018, the Karratha JSC and outreach services have provided mentoring support, job application assistance and career guidance to more than 266 clients.

Karratha JSC is supported by career services from Empowering People in Communities (EPIC) and Aboriginal services from Bloodwood Tree. Aboriginal people are a key priority client group, and extensive local stakeholder consultation was undertaken to ensure Aboriginal people in the region benefit from the new service delivery model.

Outreach services are provided at other locations throughout the Pilbara including Newman, South Hedland and Roebourne. Bloodwood Tree's drop-in Centre at South Hedland will also provide complementary cultural-based services such as driving lessons and mental health support services.

Speaking at today’s launch, the Minister said "We now have 13 Jobs and Skills Centres operating in regional and metropolitan areas throughout Western Australia including in Bunbury, Broome, Albany and Karratha. The Karratha Jobs and Skills Centre is a positive step forward in the provision of practical assistance to local businesses, industry and jobseekers in the Pilbara."

Find out more about Jobs and Skills Centres via the Jobs and Skills WA website at jobsandskills.wa.gov.au

Read the full media statement here 

Students.

2018 Student Satisfaction Survey now available

Measuring the quality of service provided by WA TAFE colleges

The full report from the Student Satisfaction Survey 2018 is now available.

The 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 (WAAPA). The 2018 Student Satisfaction Survey fieldwork was conducted over approximately 11 weeks, from September 10, 2018 to November 25, 2018 and over 15,000 students were surveyed. 

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. Highlights of the 2018 report for TAFE colleges include an increase in:

  • overall student satisfaction (88.2%);
  • quality of lecturers (85.8%); and
  • how likely the training will lead to a job/career (83.1%).

The full Student Satisfaction Survey 2018 report is available here on our website.

View the Student Satisfaction Survey 2018 

Northam Jobs and Skills Centre officially opened!

Supporting jobs, training and business in the Avon and Wheatbelt. 

Central Regional TAFE's Northam Jobs and Skills Centre was officially launched on Thursday 30 May, by Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery.

A key McGowan Government election commitment as part of the Plan for Jobs, the Jobs and Skills Centres are one-stop-shops for students, jobseekers and career changers looking to improve their skills and job prospects. 

The Northam Jobs and Skills Centre will work to address the Avon and Wheatbelt Region's unique local needs and assist job seekers of all ages, with a particular focus on helping school leavers develop skills needed to enter the workforce. Outreach services are also available in Moora and Merredin, and the centre is supported by career services and Aboriginal services from Directions Workforce Solutions Inc.

Locals are already benefitting, with career guidance provided on 254 occasions and 173 resumé assistance services delivered. 

Speaking at the launch, the Minister said "We are focused on extending the reach of training and upskilling opportunities in regional Western Australia. The Northam Jobs and Skills Centre is about creating jobs for people from the Avon and Wheatbelt Region by directly linking training with employment, based on the needs of local industry."

Visit the Jobs and Skills WA website to find out more about Jobs and Skills Centres

Read the full media statement here 

A young STEM student in a laboratory.

New STEM skills, study and employment strategy launched

Preparing Western Australians for the jobs of the future. 

The McGowan Government has taken a critical step in preparing Western Australians for the jobs of the future with the launch of the State's first-ever science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills strategy. 'Future Jobs, Future Skills: Driving STEM skills in WA' has been welcomed across a variety of education, industry and technology sectors as a way to enhance the skills of future employees and keep jobs in WA.

The strategy was developed by a panel made up of industry experts, researchers and educators, and chaired by WA's Chief Scientist, Professor Peter Klinken. A core objective of the strategy is addressing the current lack of diversity in STEM education and STEM related careers — currently women represent just 16 per cent of STEM qualified people in Australia, and Aboriginal people represent less than one per cent of higher education engineering and science students. 

The State Government has already committed more than $3.3 million to kick-start the delivery of this strategy. The funding includes a four-year professional learning program for more than 1,000 teachers in lower socioeconomic public schools, which is already underway. Other projects to drive this strategy include mentoring programs, digital and technology programs and the development of a STEM communication campaign.

To continue to drive the implementation of this strategy, the State Government will be working with industry to develop new programs that will not only see young people trained, but existing workers reskilled to meet the future needs of business and industry. The Department will play a key role in supporting the strategy through STEM-focused vocational education and training (VET) programs and workforce development initiatives.

The Future Jobs, Future Skills: Driving STEM skills in WA strategy is available at the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation website.

Visit the JTSI website  

The full media statement is available here

Muresk Institute FarmSmart

Register now for Muresk Institute's FarmSmart Showcase 2019!

Grow your agriculture smarts with this free one-day event.

In agriculture, one of the most important things you can grow is your knowledge.

The agricultural industry is going through a resurgence as free trade agreements and emerging markets create excitement and growth in the industry. In 2017 Australian farms generated $60 billion in income and with the National Farmers' Federation’s vision to grow this to $100 billion by 2030, the industry must be equipped to meet the demand.

The 2019 FarmSmart Showcase is a free one day event featuring the latest agricultural innovations, technologies and upskilling opportunities.
As Western Australia’s skills hub of modern agriculture we have partnered with industry leaders, ag tech companies and training providers to hold a one day showcase that brings you the knowledge and skills you need to do better, smarter business.

Over the course of the day, Muresk Institute’s FarmSmart Showcase will explore topics that are important to modern farmers through a variety of presentations, exhibitions and demonstrations. Attendees will also be able to learn about the latest developments in the Internet of Things and see the brand new range of Telstra Smart Farm products-on site in their mobile technology lab.

Registration is essential — reserve your place! 

To see the exciting line-up of speakers and presenters, find out more about the day and register to attend, please visit the Muresk Institute website 

Our priorities for the WA Government.

Our Priorities: Sharing Prosperity

Unlocking the potential of our economic, social and environmental future. 

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. It’s a statement of intent focused on whole-of-government targets that can unlock the potential of our economic, social and environmental future.

WA Government agencies are working together to establish and achieve  key strategic milestones and develop program frameworks for targeted, collaborative and results-driven actions for the following six priorities.

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The Department of Training and Workforce Development will contribute to all six target areas, and is playing a key role in three — a strong economy, a bright future, and regional prosperity. Targeted skills development through VET is an important contributor to all of these areas, as is the creation and growth of jobs and the ongoing development of the Western Australian workforce.

We will keep you informed of our progress and how you can get involved, as work continues on the Our Priorities initiative. Please visit dtwd.wa.gov.au/ourpriorities for the latest updates, or follow us on social media.

You can also visit the WA Government website for further information about the Our Priorities program > 

The new TCSOC.

State-of-the-art Training Cyber Security Operations Centre opens!

South Metropolitan TAFE's new TCSOC offering specialist cyber security training. 

South Metropolitan TAFE (SMTAFE) has developed one of the first Training Cyber Security Operation Centre's (TCSOC) in Western Australia, which is now open and operating.

The TCSOC is an integral part of cyber security training for students and is specifically designed using specialised equipment in a multi functional training facility. Students can learn in a closed and secure training environment designed to simulate realistic cyber-attacks relating to attack, defence and monitoring. It is also available for employers and government agencies to develop and enhance their cyber security capability through industry specialised training.

The centre provides a multi-campus learning experience based at SMTAFE's Murdoch campus, with ‘nodes’ at Thornlie and Rockingham campuses. This ensures  security students at all campuses experience leading edge training. 

The new centre is a step towards addressing the growing industry shortage for cyber security professionals both state-wide and nationally, and preparing them for entering the workforce. 

Visit the Jobs and Skills WA website, and use the course search, to find out more about courses in this exciting area

An employer with a group of apprentices.

New employer incentive scheme to boost apprenticeships and traineeships

Supporting real training for real jobs in WA

The McGowan Government has announced the introduction of an employer incentive scheme from 1 July 2019, to help thousands of Western Australian employers with the costs of employing an apprentice or new entrant trainee. It aims to increase apprenticeship and traineeship commencements by extending State Government support to a wider range of businesses.

A total of $182.4 million has been allocated for new employer incentives and training subsidies, including more than $45 million for regional WA. Under the new scheme, businesses will receive a base payment of up to $8,500 for employing an apprentice or new entrant trainee. It is estimated this will extend State Government support to nearly 6,000 businesses, and be of particular benefit to small businesses and not-for-profit employers. For larger businesses, the new scheme will replace the payroll tax exemption for new entrant trainees, providing more transparent and equitable State Government support.

The scheme will be funded through the redirection of payroll tax, once legislation is passed to remove the remaining payroll tax exemption for trainees. The payroll tax exemption for apprentices will be retained. Additional loadings will increase the payment for regional areas, employees with disability, priority occupations, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees, and apprentices aged between 21 to 30 years. 

The State Government has worked with industry to develop the scheme, as stage two of the reform of payroll tax exemptions that began in November 2017. Around 2,600 businesses currently benefit from the payroll tax exemption for apprentices and trainees.

Further information, including fact sheets, is available on the Jobs and Skills WA website

The full media statement released by the Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery is available here

WA VET Ambassadors shine a light on STEM and apprenticeships

Spreading the word about the opportunities available through VET pathways.

Two WA Training Awards winners are helping to spread the word about the opportunities available through vocational education and training (VET) pathways at up and coming WA careers expos.

Megan Feaver, who won the coveted Apprentice of the Year Award in 2018, and Caitlan Noble who won the 2018 WA Trainee of the Year Award, will appear as VET Ambassadors at VET and careers events this year. They will be at the Careers Expo today, and at the Skills West Expo in August. ​

 

Megan left a corporate career to follow her interest in maths and electronics and trained as an electrician with South Metropolitan TAFE.

She has not looked back since successfully applying for an apprenticeship with Western Power.

Her mission is to encourage other women to enter trades that have been previously thought of as male-only careers.

 

Megan Feaver.

Caitlan, whose passion for the health industry has seen her engage with Telethon as a volunteer for many years, has found her dream career at King Edward Memorial Hospital after qualifying with a Diploma in Anaesthetic Technology.

After winning the WA title, she went on to win the Australian Training Award in her category. ​ ​

Caitlan Noble.

Both Megan and Caitlan will be helping to inspire the next generation of STEM-related apprentices by inspiring visitors to the Jobs and Skills WA booth at each of the expos.

What's up pup!

Drone vs Dog competition showcases agricultural technology at Muresk

The third Drone vs Dog Trials were held at Muresk Institute, just outside Northam, on Wednesday. Now in its third year, Drone vs Dog is a competition that gives students serious 'paws' for thought about the way technology is used in agriculture, and exposes secondary school students to the rapidly advancing agriculture industry and the career opportunities it provides.

228 students from 11 Western Australian secondary schools attended the competition, using drones to race against highly trained agility dogs to achieve the best time around an obstacle course. Students also toured the Muresk farm learning about the smart farm technology used to manage its farm operations. Michael Morris from St Mark's Anglican Community School won a DJI Spark Drone for his school, beating the other student pilots with a time of 15.61 seconds for the course. Border Collie x Kelpie Jay and Border Collie Bobby  just couldn't outrun the drones — their fastest time was 25.97 seconds. This is the first win for St Marks, who travelled from Hillarys to take part in the competition.

Last year, Australian farms generated $60 billion with projected growth to $100 billion by 2030.  Director General Anne Driscoll said Drone vs Dog challenges the perceptions of careers in agriculture. "With more farmers using technology and with free trade agreements and emerging markets creating growth, it is an exciting time to be in agriculture," she said. 

Hon Laurie Graham MLC, Member for Agricultural Region, said the McGowan Government is committed to the agriculture sector and understands the importance of growing agricultural skills in the State. “The industry offers an opportunity to diversify and strengthen the Western Australian economy,” he said. 

Muresk Institute works closely with training providers to provide Western Australians with the skills and knowledge required to excel in the modern agricultural sector through a wide range of nationally accredited courses. For more information about Muresk Institute, and careers in agriculture, please visit the Muresk website.

Schools that participated in the 2019 Drone versus Dog trials

  • Applecross Senior High School
  • Coodanup College
  • Edmund Rice College, Bindoon
  • Kelmscott Senior High School
  • Kiara College
  • Mt Barker Community College
  • Pinjarra Senior High School
  • Western Australian College of Agriculture - Harvey
  • Western Australian College of Agriculture – Morawa
  • St Marks Anglican Community School
  • York District High School

Media contact

Carrie Soderberg
Senior Media Officer
Department of Training and Workforce Development
carrie.soderberg@dtwd.wa.gov.au

08 6551 5383

New $2.4M shipbuilding training facility supporting jobs growth 

South Metropolitan TAFE's new Naval Base training campus officially opens.

Premier Mark McGowan, Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery and Defence Issues Minister Paul Papalia officially opened the South Metropolitan TAFE (SMT) Naval Base Campus in Henderson on Wednesday 1 May, securing the future of WA's growing shipbuilding industry. The new state-of-the-art facility is designed to deliver a skilled workforce that will meet the naval shipbuilding industry’s requirements for jobs both in WA and nationally, well into the future. 

​The McGowan Labor Government has invested $2.4 million in the new campus, which will deliver a multi-skilled workforce to meet the naval shipbuilding industry's requirements. Consolidating heavy fabrication, marine fabrication, welding and composite apprenticeship training from the old SMTAFE Henderson and Rockingham campuses, the new facility was designed with training in mind. In close proximity to relevant employers, industry and the Australian Marine Complex, the SMT Naval Base Campus will offer a mix of apprentice training and fee-for-service as well as post trade training.

​Housed within the Naval Base Campus is the WA Office of the Naval Shipbuilding College (NSC), which has its headquarters in Adelaide. The co-location of the NSC to WA, one of two major naval defence industry hubs in Australia, will enhance the partnership to meet the needs of shipbuilding and defence industries. In addition, the focus of the State Government’s Defence and Industry Strategy has recommended the establishment of a WA Defence Industry Workforce Office within SMT Naval Base Campus. The purpose of the office is to develop a workforce development strategy covering priority projects across all six capability domains in the Defence Integrated Investment Program.

SMTAFE has been working in partnership with defence for more than two decades delivering a range of qualifications and courses throughout the State and nationally to all arms of the defence industry. Major defence partnerships include ASC Collins Class Submarine training services and technical services training for the Royal Australian Navy through a sub-contracting arrangement. 

For further details, please refer to the Premier's media statement 

WA Training Awards 2019 applications now closed

Names will soon be up in lights!

Applications for the WA Training Awards 2019 are now closed. Thank you to all applicants, and congratulations on putting your name up in lights this year!

The WA Training Awards team are currently reviewing applications and conducting quality assurance checks to ensure the required information has been supplied and is correct, before applications are sent on to the judging panels.

If you have submitted an application, we will be in touch during the week of 6 May to confirm any details we need, or to advise that you application has been progressed to judging. For details of key dates for this year's awards, please visit the About the Awards section of the WA Training Awards website. And remember you can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube to stay up to date with all the latest on this year's awards. 

Best of luck to all applicants for this year's competition. Our judging panels look forward to reading your applications. 

Minister Ellery at the Jobs and Skills Centre launch.

Bunbury Jobs and Skills Centre officially opened!

New state-of-the-art facilities supporting industry and jobseekers.

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery launched the new Bunbury Jobs and Skills Centre at South Regional TAFE on Friday 3 May. Jobs and Skills Centres are available to all Western Australians and offer free advice on training, employment and apprenticeship opportunities from a team of skilled careers professionals.

The WA State Government has invested almost half a million dollars refitting and refurbishing the building, combining the existing Student Services Centre with the new Jobs and Skills Centre to create a new service hub for clients. A new main entrance, reception area, meeting rooms, pod spaces, workstations and an upgrade to the ICT infrastructure were part of the refurbishments. Jobs and Skills Centres are complemented by a comprehensive Jobs and Skills WA website resource that includes a job notice board, qualification lists and a course search feature.

Visit the Jobs and Skills WA website

The Bunbury Jobs and Skills Centre combines and integrates the resources of South Regional TAFE and Jobs South West to deliver career, training and employment information and assistance to the South-West region. Jobs South West will support and promote the centre across the region and ensure adequate and effective liaison with community, industry and employees. Aboriginal people are a key priority client group, and extensive local stakeholder consultation was undertaken to ensure Aboriginal people benefitted from the new service delivery model. Outreach services will be provided at other locations throughout the South-West region including Busselton, Collie, Manjimup, Margaret River and Narrogin.

The Bunbury Jobs and Skills Centre will work closely with schools and youth services partners in the region to support and provide career advice or direction for young people looking to study or gain employment.  Speaking at the launch, Minister Ellery said "The new, state-of-the-art centre in Bunbury will work with local businesses to identify job opportunities that will diversify the local economy and allow people to access training that increases their opportunity for employment and career development.".

In its first few months of operation the Bunbury Jobs and Skills Centre has delivered 129 resume assistance services and 48 career guidance services. While studying for a Certificate III in Business Administration at South Regional TAFE, Sarah Rogers from Bunbury sought help from the centre to develop her résumé and cover letter for a position as receptionist at Perkins Builders in Bunbury. Thanks to this support, Ms Rogers secured the role and is progressing well in her new career.

Read the Minister's full media statement here

Fast-track your career in aged care and disability support!

New employment pathway courses include work placements

Applications are now open for two new programs offering direct pathways to further study and employment in aged care and disability support.

  • Certificate II in Introduction to Aged Care
  • Certificate II in Introduction to Disability Care

Offered through North Metropolitan TAFE (NMT) the industry-endorsed Certificate II courses include valuable work placements with well-known healthcare providers Brightwater, MOSAIC, Nulsen Disability Services, Senses Australia, Bethanie, Juniper or Southern Cross Care. Students who successfully complete the program at NMT will be eligible to go on to study the relevant Certificate III course, and could be considered for employment as a trainee by their work placement employer.

Department of Training and Workforce Development (DTWD) Director General Anne Driscoll said streamlining training and work placement will increase student’s chances of continuing onto employment within the industry. “There is a rising demand for services in the disability and aged care sectors, and these courses have been designed to meet industry skill gaps and provide an important pathway for workers entering the disability and aged care workforce. Our offerings are delivered by leading training providers and industry experts in this field.”

The health care and social assistance industry employs more than 172,000 Western Australians, however forecasts show this will grow by almost 40,000 people by 2023. “Disability Support workers make a tremendous difference to the quality of life for people living with physical or intellectual disabilities by promoting social connectedness, independence, emotional wellbeing and general health. Aged care is equally rewarding as you assist a wide variety of older people with daily living and helping them feel connected with the community,” Ms Driscoll said. The pathway programs address a skills need identified in the WA State Training Board's Social assistance and allied health workforce strategy released earlier this month.

To enrol in the courses prospective students will need to attend the information sessions on 1 and 2 May 2019, which will provide an overview of the program, the selection process and an opportunity to meet industry partners. 

More information is available on the North Metropolitan TAFE website.

Media contact:

Carrie Soderberg
Senior Media Officer 
Department of Training and Workforce Development
carrie.soderberg@dtwd.wa.gov.au

08 6551 5383

WA Training Awards 2019 applications closing soon

It's not too late, and we're here to help!

Applications for this year’s WA Training Awards close in less than three weeks on Friday 3 May 2019.

It’s time to put the finishing touches to your application. Make sure you’ve included hard-hitting examples demonstrating how you meet the selection criteria, collate your required attachments and press the submit button on your application.

Need a little assistance?

Visit the Tools section on the WA Training Awards website.

Here you’ll find example applications for the student categories, evidence guides for all categories and a handy checklist to ensure you’ve included everything in your application. You can also watch the recordings from our recent webinars to hear from previous winners and WA Training Awards judges to get their insider tips on how to write an award-winning application.

Have a question?

If you have any questions about your application, eligibility, the Awards process or using the application portal email the team at trainingawards@dtwd.wa.gov.au or give them a call on 6551 5608. Alternatively, you can check out the FAQs section on the WA Training Awards website where you might find the answer you’re looking for.

Don’t miss your opportunity to be recognised for all you’ve achieved this year! If you’ve been working hard to kick your career goals or your organisation has been hard at work creating a quality training culture – get your application in for the WA Training Awards 2019!

IT scholarships to benefit people on the Autism spectrum

Up to $5,000 available for information technology training

A scholarship program launched by the State Government in 2016, which benefits people on the autism spectrum and helps create a pathway to future employment, has been extended.

​The program offers scholarships up to the value of $5,000 each, to people on the autism spectrum to study in the field of information technology. Software testing needs high levels of attention over prolonged periods of time, and this plays to the strengths of many individuals who are on the autism spectrum. Cybersecurity is another area of focus for this scholarship. 

Scholarships will cover the cost of student fees for information technology, programming, cybersecurity or software development courses at Certificate IV and Diploma levels.

The program is a collaboration between the Autism Academy for Software Quality Assurance based at Curtin University, the Autism Association of Western Australia, the training sector and the Department of Training and Workforce Development.

TAFE and industry collaboration leads to new employment pathway courses

Creating opportunities in aged care and disability care

As part of the WA State Training Board's Social assistance and allied health workforce strategy recently announced by the Minister for Education and Training, North Metropolitan TAFE has been collaborating with the Community Services, Health and Education industry training council and seven industry partners to develop two ‘pathway to employment’ programs. 

The new programs, one for aged care and the other for disability care, offer students the opportunity to complete a Certificate II level introduction program through attending training at TAFE and participating in work placements with one of the industry partners — Brightwater, MOSAIC, Nulsen Disability Services, Senses Australia, Bethanie, Juniper or Southern Cross Care. Students who successfully complete the program will be eligible to go on to study the relevant Certificate III course, and may be considered for employment as a trainee by their work placement employer.

North Metropolitan TAFE is running an information session for each of the programs — full details are available on their website.

Further information about the WA State Training Board's Social assistance and allied health workforce strategy is available on their website.

Visit the State Training Board website

Two female aged care workers, with a resident in an aged care home.

Growing WA's health and social assistance sector

State Training Board releases new workforce development strategy 

After months of industry consultation and research, the Western Australian State Training Board has released its Social assistance and allied health workforce strategy.

Research found Western Australia’s social assistance and allied health industry was undergoing fundamental change coupled with rising demand for services, particularly in the disability and aged care sectors. “Western Australia needs access to a strong supply of highly skilled workers to support its growing aged care, disability services, allied health and community services sectors. The health care and social assistance industry employs more than 172,000 Western Australians, and forecasts show this will grow by almost 40,000 people by 2023. We are working to ensure we are ahead of the game in skilling Western Australians to take up the jobs of the future. “ said Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery.

The Social assistance and allied health workforce strategy calls for a co-ordinated response to maximise the development and growth of a contemporary, skilled and flexible workforce to meet the growing needs of vulnerable people living in Western Australia. It identifies that the number of disability and aged care support workers needs to double over the next five years, and the vocational education and training (VET) sector must provide training that meets the needs of this workforce. Considering the current environment, the report highlighted it is likely the social assistance and allied health sectors will face challenges sustaining a skilled workforce.

Streamlining training pathways to provide flexible employment options for students, and enhancing the quality of training through a stronger focus on partnerships between TAFE and local employers are options to make the VET sector more accessible to industry and the public. As part of the National Partnership–Skilling Australia Fund signed by the McGowan Government in December 2018, a number of initiatives to boost the social assistance and allied health workforce and assist skills development in the sector are underway, including:

  • an employer incentive scheme to increase apprenticeships and traineeships; and
  • piloting an enterprise training program targeting growth of about 150 existing worker traineeships in the sector and prioritising regional delivery.

The State Government will work in partnership with industry, the Commonwealth Government, and education and training providers to grow a skilled workforce for the allied health and social assistance sectors in WA, including addressing barriers to participation in training programs. To support the implementation of the strategy and ensure cross-sector collaboration across key State Government agencies, an Interagency Working Group (IWG) has been established. The IWG will work alongside in partnership with the State Training Board’s Steering Committee to ensure there is a shared responsibility between industry and the State Government to address the workforce issues identified for the sectors.

View the full report on the State Training Board website

View the Terms of Reference and membership details for the IWG 

View the full media statement 

A female and male contractor on a building site

Priority Start: Maximising opportunities for WA apprentices and trainees

Developing a skilled building and construction workforce

The McGowan Government today delivered on their election commitment to provide more employment and training opportunities for apprentices and trainees in Western Australia, with the launch of the new Priority Start policy.

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said "The implementation of this policy is just one of the ways the McGowan Government is delivering on its commitment to rebuild the training sector and boost employment opportunities for apprentices and trainees. We know apprenticeships and traineeships are important for the ongoing growth and success of business and industry in Western Australia.”

Effective from 1 April 2019, the new Priority Start policy aims to increase the overall numbers of apprentices and trainees in the building and construction industry. The policy meets the McGowan Government’s Plan for Jobs commitment to increase training rates on WA State Government building, construction and maintenance contracts. The Priority Start policy replaces the previous Government building training policy.

The new Priority Start policy applies to State Government building, construction and maintenance contracts resulting from tenders released from 1 April 2019. Under the policy, all head contractors awarded State Government building, construction and maintenance contracts, valued over $5 million (incl GST), will be required to meet a target training rate across the combined construction trades workforce of their company and all subcontractors used for the contract.

Priority Start aims to develop a sustainable local supply of skilled workers for the building and construction industry by encouraging contractors to invest in the employment of apprentices and trainees. The Department of Training and Workforce Development will support the whole of government implementation of the policy.

“As part of my Plan for Jobs, we are committed to ensuring contractors on government funded infrastructure projects employ apprentices and trainees as part of developing a skilled workforce for the future.” Premier Mark McGowan said. “Setting target training rates on State Government building, construction and maintenance contracts will support a strong training culture within the building and construction industry. For example the new $428 million museum project has contributed to the employment of around 100 apprentices and trainees with the managing contractor Multiplex and its subcontractors.”

Further information on the new Priority Start policy is available on the Department’s website at dtwd.wa.gov.au/prioritystart

WA Minister for Education and Training, Sue Ellery, speaking at the launch of the Broome JSC.

Broome Jobs and Skills Centre officially opened!

Supporting the Kimberley region's training and employment needs

The Broome Jobs and Skills Centre was officially launched today by Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery at North Regional TAFE. The Broome Jobs and Skills Centre is supported by career services from Wunan Foundation, and this combined expertise will work to address the Kimberley region’s unique local needs, particularly focussing on assisting youth at risk, to develop the skills needed to enter the workforce. Outreach services will be provided throughout the Kimberley region including Derby, Fitzroy Crossing, Halls Creek and Kununurra.

As a key McGowan election commitment, Jobs and Skills Centres offer Western Australians access to free practical information and advice on training and employment opportunities delivered by skilled professionals with direct links to industry. Aboriginal people are a key priority client group, and extensive local stakeholder consultation was undertaken to ensure Aboriginal people benefit from the new service delivery model. The Broome Jobs and Skills Centre will work with local communities to partner with industry and support Aboriginal jobseekers and training.

Since opening in late November 2018, the Broome Jobs and Skills Centre (including Kununurra) has provided more than 200 services to 85 individuals including resumé assistance, career guidance, job application support or workforce planning services. Anna Wungundin, a local Broome resident, came to the Broome Jobs and Skills Centre seeking information on traineeship and apprenticeship opportunities as well as resumé , interview and job application assistance. Thanks to the support Anna received at the centre, she is now undertaking a traineeship with Life Without Barriers.

Speaking at the launch today, Minister Ellery said “The Broome Jobs and Skills Centre will create employment, apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities in the Kimberley region. The Centre in partnership with the Wunan Foundation will work to ensure that at risk youth in the region have the support needed to enter the workforce.”

Jobs and Skills Centres are complemented by a comprehensive website resource that includes a jobs notice board, qualification lists and a course search feature. 

Visit the Jobs and Skills WA website

WA Minister for Education and Training, Sue Ellery, speaking at the launch of the Geraldton JSC.

New Jobs and Skills Centre boosts opportunities for Mid West region

Minister Ellery officially opens Geraldton JSC

The Geraldton Jobs and Skills Centre was officially launched today by Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery at Central Regional TAFE.

As a key McGowan Government election commitment, Jobs and Skills Centres offer Western Australians access to free practical information and advice on training and employment opportunities delivered by skilled professionals with direct links to industry. The Geraldton JSC will also provide workforce development advice on creating employment, apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities for local employers.

The services and resources provided at the centre are possible due to the support of Joblink Midwest and Central Regional TAFE. Outreach services will be provided throughout the Mid West and Gascoyne regions; from Exmouth in the north, to Wiluna in the east and Cervantes in the south. An additional drop-in centre will also be available to clients in Carnarvon at the Central Regional TAFE campus. Aboriginal people are a key priority client group, and extensive local stakeholder consultation was undertaken to ensure Aboriginal people benefit from the new service delivery model.

Since opening earlier this year, Geraldton JSC has provided 65 individuals and organisations with resume assistance, career guidance, job application support or workforce planning services. Local resident David Ronan sought advice from the Geraldton JSC to update his resume and answer selection criteria for a job as an Aboriginal Islander Education Officer at Waggrakine Primary School. Thanks to the support and assistance David received, he was able to successfully secure the position.

Jobs and Skills Centres are complemented by a comprehensive website resource that includes a jobs notice board, qualification lists and a course search feature.

Visit the Jobs and Skills WA website

Speaking at the launch today, Minister Ellery said “The new Geraldton Jobs and Skills Centre is focused on ensuring that people in the Mid West region have access to training and services that ensure they have the skills needed to take up new opportunities for employment. Joblink Midwest in partnership with Central Regional TAFE will assist the Geraldton Jobs and Skills Centre to provide employment, career advice and training services within the local community.”

WA Training Awards 2019 – Applications now open!

Celebrating 25 years of showcasing our best in VET

The 25th annual Western Australian Training Awards were launched today at the award-winning Bentley Pines Training Centre at South Metropolitan TAFE.

The WA Training Awards are an opportunity for the Western Australian training sector to showcase excellence, reward best practice and put our State’s best VET achievers in the spotlight. The awards recognise and reward the achievements of apprentices, trainees and vocational students and the contribution of trainers, training organisations and employers. This year will see the introduction of separate categories for Large Employer of the Year and Medium Employer of the Year, to better recognise the contribution employers of all sizes make to the training sector.

Award winners will be announced at a presentation ceremony on 13 September with winners of individual categories receiving $3,000 to further their training or kick start their careers. Winners may also be eligible to compete against the nation’s best at the Australian Training Awards later in the year. In 2018 the State recorded its best ever results at the national awards with six of the 18 national titles, putting WA at the top of the leader board for 2018.

We would encourage all eligible employers, training providers, trainers and students to apply for the Awards – showcase your dedication to training and put your name up in lights in 2019! 

Visit the WA Training Awards website at dtwd.wa.gov.au/watrainingawards to apply today

Employment and jobs services enhanced for South West WA

Albany Jobs and Skills Centre officially launched today

South Regional TAFE's Albany Jobs and Skills Centre, officially launched today by Premier Mark McGowan and Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery, is a one-stop-shop for jobseekers, students and career changers,  supporting the employment and workforce needs of the Great Southern region. Jobs and Skills Centres, a key McGowan Government election commitment, offer free training information and career development services to the local community. Western Australians can access practical information and advice on training, employment and apprenticeship opportunities from a skilled team of careers professionals with industry partnerships and direct links into work. The centre will provide local businesses and employers with business and workforce development advice to create employment, apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities.

The new Albany Jobs and Skills Centre is supported by Worklink and the Southern Aboriginal Corporation to ensure services are tailored to meet the needs of WA's diverse community. Aboriginal people are a key priority client group, and extensive local stakeholder consultation was undertaken to ensure Aboriginal people benefit from the new service delivery model. Outreach services will be provided at other locations throughout the Great Southern region including Esperance, Denmark, Walpole and Katanning.

In its first few months of operation, some 65 individuals and organisations have already benefited from career guidance, résumé assistance and job application support, and workforce planning services offered by the centre. While studying for a Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping at South Regional TAFE, Wendy Dembowski from Denmark sought the Albany Jobs and Skills Centre's help with developing her résumé, cover letter and interview techniques for a senior position at the Shire of Denmark. Thanks to this support, Wendy secured the role and is progressing well in her new career. Alexander McConnell from Porongurup was able to undertake a Certificate III in Business after receiving career advice and course information. Alex found the service was very helpful with a friendly and comfortable atmosphere.

Jobs and Skills Centres are complemented by a comprehensive website resource that includes a jobs board, qualification lists and a course search feature. The Jobs and Skills WA website is available at jobsandskills.wa.gov.au.

Speaking at the launch, the Premier said "This Government's priority is to support job creation and strengthen the Western Australian economy. The implementation of Jobs and Skills Centres across Western Australia has transformed WA TAFE colleges to better link the training sector with industry, to ensure industry has the skills it needs for the jobs of today and tomorrow."

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said that Jobs and Skills Centres are focused on ensuring people have access to training and services that equips them with skills to take up new opportunities for employment. "The centre will ensure training programs are targeted to meet industry needs and allow people to access training that maximises their opportunities for employment and career development." the Minister said.

Albany MLA Peter Watson was also at the launch and commented that "Worklink and the Southern Aboriginal Corporation will support the Jobs and Skills Centre to provide individuals, employers and industry with specialist and locally tailored support. The new centre in Albany will ensure that high-quality services are available locally to residents of the Great Southern. The centre will work with local businesses to identify job opportunities in the local industry and diversify the local economy." 

Jess Haydon’s journey to Beazley Medallist

Swan Valley Anglican Community School graduate Jess Haydon has been awarded the Beazley Medal: Vocational Education and Training (VET) for his strong performance in a VET program. Jess was presented with this award by WA Governor Kim Beazley and Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery last month, acknowledging him as the top secondary school student in the VET sector.

Growing up on a rural property and a life-long interest in machinery contributed to deciding, at the age of 15, the ATAR pathway wasn’t for him.

“I knew I had to follow my interest in working with my hands and operating machinery so I investigated a vocational education and training pathway,” Jess said.

Jess’s drive to be employable at the end of Year 12 pushed him to be the first student at his school to undertake external VET training while still attending school and achieving his WACE.

Jess has accrued a strong list of achievements. He finished school with outstanding results, won a School Curriculum and Standards Authority VET Exhibition for Construction Industries, attained a Certificate II in Civil Construction and achieved the 2018 VET DUX award at Swan Valley Anglican Community School. He was also named among the State’s best as one of four finalists for WA Vocational Student of the Year in the 2018 WA Training Awards, and was the only secondary school finalist in this category.

WA schools are now starting to see the benefits of partnering with registered training organisations to provide training and promote career options that arise from the study of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), helping students like Jess transition from school to employment or further training.

Jess said using knowledge from his mathematics and English classes while doing his training was invaluable because it helped him understand and complete calculations on site. For example; when drawing scaled plans of a property, he would use trigonometry to find the angle of a pathway. It also assisted him with the application of new technology, interpreting building plans and operating machinery. Finding the practical value of his school subjects, throughout his traineeship in civil construction at Ertech, gave him drive and motivation to do better at school. “I wanted to be good at it, so I really cracked down on all my school subjects as well. I became an A-grade student topping my classes instead of an average student. It just turned me around really.” Jess is now employed as a fly-in, fly-out worker with Ertech on Barrow Island.

The McGowan Government has a strong focus on STEM and has recently released its strategy Future jobs, future skills – Driving STEM skills in Western Australia. The vision of this strategy is to create ‘a globally competitive and innovative workforce with the skills to drive Western Australia’s technological future and create new job opportunities’.

As demonstrated by Jess, the WA VET sector plays an important role in providing STEM training and skill development for Western Australians. Quality training and reskilling in STEM provides students with the skills they will need for the future to compete and adapt in a job market that is constantly evolving.

VET sector professional development 2019

Consultations planned for stakeholder feedback

Following feedback from stakeholders, the Department has been reviewing the professional development programs being delivered to the WA vocational education and training (VET) sector.

In 2019 the Department will be reshaping its approach with a view to hosting VET sector forums with a focus on best practice, emerging VET sector trends, RTO quality, regulatory and compliance issues to build capability and promote excellence in the VET sector.

An events team in Department’s Communications and Marketing area will lead the delivery of professional development programs, along with current activities which celebrate VET sector excellence, including WorldSkills competitions and the WA Training Awards. VET sector stakeholders are invited to provide input and suggest topics and issues that could be covered at the forums.

The VET community and VET practitioners will continue to receive information about events, seminars and workshops through the Department website and VETinfonews. Further information will be available in the coming weeks.

For further details, or to provide input to the future VET sector forums, please email PD.Sector.Capability@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

Training Accreditation Council joins the Department

Providing quality assurance and recognition of VET services to support WA’s training sector.

On 1 January, Training Accreditation Council (TAC) Secretariat employees transferred to the Department of Training and Workforce Development.

The TAC is Western Australia’s registering and course accrediting body and is responsible for the quality assurance and recognition of VET services in WA. TAC continues to provide quality assurance and recognition of VET services to support WA’s training sector.

The TAC secretariat will remain at its current location at Level 9, 20 Walters Drive, Osborne Park, however postal and email addresses and phone numbers have changed. Redirections will be in place for an extended period.

Visit the TAC website at tac.wa.gov.au

Geraldton Jobs and Skills Centre opens today!

Supporting business, employers and the community of WA's Central West.

A new Jobs and Skills Centre on the Geraldton campus of Central Regional TAFE is now open!  This is now CRTAFE's third Jobs and Skills Centre in the region, together with the Kalgoorlie and Northam centres that opened in 2018. Western Australia's TAFE Jobs and Skills Centres are one-stop shops for careers, training and employment advice and assistance. Services are free, and accessible to all members of the community as well as employers and business. 

Central Regional TAFE's Geraldton Jobs and Skills Centre can provide free professional and practical advice on training and employment opportunities including careers advice, apprenticeship and training information, and also help with job searching and direct links into work.

The team also has expertise in business and workplace development and partnerships with industry, and welcomes employers and business owners. There is also a free online jobs board available for employers to advertise local job vacancies.

For more information about Geraldton JSC and the services available, please visit their page

An illustrated map of the central west region of WA.

Northam Jobs and Skills Centre opens today!

Supporting business, employers and the community of WA's Central West

A new Jobs and Skills Centre on the Northam campus of Central Regional TAFE is now open! Western Australia's TAFE Jobs and Skills Centres are one-stop shops for careers, training and employment advice and assistance. Services are free, and accessible to all members of the community as well as employers and business. 

Central Regional TAFE's Northam Jobs and Skills Centre can provide free professional and practical advice on training and employment opportunities including careers advice, apprenticeship and training information, and also help with job searching and direct links into work.

The team also has expertise in business and workplace development and partnerships with industry, and welcomes employers and business owners. There is also a free online jobs board available for employers to advertise local job vacancies.

For more information about Northam JSC and the services available, please visit their page

Seasons greetings from Apprenticeship Office

Temporary closure of Apprenticeship Office

Christmas 2018 and 2019 new year period

The Department of Training and Workforce Development Apprenticeship Office will be closed from 4.30 pm Friday 21 December 2018 to 8.30 am Wednesday 2 January 2019 Western Standard Time.

The 13 19 54 information hotline will not operate during the temporary closure period. Please email your enquiry to ApprenticeshipOffice@dtwd.wa.gov.au and we will respond to your enquiry in the new year.

  • Training contracts can continue to be lodged during the closure period, and will be assessed from 2 January 2019
  • Training contract changes can be submitted via the Western Australian Apprenticeship Management System (WAAMS) portal during the closure period
  • Emails or training contract related requests received in the Apprenticeship Office email boxes during the closure will be actioned after the Apprenticeship Office reopens in the new year

From everyone at Apprenticeship Office, we would like to wish you well over the festive season.

New apprenticeship and traineeship policy released

More user-friendly, and streamlined for all stakeholders

Following extensive consultation with stakeholders, the Department has updated its Apprenticeship and traineeship policy (A&T policy). The revised policy came into effect on 29 November 2018, and is now available on our website.

View the new Apprenticeship and traineeship policy

The new A&T policy has been simplified to make it more user friendly for apprentices, trainees, employers, registered training organisations, AASNs, GTOs, students, parents and schools. The key changes are as follows.

  • All related policy documents are now incorporated. This includes the School-based apprenticeship policy; Travel and accommodation allowance (TAA) policy; Trade skills recognition policy; and the Trade certificate policy.
  • The policy includes web links for easy access to program information and fact sheets and forms for employers, apprentices, registered training organisations and other providers operating in the apprenticeship system.
  • The strengthening of eligibility criteria for Western Australian trade certificates, including those issued under the trade skills recognition (TSR) process, to ensure the integrity of the application and assessment processes.  The new eligibility criteria come into effect on 1 January 2019.
  • Individuals who are qualified tradespersons in an Australian state or territory other than WA are now able to apply for a WA trade certificate if they meet the requirements.
  • The policy reflects recent changes to regulations which clarify requirements around training plans, including for school-based apprentices and trainees.

Several fact sheets on the Apprenticeship Office website have been updated to align with the new policy, and the following new fact sheets have been developed.

Title Location
Applying for a WA trade certificate by interstate tradespeople Other publications
Applying for a WA trade certificate via trade skills recognition (effective from 1 January 2019) Information for RTOs, and also in Other publications
Eligibility for a WA trade certificate Other publications
Training contract and exemption notices for children of compulsory school age Training contract forms and fact sheets

 

The location of Karratha JSC.

New Jobs and Skills Centre opens in Karratha!

The Pilbara region's new one-stop-shop for training, careers and jobs.

A new Jobs and Skills Centre on the Karratha campus of North Regional TAFE is now open! Western Australia's TAFE Jobs and Skills Centres are one-stop shops for careers, training and employment advice and assistance. Services are free, and accessible to all members of the community as well as industry, business and employers.

North Regional TAFE's Karratha JSC can provide free professional and practical advice on training and employment opportunities including careers advice, apprenticeship and training information, , and also help with job searching and direct links into work. The team also has strong links with local businesses and employers, and expertise in workplace development, and welcomes employers and business owners. A free online jobs board is also available for employers to advertise local job vacancies.

The team at Karratha JSC has strong experience in the region and local communities, expertise in Aboriginal workforce development, and with working with local employers. They are supported by career services from Empowering People in Communities (EPIC), and Aboriginal services from Bloodwood Tree, and can provide outreach services at other locations throughout the Pilbara region. 

Western Australia's TAFE Jobs and Skills Centres are one-stop shops for careers, training and employment advice and assistance. Services are free, and accessible to all members of the community.  The centres are located on TAFE campuses, with additional outreach locations for regional areas. 

Muresk Institute

Muresk Institute adds new industry representatives to advisory committee

Empowering and supporting Western Australia's  agriculture industry.

Muresk Institute is Western Australia's skills hub for modern agriculture, working closely with industry and training partners to ensure industry-driven education and training opportunities are made available, to meet the demand for skilled workers. 

The Muresk Institute Advisory Committee (MIAC) was established in 2013 to strengthen collaboration between Muresk Institute, industry and the community. The committee provides high quality advice and guidance contributing to the future direction of Muresk as a commercially sustainable, multi-use facility for the delivery of training, research and programs that are responsive to industry and regional needs. On 23 November, Muresk announced the addition of eight new industry representatives to MAIC.

Muresk Institute general manager Prue Jenkins said existing members felt broader industry representation was needed on the Muresk Institute Advisory Committee (MIAC) to further contribute to the high level industry advice it provides. "The eight new members are well known and highly respected in the agriculture industry. “ Ms Jenkins said. “They will help inform Muresk to make the best decisions in relation to the programs we deliver and business opportunities we undertake. The last six months have been some of our most successful with the implementation of new initiatives like the SmartFarm, and we want to build on this momentum so Muresk can better support WA's booming agriculture industry. I’m certain our new committee members will help us empower WA’s agriculture industry and make the most of the exciting new opportunities to support emerging markets and technological advancements.”

The new MIAC committee members are as follows.

  • Brad Jones, Managing Director Cropcair Pty Ltd and Director Bungulla Farming Pty Ltd
  • Glen Brayshaw, Rural Consultant Planfarm Pty Ltd
  • Matthew Williams, Area Manager, CSBP Fertilisers
  • Julie Alvaro, Grain Research Development Corporation Western Panel Member, Grower Windsor Hart Enterprises, DPIRD Soil and Land Conservation Ministerial Advisory Committee
  • John Seabrook, Farmer Seabourne Farm and Machinery Importer
  • Duncan Young, Farmer, President WA Farmers Grains Council, GPA Policy Council of Australia, GIWA Barley and Oats Standards Committee
  • Kellie McCrum, Manager Culture and Capability, CBH Group
  • Ian Hanna, Committee Member, Australian Dohne Breeders Association’s National Council.

The new members were appointed by the Department of Training and Workforce Development's Director General for a three-year term.

New TAFE Jobs and Skills Centre opens in Broome!

The Kimberley region's new one-stop-shop for training, careers and jobs.

A new Jobs and Skills Centre on the Broome campus of North Regional TAFE is now open! Western Australia's TAFE Jobs and Skills Centres are one-stop shops for careers, training and employment advice and assistance. Services are free, and accessible to all members of the community. 

North Regional TAFE's Broome JSC can provide free professional and practical advice on training and employment opportunities including careers advice, apprenticeship and training information, , and also help with job searching and direct links into work. The team also has strong links with local businesses and employers, and expertise in workplace development, and welcomes employers and business owners. A free online jobs board is also available for employers to advertise local job vacancies.

The Broome Jobs and Skills Centre is supported by career services from Wunan Foundation. They can also provide outreach services at other locations throughout the Kimberley region, including Derby, Fitzroy Crossing, Halls Creek and Kununurra, by arrangement with the centre. North Regional TAFE will soon be opening a second JSC in Karratha, to support the Pilbara community. 

Western Australia's TAFE Jobs and Skills Centres are one-stop shops for careers, training and employment advice and assistance. Services are free, and accessible to all members of the community.  The centres are located on TAFE campuses, with additional outreach locations for regional areas. 

New TAFE Jobs and Skills Centre opens in Bunbury

South West WA's second one-stop-shop for training, careers and jobs.

A new Jobs and Skills Centre on the Bunbury campus of South Regional TAFE is now open! Western Australia's TAFE Jobs and Skills Centres are one-stop shops for careers, training and employment advice and assistance. Services are free, and accessible to all members of the community. Bunbury is now South Regional TAFE's second JSC in the region, together with the Albany Jobs and Skills Centre that opened on 15 November. 

South Regional TAFE's Bunbury JSC can provide free professional and practical advice on training and employment opportunities including careers advice, apprenticeship and training information, , and also help with job searching and direct links into work. The team also has strong links with local businesses and employers, and expertise in workplace development, and welcomes employers and business owners. A free online jobs board is also available for employers to advertise local job vacancies.

The Bunbury Jobs and Skills Centre is supported by career services from Jobs South West.  They also provide outreach services at other locations throughout the region, including Busselton, Collie, Manjimup and Margaret River.

Western Australia's TAFE Jobs and Skills Centres are one-stop shops for careers, training and employment advice and assistance. Services are free, and accessible to all members of the community.  The centres are located on TAFE campuses, with additional outreach locations for regional areas. 

Australian Training Awards Winners 2018

WA scoops the pool at Australian Training Awards!

State's best in vocational education and training recognised.

Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery has congratulated Western Australia’s vocational education and training (VET) sector for one of our best ever showings at Australia’s leading industry awards last night. Six of WA’s 11 award nominees picked up accolades at the Australian Training Awards, with both individual and organisational winners from the State’s VET system being recognised for their success. 

Three outstanding female VET students secured titles in the individual categories for their performance as strong ambassadors for vocational education pathways. Yarawu and Bunuba woman and Broome mother, Soleil White, was named Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year for her work to close the gap within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander healthcare industry. The healthcare worker credited her training with giving her the confidence to make a difference and progress to further studies. She completed a Certificate IV in Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care and is now undertaking a Diploma of Nursing.

Inspirational examples of high calibre VET programs delivered to secondary students were also recognised at the awards, with Canning Vale College teacher Crystle Challinger securing the title of VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year – the second year in a row that a WA nominee has won this prestigious award. Regional WA was well represented, with Busselton Senior High School winning the School Pathways to VET award and Central Regional TAFE taking home the Industry Collaboration Award for its innovative biodiversity collaboration project. These achievements follow Western Australia’s success at the the 2018 WorldSkills Championships earlier this year, where the WA secured the prestigious VETiS Shield as the country’s best-performing State.

“Last night’s incredible achievement further demonstrates that our State’s VET sector is first-class and shines a spotlight on our success in this space." the Minister said. “Western Australians looking to upskill, retrain or enter the workforce can do it with the confidence that they’ll learn from some of the nation’s best trainers, with some of the country’s most innovative training providers. I’m sure these inspiring winners will motivate others to take advantage of the excellent training opportunities available in WA, ensuring they are best placed to take on the jobs of the future." 

 

School-based Apprentice of the Year 2018
Caitlin Whittle, Lower Chittering, Tubal Workplace Training

Juggling studying five ATAR subjects with a Certificate II in Hospitality, Caitlin has thrived in the workplace environment. She credits the experience with increasing her confidence and dedication, and has seen her grades improve as a result.

Caitlin has transferred her new skills, assisting with numerous school events. She is also a strong advocate for Swan Valley Anglican Community School’s hospitality program, presenting to younger students and writing articles for her local newspaper and the school website.    

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Vocational Student of the Year 2018
Caitlan Noble, Mount Lawley, North Metropolitan TAFE

After completing a Bachelor of Commerce, Caitlin did an internship with Telethon which sparked her passion for the health industry. While at Princess Margaret Hospital, Caitlan was inspired to move into a clinical role.

Now employed as an anaesthetic technician at King Edward Memorial Hospital, Caitlan has been commended by her peers for going above and beyond to improve patient care. As an active volunteer for Telethon, she enjoys seeing how children benefit from fundraising.

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year 2018
Soleil White, Bilingurr, Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services and North Regional TAFE

Soleil recently completed a Certificate IV in Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care and is now undertaking a Diploma of Nursing.  Her training has given her the confidence to be an advocate for Aboriginal health care and undertake further studies. As the mother of a two-year-old, she is extremely motivated to create a better quality of life for future generations.

Soleil is doing her part to close the gap for Aboriginal people to provide and assist them with high quality care and taking a holistic approach to physical, emotional and spiritual needs.

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Trainer of the Year 2018
Crystle Challinger, Bayswater, Canning Vale College

The Canning Vale College teacher champions VET programs for secondary students throughout Western Australia and has been heavily involved in training other VET school based trainers. Crystle taught other teachers about using virtual and augmented reality programs to engage students creatively and use digital evidence collection for presentations.

As an Aboriginal Australian, Crystle believes in providing structured alternatives to traditional learning to meet the individual needs of a student. 

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Industry Collaboration Award 2018
Central Regional TAFE – Biodiversity Conservation Collaboration, Geraldton

Central Regional TAFE, in collaboration with several environmental conservation stakeholders, is working to protect and restore key ecosystems in the Mid West. The collaboration focuses on restoring habitats at the Houtman Abrolhos Islands and managing invasive aquatic species. With integrated nationally recognised training programs, students gain real world experience on high priority environmental conservation projects, which also impacts employers, the community and the environment.

Collaboration partners include Northern Agricultural Catchments Council, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, City of Greater Geraldton, and Western Australian Museum.

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School Pathways to VET Award 2018
Busselton Senior High School

As an RTO school since 1999, Busselton Senior High School has a unique model. A key feature is the highly supported student participation in work placement one day a week. The model provides a platform for exceptional industry links, RTO compliance, and offers flexibility with an off-grid timetable to assist staff to develop highly innovative programs. The school is highly regarded for its expertise in supporting schools across the State to meet compliance and deliver high quality programs to students, with employment for further training outcomes.

VET offerings have increased in recent years to reflect the needs of industry and provide engaging programs. In 2018, 75 per cent of senior school students were enrolled in a VET qualification. A flexible timetable model with strong industry links is central to the success of the programs, as is delivery by suitably qualified and dedicated staff. In 2017, the school achieved a 100 per cent attainment rate. This is indicative of the high levels of support provided to students and the engaging nature of the programs.

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New TAFE Jobs and Skills Centre opens in Albany

South West WA's one-stop-shop for training, careers and jobs!

A new Jobs and Skills Centre on the Albany campus of South Regional TAFE is now open! Western Australia's TAFE Jobs and Skills Centres are one-stop shops for careers, training and employment advice and assistance. Services are free, and accessible to all members of the community.

The Albany JSC can provide free professional and practical advice on training and employment opportunities including careers advice, apprenticeship and training information, and partnerships with industry, and also help with job searching and direct links into work. The team also has expertise in business and workplace development, and welcomes employers and business owners. A free online jobs board is also available for employers to advertise local job vacancies.

The Albany JSC is supported by career services from Worklink, and Aboriginal services from Southern Aboriginal Corporation (SAC). Outreach services at other locations throughout the South West region are also available, by arrangement with the centre.

More information about the Albany Jobs and Skills Centre, and the services it offers, is available on the Jobs and Skills WA website

Western Australia's TAFE Jobs and Skills Centres are one-stop shops for careers, training and employment advice and assistance. Services are free, and accessible to all members of the community.  The centres are located on TAFE campuses, with additional outreach locations for regional areas. 

International students

New era for international education in Western Australia

McGowan Government launches new international education strategy.

Western Australia currently has more than 50,000 international students living and learning in Perth. They are a key contributor to the WA economy, create jobs and enrich the WA community. In 2017, the sector generated about $1.9 billion in export income, supported an estimated 10,000 full time jobs and contributed to increased tourism, with each international student attracting 1.5 visiting friends and relatives from overseas. Nationally, international education exports grew by 22 per cent in 2017 and Australia became one of the top three destinations for international students. 

On 23 October, WA Premier Mark McGowan and Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery launched the State's plan to attract thousands of more international students to Western Australia  – 'Where Bright Futures Begin: International Education in Perth, Western Australia 2018–2025'. 

The strategy, developed in partnership with StudyPerth, will guide future government and industry action and is focused on growing the number of international students coming to study in WA. Fundamental to WA's success will be effective marketing of the State as an international education destination; improving the experience for students living and learning in Perth, and the collaboration and co-operation of the sector. The next stage is to bring together StudyPerth and key stakeholders to work on projects and initiatives to show international students that Perth is the best place to live, learn and launch the next stage of their lives and careers.

The McGowan Government has committed $2 million over five years to support the effective implementation of the strategy, which builds on the recent introduction by the State Government of a new Graduate skilled migration list to attract the best and brightest international graduates with PhDs, Masters, Honours, Bachelors and other higher degrees to live and work in WA.

Information about the strategy, and other actions the State Government is undertaking to put Perth on the map as an education destination, can be found at jtsi.wa.gov.au/WAIES.

Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan

"Growing the numbers of international students studying in Western Australia is a priority of my Government. More international students will help boost the local economy, create jobs and add to the social and cultural vibrancy of our city. A key part of our Plan for Jobs includes an investment of $2 million to develop and implement an International Education Strategy to grow and diversify the economy, and I'm pleased we are delivering this. Our new strategy sends a message to the world we are open for business as a world-class international education destination. We welcome international students, their families and friends. Government and industry are now working together on a range of actions - guided by the strategy - to put Perth on the map as an education destination."

Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery

"Encouraging international students to choose Western Australia as an education destination is central to helping boost our economy and create jobs. We have excellent education institutions, including five world-class universities in one of the most liveable cities in the world and a long, proud tradition in supporting international students in a safe, vibrant and beautiful environment. Perth offers the truly authentic Australian education experience, and I am confident the State's investment in international education and the new International Education Strategy will provide a foundation for significant growth in the future."

Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia

"Perth is a vibrant, safe, clean and cosmopolitan city with world-class beaches, wineries and parks. We are also on the doorstep of Asia and share the same time zone. We are working hard to secure direct flights and increase capacity from some of our key international student and tourist markets such as India, China, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.  This strategy will help get the message out that Perth and Western Australia are the perfect place to live and learn."

State Training Plan 2018 cover

New State Training Plan 2018–2021 now available

Priorities and strategies for vocational education and training in WA.

The WA State Training Board's State Training Plan 2018–2021 was endorsed by the Hon. Sue Ellery, Minister for Education and Training on 20 August 2018. The priorities identified in the Plan inform funding, planning and policy decisions for vocational education and training in Western Australia.

The State Training Plan identifies the current and future training and skill development needs of Western Australia's industries and workforce. It contains strategies that will contribute to achieving the State Government’s major goals and visions for the WA economy and labour market, through well-targeted training programs that enable people to access and obtain training that maximises their opportunities for employment and career development. Additionally, the Plan supports the key initiatives in the Government’s Plan for Jobs by investing in affordable, high quality training that’s available through TAFE colleges and private training providers.

Particular areas of priority and focus in this new Plan include:

  • State priority occupations;
  • apprenticeships and traineeships;
  • increasing participation in VET through TAFEs and private training providers;
  •  enhancing links between VET and WA’s industries;
  • responding to the challenges and opportunities from emerging industries, technology and innovation advances; and
  • meeting the growing skill demands of WA’s social assistance and  and allied health workforce.

Review announced to boost quality of VET delivery in schools

Improving outcomes for WA secondary students

An overhaul of the vocational education and training (VET) delivered in Western Australian secondary schools was announced today by WA's Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery. The planned changes will help to ensure students receive quality training, from quality training providers, to ensure the best possible outcomes once they leave school. Additionally, the list of qualifications offered to students will be refocused, in consultation with industry and the education and training sector, to ensure senior secondary students graduate with a valuable qualification that meets industry needs and leads to employment opportunities.

Two wide-ranging reports into the delivery of vocational education and training in secondary schools – the Auditor General's 2016 report VET for Year 11 and 12 students in public schools and the Parliamentary Education and Health Standing Committee's 2017 report Putting VET to the Test – made a number of recommendations to strengthen the current system. Both recommended the requirements for achieving a Western Australia Certificate of Education (WACE) be monitored closely to ensure schools are providing a sustainable future for students. 

The School Curriculum and Standards Authority will begin consultation this month with key stakeholders including school leaders, training providers and parents, on broadening the scope for students to achieve a WACE to deliver the best post-school outcomes for students that are not on an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) pathway. Currently, students not pursuing an ATAR are required to complete a Certificate II or higher VET qualification, in combination with other senior secondary courses, to achieve a WACE. The consultation will explore if there is scope for other options for Year 11 and 12 students, such as completing at least five general courses.

The Department of Education and the Department of Training and Workforce Development, as well as the School Curriculum and Standards Authority, will also implement a range of changes to VET programs for secondary students to add rigour to senior secondary certification and to maintain the quality of training. A guidance tool to assist schools to find a suitable Registered Training Organisation (RTO), and assess its performance, was made available to schools earlier this year.  To further ensure quality training, a preferred provider contract panel will be established to provide schools with a selection of quality-assured RTOs to choose from when making future arrangements.

The Department of Education will improve governance arrangements between schools and RTOs before training is delivered, including developing standardised contracts. This will include stipulating the timeframe for verification of student achievement for inclusion in the WACE.

Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery

"The changes I am announcing today are designed to boost the standards of the VET we deliver in our schools and ensure students receive the best outcomes possible. It also means additional support and guidance for schools when engaging with training organisations to ensure training is high quality and delivers meaningful qualifications for students. 

We want students to be enrolled in courses that are personally challenging, that enhance their development and that provide them with the best career pathway post-school.The WACE needs to be flexible and accommodate students with diverse interests and abilities - not limited to either academic or vocational pathways. Essentially, we are striving to make sure that after completing 13 years of schooling, students will be prepared for future study at university or training, or with the skills and knowledge to enter the workplace."

A diverse range of occupations.

WA State priority occupation list 2018 endorsed and available

SPOL 2018 details occupation priorities for WA's labour market.

The State priority occupation list (SPOL) 2018 has been endorsed and is now available. The SPOL is a list of occupations rated according to their priority status for Western Australia. It is produced annually by the Department of Training and Workforce Development, using a range of key economic and labour market data and projections as well as evidence from each of the WA industry training councils and other stakeholders.

The main use for the SPOL is to help guide the annual purchasing of publicly-funded vocational education and training (VET) in WA, and in particular which qualifications receive additional subsidies via the Priority industry qualification list (PIQL) to encourage the take up of training in these areas. The SPOL also helps inform:

  • the State Training Plan produced by the WA State Training Board;
  • the Western Australian skilled migration occupation list (WASMOL); and
  • the Graduate occupation list (GOL),

as well as workforce development planning and other key work across the Department. SPOL data also informs occupational profiles and helps guide the broader framework of workforce development planning under the WA Plan for Jobs.

Of the 754 occupations initially assessed for the SPOL 2018, 253 are listed as State priority occupations, up from 247 in 2017. Compositionally, the health, education and professional services sectors continue to have the strongest presence on the SPOL 2018.

Peel JSC opens.

New Peel Jobs and Skills Centre officially opens!

Boosting opportunities for the Mandurah region.

The new Peel Jobs and Skills Centre was officially launched today at the Mandurah campus of South Metropolitan TAFE, by the Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery. Jobs and Skills Centres provide free professional and practical advice on training and employment opportunities, career advice and apprenticeship and training information, and specialist services for Aboriginal jobseekers. They also support local employers and businesses to build a skilled workforce and create employment, apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities, and offer a free online jobs board where job vacancies can be posted.

The Peel JSC will work to meet the region's unique local needs, with a particular focus on addressing the area's high youth unemployment rate, working closely with school leavers, youth at risk, sole parents, employers and industry. Services are locally focused and delivered by South Metropolitan TAFE, in partnership with South Metropolitan Youth Link and Bridging the Gap. 

Locals are already benefiting with career information services provided on 229 occasions, and 19 clients have been assisted into education and training since the centre opened just a few weeks ago. Auston Newburry, 18, secured a Heavy Diesel Apprenticeship at WestGold Resources with the support of Peel JSC. The centre provided coaching and advice based on Auston's unique situation, helping with his concerns about disclosing his autism and what to do in an interview. With the centre's help, his family is working with the Autism Association of WA so they can support him through his studies. 

The McGowan Government's Jobs and Skills Centres - a key election commitment as part of the Plan for Jobs - are one-stop-shops for students, jobseekers and career changers looking to improve their skills and job prospects. The opening of the Peel JSC today continues the delivery of this key election commitment. Seven JSCs are now open at Kalgoorlie, Joondalup, Balga, Northbridge, Thornlie, Rockingham and Peel TAFE campuses, with several more to open across regional Western Australia throughout 2018-19 with outreach services offered in Boddington, Waroona, Byford and Pinjarra. Aboriginal people are a key priority client group, and extensive local stakeholder consultation has been undertaken to ensure Aboriginal people benefit from the new services. 

Speaking at the launch today, Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery said that the Peel Jobs and Skills Centre is all about creating jobs for people from Mandurah and across the region by directly linking training with employment, based on the needs of local industry. "We are focused on extending the reach of training and upskilling opportunities in Western Australia because both employers and job-seekers need access to high-quality training and employment advice and services. These centres are already proving their value with clients like Auston achieving their employment and training goals, and employers supported to find staffing solutions." 

"Mandurah has one of the highest youth unemployment rates in Australia and we are working hard to address this community issue. The most effective way of combating social issues is through opportunities for employment and training." said Mandurah MLA David Templeman, who also attended today's launch. "This new centre will help improve the connection between the training sector and industry, and ensure we meet the employment and training needs of local people and local businesses."

Main picture: Mr George Walley performing Welcome to Country at the Peel JSC launch. 

Funding boost to create thousands of apprentice and trainee jobs

WA signs up to Skilling Australians Fund partnership agreement

The McGowan Government has negotiated a fair deal for Western Australia, with up to $126 million available to create thousands of jobs for apprenticeships and traineeships, after signing up to the Federal Government's Skilling Australians Fund National Partnership. In addition, the national partnership will also provide funding for thousands of pre-apprenticeships – a career pathway that is strongly supported by industry. The national partnership funding will also be used for skills development to support the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Key to the national partnership is a McGowan Government employer incentive scheme that will provide training support to employers, including small businesses.

Funded from changes to payroll tax exemptions for traineeships and the national partnership, the scheme will enable the Government to target assistance to better meet the State's workforce priorities.  Industry will be consulted throughout the development of the incentive scheme to ensure it meets the sector's needs and encourages high-quality, on-the-job training.

The McGowan Government's Plan for Jobs has a strong focus on job creation, including increasing the number of apprenticeships and traineeships to ensure the State has a skilled workforce for existing and emerging industries.

Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:
"Our key focus is WA jobs - maximising training opportunities and increasing our skills base. This injection of funds will help the State create thousands of new opportunities for apprentices and trainees by providing incentives to employers, making it more attractive for them to commit to training. An apprenticeship or traineeship means young people gain the skills and experience they need to perform highly specialised, technical and complex jobs - and in the process provide employers with the trained staff they require to run and expand their businesses. The partnership with the Federal Government will help ensure we are ahead of the game in skilling Western Australians to take up the jobs of the future, especially as the economy starts to recover and activity picks up."

Winners at the WA Training Awards 2018 presentation dinner.

Congratulations to the 2018 WA Training Awards winners!

Outstanding individuals and organisations in the spotlight

Twelve individual and organisational winners have been recognised as outstanding apprentices, trainees, students at Friday night's WA Training Awards 2018 presentation dinner. The WA Training Awards highlight the achievements of apprentices, trainees, VET students, training organisations and employers in the training sector.

Women in vocational education and training (VET) were in the spotlight, winning seven of the eight individual categories. Bassendean electrician Megan Feaver, who decided to take the leap into the male-dominated trade later in life, was named WA Apprentice of the Year 2018 at the event. The South Metropolitan TAFE graduate has excelled since making the career change, securing a coveted Western Power apprenticeship and winning Western Power's Apprentice of the Year. Already actively involved with the Women in Male Dominated Occupations and Industries network, Megan aspires to lead and encourage women into non-traditional trades. And Megan was in good company – while women made up less than half of publicly funded enrolments in the VET sector in 2017, more than 70 per cent of the pool of WA Training Awards 2018 finalists were female.

Some category winners will now advance to compete against the nation's best at the Australian Training Awards in Sydney on November 15, 2018.Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery,  attending the presentation dinner, said "This year's WA Training Awards have shone a light on women excelling in STEM and non-traditional trades while making the most of the opportunities offered by WA's VET sector. The training system provides opportunities for people to change their lives - to take up their dream career, get a better pay packet and improve their skills. The awards highlight those apprentices, trainees and students who are doing just that, as well as the trainers and employers giving them the opportunity and the skills. I congratulate all winners and finalists on their achievement – they are inspiring others to take advantage of WA's high-quality training sector, helping ensure WA has the skilled workforce it needs to fill the jobs of the future."

A full list of winners with their profiles, and photographs from the night, will soon be available on the WA Training Awards website.

WA Training Awards 2018 winners

The WA Apprentice of the Year 2018, sponsored by MEGT (Australia) Ltd
Megan Feaver, South Metropolitan TAFE

WA School-based Apprentice of the Year 2018, sponsored by ECA WA
Caitlin Whittle, Tubal Workplace Training

WA Trainee of the Year 2018, sponsored by McDonald's Australia
Beth Hodder, ABS Institute of Management; Australian Industry Training

WA Vocational Student of the Year 2018, sponsored by Crown Perth
Caitlan Noble, North Metropolitan TAFE

WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year 2018, sponsored by The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation
Soleil White, Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services and North Regional TAFE

WA International Student of the Year 2018
Ananda Paiva, North Metropolitan TAFE

WA Cultural Diversity Training Award 2018
William Bol, North Metropolitan TAFE

WA Trainer of the Year 2018, sponsored by Training Accreditation Council
Crystle Challinger, Canning Vale College

WA Employer of the Year 2018, sponsored CCI Apprenticeship Support Australia
Roy Hill, Perth Airport

WA Industry Collaboration Award 2018
Central Regional TAFE - Biodiversity Conservation Collaboration, Geraldton

WA Small Training Provider of the Year 2018
Mental Health Commission - Strong Spirit Strong Mind Aboriginal Programs, Perth

WA Large Training Provider of the Year 2018
North Metropolitan TAFE

Levy change to boost apprenticeship and training opportunities

Supporting training and development for WA's construction industry

The resource industry will now contribute to the Building and Construction Industry Training Fund (BCITF) levy with the removal today of a long-standing exemption.

The BCITF levy is invested in training incentives and support for employers of apprentices and trainees in the construction industry. Options for investing the additional funds collected from the resources sector will be explored in consultation with stakeholders to ensure that the disbursement of levy funds supports improved training opportunities for the Western Australian construction sector.

The policy change will ensure all industries undertaking construction work contribute to the training and development of Western Australia's construction workforce. Removing the exemption will improve the resource industry's ability to access the skilled workforce it has identified it needs. The levy has previously applied to all residential, commercial and civil engineering projects undertaken in Western Australia where the total value of construction is estimated to be more than $20,000.

The levy will not be applied to work associated with the core operational business of the resources sector such as exploration, mine excavation and backfilling, environmental clean-ups, and repairs and maintenance.

Minor construction work under the value of $10 million for the relocation, replacement, renovation and alteration of existing resources facilities will be excluded from the levy. This recognises the unique nature of resource sector operations.

Further information on the BCITF levy is available on the Construction Training Fund website.

In a media statement released today, the Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery said "A highly skilled construction workforce supports the growth of Western Australia's economy, and we are committed to ensuring we have the skilled workforce that industry needs. The removal of the exemption delivers on our commitment to strengthen Western Australia's training system and provides increased training opportunities as we see the economy begin to recover. Investing in apprenticeships and traineeships will ensure Western Australians gain the skills they need to secure jobs now and into the future."

Pilbara minerals.

TAFE partnership delivers customised training for Pilbara lithium project

VET sector supporting industry and developing WA's workforce

North Metropolitan TAFE (NMT) has partnered with Pilbara Minerals to develop and deliver bespoke training for operation staff on the Pilgangoora Lithium-Tantalum Project. This partnership supports the McGowan Labor Government's Lithium Taskforce's objective to capitalise on WA's potential and create jobs for Western Australians.

To ensure Pilbara Minerals' employees were job ready ahead of the commissioning of the project, a high-quality training program was developed by NMT. The Pilbara Minerals employees were trained earlier this year in the theory component over an intense two-week training period at NMT's East Perth campus, and are now completing the practical component of their training on site at the Pilgangoora mine. NMT lecturers will head to the site later this year to assess the students – once assessed as competent, the employees will receive a Certificate III in Resource Processing.

Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery

"This is a great example of the responsiveness of the VET sector to provide timely customised training that supports industry to take advantage of opportunities as they arise. TAFE WA is helping companies like Pilbara Minerals develop the State's world-leading lithium industry, which creates jobs for Western Australians. Our training sector has worked hard to be innovative, responsive and agile to support WA's unique and dynamic economy and it's encouraging to see the benefits of this work realised."

Comments attributed to Pilbara MLA Kevin Michel

"WA is the world's leading producer of lithium and the Pilbara is uniquely placed to capitalise on the rising growth of battery use and technologies. Last financial year, lithium sales in Western Australia reached $1.6 billion and the sector employed more than 1,200 people. It is expected more Pilbara Minerals employees will participate in the training program following on from the success of this program, which could also be replicated across other mining companies, to lead to more local jobs in this emerging sector."

Comments attributed to Pilbara Minerals chief operating officer, Dale Henderson:

"By working with NMT, Pilbara Minerals was able to tailor the training program to make it relevant to the specific mineral processes used at the Pilgangoora Lithium-Tantalum Project; ensuring trainees were job ready prior to mobilisation to site. As an emerging industry in Western Australia, Pilbara Minerals identified some gaps when it came to specific training and qualifications for lithium processing. NMT identified the gaps within its current program and worked closely with Pilbara Minerals to fill these gaps, and develop relevant course material so employees were qualified to commence immediately on site. Now developed, this program can be used widely across the lithium industry to prepare the workforce of the future. Having trainees that are suitably qualified and job ready delivers significant benefits to a company such as ours, as it reduces the downtime associated with having to spend time on-the-job trying to fill large knowledge gaps and increases trainees' confidence by being familiar with the processes on site."

Kalgoorlie JSC launch.

First regional Jobs and Skills Centre official opening

Kalgoorlie JSC now supporting Goldfields region

Industry, students, job seekers and career changers will have increased access to local job-related services with the Jobs and Skills Centre at Central Regional TAFE Kalgoorlie campus officially opening its doors last Friday 21 September. A key McGowan Government election commitment, Jobs and Skills Centres are transforming Western Australian TAFE colleges to better link the training sector with business and industry.

Services at the locally focused centre will be delivered by Central Regional TAFE in partnership with Worklink, and will support the local community with information about training and career development as well as providing assistance to jobseekers. The centre will also work closely with local employers and businesses to build a skilled workforce and create employment, apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities. Aboriginal people are a key priority client group, and extensive local stakeholder consultation was undertaken to ensure Aboriginal people benefit from the new service delivery model.

Jobs and Skills Centres are now open at Kalgoorlie, Joondalup, Balga, Northbridge, Thornlie, Rockingham and Peel TAFE campuses, and several more will open progressively in regional WA throughout 2018–19. More information about JSC locations and services is available on the Jobs and Skills WA website

Speaking at the launch of the Kalgoorlie JSC, Premier Mark McGowan said "The implementation of two key projects from the Plan for Jobs in the Goldfields demonstrates our commitment to the region.Our priority is to create jobs for Western Australians and regional Jobs and Skills Centres will be key to meeting the needs of both jobseekers and employers."

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery also attended the launch. "The Plan for Jobs is centered on training and upskilling opportunities to ensure Western Australians are best placed to take up jobs in areas of industry demand." the Minister said. "We know the Goldfields is experiencing an upswing in mining activity and that there will be jobs growth in the disability sector, and it's important we have a local workforce with the skills they need to take advantage of that. The Regional Labour Market Review, combined with the support provided by the local Jobs and Skills Centre, means training can be better targeted to ensure industry has the skilled workforce it needs, and the local workforce has the skills to access new opportunities."

Also in attendance was Mining and Pastoral Region MLC Kyle McGinn, who commented "The delivery of this election commitment will be critical in providing employers and industry with an avenue for new employment opportunities.For jobseekers  – get down to the Jobs and Skills Centre and speak with the lovely staff who work hard to get good full time employment outcomes. I'm tired of people saying we have social issues with local youth without providing solutions on unemployment rates – I genuinely believe this new centre has the potential to open up pathways to not only our most vulnerable but to everyone."

Main photo: The Minister and Premier with local business owner Tyrone Richards. 

Economy to benefit from new graduate migration stream

New graduate pathway for WA State Nomination Migration Program

A new Graduate stream is now available for Western Australian State Nomination through the State Nomination Migration Program. The new stream is available to eligible university graduates who:

  • have gained a higher qualification and studied for at least two years in Western Australia at a Western Australian university;
  • have an available occupation on the new Graduate occupation list for the intended visa subclass; and
  • can meet the Western Australian State Nomination Graduate stream eligibility criteria.

 

You can also email the Migration Services team or call them on on +61 8 9224 6540.

 

A woman in rural Australia.

Regional women the focus of new education partnership

Developing leadership skills of women in rural, remote and regional WA.

Women in regional Western Australia will benefit from professional development and learning opportunities under a new partnership between Curtin University and the Rural, Regional and Remote Women’s Network of Western Australia (RRR Network). The partnership, outlined in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), sets a pathway for education and training opportunities that develop the leadership skills of women living in rural, remote and regional WA.

Curtin University Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic Professor Jill Downie said Curtin and the RRR Network would work together to offer more opportunities to rural and regional women. “This partnership will work to deliver professional development programs, including masterclasses, conferences, workshops and lectures, to women living in regional WA with the aim of supporting their leadership aspirations,” Professor Downie said.

There will be a particular focus on the agricultural and food sectors, to encourage more women into industry areas that are significant contributors to the Australian economy.

Curtin University's Professor Jill Downie, and RRR Network CEO Jackie Jarvis signing the MOU on Wednesday 19 September.

RRR Network Chief Executive Officer Jackie Jarvis said when RRR Network launched on online survey focusing on this topic earlier in the year, 81 per cent of respondents stated they were considering undertaking some form of personal or professional development, training or further study within the next two years. Ms Jarvis said the top three areas of learning identified were leadership, effective communication, and influencing decision makers.

Muresk Institute General Manager Prue Jenkins said the agriculture industry contributed an estimated $6.7 billion to the WA economy and employed some 41,000 Western Australians. “If WA is going to capitalise on this growing industry we must ensure all workers are equipped with relevant and contemporary skills to meet demand. Women have always been an integral part of the farm and we recognise that we must provide training opportunities to support them to achieve their leadership and management goals. Our aim is to make courses and workshops that empower women in agriculture part of Muresk’s regular offering,” Ms Jenkins said. 

The first Regional Leadership Masterclass to be offered as a result of the partnership will be held at the Muresk Institute in Northam from October 10 to 12. The masterclass, delivered by career management and transition expert Associate Professor Julia Richardson from Curtin’s School of Management, will provide participants an in-depth understanding of the role of power, influence, trust and justice as essential components of contemporary leadership, as well as effective communication skills. The other presenters include Bluesee Director Esther Jones, Brennan Rural Group Executive Director Sue Middleton, Creative IQ Chief Executive Officer Anna Dixon and agVivo Director Erin Gorter. Western Australia’s Food Ambassador Don Hancey will also present a food and wine conversation.

Main picture: Curtin University's Jill Downie (L) and RRR Network CEO Jackie Jarvis (R), signing the MOU on Wednesday 19 September.

WA Training Awards 25th Anniversary Design Competition

Calling all budding graphic designers!

Aspiring graphic designers will be given the opportunity to create the branding for the 2019 WA Training Awards to commemorate a special anniversary for the award program.

Western Australia’s premier vocational education and training (VET) awards program enters its 25th year in 2019 and is running the competition as part of anniversary celebrations. Current WA graphic design students studying accredited courses are eligible to enter the competition. The competition winner will receive a $500 cash prize, two tickets to the 2019 presentation dinner, at which they will be invited to speak about their design, and will be featured in various promotions. Entries will be assessed by the Department of Training and Workforce Development’s communications and marketing area.

 

Department of Training and Workforce Development Director General Anne Driscoll said the program had a long history of giving apprentices, trainees and vocational students industry experience and the opportunity to make professional contacts. “The WA Training Awards have always incorporated rising talent into the award program from creating the floral centrepieces to doing the hair and makeup for the award’s night MC,” Ms Driscoll said. “We practice what we preach and give students a chance to showcase their talents to industry representatives and add a high-calibre professional development experience to their resumes. The WA Training Awards have been putting WA’s top VET achievers in the spotlight for 25 years and to mark this milestone we want to put WA graphic design on show with a chance to create the commemorative design for the anniversary. The talent of the VET sector always impresses me so I’ll be excited to see what our creative graphic design students present.”

Entries close 1 October 2018 and winners will be announced 1 November 2018.

Registered training organisations: Information session

An invitation from Apprenticeship Office to all RTOs. 

The Department of Training and Workforce Development is committed to engaging stakeholders in the Western Australian apprenticeship and traineeship system on a regular basis, and providing updates on changes that may impact their operations.

The Department’s Apprenticeship Office and Policy, Planning and Research branch would like to invite you to an information session in which a number of topics will be covered, including:

  • the distinction between Class A and Class B qualifications, delivery and conferral;
  • the proposed changes to issuing trade certificates under the trade skills recognition process;
  • training contract completion requirements; and
  • training plan signing and notification requirements.

You can attend the information session either in person or via online live streaming.

When Thursday 20 September 2018 
9.30 am to 12.00 pm
Where Keirp Nyinalungup (formerly Town Hall), ground floor
Department of Training and Workforce Development
Optima Building
16 Parkland Road, Osborne Park

Registration closes at 4.00 pm on Thursday 13 September 2018

You are also invited to submit any questions in relation to the above-mentioned topics via email to apprenticeshipoffice.compliance@dtwd.wa.gov.au by Friday 14 September 2018. The Department will endeavour to respond to all questions at the information session.

WA to attract best and brightest international students

Strengthening our future workforce and boosting our economy.

The Premier Mr Mark McGowan today announced that the WA Government will give high achieving education graduates of Western Australia's universities – those with PhD, Masters, Honours and other higher degrees – a pathway to skilled migration. This is expected to attract an increased number of high-quality international students to the State and help grow our share of the international education market, boosting the economy and helping to create jobs.

This initiative, a key part of the government's Plan for Jobs, includes an investment of $2 million to develop an International Education Strategy to grow and diversify the knowledge economy. The strategy is expected to be announced later this year.

"Attracting the best and brightest of international university students represents a major step in our commitment to increasing Western Australia's share of the international education market." the Premier said. "We need to send a message to the world that we welcome international students, and their friends and families. Perth is an attractive, supportive destination to live, study and work. "

An additional Graduate skilled migration list will be introduced to attract the best global talent with the advanced qualifications, skills and experience and help grow our share of the international education market. The State Government's existing Skilled migration occupation list (the WASMOL) will not be affected, with the policy of not including occupations such as bricklayers, electricians and mechanics remaining in place.

Priority consideration for skilled migration under the State nominated migration program will be granted to the best and brightest international students graduating from WA's universities. These students are essential to maintaining the competitiveness of Western Australia's universities in creating knowledge and building capacity for scientific and technological development, and strengthening the future workforce. Information about eligibility and how to apply will be available on the Department of Training and Workforce Development's migration portal at migration.wa.gov.au in coming months.

Speaking about the new initiative, Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said "Encouraging international students to choose Western Australia as a destination for study and work will help boost our economy and create WA jobs. We have excellent universities and our weather and lifestyle is second-to-none. We're confident that investment in international education and our International Education Strategy will see growth in the sector."

WA Training Awards 2018 finalists announced!

29 of our top apprentices, trainees, students and trainers are in the spotlight.

The 29 outstanding individual finalists in this year's WA Training Awards have been announced today by the Minister for Education and Training, Hon Sue Ellery. 

The WA Training Awards put the training sector in the spotlight by highlighting the achievements of apprentices, trainees, VET students, training organisations and employers. The awards help highlight the opportunities the VET sector provides people to upskill or retrain, ensuring they can adapt to a changing economy, workplaces and jobs.

Caitlan Noble, a finalist in the WA Vocational Student of the Year 2018 category, completed a Bachelor of Commerce but discovered her passion for the health industry while completing an internship with Telethon. She diverted from a potential career in marketing to complete a Diploma of Anaesthetic Technology at North Metropolitan TAFE, and is now employed as an anaesthetic technician at King Edward Memorial Hospital.

The individual finalists will join the recently announced organisational finalists at the awards presentation in September.  Winners may be eligible to compete against the nation's best at the Australian Training Awards later in the year.

Announcing the finalists, Minister Ellery said "Our training system provides Western Australians with a chance to change their future. It allows employers to upskill existing employees to address skills gaps as the State's economy grows and diversifies. The WA Training Awards shine a spotlight on the benefits of VET and inspire others to take advantage of the high-quality training available in WA, ensuring they are best placed to take on the jobs of the future." 

The WA Training Awards 2018 winners will be announced at the presentation dinner in September. 

Congratulations to the following finalists for the WA Training Awards 2018.

WA Apprentice of the Year 2018, sponsored by MEGT (Australia) Ltd

  • Diego Correa Mendonca, South Metropolitan TAFE
  • Megan Feaver, South Metropolitan TAFE
  • Isabelle Croswell, Central Regional TAFE
  • Emily Davis, Power Training Services WA

(Pictured left to right)

 

WA Apprentice of the year finalists

WA School-based Apprentice of the Year 2018, sponsored by ECA WA

  • Danny Hennessey-O'Shea, North Metropolitan TAFE
  • Rachel Knuckey, Illuminate Group  
  • Caitlin Whittle, Tubal Workplace Training
  • Jazmin Hahn, Central Regional TAFE

(Pictured left to right)

WA School-based apprentice of the year finalists

WA Trainee of the Year 2018, sponsored by McDonald's Australia

  • Rebecca Thompson, South Metropolitan TAFE
  • Elizabeth Gaffney, JSW Training and Community Services
  • Beth Hodder, ABS Institute of Management; Australian Industry Training
  • Hayden Schilling, South Metropolitan TAFE

(Pictured left to right)

WA Trainee of the year finalists

WA Vocational Student of the Year 2018, sponsored by Crown Perth

  • Jess Haydon, Australian Training Management Pty Ltd
  • Caitlan Noble, North Metropolitan TAFE
  • Claire Garcia-Webb, North Metropolitan TAFE
  • Caris Jones, North Metropolitan TAFE

(Pictured left to right)

WA Vocational student of the year finalists

WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year 2018,
sponsored by The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation

  • Courtney Garlett, WA College of Agriculture - Cunderdin
  • Tarra Ninyette, Illuminate Group
  • Jannika Jacky, South Metropolitan TAFE
  • Soleil White, Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services and North Regional TAFE
WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander of the year finalists

WA International Student of the Year 2018

  • Wang Na Cheung, North Metropolitan TAFE
  • Ananda Paiva, North Metropolitan TAFE
  • Roberto Rangel, North Metropolitan TAFE
  • Sonam Wangchuk, North Metropolitan TAFE

(Pictured left to right)

WA International student of the year finalists

WA Trainer of the Year 2018, sponsored by Training Accreditation Council

  • Kate Moore, North Metropolitan TAFE
  • Richard Rose, North Regional TAFE
  • Crystle Challinger, Canning Vale College
  • Taryn Sharp, North Metropolitan TAFE

(Pictured left to right)

WA Trainer of the year finalists

Cultural Diversity Training Award 2018

William Bol, North Metropolitan TAFE

Cultural Diversity Training Award 2018

    Employers and employees connect at Deadly Jobs

    Promoting employment opportunities for Aboriginal people

    The Deadly Jobs marquee at the recent NAIDOC Family Fun day was the ideal place for staff from the new TAFE Jobs and Skills Centres to network with both Aboriginal jobseekers and employers recently.

    The centres are one-stop shops for careers, training and employment advice and assistance. The implementation of Jobs and Skills Centres across Western Australia delivers on the McGowan Labor Government’s commitment under Plan for Jobs to transform our TAFE colleges to better link the training sector with businesses and industry. 

    Department of Training and Workforce Development Director General Anne Driscoll said the centres worked closely with employers, business owners and industry to help find employment opportunities for Western Australians. “The focus of Deadly Jobs was on real jobs and it was the ideal venue for staff from the centres to interact with both industry and potential employees,” she said. “More than 4,000 Aboriginal people attended the fun day held at Ashfield Reserve in Bassendean, one of the largest events of its kind in WA.”

    Ms Driscoll said numbers were up on previous years, of both employers and potential employees. “We had stallholders in the marquee representing more than 45 companies, such as Downer Group, Crown Perth, Water Corporation, Woodside and the Wirrpanda Foundation, who spoke to visitors about current and upcoming job opportunities, and feedback from employers was very positive and there was keen interest from Aboriginal people for positions within their companies. Deadly Jobs was also a chance for staff from the newly established TAFE Jobs and Skills Centres to meet the public and talk about other services they can provide, such as information and guidance on career and training choices.”

    To find out more about Jobs and Skills WA, and the services available through the Jobs and Skills Centres, visit jobsandskills.wa.gov.au or call 13 64 64.

    Finalists showcase the importance of training to Western Australia

    Organisational finalists for WA Training Awards 2018 announced!

    A project that gives students real world experience while helping to protect WA's Abrolhos Islands is just one of the success stories in the spotlight at this year's WA Training Awards. Central Regional TAFE is leading the Biodiversity Conservation Collaboration project to manage invasive aquatic species and restore key ecosystems on Australia's Coral Coast. The project is a finalist in the WA Industry Collaboration Award 2018 category.

    This year's organisational finalists demonstrate how the training sector delivers vital education and training opportunities while providing important services to the community. Award winners will be announced in September. Winners may also be eligible to compete against the nation's best at the Australian Training Awards later in the year.

    The WA Training Awards are possible thanks to its partners the State Training Board, Crown Perth, CCI WA Apprenticeship Support Australia, The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation, McDonald's Australia, MEGT, NECA WA, Training Accreditation Council, AV Partners, Roy Hill, AMA Apprenticeship and Traineeship Services, Picton Press and Taylorweir International School of Hairdressing.

    Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said "Creating training opportunities for Western Australians is key to ensuring we are well placed as the State's economy grows and diversifies. The WA Training Awards encourage continuous improvement, innovation and excellence in a sector that is critical to building the State's capacity. Highlighting the achievements of those in the training industry, and investing in training, will encourage others to also be involved. Our finalists have continued to invest in training and it is fitting that we recognise their commitment."

    For more information on the WA Training Awards, visit dtwd.wa.gov.au/trainingawards

    Finalists – WA Employer of the Year 2018

    Gino's Panel and Paint, South Fremantle

    Gino's Panel and Paint has been operating in the Fremantle business community for 45 years as a highly trained team of technicians providing quality vehicle repair. A long-term host employer for the Motor Trade Association of Western Australia, the company provides on the job training for 11 apprentices. The company's training plan is an integral part of their business, including training for apprentices, technicians, customer service roles and supervisory positions.

    Mandurah Taxis, Mandurah

    Mandurah Taxis has been providing on demand transport for the Peel Region since 1959. With a strong focus on supporting their local community, Mandurah Taxis are an equal opportunity employer offering mechanical and administrative apprenticeships and traineeships, work experience opportunities for local secondary school students, and employment and support for many new migrants. The business also works with job providers to assist people with injuries, disabilities or disadvantaged students get back into the workforce.  

    Roy Hill, Perth Airport

    Roy Hill is an integrated iron ore mining, rail and port operation in the Pilbara region. The business relies on an efficient, flexible, cost-effective and well trained workforce to meet business needs. In the past 12 months over 150 traineeships and apprenticeships were commenced at Roy Hill. The organisation is driven to give back to the community by offering genuine training and employment opportunities to Western Australians with limited or no mining experience, while upskilling existing employees. 

    Finalists – WA Industry Collaboration Award 2018 

    Central Regional TAFE – Biodiversity Conservation Collaboration, Geraldton

    Central Regional TAFE in collaboration with several environmental conservation stakeholders is working to protect and restore key ecosystems in the Midwest. The collaboration focuses on restoring habitats at the Houtman Abrolhos Islands and managing invasive aquatic species. With integrated nationally recognised training programs, students gain real world experience on high priority environmental conservation projects, which also impacts employers, the community and the environment.
    Collaboration partners include Northern Agricultural Catchments Council, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, City of Greater Geraldton, and Western Australian Museum.

    NECA College of Electrical Training's WA Schools Collaborative Training Pathway, Balcatt

    NECA College of Electrical Training has partnered with some 31 schools, industry bodies and employers in WA to deliver effective pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship courses in the electrical industry. The program provides young people with an improved career path from school into a formal qualification and later into employment as tradespeople, with employers benefitting from access to pre-screened applicants for apprentice recruitment.

    The National Energy Technician Training Scheme (NETTS) in collaboration with Programmed Training Services, Quadrant Energy and Shell Vermillion, Welshpool

    NETTS brings together the leading players in the oil and gas sector with peak training bodies in a proactive solution to a skills shortage in the sector. Through best practice research, shared training practices the program is growing and developing well-rounded and qualified technicians, who are competent in all technical aspects and instilled with a safety culture and life skills that align with their host company's values.

    WA Small Training Provider of the Year 2018

    Mental Health Commission – Strong Spirit Strong Mind Aboriginal Programs (Perth)

    The Mental Health Commission's Strong Spirit Strong Mind Aboriginal Programs offers culturally secure training in community services to support Aboriginal communities to address issues associated with alcohol and drug use. These programs are developed by Aboriginal people for Aboriginal people. More than 250 Aboriginal health workers have completed community services qualifications through the program since its commencement in 2003, contributing to a sustainable Aboriginal health workforce in WA.

    Stanley College, Northbridge

    Three campuses across Perth engaging with local and international students Stanley College provides qualifications in Business, Health, Early Childhood Education, English Language, and Hospitality to around 2,000 students from 42 countries. Stanley College has cultivated a culture of ongoing collaboration, networking and experimentation to implement the most effective training and assessments to its students. Stanley College is a hands-on, practical institution preparing students to meet modern workplace demands.

    Taylorweir International School of Hairdressing, Northbridge

    This year Taylorweir International School of Hairdressing celebrates 21 years of training. Taylorweir is committed to its continued development as a quality training organisation which focuses on innovative and flexible training in the hairdressing industry. Open and conducive relationships with employers, industry bodies and suppliers encourage industry engagement and positive opportunities for students. Their vision is to provide the essential skills that build a solid foundation on which to grow a rewarding and prosperous career.

    WA Large Training Provider of the Year 2018

    Central Regional TAFE, Geraldton

    Central Regional TAFE operates across nine campuses from Exmouth to Northam and enrolled more than 8,500 students last year. Central Regional TAFE is a leader in industries such as maritime, agriculture, land management, community services, local government, mining and nursing. It continues to place students, industry partners and strong links with community and Aboriginal people, at the forefront of its activities. 

    North Metropolitan TAFE, Joondalup

    North Metropolitan TAFE leverages its knowledge and understanding of changing business models and contemporary training techniques to provide solutions to meet the current and future skill requirements of individuals, enterprise and the community. Delivering 40 per cent of WA's publicly funded Diploma and Advanced Diploma qualifications and taking an active role in skills development for the implementation of Metronet is all part of this TAFE's planning for a skilled workforce. 

    South Metropolitan TAFE, Murdoch

    South Metropolitan TAFE provides world-class training to around 25,000 students from Bentley to Mandurah. The college plays an important role in the state's economic development delivering training to around 40 per cent of Western Australia's apprentices as well as training around 2000 international students each year. The college continues to be responsive to industry needs from delivering a new cyber security qualification to working with Rio Tinto to develop Australia's first automation qualifications.

    Minimum wage rates raise from 1 July

    Pay rates for apprentices and trainees also set to rise

    On 13 June, the WA Industrial Relations Commission increased the state minimum wage for adult award free employees and all pay rates in WA awards effective from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2018. Junior rates and rates for apprentices and trainees will also increase.

    Location allowances for employees working in regional areas are also increasing from 1 July 2018.

    For full details of the new wage rates, please visit the Department of Mines, Industry, Regulation and Safety website 

    The new pay rates will be available on the Wageline website by Friday 29 June 2018
     

    WA young guns shine at 2018 WorldSkills National Championships

    An outstanding achievement by Team WA wins 21 medals!

    Western Australian trainees and apprentices have dominated the 2018 WorldSkills National Championships in Sydney, picking up 21 medals and the prestigious VETiS Shield, recognising the best performing state.

    The WorldSkills National Championships is the country’s largest Vocational Education and Training (VET) competition. It highlights the country’s best apprentices and trainees in more than 60 different skills areas, who compete for the title of national champion. More than a third of the 51 Team WA participants were secondary school students who competed in the WorldSkills Australia Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS) program.


    Some of Team WA enjoying the sights of Sydney at the WorldSkills National Championships

    WA performed particularly well in the hospitality categories, winning gold, silver and bronze in the VETiS Food and Beverage category and a gold medal in VETiS Commercial Cookery. WA also won bronze in the open competition in the retail baking – pastry category. Cailtin Budd from Karratha Senior High School, who won the bronze medal in the VETiS Electrotechnology category, also caught the eye of a peak industry association who want to secure her an apprenticeship in the field.


    Nik Foster (centre)  from South West WA took out third place in the bricklaying speed test
    at the WorldSkills National Championships

    Ron Simeon from North Metropolitan TAFE was also presented with a life member pin for his services to WorldSkills at the event.

    National Medal winners may now be considered for selection in the 2019 Team Australia Skillaroos to compete in the 45th WorldSkills Competition in Russia.

    “A key focus of the McGowan Labor Government is jobs, maximising training opportunities and increasing our skills base." said Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery.  “It’s encouraging to see Western Australian apprentices and trainees, particularly our secondary school students, performing so well on a national stage.  Their achievements help shine a light on the training sector – the achievements of the apprentices and trainees themselves, great work of our training providers who are skilling our future workforce and the opportunities that are available for those learning a trade, especially as jobs change and diversify.”

    WA’s first demonstration SMART Farm opens at Muresk

    Opportunities for WA jobs continue to grow in agriculture sector  

    Western Australia’s first demonstration SMART Farm was unveiled yesterday at Muresk Institute's inaugural FarmSmart Showcase  – a free professional development event exhibiting the latest agricultural innovations.

    Cloud-based SMART Farm technology is the integrated use of digital equipment in modern agriculture, such as sensors and GPS, providing farmers with the data they need to make highly informed choices and help improve efficiency. Western Australians studying or working in agriculture will be able to use the facilities at Muresk Institute to train and upskill, and the system will also increase Muresk’s productivity, environmental sustainability, safety and workflow as a working farm, which will ultimately make the farm more self-sufficient.


    L to R: Jim Walker, Chair WA State Training Board; Anne Driscoll, Director General Department of Training and Workforce Development;
    Darren West, Agricultural Region MLC; and Prue Jenkins, General Manager Muresk Institute

    Agricultural Region MLC Darren West represented Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery to officially open the inaugural FarmSmart Showcase at Muresk today. The event brought together industry leaders and training providers to highlight how embracing new technology and data with existing farming practices can help improve quality and efficiency.

    The Minister said "The McGowan Government is committed to increasing agricultural productivity, diversifying the economy and creating jobs for Western Australians. Being able to demonstrate the impact and benefits of technology in farming will be a huge benefit to students and the existing workforce - this initiative will help equip our workforce with relevant and contemporary knowledge and skills. The demand for highly skilled workers in the agriculture sector is growing and, like many other industries, it continues to evolve as technology modernises the way we work."

    Speaking at the event, Darren West MLC said "As a local farmer, I understand the importance of new technology and the efficiencies and opportunities it presents to our industry. Not only is technology changing the way we do things, it is also opening up new opportunities for jobs. Muresk is leading the way in teaching and adopting the latest innovations in technology and systems to allow us to keep pace with the rest of the world."

      
      

    WA Industry Link rolled out to the regions

    Creating jobs and opportunities for local businesses in Western Australia.

    Local businesses interested in State Government supply and tendering opportunities in regional Western Australia are invited to attend the WA Industry Link Regional Roadshow, which kicks off this month.The regional roadshow will run throughout the State in June and July informing regional businesses about WA Industry Link – a key component of the McGowan Government's Western Australian Jobs Act 2017 to maximise opportunities for local businesses to secure work on government contracts.

    The WA Industry Link initiative will play an important role in ensuring the $27 billion spent annually on State Government procurement, benefits regionally based local businesses and creates more jobs for Western Australians.

    Premier Mark McGowan says creating jobs and opportunities for local businesses in Western Australia is a top priority."That's why this initiative – a part of this Government's Jobs Law– is vital in ushering in a new era of job creation," he said."We're determined to ensure this initiative helps to grow and diversify our regional economies."

    The roadshow will introduce the dedicated Local Content Advisers to prospective regional suppliers and provide information on the advisory services available.

    Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan says the roadshow will highlight how the dedicated Local Content Advisers will engage with local businesses in the regions, building knowledge and capability to make it simpler and easier for suppliers to secure State Government contracts.

    The roadshow begins in the Peel region on Friday June 15. For a full list of roadshow dates and locations, visit the WA Industry Link website.

    This article is adapted from the original media statement from the Premier's Office.

    Boost for WA jobs as Jobs and Skills Centres open

    Officially launched by  Premier Mark McGowan on 30 May

    The first five Jobs and Skills Centres were launched on 30 May by WA Premier Mark McGowan and Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery, creating increased access to job-related services for Western Australians. The centres are a one-stop-shop for students, jobseekers and career changers looking to improve their skills and job prospects. Staff at the centres will provide free professional and practical advice on training and employment opportunities, career advice and apprenticeship and training information.

    dtwd jswa launch
    Premier Mark McGowan and Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery 

    cut the ribbon to officially open a Jobs and Skills Centre

    Jobs and Skills Centres will engage with local communities and industries so they can respond to the needs of both jobseekers and employers. They will provide businesses with free assistance to develop their workforce, including recruiting new workers, apprentices and trainees, and develop the skills of their existing workers. Aboriginal people are a key priority client group for the new services. Extensive stakeholder consultation has been undertaken on how best to incorporate and enhance the services previously provided, to ensure Aboriginal people benefit from the new service delivery model. The first five metropolitan Jobs and Skills Centres are now open. A further eight centres, as well as a number of outreach services, will be established in regional areas throughout WA during 2018–19.

    "The Jobs and Skills Centres are a milestone for the Government's Plan for Jobs – we are focused on delivering initiatives that boost local jobs and strengthen the WA economy." Mr McGowan said. "Our goal is to build a high-quality training sector on which to grow the economy and ensure that industry has the skills it needs for the jobs of the future. The Jobs and Skills Centres will ensure training programs are targeted to meet industry needs and allow people to access training that maximises their opportunities for employment and career development."

    Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said "Jobs and Skills Centres have brought together a range of services – Careers Centres, Aboriginal workforce development and training services. When service providers work collaboratively, they provide individuals, employers and industry with the best product and in this case, the product is all about creating jobs.Our new Jobs and Skills Centres will work with local industries to identify job opportunities that will be created by the future growth and diversification of the economy. This is a big step forward in the training sector and will link people directly to training and to jobs."

    The centres are complemented by the Jobs and Skills WA website, which is a comprehensive one-stop online shop for information about WA vocational education and training, careers and jobs.

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    Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery,
    at the Jobs and Skills Centre launch
     

    Department's street banner helps fly the flag for reconciliation

    In support of National Reconciliation Week 27 May to 3 June

    The Department of Training and Workforce Development has proudly sponsored a street banner in support of National Reconciliation Week, which takes place from 27 May to 3 June, 2018. The banner is part of a project led by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, and is on display in Adelaide Terrace Perth from 25 May until 4 June.

    The banner features the Department logo alongside this year’s reconciliation message, ‘Don’t keep history a mystery’ and the artwork ‘Wirrwul’ from WA Aboriginal artist Katie Ward. 

     

    Executive Director Service Delivery, Karen Ho, said sponsoring the banner was part of the Department’s commitment to creating an inclusive community through our Reconciliation Action Plan and an acknowledgement of our support for social harmony and reconciliation initiatives.

    A national council, Reconciliation Australia, initiated National Reconciliation Week in 1996 to celebrate Indigenous history and culture in Australia and foster reconciliation discussion and activities.

    The week is held between 27 May and 3 June of each year, with the dates holding special historical significance.

    View the Department's Reconciliation Action Plan here

     

    WA Police welcome first Aboriginal Cadet Program graduates

    Increasing Aboriginal representation in Western Australia's police force

    Four recruits from the Aboriginal Cadet Program's inaugural intake begin their police careers, after successfully graduating from the Western Australia Police Force Academy as fully sworn police officers on 25 May. The two men and two women were among 41 graduating officers cheered on by family and friends during a ceremonial march-past parade at the Western Australia Police Force Academy in Joondalup.

    The Aboriginal Cadet Program is a partnership between the WA Police Force and North Metropolitan TAFE, and is open to applicants from 17-25 years of age. The cadetship has been designed to create a more accessible pathway for young Aboriginal people who wish to become police officers, and to increase Aboriginal representation in the Force. Cadets receive on the job training within police stations, while attending formal class-based training with North Metropolitan TAFE to achieve a Certificate II in General Adult Education. They then go on to complete the 28-week intensive training course to become fully sworn officers.

    There are currently 12 participants in the Aboriginal Cadet Program, with a recruitment process underway to identify further potential applicants.

    Police and Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts said "Today marks the beginning of a new and exciting career for all our new officers, and I am particularly delighted to welcome the first of our recruits who've been part of the Aboriginal Cadet Program. Increased representation of Aboriginal people in the WA Police Force is something I know Commissioner Dawson is committed to, and something we as a Government whole-heartedly support. It is important WA Police continually strive to have a diverse and culturally rich workforce, to ensure it reflects the community it serves. All of our new recruits have shown enormous determination and professionalism, and the Government thanks you for the positive difference you will be making to communities throughout Western Australia."

    Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said "This program is the first WA TAFE and WA Police initiative of its kind, and today's graduation is proof of its success. The cadets have also been supported by North Metropolitan TAFE's Koolark Centre for Aboriginal Students which has provided advice, and academic and cultural mentors throughout their study. Graduates will now be deployed to regional and metropolitan police stations to start their police career.The cadets graduating today should be really proud of their achievements and excited for the careers they have ahead of them - no doubt they will inspire others to pursue a great career in the Police Force."

    Aboriginal Cadetship Program graduates at the Joondalup Police Academy

    Senior Sergeant Geoff Regan (rear) and North Metropolitan TAFE Managing Director Michelle Hoad (front, centre)
    with two of the Aboriginal Cadetship Program graduates at the Joondalup Police Academy

    Free event promises to smarten up WA farmers

    In agriculture, one of the most important things to grow is your knowledge.

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    The latest innovations, technologies and upskilling opportunities in the agricultural sector will be featured at Muresk Institute’s inaugural FarmSmart Showcase to be held on 13 June. Farmers and those working in the agriculture and livestock industry will benefit from this free one day event which will bring together experts from Western Australia and interstate.

    Muresk Institute General Manger Prue Jenkins said Muresk’s FarmSmart Showcase was about ways that farmers can work smarter, not harder. “At Muresk Institute we strive to provide knowledge about the latest innovations in the agriculture industry,” she said. “There are a range of new and exciting opportunities in the sector, and Muresk Institute is proactive in ensuring that the Western Australian public has access to information to stay up to date with those opportunities.”

        An exciting line up of presenters at FarmSmart include:

        • Professor Simon Cook, who will share his insights on how to get the best value out of digital farming;
        • Dr Natasha Ayres, with a presentation that will go beyond the hype of agtech;
        • Geoff Carroll, with a full service internet solution for the ag sector;
        • Dr Andrew Thompson, who will share how to take the work out of recording dam pedigrees for sheep; and
        • Boyd Holden, addressing the technology available for improving animal welfare and livestock handling.

        Don Hancey, WA Food Ambassador will also feature with a food conversation and demonstration using local produce. Attendees will also be the first to learn about some of our exciting new technology that will be unveiled on the day. In a first for Western Australia, the technology will then be made available for public education and demonstration purposes.

                Button for Muresk Institute Farm Smart Showcase 13 June register now.  
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         

        Move over, Rover! Drone vs Dog trials at Muresk

        Students learn how technology is transforming agriculture

        More than 190 students from nine Western Australian secondary schools attended this year's Muresk Institute's Drone versus Dog trials on Wednesday 16 May.

        The Drone versus Dog trials were established in 2017 at Muresk Institute, Western Australia's skills hub of modern agriculture, to expose secondary school students to the rapidly advancing agriculture industry and the career opportunities it provides. The event teaches students how modern technology such as drones and robots or 'agbots' are applied in the industry, and showcases the sector to students who might not otherwise think about a career in agriculture. The program also allows Muresk to demonstrate clear pathways to employment through the educational courses at Muresk, including Curtin University's Associate Degree in Agribusiness.

        This year, Archie Le Grice from John Curtin College of the Arts won a drone for his school, beating the other student pilots with a time of 17.42 seconds. The dog, Jay, had the best time but missed the final hurdle. This is the second win in a week for Archie who also took out the Under-18 Junior Boys division at the HIF WA Longboard Titles, and will represent WA at the Australian Surf Festival on the Tweed Coast, New South Wales in August.

        Archie Le Grice from John Curtin College of the Arts (L), with Prue Jenkins General Manager Muresk Institute

        Jay the kelpie cross goes through the course for the Drone vs Dog trials at Muresk Institute on 16 May

        The agricultural industry is booming with free trade agreements and emerging markets creating growth in the industry. Ensuring WA is best placed to take advantage of industry resurgence, the McGowan Government is investing in contemporary training and skills development for the agricultural sector through education and training programs such as Drone versus Dog at Muresk.

        "The Drone versus Dog trial is a unique way to show school students the role technology plays in a modern farm. It's been a big hit with students and highly effective in changing their perceptions about jobs in agriculture." said Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery. "The trials demonstrate the McGowan Government's commitment to the agriculture sector. We understand the importance of growing agricultural skills in the State, as the industry offers an opportunity to diversify and strengthen the Western Australian economy."

        Originally published on mediastatements.wa.gov.au

        New resources to support training delivery to secondary students

        Supporting the delivery and planning of quality VET programs in schools

        An updated VET qualifications register for secondary students and an RTO auspicing research tool for schools are now available to help support secondary schools and training providers deliver high quality vocational education and training (VET) to students to help them achieve their Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE).

        The register includes industry advice on which VET qualifications and delivery options may contribute to successful student outcomes. It also includes information to help schools and training providers determine if they have the capacity to deliver and assess a qualification to the required industry standards. It has been updated, in consultation with WA industry training councils, to help guide the selection and delivery of VET qualifications to secondary students for the 2019 school year.

        The majority of VET delivered to secondary students is through schools auspicing arrangements with training providers. Developed in collaboration with the Western Australian Department of Education and Training Accreditation Council Secretariat, the new RTO auspicing research tool will help schools research and choose suitable training providers to partner with for the delivery of VET programs to their students. The auspicing research tool includes:

        • a focus on VET sector regulatory requirements;
        • a checklist of information that should be included in an auspicing agreement; and
        • links to VET sector resources to help schools easily access this information and understand the sector’s requirements. 

        Schools and training providers are encouraged to use the register and auspicing research tool in their decision making processes for the delivery of VET to secondary students.

        For more information about the register and/or the RTO auspicing research tool, please contact the Department’s VET policy team by email to vet.schools@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

        New Jobs and Skills WA website launched!

        Your one-stop online shop for career, training and employment information

        The new Jobs and Skills WA website is now available at jobsandskills.wa.gov.au.

        Jobs and Skills WA is a new brand representing the publicly funded vocational education and training (VET) sector in Western Australia – in particular, the investment in training that equips people to take up jobs that are, or will be, in high demand. To support this, the new Jobs and Skills WA website is a one-stop online shop for Western Australians, bringing information and resources about vocational education and training, careers and jobs together for the first time in one place. The website also offers some exciting new features.

        Course search
        Search through all publicly funded VET courses and qualifications available through Western Australia’s TAFE colleges and private training providers.

        Jobs board
        Look for employment opportunities, including apprenticeships and traineeships, on the free online jobs board. Employers can also use the jobs board to advertise employment opportunities. There is also a free online jobs board for Aboriginal jobseekers.

        Career exploration
        Whether you’re just starting out on your career path, or working towards new career goals, jobsandskills.wa.gov.au has a great range of information and resources, including a collection of ‘day in the life’ occupational videos, to help with your career planning.

        Aboriginal services
        If you're an Aboriginal person looking to get into training, find employment or further your career, you will find a range of culturally sensitive training, employment and career information available to assist you, including a jobs board with employment opportunities for Aboriginal people. You can also join the Deadly Jobs page on Facebook to keep up to date with all the latest about employment opportunities. 

        Resources for employers
        The website offers useful information, templates, links and resources for employers, business and industry, to assist you to better plan, attract, develop and retain a skilled workforce that can help you reach those business goals now and into the future. 

        News and updates
        All the latest news and updates related to vocational education and training, careers and jobs will be available on the website’s news page, and you can keep in touch and up to date via the Jobs and Skills WA Twitter and Facebook social media channels.

        The new Jobs and Skills WA website is also where you’ll find information about the Jobs and Skills Centres. The centres offer free career, training and employment services to students, jobseekers and career changers, and culturally sensitive career support services for Aboriginal people. For employers and business, the Jobs and Skills Centres can provide recruitment assistance, including apprentices and trainees, information on training solutions and services that can be customised to meet enterprise-specific needs, workforce development advice, and resources and advice on Aboriginal recruitment and retention strategies. Five Jobs and Skills Centres, located at metropolitan TAFE campuses, opened on 16 April. Regional Jobs and Skills Centres will open progressively in 2018/19, and in the meantime, services from Five Jobs and Skills Centres, located at metropolitan TAFE campuses, opened on 16 April. Regional Jobs and Skills Centres will open progressively in 2018/19. In the meantime, services continue to be available in regional areas through Career Centres and Aboriginal Workforce Development Centres.

        WAAMS set to launch on 14 May

        New online portal to benefit employers, apprentices and RTOs

        On 14 May 2018 the Department of Training and Workforce Development Apprenticeship Office will release a new training record management system, the Western Australian Apprenticeship Management System (WAAMS). WAAMS has an online client portal that will deliver significant benefits, including 24/7 online access to view and manage training contracts and greater flexibility to manage your personal details and/or those of your organisation. For most types of training contract changes, you can submit requests (either individually or in bulk) in the client portal, replacing the current requirement to submit forms via email to the Apprenticeship Office. Where possible, your change requests will be instantly approved.

        WAAMS will replace the current Training Record System (TRS) and as a consequence TRS will be decommissioned when WAAMS is released. Additionally, a blackout period will be put in place from 4 pm Wednesday 9 May to 9am Monday 14 May 2018. During this period, the interface between TRS and external systems such as TYIMS and ASRI will be disabled. In addition, no transactions such as training contract registrations or variations will be processed in TRS. You can continue to submit training contract change requests via email to the Apprenticeship Office during the blackout period and they will be processed as soon as WAAMS is released.

        The invitation to stakeholders to access the WAAMS client portal will be sent via the following staged process.

        • Stage 1: On Monday 14 May RTOs, AASN providers and employers currently have access to TRS will receive an email invitation for them to create a WAAMS client portal account.
        • Stage 2: On 18 June all other employers with active training contracts who did not receive an invitation in Stage 1 will receive the email invitation.
        • Stage 3: On 9 July apprentices (and guardians if applicable) in an active training contract will receive the email invitation to WAAMS.

        Stakeholders in Stage 2 and 3 can continue to submit training contract change requests to the Apprenticeship Office by email until they receive the WAAMS portal invitation.

        Please follow the instructions provided in the portal invitation to register as a user and access the portal once the registration process is completed.

        A frequently asked questions document providing further information on the WAAMS client portal, including the functionality available to each user group and how to register to use the portal, is available on the Apprenticeship Office website

        A series of WAAMS how-to videos are now available on the Apprenticeship Office website. More videos on specific functions and features of the WAAMS client portal will be available in the near future.

        The Apprenticeship Office will continue to conduct training sessions following the WAAMS release and all stakeholders are encouraged to attend. Further details of these sessions will be distributed to stakeholders via email and published on the Apprenticeship Office website.

        Five new Jobs and Skills Centres open today!

        Your one-stop shop for career, training and employment information

        Five new TAFE Jobs and Skills Centres opened today at Western Australia's north and south metropolitan TAFE campuses.

        The TAFE Jobs and Skills Centres offer free career, training and employment services to students, jobseekers and career changers, and employers and business.

        • Balga campus – North Metropolitan TAFE
        • Joondalup campus – North Metropolitan TAFE
        • Northbridge campus – North Metropolitan TAFE
        • Thornlie campus – South Metropolitan TAFE
        • Rockingham campus – South Metropolitan TAFE

        Services for students and jobseekers at the TAFE Jobs and Skills Centres will include:

        • career information and guidance;
        • training and course information;
        • help with job searching and job matching; 
        • access to a free online jobs board;
        • apprenticeship and traineeship assistance;
        • skills and qualification recognition information; and
        • culturally sensitive employment and career advice for Aboriginal people.

        For businesses and employers the TAFE Jobs and Skills Centres can provide:

        • recruitment assistance, including apprentices and trainees;
        • advertising opportunities on an Aboriginal specific jobs board;
        • workforce development advice;
        • information on training solutions and services that can be customised to meet enterprise-specific needs; and
        • resources and advice on Aboriginal recruitment and retention strategies.
         
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        Regional Jobs and Skills Centres will open progressively in 2018/19. In the meantime, the Department continues to fund a range of Career Centre services and Aboriginal Workforce Development Centre services in regional areas.

        Pictured at right: Jobs and Skills Centre Manager Janina Conner and Senior Client Engagement Officer Aboriginal Services Des Duguid at the Balga TAFE Jobs and Skills Centre.

        New website coming

        A new Jobs and Skills WA website will be launched on Friday April 20. The new website will streamline information and resources into a one-stop online shop for Western Australian training and careers information and resources, with new features including a course search providing information about all publicly funded vocational education and training courses in WA, and a jobs board with employment opportunities. More information about the new Jobs and Skills website will be available later this week.

        Apprenticeship Office engages with stakeholders

        Well attended session included WAAMS preview

        The Department of Training and Workforce Development’s Apprenticeship Office held a stakeholder engagement session which included a showcase of the new Western Australian Apprenticeship Management System (WAAMS) to an attentive audience earlier this month.

        Approximately 200 people, including secondary school VET coordinators and staff from both group training and registered training organisations, attended either in person or online. The session was also an opportunity to present information about changes to vocational education and training (VET) regulations and systems.

        Service Delivery Strategy Director Philip Wyles said the Apprenticeship Office was committed to providing information to help keep stakeholders of the apprenticeship and traineeship system up to date with any changes to systems and regulations that could impact on their operations. “Our main objective was to inform stakeholders about amendments to the Vocational Education and Training (General) Regulations 2009, and changes to the school based apprenticeship/traineeship arrangements.” he said. “The session was also an opportunity to demonstrate the functionality and benefits of the new WAAMS client portal. All private training providers who deliver training and assessments to apprentices or trainees in Western Australia will be encouraged to use WAAMS to notify the Department when training plans are signed and training contracts are completed. Employers and apprentices/trainees are also expected to the use the portal to manage their training contracts.”

        Mr Wyles said feedback from Apprenticeship Office’s stakeholders showed a demand for stronger engagement with the Department on matters relevant to the apprenticeship system. “The Apprenticeship Office is committed to undertaking stakeholder engagement activities on a regular basis.” he said. “More than 185 people attended the previous training sector stakeholder information session we held in November last year. We have had a number of changes occur since that session, and given their impact, it was vital to give stakeholders an opportunity to have any questions they had about the changes answered.”

        New opportunities in automation, technology and innovation

        Australian first – new qualifications for mining and resources sector

        A Western Australian vocational education and training (VET) alliance between Rio Tinto and South Metropolitan TAFE to encourage input and involvement from the mining and resources industry will result in the development of Australia's first automation qualifications.

        The WA VET Collaboration, chaired by industry leader and WA State Training Board chair Mr Jim Walker, will inform curriculum development, education opportunities and strategies to build new skills and capabilities of the Western Australian workforce. This industry input will result in Australia's first nationally accredited courses in automation with a Certificate II course primarily aimed at secondary students, and a Certificate IV course to support the jobs of the future.

        "Automation, technology and innovation will transform a range of industries and create new opportunities, and we need to be ahead of the curve to ensure our workforce can take advantage of that." said Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery. "Creating clear education and training pathways is key to maintaining our competitive advantage as a leader in automation technology. By partnering directly with industry, we can ensure the new curriculum futureproofs jobs by training Western Australians with the skills we know industry will need. This is a great example of industry working collaboratively with government to ensure our training sector creates a highly skilled workforce."

        Science Minister Dave Kelly said "Research shows that 75 per cent of the fastest growing occupations in Australia require STEM skills. That is why as a priority, the McGowan Government is developing a State STEM strategy to lift the profile of STEM and to ensure every Western Australian has an equal opportunity to the jobs of the future. However, a 'STEM ready' WA workforce cannot be delivered by Government alone. That is why this initiative by Rio Tinto, working with TAFE, is so important."

        This is the next step of a landmark partnership between South Metropolitan TAFE and Rio Tinto announced in October last year, with Rio Tinto contributing $2 million towards the new training program. The program is expected to be delivered for the first time in 2019.

        Jobs and Skills WA update

        Five new metropolitan Jobs and Skills Centres opening 16 April

        In support of the McGowan Government’s Plan for Jobs initiative, a network of TAFE Jobs and Skills Centres will be opening in Western Australia in 2018. These centres will offer free career, training and employment services to businesses, students, jobseekers and career changers.

        On 16 April 2018, five Jobs and Skills Centres will open at North and South Metropolitan TAFE campuses in Joondalup, Balga, Northbridge, Thornlie and Rockingham. Services for students and jobseekers at the Jobs and Skills Centres will include:

        • career information and guidance;
        • training and course information;
        • help with job searching and job matching;
        • apprenticeship and traineeship assistance;
        • skills and qualification recognition information; and
        • culturally sensitive employment and career advice for Aboriginal people.

        For businesses and employers the Jobs and Skills Centres will provide:

        • recruitment assistance;
        • apprentice/trainee recruitment;
        • advertising opportunities on an 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; and
        • resources and advice on Aboriginal recruitment and retention strategies.

        The new  Jobs and Skills Centres will enhance existing career and job services offered by the Department, with the Perth Aboriginal Workforce Development Centre (AWDC) and Career Centre transitioning their services to the five centres in April. Regional Jobs and Skills Centres will open progressively in 2018/19. The Department continues to fund a range of contracted Career Centre services and AWDC services.

        For more information about the Jobs and Skills Centres, including the location and contact details for regional service providers, please visit our Jobs and Skills WA page.

        Driver training program a huge success!

        Reducing barriers to employment for Aboriginal people.

        The commitment of Wirrpanda Foundation mentor Kylie Jesus to a driver training program has seen huge returns for young Aboriginal people, with almost 90 people obtaining their provisional licence and more than 50 gaining employment as a direct result of the program. Kylie is a driver training mentor for the Kwinana Driver Training Program which was funded by the Department of Training and Workforce Development through the Wirrpanda Foundation.

        The Department's Aboriginal Workforce Development Centre Manager Des Duguid said the program was aimed at helping disengaged or at risk people gain their licence. “Many of the participants came from homes where parents or caregivers didn’t have their licence or there was no family car to learn in,” he said. “The link between unemployment and no drivers licence for young Aboriginal people is very clear. This program helped to guide participants through the long and challenging process of obtaining a licence and changed lives by reducing barriers to employment.”

        Des said that a total of 200 people had entered the program since it started in 2014. “Significantly 56 of the 89 young people who obtained their licence transitioned directly into employment at the end of the funding period late in 2017, and the remaining participants all gained valuable driving experience and made significant steps toward gaining their licence.”

        Participants’ stories show that gaining a licence not only helps the driver but their whole family. One case study involved two sisters and a brother who came from a family where nobody could drive. The children weren’t able to get to school. The oldest sister obtained her licence through the program and was then able to drive all the family’s children to school. The brother later gained his licence as well, and found employment.

        Since funding ceased the Wirrpanda Foundation has continued its work in this area, obtaining Commonwealth funding for a youth pre-employment program which will be expanded to include a driver training component.

        Main picture: Driver training mentor Kylie Jesus with driver training program participant Dylan Jacobs-Bolton, proudly displaying his red P-plates.

        Muresk Institute brings the best knowledge and skills to WA

        International livestock experts to present new one-day course

        Muresk Institute is passionate about bringing the best training, industry knowledge and skills to Western Australians. A new one day course to benefit the WA livestock industry – 'Building a better cow' – will be offered for the first time at Muresk in March, and presented by renowned industry experts Dr Enoch Bergman and Dr Cliff Lamb. The course is tailored to individuals working within the livestock industry and focuses on specific areas of beef production.

        Dr Bergman, originally from Colorado, has been a partner of Swans Veterinary Services in Esperance for the past 14 years and Dr Lamb is the Head of Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University. Together the pair have a long association with commercial livestock producers throughout Australia and the United States of America and will share innovative strategies for improving herd structures.

        Muresk Institute General Manager Prue Jenkins said it was a coup for the WA livestock industry to have Dr Bergman and Dr Lamb present at Muresk Institute. "Dr Bergman and Dr Lamb have extensive experience in the area of beef production and can offer insights and innovative ideas for the WA livestock industry," she said. "This is an example of Muresk Institute at its best, bringing industry experts and the Western Australian agricultural industry together to learn the latest techniques and improve ways of working."

        muresk_logo.png  For more information on this new course, and other training courses on offer, please visit the Muresk Institute website.

        Introducing Jobs and Skills WA

        Renewing the focus on vocational education and training and jobs in 2018.

        Since 2013, Future Skills WA has been the way the State Government, via the Department of Training and Workforce Development, prioritised its investment in training and procurement of training delivery services through a funding and policy framework aligned with State priority qualifications. The WA Labor Government’s new Plan for Jobs initiative is a major election commitment to help create new jobs for Western Australians. It outlines plans and strategies that represent a significant re-focus on creating new jobs in a broader range of industries through increasing training opportunities that deliver employment outcomes for our community and support growth and diversity in the State’s economy.

        To support Plan for Jobs, from 1 January 2018 the Department is consolidating all customer-facing operations related to training and workforce development into a new program – Jobs and Skills WA.

        Many important industry qualifications are subsidised under Jobs and Skills WA, and our investment in training is focused on courses that enable people to gain skills for jobs that are, or will be, in high demand by industries and businesses in Western Australia. Priorities include apprenticeships, eligible traineeships and priority industry qualifications. Foundation skills and equity courses to build literacy, numeracy and employability skills continue to be subsidised, to support people in improving their training and employment outcomes. Additionally, contracting arrangement processes for publicly funded training providers have been streamlined and strengthened under Jobs and Skills WA, to support greater quality training provision and offer enhanced choices to students and employers.

        A new Jobs and Skills WA website will launch in 2018 as the main customer-facing portal for all information related to vocational education and training, career development and workforce development. 2018 will also see the establishment of Jobs and Skills Centres which will be located across metropolitan and regional locations, and a number of outreach services. The centres will be a one-stop shop for information, support and services related to training, career development and workforce development. Five metropolitan Jobs and Skills Centres will open between April and June 2018, and centres will be opening progressively in regional areas of Western Australia through 2018–19. Specialist career, training and jobseeker support  will continue to be available in the meantime, through our regional Career Centres and Aboriginal Workforce Development Centres. More information about the new Jobs and Skills WA website and centres will be available early in 2018.

        For enquiries or further information, please contact the Department's Communications and Marketing team via email to communications.marketing@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

        Jobs Bill passes through State Parliament

        Supporting local business, creating jobs.

        The McGowan Labor Government's Jobs Bill passed through the Legislative Council on 7 December, ensuring Western Australians will get a bigger share of work on good and services provided by the State Government. The Jobs Bill was a key election commitment designed to support local businesses to tender for government contracts, creating more jobs for local workers.

        Under the new laws, local businesses will be given more opportunities to compete for government contracts, particularly in the area of infrastructure. Prospective suppliers of government contracts will now be required to submit local participation plans as part of their tender, and these plans will then be incorporated into the contracts of successful suppliers to ensure the promised local jobs are delivered.

        The Bill includes a requirement for a new Industry Participation Strategy to guide the implementation of the new laws. WA's local content policies and guidelines are being reviewed as part of the development of this strategy. The new laws also allow the government to declare a major project a 'project of strategic significance for the WA economy' to create more opportunities for local content.

        Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:

        "The Jobs Bill is a key component of the Government's Plan for Jobs and its passage through the Parliament will provide a boost to jobs in WA. The Bill was an important election commitment that we made a priority since being elected in March. The new laws set out this Government's expectation that opportunities for Western Australian businesses and workers are maximised when it comes to delivering government goods and services.

        "Each year, the State Government spends billions of dollars on goods, services and works for the community. The Jobs Bill is all about making sure Western Australian businesses get a bigger share of this work. We expect the new laws will create more opportunities for local small businesses and more local jobs. I am proud to lead a government that is working hard to secure more work for Western Australians."

         

        WA WorldSkills medallists applauded

        Celebrating a record year of achievements in 2017!

        It was a morning of celebration on Tuesday 21 November as over 600 people travelled from all over Western Australia to applaud the achievements of the 2017 WorldSkills WA regional competition medallists. The breakfast ceremony was opened by Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery, who praised the talent of the 150 medallists that competed across 22 different trade categories.

        This year there were a record number of VET in Schools (VETiS) medallists and it was also the first year many competitions were run including VETiS hairdressing, VETiS plumbing, VETiS wall and floor tiling and a motorcycle mechanic competition. In total:

        • 42 medals went to North Metropolitan TAFE students;
        • 39 medals went to to South Metropolitan TAFE students;
        • our regional WA TAFEs took home 21 medals between them; and
        • 11 students from private training providers also won medals.

        Department of Training and Workforce Development Director General Anne Driscoll congratulated the winners and acknowledged the commitment of the lecturers whose dedication had enabled the competitions to be run in what had been a busy year, and then presented the 2017 Hall of Fame awards which recognised a handful of those dedicated trainers.

        The ceremony concluded with MC Narelda Jacobs calling the medal winners and new members of the 2017 WA Skill Squad back to the stage, many of whom might have the chance to represent their State at the National Championships in Sydney next year.

        2017 WorldSkills WA medal presentation

        Pictured above: All the medallists who were able to attend the 2017 WorldSkills WA medal presentation, on stage for a final celebration of their achievements.
        (View the full size version of the photo here)

        WA is home to Australia's best trainer!

        A passion for training inspires excellence

        North Metropolitan TAFE lecturer Jane Goodfellow took out the title of Australian VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year 2017 in front of more than 740 people at the 24th annual Australian Training Awards in Canberra last week. The event brought together finalists from across all fields of vocational education and training (VET) including apprentices, trainees, VET students, teachers, employers and training providers to recognise their contribution to skilling Australia.

        Jane was named Western Australia's Trainer of the Year 2017 at the WA Training Awards in September, where judges commended Jane’s ability to make a positive difference in student’s lives including using innovative training methods to match the context of situation or environment. Judges were impressed with her dedication to continuous improvement and contributions to the industry and selected her to vie for the national title.

        Jane’s passion for training inspired her to overcome complete and sudden hearing loss six years ago so she could continue to lecture in education support and early childhood.

        Jane said it felt amazing to add Australian Trainer of the Year to her credentials after twenty plus years of teaching. “I am delighted and I think it's going to have a big impact on my career. Already I've been asked to consult at a national level so I'm really excited to see what other opportunities come my way,” she said. While awards were nice, Jane said teaching itself was the greatest reward. “Seeing students achieve their dreams and goals, especially students who have struggled and overcome adversity, is the best part of my job.”

        Jane thanked all the staff at North Metropolitan TAFE for always supporting her including Michelle Hoad, Robyn O'Neill and husband and fellow lecturer Steve Goodfellow.

        Picutred: Australian VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year 2017, Jane Goodfellow, with her award.

        New course to skill next generation of female agricultural leaders

        Exciting new program available at Muresk Institute 2018

        A new course to skill the next generation of female agricultural leaders – the Emerging Leaders in Agriculture, Technology and Enterprise (ELATE) program – will be offered at Muresk Institute from 2018. The ELATE program, launched at Muresk by Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery on the inaugural National Agriculture Day, aims to improve productivity and develop a highly skilled rural workforce with clear employment pathways.

        The ELATE program is aimed at emerging female leaders and will include topics such as operational planning, contemporary farming practices using technology, effective workplace relations, succession planning and ensuring safe workplaces. The course covers contemporary issues such as biosecurity, technology adoption, animal welfare and business innovation, and is particularly aimed at boosting participation of women in agriculture to equip the next generation of agricultural leaders with business and management skills, while teaching them how to take advantage of emerging industry and technological trends.

        Muresk Institute has worked with industry to create a tailored curriculum, using learnings from on-site research initiatives, to ensure graduates have the skills they need to meet industry needs. Industry leaders will also be involved as guest lecturers, including former winners and finalists for the State and national Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation Rural Woman of the Year.

        Agriculture is Australia's second biggest export industry, with agricultural production in 2016-17 valued at $60 billion. Muresk Institute is Western Australia's skills hub for modern agriculture and is leading transformational change in the agribusiness sector with a focus on emerging markets, business opportunities, technology and innovation. The 12-month program will be delivered from 2018 in three residential blocks to enable participants to attend from across the State. Graduates will achieve a nationally recognised Diploma of Leadership and Management upon completion.

        Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:
        "Agriculture is a viable career option and currently supports 1.6 million Australian jobs across the supply chain in areas like production, retail, logistics, processing and marketing. The ELATE program will equip students not only with practical agricultural skills, but also the managerial and leadership skills to manage a successful and productive business. The demand for highly skilled workers in the agriculture sector is growing and, like many other industries, it continues to evolve as technology modernises the way we work. The ELATE program will close the gap between practical skills and managerial and leadership skills and, with direct involvement from industry, graduates will be well placed to take up the jobs on offer. It's a win-win for both students and industry."

        This media statement was originally published here, 21 November 2017.

        For media enquiries to the Department please contact Ms Amber Gorrie, Senior Media Officer on 08 6551 5196 or via media@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

        Pictured: (L to R) Muresk Institute farm supervisor Steve Wainewright, Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery, and Muresk Institute General Manager Prue Jenkins at the ELATE launch on 21 November 2017.

        South Metropolitan TAFE's Munster campus stage 2 officially opens

        New specialist facility for resources industry training.

        New facilities to help students develop the skills required by the oil and gas, chemical processing, engineering and resources industries are now available with stage 2 of South Metropolitan TAFE's Munster campus officially opened. The $12.4 million world-class facility is aligned with industry training requirements and gives students hands-on experience in a real-life industry setting.

        Students will have access to specialist electrical engineering and mechatronics laboratories, dedicated Navy training spaces and materials testing areas. A specialised process plant control room simulation, debriefing and communications rooms have been developed alongside office space for industry partners, enabling students to directly engage with industry. The new facility is co-located with the Australian Centre for Energy and Process Training (ACEPT)  – a purpose-built oil and gas facility and process plant supported by Shell, Chevron, Woodside, Quadrant Energy, ConocoPhillips and BHP.

        More than 750 students will attend the campus from 2018, including 450 applied engineering students from the amalgamated Beaconsfield campus and 108 Australian Navy students.

        Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:

        "These upgrades put South Metropolitan TAFE at the forefront of flexible and innovative training in mining, oil and gas, engineering and mineral and chemical processing. ACEPT and applied engineering study areas will now have a greater ability to share facilities and resources – further strengthening engagement between South Metropolitan TAFE, students and industry. This collaboration direct with industry means students at the Munster Campus will develop the practical skills employers are looking for and their hands-on experience means they have a head-start when transitioning to the workplace."

        This media statement was originally published here, 17 November 2017.

        For media enquiries to the Department please contact Ms Amber Gorrie, Senior Media Officer on 08 6551 5196 or via media@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

        Pictured: students Thomas Leary, Harpreet Kaur Sohi and Ravaani Parteek with the Minister. Photo by South Metropolitan TAFE.

        TAFE upgrade benefits students and wider community

        Interactive student hub at Geraldton campus officially opens.

        On 26 October Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan officially opened Central Regional TAFE's interactive student hub at the Geraldton campus, offering improved learning experiences for more than 500 students who access the facility each day. Equipped with a 24/7 computing lab, high speed Wi-Fi access, meeting spaces and an upgraded café, the hub is an asset to the greater Geraldton area and promotes engagement in campus life for students and a space for industry collaboration. The creation of the hub has provided an essential expansion to core library functions to support modern learning.

        Smart architectural solutions have created a seamless link between the library and the café, two important student socialisation spaces, and the project has been extremely well received by staff and students alike.

        Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:"The modern facilities give students a top quality learning environment close to home. The new student hub will allow the college to adapt to the changing requirements of students and deliver the skills needed for the workforce. It is also an asset to the wider community and local industry, providing opportunities for public access and support specific to the local job market."

        Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan: "The hub is a timely addition that will meet the evolving requirements of students and industry. It will contribute towards Geraldton's vision as an education hub, supporting flexible training options and increasing the availability of a trained and skilled workforce in the Mid-West. The hub will enable regional residents to capitalise on job prospects, making a positive contribution to the regional economy."

        This media statement was originally published here, 20 October 2017.

        For media enquiries to the Department, please contact Ms Amber Gorrie, Senior Media Officer on 08 6551 5196 or via media@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

        Industry training partnership to future-proof Western Australian jobs

        Preparing for industry advancements, innovation and automation.

        A landmark partnership between TAFE WA and Rio Tinto will ensure Western Australians are skilled to take up the jobs that automation and future advances in technology will create.

        New TAFE WA curriculum for post-secondary courses and industry traineeships, to be developed over the coming year, will help ensure the current and future workforce has the qualifications, skills and competencies required by industry in changing workplaces. The curriculum will be the first of its kind in Australia.

        A recent report commissioned by the WA State Training Board showed the shift towards automation and innovative technologies would create new roles requiring different specialist skills such as electronics, computing and precision manufacturing. By partnering directly with industry, the new qualifications will deliver the skills needed to meet industry demand and ensure Western Australians are equipped to take up the jobs of the future.

        Rio Tinto will work with trainers from South Metropolitan TAFE to assess industry changes and future training needs over the next five to 10 years, and ensure this is reflected in the curriculum. The new industry traineeships and post-secondary courses are anticipated to commence in 2019. Rio Tinto is contributing $2 million towards the initiative.  

        Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:

        "We must ensure vocational education and training keeps pace as technology and innovation transforms a range of industries. We want Western Australian workers, including the next generation of our workforce, to have the skills they need to take up the jobs that automation and technology will create. This partnership with Rio Tinto ensures we are skilling Western Australians with the qualifications we know industry will require."

        This media statement was originally published here, 20 October 2017.

        For media enquiries to the Department, please contact Ms Amber Gorrie, Senior Media Officer on 08 6551 5196 or via media@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

        Annual report 2016–2017

        The Department's Annual report 2016–2017 is now available online.

        This year’s report contains a summary of the Department’s functions, operations and performance highlights, and reflects on a year of significant change.

        The full report, and our new Workforce Development supplement providing a snapshot of the Department’s key priorities for 2016–17 can be viewed here.

        If you have any questions or feedback please email us at annual.report@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

        WA Training Awards 2017 winners announced

        Congratulations to this year's winners and finalists!

        The Department of Training and Workforce Development and State Training Board congratulate the winners of the WA Training Awards 2017. Winners were announced at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre last Friday night, where they received awards for innovation, commitment and leadership within the vocational education and training sector.

        All winners and finalists in the WA Training Awards 2017 should be extremely proud of their achievements.

        Organisation winners

        • WA Employer of the Year 2017 sponsored by CCI Apprenticeship Support Australia
          McDonald's Australia
        • WA Industry Collaboration Award 2017
          MPA Skills
        • WA Small Training Provider of the Year 2017
          Auswest Specialist Education and Training Services – Department of Justice
        • WA Large Training Provider of the Year 2017
          North Regional TAFE

        Individual winners

        • WA Apprentice of the Year 2017
          Jamie Stewart
        • WA Trainee of the Year 2017
          Claire McLeary
        • WA School-based Apprentice of the Year 2017 sponsored by NECA WA
          Benjamin Rowe
        • WA Vocational Student of the Year 2017 sponsored by Crown Perth
          Kyle Morgan
        • WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year 2017 sponsored by The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation
          Kim Dick
        • WA Cultural Diversity Training Award 2017
          Esfandiar Shahmir
        • WA International Student of the Year 2017 sponsored by the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation
          Rui Scheidt Feix
        • WA Trainer of the Year 2017 sponsored by Training Accreditation Council
          Jane Goodfellow

        For more details about this year's winners and finalists, please visit the WA Training Awards website.

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        Curtin University to offer Associate Degree in Agribusiness at Muresk

        Education and Training Minister announces new Associate Degree.

        Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery today announced Curtin University will offer an Associate Degree in Agribusiness at Muresk Institute from 2019.

        The new course will provide flexible delivery modes including face to face teaching at Muresk and Curtin's Bentley campus, augmented with relevant hands-on and practical experience.  Block teaching will also be considered as a means of addressing students' seasonal work commitments associated with the farming sector.

        This 'frequently asked questions' document provides more information about the new Associate Degree course.

        Read more about the announcement from the Minister for Education and Training.

        New website for State Training Board

        Renewing the focus on meeting WA’s workforce and training needs.

        Western Australia’s State Training Board is proud to announce the launch of its new website today. With a new design and new services including the lodgement of proposals for the establishment and variation of apprenticeships now available online, the website aligns with the Board’s drive to ensure vocational education and training meets the skill requirements of our State’s industries, employers and business.

        With a strong focus on ensuring our VET system is maximising opportunities for Western Australians to get into the workforce or skill up, and supporting the State Government’s Plan for Jobs, the Board has set clear priorities to increase participation in training and maximise employment opportunities through consultation and collaboration with industry, employers and training providers. These priorities, along with details of current projects and initiatives that the Board is undertaking, are detailed on the new website.

        Visit the new State Training Board website at stb.wa.gov.au.

        The State Training Board is a statutory body established by Part 3 of the Vocational Education and Training Act 1996. The Board is the peak industry training advisory body to the Minister for Education and Training in Western Australia.

        New Certificate IV in Leadership and Management at Muresk

        Calling all emerging leaders and managers!

        Solidify your leadership skills and open the door to new career opportunities through a Certificate IV in Leadership and Management at Muresk Institute.

        Registered training organisation One World Learning will be delivering this course at Muresk across three short blocks in August, October and December this year (see below for dates and details of the units of study). Students can enrol in one or more blocks, but will need to complete all three to obtain the full Certificate IV qualification.This comprehensive course gives individuals the tools to provide quality leadership, guidance and support to others, and the skills to organise and monitor the output of a team. Participants will gain key knowledge in applying solutions to a defined range of predictable and unpredictable problems, and analysing and evaluating information from a variety of sources.

        Take the next step in your career and enrol today! To discuss this course in more detail contact the Muresk team on 1300 994 031 or send an email to muresk@dtwd.wa.gov.au. You can also find out more about this course and other programs available at Muresk on their website at dtwd.wa.gov.au/mureskinstitute.

        Workshop dates and units

        Enrol in part one: 7 – 9 August 
        • BSBLDR401 – Communicate effectively as a workplace leader
        • BSBLDR402 – Lead effective workplace relationships
        • BSBLDR403 – Lead team effectiveness
        • BSBLDR404 – Lead a diverse workforce
        • BSBWOR404 – Develop work priorities
        Enrol in part two: 9 – 11 October
        • BSBMGT402 – Implement operational plan
        • BSBMGT403 – Implement continuous improvement
        • BSBSUS401 – Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
        • BSBRSK401 – Identify risk and apply risk management processes
        Enrol in part three: 4 – 5 December
        • BSBCUS401 – Coordinate implementation of customer service strategies
        • BSBCUS402 – Address customer needs
        • BSBCUS403 – Implement customer service standards

        Changes prioritise WA workers

        Western Australian skilled migration occupation list has been replaced. 

        Premier Mark McGowan announced today that a new list has been developed that contained 18 occupations where there is a genuine need to attract overseas workers. The new list only contains occupations where there is a genuine need to attract overseas workers. The 2016 Western Australian skilled migration occupation list included 178 occupations such as engineers, bricklayers and nurses. These workers could be sought from overseas despite WA's soaring unemployment and, in many cases, local workers who are capable of carrying out the work. In areas such as health, where there is an unmet demand for workers, these occupations will still be eligible for State nomination based on the new WASMOL.

        The McGowan Government has also delivered its election commitment to remove Perth from the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme, paving the way for more jobs for Western Australians. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull wrote to the Premier confirming that the Federal Government had agreed to Mr McGowan's request to have Perth removed from the RSMS.

        Since it was added to the RSMS during the height of the mining boom in 2011, Perth has been classified as a 'region', providing an additional pathway to obtain a visa to work in Western Australia. Given the change in the State's economic circumstances and with widespread unemployment, it is no longer suitable for Perth to be included in the RSMS.

        You can view the new WASMOL here on the Migration portal website.

        The full media statement is available from the State Government's Media Statements website.

        Media contact: Ms Laura Reibel  08 6551 5170

        Department launches new Reconciliation Action Plan

        Strengthening our commitment to celebrating Aboriginal culture and heritage.

        This week individuals and organisations across Australia are celebrating National Reconciliation Week.

        The Department of Training and Workforce Development embraces the spirit of reconciliation and is committed to providing services to assist Aboriginal people to gain skills and qualifications leading to a rewarding career.

        On Thursday 1 June, the Department launched its new Reconciliation Action Plan 2017–2019 that strengthens our commitment to celebrating Aboriginal culture and heritage, engaging respectfully with Aboriginal partners, and continuing to work towards closing the gap on Aboriginal disadvantage.

        Acting Director General Anne Driscoll said she was delighted to launch the Department’s second RAP which builds on programs and initiatives already in implementation.  “The Department of Training and Workforce Development plays a key role in helping Aboriginal Western Australians to acquire vocational skills, qualifications and employment”.

        You can view and download our new Reconciliation Action Plan 2017–2019 here.

        For more information about the RAP,  please contact rap@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

        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.