TAFE workshop $2M transformation into creative training space!

Architect appointed, local jobs to be created

Architectural firm Eastman Poletti Sherwood Architects has been appointed to design a major refurbishment project at Central Regional TAFE's Geraldton campus, as part of the WA Recovery Plan.

The $2 million upgrade will see a 50-year-old trades workshop extended and transformed into six learning spaces for creative industries, and will create local jobs during construction.

The ageing workshop, known as I Block, will be refurbished to include three traditional art studios and three classrooms where Geraldton's next generation of artists, fashion designers and media specialists will learn the tools of their trade. Modern amenities for students and lecturers will also take shape as part of the transformation of the I Block workshop.

Construction of the new creative industries training facilities, which is anticipated to start in July 2021, will unlock jobs in the Mid West, and when the new spaces are opened, increased student capacity will have positive flow on benefits for local small businesses.

"This $2 million refurbishment will provide young people and job seekers in the Mid-West with access to world-class learning opportunities while generating a pipeline of jobs." says Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery. "The McGowan Government is revitalising WA's training sector, which will deliver a boost to the economy and help the State get back on track."

Read the full media statement here

New free TAFE pilot training program creating job opportunities

Plus new FREE Infrastructure Ready skill set!

As Western Australia enters an unprecedented era of infrastructure construction – particularly major roads and METRONET – it is essential a skilled workforce is in place to help deliver this record pipeline of works. The WA State Government is partnering with industry to increase opportunities for jobseekers to be part of our transport infrastructure boom, today launching the Infrastructure Ready TAFE program. 

The program is part of a wider initiative designed to drive the sustainability of the civil construction industry by developing an ongoing pool of entry-level workers. Incentives will be available for contractors to employ and retain program participants. Participants will take part in a free four-week intensive training course at TAFE campuses across metropolitan Perth, while also gaining an inside look at some of WA’s key construction projects including the:

  • METRONET Bellevue Railcar facility, Yanchep Rail Extension, Thornlie-Cockburn Link and Denny Avenue Level Rail Crossing Removal;
  • Armadale to North Lake Road Bridge Project;
  • Karel Avenue Upgrade Project;
  • High Street Fremantle Upgrade Project; and
  • Roe Highway /Kalamunda Road Interchange Project.

The program will create job opportunities to work on the Government’s $6.5 billion Building for Tomorrow road and rail infrastructure pipeline of work. It also aims to increase industry diversity, with young and female jobseekers encouraged to apply. It's also an opportunity for mature age jobseekers recently displaced from other industries to enter the civil construction industry, which will be enjoying a sustained pipeline of work on fully- funded projects over coming years. 

The pilot program, developed in consultation with key industry partners include the Civil Contractors Federation, the Construction Contractors Association and the Construction Training Fund, will begin in late October with the first round of job-ready participants given the opportunity to gain entry level prospects with contractors from the civil construction industry, by early 2021.

People interested in signing up to the course can register their interest by emailing irp@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

New free skill set

The four-week TAFE course that supports the pilot program is a new free* job ready skill set, to prepare workers for entry level roles in the booming infrastructure industry.

The Infrastructure Ready skill set will teach basic measurement and calculation skills relevant to construction and focus on safe work practices. Participants will also learn skills to operate small plant and equipment used on construction projects. 

Further information on the new skill set can be found at jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/skillsready

“This course combines training opportunities and jobs on major transport infrastructure projects which is critical as we recovery from the impacts of COVID-19." said Premier Mark McGowan. “Participants will gain firsthand experience on this unique course that will put them in good stead for work on our major infrastructure projects and for future employment opportunities.”

View the full media statement here

*Free for eligible students, see website for details.

WA Training Awards winners 2020.

Congratulations to the 2020 WA Training Awards winners!

Celebrating excellence in vocational education and training

Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery MLC announced the five winners from the WA Training Awards 2020 at an intimate event at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre last night.

  • WA Apprentice of the Year 2020: Bethany Clarke
  • WA Trainee of the Year 2020: Cheyne Pearce
  • WA Vocational Student of the Year 2020: Trent Caldwell
  • WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Student of the Year: Colleen Little
  • WA School-based Apprentice of the Year: Joel Pearson

Winners from this year’s awards, who succeeded despite highly unusual circumstances and changes to workplaces and training delivery, received $3,000. This year, winners were recognised across five individual categories WA Apprentice of the Year; WA School-based Apprentice of the Year; WA Trainee of the Year; WA Vocational Student of the Year; and WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander of the Year.

The winners will now be put forward to compete against the nation’s best at the Australian Training Awards which will be a virtual celebration on 20 November 2020.

The State’s premier training award program is possible thanks to continuing support from the State Training Board Apprenticeship Support Australia, AMA Apprenticeship and Traineeship Services, College of Electrical Training, Crown Perth, The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation, MEGT, Roy Hill, StudyPerth and the Training Accreditation Council.

“The stories from this year’s WA Training Awards highlight that the benefit of a VET pathway is far greater than just gaining a qualification." the Minister said. “With VET playing a vital role in rebuilding of Western Australia’s economy, the overall community benefit is significant and should be celebrated. I congratulate this year’s winners for their efforts and contributions. They are fine ambassadors for Western Australia’s training system."

Meet this year's winners! 

New free training for the blooming horticulture industry!

New skill set kickstarting careers in jobs growth areas

As part of the Skills Ready program, the State Government has today released another fee-free short course as part of the $229.2 million investment in TAFE and training to build a pipeline of skilled workers and support the State's economic recovery.

The new Introduction to Production Horticulture skill set will prepare workers for entry level roles in horticulture. WA grows a diverse range of top-quality horticultural crops including tropical and temperate fruits, delicious vegetables and outstanding table wines. This new skill set covers safe work practice in the horticultural industry; and the skills and knowledge to either plant or harvest horticultural crops, depending on the season and location.

The Western Australian horticulture industry is a significant employer in regional and remote communities and the new short course will provide relevant skills for those looking to work in the billion dollar industry. It is fee-free for people aged 15 to 24, concession students and displaced workers.

Several job ready and infection control short courses were rolled out in July as part of the State Government’s Rebuilding our TAFEs initiative, which is key to the WA Recovery Plan. There have been more than 2,350 enrolments in those skill sets, highlighting the demand for free short courses to help displaced workers and young people get into jobs.

For more information, please visit the Skills Ready page on the Jobs and Skills WA website

 

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Architect appointed for new $17.6M Joondalup TAFE workshop

State of the art light auto and technology training facilities

WA Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery MLC has today announced that Peter Hunt Architect has been appointed to design a new $17.6 million light auto trades training workshop at North Metropolitan TAFE’s Joondalup campus.

The facility will be used to deliver training in new and emerging auto technologies and ICT-related technologies such as the maintenance and repair of drones and innovations in horticulture.

Peter Hunt Architect is the Perth-based architectural practice responsible for the major refurbishment of Beatty Park Leisure Centre in North Perth and the HBF Park (formerly Perth Oval) stadium redevelopment in Perth’s inner east. Construction of the light auto workshop for Joondalup TAFE is anticipated to start in November 2021, and the project will unlock local jobs and have a positive flow-on effect for small business in the area.

The Joondalup upgrade was announced in July 2020 as part of the State Government's WA Recovery Plan, which will see a record $167.4 million invested in upgrades to essential infrastructure across WA's five TAFE colleges. Also in the northern suburbs, $32 million has been allocated to build a multi-storey training facility at the Balga TAFE campus for training in building and construction, community services and general education.

“This $17.6 million facility will be a major boost for young people and jobseekers in the northern suburbs, setting them up for long-term employment." said Minister Ellery. “The Rebuilding our TAFEs plan will create of a pipeline of jobs for Western Australians and lay the groundwork for a bright, prosperous future.”

Read the full media statement here

New $8 million announced to upgrade WA TAFE infrastructure

Four new capital works projects underway

To generate new jobs and ensure a pipeline of skilled workers in Western Australia, and in recognition of the important role TAFE plays in skilling, reskilling and upskilling WA workers to support the State’s economic recovery, the McGowan Government has co-funded four more capital works projects to complement its record $167.4 million investment to improve TAFE college infrastructure. The Commonwealth Government allocated $4 million to expanded trades, NDIS and technology enabled training at WA’s TAFEs, and the State Government has matched the contribution. 

The aim of the initiative is to upgrade vocational education infrastructure to meet industry expectations, improve training delivery to meet industry needs and address skills shortages. The four new capital works projects include:

  • $2.7 million for new technologies across all WA TAFE colleges;
  • $2.5 million for projects associated with North Metropolitan TAFE’s METRONET Trade Training Centre at Midland campus;
  • $1.8 million for a new NDIS Simulated Training Space at North Metropolitan TAFE’s Mount Lawley campus; and
  • $1 million for an agricultural machinery trade workshop at Central Regional TAFE’s Moora campus.

The projects address immediate industry training needs and will be rapidly implemented to further stimulate the building and construction industry.

The refurbished facilities will cater to the increased demand for training thanks to the expansion of the Lower fees, local skills initiative which slashed fees to 73 priority courses. The courses with reduced fees are also targeted at job opportunities that relate to capital works initiatives such as the WA Government's Rebuilding our TAFEs plan.

WA Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery said "TAFE is essential to skilling, reskilling and upskilling Western Australians and this funding recognises the important role it plays in delivering the training industry needs and our State’s economic recovery."

Read the full media statement here

Local architect appointed for new $22.6M Armadale TAFE

Multi-storey campus to start construction December

Armstrong Parkin Architects has been appointed to design South Metropolitan TAFE’s new $22.6 million multi-storey Armadale campus, which will provide industry relevant training and revitalise the local area. Site analysis is currently underway with construction of the new campus anticipated to start in December 2021.

The Armadale region has a high need for vocational training programs to provide pathways into long term jobs. Current training delivery in Armadale is dispersed across three ageing leased premises located in the Armadale town centre. There are 12 secondary schools in the area, and the future population growth requires appropriate facilities and courses to accommodate the growing number of students seeking quality education and training opportunities.  Construction of the new campus will unlock local jobs, while the opening of the campus will have positive flow on benefits for local small business, with more student capacity at the site.

The new campus, to be located within the Armadale town centre, will boost student capacity and enhance training delivery. Vocational education and training delivered to secondary students will be a strong focus to help address jobs for local young people, and the purpose-built facility will provide a high-quality environment for locals to learn the skills they need for growing industries.

The new Armadale campus was announced in July as part of the State Government's WA Recovery Plan, through which a record $167.4 million will be invested to fund upgrades to essential infrastructure across WA's TAFE colleges.
 

View the full media statement here

WA's first whole-of-government Cyber Security Operations Centre launched

Applications open for cyber security experts!

Innovation and ICT Minister Dave Kelly today announced $1.8 million of funding in the upcoming State Budget for the establishment of the State Government's new Cyber Security Operations Centre.

The new whole-of-government centre will significantly improve visibility of the cyber threats against agencies' networks and the Government's capability to detect and respond to cyber security incidents, and support existing complementary efforts to improve cyber security resilience across government. It will also expand and complement the existing dedicated cyber security team within the Department of the Premier and Cabinet's Office of Digital Government.

Staff in the new operations centre will be trained cyber security professionals, with the centre also offering further avenues of work and training for cyber security TAFE and university students participating in the Office of Digital Government's work integrated learning program.

The Office of Digital Government has opened applications for the recruitment of a whole‑of‑government pool of cyber security experts. Successful applicants will be placed in the Cyber Security Operations Centre team, another team within the Office of Digital Government's Cyber Security Unit or in other public sector agencies. To apply, visit jobs.wa.gov.au and search under 'Department of Premier and Cabinet' as the agency. 

For free* and half price* cyber security training, visit Skills Ready on the Jobs and Skills WA website

* Eligibility conditions apply, see website

Read the full media statement here

 

Annual report 2019—20 now available

Supporting WA's economy and workforce

The Department is pleased to announce that our Annual report 2019—20 is now available. The report provides the Western Australian Parliament and the community with an overview of our performance, as well as budget papers and other strategic documents. It offers transparency, accountability, and compliance with legislative and government policy requirements, focuses on key areas of achievement and describes the functions, operations and performance highlights of the Department over the period.

 

Working in the WA Defence Industry.

$18 million investment in defence workforce

Includes a new $20,000 incentive for defence employers!

The McGowan Government has announced an $18 million package to build a pipeline of skilled workers in Western Australia to attract defence maritime projects to the State. This workforce investment will help provide the skilled workers needed to support upcoming WA defence projects and secure future defence work, expected to be valued at up to $75 billion nationally over the next decade.

New $20,000 employer incentive
The package includes $8.5 million for a new $20,000 Defence Industry Employer incentive, on top of existing financial subsidies, for shipbuilding employers to take on in-demand apprentices in readiness for a pipeline of future work.

New training initiatives for the defence industry, along with two new scholarship programs, will soon be announced. 
A further $2.85 million has been allocated to deliver 335 additional apprenticeship commencements in nominated defence trades in 2020—21 to achieve 200 apprenticeship completions by 2024—25. A further $3.3 million will be provided to create new TAFE short courses to support Western Australians to upskill and become 'defence ready'. 

Equipment will be upgraded at South Metropolitan TAFE, to assist with training students in defence-related industries, including the purchase of four new computer numeric control milling and lathe machines to train metal fitters and machinists, with workshops customised to accommodate the new machines.

The package includes $800,000 to create two new scholarship programs to encourage women and defence veterans to take up a career in the defence manufacturing industry; 20 scholarship opportunities per year will be available for both women and Defence veterans. The program will be co-funded between the State Government and industry, with each party contributing $5,000 per scholarship.

As part of the package, a dedicated defence industry team will be established at Rockingham Jobs and Skills Centre to undertake careers promotion across all schools and provide advice to jobseekers and potential workers. A maritime defence industries toolkit will also be developed to provide practical advice for jobseekers.

Read the full media statement here

teach@TAFE

Join the TAFE WA team! Lecturer applications now open!

Looking for skilled workers, no teaching qualification required

The WA State Government's $57 million investment in training has resulted in a significant increase in TAFE enrolments. To meet this demand we are now seeking skilled workers to join the TAFE WA team as lecturers, to complement TAFE’s existing workforce of highly skilled staff and and ensure WA is well-positioned to train our future workforce.

We are looking for skilled workers with at least five years' industry experience who have a genuine passion for their field and the drive to teach others. A teaching qualification is not required — applicants with the right skills and experience will be assisted to attain their lecturing qualification/s. Applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds — in particular Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, as well as women in non-traditional trades — are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Opportunities are available for lecturing positions in a broad range of industries and teaching areas across all five TAFE colleges — in metropolitan Perth, and throughout regional WA. These include casual, fixed term contract and some permanent positions. Our regional TAFE colleges have a number of permanent positions available, and generous subsidies and allowances are available for eligible employees. 

Since the start of the year there have been almost 85,000 TAFE enrolments, as a result of the State Government’s Lower fees, local skills initiative introduced in January 2020. The initiative was further expanded in July and now includes 73 high priority courses with course fees slashed by as much as 72 per cent, for qualifications that align with the State’s immediate and emerging job opportunities.  Skilled lecturers are also needed for the range of free short courses now available to jobseekers and young people under the Skills Ready program.

“TAFE is an essential part of the economic recovery and the sector must respond with speed and agility to meet these changes." says WA Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery. "TAFE lecturers play an important role in delivering educational excellence and mentoring the next generation of skilled workers, giving them the tools they need for success in their chosen fields. With changing job environments, emerging jobs of the future and recovery from COVID-19, there has never been a greater need for skilled workers. This recruitment drive will ensure we can meet the unprecedented demand and recognises the critical role training will play in the State’s economic recovery.”

Applications are now open, and close 5 October 2020.

IT and Cyber Security 2021 scholarships for people on the Autism spectrum

Up to $5,000 available for VET study in 2021

The Autism Academy for Software Quality Assurance (AASQA) at Curtin University is an Australian social innovation initiative with the vision of harnessing the special talents of people on the Autism Spectrum. The mission of the Academy is to enable individuals on the Autism Spectrum to leverage their awesome talents and skillsets. Their natural ability for extreme attention to detail, appreciation of predictability and capacity to focus, will augment their training in addressing business needs of the ICT industry. In particular, ICT is facing challenges in attracting and retaining talents in areas like software development and testing, and cyber security.

AASQA, the Autism Association of Western Australia and the Department of Training and Workforce Development have provided five scholarships for 2021, to a value of up to $5000 each funded by the Department. This scholarship is for students on the Autism Spectrum to undertake an appropriate VET course aimed at gaining employment in information technology (IT) and cybersecurity.

​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. Cyber security is another area of focus for this scholarship, along with programming and software development. 

Scholarships will cover the cost of student fees for information technology, programming, cyber security or software development courses at Certificate IV and Diploma levels. Applications close on 5 December 2020. 

WA Training Awards 2020 finalists announced!

Showcasing the best in WA's vocational education and training

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery today announced the 16 finalists for the 2020 WA Training Awards. This year, winners are recognised across five individual categories. These are:

  • WA Apprentice of the Year;
  • WA School-based Apprentice of the Year;
  • WA Trainee of the Year;
  • WA Vocational Student of the Year; and
  • WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander of the Year.

The WA Training Awards, the state's premier training award program, is possible thanks to continuing support from Apprenticeship Support Australia, AMA Apprenticeship and Traineeship Services, College of Electrical Training, Crown Perth, The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation, MEGT, Roy Hill, StudyPerth and the Training Accreditation Council.

“The WA Training Awards are an opportunity to shine a light on the many wonderful accomplishments in vocational education and training in the State." the Minister said. “The calibre of finalist this year highlights the outstanding achievements of the State’s best VET graduates. With VET playing a vital role in the rebuilding of Western Australia’s economy, there is no better time to showcase individual talent and set the benchmark for the future of WA.”

Congratulations to all of this year's finalists! 

Winners will be announced on 6 October 2020 and may be eligible to compete against the nation’s best at the Australian Training Awards on 20 November 2020.

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WA Apprentice of the Year 2020 finalists

Bethany Clarke (Mount Pleasant)
Bethany entered her apprenticeship through the National Energy Technician Training Scheme, the first of its kind in Australia and the outcome of an amazing collaboration involving multiple different oil and gas companies. She achieved her Certificate III in Process Plant Operations through apprenticeship arrangements with Programmed. Bethany believes that being a female in a male-dominated industry pushed her to become a more confident version of herself, and is passionate about advocating for more women in the industry.

David Millington (Yangebup)
As he approached his thirties, David found himself having gained a variety of experience at multiple workplaces yet lacking any formal qualifications. He set his sights on qualifying as an electrician but found an apprenticeship was not easy to come by. After two years of interviews, he finally landed a mature-age apprenticeship with Austal and qualified four years later as an electrician, completing his Certificate III in Electrotechnology through South Metropolitan TAFE. He went on to win his employer’s Apprentice of the Year Award as well and his message to others is the importance of goal setting and resilience in the face of adversity.

Elizabeth Klokeid (East Victoria Park)
For Elizabeth, food has always been her passion but with a career background in the disability sector, she did not see her love for cooking as a career pathway until her sister bought a cocktail bar in Melbourne and she had the opportunity to run the small kitchen full time. She returned to Perth and enrolled at South Metropolitan TAFE Bentley campus. Having successfully applied for Crown’s Apprenticeship program, she qualified in March as a chef. Elizabeth believes that food creates a strong sense of community and has a universal ability to bring people together. By completing a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery, Elizabeth now has the chance to share that vision working at Crown Perth Modo Mio.

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WA Trainee of the Year 2020 finalists

Audrey Wong (Perth)
A decision to change careers in 2015 led to Audrey relocating to WA to complete a self-funded Certificate II in Process Plant Operations at the Australian Centre for Energy Process Training (ACEPT) through South Metropolitan TAFE. As a volunteer firefighter, Audrey has always been happier with a hands-on approach, and after meeting a female production technician who inspired her, she gave up her studies in architecture and made the leap to a new career pathway. Audrey thinks one of the most valuable things she has learned is how a team can work together and achieve success.

Cheyne Pearce (Ardross)
Cheyne chose to study a Certificate IV in Horticulture at North Metropolitan TAFE in order to fulfil his passion to make a positive difference to our environment. His hard work and resolve eventually paid off with the offer of a dream job as a trainee at Kings Park and Botanic Gardens. Cheyne loves the variety in the work – from liaising with clients, designing gardens, and calculating costings, to report writing and computer skills. He has found that as his training has progressed, so too has his appetite for knowledge and experience.

Cassandra Rowan (Geraldton)
Leaving school at 15, Cassandra knew she had to jump straight into the workforce and build herself a career she would enjoy. Despite some early setbacks, she pursued her interests by completing a Certificate III in Resource Processing at Central Regional TAFE, bettering her skills so she was well equipped to face new challenges. As a plant operator at Iluka Resources’ Narngulu site, she used her drive to expand her knowledge, reputation and excellence to progress quickly and received a recognition award for her initiative, problem solving and teamwork. She later went on to win Central Regional TAFE’s Trainee of the Year 2019 for the Midwest and Gascoyne.

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WA Vocational Student of the Year 2020 finalists

Trent Caldwell (Ballajura)
With a background in community services, advertising, and art, Trent wanted to blend the skills learnt from these industries and embark on a journey to land his dream role in marketing. After successfully completing a Diploma of Marketing and Communication at North Metropolitan TAFE, Trent has landed his dream role as a Social Media Manager. He manages the website, social media accounts and paid advertising campaigns for Near Me Real Estate. After his successful past 18 months, Trent advocates one simple message - study with TAFE!

Chantelle Un (Kununurra)
Chantelle knows just how far she has come on her training journey. Coming from a background where school or learning was not encouraged, opting out of education seemed like the only option. After leaving school in year 9, she doubted her ability to study and almost gave it all up on her first day at North Regional TAFE. Her intrinsic motivation to be a good role model for her children, and have a job where she could help others, pushed her to complete a Certificate III in Community Services and to achieve her goal of bettering her community.

Georgia Potts (Kalgoorlie)
Georgia was inspired to work in education support, having been diagnosed with dyslexia at age eight. Despite the challenges dyslexia presents, she loved learning and undertook a Certificate IV in Education Support at Central Regional TAFE. Now working at a primary school in Kalgoorlie, Georgia says that the most rewarding part of her job is knowing she is helping to set students up with a positive start to their educational journey.

Eleanor Litterick (Furnissdale)
Inspired by her grandmother, who is an incredible seamstress and costume maker, Eleanor taught herself to sew, making clothes and costumes for friends and family. After taking a break to raise her daughter, she decided to take a leap of faith and pursue her passion by completing an Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising. Eleanor says the course at South Metropolitan TAFE taught her more than just practical skills, saying she learnt how to manage herself and her expectations, and have faith in her abilities. She also discovered a passion for sustainability in design through her studies, and has made this the focus of her future career.

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WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander of the Year 2020 finalists

Philemon Pearson (South Hedland)
Philemon is from Poruma (Coconut) Island in the Torres Strait. He moved to Australia with his partner and children with the goal of securing a trade. He started an apprenticeship as a boilermaker a year after leaving secondary school, but was also playing professional rugby at the same time. He was told by his coach to make his apprenticeship his number one priority but did not listen and dropped out of his apprenticeship with one year left to go. Nine years later, he finally took his coach’s advice and enrolled at North Regional TAFE to complete a Certificate II in Engineering, whilst undertaking a traineeship at BHP as a Trainee Mechanical Fitter.

Colleen Little (Wanneroo)
Colleen loves cars and has always been interested in the automotive field, so when the opportunity arose to complete a traineeship through AMA Training Services at Motor Trade Association of Western Australia (MTA WA), she leapt at the chance. Coming from a large indigenous family, her traineeship allowed her to balance work and study responsibilities, with her family commitments. The Certificate III in Business allowed her to gain both on-the-job administrative experience, and knowledge of the automotive industry. She is now employed full time with MTA WA and her role allows her to help the next generation of tradespeople to commence their own careers.

Jayden Ugle (Heathridge)
A turning point in Jayden’s life was when he became a father at age 17. This life altering event was motivation to establish a long-term career, in order to secure steady employment for himself, his son and his family. Jayden undertook a Certificate III in Civil Construction through Carey Training, and enjoys seeing the fruits of his labour all around Perth. He now works at Downer Group/DM Roads and says it’s a great feeling driving past something and being able to say, ‘I constructed that, or I worked on that’.

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WA School-based Apprentice of the Year 2020 finalists

Jesse Booker (Mukinbudin)
Jesse chose work experience in the building and construction industry on the recommendation of his principal, who recognised he would benefit from practical work experience alongside his formal school studies. During his Certificate II in Construction Pathways at Central Regional TAFE, Jesse very quickly discovered that he enjoyed the work, and took pride in being able to finish a job for a client and reflect on what he had accomplished. Jesse hopes to inspire other students who may struggle with certain areas in school, to become a school-based trainee.

Piper Sweet (Dianella)
Piper was really unsure about what she wanted to do after school and applied for a school-based traineeship in the public sector. She hoped it would get her a foot in the door to somewhere that offered a range of career options. A Certificate II in Government Administration also felt more suited to her decision to take an ATAR pathway in Year 11 and 12. Apart from her on the job success, Piper was proud to be asked to present to the next year's group of trainees at their orientation, and achieved her personal goal of being able to publicly speak. Combined with her politics and law, and Italian studies at school, she now has a clearer idea of what she would like to do with her career, and hopes it will be in government or politics.

Joel Pearson (Geraldton)
The arts industry is something which Joel has always been deeply passionate about, so after years of circus, dance and volunteering at events, he started up his own circus entertainment company. A year of work placement encouraged Joel to further his training through a Certificate III in Arts Administration at North Regional TAFE, which resulted in being selected to complete a Tour Coordinator Mentorship with regional arts industry leader, CircuitWest. A highlight of Joel’s career so far was his first solo project in late 2019, working with the City of Greater Geraldton to provide a performance project titled Geraldton's Worst Artist at the local event, Christmas on the Terrace, which was attended by thousands.

Wander out Yonder in Regional WA.

Work and wander out yonder in regional WA

Connecting jobseekers to regional job opportunities

The WA State Government has launched a new campaign; Work and Wander out Yonder (WWOY), to inspire young Western Australians to embrace the opportunity to have a working holiday in regional WA.

The border and travel restrictions in place for COVID-19 have placed additional challenges on the agricultural, tourism and hospitality sectors in our regions that traditionally rely on interstate and international backpackers to fill short and long term jobs. The WWOY campaign will target 18—30 year olds, and encourage them to take action now and seize the opportunity to travel and work around WA.

The State Government has partnered with recruitment services Seek and Studium to match employers and jobseekers through the campaign website. Jobseekers can register their details, for free, to connect with employers. Employers in regional areas are encouraged to advertise on the available platforms, to connect with jobseekers.

Find out more at wa.gov.au/government/work-and-wander-out-yonder

For further information about support and assistance available to employers seeking to hire new staff,  visit the Jobs and Skills WA website 

Financial support for jobseekers 

To support this initiative, a regional worker subsidy is available to provide accommodation and travel support for people moving to the regions for agricultural work.

Eligible workers will be able to claim up to $40 a night in accommodation rebates for up to 12 weeks – up to a maximum total rebate of $3360.

A travel allowance will be also made available to those relocating more than 100 kilometres from their usual place of residence. Workers will be able to claim:

  • $150 for travel to the Peel, South West, Great Southern, Wheatbelt, Mid West or Goldfields-Esperance regions;
  • $350 for travel to the Gascoyne or Pilbara; and
  • $500 for travel to the Kimberley.

The rebate scheme will come into effect on 21 September . More information about submitting a claim can be found at dpird.wa.gov.au/regional-workers-scheme.

New NDIS job matching service coming soon

Supporting the employment needs of WA's disability sector

A new NDIS Job Matching Service will soon be rolled out over the next few months, to connect jobseekers with employment opportunities in the fast-growing disability sector, and address the industry's skills and recruitment needs.

NDS, an industry body representing non-government disability service providers, will work with NDIS service providers to identify their workforce needs, as well as WA Jobs and Skills Centres and other employment services to connect jobseekers with jobs.

The service will also support NDIS service providers to navigate the vocational education and training (VET) sector to increase skilled workers in the industry. Jobseekers interested in working in disability services will be connected with quality VET options, and NDS will also seek to engage and skill people with disability for careers in disability services. Other services will include identifying courses and training opportunities for existing workers to improve skills and help employers access available incentives.

The NDIS Job Matching Service was developed with extensive industry consultation, including the WA State Training Board's Social Assistance and Allied Health Workforce Steering Committee.

In addition to the NDIS Job Matching Service, the State Government recently expanded the Lower fees, local skills initiative to over 70 half price qualifications, including the Certificate II in Introduction to Disability Care, the Certificate III in Individual Support and the Certificate IV in Disability. A range of free training is also available.

For more information on free training, and half price Lower fees, local skills qualifications,  visit jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/skillsready or contact your local Jobs and Skills Centre on 13 64 64.

Read the full media statement here

$252.3 million package for the South-West region

Investing in training, creating jobs, and supporting industry

The McGowan Government has announced a $252.3 million package for the South West region, as part of the WA Recovery Plan, to drive economic and social recovery and create a pipeline of local jobs.

The South West Recovery Plan is focused on getting locals back to work and includes a significant investment in sectors including construction, manufacturing, tourism and hospitality, renewable energy, education and training, and agriculture. It will deliver a pipeline of short and long term jobs supporting and strengthening our existing industries, as well as laying the foundation for jobs of the future.

The plan includes upgrades to school facilities across the region, and a significant investment in local infrastructure to create opportunities for local businesses and jobs for local workers. There is also a focus on programs to drive tourism and create jobs, including upgrades to existing attractions and the creation of new features to attract tourists to the region. 

For more information, visit inthistogether.wa.gov.au

Read the Premier's full media statement here

South Regional TAFE's Harvey campus has a new home!

Refurbished new premises now open for students

WA Minister for Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery today visited the upgraded building that is now the new location for South Regional TAFE's Harvey campus. The new and improved Harvey campus — on James Stirling Place — opened to students this week. 

As part of lease negotiations, Harvey Water carried out a complete refurbishment to create contemporary learning areas that are fit for purpose and meet industry and student demands.

The Harvey campus offers courses in a number of areas including business, children's services, education and adult education. Students also have the opportunity to study courses that are part of the State Government's Lower fees, local skills initiative, which offers over 70 qualifications with course fees slashed by up to 72 percent.  Half price courses available at Harvey campus include the:

  • Certificate IV in Ageing Support;
  • Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing); and
  • Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability).  

The new lease arrangement complements the McGowan Government's $229.2 million Rebuilding our TAFEs plan which will deliver state of the art learning opportunities for students and boost the WA economy through capital works projects.

Read the Minister's full media statement here

New NDIS Training Centre at South Regional TAFE Bunbury

 Supporting the region's demand for skilled aged and disability care workers

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery today opened the brand new National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Training Centre at South Regional TAFE's Bunbury campus.

To ensure students graduate job-ready, the $1.3 million project includes teaching spaces, a simulated in-home care area and residential care facility, fully equipped to industry standard. The Bunbury NDIS training centre will provide the best learning environment possible, so graduates can deliver quality care to clients, while meeting local demand for skilled workers in aged and disability sectors.

The new centre will cater to increased demand for this training, as a result of State Government's Lower fees, local skills initiative which has slashed the course fees for more than 70 high priority qualifications by up to 72 per cent.  It will deliver the following half price courses:

  • Certificate III in Individual Support  — Ageing;
  • Certificate III in Individual Support  — Disability; and
  • Certificate IV Ageing Support.

It will also be used for the delivery of the new free COVID-19 Direct Care skill set, which provides participants with critical infection control skills for jobs in aged care and disability support.

Find out more about this training at jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/skillsready

Read the full media statement here

New Pilbara Specialist Centre to revitalise trades training

$22 million boost for facilities at Pundulmurra TAFE campus

As part of the State Government's Rebuilding our TAFEs plan, Premier Mark McGowan was in South Hedland today to announce $22 million for new industry-standard trades training workshops at North Regional TAFE's Pundulmurra campus.

Training in South Hedland is currently segregated, with light and heavy vehicle, and metal trades training conducted at an annex offsite from the main Pundulmurra TAFE campus. This new project will bring training together in one place to create a Pilbara Specialist Centre, which will improve trade training outcomes so students graduate job ready for local employment opportunities, particularly in the resources sector. The upgrade will include a purpose built, industry-aligned heavy plant and engineering trades training facility, and enable the delivery of a number of new qualifications in engineering - mechanical and fabrication and mobile plant technology. While existing equipment will be relocated from the annex, funding has also been allocated to purchase contemporary trade training equipment.

A new commercial cookery facility to enable the delivery of the Certificate III in Commercial Cookery — targeted at catering for resource sector employees — will also be constructed as part of the project.

The Pundulmurra campus spend is part of a $167.4 million investment in capital works projects, announced by Premier McGowan last month, which will see five Western Australian TAFE colleges significantly upgraded. North Regional TAFE's Broome, Kununurra and Minurmarghali Mia (Roebourne) campuses will also receive new facilities through the initiative.

These capital works projects, key to the State Government's $229.2 million Rebuilding our TAFEs plan, will deliver state-of-the-art learning opportunities for students in the Pilbara region and boost the WA economy by generating jobs.

Read the Premier's full media statement here

Pilbara Recovery Plan to boost jobs and industry

Investing in TAFE, infrastructure, schools, community and business

The McGowan Government has announced a $211.8 million package for the Pilbara region, as part of the WA Recovery Plan, to drive economic and social recovery and create a pipeline of local jobs.

The Pilbara Recovery Plan is focused on getting locals back to work. It includes a significant investment in industry sectors including construction, manufacturing, tourism and hospitality, renewable energy, education and training, and agriculture. It will deliver a pipeline of short and long term jobs supporting and strengthening existing industries, as well as laying the foundation for jobs of the future.

As part of the State Government's $229.2 million Rebuilding our TAFEs package, the plan includes upgrades to TAFE infrastructure in the region, including:

  • $32 million to expand the Lower fees, local skills program and slash course fees by up to 72 per cent across over 70 high priority courses.
  • $22 million to North Regional TAFE's Pundulmurra (South Hedland) campus for a new workshop to expand training for plant mechanic and engineering trades as well as commercial cookery, tailored to meet resource sector requirements;
  • $5 million to North Regional TAFE's Minurmarghali Mia (Roebourne) campus for a new classroom block to expand and deliver training in more modern facilities; and
  • $25 million for free TAFE short courses to upskill thousands of Western Australians, with a variety of free courses available North Regional TAFE's Karratha, Minurmarghali Mia (Roebourne), Newman, Pundulmurra (South Hedland) and Tom Price campuses.

Schools in the Pilbara are also set for significant upgrades, including a focus on facilities for specialist technology including STEM, and $4 million for a residential facility in Newman to support Martu students from remote communities to participate in secondary education and VET programs.

The Pilbara Recovery Plan includes investment in local infrastructure, to create opportunities for local businesses and jobs for local workers. The revamped Buy Local policy will ensure local businesses are in the box seat to carry out this work. The plan also includes a significant investment in programs to drive tourism and create jobs, and a focus on driving investment in existing and emerging industries across the region. There will also be a significant investment in health and community services. 

The Pilbara region will also benefit from a range of statewide programs included in the WA Recovery Plan. For more information, visit inthistogether.wa.gov.au.

For information about free and reduced fees training, visit jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/skillsready

Read the Premier's full media statement here.

WA Training Awards 2020 — Applications now closed

Thank you to this year's applicants

Applications for the WA Training Awards 2020 are now closed. 

Thank you to all of this year’s 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. Best of luck for this year’s competition.  Our judging panels look forward to reading your application!

If you have submitted an application, we will be in touch to confirm any details we need or advise that it has been passed on for judging.

Visit the WA Training Awards 2020 page for information on this year’s key dates

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Further assistance

If you have any questions about your application or the process, don't hesitate to contact the WA Training Awards team. 

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New Mid-West Recovery Plan driving a bright future

Investing in local jobs, training, infrastructure and tourism

The McGowan Government has unveiled a multimillion dollar package for the Mid-West region, as part of the $5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan. The plan is focused on getting locals back to work and includes a significant investment in sectors including construction, manufacturing, tourism and hospitality, renewable energy, education and training, and agriculture. It will deliver a pipeline of short and long term jobs supporting and strengthening existing industries, as well as laying the foundation for jobs of the future to drive economic and social recovery.

As part of the Government's $229 million Rebuilding our TAFEs package, the plan includes upgrades to TAFE infrastructure in the region including:

  • $2 million to Central Regional TAFE's Geraldton campus to create more specialised art spaces for fashion design, jewellery making, multimedia and digital technologies;
  • $4 million across the State to upgrade maritime training vessels at TAFEs including Central Regional TAFE's Geraldton campus to ensure safety and training using modern maritime facilities to deliver industry relevant training programs in maritime operations, fishing operations, boating services, tourism and coxswains.

This is in addition to:

  • $25 million for free TAFE short courses to upskill thousands of Western Australians, with a variety available at Central Regional TAFE;
  • $32 million to expand the Lower fees, local skills program and reduce TAFE fees for over 70 high priority courses; and
  • $4.8 million across the State for the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Reengagement Incentive that provides employers with a one-off payment of $6,000 for hiring an apprentice and $3,000 for hiring a trainee.

Find out more about free and reduced fees training 

The Mid-West Recovery Plan includes a significant investment in infrastructure, industry, new technologies and programs to drive tourism and create opportunities for local businesses and jobs for local workers, with the revamped Buy Local policy ensuring that local businesses are in the box seat to carry out this work. As well as supporting existing industries, the Mid-West Recovery Plan includes a focus on driving investment in renewable energy and new technologies to create sustainable jobs. 

For details of all projects and programs of work under the Mid-West Recovery Plan, please read the full media statement here 

Over 115 apprentices and trainees are back into jobs

Over 100 employers access new Reengagement Incentive

More than 115  apprentices and trainees who were displaced through the impact of COVID-19 have already returned to work within a month of the new Apprenticeship and Traineeship Reengagement Incentive being launched. 

The $4.8 million scheme supports employers by providing one-off payments of $6,000 for apprentices and $3,000 for trainees, and gets apprentices and trainees whose training was cancelled or terminated reengaged in training and back into work.

The Reengagement Incentive became available on 2 July, and is already seeing strong uptake from industries including building and construction, automotive and electrical with more than 100 WA employers accessing the scheme to date. It has also been well received in non-trade areas, with more than 20 apprentice hairdressers and barbers back at work and restarting their training in the past few weeks.

Available until 30 June 2021, the incentive is supported by a new Out of Contract Register, available on the Jobs and Skills WA website, which helps apprentices and trainees who have been stood down to find a new employer. The register provides employers with a quick search tool to find apprentices and trainees who are already skilled and experienced, and keen to get back into work and continue their training.

The Reengagement Incentive is part of the State Government's $229.2 million Rebuilding our TAFEs plan, which will provide more training and reskilling opportunities to boost job and career prospects and the State's economy by generating jobs.

For more information about the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Reengagement Incentive, visit  the Jobs and Skills WA website at jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/reengagementincentive or call the Apprenticeship Office Helpline on 13 19 54.

Support for apprentices and trainees, and employees, is also available at Jobs and Skills Centres. Each of the 13 JSCs located across metropolitan Perth and regional WA provide free advice, information and support to help with job searches, resume assistance and interview tips, and can assist employers to find an apprentice or trainee. The Jobs and Skills website also offers free online resources include videos, a jobs board, and the new Career Connect Facebook community.

Find out more at jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/jobswa

Plan for Peel region unveiled as part of WA Recovery Plan

Boosting training, jobs, tourism and industry

On Saturday 8 August the McGowan Government unveiled a multimillion dollar package for the Peel region as part of the WA Recovery Plan, to drive economic and social recovery and create a pipeline of local jobs. The Peel Recovery Plan is focused on getting locals back to work and includes a significant investment in sectors including construction, manufacturing, tourism and hospitality, renewable energy, education and training, and agriculture.

It will deliver a pipeline of short and long term jobs supporting and strengthening our existing industries, as well as laying the foundation for jobs of the future.

As part of the McGowan Government's $229 million TAFE package, the plan includes upgrades to TAFE infrastructure in the region, including:

  • $9.17 million to South Metropolitan TAFE's Mandurah campus for a new Hospitality and Tourism Training Centre to deliver training for a range of courses including commercial cookery, tourism and events management;
  • $25 million for free TAFE short courses to upskill thousands of Western Australians, with a variety of free* courses available at South Metropolitan TAFE's Mandurah campus;
  • $32 million to expand the Lower fees, local skills program with half price course fees* across over 70 priority qualifications; and
  • $4.8 million for the Apprenticeship and Traineeship R-engagement Incentive that provides employers with a one-off payment of $6,000 for hiring an apprentice and $3,000 for hiring a trainee. 

Find out more about free and half price training here

Read more about the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Reengagement Incentive here

It also includes $10.38 million for the Pinjarra Senior High School for a new permanent performing arts centre and sports hall, as part of the Major School Upgrade package, and investment in infrastructure and industry to create opportunities for local businesses and jobs for local workers. The Government's revamped Buy Local policy will ensure local businesses are in the box seat to carry out this work. The plan includes $8.65 million to invest in upgraded infrastructure to attract private industry and create local jobs, and $8 million to the Offsets Fund for Recovery program that creates green jobs by supporting conservation groups to carry out on-ground works such as fencing, seeding and planting.

The plan also includes a significant investment in infrastructure and programs to drive tourism and create jobs. It includes:

  • $1.19 million for upgrades on the Bibbulmun Track and Munda Biddi Trail including renewing camp sites, bridges and sections of the track;
  • $750,000 to replace the ageing timber boardwalk in Goegrup Lake Nature Reserve in the Mandurah region;
  • $350,000 for upgrades to buildings, new facilities and services across national parks in the Peel region, including Serpentine National Park; and
  • $25 million for the Healthy Estuaries WA program for improvement works in estuaries across regional WA, including in the Peel-Harvey system. 

Strengthening Western Australia's health and community services is a vital component of the WA Recovery Plan. It includes $4 million towards the expansion of family and domestic violence refuges, including the construction of an additional six units at the Peel therapeutic refuge.

The full list of projects can be viewed at inthistogether.wa.gov.au 

Read the full media statement here

* Please check the website for details about eligibility for free and half price course fee qualifications.

 

Premier announces recovery plan for WA's Gascoyne region

Boosting jobs, tourism, training and infrastructure

The McGowan Government has today announced a multi-million dollar package for the Gascoyne region, as part of the WA Recovery Plan, to drive economic and social recovery and create a pipeline of local jobs.

The Gascoyne Recovery Plan is focused on getting locals back to work and includes a significant investment in industry sectors including construction, manufacturing, tourism and hospitality, renewable energy, education and training and agriculture.It will deliver a pipeline of short and long term jobs supporting and strengthening our existing industries, as well as laying the foundation for jobs of the future. The plan also includes a significant investment in infrastructure and programs to drive tourism and create jobs.  The WA Government's revamped Buy Local policy will ensure local businesses are in the box seat to carry out this work.

The plan includes:

  • $1.3 million towards planning for the redevelopment of the Tantabiddi Boat Ramp facility in Exmouth, to cater for recreational tourists and separate commercial use;
  • $1.47 million to upgrade wastewater services to allow for the expansion of the Coral Bay Caravan Park;
  • $2.65 million for significant upgrades to visitor access and facilities in the Shark Bay World Heritage Area;
  • $1.2 million for upgrades to visitor access and facilities in the Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area;
  • $6 million for the Regional Aviation Recovery Program to ensure affordable airfares for residents and tourists including between Perth and Exmouth to stimulate visitation between July and October 2020; and
  • $3 million in total for regional aviation support to ensure a minimum level of service to regional locations Monkey Mia and Carnarvon. 

Strengthening Western Australia's health and community infrastructure is a vital component of the WA Recovery Plan, with several projects announced including:

  • $18.8 million towards operating regional renal hostels including a service in Carnarvon;
  • $1.85 million for upgrades to sobering up centres including in Carnarvon;
  • $80 million statewide for targeted maintenance programs for regional social, remote and government workers housing properties, including approximately 100 homes across the Gascoyne and Mid-West regions; and
  • $3.81 million to regularise the electricity network in remote communities including Woodgamia, making it safer and more reliable. 

As well as supporting existing industries, the Gascoyne Recovery Plan has a focus on driving investment in renewable energy and new technologies to create sustainable jobs. It includes enabling more customers to install rooftop solar systems and reduce their power bills, with funding allocated for Exmouth, Carnarvon and Gascoyne Junction.

Gascoyne residents will also benefit from free TAFE short courses, with free and half price training available through the Skills Ready program at Central Regional TAFE's Carnarvon campus.
 

Find out more about free and half price training

For further details of today's announcement, view the full media statement

Wheatbelt training facilities overhaul to meet industry needs

$2million upgrades for Central Regional TAFE's Northam campus

WA Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery was at Central Regional TAFE’s Northam campus today to announce a $2 million project to modernise the campus, as part of the State Government's Rebuilding our TAFEs plan.

Current facilities, which include light automotive, metals and construction workshops, will be replaced with contemporary training facilities and upgraded equipment to meet industry needs.The enhanced learning environments will ensure Wheatbelt students are trained to be job ready in industry areas essential to the region including building and construction, metal fabrication, automotive and engineering. The new facilities will meet demand for more skilled workers in the region by expanding training options.

Additionally, the upgraded workshops will be an integral to the region’s Vocational Education and Training Delivered to Secondary Students (VETDSS) programs, offering pathways into apprenticeships such as agricultural machinery technology and heavy commercial fitting.

The Northam campus spend is part of a $167.4 million investment in capital works projects, announced by Premier Mark McGowan last week, which will see five Western Australian TAFE colleges significantly upgraded. As part of the WA Government's commitment to regional WA, more than half of the total spend has been allocated to projects at regional TAFE colleges. The capital works projects, key to the State Government’s $229.2 million Rebuilding our TAFEs plan, will deliver state of the art learning opportunities for students and boost the WA economy by generating jobs.

The State Government has recently increased the number of half price* courses available, as part of the Lower fees, local skills initiative under the Skills Ready program. Initially launched in January, the initiative halved the cost of training for 34 high priority qualifications. In July, the program was expanded to include an additional 39 courses slashed by up to 72 per cent to align with the State's immediate economic needs following COVID-19. The courses with reduced fees, as well as new free* short courses, are also targeted at job opportunities that relate to capital works initiatives such as the Rebuilding our TAFEs plan.

Find out more about free and half price training on the Jobs and Skills WA website

Read the full media statement here

*Half price applies to course fees only; other fees may apply. Please see website for details.
**Please visit the website for details of eligibility requirements for free training.

TAFE investment to boost trades training in the Great Southern

$17 million for new trades workshops at Albany TAFE

As part of the Rebuilding our TAFEs Plan, Premier Mark McGowan was in Albany today to announce $17 million for new trades training workshops at South Regional TAFE's Albany campus.

Outdated 50-year old training workshops will be replaced with contemporary facilities to ensure people in the Great Southern have access to high quality training that meets the demands of the local industries and employers — particularly those in the automotive, metals and engineering, building and construction, and carpentry and joinery industries. The project will consolidate trades training to one area of the campus, which will expand training options and improve training outcomes so that students graduate job ready for local employment opportunities. 

The Albany campus spend is part of a $167.4 million investment in capital works projects, announced by the Premier last week, which will see facilities at all five Western Australian TAFE colleges significantly upgraded. As part of the State Government's commitment to regional Western Australia, more than half of the total spend has been allocated to projects at regional TAFE colleges. The capital works projects, key to the State Government's $229.2 million Rebuilding our TAFEs plan, will deliver state of the art learning opportunities for students and boost the WA economy by generating jobs.

Through the new Skills Ready program, the State Government has recently increased the number of half price* courses available as part of the Lower fees, local skills initiative. Initially launched in January, the initiative halved the cost of training for 34 high priority qualifications. In July, the program was expanded to include an additional 39 courses with fees slashed by up to 72 per cent to align with the State's immediate economic needs following COVID-19. The courses with reduced fees are also targeted at job opportunities that relate to capital works initiatives such as the Rebuilding our TAFEs plan. A range of free** training is also now available under the Skills Ready program. 
 

Find out more about free and half price training on the Jobs and Skills WA website

*Half price applies to course fees only; other fees may apply. Please see website for details.
**Please visit the website for details of eligibility requirements for free training.
 

Read the full media statement here

New free training for agricultural harvest operations

Get farm ready with the Broadacre Harvest Operations skill set!

A new free* skill set in harvesting operations is now available as part of the State Government's $25 million Skills Ready package. The new training has been developed to meet the immediate and emerging skills needs of Western Australia's multi-billion dollar agricultural sector. 

The new Broadacre Harvest Operations skill set will get you job ready for the agricultural industry, with the skills and knowledge to safely undertake employment for harvest operations in the broadacre sector. Participants will learn how to safely operate a range of agricultural machinery used for harvest — for example a tractor, header, augur and chaser-bin, and also learn how to undertake agricultural crop harvesting. The skill set is 100% free for eligible students.

This skill set is ideal for anyone wanting to enter the agricultural industry and gain employment as a farm worker during harvest, or as a starting point for a career in agriculture. It's perfect for school leavers, career changers, or anyone wanting to update their skills according to current industry practices and equipment. It covers three nationally accredited and recognised units of competency: 

  • AHCWHS301 — Contribute to work health and safety processes
  • AHCMOM305 — Operate specialised machinery and equipment
  • AHCBAC308 — Undertake agricultural crop harvesting activities

The new skill set is the ideal pathway to further training; such as in the Certificate III in Agriculture qualification, which is half price* under the Lower fees, local skills program.
 

Find out more about the new Broadacre Harvest Operations skill set, and half price qualifications, on the Jobs and Skills WA website

*Please visit the website for details of eligibility requirements for the free training.
**Half price applies to course fees only; other fees may apply. Please see website for details.

$8 million investment in WA's ag sector for Muresk Institute

New specialist training centre for farm technologies

WA is Australia’s largest grain-growing region and, as the rate of technology adoption escalates, the demand for agricultural machinery apprentices is expected to grow significantly. The farm mechanisation sector is critical to good crop yields and profitability with about eight per cent of farming budgets spent on machinery repairs and maintenance, and a centralised specialist training centre was identified by industry as key to its success.

As part of the State Government's $167.4 million infrastructure investment in TAFE, Muresk Institute is set to become home to a new $7.5 million Specialist Centre for Agricultural Mechanisation to train farm machinery technicians in new and emerging technologies.  Muresk, a 898 hectare working farm in Northam, has a rich history of providing world-class agricultural education and training and as a hub for modern agriculture is uniquely placed to meet industry needs. The creation of the new centre follows extensive industry consultation and is part of a $167.4 million capital works component of our Rebuilding our TAFEs plan.

The new centre, coupled with industry partnerships and affordable and free training options for the agricultural sector, will help ensure a pipeline of skilled workers. The project will include construction of two large machinery training workshops, covered hardstand area, classrooms and new training equipment.

In addition, $500,000 has been allocated towards a specialist shearing shed to provide interactive training in wool handling and shearing for students at Muresk. 

This capital works project is part of the State Government’s $229.2 million Rebuilding our TAFEs plan, which will deliver state-of-the-art learning opportunities for students and boost the WA economy by generating jobs. As part of the McGowan Government’s commitment to regional WA, more than half of the total spend has been allocated to regional projects.

The State Government has recently increased the number of half price* courses available, including qualifications in agriculture, as part of the Lower fees, local skills initiative. Initially launched in January, the initiative halved the cost of training for 34 high priority qualifications. In July, the program was expanded to include an additional 39 courses slashed by up to 72 per cent to align with the State's immediate economic needs following COVID-19. The courses with reduced fees are also targeted at job opportunities that relate to capital works initiatives such as the Rebuilding our TAFEs plan. In July this year the Skills Ready program was launched, with a number of free short course skill sets to get people job ready for work in priority industry areas as part of the WA Recovery Plan

Also announced today is a new free* job ready skill set in harvesting; Broadacres Harvest Operations. The new skill set is aimed at anyone who wishes to join the agricultural industry and gain employment as a farm worker, during harvest, or as a starting point for a career in ag and will appeal to school leavers, career changers, or those already in the industry who wish to update or upskill. It also offers a study pathway to ful Lower fees, local skills qualifications such as the Certificate III in Agriculture, as well as other VET programs.

Find out more about free and half price training on the Jobs and Skills WA website

Read the full media statement here

*Half price applies to course fees only; other fees may apply. Please see website for details.
**Please visit the website for details of eligibility requirements for free training.

Wheatbelt Recovery Plan unveiled

Boosting the region's training, jobs  and economy

The McGowan Government has unveiled a multimillion dollar package for the Wheatbelt region as part of the WA Recovery Plan to drive economic and social recovery, and create a pipeline of local jobs. The Wheatbelt Recovery Plan is focused on getting locals back to work and includes a significant investment in sectors including agriculture, construction, manufacturing, tourism and hospitality, renewable energy, education and training. It will deliver a pipeline of short and long term jobs supporting and strengthening our existing industries, as well as laying the foundation for jobs of the future.

As part of the State Government's $229.2 million Rebuilding our TAFEs package, the plan includes upgrades to TAFE infrastructure in the region including:

  • $8 million to the Muresk Institute in Northam for a new trades workshop, classrooms and specialist facilities for agricultural machinery apprentices, and a new workshop space for shearing skills;
  • $2 million to Central Regional TAFE's Northam campus for major upgrades to workshop facilities and equipment;
  • $25 million for free TAFE short courses to upskill thousands of Western Australians, with a variety of free courses available at Central Regional TAFE and at South Regional TAFE's Narrogin campus; and
  • $32 million to expand the Lower fees, local skills program and significantly reduce TAFE fees across 39 high priority courses

The Wheatbelt Recovery Plan includes investment in local infrastructure to create opportunities for local businesses and jobs for local workers.

The McGowan Government's revamped Buy Local policy will ensure local businesses are in the box seat to carry out this work. It includes:

  • $35 million through the Regional Road Safety Program to upgrade 400 kilometres of Wheatbelt roads with shoulder sealing and installation of audible lines, creating around 150 local jobs;
  • $80 million across the State for targeted maintenance programs for regional social, remote and government workers housing properties, including approximately 150 homes in the Wheatbelt;
  • $141.7 million to refurbish social, remote and government workers housing across WA's ageing housing stock, including approximately 60 homes in the Wheatbelt; and
  • $1.63 million statewide funding for maintenance and infrastructure upgrades in remote Aboriginal communities, including at Badjaling. 

The plan also includes a significant investment in infrastructure and programs to drive tourism and create jobs, including:

  • $425,000 for upgrades to visitor facilities in Nambung National Park, including improving services at the Pinnacles Desert Discovery Centre and sealing the access road and car park at Lake Thetis; and
  • $175,000 for upgrades to visitor facilities in parks across the Wheatbelt region, including upgrading buildings, trails, camp sites and roads in the proposed Dryandra Woodland National Park and at Eaglestone Rock. 

The Wheatbelt region will also benefit from a range of statewide programs included in the WA Recovery Plan. This includes:

  • $23 million across the State for green jobs to employ people with no prior skills on environmental restoration including fencing, seeding and rehabilitating degraded land, in regional locations including across the Wheatbelt;
  • $10 million towards the Clean Energy Future Fund to invest in clean energy technologies; and
  • $8.1 million to continue the eConnected Grainbelt Program to promote the availability of information and ag-tech tools across WA's grain industry to provide growers with tailored information including weather, pests and diseases and to maintain 187 automated weather stations. 
     

For more information, visit inthistogether.wa.gov.au

Read the full media statement here

 

$10 million TAFE investment is gold for the Goldfields!

New $46 million Goldfields—Esperance Recovery Plan announced

Premier Mark McGowan was in Kalgoorlie—Boulder today to announce a $46 million package for the Goldfields—Esperance region, as part of the WA Recovery Plan to drive economic and social recovery and create a pipeline of local jobs. The package includes a $10 million funding injection to bolster trades training at Central Regional TAFE (CR TAFE), as part of the WA Government's Rebuilding our TAFEs plan.

  • A new $9 million heavy plant and engineering trade workshop will provide students with a state of the art training environment, and support the delivery of job ready employees to local industry. The focus for the new workshop will be to expand training for mechanic and engineering trades, tailored to support resource sector needs.
     
  • An additional $1 million will be spent on upgrades to an existing workshop at the Kalgoorlie TAFE campus. The combined $10 million capital works project will see approximately 400 apprentices trained at the campus each year in high demand engineering, fabrication, electrical and automotive programs.

The Kalgoorlie TAFE campus spend is part of a $167.4 million investment in capital works projects, announced by Premier McGowan last week, which will see five Western Australian TAFE colleges significantly upgraded. As part of the McGowan Government’s commitment to regional WA, more than half of the total spend has been allocated to projects at regional TAFE colleges. The capital works projects, key to the State Government’s $229.2 million Rebuilding our TAFEs plan, will support learning opportunities for students and boost the WA economy by generating jobs.

The new training facilities will meet demand for more skilled workers in the Kalgoorlie—Boulder and Goldfields region by expanding training options, and increasing the number of half price courses available as part of the Lower fees, local skills initiative. Initially launched in January, the initiative halved the cost of training for 34 high priority qualifications. In July, the program was expanded to include an additional 39 courses slashed by up to 72 per cent to align with the State's immediate economic needs following COVID-19 as part of the new Skills Ready program. The courses with reduced fees are also targeted at job opportunities that relate to capital works initiatives such as the Rebuilding our TAFEs plan.

Find out more about free and half price courses

“The people of Kalgoorlie—Boulder can look forward to contemporary, state of the art training facilities where they can train for the jobs of today and into the future." said the Premier. “This is all part of our plan to drive WA's economic and social recovery, by creating a pipeline of local jobs through investment in infrastructure projects and support of vital industries. Keeping our resources sector strong is a priority. It will ensure we are well positioned to bounce-back as the WA economy recovers.”

Read the full media statement here

Top TAFE training facilities in our top end!

$16M investment in new and upgraded training centres for the Kimberley

As part of the Rebuilding our TAFEs plan, a key initiative under the WA Recovery Plan, the McGowan Government today announced funding for the construction of new state of the art training facilities at North Regional TAFE's Broome and Kununurra campuses.

The $10 million hospitality centre in Broome will provide students with a contemporary training environment. It will also be home to a brand new live works training restaurant and alfresco café, adding vibrancy to local communities while delivering industry-standard training and fostering industry partnerships. The new centre will ensure students are jobready and equipped to take up local employment opportunities in the hospitality and tourism industry, as well as in the wider region such as catering in mine sites.

A further $6 million for the Kununurra campus has been allocated for a health and hospitality trade training centre. The new training facility will provide simulated in home care training facilities to support National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) related training, and enable North Regional TAFE to deliver NDIS and aged care training. 

These upgrades to North Regional TAFE are part of a $167.4 million investment in capital works projects, announced by the Premier earlier this week. As part of the State Government's commitment to regional WA, almost half of the total spend — more than $79.1 million — has been allocated to projects at regional TAFE colleges. North Regional TAFE's Pundulmurra campus (South Hedland) and Minurmarghali Mia campus (Roebourne) are also set to receive new facilities through the initiative. As well as improving learning opportunities for students, these projects will also boost the WA economy by generating jobs in the region.

The Rebuilding our TAFEs plan includes:

  • $167.4 million in capital works projects across WA
  • $25 million for free TAFE short courses to upskill thousands of Western Australians
  • $32 million for the expansion of the Lower fees, local skills program
  • $4.8 million for the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Re-engagement Incentive

The new state-of-the-art training facilities will meet demand for more skilled workers in the region by expanding free training options and increasing the number of half price courses available, as part of the State Government's Lower fees, local skills initiative. Initially launched in January, the initiative halved the cost of training for 34 high priority qualifications. In July, the program was expanded to include an additional 39 courses slashed by up to 72 per cent to align with the State's immediate economic needs following COVID-19.The courses with reduced fees are also targeted at job opportunities that relate to capital works initiatives such as the Rebuilding our TAFEs plan.

For information about free training and half price qualifications, visit the Skills Ready page at jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/skillsready

"Improving TAFE facilities is a key component of the WA Recovery Plan. This $16 million investment in the Kimberley will deliver world class training facilities to the region's health and hospitality industries." said the Premier. "Vocational education and training will play a major role in WA's economic recovery and, through our Rebuilding our TAFEs program, we've invested $229.2 million to support the sector."

Read the full media statement here

New state of the art NDIS Training Centre opens in Broome

Supporting the region’s demand for skilled workers in aged and disability care

Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery and Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson today opened the brand new National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Training Centre at North Regional TAFE’s Broome campus. Built at a cost of $955,000, the centre was designed to cater for the region’s increase in demand for skilled aged care and disability workers. Designed by local firm Engawa Architects and constructed by Broome Builders, only local subcontractors were engaged to work on the project.

The state of  the art facility includes a dedicated teaching space and four simulated in-home care environments, with a customised bedroom, bathroom, kitchenette and living room to reflect a client’s home. The centre also includes a bedroom and ensuite bathroom that replicates hospitals and aged care facilities, to ensure students can achieve the competencies required for NDIS related training.

The new facility will support the delivery of Lower fees, local skills half price course fee qualifications. These courses in priority areas have course fees reduced from 50 to 72 per cent to align with WA's immediate economic needs following COVID-19. The NDIS Training Centre will deliver the following half price courses:

  • Certificate III in Individual Support – Ageing;
  • Disability and Home and Community Care; and
  • Certificate II - Diploma of Community Services and the Certificate IV in Ageing Support.

In addition, the facility will be used for the delivery of the new Provide Individual Support skill set which provides participants with critical skills for jobs in aged care and disability support. North Regional TAFE has already has already had more than 25 applications for this skill set which is free to people under 25 years of age, and other eligible concession students.

“This state of the art centre will provide students with the very best learning environment as they train for jobs to meet local workforce needs. Skilled workers across a range of trades and occupations will be in high demand as the economy recovers, and an investment in training is an investment in the future." said the Minister. 

Find out more about free and half price training here 

 

$9.17 million for new Mandurah TAFE hospitality and tourism training centre

Meeting demand for skilled hospitality and tourism workers in the Peel region

 

As part of the WA Recovery Plan, the McGowan Labor Government today announced a world class hospitality and tourism training centre will be built at South Metropolitan TAFE’s Mandurah campus. The $9.17 million centre will vastly improve the greater Peel region’s capacity to train job-ready, highly skilled chefs, front of house staff, and events management and tourism workers. The new facility, set to replace an ageing home economics-style room, will focus on training apprentice chefs and engaging local secondary students, young people and the long-term unemployed in vocational education and training.

The Mandurah TAFE hospitality and Tourism Training Centre is part of a record $167.3 million investment in capital works projects, announced by Premier McGowan earlier today, which will see five Western Australian TAFE colleges significantly upgraded. The major capital works spend, key to the State Government’s $225 million Rebuilding our TAFEs plan, will deliver state-of-the-art learning opportunities for students and boost the WA economy by generating jobs. The Rebuilding our TAFEs plan includes:

  • $167.3 million in capital works projects across WA;
  • An additional $25 million for free TAFE short courses to upskill thousands of Western Australians;
  • $32 million for the expansion of the Lower fees, local skills program; and
  • $4.8 million for the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Re-engagement Incentive.

Mandurah’s new state of the-art training facility will meet demand for more skilled workers and build greater youth engagement in the region by expanding training options and the number of half price courses available through the the Lower fees, local skills program. Initially launched in January, the initiative halved the cost of training for 34 high priority qualifications. In July, the program was expanded to include an additional 39 courses reduced by up to 72 per cent to align with the State’s immediate economic needs following COVID-19.

“Skilled workers across a range of trades and occupations will be in high demand as the economy recovers and it’s essential that we strengthen WA’s vocational education and training sector to upskill and retrain Western Australians. This world-class training facility will support the building of a highly skilled workforce in the greater Peel region across the hospitality and tourism industries." said the Premier.

Biggest TAFE investment in history as part of WA Recovery Plan

State Government's $229.2 million Rebuilding our TAFEs program announced today

The McGowan Government today announced the biggest capital works program in history for TAFE campuses across the State, as part of the $5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan. The $229.2 million Rebuilding our TAFEs plan includes a record $167.4 million investment in capital works projects to upgrade essential infrastructure across the five Western Australian TAFE colleges. The upgrades will create world-class learning opportunities for students while generating a pipeline of jobs, which will deliver a boost to the economy and help Western Australia get back on track.  

  • Two North Metropolitan TAFE campuses will receive significant upgrades as part of the program. 
  • The ageing Balga campus is set to receive a major upgrade, with $32 million allocated to overhaul the campus that was originally constructed in the 1970s.
  • A new multistorey building will replace 22 transportable classrooms to provide training in building and construction, community services and general education.
  • Construction of a new trade training workshop, and associated technology laboratories, for light automotive training is also planned for the Kendrew Crescent campus in Joondalup, with $17.6 million budgeted. 
  • South Metropolitan TAFE's Armadale campus, split over temporary buildings in various locations, will be replaced, with $22.6 million earmarked for construction of a new consolidated state-of-the-art campus. The new campus will be more accessible for young people, boost student capacity and enhance training delivery. Vocational Education and Training delivered to secondary students will also be a strong focus for the campus to help address youth unemployment. 
  • Regional Western Australia will also benefit from upgrades totalling $79.1 million, including a $17 million upgrade to South Regional TAFE, Albany; $22 million to North Regional TAFE, Pundulmurra (South Hedland); $2 million for upgrades to Central Regional TAFE, Northam; while $5 million is planned to go towards a new classroom block at North Regional TAFE, Minurmarghali Mia (Roebourne).

This record infrastructure spend complements the McGowan Government's other initiatives to form its plan to rebuild WA's training sector, to support displaced workers, women and youth, and provide training for emerging skills needed in the community. The Rebuilding our TAFEs plan includes:

  • $167.4 million in capital works projects across WA;
  • $25 million for free short courses to upskill thousands of WA;
  • $32 million for the expansion of the Lower fees, local skills program; and
  • $4.8 million for the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Re-engagement Incentive. 

For more information, visit inthistogether.wa.gov.au

"Our TAFE sector is a vital component of the WA Recovery Plan, and this announcement will revitalise TAFE across the State." said the Premier. "The Rebuilding our TAFEs program will deliver job-creating infrastructure to ensure students will continue to learn in first-class facilities. The reductions in course fees will create huge incentives for Western Australians to take up training opportunities in in-demand sectors.  The plan will support the creation of jobs in the short term, but will also enable us to build a strong future. This is about ensuring young Western Australians have a bright future, laying the groundwork for the ongoing prosperity of our State. The Rebuilding our TAFEs plan will create of a pipeline of jobs for Western Australians, ensuring the State will rebound stronger than ever."

Read the full media statement here

Review of skills, training and workforce development

Review report and State Government response now available

On 21 May 2020, Premier Mark McGowan and the Minister for Education and Training, Sue Ellery announced the establishment of an urgent review on skills, training and workforce development in response to COVID 19's impact on the workforce in Western Australia. The Review Report was submitted to the State Recovery Controller on 30 June 2020 and was recently considered by the State Government.

The Review made 46 observations and recommendations under the following five key themes:

  1. New futures for Western Australians
  2. 21st century apprenticeships
  3. Maximising skills from Government investment
  4. Live-learn-work in regional WA
  5. Next generation training

Recommendations arising from the review will support Western Australia’s workforce to look forward. Creating new futures for displaced workers, and preparing the workforce for the digital world and new technologies, will be vital to the State’s recovery.  Building the capacity of regional WA and ensuring disadvantaged people are supported in transitions to training and work will also be critical to serving the needs of the WA economy and community now and into the future. 

The State Government has confirmed its commitment to advancing immediately almost all of the Review recommendations. Implementation has already commenced with the announcement of the State Government’s $57 million training recovery package on 2 July 2020. This included a range of initiatives, such as the expansion of Lower Fees Local Skills program, fee free short courses available to engage youth and displaced workers, and opportunities for apprentices, trainees, and their employers. 

Read more about these initiatives here

Implementation of the Review recommendations will continue as part of the State’s Recovery Plan.

Further information, and the Review Report and the State Government's response, is available here

View the full media statement here

$5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan launched to get WA back on track

Focus on job creation and skilling our workforce through VET

Premier Mark McGowan has released the comprehensive WA Recovery Plan — the next important step in WA's COVID-19 journey that will help drive economic and social recovery across the State, and create a pipeline of jobs for Western Australians. The plan has been developed in consultation with the State Recovery Advisory Group, which includes representatives from business, industry, not-for-profit organisations, UnionsWA, the public sector, local government and the community.

The $5.5 billion investment will create thousands of local jobs in important sectors such as construction, manufacturing, tourism and hospitality, renewable energy, education and training, agriculture, mining and conservation. It includes more than $60 million for 'shovel-ready' maintenance upgrades to vital State Government facilities, expected to get underway within weeks. These projects will create an immediate boost to workers such as electricians, painters, plumbers, builders and carpenters.

One of the priority areas within the plan is rebuilding TAFE and reskilling our workforce. 

  • New and upgraded specialist facilities with state of the art equipment will be constructed in the largest ever capital funding program for WA TAFE collegess. 
  • $25 million has been allocated to provide free training for people to extend transferable skills and tap into new job needs  (see jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/skillsready).
  • $32 million to support the Lower fees, local skills program, under which course fees for priority qualifications have been slashed by up to 72 per cent, to provide easier access to training in critical areas  (see jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/skillsready#lower-fees-local-skills-half-price-course-fees).
  • $4.8 million for the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Re-engagement Incentive which offers employers one-off payments to reengage displaced workers  — $6,000 for apprentices and $3,000 for trainees  —(see jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/reengagementincentive).

The WA Recovery Plan is available at wa.gov.au/government/wa-recovery

Full details on each element of the comprehensive WA Recovery Plan will be released in coming days and will be available at inthistogether.wa.gov.au.

"The WA Recovery Plan will help drive the economic and social recovery across the State, to ensure we can recover, stronger than ever." said Premier Mark McGowan. "This comprehensive plan is unlike anything we've ever seen before in WA. It will deliver a pipeline of short and long-term jobs for Western Australians, supporting and strengthening our existing industries, as well as laying the foundation for jobs of the future.". 

Read the full media statement here

New $1.1M Health and Community Care Training Centre opens

State of the art facilities for students

WA Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery officially opened the new $1.1 million Health and Community Care Training Centre at Central Regional TAFE's Kalgoorlie campus last Friday.

The state of the art training facilities provide an authentic workplace experience for students of nursing, aged care, disability and individual support, allied health, mental health and more. It features an eight-bed hospital ward, reception area, medication room, showers, pan room, and an aged care residence. 

The opening of the new centre is particularly timely, with a range of free training and half price course fees qualifications in a range of healthcare areas, including nursing and aged care, under the Skills Ready program. To find out more, please visit the Jobs and Skills WA website.

Elite athletes get fair playing field for apprenticeships and traineeships

New flexible arrangements support elite athletes to access VET

The McGowan Government has opened up new career opportunities for Western Australian elite athletes, after reducing the minimum hours required for them to undertake an apprenticeship or traineeship. The EEAT arrangements will also help our elite athletes to diversify their interests during their sporting careers, while supporting them to transition to life after sport. The West Coast Eagles Football Club and Western Australian Institute of Sport have played a significant role in the change.

Doing an apprenticeship or traineeship part-time has been out of reach for many elite athletes because of managing the demands of sport with the requirement to fulfil a minimum number of hours in order to gain a qualification. Under the new EAAT, minimum part time hours will change from 15 or 20 hours per week to 7.5 hours per week for elite athletes, averaged over six month periods.

For more information on the EAAT arrangements including eligibility criteria and fact sheets, visit jobsandskills.wa.gov.au or call the Apprenticeship Office Helpline on 13 19 54.

"The flexibility of Western Australia’s training sector is a huge asset to our State." said Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery. “The McGowan Government continues to be responsive to industry needs thanks to our adaptable training sector, which has never been more important than in the current climate. We’ve already had significant interest in the program, which highlights the need for the new arrangements.”.

 

 

New free training to get WA Skills Ready!

$57 million recovery package for WA TAFE and VET sector

The McGowan Labor Government has unveiled a comprehensive $57 million package for the training sector that will deliver 15 free short courses and slash course fees or thousands of Western Australians, as part of the WA Recovery Plan.

In an expansion of the Lower fees, local skills initiative that rolled out before COVID-19,  course fees for a further 39 high priority courses will be slashed by as much as 72 per cent. The expanded program now includes 73 courses in total and will ensure Western Australians can access affordable training to help them get back into jobs. The heavily reduced fees have been targeted to align with the State’s immediate economic needs following COVID-19.

What's new

Free* infection control and job ready skill sets

The package includes $25 million for free short courses that have been developed in consultation with industry to engage displaced workers, including young people, and meet immediate and emerging skill requirements as the economy recovers. These free skill sets will provide a launch-pad for students to get skills ready for new jobs, and provide pathways to full qualifications.

The initial list of 15 short courses will be available to around 13,500 Western Australians and includes free infection control skill sets, and courses in hospitality, logistics, cyber security, agriculture, civil construction and small business. Many of the short courses have built-in foundation digital skills and literacy and numeracy training. The free short courses can also be used as a credit towards a full qualification from the expanded Lower fees, local skills initiative.

More Lower fees, local skills qualifications

  • The program now also includes 27 Certificate-level qualifications that will have course fees reduced from between 50 and 67 per cent for areas such as plumbing, agriculture, METRONET courses, construction, electrical trades, health services, fabrication, mental health and disability services.
     
  • Six diploma courses – including Diploma of Nursing, Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care and Diploma of Community Services— will have course fees reduced by 72 per cent.
     
  • Six pre-apprenticeship courses will have course fees cut by 67 per cent. These courses, in areas including automotive electrical technology, engineering, plumbing and, building and construction, will prepare students for apprenticeships in industries where there will be demand for skilled workers.
     
  • From second semester, the maximum  course fees students will pay for Lower fees, local skills qualifications will be capped at $400 for concession students and youth and $1,200 for non-concession students.

For more information on the free training and new Lower fees, local skills qualifications visit jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/skillsready

For free advice, information and support about training, please contact your local Jobs and Skills Centre on 13 64 64.

Enrolments open on Monday 6 July 2020.

*Please note: Some of the free courses have eligibility requirements. Please go to jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/skillsready for full details.

Apprenticeships and traineeships.

Up to $6,000 incentive for employers of displaced apprentices and trainees!

New reengagement incentive to help maintain WA's pipeline of skilled workers

Up to $6,000 in financial support is now available to employers who take on a displaced apprentice or trainee, as part of the McGowan Government's commitment to support apprentices and trainees during the State's COVID-19 recovery. The incentive will help employers maintain a pipeline of skilled workers in Western Australia and is available until June 30, 2021 from the Department of Training and Workforce Development.  

The new Apprenticeship and Traineeship Re-engagement Incentive provides employers with a one-off payment of $6,000 for hiring an apprentice and $3,000 for hiring a trainee.

Employers who take on an apprentice or trainee whose training contract was terminated on or after 1 March 2020, are eligible to receive the payment.

The financial boost for businesses follows the recent announcement by the State Government to cover the training costs for more than 3,000 apprentices and trainees who have had their contracts cancelled or suspended, to continue their 'off the job' training for up to six months.

"We know that many apprentices and trainees have been doing it tough during this period, and as we continue the recovery process, we want to get them back into our workshops and back to work." said Premier Mark McGowan. "By providing these financial incentives, we are backing our local businesses to take on displaced apprentices and trainees to ensure our future workers have the technical and practical skills to meet the immediate needs of the workforce."

The new incentive is supported by a new Out of Contract Register which helps apprentices and trainees who have been stood down to find a new employer. The register provides employers with a quick search tool to find apprentices and trainees who are keen to continue their training.

Information and support for employers of apprentices and trainees is available from the Apprenticeship Office Helpline on 13 19 54.

 

WA Training Awards return for 2020!

Applications for new streamlined 2020 program open 1 July

The annual Western Australian Training Awards will go ahead in 2020, following the State's staged easing of COVID-19 restrictions. 

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery announced today that applications for the WA Training Awards would open tomorrow, July 1, with the State's top apprentices, trainees and students encouraged to apply. 

Individual winners will receive $3,000 in cash and may be eligible to compete against the nation's best at the Australian Training Awards in November.

This year, winners will be recognised across five individual categories. These are: WA Apprentice of the Year; WA School-based Apprentice of the Year; WA Trainee of the Year; WA Vocational Student of the Year; and WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year. Applications close August 14 and winners will be announced in October.

For more information or to apply, visit https://www.dtwd.wa.gov.au/watrainingawards/wata2020

"The WA Training Awards are the State's premier training award program, showcasing excellence and putting our best talent in the spotlight." said the Minister. "With vocational education and training playing a vital role in the rebuilding of Western Australia's economy, there is no better time to recognise our best students. I strongly encourage all apprentices, trainees and vocational students to apply for the Awards - now is the time to showcase your individual talent and set the benchmark for the future of WA."

First stage of Collie TAFE complete!

New truck driver training program launched

Premier Mark McGowan, Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery and Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray today opened Stage 1 of major upgrades to South Regional TAFE's Collie campus.

Local architect Kent Lyon and local builder Smith Constructions were engaged to complete Stage 1, which includes a fully refurbished main administration and teaching block to deliver essential training, including aged care, to the region. The opening of the new facilities coincided with the launch of a new pilot program that will deliver advanced skills to truck drivers to increase productivity and industry safety.

New truck driver training

The Heavy Haulage Driving Operations Skill Set, endorsed by the Western Roads Federation, was developed following considerable industry consultation and will fill key skills gaps for this essential service. The five-week course has been developed to support workers and businesses and gives drivers the end-to-end skills needed in their workplace and help jobseekers increase their employability.

The course will also give participants eight units of competency from the Certificate III in Driving Operations and a leg up to complete the full qualification. South Regional TAFE is working in partnership with Keens Truck Driver Training to deliver the new program. The Western Road Federation will work with its industry partners to ensure course participants have at least one interview with an industry employer within a month of completing the program.

The pilot will commence in July using the newly upgraded facilities and will move to a dedicated training space to be constructed as part of Collie's Stage 2 upgrade. The Stage 2 upgrade will see a new training space created from the full refurbishment of two classrooms, bathrooms and student breakout spaces, with new furniture and IT equipment included. It is anticipated Stage 2 will be underway before the end of the year and will be completed early in 2021 at an estimated $0.5 million. Full details will be available on the Jobs and Skills WA website later this week.

Speaking at today's event, Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery said "The importance of the transport industry has never been more evident than during the COVID-19 pandemic. Truck drivers have kept Western Australia moving and we are proud to invest in this new training program and facilities that will upskill this essential workforce."

View the full media statement here

 

Would you like to contribute to WA's COVID-19 recovery?

iThink is open for ideas!

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented an extraordinary challenge for Western Australia in responding to and now progressing to recovery. The WA Government has already introduced a range of initiatives, programs and stimulus measures in response to the pandemic and for early recovery, and the work is continuing. Now you're invited to contribute to this planning.

Do you have new and innovative ideas on how to get the State back on its feet from the COVID-19 pandemic, across the recovery areas of health, economy and infrastructure, social, industry and regions?

iThink provides an opportunity for every Western Australian to contribute information and ideas to support WA's recovery and contribute to recovery planning. 

iThink is an online ideas community initially launched for the WA public sector to give its 140,000 staff the opportunity to contribute ideas to make their workplaces even better. It was recently opened up to the WA community, to assist with some of the particular challenges of the State’s COVID-19 response and is now being used to capture people’s ideas about recovery. Ideas can be posted on iThink by anyone and other users can provide constructive feedback and vote on their favourite ideas.

To register for iThink, visit ithink.wa.gov.au

For more information about iThink, email ithink@psc.wa.gov.au.

Please encourage your staff, clients and extended networks to join iThink to contribute their ideas, and together we can support the State’s recovery from the impacts of the pandemic.

You can also download promotional materials such as graphics to use on your website and social media here

Getting ready for future jobs with STEM skills

Take 2 STEM campaign launches

WA Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery and Science Minister Dave Kelly today launched the McGowan Government's STEM campaign to ensure young Western Australians are ready for the jobs of the future. The campaign message 'Take 2 STEM' aims to encourage more WA students to select at least two STEM subjects  — Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths — especially those entering Years 11 and 12 or considering a vocational pathway.

As WA begins its economic recovery from the global COVID-19 pandemic, Take 2 STEM aims to build skills in young people that will position them to be ready to take on the jobs of the future. WA is already a leader in technologies such as cyber security, data analysis, remote operations, robotics and medical research, and Take 2 STEM will build on these strengths to ensure our workforce has the capacity to attract investment and remain globally competitive. The campaign will also emphasise that STEM skills go beyond the lab; these are skills that are critical across a broad range of industries and vocations.

The Take 2 STEM campaign features videos of a range of Western Australian STEM champions, a website and a logo co-designed by WA young people. Part of the Government's State STEM Skills Strategy, Take 2 STEM includes a focus on increasing participation in under-represented groups, including girls and women, people from lower socio-economic backgrounds and Aboriginal students.

Visit the Take 2 STEM website at  take2stem.com

South Metropolitan TAFE's Munster campus plays a key role in delivering STEM-based training for new technologies including Industry 4.0 and automation. The Certificate II in Autonomous Workplace Operations qualification, currently being delivered as a pilot program to secondary students, has achieved positive student engagement and outcomes. The course will be available to all secondary schools from Semester 2, 2020.

Read the full media statement here

 

 

 

 

Free training for WA apprentices and trainees

Course fees scrapped for off-the-job training

More than half of the apprentices and trainees in Western Australia impacted so far by COVID-19 are in hospitality, tourism, wholesale and retail services, personal services, finance, property and business services and building and construction. Thanks to the State Government’s latest initiative announced today to safeguard Western Australia’s future workforce, more than 3,000 apprentices and trainees will now be able to access free training so that they can continue building their skills and stay in employment where possible.

Training costs will be covered for apprentices and trainees who have had their training contracts cancelled or suspended, to continue their off the job training for up to six months. This support will make apprentices and trainees more employable in the COVID-19 recovery phase, and is one of the State Government's measures to keep WA’s pipeline of skilled workers on track during COVID-19.

  • Eligible apprentices and trainees displaced between 1 March 2020 and 31 December 2020 will be entitled to fee relief.  There will be no course and resource fees for any units commenced by these apprentices and trainees for up to six months.
  • Fee relief will continue to apply if the apprentice or trainee is subsequently picked up by another employer.
  • The course fees will be paid by the Department of Training and Workforce Development directly to training providers, who will be able to access the payments from 1 July 2020.

Employers will also benefit from a more flexible approach to training apprentices and trainees during the COVID-19 recovery period, given that it may be difficult to meet some requirements while restrictions are in place.

    his initiative is supported by a new Out of Contract Register, available on the Jobs and Skills WA website, which will help apprentices and trainees who have been stood down to find a new employer. The register offers employers a quick search to find apprentices and trainees who are keen to continue to develop their skills.

    View the Out of Contract Register

    The Apprenticeship Office Helpline is available on 13 19 54 to provide employers with advice on how to retain their apprentices and trainees, and help to navigate current State and Commonwealth Government financial support.

    Further information, including a full list of financial support available to employers, apprentices and trainees, is available on the Jobs and Skills WA website via the following links.
     

    "COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on local businesses which, in turn, has impacted many apprentices and trainees. More than 3,000 apprentices and trainees have had their contracts cancelled or suspended since 1 March 2020." said Premier Mark McGowan. “Over half of those apprentices and trainees are in hospitality, tourism, wholesale and retail services, personal services, finance, property and business services and building and construction. By scrapping course fees for six months, apprentices and trainees who are experiencing financial hardship will be able to continue their training.”

    View the full media statement 

    Launchpad ready to boost Pilbara businesses!

    Business accelerator program now available

    Pilbara entrepreneurs are invited to sign up for a series of free online learning programs to upskill in modern approaches to grow their businesses.

    Following the online learning, participants will present their ideas to a local audience of industry, community and government representatives at an online 'pitch night'. Pitch night winners will then present at a 'Regional Pitchfest' in Port Hedland later in the year.

    Funded through the State Government's Regional New Industries Fund, Launchpad is a program developed by the Pilbara Regional Innovation Network which is led by Port Hedland Chamber of Commerce and The WEB Business Hub.

    Launchpad is designed as a business accelerator program to help Pilbara businesses move to the next level, creating jobs and driving diversification in the region. Participants will work with experts to increase their capacity, capability and exposure with a focus on business growth. The program will target existing small and medium sized enterprises and new businesses from across the region.

    "This initiative will give small and medium sized enterprises help to overcome challenges of being in the region, invaluable exposure and training.” said Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan, "Through supporting innovation and advancing small businesses, the McGowan Government is working to ensure the long-term prosperity and diversity of Pilbara communities."

    Registrations are being taken via local chambers of commerce.

    Read the full media statement here

    News image.

    Identifying training solutions for COVID-19 recovery

    Review of skills, training and workforce development

    The State Government has established an urgent review of skills, training and workforce development in response to COVID 19.

    The review will aim to identify practical and responsive training solutions for the post-COVID 19 recovery period. This follows the profound effect the pandemic’s restrictions have had on the workforce with many people losing their jobs or employment opportunities being reduced significantly.

    The review team, led by Ms Anne Driscoll, Director General of the Department of Training and Workforce Development; Ms Michelle Hoad, Managing Director, North Metropolitan TAFE and Ms Terry Durant, Managing Director, South Metropolitan TAFE, will engage with industry and business to identify training needs and develop specific proposals that respond to these needs. The State Recovery Advisory Group will work with the review team to communicate specific occupations, skills, needs and training courses required to respond to local needs across WA.

    A report on key opportunities, practical actions and proposed TAFE implementation responses will be provided by the review team to the State Recovery Controller by 30 June 2020.

    Announcing the review today, Premier Mark McGowan said “This review will provide a direct line to government for the state’s business and industry stakeholders who have made it clear they want to communicate their training needs and to see responses implemented. This review, which will engage business and industry stakeholders, will ensure we are ready to provide the training and workforce development the post-COVID-19 era will require.”

    Speaking of the importance of the review, WA Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery said "“Skills, training and workforce development are critical if we are to ensure a supply of skilled workers across priority industry sectors; prepare people for new and emerging industry needs and equip the health, not-for-profit and government sectors in supporting the community."

    Read the full media statement here

    Housing in WA.

    $150M Stimulus to boost building industry jobs

    Supporting WA tradies and business

    The Western Australian Government is bringing forward funds earmarked in a $150 million housing investment package, to help maintain a pipeline of work for local tradies and building businesses. The Housing Investment Package, originally announced in December 2019, was due to roll out from July but has been brought forward as part of the Government's response to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The immediate focus of the stimulus, originally scheduled to begin in 2020—21, is on refurbishing 70 homes across the metropolitan and regional areas, with construction of up to 500 social and affordable homes coming on line as the package unfolds.

    Housing Minister Peter Tinley announced the move today to boost the residential construction sector, following calls for greater certainty of ongoing work in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. The stimulus initiative is expected to create and support about 1,000 jobs and generate hundreds of millions in economic activity as part of the construction work, with the outcome of providing more social and affordable housing for people on low incomes or at risk of homelessness.

    The package also includes $19.2 million for 200 additional shared equity homes, delivered in partnership with Keystart — WA's low deposit home ownership scheme.

    Read the full media statement here

    Esperance Western Australia.

    Investing in training and jobs for Esperance

    New state of the art $18.34 million TAFE campus announced

    Esperance locals will benefit from state-of-the-art training facilities with construction set to commence on South Regional TAFE's new $18.34 million Esperance campus. Located on land adjacent to the secondary school oval, the new campus will provide local school students with easy access to vocational education and training (VET) programs as part of their education.

    Making the announcement today, WA Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery said "The opportunities created by the construction of the new Esperance campus will be vital to the local workforce and will support the region's recovery post the COVID-19 pandemic. Not only will the project create local jobs and boost the economy, it delivers on our commitment to invest in quality infrastructure to support training delivery throughout WA.".

    The new state of the art facility will increase the scope of training offered in Esperance, providing a wider range of high quality training opportunities and encourage people back into VET which will be essential to meeting the demand for skills post-COVID-19. The project will also support the local building and construction industry to maintain a skilled workforce and give greater certainty during the pandemic. The new buildings will include three trade workshops for training in construction, metal engineering and auto/machinery industries and specialist facilities for childcare, institutional and home care for NDIS and aged care training.

    It is anticipated construction of the new campus will start in June and is expected to open to students in Semester 1, 2022. Students will relocate from the current campus on Pink Lake Road to the new campus once it opens. 

    A number of measures have already been implemented to maximise local business participation including requiring the shortlisted tenderers to advertise packages of work via local media and the Chamber of Commerce, and offering incentives to tenderers that engage Aboriginal businesses or employ Aboriginal people. Tjaltjraak, a local Aboriginal organisation, has been consulted throughout the design process and has been instrumental in identifying training needs, areas of cultural significance, landscape design and will also be involved in providing the public art. Under the Western Australian Industry Participation Strategy (WAIPS), EMCO Building will generate local economic benefits and opportunities for local industry, plus job opportunities including apprenticeships and traineeships. The State Government will closely monitor the number of regional contractors employed through the construction phase and EMCO Building's WAIPS commitment to ensure local benefit.

    Read the full media statement here

    A road sign on a WA country road.

    $14.4 million to support WA tourism industry and jobs

    WA Tourism Recovery Program announced

    Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan has announced a new WA Tourism Recovery Program funding package to support and boost small tourism businesses and jobs following the easing of regional travel and other COVID-19 related restrictions. Under the program, two grants are available.
     

    • The $10.4 million Tourism Recovery Fund will provide one-off cash grants of $6,500 to assist up to 1,600 tourism operators across the State including micro tourism businesses such as sole traders and businesses with four or less employees.
    • The $4 million Tourism Business Survival Grants package will be available for tourism operators dealing with exceptionally difficult circumstances, such as those located in parts of the State with more restrictive travel bans in place or whose circumstances mean they will face a more difficult road to recovery, with grants of $25—100,000 available.

    Tourism WA is also developing a new marketing campaign to promote WA destinations, to boost the industry.

    More information on the Tourism Recovery Fund and the online application form is available on Tourism WA's corporate website.

    Details on the Tourism Business Survival Grants package, including how businesses can apply, will be released shortly.

    For information about other financial support measures available for WA business, please visit the COVID-19 Support for business page on the Jobs and Skills WA website.

    Read the Premier's full media statement here

    Rio Tinto apprentices.

    New opportunities for WA apprentices!

    Rio Tinto and TAFE partnership creating new jobs

    In partnership with South Metropolitan TAFE (SMTAFE), Rio Tinto will cover course fees for up to 200 displaced apprentices to complete a recently accredited automation qualification. The micro-credential course for apprentices and technicians was developed jointly by Rio Tinto and SMTAFE to give students the knowledge and skills to work at top-tier automation facilities. The course will be delivered in four-day blocks from 1 June  to 31 December at SM TAFE's Munster campus. The automation qualifications were developed by the Resource Industry Collaboration led by Rio Tinto, the WA Government and SMTAFE.

    Course information is available on the SMTAFE website

    The State Government has also welcomed news that Rio Tinto is continuing to recruit workers in various roles, with more than 300 jobs currently on offer.

    "This is a great example of the State Government and industry working together to rapidly respond to the changes in WA's economy as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic." Premier Mark McGowan says. "WA is a global leader in automation and this course will allow Western Australians to take full advantage of the many opportunities automation is expected to deliver to industry and the economy. I congratulate Rio Tinto and South Metropolitan TAFE for making this opportunity possible for displaced apprentices to stay at the forefront of technological development in the resources sector. ".

    Speaking about this opportunity, Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said "If you're an apprentice who has been impacted by COVID-19, now is the time to upskill and gain the skills and knowledge required to work in an automated environment. TAFE is an important pathway for Western Australians looking for retraining opportunities, setting workers up for new jobs being created through technological innovation.".

    Read the full media statement here

    National Careers Week 2020

    National Careers Week Australia coming soon!

    Starts 18 May, running all week through to 24 May 2020

    National Careers Week Australia celebrates careers, career development, career development services, and career development practitioners. This forum also aims to promote the economic, social and personal benefits of career development.

    National Careers Week starts on 18 May 2020, running all week through to 24 May 2020. The current challenges presented by COVID-19 and the resulting social distancing requirements have presented an opportunity to take National Careers Week events and activities online.

    This year’s exciting program is packed full of interesting material with free webinars throughout the week featuring international presenters recognised as experts within their field speaking on topics such as, finding your career niche, the world of online courses and much more. Free 30-minute industry information sessions are also available to bring together industries with a high demand for employment.

    View the schedule for National Careers Week 2020 here

    Register to attend here

    Disability support worker.

    New website to assist jobseekers in disability services

    Increasing WA's disability sector workforce capacity

    Western Australian Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson recently launched a new website that will support WA's disability sector to continue providing high quality and safe services, and minimise disruption for people with disability during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The Jobs in WA Disability Services website has been established by National Disability Services WA (NDS), with funding from the WA Department of Communities, to enable jobseekers and employers across the State to access employment opportunities in the disability sector. Jobseekers with experience working in customer facing roles, including in the disability, community or health sectors can use the new website to register their interest in working in the disability sector and make themselves known to employers needing additional staff during the pandemic.

    The website is intended to reduce the time and effort required to apply for jobs in the disability sector, and help employers to shortlist jobseekers. Disability service providers and individuals who self-manage their individualised plan can also use the website to search for and employ suitable staff.

    "I'm very pleased to announce the launch of Jobs in WA Disability Services, designed as an efficient and easy-to-use job matching website to connect disability service providers or people who are self-managing with workers with the right skills and values." the Minister said. "There will be many people seeking work at this time who have experience in the health and community service sectors whose skills and values will be welcomed by the disability sector. The disability sector in Western Australia offers a wide variety of meaningful jobs and valued careers for jobseekers who have the right values and approach, focused on supporting people with disability to achieve their goals and meet their specific daily living needs."

    Visit the Jobs in Disability WA website

    Construction workers.

    New $24.5 million support package for WA construction industry

    Funding support for employers and apprentices

    WA Premier Mark McGowan and Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery, together with the Construction Training Fund (CTF), have announced a $24.5 million support package to assist the building and construction industry to maintain a skilled workforce during the COVID-19 crisis. The package includes $10 million to provide an immediate, one-off payment of $2,000 to employers of existing apprentices and trainees currently receiving Construction Training Fund (CTF) grant payments.

    A new grants scheme worth $9.5 million will be introduced to assist employers to retain their existing apprentices, with payments beginning from 1 June 2020 (backdated from 1 April 2020). The payments will range from $250 per month to $500 per month, per apprentice or trainee, depending on the trades facing the most critical skills shortages in the industry.
     

    • Employers currently receiving CTF grants for apprentices and trainees in employment will be eligible for the new grant scheme. Support for apprentices and trainees
    • Apprentices and trainees employed in the industry can claim up to $1,000 to support the costs of undertaking short courses to assist them in upskilling.

    Employers and employees can find out more information at ctf.wa.gov.au

    "The construction industry plays an important role in Western Australia and employs thousands of people across a range of trades." the Premier said. "It's important we look after our local businesses, apprentices and trainees — this funding will go towards making sure jobs are maintained and our construction workforce is ready to assist with the post COVID-19 economic recovery."

    Read the full media statement here

    Scholarship

    Scholarship opportunity: Up to $10,000 for VET study

    Applications now open!

    The Commonwealth Government’s Scholarships Program for Young Australians Program provides scholarships of up to $10,000 for study costs, for courses that target in-demand occupations across a range of industries including construction, healthcare, information technology, sports and recreation and education.

    Applicants who are eligible can apply for the scholarship to undertake an approved course of study at Certificate III to Advanced Diploma levels. Courses can be undertaken part time or full time, and you will also complete a 20-day paid internship for which you will receive an additional $3,000.

    Young people aged 15—24 or recently exited Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel in nominated regions of WA can apply for the scholarship program. Priority will be given to the following cohorts.
     

    • Individuals who have exited from the ADF in the previous two years (age criteria does not apply for ex-ADF applicants)
    • Indigenous young Australians • Young Australians with a disability
    • Young Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds

    Full details about the program, including a list of eligible occupations and regions, can be found on the Busy at Work website.

    If you would like free support and advice to help choose from the available occupation areas, to suit your career goals, please visit your local Jobs and Skills Centre.

    Find your local JSC

    You may also find it helpful to look through the occupation profiles on the Jobs and Skills WA website, to learn more about the occupations on the scholarship list.

    View the Jobs and Skills WA occupation profiles

    Training for jobs

    New short course to upskill aged care and disability workers

    COVID-19 Direct Care course now available!

    WA Premier Mark McGowan and Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery today announced vital funding for TAFE and some specialist private training providers to roll out new training for the State’s aged care and disability sectors.

    The new COVID-19 Direct Care Skill Set will increase the number of skilled workers in the aged care and disability sectors able to care for people and minimise the risk of exposure to an infectious disease. It will also provide skills for workers such as cleaners and social support workers, to operate safely and shift into other critical roles.

    As part of the course, students will learn about the basis of infection from viruses to bacteria as well as modes of transmission, infection prevention and control - including the correct use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and handling contaminated waste. Training will be delivered mostly online and where safe, face-to-face training will occur in a simulated environment. Completion of this course will count towards a Certificate III in Individual Support qualification, for students who want to continue their training in the future and receive the full qualification.

    Aged care and disability service providers identified a high demand for training needed for up to 2,000 people to prevent short-term gaps emerging for key frontline workers. WA’s vocational education and training sector, spearheaded by the Community Services, Health and Education Training Council, has co-designed the skill set with employers to meet their requirements.

    "The State’s economic recovery will require the VET sector to respond quickly to industry and deliver training for emerging skills needed in the community." the Minister said. “Right now we know there’s a demand for skills in infectious disease management. The COVID-19 Direct Care Skill Set allows workers in the aged care and disability sectors upskill and helps people seeking to work in care roles to reskill quickly. "

     

    A female student doing online learning through TAFE.

    New blended delivery model for WA TAFEs in Term 2

    Continuing training in line with latest COVID-19 health advice

    Premier Mark McGowan and Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery today announced that Western Australian TAFE colleges have adapted their training delivery to enable students to continue their studies, with Term 2 beginning tomorrow Tuesday April 28. 

    TAFE's new blended delivery approach for Term 2 allows training to continue in line with the latest COVID-19 health advice around social distancing measures, ensuring the safety of students and staff. The blended delivery will include learning via online and interactive technologies, and will include face-to-face delivery where necessary and where adequate social distancing measures can be implemented. Courses previously delivered online will continue to be delivered online.

    To ensure regulatory and/or industry requirements are met, practical learning and assessments have largely been deferred to when students can safely return to campus.

    TAFE colleges will work with students to identify solutions for their specific circumstances, and provide assistance for students to complete their courses without extra cost.

    Answers to frequently asked questions about TAFE in Term 2 are available here 

    "The COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented — our TAFE colleges have been working hard to support students get back into training this term. It is critical we continue to train people in courses that will help boost the economy." the Premier said. "We have cut fees for 34 priority TAFE courses by 50 per cent to encourage more people back into training , which will be especially important in the post-COVID19 economic recovery period.".

    To find out more about the 34 half-price qualifications under the Lower Fees, Local Skills program please visit the Jobs and Skills WA website

     

    Apprentices.

    New national employment register for displaced apprentices and trainees

    Connecting apprentices, trainees and employers

    Apprentices and trainees who recently lost their job due to COVID-19 are now able to connect with prospective employers to explore ongoing work and employment opportunities, through a new free national service.

    The new Apprentice and Trainee Re-engagement Register will support displaced apprentices and trainees displaced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, by connecting them with a network of employers across the country.

    The register enables eligible apprentices and trainees who were in a training contract with a small business at March 1 to upload details such as qualifications, work experience and resumes to help them connect with employers. 

    Employers of any size, including group training organisations, are able to register their details and post a vacancy for an apprentice or trainee. Employers who re-engage an apprentices or trainees displaced from a small business may be eligible for a wage subsidy of 50 per cent of the apprentice’s or trainee’s wage, under the government’s Supporting Apprentices and Trainees initiative.

    The register is hosted by the National Apprentice Employment Network (NAEN) and supported by the Australian Government, as part of the economic response to COVID-19. 

    For further information, please visit naen.com.au/apprentice-and-trainee-re-engagement-register.

    You can also download this information flyer

    Financial incentives for employers.

    Financial incentives for business to employ and train

    Updated information now available

    Financial incentives are provided by the Western Australian and Commonwealth Governments to help businesses with the cost of taking on a new employee, apprentice or trainee.

    As part of the State Government’s Our Priorities strategy to create more jobs and assist businesses with the cost of doing business, information on the full range of financial support for employers is now conveniently located in one location on the Jobs and Skills WA website — a one-stop-shop for information and resources on careers, training, apprenticeships and traineeships and jobs in WA.

    To find out more and for links to further support, please visit the Jobs and Skills WA website

    WA Training Awards 2020.

    Important notice: WA Training Awards 2020

    In response to COVID-19

    The Western Australian Training Awards (WATA) is the State’s premier awards program recognising excellence in vocational education and training (VET) and the outstanding achievements of our VET students, apprentices and trainees, practitioners and training providers, organisations and employers.

    The Department places the highest priority on the safety and health of our students, training providers and extended communities. Unfortunately, the measures we have adopted in response to COVID-19, together with the rapidly evolving situation in Western Australia, have led to a decision to cancel the 2020 WATA program. While we realise this will be disappointing for those who were applying, our decision aligns with the State Government’s position at this time.

    Australian Award direct-entry categories are still open and can be entered by visiting the Australian Training Awards website.

    We apologise for any inconvenience, and thank you for your understanding and continued support. We would like to particularly acknowledge our WATA sponsors and stakeholders for their support of the VET sector in WA. At times like this the importance of a skilled workforce becomes very clear — both now to support Western Australians during this crisis, and in brighter times ahead when VET will have an essential role helping rebuild the economy. We look forward to working together to make 2021 a great year for the WA Training Awards.

    Should you require further information please contact the WA Training Awards team at WATrainingAwards@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

    Support available for individuals and jobseekers impacted by COVID-19

    Jobs and Skills WA provides a one-stop-shop for useful information

    The Commonwealth Government has announced new measures to support individuals and jobseekers who have been impacted by COVID-19. 

    Support is also available from the WA Jobs and Skills Centres, and in your local community.

    The Jobs and Skills WA website now provides a page of useful information and links to help access these measures. It includes information for students, apprentices, trainees, individuals and families regarding accessing financial support, as well as information about workplace entitlements and obligations.

    View the COVID-19 Support for individuals and jobseekers page

    WorldSkills Australia National Championships postponed for COVID-19

    Competition will now be held from 29 April to 1 May 2021

    Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery has announced the Worldskills Australia National Championships, due to be held in Perth this August, will be postponed until 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The championships are Australia's largest vocational education and training (VET) competition, attracting more than 500 competitors and 20,000 visitors. Competitions will now be held from 29 April to 1 May 2021 at the Perth Exhibition and Convention Centre. Competitors currently preparing for the 2020 championships, will be able to compete in 2021.

    This is the third time Western Australia has hosted the event with the last National Championships being held in Perth in 2014.

    Making the announcement, the Minister said "This is understandably disappointing news for the many competitors and volunteers who have been preparing for this year's WorldSkills National Championships. As we navigate our way together through these unprecedented times, vocational education and training will be more important than ever in helping us rebuild the State's economy. I want to thank the WorldSkills Australia community for their support and am looking forward to putting our most talented apprentices and trainees back in the national spotlight in 2021."

    For further information about WorldSkills Australia visit worldskills.org.au

    WA Jobs and Skills Centres: Service update

    Changes to JSC services during COVID-19

    Western Australia's Jobs and Skills Centres, located across the State, 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 throughout Perth and regional WA, with additional outreach locations for regional areas. 

    Each of the centres is staffed by people who can provide free professional and practical advice on training and employment opportunities including careers advice, apprenticeship and training information. Support services for employers and business, as well as specialist services for Aboriginal people, ex-offenders and people from a culturally or linguistically diverse background are also available.

    To ensure we are looking after the wellbeing of  Jobs and Skills Centre staff and their clients during this time, and minimising the risk of illness or transmission of COVID-19, in-person services at some centres may be required to change. 

    Services during COVID-19

    Some centres may not be able to offer in-person appointments at this time. All JSCs can provide support and assistance over the phone, which is the best option at present

    We ask that clients call the centre first, before visiting. 

    All JSCs can provide support and assistance over the phone, which is the best option at present. If you have an appointment to meet with a JSC staff member in person, please be aware that they will be practising social distancing – this means the staff member will not be able to shake your hand to greet you, and they will sit around two metres away from you.

    For further information, and contact details for all of WA's Jobs and Skills Centres, please visit the Jobs and Skills WA website.

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    Changes to operations at WA TAFE colleges

    Effective from Monday 30 March, in response to COVID-19

    Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery has announced changes to operations at all WA TAFE colleges, in response to COVID-19.

    Key points include the following.
     

    • From Monday 30 March, until the end of term 1 on April 9, there will be a temporary pause in face to face delivery for most courses.
    • In term 2 TAFEs will move to a blended style of delivery to include online learning and interactive technologies, and face to face training where necessary and where adequate social distancing measures can be implemented.
    • Face to face training in essential service courses such as enrolled nursing and aged care will continue. Arrangements for these courses will be modified to ensure safety.
    • Colleges will stay open and essential student services including student resource areas will remain available with social distancing measures applying.
    • Students are being emailed and/or sent a text message informing them how they will be affected by the changes.

    The new approach will ensure safety for TAFE students and staff as well as providing skills that will be needed during the pandemic and in the critical recovery time afterwards.

    These are challenging times for all and we would like to thank our WA TAFE colleges, lecturers and trainers, students and employers for your understanding and support as we work through this together.
     

    For full details of these changes, please read the Minister's statement 

    You can also view answers to frequently asked questions here

    State and Commonwealth Government supports WA businesses

    COVID-19 Financial stimulus package

    Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan has announced a stimulus package of $114 million, in measures to support Western Australia’s small and medium businesses.

    Changes to payroll tax

    • Payroll tax paying businesses with a payroll between $1 and $4 million will receive a one-off grant of $17,500
    • Additional payroll tax relief for small businesses will be fast-tracked, with the payroll tax threshold increasing to $1 million from 1 July 2020
    • Small and medium sized businesses affected by COVID-19 can now apply to defer payment of their 2019—20 payroll tax until 21 July 2020

    For further details on these changes to payroll tax, please visit the Jobs and Skills WA website

    WA small business assistance service

    The State Government has also set up a dedicated small business assistance service through the Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC). Businesses can access support services and assistance regarding these financial stimulus measures, as well as other advice – online and over the phone – to help manage the impact of COVID-19. There is also a range of useful information and resources on the SBDC website.

    P: 133 140 (8.30 am to 4.30 pm weekdays)

    E: info@smallbusiness.wa.gov.au

    W: smallbusiness.wa.gov.au

    Commonwealth Government support for business

    The Commonwealth Government has also announced a $189 billion stimulus package to support the Australian economy through the challenges of COVID-19. The package provides measures to support and assist small and medium businesses to manage cash flow challenges and retain their employees, including apprentices and trainees.

    Two key measures have been announced;

    • Boosting Cash Flow for Employers; and
    • wage subsidies for apprentices and trainees.
    Boosting Cash Flow for Employers

    The Boosting Cash Flow for Employers measure will provide up to $100,000 back to small and medium-sized business, with a minimum payment of $20,000 for eligible businesses. The payment will provide temporary cash flow support to small and medium businesses that employ staff. The payment will be tax free.

    Wage subsidies for apprentices and trainees

    Eligible employers can apply for a wage subsidy of 50 per cent of the wages paid to an apprentice or trainee during the nine months from 1 January 2020 to 30 September 2020. Employers will be reimbursed up to a maximum of $21,000 per eligible apprentice or trainee ($7,000 per quarter).

    For further details on these measures, and other financial support available for WA businesses, please visit the Jobs and Skills WA website

    Coronavirus update 18 March

    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) information update

    Updated measures as of Wednesday 18 March 2020

    Some new measures have been put in place to help manage COVID-19 in Australia.
     

    • Non-essential indoor gatherings of more than 100 people are banned by the Australian Government from 18 March 2020.
    • The Australian Government announced Level 4 travel advice for Australia: do not travel.  All Australians are advised to reconsider their need for overseas travel at this time.

    These measures are in addition to requirements in place from 16 March:

    • anyone arriving in Australia from overseas will be required to self-isolate for
      14 days; and
    • non-essential outdoor gatherings for more than 500 people are banned.
    What does this mean for TAFE staff, students and visitors?

    TAFE colleges are open and students can attend classes. All students, staff, parents/carers, contractors, visitors and volunteers should continue to follow health advice for self isolation.
     

    • Anyone who has returned from overseas cannot attend TAFE for 14 days.
    • Anyone who has been informed by public health authorities that they have been in close contact with a confirmed case of Coronavirus (COVID-19), they must also isolate themselves for 14 days after the date of last contact with the confirmed case.

    If this is you, please notify your TAFE college immediately to advise you will be away for the isolation period, and confirm the date/s and location/s of your travel.

    What does ‘isolation’ involve?
    Gatherings

    From 16 March 2020, the medical advice preventing non-essential, organised gatherings of 500 people or more going ahead will be enforced.  This is for indoor and outdoor events. 

    From 18 March 2020 non-essential indoor gatherings of more than 100 people are banned by the Australian Government.

    For TAFE colleges, this means smaller gatherings, such as graduations and forums will probably be cancelled.  You will be notified by your TAFE college of events that have been cancelled.

    Social distancing

    Everyone should practise ‘social distancing’.  This means you should keep a safe distance between you and others in public places, and you should not shake hands or hug when greeting others.

    Minimising personal risk

    The risk of Coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission in Australia remains low, however the situation is evolving. Western Australians should remain alert, but not be alarmed.

    • Follow good hygiene practices such as washing your hands with soap, covering your nose and mouth with a tissue or flexed elbow when coughing or sneezing.
    • Avoid close contact (maintain a distance of at least one metre) with anyone who has cold or flu-like symptoms.

    If you have cold or flu-like symptoms and/or are concerned that you may have been in contact with some who has, or if you become unwell and think you may have symptoms of Coronavirus, seek medical attention. Tell your doctor about your symptoms, travel history and any recent close contact with someone who has or may have Coronavirus.

    Training sector pandemic incident response to COVID-19

    The Department of Training and Workforce Development Executive and TAFE Managing Directors are working together to manage our Pandemic Incident Response Plan, with a key focus on minimising risk to students and staff. It’s important that we take precautions wherever possible to control the spread of the virus.

    We continue to liaise closely with lead agencies in Western Australia, including the Department of the Premier and Cabinet and Department of Health, to ensure our approach is consistent with current information and advice. 

    Further information and assistance

    Please visit our COVID-19 page for further information >

    WorldSkills National Championships and Skills Show 2020

    Don't miss out — Reserve your free tickets!

    Are you ready to watch champions in action, experience greatness, uncover innovation and explore excellence at Australia’s largest skills-based competition? It’s all happening here in Perth from 13—15 August at the Perth Exhibition and Convention Centre, for the WorldSkills Australia National Championships and Skills Show 2020.

    In the two-year lead up to the national championships, vocational education and training (VET) students and apprentices and trainees have been competing to win a place and represent their state or territory in their skills area. This huge event in August will see over 500 competitors showcase and benchmark their skills across over 60 competition categories on the national stage, as they go for gold and a chance to represent Australia at the International Competition in 2021.

    Over three action-packed days, you’ll have access to an exciting array of interactive events, workshops and activities. As well as the competitions to watch and cheer on, there will be cutting edge virtual reality and technology to experience at the STEMhub, demonstrations to watch at the Skills Show, or you can get into Try’aSkill and see how you go in the trade demonstration areas.

    The national championships will take place at the same time as Perth’s SkillsWest Careers Expo, offering great connections with training providers, career specialists and employers for advice and insights.

    Don’t miss out on this exciting event, and get behind TeamWA who will be competing for Western Australia. To register and reserve your tickets, visit the WorldSkills Australia website: worldskills.org.au.

    Building a stronger Western Australia through gender equity

    Stronger Together: WA's Plan for Gender Equality released

    While significant advances have been made to remove barriers faced by women, there is still a long way to go to bring about lasting solutions and achieve gender equality. Statistics consistently show that women in WA are still at considerable risk of violence and abuse, including in their own homes, and bear the majority of domestic work. They also face the nation's biggest gender pay gap of 22 per cent (compared to 14 per cent nationally), and continue to be overlooked for leadership roles.

    The McGowan Government has launched Western Australia's first plan to address gender inequality. Stronger Together: WA's Plan for Gender Equality sets out a long-term co-ordinated approach to addressing gender inequality, to ensure women and girls have opportunities to reach their full potential in WA. The 10-year plan provides a framework for action by Government, business, organisations and individuals with practical steps to advance gender equality and drive change. It is accompanied by specific initiatives, including:

    • a target of 50 per cent women in top-level (Senior Executive Services) public service positions;
    • public sector to trial voluntary reporting of agency data to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (currently no public sector agencies in any State do so); and
    • a commitment to examine opportunities to use the State Government's purchasing power to incentivise suppliers to support gender equality policy and practice. 

    Thousands of women and girls from across WA, including representation from the Department on the State Government Reference Group, contributed to the plan through the State Government's Women's Voices: Building a Stronger WA Together consultations. An implementation and action plan will guide delivery of the plan over the next 12 months. Data collected from the outcomes of actions will contribute to the evidence base for and reflect the status of progress made to advance gender equality and will inform future action plans.

    "Women deserve equal opportunities in all aspects of life - in schools, at work, in their homes and out in the community.” said Women’s Interests Minister Simone McGurk. "But equality for women is still a long way off, with some estimates suggesting another 200 years are expected to pass before global equality is achieved. There are several levers that governments can use to promote gender equality - one is our workforce, and another is using government contracts to reward suppliers who support gender equality. Without action on this issue, Western Australia risks being left behind because it would not be harnessing the talent and potential of every member of our community.”.

    To find out more, and view the new Stronger Together: WA's Plan for Gender Equality in full, please visit communities.wa.gov.au/strategies/stronger-together-was-plan-for-gender-equality

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    New look for Apprenticeship Office website launched today!

    Fresh design and more customer-friendly information

    The Department’s Apprenticeship Office registers and administers training contracts and regulates the apprenticeship system for apprenticeships and traineeships in Western Australia.

    Each month, the Apprenticeship Office page of this website receives up to five thousand visits, and provides information and  resources such as fact sheets and forms to assist with employers, apprentices and trainees, registered training organisations (RTOs) and Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) providers with the management of the training contract.

    In response to feedback from clients and website users, a new design and structure has been developed for the Apprenticeship Office website page. Information is now organised so that it’s easier to access, with new one-click links to help find what you need more quickly.

    Over the next few months, we are undertaking a full review of all fact sheets and forms to ensure we are providing the information and support needed for our customers and stakeholders across WA. 

    Take a look at the new page at dtwd.wa.gov.au/apprenticeship-office

    Working in aged care.

    New half price course fees popular with Mandurah students

    Making training more affordable and accessible to the local community

    Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery and Mandurah MLA David Templeman today met with students who are doing a Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Home and Community) at South Metropolitan TAFE's (SM TAFE) Mandurah campus. Providing a stepping stone into a career as an aged care assistant, the course is proving popular at the campus this year.

    The Certificate III in Individual Support is one of nine qualifications available at SMTAFE's Mandurah campus this semester that are eligible for reduced fees under the Lower fees, local skills initiative. The initiative, which saw 34 priority courses become half price at the start of the year, is designed to stimulate training in key areas including healthcare and social assistance.

    Lower fees, local skills is already having a positive impact on enrolments in priority TAFE courses, with SM TAFE Mandurah campus seeing strong enrolment growth in courses included in the reduced fees initiative, including the Certificate III in Tourism, and Certificate III in Commercial Cookery qualifications, and there is also interest in the new Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) qualification. Early data indicates a general 20 per cent increase in enrolments in the 34 priority courses acrossall WA TAFE colleges.

    "As the demand for aged care services increases, so does the demand for qualified, skilled and experienced aged care workers to provide these services." said Minister Ellery. "Reduced course fees make training more affordable and accessible to the community, which is important to help youth in Mandurah gain skills for employment opportunities. Our lower fees, local skills initiative caps annual fees for youth and concession students at $400 to make it more affordable for students wanting to do courses that lead to jobs in growth industries." 

    Find out more about Lower fees, local skills 

    2020 RTOs Forum welcomes returning and new contracted WA providers

    Launch of improved website to support contract management

    The Department’s Training Resource Allocation (TRA) team manages the purchase of training delivery services for Western Australia’s VET sector, under Jobs and Skills WA, across a range of programs including apprenticeships and traineeships. There are approximately 165 RTOs currently contracted in WA to provide training services.

    TRA works closely with TAFE colleges and private registered training organisations (RTOs) in the planning and management of service agreements and contracts for training delivery, and providing support. RTOs are provided with an abundance of information such as contractual obligations, reporting, payment and audit requirements, which can sometimes be challenging to manage.

    At today’s 2020 RTOs Forum, attended by existing and new contracted registered training organisations (RTOs), a new website design to improve support for contracted providers was launched. Developed in response to feedback gathered from clients through 2019, the new website design contains all of the information, resources and tools needed to help understand, administrate and manage a contract. It also explains the contract process and obligations, to help RTOs who may wish to apply for funding.

    The new website was received very positively at the forum, with RTOs commenting that it’s easy to use and information is easy to find. We look forward to continuing to support our contracted providers, and working with you in 2020.

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    COAG VET Reform Roadmap consultation draft

    Feedback also invited on microcredentials for VET sector

    In 2019, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to a vision for vocational education and training (VET) to position the sector as responsive, dynamic and trusted.  To deliver on this vision, COAG tasked Skills Council with developing a VET Reform Roadmap (the Roadmap). 

    Skills Council has asked senior officials in all jurisdictions to work together to develop a Roadmap for consideration by Ministers and endorsement by COAG by the middle of 2020.

    Skills officials have developed a consultation draft of the roadmap, which is now available.  This draft is a working document of the Skills Senior Officials’ Network: it has not been reviewed or endorsed by governments or COAG.

    View the VET Reform Roadmap consultation draft 

    For general enquiries about the VET Reform Roadmap, please contact the Department’s Policy area via email to VSPcoordination@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

    Fast track project — Microcredentials

    To support the Development of the COAG VET Reform Roadmap for a responsive, dynamic and trusted VET sector; Skills Ministers agreed to immediately fast track four pieces of foundational work. One of those is on the use of microcredentials in the national VET system, to better respond to student and job-need while preserving the importance of nationally recognised full qualifications.

    This work will be led by the Victorian Department of Education and Training, in collaboration with South Australia and Western Australia. The first stage of this project will deliver an agreed definition of microcredentials in the VET sector, and an operational framework for how microcredentials function in the national VET system. This will complement work being undertaken following the review of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) and in the higher education sector.

    The consultation paper is the first instalment of the fast tracked foundational work on microcredentials. We welcome your input to help shape the definition of microcredentials, and to what needs to change to support the operation of the definition in the VET sector.

    Please provide your input to tertiary.education.national.reform@edumail.vic.gov.au  by 20 March 2020.

     

    New service to connect employers and jobseekers in the disability sector

    More local skills, more local jobs for VET graduates

    As part of the National Disability Insurance Scheme's (NDIS) implementation, the McGowan Government will introduce a new NDIS Job Matching Service in July this year, to ensure skilled people are connected to the fastest growing sector in Western Australia: the disability sector. The service was developed with extensive industry input and in consultation with the WA State Training Board's Social Assistance and Allied Health Workforce Steering Committee.

    Working closely with the training sector, including TAFE Jobs and Skills Centres and Commonwealth employment services, the new service will help NDIS providers fill current and future vacancies. Jobseekers interested in working in the disability sector will be connected with quality vocational education and training (VET) options, then — following graduation from their VET course — the job matching service will connect them to NDIS service providers. Other services will include identifying courses and training opportunities for existing workers to improve skills, and help for employers to access available incentives.

    The State Government will continue to work closely with NDIS providers, the WA disability sector and the National Disability Insurance Agency to understand the real impact of these changes as they are implemented. The tender to source suitable providers for the new service will be released in February on Tenders WA.

    In addition to the new job matching service, the State Government has recently implemented the Lower fees, local skills initiative which sees course fees for 34 high priority courses reduced by 50 per cent. These half price courses include the Certificate II in Introduction to Disability Care and the Certificate IV in Disability qualifications.

    For more information on Lower fees, local skills and a full list of half price courses visit jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/lowerfees or contact your local Jobs and Skills Centre on 13 64 64.

    "From July 1, 2020, the NDIS Job Matching Service will link employers with jobseekers, including our highly skilled VET graduates, to fill current vacancies and identify future skills needs." said Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery. 

    Read the Minister's full media statement here

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    Changes to WA Australian Apprenticeship Support Network providers

    WA AASN providers updated as of 1 February

    Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) providers are contracted through the Commonwealth Government to deliver apprenticeship support services throughout Australia, and are responsible for the sign up of the training contract.  

    Following a competitive tender process, the Commonwealth Government announced the successful AASN providers to operate from 1 February 2020, as follows.
     

    • Apprenticeship Support Australia, Busy at Work and MEGT will deliver services to Perth and surrounds.
    • Apprenticeship Support Australia and Busy at Work will deliver services to regional Western Australia.

    The Commonwealth Government is working with employers, apprentices and trainees to manage the transition process. Should you have any queries about this change, please phone the Australian Apprenticeships helpline on 13 38 73.

    For further information on the role and responsibilities of an AASN provider, you can view refer to the Department’s Roles and responsibilities fact sheet

    For further information about apprenticeships and traineeships in WA, please visit the Jobs and Skills WA website.

    Lower fees, local skills delivers increase in TAFE enrolments

    Half-price course fees initiative supporting skills for WA

    The McGowan Labor Government's 50 per cent cut to TAFE fees is already having a positive impact, with early data showing a significant increase in TAFE enrolments. Half price fees on 34 priority courses have now commenced under the Lower fees, local skills program. Preliminary data from all five WA TAFE colleges shows a 20 per cent increase in student enrolments, with strong take-up in high priority courses. The fee reductions have been targeted to align with emerging skills shortages and important sectors of the local economy including aged and disability care, METRONET and civil construction, defence, hospitality and tourism.
     

    • Certificate III in Engineering — Fabrication Trade (Heavy/Welding YH) has seen an additional 146 students enrol compared to 2019, an increase of 85 per cent.
    • Certificate IV in Cyber Security has seen and additional 114 enrolments, an 85 per cent increase.
    • Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is up by 191 students, or 40 per cent,
    • Certificate IV in Preparation for Health and Nursing Studies is up by 123 students, or 31 per cent.

    The commercial cookery qualification is proving popular with early data showing an increase in enrolments of more than 20 per cent across all of the five TAFE colleges, compared to the same time last year. Premier Mark McGowan and Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery today visited the Joondalup campus of North Metropolitan TAFE to meet with WA's up-and-coming student chefs. Enrolled in the Certificate III in Commercial Cookery, the students are cutting their teeth in fully equipped kitchens and the Pavilion a 'la carte restaurant, which is a real-life training environment for the next generation of star chefs, wait staff and front of house staff.

    The Lower fees, local skills webpage has been viewed more than 105,000 times since the initiative was announced in October 2019.

    For more information on Lower fees, local skills and a full list of half price courses visit the Jobs and Skills WA website, or contact your local Jobs and Skills Centre on 13 64 64.
     

    "There are some fantastic career opportunities for chefs and cooks, but to get those top jobs you will need a qualification and be job ready. It is wonderful to see these young people at the start of their careers, getting the skills they need for future jobs, without having to pay substantial course fees." said Minister Ellery. "The Lower fees, local skills initiative is making training more affordable for thousands of Western Australians and also supporting job growth areas and the diversification of our economy, now and long into the future."

    WA Training Awards 2020 applications are now open!

    Looking for the stars of WA's vocational education and training sector

    Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery has today announced that applications for the WA Training Awards 2020 are now open. "The WA Training Awards are an opportunity to shine a light on the many wonderful accomplishments in vocational education and training in this State. I encourage our top achievers to get their entries in early." the Minister said, encouraging the State's top apprentices, trainees, employers and training organisations to apply.

    Award winners will be announced in September at the WA Training Awards Presentation Dinner, the vocational education and training (VET) sector's night of nights. Winners will be recognised across 14 categories  — nine individual and five organisational  — with applications closing on 1 May 2020. Individual winners will receive $3,000 in cash and may also be eligible to compete against the nation's finest at the Australian Training Awards later in the year. 

    For 2019 WA Training Awards Trainee of the Year Rebecca Hudson, 43, the awards opened up a world of new opportunities. The former Dalyellup local transitioned from a career in human resources to becoming a crane operator after completing a Certificate III in Mobile Crane Operations qualification. She has since secured an exciting new position as a Lifting Technician for BHP in the Pilbara. Rebecca is also a WA Training Awards Ambassador, and she encourages people of all ages to celebrate their training achievements by applying for the awards. "A strong, industry driven training sector provides opportunities for people to change their lives and helps ensure WA has the skilled workforce it needs to fill the jobs of the future. WA's training system is one of the best in the world and success stories such as Rebecca's highlight that a vocational training pathway leads directly to jobs." said Minister Ellery.

    For more information about the WA Training Awards and to apply, visit dtwd.wa.gov.au/watrainingawards

     

    View the full media statement

    SBAT guide.

    New guide for school-based apprenticeships and traineeships now available

    Helpful information for all WA SBAT users

    The Department has released a new guide to Western Australian school-based apprenticeships and traineeships. The guide was developed collaboratively with stakeholders and is now available on our website.

    The new guide provides detailed information on the important aspects involved in a school-based apprenticeships and traineeships (SBAT) arrangement. It provides help and support for schools, registered training organisations (RTOs), employers, students, parents and other stakeholders operating in Western Australia’s apprenticeship and traineeship system.

    It includes:

    • a quick guide which highlights the key steps involved in an SBAT from starting out through to completion;
    • real life examples to make it easier to understand how SBATs actually work in practice;
    • information on the different roles and responsibilities of each of the stakeholders, including the importance of effective communication and collaboration; and
    • website links for easy access to fact sheets, forms and other relevant information.   

    The guide is available as an online resource and can also be downloaded and printed.

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    South Metropolitan TAFE gets top training award

    Named in top 50 vocational institutions in Asia-Pacific region

    South Metropolitan TAFE (SMTAFE) has been named one of the top 50 vocational institutions in the Asia-Pacific region for a second consecutive year. On behalf of the Western Australian Government, Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery accepted the prestigious award which was presented by the International Cultural Resource Organisation (ICRO) at a special ceremony in Shanghai ,China, last week. 

    The award recognises training institutions that have made outstanding contributions in the cultivation of technical and skilled personnel in the Asia-Pacific. Only one other Australian training organisation, the Melbourne Institute of Technology, featured on the list. SMTAFE was recognised for its work with ICRO and the Zhejiang Provincial Government to successfully roll out the TAFE model across the region. This involved working on in-country delivery of the Advanced Diploma of Engineering with the Zhejiang Institute of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering and establishing professional development programs with Ningbo Polytechnic, Wuhan Technical College of Communications and the Zhejiang Institute of Economics and Trade.

    ICRO collaborates with overseas educational providers, such as SM TAFE, to promote high-quality foreign educational programs, resources, undergraduate and postgraduate programs as well as conferences and study tours. To further strengthen the relationship between SM TAFE and ICRO, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the two organisations. The MoU will progress new training opportunities in China in 2020 in aged care, individual support and remedial massage.

    WA has long-standing ties with the Zhejiang Province through its Sister State agreement, which has been active since 1987. In August 2019 the McGowan Government launched WA's Asian Engagement Strategy 2019—2030: Our Future with Asia ,which will support the relationships, knowledge and skills necessary to grow trade and investment with Asian markets, diversifying and expanding the State's economy and creating jobs.

    Speaking at the ceremony, Minister Ellery said "Winning this prestigious award for a second consecutive year is no small feat and is a true testament to the hard work and commitment of South Metropolitan TAFE and the high standard of the Western Australian TAFE system. This award reinforces not only South Metropolitan TAFE's reputation in China as a high-quality vocational education and training provider, but ensures TAFE remains a preferred provider for future projects in China. Western Australia's vocational education and training sector is one of the best in the world.".

    Read the full media statement here

    WA Farmers Bootcamp

    WAFarmers Bootcamp to Employment coming in June!

    Exciting new agricultural training program at Muresk Institute

    Are you a young person* interested in agricultural technology? Are you willing to live and work in a regional town? The farm mechanisation industry needs YOU!

    The WAFarmers Bootcamp to Employment is an intensive new three-day program for school leavers and young people, which offers the skills and knowledge you need to get a job in the agricultural machinery sector. The program is proudly supported by WAFarmers and the Farm Machinery and Industry Association of WA (FMIA). 

    Some of the things you'll learn in this exciting program include:

    • agricultural technology, data collection and management;
    • hands-on flying a drone;
    • operating precision control technology;
    • machinery application for agronomy;  
    • cloud-based paddock software;
    • understanding data based decision making; and
    • how to market yourself to get into the agriculture industry.

    You will also meet industry leaders and even get the chance to showcase your skills to prospective employers looking to take on apprentices and trainees.

    The Bootcamp to Employment kicks off at Muresk Institute in Northam on 23 June  – but be quick, places are limited and applications close on 30 April.

    Visit the Muresk website to find out more, and get your application in

     

    *You must be at least 16 years of age to apply.

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    SMTAFE’s Naval Base Campus training excels

    Producing job-ready workers for WA

    Western Australia's commitment to skilling workers for Australia's new high-tech naval fleet has been formally recognised with the Naval Shipbuilding College endorsing South Metropolitan TAFE's Certificate III Engineering Fabrication Trade course. The endorsed training program at the Naval Base Campus — the Certificate III in Engineering Fabrication Trade — was established to increase the availability of a trained and skilled shipbuilding workforce both State-wide and nationally. The qualification is part of the Lower fees, local skills program for 2020–21, with half-price course fees.

    Developed in collaboration with industry, the program places WA at the forefront of defence industry training. "Western Australians who work in the defence industry apply their skills to some of the most exciting and complex projects in the world.” said Defence Issues Minister Paul Papalia."The courses taught at the South Metropolitan TAFE Naval Base Campus are the gateway to that exciting career.”

    South Metropolitan TAFE has been working in partnership with the defence sector for more than two decades, delivering a range of qualifications and courses throughout WA and nationally. The WA office of the Naval Shipbuilding College is co-located within the Naval Base Campus, enhancing the partnership with the Australian Government. Construction of 10 offshore patrol vessels will start at Henderson in 2020, with welding and fabrication trades identified as priority roles for the naval shipbuilding and sustainment contractors. The McGowan Government is committed to establishing WA as the primary hub for the maintenance and sustainment of submarines and frigates, which will create thousands of jobs for Western Australians for decades to come.

    "This endorsement recognises South Metropolitan TAFE as a leader in defence industry training and places Western Australia at the forefront of providing a skilled and highly capable workforce to the naval shipbuilding industry now and into the future.” said WA Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery. "The McGowan Government is committed to attracting defence industry opportunities to Western Australia and building a trained and skilled shipbuilding workforce to meet the demand of current and future jobs in the defence sector."

    TAFE lecturer Ron Simeon gets Lifetime Achievement Award

    Recognising over 20 years supporting VET

    Wall and floor tiling lecturer Ron Simeon, from North Metropolitan TAFE, was recognised recently for his contribution to the VET sector through his involvement with the WorldSkills Australia program promoting and supporting vocational education and training. 

    WorldSkills competitions showcase skills excellence, testing competitors’ skills in practical projects based on industry skills. For over two decades, Ron has been giving his time as a volunteer with WorldSkills helping to design competition projects, judge wall and floor tiling competitions and train competitors at state, national and international level.

    Ron was presented with two awards at a state event, held at Crown last month, which recognised the achievements of nearly 200 medallists from Western Australia. Trevor Schwenke, CEO of WorldSkills Australia, paid tribute to Ron’s contribution as a judge, coach and mentor in helping to inspire hundreds of competitors to strive for excellence. He presented Ron with a Lifetime Achievement Award from WorldSkills Australia, recognising his work at national level. Ron also received a Certificate of Merit from WorldSkills International, which acknowledged his contribution as the only international expert from Western Australia, training members of the Australian team — the Skillaroos.

    Ron will be a familiar face to visitors to the SkillsWest Expo, where he runs the wall and floor tiling competitions which select members of Team WA. He will be back there again judging the nation’s best in August 2020 when Perth hosts the WorldSkills National Championship at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.

    Congratulations Ron, and thank you for being such a great VET Ambassador. 

    Main picture: Ron Simeon holding his Lifetime Achievement Award, with North Metropolitan TAFE Managing Director Michelle Hoad. 

    Apprenticeship program boosting youth employment for South West WA

    Local business building a skilled workforce

    Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery and Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke today visited Schlam Engineering in Waroona, a local business committed to training the next generation of young tradespeople.

    Working in collaboration with registered training organisation Group Training South West, Schlam Engineering has a dedicated apprenticeship program employing and training local youth to ensure a skilled and local workforce. Five apprentices are currently undertaking a Certificate III in Engineering Fabrication.

    Local resident 18-year old Zachary Faulkner joined Schlam Engineering as an apprentice boilermaker in 2018, and believes the hands on experience he has learnt through the apprenticeship program will open doors for future opportunities in the mining industry. His skills have already been recognised, with Zachary being honoured as an Apprentice of the Year finalist in the 2018 Apprenticeship and Traineeship Company Awards.

    The Certificate III in Engineering Fabrication is one of 34 courses that will be half price and capped from 1 January 2020 under the Lower fees, local skills initiative.  The 50 per cent course fee reductions have been targeted to align with emerging areas of jobs growth, the State's economic diversification strategy Diversify WA and important sectors of the local economy, including aged and disability care, METRONET and civil construction, defence, hospitality and tourism. Schlam Engineering is also eligible for the Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive, which provides up to $8,500 for employing an apprentice or trainee.

    More information about the Lower fees, local skills program and the Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive is available on the Jobs and Skills WA website.

    Find out more about Lower fees, local skills half-price courses

    Find out more about the Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive

    “With TAFE fees for young people halved and capped at $400 this is an ideal opportunity for young people to get skills in areas of job growth." says Minister Ellery. “We are committed to working with local businesses such as Schlam Engineering by providing financial assistance to help with the cost of employing apprentices and trainees and reducing the cost of training in areas of jobs growth.”

    WA Jobs Act

    First year of Jobs Act delivers thousands of local jobs

    Including approximately 660 apprenticeships and traineeships, building workforce skills

    Local workers will fill about 12,800 jobs from the first year of the McGowan Government's Jobs Act, which was a key election commitment to prioritise local workers on State Government infrastructure projects and services. These figures include around 660 apprenticeships and traineeships linked to WA Government infrastructure projects, building the technical skills of WA's workforce.

    The Western Australian Participation Strategy (WAIPS) is a key component of the Jobs Act. Under WAIPS, prospective State Government contractors and suppliers are required to submit a participation plan that outlines their commitment to prioritise local workers, and enter into supply contracts with WA's small and medium businesses.

    The strategy makes sure local participation is maximised in a diverse range of WA infrastructure projects, including the Bunbury Regional Prison Expansion, Reid Highway Dual Carriageway Project, New Museum Project - Stage 2 and METRONET Railcar Procurement. It’s also delivering in regional WA with an estimated 3,980 jobs, including 262 apprenticeships and traineeships, in projects such as the Berth 3 Deck Replacement Project at the Port of Port Hedland.

    View the full media statement here

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    VET partnerships program to drive job growth in regional WA

    New VET programs creating more apprenticeships and traineeships

    Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery recently announced the introduction of a vocational education and training (VET) program that will create more apprenticeships and traineeships in regional Western Australia.

    Fostering strong links between regional TAFE colleges and government, industry and the education sector, the VET Regional Partnerships Program aims to ramp up job growth and build a stronger WA economy as part of the McGowan Government's Plan for Jobs. The program will involve planned and collaborative engagement with regional industry and the community, recognising that local communities are in the best position to understand the challenges and opportunities they face.

    • North Regional TAFE will partner with local resource companies to deliver pre-apprenticeship programs in Port Hedland. TAFE facilities in Broome, Karratha, Rockingham and Bunbury will also be upgraded as part of the Lower fees, local skills initiative to support National Disability Insurance Scheme training. 
    • Central Regional TAFE, which covers the Mid-West, Goldfields and Wheatbelt regions, will partner with farm machinery manufacturers and distributors to deliver apprenticeship and training programs.
    • South Regional TAFE will team up with South Metropolitan TAFE to deliver electrotechnology training in the South-West.

    A partnership also now exists between Muresk Institute in Northam and the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Department of Education and the Food, Fibre and Timber Industries Training Council. Through this partnership, thousands of high school students will be shown the diversity of careers available across the agriculture, fisheries, forestry and food industries.

    In addition, all WA TAFE colleges will share their resources including the co-design and delivery of their education and training programs.

    Other initiatives contributing to regional prosperity include the Lower fees, local skills scheme which has seen course fees halved for 34 targeted qualifications, and the Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive which is helping small business owners with the cost of hiring a new entrant trainee or apprentice.

    More information about training opportunities in regional Western Australia, the Lower fees, local skills program and the Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive is available at jobsandskills.wa.gov.au

    "These regional partnerships support the State Government's plan to increase the number of jobs in regional WA by 30,000." said Minister Ellery. "More jobs will create strong regional economies which, ultimately, benefits all Western Australians. This program is a great example of how we are ensuring regional TAFEs are delivering training opportunities that align with future job growth."

    WA’s best apprentices and students to be tested at national competition

    WorldSkills WA 2020 Training Squad nominees announced!

    Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery  announced the WA Training Squad for selection for the WorldSkills Australia National Championships, at a special medal ceremony held at Crown Perth this morning.

    Recognised for their outstanding performance throughout the regional WorldSkills competitions, 196 competitors received medals with 66 being nominated for the WA Training Squad. From this squad, the WA team will be selected to compete as Team WA at the WorldSkills Australia National Championships to be held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre next year. 

    The biennial WorldSkills competition aims to find the best young apprentices, trainees, tradespeople and vocational education and training graduates in the country by testing them with set tasks, strict judging criteria and a race against the clock. More than 500 young Western Australians participated in the regional competitions this year, in 32 skills categories such as bricklaying, cooking, cybersecurity, automotive and hairdressing. The August 2020 event, last hosted by Western Australia in 2014, is expected to draw a crowd of more than 20,000 people to cheer on more than 500 competitors.

    South Metropolitan TAFE first-year bricklaying apprentice Monique Juratovac of Lesmurdie was selected for the WA Training Squad after claiming gold with her bricklaying skills. Following months of training with a brick-filled wheelbarrow to improve her upper body strength, Monique achieved the top score in Western Australia. The South-West continues to produce champions with South Regional TAFE apprentice Dylan Rader of Augusta winning gold for his exceptional cabinet making skills. Dylan will have plenty of support with previous champions coming from the region, including Kevin Dirks who won a Silver at the 2018 National Championships, and Nick Johnston who represented Australia as a member of the Skillaroos in 2017.

    Over the coming months, the WA Training Squad will undergo further training with dedicated mentors from industry and training to secure their place in Team WA. Secondary school students in the WA team will also defend the prestigious vocational education in school shield which was won by WA for the first time in 2018 after collecting 11 of 17 gold medals in the nationals. 

    Further information on WorldSkills WA can be found here on our website

    "WorldSkills competitions provide a natural meeting point between training and industry; both collaborating with support and expertise to help showcase the best from our vocational education and training sector." Minister Ellery said today at the medals ceremony. "Next year will be an exciting year for Perth as the State hosts the WorldSkills Australia National Championships. The competition will not only put our most talented apprentices and trainees in the national spotlight but also showcase WA's excellent and diverse vocational education and training system. I congratulate all of today's medallists on their fantastic achievements and look forward to following the Team WA squad's journey."

    Western Australia’s training achievements honoured at national awards

    WA in the spotlight at the Australian Training Awards

    Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery has congratulated Western Australian high calibre training award finalists for their recognition at Australia's leading industry awards — the Australian Training Awards — last night (21 November). The Australian Training Awards are the peak national awards for the VET sector recognising individuals, businesses and registered training organisations for their contribution to skilling Australia.

    Two of WA’s nine nominees from the WA Training Awards 2019 winners received accolades whilst Wayne Collyer, former Managing Director at South Metropolitan TAFE and Central Regional TAFE, received the honourable Lifetime Achievement Award. Having worked in the education sector for more than 40 years, 30 of them dedicated to VET, Mr Collyer achieved significant results for VET in WA through his expertise in developing future VET leaders and providing leadership to state and national policy committees. An instrumental builder of the education and training sector, Mr Collyer has made a difference to thousands of students.

    Winner of the Large Employer of the Year Award, Barminco was recognised for their excellent training programs, dedication to their staff and successful partnerships with registered training organisations.

    Runner up for the Australian Trainer of the Year Award, Caversham resident Matthew King has a passion for working with young people and believes through great teaching you can shape the next generation.As a mentor he has provided inspirational learning experiences and was responsible for establishing the only school-based pre-apprentice electrical course in WA.

    For information about the WA Training Awards please visit the website 

    “The Australian Training Awards are an opportunity to put our State’s best VET achievers in the spotlight by acknowledging the innovative programs and hard work of individuals and organisations across a range of sectors." said Minister Ellery. "Wayne Collyer’s Lifetime Achievement Award is a testament to his commitment to making a lasting contribution to VET practice and inspiring others to take advantage of the high quality training available in WA, ensuring they are best placed for the jobs of the future. I congratulate each of the winners and finalists and look forward to following their journey as they continue to raise the profile of their chosen careers and build on their outstanding achievements. “

    Lifetime Achievement Award — Wayne Collyer

    Wayne Collyer was Managing Director at Polytechnic West (now South Metropolitan TAFE) from 2004 until his retirement in February 2013. In the ten years previous, he was Managing Director of Central West College of TAFE (now Central Regional TAFE).

    Throughout his career Mr Collyer achieved significant results for VET in WA through his considerable expertise in developing future VET leaders and providing leadership to state and national policy committees. Nationally, Mr Collyer has contributed to the development and continuous improvement of a world class Australian VET sector through his long commitment and executive membership of the TAFE Directors Australia Board.

    Winner - Large Employer of the Year 2019 
    Barminco (winner of the WA Training Awards Large Employer of the Year 2019)
    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. 

    Runner up  - VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year Award
    Matthew King (winner of WA Trainer of the Year 2019), 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 that through great teaching you can shape the next generation. As a mentor, he provides inspirational learning experiences while remaining relevant to industry. Matthew was responsible for establishing the only school-based pre-apprenticeship electrical course, run by in-house staff in WA.  

    Main picture: WA Training Awards 2019 finalists and Australian Training Award nominees with Department of Training and Workforce Development Director General, Anne Driscoll, and guests at the Australian Training Awards presentation dinner, Brisbane Exhibition Centre, 21 November. 

    Training boost for the social assistance and allied health sectors

    Funding support to upskill workers

    Western Australia's social assistance and allied health sector has welcomed a significant training boost under the McGowan Government's new Enterprise Training Program (ETP). Introduced on July 1, 2019, the ETP provides support to employers to help them upskill their workforce to meet the challenges related to workforce development in WA.

    Working in partnership with a registered training organisation, individual employers in the social assistance and allied health sector can apply for up to $200,000, while a consortium of employers can access up to $300,000 in funding. Funding for approximately 3,500 training places for aged care and disability care workers has been allocated since the roll-out of the pilot program, with skillsets linked to the Certificate IV in Ageing and the Certificate III in Individual Support the most common.

    A second initiative, the Pre-Traineeships Program, is operating as a pilot program aimed at providing students with an introduction to the aged care and disability care sectors and an understanding of the working environment.  The program provides employers, in partnership with a registered training organisation, an opportunity to pre-screen potential students for their suitability to work in the social assistance and allied health sector.

    Both initiatives were introduced in response to the Social assistance and allied health workforce strategy released by the WA State Training Board in 2018. The strategy was developed with extensive industry input, and recommended a co-ordinated response to maximise the development of a contemporary, skilled and flexible workforce aligned with the National Disability Insurance Scheme roll-out.  

    Funding for both programs is a combination of State and Commonwealth funds under the National Partnership Skilling Australians Fund

    For further information, please visit our Skilling Australians page 

    "Western Australia's social assistance and allied health sector is undergoing fundamental change, mainly driven by the rising demand for services." says Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery. "In the next five years, the healthcare and social assistance industry is forecast to have the largest employment growth of all industries in WA. These programs are part of the Government's forward planning and preparedness to meet the needs of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, and the growing aged care sector to ensure a high-quality, skilled workforce."

    Speaking about the importance of training, Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson said "Disability specific training is key to developing a skilled workforce. We'll be working collaboratively with industry to actively promote job opportunities and raise awareness of career pathways to help diversify and grow the social assistance and allied health workforce."

    Perth now even more attractive for international students

    Boosting education, training, jobs and tourism for WA

    Perth is now a more attractive destination for international students.  On 26 October 2019 the Commonwealth Government announced that Perth’s status as a regional city will be reinstated, with the change coming into effect as of 16 November 2019.  The change will enable international students to access incentives to undertake their study in Perth, and is in addition to the recent announcement to extend the graduate stream of the State Nominated Migration Program to include vocational education and training (VET) graduates.  The first invitation round to include VET graduates will be issued in December 2019.  The Graduate Occupation List will be expanded to include occupations for VET graduates, and the criteria will be amended to make it easier for international students to meet the eligibility requirements.

    Amendments to eligibility criteria

    • Studies in higher education, VET and/or English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) will all count towards the requirement to study for two years in Western Australia.
    • Work experience in job offer requirements will also be reduced.  Graduates will need to either demonstrate six months of work experience or a six month employment contract, but not both.  Currently international students need to have 12 months of work experience plus a job offer for 12 months.

    A new Graduate Occupation List and updated eligibility criteria for the graduate stream will be published on the migration portal prior to the December invitation round.

    For further information on requirements for the graduate stream of the State Nominated Migration Program please visit the migration portal

    New Certificate IV remote operations qualification creates career pathways

    TAFE partnership with Rio Tinto for an Australian first

    Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery today announced the introduction of a ground‑breaking course in remote operations — the first of its kind in Australia. Starting at South Metropolitan TAFE (SMTAFE) as a pilot course for 2020, the now nationally accredited Certificate IV in Autonomous Control and Remote Operations qualification was developed through the Resource Industry Collaboration, a landmark partnership between the McGowan Government, SMTAFE and Rio Tinto Iron Ore.

    The Resource Industry Collaboration is led by WA State Training Board Chair Jim Walker and includes Rio Tinto, Santos, Yara, Komatsu, BHP, FMG, South32, Roy Hill, the Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia, TAFE WA, the University of Western Australia and Scitech.The partnership aims to ensure Western Australian workers are prepared for industry advancements, innovation and automation, and reflects the Government's commitment to collaborating with industry to create a highly skilled workforce. Today's announcement follows the introduction of two additional automation courses in June 2019, a Certificate II in Autonomous Workplace Operations and a micro-credential course for apprentices and technicians, developed under the same partnership.

    Combining integrated learning in a control centre, the new qualification is designed to give students the knowledge and skills to work at some of Australia's top-tier automation facilities, such as Rio Tinto's Remote Operations Centre in Perth.Rio Tinto has committed $2 million towards the development of these qualifications, providing pathways to emerging jobs in the field of automation and placing WA at the forefront of technological development in the resources sector. Approximately 30 Rio Tinto Iron Ore employees will be involved in the pilot of the new qualification in 2020, and pending successful completion of the pilot, the first course will start in 2021.

    "TAFE is an important pathway for many Western Australians — whether you're just out of school or looking for retraining opportunities, this new course will provide a unique set of skills, setting workers up for the new jobs being created through technological innovation." said Premier Mark McGowan today. "These new courses will allow us to maintain our competitive advantage as a leader in automation technology in Australia, ensuring the continued diversification of our economy and helping local workers assist the mining industry well into the future."

    Speaking about the new qualification, Eductation and Training Minister Sue Ellery said "This a great example of the State Government and industry working together to ensure the training sector is responsive to technological advancements, providing opportunities for Western Australians to acquire the skills needed for emerging career paths. Western Australia is a global leader in automation and this pioneering course will allow our community to take full advantage of the many opportunities automation is expected to deliver to industry and the WA economy in the near future."

    A female electrician.

    Energy utilities and TAFE join forces to upskill WA workers

    More than 100 workers upskilling to service the future electrical landscape

    The cleaner, lower cost and more reliable delivery of electricity to customers across Western Australia is requiring new skills in the energy sector. To meet these needs, the State Government has taken action by investing in a first-of-its-kind training program to upskill its energy utility workers in new energy technology solutions, such as standalone power systems.

    Western Power and Horizon Power electricity supply industry distribution powerlines and cable jointing workers commenced a 12-month program today at North Metropolitan TAFE, to become trade qualified electrical fitters. Once qualified, the employees will be able to operate, maintain and repair standalone power systems, which combine solar, battery and diesel generation.

    The Horizon Power Port Hedland and Karratha-based employees will be able to maintain and repair the North West interconnected system transmission terminal yards and distribution substations in the Pilbara, as well as the new Onslow utility grade solar farm and battery. The training program is a collaboration between TAFE, Horizon Power, Western Power, and the WA Utilities, Engineering, Electrical and Automotive training councilThis new training initiative complements Western Power's existing partnership with TAFE to develop skills for the growing rollout of standalone power units. 

    Western Power will install a further 57 standalone power systems this year, which is Australia's biggest rollout. By 2020, Horizon Power will have installed 17 standalone power systems for customers living in the Neridup and Beaumont farming areas in the Goldfields-Esperance region.

    "The WA Utilities, Engineering, Electrical and Automotive training council and North Metropolitan TAFE are working closely with industry to ensure we have a workforce skilled to support energy transformation." said Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery. "This training program will ensure we keep jobs in our regions by futureproofing our workforce with the necessary skills and qualifications."

    Bel Skinner (second from left, top) with some of her music students at NR TAFE — photo by Ben Houston Photography

    North Regional TAFE music lecturer receives ARIA nomination

    Bel Skinner nominated for the ARIA Music Teacher of the Year Award

    One of North Regional TAFE’s talented lecturers has been named an ARIA Award finalist, in what is a first for the vocational education and training sector. NR TAFE’s very own Broome-based music lecturer, Bel Skinner, is in the running to take out the 2019 Telstra ARIA Music Teacher of the Year Award!

    In September NR TAFE celebrated Bel’s outstanding and innovative achievements with a special guest appearance from talented Sydney artist and ARIA Award winner, Montaigne, who flew across to Broome to announce the lecturer’s nomination. Bel's career has seen her journey from remote music lecturer to Western Australian Trainer of the Year and now ARIA Award finalist. Bel’s passion for music emerged at the age of five when she started formal music lessons. In her adult years, she went on to complete a Bachelor of Music (Honours) at the University of New South Wales. Her studies are ultimately what drove her to pack up and bring her love for the music industry to the remote town of Broome.

    Bel’s inspiring story really kicked off back in 2002 when she commenced work at NR TAFE and began delivering the Certificate II in Music Industry with only three guitars, limited classroom space and five indigenous youth at risk students. Bel has since built the music program from the ground up and now delivers to her students in a state of the art studio, with regional and remote delivery of Certificate II, III, IV and Diploma in Music Industry across the North West. While working as a music lecturer at NR TAFE, Bel — a musician in her own right — also dedicates her time to artist management and loves sharing opportunities and industry knowhow with her students, to help them achieve their goals as individuals.

    “By bringing music education to isolated students, my programs are able to consistently engage disadvantaged youth from diverse cultural and socio-economical backgrounds, building literacy and numeracy, and self-esteem, and promoting increased school attendance in the remote communities that I travel to. I believe that music and music education play a key role in engagement and social change in Indigenous communities across the Kimberley and Pilbara regions and I take great pride in being able to offer this to young people through my training,” Bel said.

    In 2014, Bel went on to write and launch completely online delivery of the Certificate III in Music Industry, the first of its kind in Australia.  This innovative course has provided students across Australia, particularly those in regional and remote areas, with access to music education and has opened them up to pathways into the music industry and further education. Bel was also the creator of a juvenile justice intervention program, which involved working with groups of teenagers to write and produce their own original songs, while also building on language and literacy skills throughout the creative process.

    Bel’s achievements did not come easy, and were met with a number of challenges over the years. “Of course, the tyranny of distance is a significant factor. I drive thousands of kilometres to deliver training, however I use this time creatively to reflect on my programs for continuous improvement." Bel says. "A lack of available music resources, particularly instruments and equipment in remote locations, is a continuous challenge. I address this by seeking to develop partnerships with local organisations such as job service providers and community radio stations to create a training environment. I also work with the organisations and students to access funding to build infrastructure. I embrace individual differences and customise each program to meet the individual learner needs.” 

    The talented music lecturer took the opportunity to reflect on her passion for music and teaching ahead of the awards. “I truly love every aspect of what I do to bring positive change through music into people’s lives. I’m passionate and committed to working with every student to meet their individual needs and develop their music skills and knowledge to achieve great outcomes,” Bel said.

    We wish Bel all the best for the ARIAs, and congratulate her on this wonderful achievement.

    To watch this year’s ARIA Awards, tune in to the Nine Network broadcast, live from The Star Event Centre in Sydney on Wednesday 27 November 2019.

    You can vote for Bel at ariamusicteacheraward.com.au/Vote
     
    Or visit the website for more information: ariamusicteacheraward.com.au 
     
    Main photo: Bel Skinner (second from left, top) with some of her music students at NR TAFE — photo by Ben Houston Photography

    WorldSkills national championships coming to Perth!

    WA to host Australia's premier VET skills showcase in August 2020

    Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery today announced that Perth will host Australia's premier skills showcase in August 2020 — the WorldSkills Australia National Championships.

    Showcasing up to 60 different skill categories, the WorldSkills Australia National Championships is the nation's biggest vocational education and training (VET) competition. The event will bring together the best and brightest apprentices, trainees, educators, employers and industry professionals to compete for the title of national champion in each skill category.

    This is the third time Western Australia has hosted the event, with the last National Championships being held in Perth in 2014. For further information about WorldSkills Australia visit worldskills.org.au or for information on WorldSkills Western Australia visit dtwd.wa.gov.au/worldskills-wa. “WorldSkills Australia are proud to bring the largest skills and trade competition in the Southern Hemisphere back to Perth." said WorldSkills Australia CEO Mr Trevor Schwenke. "The team, which will include around 300 volunteers, are eager to showcase the talent of young trainees, apprentices and students from across Australia as they compete for the pride of their state and the title of 'Best in Nation'. 2019 is forecasted to be the largest regional competition cycle for the organisation to date, and with our recent international success in Kazan, Russia the championships will be a fierce display of Australia's future workforce. We are delighted to be working alongside the Western Australian Government and look forward to celebrating skills excellence in 2020.”

    Held 13—15 August 2020 at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, the free championships will run in conjunction with the SkillsWest Career Expo, and is expected to attract more than 500 competitors and 20,000 visitors. Visitors will experience a variety of skilled trades and technology careers under the one roof and can watch the competitions, participate in Try-a-Skill demonstrations and network with hundreds of industry and educational experts. The 2020 National Championships provide a pathway for medallists to become a member of the Australian Skill Squad to compete at the next WorldSkills International Competition to be held in Shanghai, in September 2021.

    Minister Ellery said "The McGowan Government is proud to host the Worldskills Australia National Championships which will showcase WA's excellent and diverse vocational education and training system. The event will also put our most talented apprentices and trainees in the national spotlight. School students will also have the opportunity to see firsthand the enormous array of careers available in the VET sector and the skill and impact of various job roles. They will also have an opportunity to try a skill as well."

    Migration Western Australia — Latest news

    Graduate migration pathway to attract more international students

    The State Nomination Migration Program (SNMP) graduate stream will soon be more accessible for international students who study in Western Australia.

    On 16 October 2019 Premier Mark McGowan announced that the graduate stream of the SNMP will be extended to include vocational education and training (VET) graduates who complete a qualification in Western Australia at Certificate III level or above, excluding trade occupations (unless approved for delivery to international students).  The first invitation round to include VET graduates will be issued in December 2019.

    Other changes to the SNMP graduate stream are:

    • studies in higher education, VET and/or English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) will all count towards the requirement to study for two years in Western Australia; and
    • work experience and job offer requirements will also be reduced. Graduates will need to either demonstrate six months of work experience or a six month employment contract, but not both. Currently, international students need to have 12 months of work experience plus a job offer for 12 months.

    A new Graduate occupation list and updated eligibility criteria for the graduate stream will be published on the migration portal prior to the December invitation round.

    Further information on requirements for the graduate stream of the State Nomination Migration Scheme is available here on the migration portal  

    Regional Australia definition

    The Federal Government announced their new visa and scholarship incentives to attract students to regional Australia on 22 March 2019.

    The Western Australian Government is working cooperatively with the Federal Government to progress this issue.  Further information will be published on the migration portal when it becomes available.

    Reduced VET fees pave the way for new METRONET jobs

    Midland TAFE to become specialist training centre

    Western Australians who want to be part of the METRONET building program will benefit from the McGowan Government's $53.5 million Lower fees, local skills program that's reducing VET course fees from 1 January 2020. 

    From next year, the Midland campus of North Metropolitan TAFE will become a speciality METRONET Trade Training Centre, with upgraded workshops and new fabrication training equipment. The centre is just three kilometres from the site of the new METRONET Bellevue Assembly Facility where the new C-Series railcars will be commissioned. Under the plan, the TAFE and its workshops are being redeveloped into a specialist centre that provides the specific technical and support skills required for railcar manufacturing and METRONET maintenance.

    METRONET courses that will benefit from the reduction in course fees include the:

    • Certificate II in Civil Construction;
    • Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations; and
    • Certificate III in Civil Construction. 

    The METRONET 'Train of Thought' forum was held on Monday October 14, bringing together industry stakeholders including railcar manufacturers, government and training industry representatives to discuss ways to ensure the training centre meets the industry's short and long-term requirements. The WA Government will continue to work with stakeholders to ensure the training needs of METRONET rail projects are met.

    "METRONET is creating a pipeline of jobs and my Government wants to make sure young Western Australians have the skills they need to capitalise on this huge investment." said Premier Mark McGowan. "Our 50 per cent reduction in course fees for important METRONET courses will make TAFE much more affordable for students in these in-demand courses. Not only will METRONET create a world-class public transport system that will transform our city, it will also deliver employment and training opportunities for locals long into the future."

    Read the full media statement here

    Students looking at a computer

    Course fees halved for target qualifications

    VET now more affordable for 2020

    The Premier Mark McGowan and Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery today announced that the State Government will reduce course fees to half price for target vocational education and training (VET) qualifications, from 1 January 2020 through to 31 December 2021, under the new Lower fees, local skills program. 

    The course fee rate per hour for these qualifications will be reduced by 50 per cent. The maximum annual fee students will pay is capped at $400 for concession students and youth, and at $1,200 for non-concession students.

    The State Government works closely with industry to identify skills priorities, make VET more affordable for students, stimulate training in job growth areas, and support new apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities in Western Australia. The two-year initiative aims to stimulate training in job growth areas and support important sectors of the State’s economy including aged and disability care, Metronet, defence, hospitality and tourism.

    For more information on Lower fees, local skills — including the list of fee-reduced priority courses — visit jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/lowerfees or contact your local Jobs and Skills Centre on 13 64 64.

    The Heights on set.

    ABC drama a springboard to the stars for TAFE talent

    Opening doors for WA screen and media students

    A partnership between North Metropolitan TAFE (NMTAFE) and producers of hit ABC TV series The Heights continues to open doors for Western Australian screen and media students. Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery was on set of the production at ABC studios in East Perth today, meeting with 18 NMTAFE students gaining priceless workplace experience that could lead to exciting career opportunities. 

    The Heights, which has a major production investment from Screenwest, tells the story of residents living in an inner-city housing complex and the people who live in the rapidly gentrifying community surrounding it. It is being produced by Matchbox Pictures and For Pete’s Sake Productions for ABC Television. With 30 episodes to be made, The Heights will give Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (Digital Cinema) students practical training in a number of course units, providing tangible skills and experience for emerging screen industry professionals. 

    While studying at NM TAFE, Harne Hennessey from Yanchep interned on the first season of the series in 2018. Following his experience on set and graduation, the 22 year old secured work as a camera and lighting operator on Channel 9’s Today Show. Another two graduates,who interned on The Heights while studying last year have also found work on the series. NMTAFE are now negotiating additional student placements within the production’s lighting and sound teams.          

    “These types of partnerships demonstrate the vocational education and training sector’s ability to be responsive and take advantage of unique opportunities as they arise." said Ms Ellery. “It is clear that providing industry relevant experience makes graduates job ready which increases their employability, but also expands their industry networks so they’re front of mind when employers need to fill positions. The sector is also fantastic at supporting industry helping make projects like this viable.” 

    The State Government recently announced a $7 million Lotterywest grant for Screenwest, which distributes funding to WA screen projects. The grant will help to underpin the continued growth and success of Western Australia’s screen industry.

    Main picture: Minister Ellery (front, centre) with NMTAFE Managing Director Michelle Hoad (left), NMTAFE students and crew on set of The Heights

     

    Aboriginal Perth brought to life with Noongar place naming

    Gnarla Boodja Mili Mili recognising traditional owners of the land

    An interactive map acknowledging Noongar place names in the Perth central business district was launched recently by Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt. The map brings renewed recognition to the traditional owners of the land and their ongoing connection to the region. "All Australians share a special relationship to the land and the names we give to places convey their significance, sense of history and identity.” said Mr Wyatt. "Aboriginal people share a connection to country that goes back tens of thousands of years and is deeply rooted in traditions, lore and spirituality. The map acknowledges Noongar names that are rich with meaning and histories that predate European contact.”

    Gnarla Boodja Mili Mili (Our Country on Paper) is the cumulative work of research conducted by Aboriginal History, a division of the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries that works in partnership with Aboriginal communities and other stakeholders to connect people to Aboriginal culture and history and promote reconciliation in the wider WA community. Thirty-one place names, with information about the significance of each, have been identified and included on the map. Early photographs and references are also included.

    Amongst the sites captured are the Noongar names for popular landmarks such as Kings Park (Kata Moor) and Elizabeth Quay (Gumap), as well as sites that existed prior to European contact such as Goonininup, a permanent spring and camping ground that was located at the base of Mount Eliza.

    Gnarla Boodja Mili Mili is the first map of its kind to comprehensively document the Aboriginal place names of a capital city's central business district in Australia. Its release coincides with the International Year of Indigenous Languages, declared by the United Nations General Assembly to encourage urgent action to preserve, revitalise and promote indigenous languages. It aims to begin to address the void in the identification, recording and writing of Australian Aboriginal histories and provides opportunities to preserve and reawaken the ancient story of our traditional owners through place naming. Additionally, it sets a standard to inspire local governments to embrace local language names in their work throughout Western Australia.

    The map is available to access online at dlgsc.wa.gov.au/department/publications/publication/gnarla-boodja-mili-mili-(our-country-on-paper)

    Record number of Western Australians employed in mining sector

    Following a $30 billion increase in mineral and petroleum sales http://dmp.wa.gov.au/About-Us-Careers/Latest-Statistics-Release-4081.aspx

    Figures from the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety's latest statistics 2018-19 show Western Australia's mineral and petroleum industries reported sales of $145 billion. This is a $30 billion increase from the previous 2017–18 period. As a direct outcome from this growth in sales, the average number of individuals employed in the WA minerals sector in 2018-19 was 124,010, up from 112,008 the previous year.

    "Interest and investment in the resources sector remains strong, WA projects in the pipeline had an estimated value of $108 billion in September 2019." said Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston.

    For more information about these statistics, visit the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety website

    Information about training courses for, and occupations in, the mining sector is available on the Jobs and Skills WA website.

    Visit the Jobs and Skills WA website

    Main picture, (L) Kim Dick, winner of the 2017 WA Training Award for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year, with a colleague.

    All a-buzz at Muresk this weekend!

    Muresk's first beekeeping course a huge success

    A growing interest in keeping bees has prompted the first ‘Introduction to Beekeeping' course at Muresk Institute in Northam, delivered this past weekend.

    Through the course, budding apiarists canlearn the basics of beekeeping and how to apply responsible beekeeping practices in line with Western Australian standards.

    Director General of the Department of Training and Workforce Development Anne Driscoll said the course had attracted a lot of buzz, especially from hobby farmers keen to start their own hives. “All courses at Muresk are driven by demand and developed in collaboration with delivery partners and industry, Ms Driscoll said. “Beekeeping has become hugely popular over the past few years, and this course offers a comprehensive and industry driven introduction to apiary.”

    Commercial beekeepers and subject matter experts John Enkelmann and Laura McLean from Westlands Honey in Beverley will deliver the course. Mr Enkelmann grew up with beekeeping and became a commercial beekeeper four years ago. He said the course was for anyone wanting to become more confident with bees and that ultimately beekeeping was hugely rewarding. “Western Australia has the healthiest bee population in the world and because of that we do not use any chemicals or antibiotics on our bees, he said. “One of the most important aspects of beekeeping is biosecurity so we can keep our bees healthy. This course will teach not just beekeeping basics but also how to keep our WA hives safe from pests and disease.” Mr Enkelmann said bees were paramount to the success of Western Australia’s agricultural industry as they are a natural pollinator and also an important bio indicator of the overall health of the ecosystem.

    Muresk Institute offers a range of courses, 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.

    For more information about Muresk Institute visit dtwd.wa.gov.au/mureskinstitute or call 1300 994 031.

    Media contact: Carrie Soderberg Senior Media Officer – 6551 5183

    Boost to Aboriginal employment opportunities in the Goldfields

    Providing vocational training and employment pathways in the resources sector

    The McGowan Government has welcomed an agreement to deliver education and training and support employment opportunities for Aboriginal people in the Goldfields resources sector. Carey Mining, the Australian Aboriginal Mining Academy (AAMA) and Curtin University today signed a Memorandum of Understanding marking a major step towards establishing an Aboriginal Mining Academy, offering Aboriginal vocational training and employment pathways unique to Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

    The three organisations will work together to determine the best approach to deliver education and training services for Aboriginal people in the Goldfields, aimed at increasing participation in meaningful employment for Aboriginal people in the region.

    Earlier this year, Carey Mining received a $166,980 McGowan Government Regional Economic Development Grant to undertake a study on current and future education and training needs of the Goldfields resources sector, a first step towards establishing an Aboriginal Mining Academy. The study is underway and will be completed by March 2020.

    Speaking about the agreement, Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt said "It has been wonderful to meet with Aboriginal representatives and local industry and education and training providers in the Goldfields today, and to hear the positive initiatives underway. The McGowan Government are strong supporters of industry led initiatives, such as the Australian Aboriginal Mining Academy, that will support Aboriginal people to achieve meaningful employment in the resources sector."

    Read the full media statement here

    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.” 

    dtwd.wa.gov.au/watrainingawards

    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.

    dtwd.wa.gov.au/mureskinstitute

    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

    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
     

    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

    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."

    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 

    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

    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 

    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

    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

    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

    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."

    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."