WA Training Awards 2022 finalists announced

WA Training Awards 2022 finalists announced!

Representing excellence in vocational education and training

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery today announced the finalists for the vocational and education training (VET) sector’s prestigious WA Training Awards 2022.

The Awards highlight outstanding individuals and training organisations that demonstrate exceptional work, excellence or innovation in the VET sector. As well as the recognition these respected awards bring, individual winners each receive $3,000 which can be used to further their training or kickstart their career, while organisation winners will be recognised as industry leaders.

This year’s Awards showcase the diversity of people accessing training opportunities in WA, with 43 finalists — 30 individuals and 13 organisations — selected from a total of 118 entries in 13 awards categories. Applications were up 23 per cent from last year with regional applications also recording an increase, accounting for a quarter of the total applications, and for the first time since 2019; the Industry Collaboration Award has returned.

Congratulations to the finalists!

Individual categories

WA APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR 2022

  • Josh Fraser, Bullsbrook
  • Megan Hazelden, Pinjarra
  • Dylan Kent, Heathridge
  • Jake Lee, Mount Claremont

WA SCHOOL-BASED APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR 2022

  • Isabella Amey, Success
  • Desiree Baxter, Cloverdale
  • Khesharna Lee, South Hedland
  • Sophia Pitaro, Kardinya 

WA TRAINEE OF THE YEAR 2022

  • Tenaya Ewings, Northam
  • Zoe Gillard, Nedlands
  • Emily Prickett, Hillbert
  • Brittany-Leigh Wragg, Mandurah

WA VOCATIONAL STUDENT OF THE YEAR 2022

  • Caitlin Bezuidenhout, Chidlow
  • Corrie Ramsay, Singleton
  • Naomi Rigby, Maddington 
  • Christopher Smithall, Leschenault

WA ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER STUDENT OF THE YEAR 2022

  • Courtney Charles, South Hedland
  • Jye Graham, Australind
  • Lieshia Green, Balcatta
  • Wayne Ryder

WA CULTURAL DIVERSITY TRAINING AWARD 2022

  • Dilrukshi Muthuthanthrige, Walpole
  • Thanh Cong Luu, Wattle Grove
  • Feng Yang, Nedlands

WA INTERNATIONAL STUDENT OF THE YEAR 2022

  • Yu-Chien (Eva) Cho, Cannington 
  • Sophie Giraud, Shoalwater 
  • Lea Krebs, East Perth

WA TRAINER OF THE YEAR 2022

  • Robert Carter, South Regional TAFE, Narrogin campus
  • Stephen Delaney, MPA Skills
  • Sharleen Jordan, Central Regional TAFE, Northam Campus
  • Tania O'Dea, Marr Mooditj Training

Organisation categories

WA LARGE EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR

  • Byrnecut
  • Electricity Generation and Retail Corporation, T/A Synergy

WA SMALL EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR

  • Consolidated Group (CG)
  • Matera Electrical

WA INDUSTRY COLLABORATION AWARD

  • Defence Industry Pathways Program (South Metropolitan TAFE)
  • Making Tracks (Department of Justice)
  • NETTS – National Energy Technician Training Scheme

SMALL TRAINING PROVIDER OF THE YEAR

  • Future Institute of Australia
  • Taylorweir International School of Hairdressing 
  • WA College of Agriculture Cunderdin

LARGE TRAINING PROVIDER OF THE YEAR

  • Central Regional TAFE (CR TAFE)
  • LabTech Training
  • South Metropolitan TAFE (SM TAFE)

You can find out more about this year's finalists on the WA Training Awards website

Winners will be announced at a presentation ceremony on 21 September 2022, and could go on to win the national title at the Australian Training Awards in Adelaide in November 2022.

Thank you to our sponsors
The 2022 WA Training Awards are made possible thanks to continuing support from the State Training Board, MEGT, Apprenticeship Support Australia powered by CCIWA, Construction Training Fund, the Electrical and Communications Association of Western Australia, Maxima and the Training Accreditation Council WA.

“The WA Training Awards are the pinnacle of excellence in the VET sector, celebrating the outstanding achievements of both individuals and organisations.“ said the Minister. "We have never experienced a more exciting time for Western Australia’s training sector, thanks to the McGowan Government's commitment ongoing commitment to accessible training available for all. This year’s list of  finalists showcases the diversity of people accessing training opportunities, including increased applications from Aboriginal people throughout all categories, and more female participation in school-based apprenticeships and traineeships. Congratulations to all of the finalists, they are fantastic ambassadors for Western Australia's training system.”

Read the full media statement here

Youth employment series: Meet Alison Obszanski

In this series, we meet some of the valued trainees and graduates working at the Department.

At the Department, we pride ourselves on an inclusive and diverse workforce. Workplace diversity means everyone benefits from a wide range of experiences and perspectives. This leads to a real boost in ideas, skills, and creativity in the workplace.

Part of our workplace diversity involves supporting the career growth of younger Australians. In this series, we meet some of the valued trainees and graduates working at the Department.

Q&A with Alison Obszanski, graduate

Alison joined the Department as a graduate in the Policy, Planning, and Innovation directorate.

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Pictured: Alison Obszanski attending the Regional Skills Summit in Albany

What attracted you to the graduate position at the Department?
Training is an important pathway to improving lives and providing opportunity. Quality education is key to wellbeing and fulfilment, and I believe that skills training is uniquely positioned to better the lives of marginalised members of our society. I felt the Department’s remit was one I could get behind. I applied for more than 100 jobs before I was offered a position in the Department and I am grateful that someone gave me the opportunity to prove my skill, gain some experience and begin to realise my potential.

What did you study at university?
I did a double major Bachelor of Arts in Literary and Cultural Studies and Creative Writing at Curtin University. I then did an Honours year in Creative Practice, where I wrote a short film screenplay and accompanying exegesis, working within the discipline of cultural studies to critically examine cinematic depictions of climate change. I received a First-Class Honours for my hard work. I consider cultural studies to be my primary major. Cultural studies explores the construction and maintenance of meaning within a culture, and draws on sociology, philosophy, politics, linguistics, sex and gender studies, race studies, disability studies and literary analysis.

Where’s the best place you’ve travelled to?
I haven’t travelled very much, so my choices aren’t particularly broad. But without a doubt, Wanaka, New Zealand is my favourite, with Queenstown, New Zealand coming in a close second. The beauty of these landscapes is truly ineffable. I am temporarily outside of the graduate program working in Service Delivery to organise the Regional Skills Summit and have been fortunate enough to travel to some of the Summits. Kununurra is now the farthest north I’ve ever been – it was a great experience, but it was also 42 degrees.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
I’m very bad at ‘relaxing’, so I usually spend moments of ‘down time’ listening to podcasts or watching true crime documentaries while doing something else such as embroidery, playing a video game, doing a jigsaw puzzle, and always with a good cup of (green) tea. I also enjoy gardening, baking, going for walks in nature, spending time with my cat (Cairo), and my partner and his cat (Solaire), watching trash television and eating too much bad food.

What advice would you give to other graduates?
With radical change comes radical growth. Tackle uncomfortable and frightening tasks head-on, viewing them as an opportunity for growth. The more you can experience now, the better prepared you will be in the future. I would also like to encourage graduates and other staff to join me in adding their pronouns to their email signature to normalise self-identifying pronouns!

South Hedland Jobs and Skills Centre opens today

New Jobs and Skills Centre for the Pilbara!

South Hedland JSC officially opened today

Western Australia’s statewide network of Jobs and Skills Centres (JSCs) has been expanded in the State’s north, with Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery officially opening the South Hedland JSC at North Regional TAFE’s Pundulmurra campus today. Being such a vast region, the JSC can also provide outreach services to other locations throughout the Pilbara including Newman, Marble Bar, Yandeyarra, Warralong and Strelley.

JSCs provide free professional and practical advice on training and employment opportunities including career guidance and apprenticeship and training information, as well as help with job searching and direct links into work. There is also recruitment support, workforce development and workshop assistance available to organisations. There are now 17 Jobs and Skills Centres located across Western Australia.

The new South Hedland JSC is supported by Aboriginal organisation Bloodwood Tree, to help Aboriginal people across the Pilbara region get into training or access jobs. The team can provide culturally sensitive employment and career services, information on training options, access to job opportunities through the Aboriginal jobs board, help with resumés and job applications, and mentoring and support with referrals to other services. Working closely with local industries to identify job opportunities, the JSC can also assist employers and businesses to create a more culturally aware workplace to attract and retain Aboriginal employees.

For more information about services available at JSCs, visit jobsandskills.wa.gov.au or contact your local JSC on 13 64 64.

Speaking at the JSC opening, Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said “The Pilbara region is known as the economic powerhouse of Australia, so it makes sense to have a Jobs and Skills Centre in Hedland to help connect local people with local jobs. The McGowan Government’s Jobs and Skills Centres benefit jobseekers and school leavers by providing a launch pad into training and job opportunities, as well as providing businesses with assistance to develop their workforce. This is an invaluable, free service now in 17 locations across Western Australia, supporting even more people to connect with work and training opportunities.”

Read the full media statement here

Upgrades for North Regional TAFE's Pundulmurra campus

More exciting upgrades for Pundulmurra TAFE

New trades, engineering and commercial cookery facilities

Construction has commenced on major upgrades to North Regional TAFE’s Pundulmurra campus, with $48.9 million in new facilities set to deliver a substantial boost to trade training in the Pilbara region. Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery today visited the South Hedland site to turn the sod for the new trades training facility, and announce that Decmil Group has been appointed to carry out the construction.

The significant project involves relocating the trades training activities from the TAFE’s South Hedland annex to the Pundulmurra campus; where new workshops, classrooms and specialist training areas will be built and set up with modern, industry relevant training equipment. The campus will also get a new commercial cookery training kitchen and classroom to cater for local secondary students, jobseekers and career changers. Its new state of the art facilities will deliver training for a wide range of in demand trades and specialist skill areas, including:

  • heavy automotive;
  • heavy mobile and fixed plant;
  • engineering trades; and
  • commercial cookery.

Extensive consultation was carried out with the local community and industries – particularly the resources sector – throughout the planning stages of the project, to ensure the new facilities are designed to meet the Pilbara’s training needs. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of next year, with training planned to commence in Semester 1, 2024.

Trades training facilities upgrades getting underway at the Pundulmurra campus include $43.2 million worth of improvements through the State Government’s Rebuilding our TAFEs initiative, and a $4.6 million facility for light automotive and automotive electrical training. A new $1.1m horticulture workshop was also completed earlier this year. These projects will significantly increase training capacity in the region, helping to meet demand for more skilled workers and apprentices and enabling North Regional TAFE to consolidate training delivery at Pundulmurra.

The Pundulmurra Trade Expansion is part of the State Government’s record $215.8 million investment in TAFE capital works projects, delivering first class learning opportunities to students and boosting the WA economy by generating jobs.

“This is a significant project for the Pilbara region, with the McGowan Government investing $48.9 million in upgrades to North Regional TAFE’s Pundulmurra campus." said Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery. “Extensive consultation was carried out to ensure the expanding trades training meets the specific needs of employers in the region, while increasing training capacity to meet local demand for more skilled workers. The new contemporary facilities and industry relevant equipment will make it easier for local businesses to employ local residents, and go a long way towards meeting the Pilbara’s current and future trade training needs.”

Read the full media statement here

 

Main image: Artist rendering of the new trades training and hospitality training facilities. 

Kununurra JSC opens today

New Jobs and Skills Centre for the East Kimberley region!

Kununurra JSC officially opened today

The network of Western Australia’s Jobs and Skills Centres (JSCs) continues to grow, with the opening today by Premier Mark McGowan and Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery of a new centre in Kununurra. Outreach services to smaller towns and communities including Halls Creek, Warmun and Wyndham are also supported through the JSC.

JSCs provide free specialist training and career advice to jobseekers and young people, and this new centre further highlights the State Government’s commitment to supporting regional workforces. JSCs also offer free and friendly professional careers, training and employment advice to students, jobseekers, employers and industry.

Located at North Regional TAFE’s Kununurra campus, the new centre is available to jobseekers looking for job application support and training or career guidance, while businesses are supported through practical and professional advice. The team can support local businesses by advertising their job vacancies and promoting career information, while providing access to trainee and apprenticeship information. 

Aboriginal people are a key priority client group, and Aboriginal development organisation Wunan Foundation supports the JSC team with their extensive connections and expert knowledge in the East Kimberley region. The centre specialises in Aboriginal services, providing culturally sensitive employment and career services and access to job opportunities through the Jobs and Skills WA Aboriginal jobd board. For employers and businesses, the team offers advice on how to create more culturally aware workplaces to attract and retain Aboriginal employees.There are now 17 Jobs and Skills Centres located at TAFE colleges across Western Australia. For more information visit the jobsandskills.wa.gov.au website or contact your local JSC on 13 64 64.

“My Government is delivering on its promise to expand Jobs and Skills Centre services around the State, both in regional and metropolitan areas.“ said Mr McGowan. "Our priority is to provide employment and training opportunities to all Western Australians so our regional communities are further strengthen and can enjoy the benefits of a strong local economy. "

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery says that “The new Jobs and Skills Centre in Kununurra offers the East Kimberley region access to an invaluable free service where opportunities to discover educational pathways, training and employment are offered for all people.”

Read the full media statement here

New Managing Director appointed for North Regional TAFE

New Managing Director appointed for North Regional TAFE

New leadership to meet workforce needs across north regional Western Australia

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery today announced the appointment by the Honourable Chris Dawson APM, Governor of Western Australia, of Helen Smart to the position of Managing Director at North Regional TAFE. Ms Smart will commence in the role on 8 August 2022.

With a career spanning more than 30 years in the public sector Ms Smart has extensive experience in senior management roles across the training and education sector. She is currently employed as Director Training Infrastructure Management at the Department of Training and Workforce Development. In her 12 years in this role, Ms Smart has worked intensively with TAFE Colleges across WA and forged strong relationships with industry to lead strategic asset planning for the State training sector’s land and building portfolio, including directing the $215.8 million WA Recovery Plan capital projects.

Born in Wyndham and raised in Kununurra in her early years, and later working for the Department of Health in Port Hedland, Ms Smart has broad local knowledge of both the Kimberley and Pilbara regions. Ms Smart holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Australia and a Graduate Diploma in Information and Library Science from Curtin University.

The State Government is leading the way with increasing the representation of women in senior leadership, with all five TAFE colleges in Western Australia now having female Managing Directors.

“I congratulate Ms Smart on her appointment and welcome her to the role of Managing Director of North Regional TAFE." said the Minister. “Ms Smart’s background across the training and education sector, coupled with her extensive regional knowledge, will be invaluable to the role. I thank Nerida Kickett for her service as Acting Managing Director of North Regional TAFE.”

Read the full media statement here

Skilled Migrant Employment Register

New free register to connect skilled migrants with WA jobs

Prospective workers can advertise their skills direct to employers

The WA State Government has today launched a new Skilled Migrant Employment Register to attract workers to key industries, helping to deliver the skilled labour needed to support Western Australia’s strong economy and jobs market.

The free register, available now, can be accessed through the WA Migration Portal and has been designed to support skilled migrants to settle in WA while giving employers visibility of new talent. The register will also support regional employers by linking migrants who indicate preferred employment in regional areas to employment opportunities in country WA. It is free for both employers and prospective migrants.

For more information visit www.migration.wa.gov.au

In addition, six more building and construction occupations have been added to WA’s skilled occupation list to support the continued high level of activity in the sector. These include project builders; surveyors; building inspectors; building and engineering technicians; roof tilers; and airconditioning and refrigeration mechanics.

New statistics also show the McGowan Government’s efforts to rebuild the training sector over the past five years are delivering incredibly strong results, including in building and construction and electrical apprenticeships and traineeships.

  • There are now more than 10,000 building and construction and electrical apprentices and trainees currently engaged in WA  — an all-time record.
  • Building and construction apprenticeship completions rose from 3,166 in 2020 to 4,046 in 2021 — a 28 per cent increase.
  • Building and construction apprenticeship commencements have increased by more than 150 per cent in the past 12 months compared to the 12 months prior  — up from 1,065 in May 2020 to 2,232 in May 2022.
  • Electrical apprenticeship commencements have nearly doubled over the past two years  — from 1,146 in May 2020 to 2,232 in May 2022.
  • The number of building and construction apprentices in training has increased from 2,583 in May 2020 to 4,558 in 2022 — a 76 per cent increase.
  • The number of electrical apprentices in training has increased from 3,377 in 2020 to 4,872 in 2022 — a 24 per cent increase.

There have also been significant increases in those undertaking apprenticeships for electrical mechanics and gas fitting, bricklaying, carpentry and joinery.

These training and skills initiatives — including the $195 million Reconnect WA program — are working to address Western Australia’s workforce needs and help sustain the State’s very strong economy. In 2021, the State Nominated Migration Program (SNMP) was expanded to include 164 occupations; including 28 building and construction occupations to support WA's economic recovery.

The State Government is also working to attract building and construction workers to WA through the Build a Life in WA campaign. Since the campaign’s soft launch in the UK and Ireland on 3 July, visits to the Build a Life website have increased by 101 per cent and referrals to SEEK have increased by 151 per cent from users in the UK and Ireland.

Launching the register, Premier Mark McGowan said “My Government continues to work with industry to meet WA’s workforce needs. Our very strong economy continues to require skilled labour in a diverse range of industries and these measures are another important proactive step to address these issues. The new register will provide an opportunity for employers to connect with skilled migrants, identifying the capabilities they need, and adding to the pipeline of skilled workers in demand in WA. “

Read the full media statement here

ECEC Job Ready Program

New program for pathways into Early Childhood Education & Care

New FREE Job Ready Program includes training and work placement

A new Job Ready Pathways Program has been developed to support Western Australia’s Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) sector.

The Early Childhood Education and Care Job Ready Program has two components; in class training with an approved, accredited training provider, plus an industry work placement for hands on experience. The program will be available on either a full time (five weeks total) or part time (ten weeks total) study basis, and is 100% FEE FREE for eligible students including people aged 15—24, jobseekers, and concession card holders. The program is ideal for people of all ages and backgrounds who would love to start a career working with children, contributing to the learning and development of our future generations. Participation on this program requires no prior experience!

Developed in consultation with industry and the Community Skills WA industry training council, the program includes four nationally recognised units of competency that will build skills and knowledge in how to support education and care programs for children, and entry level skills to work in an early childhood learning setting. These units will provide credit towards a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care traineeship.

On completion of the program, participants will have the opportunity to connect with employers who have traineeship opportunities available. Through a traineeship, they will be employed and paid while continuing their studies to complete the Certificate III qualification. Alternatively, participants may choose to undertake the full qualification outside of a traineeship arrangement, directly with an approved training provider. Either pathway will meet the regulatory requirements for working in the ECEC sector. Expressions of interest for the program are now open!

Find out more on the Jobs and Skills WA website

This is one of a suite of Job Ready Pathway programs available in a range of industry areas including ageing and disability support; bricklaying; infrastructure (civil construction); resources and mining (driller’s offsider); and hospitality (chef). More information about these programs is available at jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/pathways.

Tender opens for preferred provider panels: VET programs

RTOs invited for allocation of funded training places

As Western Australia’s economy grows and diversifies, the outlook for jobs is constantly changing. Jobs and Skills WA is the way the State Government, through the Department, prioritises its investment in training to focus on courses that equip people to take up jobs that are, or will be, in high demand. Jobs and Skills WA provides a subsidised training place for eligible students enrolled in courses that are deemed State priority qualifications, where a training place is available.

Under Jobs and Skills WA, contracting arrangement processes have been developed specifically to invite private training providers to receive WA Government funding for the delivery of VET programs in Western Australia. Through a competitive tender process, the Department selects suitable registered training organisations (RTOs) who are then offered a contract to be placed on a preferred provider panel for programs that meet the State’s priorities. Once on the panel, an RTO is then able to request funding under Jobs and Skills WA for student places.

The Department of Training and Workforce Development is inviting applications from registered training providers interested in being appointed to one or more of the 2023—25 preferred provider panels for delivery of:

  • Apprenticeships;
  • Traineeships;
  • Priority Industry Training;
  • Participation—Equity; and
  • Participation—-Work Readiness programs.

Contracted training places will be allocated to providers on preferred provider panels annually.

The tender opens at 9 am on 11 July 2022, and closes at 4 pm on Friday 5 August 2022.

Contact for enquiries:

Name:            Ms Sanju Manji
Title:                A/Manager Private Training Markets (Contracts)
Tel:                  08 6551 5356
E-mail:            Training.Markets@dtwd.wa.gov.au

For further information about the preferred provider panel, visit dtwd.wa.gov.au/whats-new#tender-opens-for-preferred-provider-panels-vet-programs  

Driller's Offsider Job Ready Program

Getting ready for jobs in the WA resources sector

New Driller's Offsider Job Ready Program a huge success!

The WA State Government has joined forces with Western Australia's resources industry to encourage locals to take advantage of a new pre-employment pathway quickly and effectively guiding participants into employment in the sector.

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery today met with the second cohort of Driller's Offsider Job Ready Program participants who are training to help meet the strong demand for driller's offsiders in the resources sector. During her visit to a drilling rig at Welldrill in Cockburn, Minister Ellery also received an update on the program's early success from a reference group made up of the Resources Industry Training Council and key industry partners. The reference group is partnering with the Government to develop and oversee the program, which combines a short course and one-day induction delivered by industry.

The training is free for all jobseekers, young people, and concession-eligible students, and low-fee for non-concession students.

The pilot program is among a suite of new skill sets developed in collaboration with WA industries to deliver short and sharp training for jobseekers and young people, enabling them to upskill or reskill in industries with a need for skilled workers. Participants complete an industry induction, and are provided with skills to work safely on site, apply first aid and CPR, work safely at heights and operate and maintain a four wheel drive vehicle. Industry feedback on the program has been very positive, with the first seven students to graduate from the first program having already been connected with drilling companies. Two have gained employment.

Through the program, on completion of the training students are connected with opportunities to transition into employment; undertake a traineeship with a participating employer; or further their training to gain a drilling operations qualification. Seventeen Western Australians have commenced the Driller’s Offsider Job Ready Program since it began in April 2022. Following the success of its first two rounds the program is now preparing for its third intake of participants, with applications now open for commencement in August 2022.

You can find out more and register your interest in the Driller's Offsider Job Ready Program on the Jobs and Skills WA website at jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/pathways.

You can also contact our Job Ready team on 08 6551 5049 or via email to DrillersOffsider@dtwd.wa.gov.au for further information

The State Government's Lower fees, local skills initiative has significantly reduced fees for 210 courses, including drilling operations and a range of other mining qualifications. More information about Lower fees, local skills is available at jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/skillsready.

“WA's resources sector is experiencing strong demand for skilled drillers and offsiders. To help address this shortage of workers, the McGowan Government has partnered with industry to quickly reskill new entrants to the drilling sector for the job opportunities on offer." the Minister said at today's event. "Our new Driller's Offsider Job Ready initiative is already proving successful, with both industry and participants providing extremely positive early feedback. Through strong industry involvement, the first cohort of students to complete the program have been connected with participating employers. Providing the training to jobseekers, young people and concession-eligible students for free, and to non-concession students for low fees, ensures all who want to take up an opportunity in this important industry are supported and encouraged to do so."

 

Main photo:A drilling rig at Welldrill in Cockburn. Facing camera – Tim Westcott, Vice President Australian Drilling Industry Association and General Manager Welldrill. Far left – Rocket Anderson (Australian Training Management), with Driller's Offsider Job Ready Program students (L—R) Franceis Nogor, Naeem Runowanda, Thiha Htay, and Zachary Staff. 

New automation equipment for Albany TAFE

South Regional TAFE ahead of the curve with new automation equipment

New cutting edge technology for Albany TAFE

Students at South Regional TAFE’s Albany campus are future-proofing their career choices by learning vital skills in automation, boosted by new cutting edge technology. Automation has been identified as a priority training area for South Regional TAFE, with the new equipment enabling the college to provide industry-relevant training using the latest technology.

The cost of the Certificate II in Autonomous Workplace Operations is heavily reduced under the State Government’s Lower fees, local skills initiative, keeping training fees low.

The State Government’s $25 million investment in new state of the art equipment is being rolled out across Western Australia’s TAFE network, with South Regional TAFE receiving $1.115 million during Stage 1 of the Modern TAFE Equipment Program. Albany TAFE campus is receiving $438,000 as part of Stage 1 of the program, while the Collie campus is receiving $677,000. All five WA TAFE colleges are receiving new equipment as part of the four-year program to upgrade and modernise equipment to meet contemporary industry standards. The investment supports training demand and emerging industry training needs  — helping students, apprentices and trainees to become job ready.

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery was in Albany today to visit the newly fitted out workshop for autonomous workplace operations, complete with a brand new robotic track that uses radio frequency identification tags to hone in on targets. Other new automation equipment at the Albany campus includes a drone system, laser cutters, 3D printer, mobile communications unit, autonomous vehicle with smart controls and mobile processing plant.

“Automation crosses all functions within industry and involves a broad range of technologies," saidthe Minister. “Industries are increasingly transitioning to the use of automation and predictive technology to maximise productivity, so it is important we are providing skills in this field for the jobs of the future. The McGowan Government is equipping Western Australians with resources and training so they have in-demand skills and finish their studies job ready.”

$40 million redevelopment of Balga TAFE moving ahead

Design finalised for contemporary new training facilities

The vision for the major upgrade of North Metropolitan TAFE’s Balga campus is taking shape, with designs finalised for the $40 million construction and tender advertised for its construction.

The redevelopment will include a new three-storey training facility to provide a world-class learning environment; replacing 22 run down transportable classrooms at the northern suburbs campus, originally built in the 1970s. The new facility will be used to deliver training across a range of areas including building and construction, community services and general education, as well as enhancing student services and staff amenities with student breakout spaces, meeting rooms, conference rooms and additional parking.

There will be a mix of modern learning spaces; including an interactive student learning hub (contemporary library), contemporary and technology enabled classrooms, computer laboratories and large future trades training workshop to accommodate ‘smart building’ and emerging construction technologies.

The Balga Jobs and Skills Centre will also have a new home in the new building, offering free, professional advice on training and employment opportunities to the local community.

Perth architecture studio Hassell designed the new Balga facility, one of 14 major capital works projects taking place at TAFE colleges across WA as part of the  State Government’s $215.8 million investment in upgrading essential infrastructure.

Tenders close 12 July 2022, with construction expected to begin in October 2022 and be completed by mid-2024.

“The McGowan Government is investing heavily in training infrastructure across Western Australia to build a skilled workforce for now and into the future." says Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery. “North Metropolitan TAFE’s Balga campus is one of the leading facilities for training apprentices in the priority building and construction sector. These facilities will support the State’s construction industry train the next generation of workers at a critical time for the industry. This is a significant project for the northern suburbs, creating a first class learning facility for students as well as numerous jobs throughout the construction.”

Read the full media statement here

Train on busy freeway

Construction of METRONET training facility reaches next stop

Stage 2 of METRONET Trade Training Centre in Midland underway

Construction of a $5.6 million specialist METRONET Trade Training Centre at North Metropolitan TAFE’s Midland campus has entered a new chapter, with Stage 2 works worth $4.6 million now underway.

Developed in consultation with industry, the project will deliver Western Australia’s first dedicated public facility to support training for jobs in the rail industry and to meet the diverse training needs of the METRONET program.

Stage 2 works will include construction of a dual-track level crossing, including a maintenance track and crossover; a stand-alone Signalling Equipment Room to enable hands on training in using and maintenance of signal equipment; and a section of rail line to train in the maintenance of various gauges of rail.

The contract for the design and construction of Stage 2 works was awarded to John Holland Rail, and once completed, the METRONET Trade Training Centre will upskill workers for:

  • the construction and maintenance of the METRONET network and rail rolling stock; and 
  • rail operations and signalling to support WA’s wider rail networks owned and operated by the State Government and resource companies.

The new facility will help to ensure local content on METRONET projects, which are creating job opportunities for local workers, pre-apprentices and apprentices.

Stage 1 works, completed in October 2020 by builder M Construction Ltd, included the creation of rail signalling workshops and the introduction of electrical rail signalling qualifications to complement the range of engineering qualifications supporting METRONET manufacturing and maintenance. The work enabled a pilot group of employees from Rio Tinto, John Holland Group and Hitachi to commence the Certificate IV in Electrical Rail Signalling from Semester 1 2021, and people with a WA electrical licence to undertake the Certificate IV in Electrical Rail Signalling from Semester 2, 2021.

The new facilities will also cater to the increased demand for training thanks to the expansion of the Lower fees, local skills initiative. Many courses included in the program are essential to METRONET including:

  • Certificate II and III in Automotive Electrical Technology;
  • Certificate II and III in Electrotechnology;
  • Certificate II in Engineering (Heavy Fabrication; Light Fabrication; Mechanical Fitter and Machinist);
  • Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade (Heavy/Welding YH; Light YC; Fitter and Machinist ZB; Mechanical Fitter ZA);
  • Certificate II in Engineering Pathways;
  • Certificate IV in Engineering;
  • Certificate IV in Electrical - Instrumentation; and
  • Diploma of Engineering - Advanced Trade. 

Construction of Stage 2 is expected to be completed in October 2022, with training to commence in January 2023.

“The McGowan Government is committed to ensuring Western Australians have the skills they need to capitalise on our huge investment in transport infrastructure and to meet the demand of work," said Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery. “Major projects such as METRONET are creating thousands of local jobs and opportunities for local businesses. The METRONET Trade Training Centre is the first dedicated public facility of its kind and industry helped shape its development. This is further to the McGowan Government investing a record $215.8 million to carry out significant TAFE upgrades across the State, creating world-class learning opportunities and generating a pipeline of jobs.”

Anne trains in the gym with personal trainer

Life experience leads to unique and rewarding opportunities

How Anne's training helped her overcome obstacles

Living with disability has not stopped Anne Raheb from accomplishing her life goals which has helped her confidence soar in her personal and professional life.

“Never say no to anything and never think that you can’t do something until you attempt it at least once. You can do anything you dream about doing,” Anne said.

Seven years ago Anne started training with personal trainer Clint Vargas to help build up her strength, and importantly her confidence. For Anne, Clint’s motivational support was central to achieving her goals.

“Through training constantly, I live a better life as I am stronger and able to improve the strength in my body. This also helps with mental support by viewing myself as worthy and knowing I can achieve anything I put my mind to,” she said.

For Clint, training Anne has been a privilege. “Her achievements have been seven years in the making and she has been able to overcome huge obstacles, for example doing simple things like getting up off a chair to conquering challenges like using the battle ropes at the gym,” Clint said.

“We have been working together to achieve a common goal and if it wasn’t for the trust she gave me, and the promise I made her that we would achieve this together, we would not have been able to reach her goals.”

Anne and Clint recently starred in the Department of Training and Workforce Development’s ‘Life Experience’ campaign which highlights the value of life skills and experience and aims to empower people to successfully participate in the workforce. 

“It is extremely important to have support in training and the workforce,” Anne said. “Through training with Clint, I have been able to gain confidence in everyday life. “I would never have thought I’d be approached to be involved in something as amazing as this, and I feel extremely privileged to be able to do something as important as this campaign.”

Today Anne works at the Department of Education and has never been happier.

A friendly careers specialist at your local Jobs and Skills Centre can help you translate your life experiences and skills into job ready skills and knowledge — whether it's a new job, starting training, or career planning support.

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

To find out how to turn your life experience into a career, contact the firendly team at your local Jobs and Skills Centre on 13 64 64 or visit jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/lifeexperience

Image caption: Anne Raheb trains at Loftus Recreation Centre with personal trainer Clint Vargas 

 
People exchanging paperwork at expo

Get job ready at Recruit WA & Perth Tradie Expo!

Jobs and Skills Centres attending with free career advice

Western Australia’s Jobs and Skills Centres (JSCs) are taking their employment advice and assistance on the road, with an exhibit at Recruit WA. Recruit WA will co-locate with the Perth Tradie Expo at Ascot Racecourse from today until Sunday (17—19 June) to showcase a range of careers in the construction, mining, infrastructure, engineering and transport industries and connect jobseekers and employers.

Jobs and Skills Centres will be on hand to show jobseekers how they can explore exciting training pathways to employment, as well as inform employers about the many initiatives available to them. JSCs are one-stop-shops for free, friendly and professional careers, training and employment advice. Whether you’re looking for an apprenticeship or traineeship, need help finding an employer, or considering a pathway into a trade through a pre-apprenticeship or pre-traineeship, Jobs and Skills Centres can help you on your journey.

With WA’s strong economic position and record high job vacancy rates, there has never been a better time to upskill or learn a trade. The WA State Government is continuing to support jobseekers and employers through a range of new initiatives to future-proof the workforce, with career changers, jobseekers and under 25s in the box seat to start a life changing career.

Initiatives to boost the trades workforce include the highly successful Job Ready programs, which through the combination of a short course and work placement provide pathways to employment, apprenticeships and traineeships in chef, bricklaying, infrastructure (civil construction) and driller’s offsider roles.

“The McGowan Government is investing in a range of initiatives to support the training sector, as well as working closely with industry to address skill shortages," said Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery. “Right now there is a large number of exciting programs and projects happening right across Western Australia, creating a pipeline of work and fantastic opportunities across many industries. Western Australia’s Jobs and Skills Centres are the gateway to the local VET sector, with free services and accessible to everyone – be sure to pay them a visit at Recruit WA.”

To find out more about Job Ready programs and how the Jobs and Skills Centres can help you with your next career move, visit jobsandskills.wa.gov.au or call your local centre on 13 64 64.

New Jobs and Skills Centre for Collie.

New Jobs and Skills Centre to open in Collie

Support for workers under the Collie Just Transition Plan

The WA State Government has established a new service to support the transition of Collie workers into new jobs, as the world and local workforce moves away from coal and coal-fired energy production. The initiative is part of an ongoing collaborative effort between the State Government, industry and local community to attract new industries and employment to Collie. The service will support locals to capitalise on unprecedented investment in Collie to diversify the local economy and secure the town’s future through the $60 million Collie Industry Attraction and Development Fund and  responds to ideas raised by industry leaders through the Perth and Regional Skills Summits, which emphasised the need for innovative solutions to create regional jobs and diversify regional economies.

The 2022–23 State Budget will provide $4.8 million for the expansion of the Collie Just Transition Plan, supporting the establishment of a new Collie Jobs and Skills Centre (JSC). Funding will also support South Regional TAFE’s appointment of two training transition consultants to a newly established TAFE Transition Team to coordinate the retraining of workers providing free skills assessments and training to affected employees and progress the training element of the Collie Just Transition Plan; working on location with employers, employees and other training providers to help workers upskill or reskill for new jobs.

The service provides a central point from which industry and the community can access practical assistance to make individual and tailored work transitions. A key part of the team’s role is coordinating knowledge and skills assessments and training solutions for workers who are seeking alternative employment or who want to remain with an organisation but require retraining or upskilling.

"My Government is absolutely committed to supporting Collie's economic diversification to create new industrial and blue collar jobs in town." said Premier Mark McGowan. "Through our $662 million Collie Transition Package we will provide opportunities for workers and the community impacted by the retirement of State-owned coal power stations. The package will work to attract new industries and create jobs, provide grants for local businesses, and support new training and career pathways for workers."

Read the full media statement here

Two people creating pottery

$4M Geraldton TAFE creative industries hub officially opened

New state of the art training facilities for the Mid-West

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery today officially opened the new state of the art creative industries hub at Central Regional TAFE's Geraldton campus. The project is the latest to be completed as part of the McGowan Government's record $215.8 million investment to fund essential infrastructure upgrades at TAFE colleges, which continues to be rolled out across Western Australia. 

Budding creatives, artists, fashion and jewellery designers and media specialists from across the Mid-West region will now be learning in the dynamic state of the art creative industries hub; where Central Regional TAFE will deliver its successful creative industries, visual arts and multimedia training programs.

The TAFE's formerly ageing visual arts building has been extended and refurbished; complete with modern art studios, workshops, classrooms and a technology centre. The new facility will be used to deliver training for fashion and textiles, multimedia, photography, graphic design, jewellery making, pottery and glass-making, ensuring students are learning in industry standard facilities so they graduate job ready. It was designed by Geraldton architecture firm Eastman Poletti Sherwood Architects and construction was carried out locally by Crothers Construction.

"The McGowan Government is investing in the largest ever TAFE capital works program to upgrade training facilities across Western Australia, including in regional areas." said the Minister. "This impressive new facility will make it possible for locals from right across the Mid-West region to stay close to home and train in contemporary new arts facilities in Geraldton. We want all Western Australians to be able to access quality, practical training that will lead to jobs and help to secure our future workforce.".
 

Read the full media statement here

Central Regional TAFE

New Managing Director appointed for Central Regional TAFE

New leadership to meet workforce needs across central regional Western Australia

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery today welcomed the appointment, by His Excellency the Honourable Kim Beazley AC, Governor of Western Australia, of Jo Payne to the position of Managing Director at Central Regional TAFE.

Ms Payne has been appointed for a five-year term commencing in May 2022. With more than 32 years of experience working in vocational education and training in the region, Ms Payne’s appointment provides Central Regional TAFE with strong leadership to meet the workforce needs across central regional WA.

As the TAFE college’s former Director of Training Services, Ms Payne has extensive local and regional knowledge, and has forged strong relationships with industry, community and key stakeholders. Ms Payne holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Australia, a Graduate Diploma in Library and Information Studies from Curtin University of Technology, and a Graduate Certificate in Management (Professional Practice) from Charles Sturt University.

Ms Payne’s appointment comes at a critical time for the college, which recorded an increase of over 23 per cent in course enrolments in 2021, while apprenticeship and traineeship commencements increased by 26 per cent in 2021.

“Ms Payne’s extensive regional experience in the training sector will be invaluable in this role." the Minister said. "Ms Payne has demonstrated strong commitment to working with regional stakeholders to ensure training meets the needs and expectations of students, industry and the community. I congratulate Ms Payne on her appointment and welcome her to the role of Managing Director of Central Regional TAFE”."

Read the full media statement here

Two female nurses reviewing medical folder

Actions to build future social assistance and allied health workforce

Report and strategic action plan now available

The State Government today released its blueprint to address the growing demand for skilled workers in the State’s rapidly expanding social assistance and allied health sector. The strategic action plan addresses 25 recommendations put forward by the State Training Board and the government’s chief industry advisory body on WA’s training and workforce needs, in its Social Assistance and Allied Health: Future Workforce Skills report published today.

The report and its recommendations, which specifically aim to develop the Aboriginal health and wellbeing, mental health and alcohol and other drugs support workforces, were informed by extensive consultation with the social assistance and allied health sector across WA, undertaken in conjunction with Community Skills WA. Twenty four of the report’s 25 recommendations have been supported by the State Government.

The healthcare and social assistance sector employs more than 191,600 Western Australians and this number is forecast to grow by more than 15 per cent, or an additional 30,000 employees, over the next five years. The State Government, through the State Training Board and its industry consultation as part of the WA Skills Summits, has been proactive in identifying this emerging issue early and preparing the sector for future growth.

Initiatives already targeting the social assistance and allied health sector include:

  • lowering fees for 25 courses targeting jobs in the care sector including through the Lower fees, local skills initiative;
  • collaborating with industry to introduce a new pre-employment Job Ready program in ageing and disability care;
  • introducing 12 free and low-fee skill sets to enable new entrants to take up job opportunities in the sector;
  • making the Integrating Mental Health Practice and Introduction to Direct Support skill sets course fee-free for all students;
  • piloting pre-traineeships to prepare high school students for traineeships in aged care and disability services and community health and wellbeing;
  • providing low-fee existing worker traineeships in childcare and aged and disability care; and
  • funding a dedicated NDIS Job Matching Service across WA to link job seekers and graduates with jobs and NDIS providers.

State Government agencies, including the Department of Training and Workforce Development, Department of Health, WA Country Health Service, Mental Health Commission and Department of Communities, are already working collaboratively with industry and non-government organisations on initiatives that specifically target the report’s recommendations. The report builds on the State Training Board’s extensive work in the sector, which included the establishment of a cross-government steering committee in 2017 and the development of an initial workforce strategy for the social assistance and allied health sector, released by the State Government in 2019.

The report and State Government action plan are available on the State Training Board’s website at stb.wa.gov.au/our-work#social-assistance-and-allied-health-workforce

“I thank the State Training Board, Community Skills WA and all involved in producing this report, which is a valuable tool for government." said Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery MLC. "Priorities identified in the report will ensure our Government’s significant investment in training continues to support the social assistance and allied health sector’s current and future workforce needs.".

Read the full media statement here 

 

New trades training equipment for Carlisle TAFE announced.

Carlisle TAFE first to benefit from $25M equipment rollout

Ensuring quality industry training for WA TAFE students

Students at South Metropolitan TAFE’s Carlisle campus are the first to benefit from the State Government’s $25 million investment in new state of the art equipment being rolled out across Western Australia’s TAFE network.

Automotive refinishing and industrial coating students, who had been learning on ageing equipment, will now train using state of the art large high-tech spray painting booths that meet industry standards and Australian requirements. The new equipment includes:

  • three full down draft spray booths;
  • one semi-down draft spray booth;
  • a paint mixing room;
  • two gun cleaning stations; and
  • four preparation bays.

Upgrades and additions have also been made to the TAFE's extraction systems, including installation of a new filter wall, new breathing apparatuses and new hose reels.

The project has been funded through the Training Equipment Refresher Program – a four-year program to upgrade and modernise equipment to contemporary industry standards. All five TAFE colleges are receiving new equipment as part of the program to support training demand and emerging industry training needs — helping students, apprentices and trainees to become more job ready.

The State Government's highly successful Lower fees, local skills initiative has contributed to substantial growth in TAFE enrolments, with a record of more than 150,000 publicly funded course enrolments reported in 2021. There have been more than 51,300 publicly funded enrolments across the initiative so far this year.

"This investment in state of the-art equipment will ensure those students leave TAFE work ready and equipped with skills that are desirable to employers." said Premier Mark McGowan, announcing the rollout today. "In the recent 2022—23 State Budget we are continuing to deliver more for training, with $76.5 million allocated to provide more targeted training opportunities for Western Australians to take up quality jobs.".

"This new high-tech automotive spray-painting centre at Carlisle TAFE is the only public training facility of its kind in Western Australia." added Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery. "Our $25 million investment in modern equipment for Western Australia's TAFEs will ensure that students are being trained on industry standard equipment so they are ready to start using it out in the workforce. Our highly successful Lower fees, local skills initiative has seen a huge uptake in vocational education and training courses, and our investment in new equipment ensures TAFE training results in highly employable graduates with skills matched to industry needs.”.

Read the full media statement here

VET enrolments reach record highs in WA.

Record VET enrolments — Building WA’s future local workforce

Plus record levels of new apprenticeships and traineeships!

Thanks to the WA State Government’s strategic investment in the training sector, more Western Australians than ever are getting the skills needed by local industry.
 

  • WA’s vocational education and training (VET) sector is experiencing a major surge, with new data showing more than 150,000 publicly funded course enrolments were reported in 2021 – the highest ever recorded – with the number of students enrolling in training up 21 per cent from 2020. 
  • WA employers are also signing up apprentices and trainees at record levels — for the first time ever, 10,000 apprenticeship and traineeship contracts have been registered in the first three months of 2022. In March 2022 alone there were over 4,000 registrations – the highest monthly number on record.

So far this year, publicly funded private providers have continued to show solid growth. TAFE enrolments remain at historically high levels, up almost 30 per cent compared to the same point in 2019.

The substantial growth in publicly funded VET courses reflects the State Government’s significant investment in the training sector and initiatives resulting from the WA Skills Summits that respond to workforce issues raised by industry leaders at the Perth and Regional Skills Summits including:

  • extending the highly successful Lower fees, local skills initiative;
  • supporting mature age apprentices;
  • boosting Aboriginal youth employment opportunities; and
  • extending the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Reengagement Incentive.

Industries that have a critical need to upskill workers — including civil construction, childcare, and aged and disability care — can now also access low fee existing worker traineeships to help meet the skills needs of these sectors.

The State Government is also investing $215.8 million for essential infrastructure upgrades to TAFE colleges across the State, as well as a further $25 million to modernise equipment to support training demand. Building on the McGowan Government's significant work to revitalise the TAFE sector, the 2022—23 State Budget invests an additional $76.5 million in targeted opportunities for Western Australians to take up quality jobs — this includes additional funding to keep TAFE fees low; boosting the defence industry's professional and paraprofessional workforce; supporting WA's in demand construction industry; and helping mature age jobseekers into jobs.

"Our Lower fees, local skills initiative has been greatly successful, delivering the highest VET course enrolments on record." said Premier Mark McGowan today. "Ensuring we can provide affordable training options for Western Australians doesn't just benefit individuals, it benefits the whole State by providing a steady supply of skilled local workers."

"As part of our efforts to revitalise the TAFE sector, we continue to invest significantly in quality training that is not only accessible, but can connect people to local jobs." added Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery. "Making training affordable for all Western Australians is an essential strategy in creating jobs and addressing skills shortages.".

Read the full media statement here

Year 9 Career Taster Program

Career exploration and discovery for Year 9 students now just a click away!

New Career Taster Program portal launched today

Premier Mark McGowan and Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery were at North Metropolitan TAFE’s East Perth campus today to see the Year 9 Career Taster Program in action and officially launch the program’s new portal. Students from La Salle College participated in practical activities in emerging technologies in the resources sector using radio equipment to control haul-trucks and diggers in a simulated miniature pit. They also performed hands on mechanical fitting tasks that form the basis of skills required in a number of mining, mechanical engineering and maintenance trades.

Through the program Western Australia’s Year 9 students can engage in interactive activities to explore a range of industries and occupations, and the skills needed for them. Following a successful pilot, the program is being delivered across the State this year; giving Year 9 students a taste of the world of work through practical industry experiences and sparking their ‘career curiosity’.

The new Career Taster Portal supports program delivery, and is a one-stop resource connecting schools with industry taster experiences through a searchable database. The portal also provides schools with access to resources to plan and deliver their program, and a function where employers can nominate to provide an experience. With more than 100 experiences already available and comprehensive teaching resources, schools have the flexibility to design career exploration experiences that meet the needs of their students and local context.

Co-designed with industry, education experts, TAFEs and school sectors, the Career Taster Program offers an exciting opportunity for Year 9 students to extend their thinking through practical industry experiences to learn more about the jobs they are interested in and experience the world of work. Providing early access to career information and education pathways will help students make informed decisions about future subject selections for Years 11 and 12.

Further information on the Career Taster Program and the new portal can be found at jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/careertaster

At today's launch, Premier Mark McGowan said “The Career Taster Program has been specifically designed to give Year 9 students a taste of the world of work. The program provides early access to career information and education pathways to young people, it will arm students with the tools they need to make informed decisions about their future.” .

“Typically, secondary students’ first exposure to the range of post-secondary training options doesn’t occur until in Year 10 when students are just about to make important decisions on which subjects they will study in Years 11 and 12. “ said Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery. "By giving Year 9 students real world experiences and showing the many exciting opportunities and careers available, they are making connections between training and education pathways and occupations they are interested in at an earlier stage.”

Read the full media statement here

New trades workshop for Albany TAFE

New trades workshops power ahead for Albany TAFE

$20.5M investment in specialist trades training

Plans for the $20.5 million trades workshops at South Regional TAFE's Albany campus are moving ahead, with the design finalised and the project now out for tender.

The state of the art workshops will replace the campus’ existing 50-year old trade facilities, and will be used to deliver training in metals and engineering, automotive; building and construction; and carpentry and joinery trades.

The WA State Government’s investment in specialist trades training in the Great Southern will ensure local young people and jobseekers have access to world class training opportunities to meet the workforce needs of local industry. Providing modern facilities will ensure students, including apprentices, are provided with relevant and contemporary knowledge and skills in facilities that reflect real life working environments. Construction is anticipated to start in September 2022, and be completed by June 2024.

The project was announced in July 2020 as part of the WA Recovery Plan, incorporating a record $215.8 million investment to fund upgrades to essential infrastructure across the State’s five TAFE colleges. The schematic designs were developed by Great Southern architectural firm H+H Architects, which is headquartered in Albany with offices in Kalgoorlie and Bunbury. H+H Architects has worked on several major educational projects in the region including the UWA Science Building in Albany, Great Southern Grammar and Albany Residential College.  

“This is a significant investment in world-class trades training that will deliver huge benefits to people living in the Great Southern region.“ says Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery. "Albany’s new trades workshops will be used to deliver industry relevant training and produce job ready and highly skilled workers in traditional trades, including for the in demand automotive and building and construction industries. The McGowan Government is revitalising Western Australia’s training sector to get Western Australians into long-term jobs and to support the workforce needs of industries to keep our State and economy strong.”.

Read the full media statement here

Welcoming skilled migrants and international students to ReconnectWA

Welcoming skilled migrants and international students to Western Australia

New initiatives to ReconnectWA and meet workforce needs

The WA State Government is implementing new initiatives to attract skilled migrants and international students to Western Australia, to help alleviate skills shortages. The new initiatives also respond to strategies to address skills shortages following industry consultation at the Perth and Regional Skills Summits.

Occupations added to GOL
As part of the  $195 million ReconnectWA strategy, an additional 194 occupations have been added to the Graduate Occupation List (GOL), taking the total number of occupations to 331, to attract more international students to study in WA. Expansion of the GOL will help attract a broad and diverse range of skills that align with the State’s current and future workforce needs. The skilled migration pathway will also provide international students graduating in WA the option to apply for permanent residence.

Expansion of skilled migration crieria
Along with prioritising applicants who are already in WA and Australia, the State Government has expanded the skilled migration criteria to allow offshore candidates to apply for WA State nomination.

These changes will simultaneously support the international education sector, while adding to WA’s pipeline of skilled workers in priority areas.

For further information visit the Migration WA website at migration.wa.gov.au

“Meeting Western Australia’s skilled workforce needs to support our State's strong economic growth and pipeline of works is a priority for the State Government.“ says Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery. "With world class education, healthy job opportunities and strong public health management, there is no better or safer place to live, work and study.".

International Education Minister David Templeman said that “International students are an important part of the WA community – they make a positive contribution to the State's diversity and vibrancy, and support local jobs in a variety of industries. Providing a skilled migration pathway is key for attracting international students to Western Australia to retain their capabilities once they have completed their studies.".
 

Read the full media statement here

An artist rendition of the new Armadale TAFE campus.

Vision for new $33M Armadale TAFE is taking shape!

New purpose built contemporary campus for 2024

A new TAFE campus in Armadale is a step closer to reality, with the finalisation of designs and tender advertised for the $33.8 million project.

South Metropolitan TAFE will have a purpose-built, multilevel campus to deliver industry relevant training across multiple areas including childcare; community services; mental health; business; education support; and general education. The contemporary facilities will also have specialist areas for logistics; information technology; emerging industries; and cyber security.

The new training campus will enable South Metropolitan TAFE to consolidate vocational training in the area, with learning currently dispersed across three ageing leased premises in the Armadale town centre.

Designed by Armstrong Collective architects; the campus will be a vibrant community hub that will help revitalise the local area, located on Church Avenue within the town centre, a short distance from the train station. State of the art facilities in the multi level building will include simulated childcare for early learning education; classrooms; computer laboratories; simulated office space; meeting rooms; crèche; and a student hub which will include food and drink preparation areas.

The Armadale Jobs and Skills Centre will also relocate to the new campus, connecting the local community with training and employment opportunities. Local jobs will be created with the construction of the building, and once the new campus is open it will have a positive flow on for local businesses, with an increase to student capacity bringing more people into the town centre.

Construction is expected to commence late 2022 and be completed in 2024, for students to begin training in the second semester of, 2024.  

“The new $33.8 million purpose-built TAFE campus will deliver a first class learning environment in Armadale. " said Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery. “The state of the art facilities will provide more opportunities for locals, particularly youth, with a boost to student capacity leading to pathways into long term jobs. This project is part of the WA Recovery Plan, with the McGowan Government investing a record $215.8 million to fund infrastructure upgrades across the State’s TAFE colleges.”.
 

Read the full media statement here

New budget initiatives for the building and construction industry in WA

$14.3M investment to support building and construction industry in WA!

Plus new tool rebate for apprentices and trainees

The WA State Government today announced a $14.3 million investment in the 2022—23 State Budget to support the development of Western Australia’s construction industry workforce, and provide financial support to apprentices and trainees.

The $14.3 million Construction Training Fund (CTF) investment includes $4.5 million for a new tool rebate to support apprentices and trainees purchase trade-related tools and safety equipment, enabling eligible apprentices and trainees to claim up to $500 each for purchases made between 1 July 2022 and 30 June 2023.

To support the introduction of a new apprenticeship pathway for the civil construction sector, the CTF is providing eligible employers with a wage gap subsidy to cover the difference in wages paid between the new apprenticeship and outgoing traineeship. The $5.1 million program will run over the next four years.

The State Government’s Skills Summits in 2021 identified access to a driver’s licence as a common barrier to employment as an apprentice. The new initiatives from CTF includes a $1.3 million initiative to assist young people with gaining the experience and skills they need to obtain a driver’s licence for entry into a construction trade apprenticeship; and an additional $1.6 million of incentives for employers and apprentices involved in rebuilding disaster-affected regions to support communities impacted by the Wooroloo bushfires and Cyclone Seroja. Under the scheme, employers can claim up to an additional $6,000 from the CTF over two years and apprentices can receive up to $2,000 over the same period.

A further $1.9 million has been allocated to identify and promote training in trades with a declining number of workers through online resourcing for target employers, advertising and apprentice mentoring programs.

For more information on these initiatives, visit ctf.wa.gov.au.

“My Government is committed to investing in training Western Australians to build a skilled workforce for now and for the future." says Premier Mark McGowan, announcing the new initiatives today.  “These important initiatives, delivered through the Construction Training Fund, will support the Western Australian construction industry to attract and retain workers. The tool rebate will provide financial support to thousands of construction apprentices in regional and metropolitan areas, helping them to follow their chosen career path and promote safety in their workplaces. Similarly, the driver’s licence training support will help to remove barriers to apprenticeship employment by providing young people with skills and experience to safely operate a vehicle.”

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said “The McGowan Labor Government has been working directly with industries to increase the capability of their workforces and produce more skilled workers to meet growing industry demand. This suite of initiatives, funded through the 2022—23 State Budget, responds to workforce issues raised by industry leaders at what is a critical time for building and construction. The civil construction apprenticeship program will improve the quality of training in civil construction and create robust career pathways into the industry, with the $5.1 million wage gap subsidy to ensure a pipeline of junior and mature-age qualified apprentices. The McGowan Government is also investing to get more tradies on the ground in disaster-hit areas to help with recovery efforts, with $1.6 million in incentives on offer for apprentices and trainees who go where they’re needed most.”

Read the full media statement here

$76M investment in training — Low fees extended!

$76.5M investment in training and jobs for WA!

WA State Budget investing in a skilled workforce for the future

The WA State Government is providing more targeted training opportunities for Western Australians to take up quality jobs, with the announcement of a $76.5 million boost to training in the 2022—23 State Budget. This significant investment to build a skilled workforce for the future supports the Government's WA Jobs Plan and work to diversify the WA economy and create local jobs.

Initiatives in the 2022—23 State Budget have been developed to meet skill shortages and informed by ideas and outcomes from the Perth and Regional Skills Summits. 
 

  • An additional $38.4 million to keep TAFE fees low and annual fee caps across 210 priority courses through our successful Lower fees, local skills initiative. This initiative has helped training enrolments grow to a record of more than 150,000 places and increased apprenticeships and traineeships by a massive 31 per cent last year.
  • $11 million to further build the WA defence industry's professional and para-professional workforce, which is estimated to need more than an additional 1,000 workers by 2027.
  • An additional $4.9 million has been provided for the Collie Just Transition Plan, which includes the establishment of a new Jobs and Skills Centre and a TAFE Transition Team to support affected employees through career and training services.
  • A new $5.5 million program to provide expanded jobseeker support to 500 mature-age jobseekers, and pilot support for 100 ex-offenders, to help them into employment and support their safe transition back into the community.
  • A $2.4 million Regional TAFE International Student Strategy, which responds to feedback received at the Regional Skills Summits held across WA and aims to attract international students to live, work and study in regional WA. Commencing in 2023, the initiative will provide 200 places over two years and target in-demand occupations such as aged and disability care, childcare and hospitality and tourism, which have a critical shortage of workers. The strategy further supports the McGowan Government's multi-million dollar Reconnect WA package to support the return of international students and recovery of tourism markets, and secure business events following the reopening of the State's borders.
  • A $14.3 million investment, through the Construction Training Fund, will deliver a suite of new targeted training initiatives to support the development of a safe, skilled and sustainable building and construction workforce.
  • Continued roll out the TAFE capital works program, with $216 million committed over the next four years to deliver state of the art facilities providing high quality, industry relevant training across WA.

"My Government's sensible management of the finances enables us to set up WA's long-term future." said Premier Mark McGowan today. "Key to WA's long term success is having a skilled workforce to take up the jobs we are creating by diversifying our economy, and through our record infrastructure spending. Our significant work over the past five years to revitalise WA's neglected TAFE and training sector has resulted in significant increases in enrolments  — putting more Western Australians on the pathway to quality local jobs and providing skilled workers to support key industries. Thanks to our extensive industry consultation through the WA Skills Summits, the 2022-23 State Budget initiatives will build a workforce for the future.".

Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery said "Our investment in targeted workforce initiatives and training has been key in building and diversifying Western Australia's economy and delivering major projects. Training is now significantly more affordable and accessible for Western Australians than it was when we came to Government in 2017, and will continue to be central to our work to invest in and attract new industries to WA, reduce barriers to business growth and deliver a pipeline of work across the State.".

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

Read the full media statement here

You bring your life experience, we'll help you turn it into a career

Support for under-represented groups to enter training and work

New "Life Experience" campaign responding to feedback from Skills Summits

The State Government has launched a new Life Experience campaign, which aims to encourage Western Australians to develop the skills and confidence they need to successfully participate in the workforce. The targeted campaign to increase participation among people from groups who are under-represented in the WA workforce is part of the State Government's commitment to continue to work with industry to address the State's skilled worker needs, and is one of a series of post-Skills Summit initiatives announced in August 2021 to attract and retain skilled workers in WA.

Aligned with the WA Jobs Plan, the campaign highlights the value of life skills and experience in the workplace; while promoting the training, career and employment support available through WA's Jobs and Skills Centres. It targets participation in vocational education and training (VET) and the WA workforce by women, mature age workers and retirees re-entering the workforce; youth at risk; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; people from culturally diverse backgrounds; and people with lived experience of disability, and aims to open up training opportunities and create more jobs for all Western Australians.

The campaign is supported by information on the Jobs and Skills WA website to highlight the career support and training options available for these groups.

 

The campaign's series of multi-media advertisements emphasise there has never been a better time to get into a job, make a career change, upskill or re-enter the WA workforce. Training in WA is more affordable and accessible than ever, and plenty of support is available to help people of all ages and backgrounds access and attend training and find the right job. Available support includes a range of specialist programs and services; free and low-cost training opportunities; pre-employment pathways; and free career support through the statewide network of Jobs and Skills Centres. There are also free and subsidised courses in foundation skills, and support to assist people with disability gain skills for success in their studies and the workplace.

All Western Australians are encouraged to contact their nearest Jobs and Skills Centre; which is a one-stop-shop for free, friendly and professional career, training and employment advice. Jobs and Skills Centre services are also accessible to all members of the community, with specialist services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and culturally diverse people, and through outreach locations for regional areas.

"The McGowan Government is committed to supporting people of all ages and backgrounds to develop the confidence and skills they need to be successful in training and the workforce." said Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery, announcing the campaign. "The Life Experience campaign highlights the value of life skills and experience in the workplace for people from groups who are under-represented in the workforce to connect with training and employment. The campaign is also part of our work with WA industry to address their skilled worker needs by getting even more local people into local jobs. Workplace diversity has shown to have extremely positive impacts on workplace productivity and innovation, and through this campaign we're also encouraging employers to consider these benefits."

Read the full media statement here

Exciting news for agricultural training in Western Australia.

Historical Muresk Institute to get exciting new expansion!

Sod turned on $9.9M of new agriculture training facilities

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery has visited Muresk Institute in the Wheatbelt to view the upgraded shearing workshop facilities and "turn the sod" to mark the beginning of construction for a new specialist agricultural training facility. Muresk Institute is a working farm, ensuring industry-driven education and training opportunities are available to meet demand for skilled workers.

Find out more about Muresk at dtwd.wa.gov.au/mureskinstitute

The works to modernise essential agricultural training facilities at the site are part of a $9.9 million expansion, with the project's second stage getting under way. The new facilities will provide students with high quality training in wool handling and shearing, with the best possible interactive experience.
 

  • The first stage of the project was to provide a new $800,000 industry-standard shearing shed, which is crucial to Muresk's role as a working farm and agricultural training provider.
  • The second stage will expand Muresk's facilities to include a new specialist Agricultural Machinery Training Centre; providing new workshops, classrooms, information technology laboratories and student facilities.
  • An adjacent 1940s cottage will be renovated into an administration space for lecturers and a breakout space for students.

The project will provide new industry-relevant training facilities for courses approved for reduced fees under the State Government's highly successful Lower fees, local skills program. Muresk and Central Regional TAFE (CRT) have worked closely with industry in the development of the Certificate III in Agricultural Mechanical Technology apprenticeship, with first-year training taking place this year at the CRT Northam campus before moving to the new Muresk facilities from 2023. Once their training is complete, the qualified technicians will service all types of agricultural machinery across Western Australia's broadacre farming industry, including the servicing of specialised technology such as precision spraying and seeding equipment.

Regional WA commercial builder ACorp Construction Pty Ltd is carrying out the majority of construction, while another regional WA company GBSC Yurra constructed the new shearing shed. Approximately 100 workers will be employed throughout the project at Muresk Institute, including apprentices and trainees. It is anticipated that construction of the new facilities will be completed in January 2023, with training to commence in semester one. This project is part of the State Government's $215.84 million record investment in TAFE capital works projects, delivering state of the art learning opportunities for students and boosting the WA economy by generating jobs.

"Muresk Institute has been the home of agricultural training in Western Australia for almost 100 years, and this expansion will help to ensure that Muresk can continue to serve that purpose for a long time to come." said Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery. 

Read the full media statement here

New Driller's Offsider Job Ready Program now available!

New FREE training program for jobs in WA's resources sector

Applications now open for Driller's Offsider Job Ready Program! 

The WA State Government is partnering with Western Australia’s resources industry to pilot a new Job Ready pathways to employment program that connects participants with entry-level employment opportunities in the drilling sector.

The new Driller’s Offsider Job Ready Program is among a suite of new skills sets developed in collaboration with WA industries to deliver short course training for people to upskill or reskill in industries of identified skills need. This new program will provide participants with skills to work safely on site, and teaches how to apply first aid and CPR; working safely at heights; and how to operate and maintain a four wheel drive vehicle in preparation for working on a mining or exploration site as a driller's offsider.

Expressions of interest for the new program are now open, with the first intake of students scheduled to start the program with registered training organisation Australian Training Management in May 2022.

The training is free* for jobseekers, people aged 18—25, and concession holders; and low-fee for non-concession students.

Prior to commencing the training, participants will undertake a one-day induction delivered by industry to introduce them to a driller’s role and working environment. On completion of the course, students will be connected with opportunities to transition into employment, or they may be offered an opportunity to undertake a traineeship with a participating employer or further their training to gain a drilling operations qualification. Employers of students who transition into traineeships will be able to access State and Australian Government incentives or wage subsidies.

The Driller’s Offsider Job Ready Program was developed in consultation with the Resources Industry Training Council and key industry partners, who form part of a reference group that oversees the program.

Job Ready Programs are part of the State Government’s $5.5 billion investment in WA Recovery Plan initiatives to upskill the WA workforce and enhance employment and training opportunities following COVID-19. The State Government’s Lower fees, local skills initiative has significantly reduced course fees for 210 courses, including drilling operations and a range of other resources and mining qualifications.

You can register your interest in the Driller’s Offsider Job Ready program on the Jobs and Skills WA website.

Go to jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/pathways#drillers-offsider-job-ready-program

You can also contact our Job Ready team by email to DrillersOffsider@dtwd.wa.gov.au or by phoning 08 6551 5049.

More information about Lower, fees, local skills and qualifications reduced by up to 72 per cent is available at jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/skillsready.

Announcing the new Driller's Offsider program today,  Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said “There is a strong demand for driller’s offsiders and the McGowan Government is continuing to deliver new training programs to meet workforce needs across the resources sector. The new Job Ready Program offers a low cost and fast track training option to help Western Australians into entry-level driller’s offsider jobs while providing a pathway to full drilling operations qualifications and employment. Strong industry involvement in the program helps to link participants with employers and orientation with the working environment to ensure the industry is a good fit for them.”

Read the full media statement here

*Please see website for eligibility criteria

New course list for Jobs and Skills WA website

New course list launched for Jobs and Skills WA website

New features making your course search easy!

A new course list has been launched on the Jobs and Skills website today, with a range of new features and functionality to make your course search easy.

With over 700 courses listed on the website, this is great news for anyone looking for a skill set, course or qualification to get skills ready for that new job or career move. With the new course search, you can now:

  • search quickly and easily for free courses, and qualifications with course fees reduced by half or more;
  • find courses with specific training options, such as apprenticeships and traineeships;
  • find qualifications that are available as VET programs for secondary school students, including school-based apprenticeships and traineeships;
  • search quickly and easily for courses in particular industry and study areas; and
  • search for and view course information more easily on your mobile device.

We have also added a ‘favourites’ option, so that you can tag courses that you’re interested in and add them to your own personal list. You can then come back and view the courses on your list at any time, rather than have to search for them again.

Each course now opens on its own website page, where we have made information about the course, the TAFE colleges and private training providers who deliver it and the occupations the course aligns with easier to view.

Last but not least; you can now share a course page on your own social media channel, if you want to let family and friends know what you’re studying or about a course you’re interested in.

Take a look: jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/course-list 

DIVES scholarship

New $5K scholarship supporting veterans into new careers

Training for veterans in non-service defence industry jobs

The WA State Government has joined forces with Western Australia’s defence industry to support veterans wanting to continue their defence industry careers in non-service roles. Eligible veterans will be able to apply for at least 80 scholarships of up to $5,000 each through the Defence Industry Veterans Employment Scheme Scholarship Program (DIVES), which is funded by the State Government and supported by industry.

Speaking about the program, Premier Mark McGowan said “Every year, around 300 Australian Defence Force members transition to civilian life and settle in WA. The transition from service life to civilian employment can be difficult without structured pathways. In many cases, veterans need to undertake additional study or training to gain access to other career pathways in the defence industry. Our partnership with industry in this scholarship program will enable us to support defence veterans who have sacrificed so much for our community to enter engineering trades and upskill into non-trade defence industry careers.” .

The scholarship program is part of a broader $18.34 million package designed to build WA’s defence manufacturing workforce, and ensure our state is well positioned to take on opportunities across all the defence domains. This package also includes financial incentives for employers; new maritime defence industry TAFE courses; and facilities upgrades at South Metropolitan TAFE (SM TAFE).

The DIVES program will help veterans to cover eligible vocational education and training (VET) and university study costs that are relevant to defence industry careers; including tuition and other compulsory fees, textbooks and equipment. Eligible veterans will also be able to access career planning support from the program to identify training or further study leading to defence career pathways.

The program is being managed by the dedicated Defence Industry Team located at SM TAFE’s Rockingham Jobs and Skills Centre. 

More information and how to apply for DIVES can be found at jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/defence

“The sacrifice and commitment of veterans must be recognised beyond end of service, and this program provides strong support for their transition back to civilian life. Veterans have valuable skills and experience that can be effectively used by the defence industry and makes them highly desirable defence industry employees." said Defence Industry and Veterans Issues Minister Paul Papalia. "As a workforce cohort; veterans are disciplined, have a strong work ethic, and experience using the products created by the defence industry. WA is committed to supporting veteran pathways into civilian employment to ensure that veterans find a new sense of purpose and identity.”

A heavy plant apprentice mechanic.

Jumbo development drill donation to deliver huge training benefits

Getting SM TAFE heavy automotive apprentices industry ready

South Metropolitan TAFE’s capacity to service Western Australia’s growing demand for skilled heavy automotive workers has received a boost with the arrival of a ‘Jumbo’ development drill donated by underground mining service employer Barminco.

The refurbished drill, which is used for underground operations and worth about $1.8 million new, has lived out its full mine life but will continue to serve the industry training plant mechanic apprentices, trainees and students at South Metropolitan TAFE’s Heavy Vehicle Mechanical Training Centre. Located at the college’s Thornlie campus, the Heavy Vehicle Mechanical Training Centre is home to current industry equipment that mirrors real life working environments, to equip students with the  job ready skills desired by employers. The donated Jumbo will be a valuable tool for students to practice a range of skills including understanding hydraulic systems and servicing techniques. In its lifetime, the donated Jumbo has drilled more than 1372km  — the equivalent distance of Perth to Newman via Geraldton and Mt Magnet  — while supporting development at four Barminco mining operations across WA.

The donation of the development drill, which is known as a ‘Jumbo’, complements the WA State Government’s $25 million investment in modern equipment for WA TAFE colleges, as part of a four-year program to upgrade TAFE equipment to align with contemporary industry standards. The donation is an example of how South Metropolitan TAFE collaborates with industry partners to ensure its training results in graduates being highly employable with skills matched to industry needs.

Barminco is a Perenti Group company. With more than 400 apprentices and trainees across its Barminco, Ausdrill and BTP companies, Perenti is one of Western Australia’s largest private sector employers of apprentices and trainees. Barminco is one of South Metropolitan TAFE’s largest employers of apprentices across a range of training areas, with 89 active apprentices include 56 heavy automotive apprentices training in the TAFE’s Certificate III in Mobile Plant Technology and Certificate III in Engineering – Mechanical Trade (Plant Mechanic) qualification. These and a range of other automotive, engineering and mining qualifications are among 210 courses with their fees significantly reduced under the State Government’s Lower fees, local skills (LFLS) initiative.

More information about LFLS qualifications is available on the Jobs and Skills WA website at jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/skillsready or by contacting your local Jobs and Skills Centre on 13 64 64.

“I thank Barminco for investing in training and the State’s future mining and heavy automotive workforce with the donation of this development drill. “The McGowan Government’s investment in training and strong links with industry are helping to ensure students leave TAFE work ready and equipped with skills that are desirable to employers" said Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery. “Skilled heavy automotive and mobile plant professionals are in high demand and reduced-fee training options are available. Providing work ready students with experience operating contemporary machinery used on site by industry is key to addressing skills needs.”

View the full media statement here

Student Satisfaction Survey report 2021

2021 WA Student Satisfaction Survey report now available!

Measuring the quality of service by WA TAFEs

The 2021 WA Student satisfaction survey — Public training providers report is now available. The report contains information about the satisfaction levels of students at Western Australian TAFE colleges and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) during 2021; and is used to measure the quality of service provided by Western Australia's TAFEs and gain a better understanding of their customers and their needs.

The figures and information in the report are derived from the 2021 WA student satisfaction survey carried out in 2021, for which fieldwork and research was conducted over approximately nine weeks from 16 September to 19 November 2021. Students from the five TAFE colleges, WAAPA, and 158 private training providers* were invited to participate in the survey via an online survey, a telephone interview, or a hard copy survey. The mixed methodology approach was used to ensure maximum accessibility for students.

The latest (2021) survey shows 87.3% of students were satisfied with their training. Students experienced the highest levels of satisfaction with the:

  • physical safety and security measures (92.0%);
  • quality of trainers / instructors (87.7%); and
  • how likely it is that the course will lead to a job/career (85.5%). 

Satisfaction with the cost of the course (75.5%) was significantly higher in 2021, when compared to 2020 (71%).

The survey, and the report, are done by an independent company.

For more information on the student satisfaction rates, you can read the Student satisfaction survey 2021 WA State Report — Public providers here

 

*Survey results for private training providers are not included in this report.

New pilot program for WA's civil construction industry traineeships and apprenticeships

Skills boost for civil construction through industry-backed program

Pilot program to change traineeships to apprenticeships

The State Government has joined with Western Australia's civil construction industry to establish a new pilot program to increase the number and quality of new workers entering the sector. This pilot program will help build a skilled local workforce in the civil construction industry to support the State Government's $13 billion commitment to civil infrastructure projects over the next four years.

Under the program specific civil construction qualifications in WA are changing from a traineeship to an apprenticeship, extending training from 24 months to 36 months with the aim of improving skills and employment opportunities. The move will result in the first cohort of civil construction apprentices, who will receive a trade certificate on completion of their Certificate III qualification, boosting qualified civil construction trades.

Funded by the Construction Training Fund (CTF) and developed in conjunction with the Civil Contractors Federation WA (CCFWA) and Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU), the $5.99 million program will cover a wage gap created by the transition, ensuring employers and apprentices are not disadvantaged by the transition to the new qualifications.
 

  • A wage subsidy of up to $14,000 will be provided to employers who employ junior apprentices (under 21), and there will also be wage gap funding for 50 direct employment mature age civil construction apprenticeships.
  • The CTF has also increased its base grant for employers from $8,000 to $10,000.

The CTF apprenticeship support grant is available to eligible employers, and is intended to cover the costs incurred by the employment and training of an apprentice during the term of the training contract. Throughout the four-year pilot program, it is anticipated that around 250 junior apprentice wages will be subsidised and more than 1,200 new apprentices are expected to commence in the civil construction sector.

For more information, please read the CCPP FAQs available at dtwd.wa.gov.au/apprenticeship-office#useful-fact-sheets or at ctf.wa.gov.au.

Announcing the pilot program today, Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said “The McGowan Government is committed to building a skilled local workforce. This program will improve the quality of training in civil construction while creating robust career pathways into the industry and ensure a pipeline of junior and mature age qualified apprentices. This initiative was developed extensively with industry, and will go a long way in assisting the civil construction industry to train employees and deliver on key civil infrastructure projects.”
 

Read the full media statement here

Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2022—26

NEW Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2022—26

Improving access and inclusion for people with disability in training and employment

Training has a critical role to play in providing people with accessible learning pathways and support to identify, enter into and maintain fulfilling careers and employment.

The Department of Training and Workforce Development provides ongoing support to assist Western Australia’s workforce and vocational education and training (VET)  sector to be more accessible, particularly for people with disability. Our new Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2022–26 builds on our achievements to date and provides the commitment and direction for further progress in improving access and inclusion for people with disability in training and employment.
 

View the DAIP here to find out more about the strategies it contains

If you require the document in an alternative format, please telephone 08 6551 5064 or email daip@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

Supervisor, Jasmine Romaro and school-based trainee, Ace Sharp

Youth employment series: Meet Ace Sharp

In this series, we meet some of the valued trainees and graduates working at the Department.

We pride ourselves on an inclusive and diverse workforce here at the Department of Training and Workforce Development. Workplace diversity means everyone benefits from a wide range of experiences and perspectives. This leads to a real boost in ideas, skills, and creativity in the workplace.

Part of our workplace diversity involves supporting the career growth of younger Australians. In this series, we meet some of the valued trainees and graduates working at the Department.

Q&A with Ace Sharp, trainee

Ace Sharp started his 18-month public sector school-based traineeship with the Department in February 2021, supported by his team in Human Resources.

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Pictured left to right: Supervisor, Jasmine Romaro and school-based trainee Ace Sharp

What motivated you to do a government traineeship?
The encouragement of my family and friends to step out of my comfort zone and expand my skill set.

What are some key things you've learnt at the Department?
What an office job is actually like and how to do a job, such as processing work, scanning and printing, using Empower and Content Manager.

What are your favourite school subjects?
Science, as I get to work with others to find a conclusion in experiments and recess/lunch (because who doesn't like recess or lunch).

What are your goals for next year
Complete this course, pass all my school subjects and find the best way to relax.

What advice would you give to future trainees?
Don't think it's like what movies show you. There's a lot more work than you would think, and everyone will be friendly towards you.

Do you have a role model? Who is it and why?
My work mates. They inspire me to keep going through with the job, and they are also fun to be around.

Jobs and Skills WA: Free mental health training

Integrating Mental Health Practice skill set now FREE!

Short course to build essential mental health support skills

With the COVID-19 pandemic increasing the need for mental health support in community services and the care sector, the State Government is making the Integrating Mental Health Practice Job Ready Skill Set course fee-free for all* students. The change, made in response to industry demand, will encourage workers who come under a non-concession category to access the training fee-free. The skill set, which consists of selected nationally accredited units focusing on mental health support, is designed to build the capacity of workforces to support clients with mental health and/or alcohol and other drugs conditions to provide support for vulnerable Western Australians. It teaches about responding to crisis situations, managing personal stress in the workplace and working with people from diverse backgrounds.

The course will be free for all students, including existing workers looking to upskill.

Completion of the units in the skill set may lead to further training opportunities in alcohol and other drugs; community services; disability; mental health; and youth work qualifications for those who are interested in further developing their skills in mental health support.

The Integrating Mental Health Practice skill set was previously course fee-free for youth under 25, jobseekers and concession students, but attracted a regulated fee for non-concession students. Under the new fee-free structure, non-concession students, including people aged 25 and over and existing workers, can save up to just under $430 in course fees.

The Department of Health and the Mental Health Commission are seeing a significant increase in the number of clients presenting with mental health and/or alcohol and other drugs conditions, particularly due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Industry feedback estimates up to 3,000 people could complete the skill set across WA if all frontline and essential workers working directly with mental health and/or alcohol and other drugs conditions clients choose to undertake the training. 

For more information or to register your interest in enrolling in the skill set, visit the Jobs and Skills WA website at jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/skillsready

You can also contact your local Jobs and Skills Centre on 13 64 64 for further information or free advice about training options.

Announcing the free training today, Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said “Training is an important part of our Government’s response to the pandemic and the upskilling of Western Australia’s workforce. By making the Integrating Mental Health Practice Skill Set course fee-free we are supporting Western Australia’s community services and care sector, as well as a range of other workforces that come into contact with clients who need this kind of assistance. Employees with well-developed soft skills and the capacity to provide person-centred, recovery-focused care are valued by the community mental health sector.”

Read the full media statement here

*Some elibigility criteria apply, see website for details.

WA Training Awards 2022: Applications now open!

A new search for WA VET sector’s brightest stars begins!

WA Training Awards 2022 applications open 1 March

Applications are now open for the WA Training Awards 2022, which recognise the outstanding achievements of apprentices, trainees, employers and training organisations. Now in its 28th year, the Awards provide an opportunity for the vocational education and training (VET) sector to showcase excellence and reward best practice, while putting Western Australia's best achievers in the spotlight.

If you’re an apprentice, trainee or vocational student, the WA Training Awards can open doors to new career opportunities and highlight your skills and achievements. For organisations, the Awards are an opportunity to be recognised as an industry leader and provide a platform to network with other businesses and training providers in WA and around Australia.

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery is encouraging eligible individuals and organisations to apply, with applications opening on Tuesday 1 March, and closing at 5:00 pm on Friday 29 April 2022.

"Vocational education and training plays a vital role in the rebuilding of Western Australia's economy, so it is fitting we can applaud the high achievers.” the Minister says. “The WA Training Awards are the State's premier training awards, showcasing excellence and highlighting our best VET talent.”

In 2022, there are eight individual and five organisational Award categories.

Individual categories

  • WA Apprentice of the Year
  • WA Trainee of the Year
  • WA Vocational Student of the Year
  • WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year
  • WA School-based Apprentice of the Year
  • WA Trainer of the Year
  • WA Cultural Diversity Training Award
  • WA International Student of the Year

Organisational categories

  • WA Small Employer of the Year
  • WA Large Employer of the Year
  • WA Industry Collaboration Award
  • WA Small Training Provider of the Year
  • WA Large Training Provider of the Year

As well as the recognition these respected Awards bring, individual category winners will receive $3,000 which they may use to further their training or kickstart their career, while organisation winners will be recognised as industry leaders.

To apply, and for more information about the WA Training Awards, visit the WA Training Awards website

Winners will be announced at a presentation ceremony, and may go on to represent WA at the Australian Training Awards in November. Last year saw all seven of the 2021 WA Training Award winners up for national recognition, which included Trainer of the Year Maryke Gray and Vocational Student of the Year Zoe Tucker.

Read the Minister’s full media statement here

Group Training Organisation (GTO) Wage Subsidy

New $32M wage subsidy supporting record infrastructure investment

Creating 300 new building and construction apprenticeships and traineeships 

The State Government has joined with Western Australia's civil construction industry to establish a new pilot program to increase the number and quality of new workers entering the sector. This pilot program will help build a skilled local workforce in civil construction industry to support the State Government's $13 billion commitment to civil infrastructure projects over the next four years.

Under the program specific civil construction qualifications in WA are changing from a traineeship to an apprenticeship, extending training from 24 months to 36 months with the aim of improving skills and employment opportunities. The move will result in the first cohort of civil construction apprentices, who will receive a trade certificate on completion of their Certificate III qualification, boosting qualified civil construction trades.

Funded by the Construction Training Fund (CTF) and developed in conjunction with the Civil Contractors Federation WA (CCFWA) and Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU), the $5.99 million program will cover a wage gap created by the transition, ensuring employers and apprentices are not disadvantaged by the transition to the new qualifications.
 

  • A wage subsidy of up to $14,000 will be provided to employers who employ junior apprentices (under 21), and there will also be wage gap funding for 50 direct employment mature age civil construction apprenticeships.
  • The CTF has also increased its base grant for employers from $8,000 to $10,000.

The CTF apprenticeship support grant is available to eligible employers, and is intended to cover the costs incurred by the employment and training of an apprentice during the term of the training contract. Throughout the four-year pilot program, it is anticipated that around 250 junior apprentice wages will be subsidised and more than 1,200 new apprentices are expected to commence in the civil construction sector.

For more information, please read the CCPP FAQs available at dtwd.wa.gov.au/apprenticeship-office#useful-fact-sheets or at ctf.wa.gov.au.

Announcing the pilot program today, Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said “The McGowan Government is committed to building a skilled local workforce. This program will improve the quality of training in civil construction while creating robust career pathways into the industry and ensure a pipeline of junior and mature age qualified apprentices. This initiative was developed extensively with industry, and will go a long way in assisting the civil construction industry to train employees and deliver on key civil infrastructure projects.”
 

Read the full media statement here

2022-2023 State Training Plan released

State Training Plan 2022—23 released!

Priorities set for WA's vocational education and training future

The State Training Plan 2022—23 is now released. This plan guides the State Government's investment in the vocational education and training (VET) sector over the next two years, and ensures public investment in VET delivers skills needed by WA industries for future WA jobs.

"As our State's training needs and priorities continue to grow and evolve, it is paramount for our Government to maintain strong links with industries and workforces across WA." says Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery. "Priorities identified in the new State Training Plan will ensure our Government's continuing and unprecedented investment in training initiatives continues to support current workforce needs and prepares us for industries and opportunities of the future."

Led by the industry-backed State Training Board, the plan outlines eight priorities to guide a well-funded, responsive and innovative VET sector that supports the strategic development of the State's industries and the economy.

These eight priorities include:

  1. skills to support WA's economic growth and diversification;
  2. raising the profile of VET across industry and the school system;
  3. growing the proportion of young people who are engaged in VET;
  4. maximising participation in VET;
  5. focusing on regional training solutions;
  6. supporting employment based pathways;
  7. skills to meet the growing demand of WA's Social Assistance and Allied Health workforce; and
  8. enhancing links between WA's industries and the VET sector.

To read the full plan, visit the State Training Board website

Djookanup signage

Optima Centre renamed in recognition of Noongar people

Signage designed by Pinjarup-Whadjuk artist Chloe Calyon

The head office building for the Departments of Finance, and Training and Workforce Development has been renamed 'Djookanup', meaning 'place of young women harvesting food', in the local Noongar language.

The new name of the Osborne Park building, formerly known as 'Optima B', was unveiled by Finance and Aboriginal Affairs Minister Buti, and Directors General Nicki Godecke and Karen Ho. The name was selected in consultation with local Noongar business Moodjar Consultancy, following engagement with Traditional Owners, and representatives from each department.

"The names we give to landmarks or places across Western Australia help convey their significance and history, which helps to pass on knowledge." says Minister Buti. "The former name 'Optima B' does little to inspire so it is appropriate to rename the building to Djookanup, recognising and paying respect to the language and history of the Whadjuk Noongar people."

The executive report provided by Moodjar Consultancy outlines that "the first people to use this site were the local Noongar people, the Yellagonga, who call the area 'Ngur gen boro'." The area's freshwater lakes were used to gather and harvest food sources, a role typically undertaken by young women. Pinjarup-Whadjuk artist Chloe Calyon's vibrant signage design shares Djookanup's story, celebrating the area's rich history.

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Western Australia – It’s like no other

WA is an ancient, energetic land, brimming with opportunity ready for you to discover. It’s like no other.

The State Government recently launched ‘Western Australia – It’s like no other’ to promote the safe, stable and strong lifestyle WA has built despite the threat from COVID-19. 

Western Australia is an ancient, energetic land, brimming with opportunity ready for you to discover. Share an adventure with family and friends, learn at our outstanding education institutions or work in our thriving economy. Wherever the journey takes you, we look forward to welcoming you to Western Australia.
 

  • Visit – Wide open spaces and otherworldly adventures await you. The unique and splendid beauty of a Western Australian adventure is an experience you will remember for a lifetime. 
     
  • Study – Begin, return or extend your student journey in Perth. WA’s world leading institutions are ready and waiting for you here. With quality programs, a great lifestyle and a wealth of employment opportunities, we’re excited to welcome you to our community. 
     
  • Invest – Western Australia offers the world a unique set of strengths and capabilities. Our highly-skilled workforce and abundant resources coupled with outstanding innovation and expertise has built our global reputation for delivering outstanding quality.
     
  • Work – Western Australia is home to the nation’s most affordable capital city to buy a house, offering a significant pipeline of work. We’re creating employment opportunities and offering secure quality jobs across a variety of industries throughout Western Australia.
     

More information on the new attraction campaign can be viewed by visiting likenoother.wa.gov.au.

The campaign marks the initial stage of the WA Government's $65 million marketing campaign to promote WA, which is comprised of a number of marketing initiatives to be launched across various target markets and industries.

Premier Mark McGowan says, “Western Australians enjoy the kind of lifestyle many people across the world only dream about.”

Jobs and Skills WA: New traineeships information page for employers

New! Traineeships guide for employers

Supporting employers to grow their business: With incentives!

Traineeships offer employers the opportunity to skill up their workforce, through nationally recognised and accredited vocational education and training (VET) qualifications. Training can be customised and aligned to business operations, and because they are delivered mainly through on the job training, trainees do not require long absences from the workplace. 

Employers may also be eligible for financial incentives and wage subsidies of over $20,000 — depending on individual circumstances — to assist with the costs of hiring a trainee.

Setting up a traineeship for your business takes just a few simple steps, and free services are available to help employers through the process. We have developed new information for employers, including a guide: Traineeships — A quick guide for employers that outlines the process of hiring a trainee and commencing a traineeship, and a series of useful case studies highlighting the financial incentives available to eligible employers — available on the Jobs and Skills WA website. There is also a list of all traineeships available in Western Australia, in all industry categories. 

View Traineeships — A quick guide for employers    

With financial incentives and a range of quality training available, there's never been a better time to grow your business through traineeships! 

Artist impression of the upcoming Roebourne redevelopment

TAFE upgrade underway for Roebourne

New facilities to connect local Aboriginal community to vocational education and training

Construction has started on a transformational project for Roebourne, with a significant upgrade to North Regional TAFE’s Minurmarghali Mia campus.

The $7.9 million project will deliver contemporary multi-purpose training facilities to the campus, which plays a key role in connecting the local Aboriginal community to vocational education and training. The new facilities will include four new classrooms to replace the ageing transportable buildings, including:

  • an IT laboratory and art classroom;
  • a new industry workshop for construction trades training; and
  • an upgrade of the existing light automotive workshop.

The contract was awarded to Western Australian construction company Devlyn Australia which will employ more than 200 workers throughout construction, as well as 16 apprentices and trainees. Lead architect Iredale Pederson Hook Architects were briefed to design culturally appropriate, contemporary facilities, and consulted extensively with the Roebourne community during planning stages to create diverse learning and job opportunities.

The major redevelopment of the adjacent Roebourne District High School will also be a boost for the region, both during construction and once complete.

There are currently more than 3,500 students in publicly funded vocational education and training courses in the Pilbara across TAFE and private providers – a 25 per cent increase on the same time last year. The Pilbara community is also taking up the opportunity to access more affordable training through the McGowan Government’s Lower fees, local skills initiative, which has seen a 31 per cent increase in the region.

Construction is expected to be completed in late 2022, with training to commence in January 2023.

"The Pilbara region is vital to Western Australia’s economic prosperity, and making local training available is an important part of building a skilled workforce." said Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery. 

"This wonderful new TAFE will make it a really attractive place for locals to come and learn." said Pilbara MLA Kevin Michel. "Projects like this ensure people from the Pilbara can live in the region, have access to state-of-the-art training and then use those skills to gain local job opportunities."

Future energy sources to be a focus for VET

WA leading the charge in the battery value chain!

Keeping VET responsive to innovations and new technologies

A research collaboration involving the WA State Government, South Metropolitan TAFE and the Future Battery Industries Cooperative Research Centre (FBICRC) is working to give Western Australia and Australia a competitive edge in the growing battery value chain, which could contribute up to $7.4 billion to Australia’s economy and create 34,700 jobs by 2030. With demand for batteries forecast to accelerate up to 10-fold over the next decade, the collaboration has identified vocational workforce development opportunities to maximise Australia’s share of the potential benefits.

An Australian-first plan, funded and launched by the FBICRC today, reviews the extent to which national training package qualifications cover the vocational skills and knowledge needed in Australia’s future battery industries. The findings will help guide Australia’s vocational training for future battery industries — including at WA TAFEs which already provide resources, electrical and mechanical industry training. The report found current training package qualifications are well suited for most skills needed by future battery industries, but identified some areas of future need as the changeover to battery energy systems grows. These needs include:

  • skills to use and maintain systems involving automation,
  • artificial intelligence and big data;
  • workers with both electrical and mechanical skills;
  • first responders, electricians and mechanics trained in electric vehicles and battery energy systems; and
  • new skills for recycling facility workers in the safe handling of lithium-ion batteries.

It also identified the potential for current TAFE courses to be customised to meet emerging and growing needs, including in battery minerals refining activities. The new plan: The Australian future battery industries: Vocational skills gap assessment and workforce development plan is available on the FBICRC website.

View the plan at fbicrc.com.au/publications

A key partner in the research collaboration, SM TAFE already works closely with BHP’s Nickel West, providing training for workers at its nickel sulphate plant. SM TAFE also trains electricians in battery energy storage systems installation, applied engineering, and in light automotive (mechanics) to de-power and initialise electric vehicles. The SM TAFE campus located at Munster in the Kwinana Industrial Area and Western Trade Coast precinct means the college is well placed to assist companies moving into battery minerals refining and chemical production to skill and reskill workers for future jobs.

North Metropolitan TAFE is training Western Power and Horizon workers in the installation and maintenance of standalone power systems; and is moving into training for the maintenance and management of network battery, wind and solar power. NM TAFE is also training mining workers in minerals extraction, both relevant to the mining and processing of battery minerals.

“Western Australia’s training system is leading a charge to prepare for a battery-led future.“ says Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery. "Today’s report is Australia’s first comprehensive look at vocational education and training needs for future battery industries. The report will help TAFEs and private training providers remain responsive to growing battery industry innovation and demand.”

Energy Minister Bill Johnston said “Western Australia’s training system is well-placed to help Australia progress to the next step of the battery value chain, which is minerals refining. “As a resources rich state, the battery value chain brings opportunities ripe for the taking for Western Australia’s economy, businesses, jobseekers and environment will benefit.”
 

Read the full media statement here

Albany skills summit

Regional Skills Summit series wraps up today in Albany

The tenth and final WA regional skills summit for 2021!

Western Australia's Great Southern region is today hosting the last of a series of 10 Regional Skills Summits that have been hosted around WA by the State Government since August 2021. Strong industry representation throughout the Regional Skills Summits has seen total attendance for the series reach more than 350, and this final event fulfils the State Government's commitment to take their skills summits statewide before Christmas.

Local business and government leaders met today to generate innovative ideas and practical actions to grow the skilled workforce in the Great Southern region, with around 40 people from a range of sectors attending — including the Great Southern region’s biggest employing industries of agriculture, forestry and fishing; healthcare and social assistance; retail; education and training; and construction. Insights from today's summit will form the basis of a local action plan to meet the region’s unique workforce needs.

Recognising the importance of training to build a skilled workforce and retain people in regional areas, the State Government has been working to ensure its investment in training initiatives reaches all corners of the State.

  • Great Southern locals are snapping up affordable training opportunities offered through the State Government’s Lower fees, local skills (LFLS) initiative, with a 17 per cent increase in LFLS enrolments in the region this year
  • Employers have responded by taking on more apprentices and trainees in the region in 2021, with commencements up by more than 98 per cent in the 12 months to 30 September 2021

The State Government recently expanded the LFLS program by a further 30 courses from 2022, to include a total of 210 courses with heavily reduced course fees in priority industry areas including hospitality, healthcare, construction, retail and others. Workers in industries which have a critical need to upskill workers – including childcare, aged and disability care, and civil construction – will be able to access low fee existing worker traineeship places to help meet the skills needs of these sectors.

The new initiatives respond to workforce issues raised by industry leaders at the Perth and regional skills summits held to date, and are jointly funded through a $103.5 million agreement between the State and Commonwealth governments under the expanded JobTrainer Fund agreement. Other initiatives progressing from the Perth Skills Summit include:

  • attracting onshore skilled migrants to fill jobs in demand in WA;
  • supporting mature age apprentices;
  • promoting the tourism and hospitality industry to school students to grow the workforce;
  • extending the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Reengagement Incentive;
  • freezing regional Government rental accommodation to attract public sector workers to the regions; and
  • boosting Aboriginal youth employment opportunities.

The State Government is also providing support for jobseekers experiencing disadvantage to obtain a driver’s licence; progressing targeted advertising campaigns to attract interstate workers and increase participation of under-represented groups in WA; has smoothed the pipeline of construction work; and run the series of 10 Regional Skills Summits wrapping up in Albany today.  Fostering strong links between regional TAFE colleges and government, industry and the education sector, the VET Regional Partnerships Program also continues to grow. With a focus on creating more apprenticeships and traineeships in regional WA, the Program supports the Government’s plan to increase the number of jobs in regional WA by 30,000.

“Today’s Regional Skills Summit in Albany completes a thorough, state-wide examination of the unique skills needs of regional WA.“ said Eduation and Training Minister Sue Ellery. "Our Government has now heard directly from industries across the State about their ideas to increase the capability of their local workforces and to fill local jobs.”.

Albany MLA Rebecca Stephens said "I am really pleased to be hosting the final Skills Summit here in Albany. Having worked as a training and careers manager before entering Parliament, I know that it is critical for business to work alongside government and the broader community to ensure we have enough local people to fill local jobs.".
 

Read the full media statement here

Happy Holidays from the Department.

Business closure over the Christmas and new year period

Best wishes for a happy festive season!

All Department of Training and Workforce Development offices, including:

  • Apprenticeship Office; 
  • the Jobs and Skills WA Resource Unit;
  • Muresk Institute;
  • Migration Services;
  • the Office of the State Training Board;
  • TAFE International (TIWA);
  • the Training Accreditation Council (TAC); and
  • the Training Markets branch 

will be closed from 4.30 pm WST on Friday 24 December 2021 — reopening at 8.30 am WST on Tuesday 4 January 2022.

Please note that the ground floor reception desk area at the Optima building in Osborne Park will also be closed during this period. The Prospect Place building in West Perth will also be closed over this time.

You are welcome to contact us via email during the closure period, and we will respond when our offices reopen from 4 January.
 

We would like to wish all of our customers, colleagues and stakeholders a safe and happy festive season — we look forward to working with you again in 2022.

Apprenticeship Office customers

The 13 19 54 Apprenticeship Office Helpline will not be operational during this time. Please email your enquiries to ApprenticeshipOffice@dtwd.wa.gov.au and they will respond to your enquiry when they reopen in the new year.
 

  • Training contracts can continue to be lodged during the closure, and will be assessed from when the office reopens on Tuesday 4 January 2022.
  • Training contracts changes can still be submitted via the Western Australian Apprenticeship Management System (WAAMS) online client portal during the closure period.
  • Emails or other training contract related requests received during the closure will be actioned from 4 January 2022.

Jobs and Skills Centres

The metropolitan and regional Jobs and Skills Centres will also be closing over the Christmas and new year period. Please check the Jobs and Skills website for details of business hours over the holiday period for each JSC.

WA TAFE colleges

Each of the WA TAFE colleges will be closing over the Christmas and new year period. Please check the TAFE's website for details.

Year 9 Career Taster Program

New $19.2 million Year 9 Career Taster Program to launch in 2022!

Expanding career and learning opportunities for 17,000 students across WA

Around half of Year 9 students across the State will get a taste of the world of work and post-school opportunities through the new $19.2 million Year 9 Career Taster Program (CTP)
 
The program will support Year 9 students to become career curious and extend their thinking, through practical activities and meaningful experiences with the world of work. It gives schools the flexibility to design career exploration experiences that allow students to learn about different industries, current and emerging occupations and career pathway, and will provide secondary students with the tools to make more informed choices and position vocational education and training (VET) as a viable alternative to university.

The program has been co-designed through an extensive consultation process between the Department and industry, education experts, TAFEs, school sectors and community stakeholders across Perth and regional WA.

  • Program delivery is planned to commence from Term 1, 2022 and run for four years.
  • Pilot programs have commenced, with Year 9 students from Rockingham Senior High School being in the first cohort. 
  • Once fully rolled out, the program will be delivered to around 17,000 Year 9 students annually.

As part of the program, an online career taster portal is being developed to provide a one stop resource for students, schools and industry including career taster events, activities, resources and information. 

More information is available at jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/careertaster

“Innovative programs like the Career Taster Program will give students real world experience and inspire their future career choices.” said Premier Mark McGowan today. “We have invested significantly in infrastructure, programs and initiatives that provide brighter futures for the next generation."
 

2021 Australian Training Awards

WA stars continue to shine

Congratulations to all eight WA finalists

The 2021 Australian Training Awards (ATAs) have once again delivered a successful virtual event! 

The ATA gala dinner usually takes place in a host capital city, but with border restrictions and interstate travel out of the question for many, the ATAs once again live-streamed a virtual presentation. Each State and Territory was invited to host a local event to watch the results as they were announced. 

WA had eight finalists in the running for national awards, seven of whom were 2021 WA Training Award winners and one who was a direct-entry finalist. To make it a special day, the Department of Training and Workforce Development hosted an event for finalists, their family members, employers and training providers as well as the WATA sponsors to watch the live stream together. While other state finalists attended dinner events, watch parties and dialled in from home, WA guests enjoyed a high tea at the Duxton Hotel as the results were announced. 

Western Australia once again held its own in a large and competitive field from around the country, scooping recognition in the following: 

  • Maryke Gray, Runner-up Australian VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year
  • Zoe Tucker, Runner-up Australian Vocational Student of the Year.

Both Zoe and Maryke were at the event with family members, and were able to enjoy a cheer and a round of applause as their names were called. 

Looking forward to 2022, WA has six new ambassadors who are all living proof that a VET pathway is the best decision you can make - and they are all ready to get out there and spread the word. Our six 2021 winners and the names to look out for are: 

  • Maryke Gray, Runner-up Australian VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year
  • Zoe Tucker, Runner-up Australian Vocational Student of the Year
  • Amber Ugle-Hayward, WA Trainee of the Year
  • Courtney Short, WA School-based Apprentice of the Year
  • Kevin Wilson, WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year
  • Christian Ferrone, WA Apprentice of the Year.

The 2022 ATAs will be hosted in Adelaide!

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Photo: Zoe Tucker (Runner-up Australian Vocational Student of the Year) and Maryke Gray (Runner-up Australian VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year)

Skills Summit actions to grow the local skilled workforce

Mandurah—Peel Regional Skills Summit happening today!

Actions to grow the local skilled workforce

Local business and government leaders are meeting in Mandurah today to generate innovative ideas and practical actions to grow the skilled workforce in the Peel region. The Mandurah-Peel Regional Skills Summit is the ninth of a series of 10 Regional Skills Summits hosted by the WA State Government since August 2021, and insights from today's event will form the basis of a local action plan to meet the region’s unique workforce needs."I am thrilled to be able to host one of the Skills Summits in Mandurah." said Mandurah MLA David Templeman. "The region has unique skills needs and I am interested in hearing about new ways of ensuring we can continue to grow our local workforce to support local jobs."

More than 40 government and regional business leaders from a range of sectors are attending; including the region’s biggest employing industries of retail, health care and social assistance, construction, education and training, manufacturing and accommodation and food services. 

Recognising the importance of training to build a skilled workforce and retain people in regional areas, the State Government has been working to ensure its investment in training initiatives reaches all corners of WA.

  • Peel locals are snapping up affordable training opportunities offered through the Lower fees, local skills (LFLS) initiative, with a 27 per cent increase in LFLS enrolments in the region this year.
  • Employers have responded by taking on more apprentices and trainees in the Peel region in 2021, with commencements up by more than 75 per cent in the 12 months to 30 September 2021. The LFLS program has recently been expanded by a further 30 qualifications from 2022, to include a total of 210 courses with heavily reduced course fees in priority industry areas including hospitality, health care, construction, retail and others.
  • Workers in industries which have a critical need to upskill workers – including childcare, aged and disability care, and civil construction – will be able to access low fee existing worker traineeship places to help meet the skills needs of these sectors.

The new initiatives respond to workforce issues raised by industry leaders at the Perth and regional skills summits held to date, and are jointly funded through a $103.5 million agreement between the State and Commonwealth governments under the expanded JobTrainer Fund agreement.

Other initiatives progressing from the Perth Skills Summit include:

  • attracting onshore skilled migrants to fill jobs in demand in WA;
  • supporting mature age apprentices;
  • promoting the tourism and hospitality industry to school students to grow the workforce;
  • extending the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Re-engagement Incentive;
  • freezing regional Government rental accommodation to attract public sector workers to the regions; and
  • boosting Aboriginal youth employment opportunities.

The State Government is also providing support for jobseekers experiencing disadvantage to obtain a driver’s licence; progressing targeted advertising campaigns to attract interstate workers and increase participation of under-represented groups in WA; has smoothed the pipeline of construction work; and is running a series of 10 Regional Skills Summits, including the one being held today.

"Through Skills Summits our Government and industry leaders are working together to increase the capability of local workforces across the State." said Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery. "Ideas and discussions captured at the Mandurah Skills Summit will inform local action plans to address changing workforce needs in the Peel region, with a focus on local solutions for local issues."

 DTWD Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan January 2022–December 2023 (RAP)

New Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2022—23

Outlining our vision for reconciliation

The Department is proud to have launched our new Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan January 2022–December 2023 (RAP) at a recent event for all staff, with special guests including Whadjuk Elder Sharon Gregory. founding Co-chair of Reconciliation Australia Hon. Fred Chaney AO, and Justine Bennell from Site Skills Training.

Acting Director General Karen Ho pledged this third Innovate RAP it will be our last. "Over the next 24 months you will see us transform into a culturally informed and responsive organisation to prepare for our transition into a Stretch RAP.".

Our vision for reconciliation

Our vision for reconciliation sees Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities thriving and accessing the real economy
through their engagement in meaningful education, training, employment and business activities.

Our new Innovate RAP strengthens the voice of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees in shaping the strategies and initiatives which influence their working environment. It deepens our engagement with external Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders and other government agencies, and continues the Department’s focus on maximising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s participation in training and sustainable employment. Its development was informed through the results of a staff survey and workshops with our RAP Steering Group and Corporate Leadership Group,with support from our Aboriginal Policy Planning and Reconciliation branch and  Reconciliation Australia.

View and download our Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan 2022–23

The artwork featured in this RAP is titled ‘Moving Mingas’, by artist Noeleen Hamlett. Minga means ‘ant’ in the Wajarri Yamatji language, and the many vibrant elements in the artwortkexemplify the roles we all play in achieving reconciliation. The ants model harmony, hard work and planning, and the goanna signifies the important role of leadership – ‘the boss that looks over and guides the employees,’ as described by Noeleen. Bold, contemporary colours and patterns portray a landscape of varied terrain; rolling hills, rivers and water holes, which represent the challenges on our journey. Noeleen Hamlett is a Wajarri Yamatji artist and former North Metropolitan TAFE student with a lifelong passion for art. Noeleen undertook her Certificate IV in Visual Arts in 2015 and was the winning artist in the logo competition for NMTAFE’s Koolark Centre for Aboriginal Students. She now has many public pieces and community projects around Perth.

Workforce diversity and inclusivity.

Workforce Diversification and Inclusion Strategy 2021—25 released!

Creating a diverse and inclusive work environment

We are happy to announce that our new Workforce Diversification and Inclusion Strategy 2021–25 has just been released.

The strategy outlines our plan to diversify our workforce and create an inclusive work environment. It includes separate action plans for each diversity group with tailored initiatives designed to increase the representation of people from diverse backgrounds at all levels across the Department, and ensure our staff experiences a sense of belonging and inclusion at work.

We are committed to achieving the following diversity employment targets by 2025.

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: 3.7 per cent
  • Culturally and linguistically diverse (CalD): 15.5 per cent
  • People with disabilit: 5.0 per cent
  • Women in SES (Executive): 50 per cent
  • Youth 24 years and under: 5.8 per cent

 The Strategy supports the Public Sector Commission’s Workforce Diversification and Inclusion Strategy for WA Public Sector Employment 2020–25, and aligns with our Workforce Plan, our Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan, our Multicultural Plan and Disability Access and Inclusion Plan.

We have also developed a new Workforce Diversification and Inclusion Resource Hub which offers a range of information and resources designed to assist and support our leaders and managers in promoting awareness and understanding of diversity and inclusion, and support inclusive workplace practices. The resource hub contains information and resources to develop knowledge and understanding of diversity and inclusion topics such as access and inclusion, gender equality and cultural diversity; career development and networking opportunities for diverse groups; services and supports for diverse groups; and information to support managers in recruiting and managing a diverse workforce.

To further support the implementation of our diversity and inclusion initiatives, the Department has also recently become a corporate member of the Australian Network on Disability and the Diversity Council of Australia. 

View our new Workforce Diversification and Inclusion Strategy here

16 Days in WA to end violence against women

16 Days in WA to stop violence against women

Don't be silent when you see violence

Today marks the start of this year’s 16 Days in WA to Stop Violence Against Women campaign. The campaign runs from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, through to International Human Rights Day on 10 December.

The Department will be actively supporting this year’s 16 Days in WA campaign, and we encourage you to also get involved and help end violence against women including family, domestic and sexual violence.

The theme for the 2021 campaign is Don’t be silent when you see violence; encouraging bystanders to speak up and contribute to positive change towards the safety and respect of women in our community.Recent statistics

  • 65 per cent of assaults recorded in WA in 2020 were related to family and domestic violence — up 15 per cent from 2019. Of the 22,257 victims, 73 per cent – or 16,262 cases – were female.
  • One in two women and one in four men have experienced sexual harassment since the age of 15.
  • There were 3,048 victims of sexual assault in Western Australia last year – a 10 per cent increase on 2019. Of these, 86 per cent (or 2,615 victims) were female.

How you can get involved

  • Be part of the change by educating, motivating and advocating in your workplace and community.
  • Call out disrespectful behaviour when you see it, to help build a community that shows respect towards women.
  • Look for and use the hashtag #16DaysinWA on social media, to share information and resources.

Free resources

Check out the campaign kit available for this year’s 16 Days in WA — including fact sheets, posters, social media tools, and resources to help develop understanding and support conversations. The kit also offers ideas for hosting an event, to help raise awareness at your workplace or in your community.

Take a look at the 16 Days in WA website 

Services and support

If you or anyone you know is experiencing family and domestic violence, there is help available.

  • Call 000 if you or someone you know is in immediate danger
  • 1800RESPECT is the National Sexual Assault, Family and Domestic Violence Counselling Service. This is a free and confidential telephone and online counselling service for any person, regardless of age or gender, who has experienced or is at risk of domestic and family violence and/or sexual assault, and their family and friends. T: 1800 737 732
  • Crisis Care is an information and counselling service for people in crisis needing urgent help. T: 1800 199 008
  • Women’s Domestic Violence Helpline is a Western Australian 24-hour helpline to support women experiencing family and domestic violence. It provides support and counselling, including referrals to women’s refuges. T: 1800 007 339
  • Men’s Domestic Violence Helpline provides counselling and referrals for male perpetrators, as well as male victims of family and domestic violence. T: 08 9223 1199 or 1800 000 599
New equipment for WA TAFE colleges.

WA TAFE colleges to get new state of the art equipment

$25M investment for new tech in priority training areas

Premier Mark McGowan and Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery have announced details of the State Government's $25 million investment in new equipment for Western Australia's TAFEs, to train students and create a pipeline of job ready graduates.

TAFE colleges across WA will receive $25 million of modern equipment as part of a four-year program to upgrade and modernise their equipment to contemporary industry standards; helping students, apprentices and trainees become more job ready. TAFE colleges identified areas of need based on local demand and emerging industry training needs.

South Regional TAFE will receive more than $1.1 million as part of Stage 1 of the TAFE Training Equipment Refresh Program. The Collie campus will receive $670,000 to purchase a heavy vehicle simulator and automation training equipment. The heavy vehicle driving simulator will equip students with simulated working conditions, allowing them to receive high quality training prior to driving large trucks on the road. The new equipment at the Collie campus will support the delivery of the Heavy Vehicle Driving Operations Skill Set, adding more skilled workers to the essential transport industry to meet increased demand created by local infrastructure projects including the Bunbury Outer Ring Road. More than $380,000 will go towards automation equipment for the Albany campus, including industrial process automation simulated plant and a programmable logic controller system.

Other highlights of Stage 1 include:

  • $300,000 common rail diesel trainer for rail operations at North Metropolitan TAFE's Midland campus and $593,000 for electromechanical training systems across the Balga, Clarkson and Midland campuses;
  • $1.4 million to install large high tech spray painting booths for panel beating at South Metropolitan TAFE's Carlisle campus;
  • $2 million for heavy plant equipment across Central Regional TAFE's Geraldton and Kalgoorlie campuses; and
  • $178,000 for nursing equipment at North Regional TAFE's Pundulmurra campus and $1.4 million for hydrogen and renewable energy equipment at the Karratha campus.

The $25 million investment adds to the State Government's record $184.3 million package for essential infrastructure upgrades across the TAFE colleges, which is currently underway.

Read the full media statement here

A male and female working in an automotive mechanic workshop.

Lower fees, local skills supercharging automotive training

Apprentice and trainee commencements highest on record!

Automotive apprenticeship and traineeship commencements are at a record high thanks to the WA State Government’s massive investment in vocational education and training.

Speaking today at the opening of the Motor Trade Association of Western Australia’s (MTA WA) Automotive Innovation Training Centre, Premier Mark McGowan and Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery revealed that apprenticeship and traineeship commencements for the automotive industry have increased more than 176 per cent since September 2016.
 

  • There has been almost 7,200 publicly funded enrolments in automotive qualifications in 2021 to the end of October –  a 25 per cent increase on October last year.
  • More than 6,200 (87 per cent) of publicly funded automotive enrolments in 2021 have been part of the Lower fees, local skills program, which offers over 200 qualifications with course fees reduced by half or more.
  • The courses with the most enrolments are the Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology (1,520 enrolments) and the Certificate III in Mobile Plant Technology (1,429); with enrolments in these courses increased by 24 per cent and 31 per cent respectively compared to the same period last year.

The automotive industry is critical to the State and having a skilled workforce is a high priority for the State Government. Job adverts for motor mechanics in WA have increased by almost 61 per cent compared to this time last year, while employment within the Automotive Electricians and Mechanics occupation group has increased and is today estimated to be 19 per cent higher than five years ago.

Find out more about Lower fees, local skills on the Jobs and Skills WA website

The opening of the new Automotive Innovation Training Centre will further drive skills creation and address the changing training needs of the automotive industry created by advancing vehicle technology. The centre will offer training programs in auto electrical, battery and hybrid electrical programs, advanced driver assistance systems and airconditioning, with further programs to be added as technologies develop.

“These figures are proof that my Government’s investment in training is working.“ said Premier Mark McGowan. "The automotive industry is experiencing the greatest level of change since Karl Benz first drove his automobile in 1886.  The Automotive Innovation Training Centre will play a significant part in meeting the industry’s skilled workforce needs. Congratulations to the MTA WA on its wonderful and timely new training facility, which will help meet future industry skills needs and challenges.”.

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said "The growth of hydrogen and battery technologies are creating exciting opportunities for West Australians training and working in the automotive industry. The new Automotive Innovation Training Centre will provide industry-ready apprentices and upskill current technicians to support the arrival of new vehicles and a range of other industry technologies.“

Read the full media statement here

 

Shannieka, an emerging leader.

Shannieka recognised with two great achievements!

The future looks bright for this future Aboriginal leader

As a Department, we are committed to growing and strengthening the voice of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees in shaping the strategies and initiatives that influence their working environment, and to providing opportunities for their professional growth. We also love to celebrate their successes!

We would like to congratulate Public Sector Commission trainee Shannieka Martino on her recent achievements. Shannieka is currently part of our Aboriginal Policy, Planning and Reconciliation (APPR) team, where she has worked on projects such as the launch of our new Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) and is currently working on a Dual Naming project as well as supporting other programs and initiatives in the Aboriginal policy space.

In recognition of her leadership potential, Shannieka has been accepted to complete the four-month Emerging Aboriginal Leaders Program through the WA Aboriginal Leadership Institute (WAALI). This 10-week program is designed to strengthen cultural cultural and self identity, and connection to culture and community, with a focus on leadership decelopment goals.

Find out more out the program here

Shannieka has also been selected to participate in Oxfam Australia’s Straight Talk National Summit 2021, which empowers First Nations women to make positive change through political and public engagement and connects them with Australia’s political system, building their capacity as change makers. Since its inception in 2009, the Straight Talk program has brought together more than 850 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women from across Australia. This year’s National Summit will be held online as a three-part mini-series across six months.

Find out more out Straight Talk here

Congratulations, Shannieka! 

Regional Skills Summit underway today in Broome

Regional Skills Summit underway today in Broome

Second summit for the Kimberley region for local action plans

The WA State Government is in Broome today, hosting the second Regional Skills Summit for the Kimberley region.

Building on the success of the Kununurra—Kimberley Regional Skills Summit in October, the Broome—Kimberley Regional Skills Summit will generate further practical actions and innovative ideas to grow the local skilled workforce.

Insights from the two Kimberley Summits will form the basis of local action plans to meet the region’s unique workforce needs.

Around 40 government and regional business leaders from a range of sectors are attending the Broome summit, including the region’s biggest employing industries of healthcare and social assistance, education and training, accommodation and food services, public administration and safety, construction, and retail.

Recognising the importance of training to build a skilled workforce and retain people in regional areas, the State Government has been working to ensure its investment in training initiatives reaches all corners of WA.

  • Kimberley locals are snapping up affordable training opportunities offered through the Lower fees, local skills (LFLS) initiative, with a 21 per cent increase in LFLS enrolments in the region this year. The LFLS program was recently increased by a further 30 qualifications available from 2022, to include a total of 210 courses with heavily reduced course fees in priority industry areas including hospitality, healthcare, construction and retail.
  • Employers have responded by taking on more apprentices and trainees in the Kimberley region in 2021, with commencements up by more than 72 per cent in the 12 months to 31 August 2021.
  • Workers in industries which have a critical need to upskill workers – including childcare, aged and disability care, and civil construction – will be able to access low fee existing worker traineeship places to help meet the skills needs of these sectors.

These new initiatives respond to workforce issues raised by industry leaders at the Perth and regional skills summits held to date, and are jointly funded through a $103.5 million agreement between the State and Commonwealth governments under the expanded JobTrainer Fund agreement.

Other initiatives progressing from the Perth Skills Summit include:

  • attracting onshore skilled migrants to fill jobs in demand in WA;
  • supporting mature age apprentices;
  • promoting the tourism and hospitality industry to school students to grow the workforce;
  • extending the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Reengagement Incentive;
  • freezing regional Government rental accommodation to attract public sector workers to the regions; and
  • boosting Aboriginal youth employment opportunities.

The State Government is also providing support for jobseekers experiencing disadvantage to obtain a driver’s licence; progressing targeted advertising campaigns to attract interstate workers and increase participation of under-represented groups in WA. It has also smoothed the pipeline of construction work, and is running a series of 10 Regional Skills Summits, including the two held in the Kimberley.

Fostering strong links between regional TAFE colleges and government, industry and the education sector, the VET Regional Partnerships Program also continues to grow. With a focus on creating more apprenticeships and traineeships in regional WA, the program supports the Government’s plan to increase the number of jobs in regional WA by 30,000.

“Regional Western Australia is vital to our State’s economic prosperity and today’s Skills Summit, along with the previous one held in Kununurra, will help provide a current picture of the Kimberley’s unique workforce and training needs.” said Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery MLC. “Our Government is keen to hear from business leaders about practical actions that can be taken in the Kimberley to help fill local jobs."

WA's Pilbara region to host two regional skills summits this week

WA's Pilbara region to host two regional skills summits this week!

Supporting the development of the local workforce

The WA State Government is meeting with the Pilbara’s key business leaders to discuss opportunities to grow the local skilled workforce, in back-to-back Regional Skills Summits being held in Karratha and Port Hedland this week.

In Karratha today and Port Hedland tomorrow, the Regional Skills Summits will generate practical actions and new and innovative ideas that will form the basis of a local action plan to meet the region’s unique workforce needs. More than 60 government and regional business leaders from a range of sectors are attending the Pilbara skills summits, including the region’s biggest employing industries of mining; construction; transport, postal and warehousing; accommodation and food services; professional, scientific and technical services; and administrative and support services.

Recognising the importance of training to build a skilled workforce and retain people in regional areas, the McGowan Government has been working to ensure its investment in training initiatives reaches all corners of the State. Pilbara locals are snapping up affordable training opportunities offered through the State Government’s Lower fees, local skills (LFLS) initiative, with a 31 per cent increase in LFLS enrolments in the region this year. Employers have responded by taking on more apprentices and trainees in the Pilbara region in 2021, with commencements up by more than 79 per cent in the 12 months to 31 August 2021.

The State Government recently expanded the LFLS program by a further 30 courses, to now include a total of 210 courses with heavily reduced course fees in priority industry areas including train driving, veterinary nursing, crane operations, surveying, laboratory technology, wool classing, hospitality management and others. Additionally, workers in industries which have a critical need to upskill workers – including childcare, aged and disability care, and civil construction – will be able to access low-fee existing worker traineeship places to help meet the skills needs of these sectors.

The new initiatives respond to workforce issues raised by industry leaders at the Perth and regional skills summits held to date, and are jointly funded through a $103.5 million agreement between the State and Commonwealth governments under the expanded JobTrainer Fund agreement. Other initiatives progressing from the Perth Skills Summit include:

  • attracting onshore skilled migrants to fill jobs in demand in WA;
  • supporting mature age apprentices;
  • promoting the tourism and hospitality industry to school students to grow the workforce;
  • extending the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Reengagement Incentive;
  • freezing regional Government rental accommodation to attract public sector workers to the regions; and
  • boosting Aboriginal youth employment opportunities.

The State Government is also providing support for jobseekers experiencing disadvantage to obtain a driver’s licence; progressing targeted advertising campaigns to attract interstate workers and increase participation of under-represented groups in WA; has smoothed the pipeline of construction work; and is running a series of 10 Regional Skills Summits, including the two being held in the Pilbara.

Fostering strong links between regional TAFE colleges and government, industry and the education sector, the VET Regional Partnerships Program also continues to grow. With a focus on creating more apprenticeships and traineeships in regional WA, the Program supports the Government’s plan to increase the number of jobs in regional WA by 30,000.

“As the engine room of the Australian economy, maintaining a strong and sustainable workforce in the Pilbara is pivotal to our State’s continuing recovery and success. “ said Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery today. "Insights will inform a local action plan to address changing workforce needs in the Pilbara with a focus on local solutions for local issues. “.
 

Read the full media statement here

Kununurra TAFE starts construction

Construction starts on $6M training centre for Kununurra

Specialist new facilities for healthcare, hospitality, and more!

A major milestone for a new dedicated health and hospitality training centre in the Kimberley region has been reached, with a local construction company appointed and works starting on the $6 million project.

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery was in Kununurra today, to mark the commencement of construction at North Regional TAFE by Kimberley Green Constructions. Local businesses will be engaged throughout the project to maximise local employment opportunities, with plumbing, electrical and carpentry apprentices expected to be employed through the project.

The new facility will provide specialist training spaces for hospitality and tourism, nursing and aged and disability care; allowing NR TAFE to deliver National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) training in Kununurra to meet demand in the region. Among the many amenities, there will be a training kitchen with adjacent classroom that can be converted to a dining room for hands on event training, and NDIS simulated facilities for both home and residential care. The tourism space will include an art workshop and gallery space to provide training for tourism and cultural activities unique to the East Kimberley. Construction at the Kununurra TAFE campus is expected to be completed in October 2022.

The new training centre is part of the State Government’s $184.3 million record investment for essential infrastructure upgrades of WA's TAFE colleges, creating world class learning opportunities for students while generating a pipeline of jobs for Western Australians. In a further boost for the region’s workforce, Kimberley locals are also taking up affordable training opportunities offered through the State Government's Lower fees, local skills initiative, with a 34 per cent increase in enrolments in the region this year. Western Australian employers have also responded by taking on more apprentices and trainees in the Kimberley in 2021, with commencements up by 51 per cent in the 12 months to July 31 2021.

Following discussions with local business leaders at last month’s Kununurra–Kimberley Skills Summit, a local action will be developed and implemented. Business leaders identified increased promotion of local employment opportunities and more upskilling opportunities to help people improve their employability and boost the local workforce as regional priorities.

"The McGowan Government is committed to delivering local training in regional areas." said Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery. "The modern facilities will train students from the Kimberley region to be job ready in essential services. The $6 million project will also employ local workers during construction, boosting the local economy."

Kimberley MLA Divina D'Anna said, "The modern facilities will train students from the Kimberley region to be job ready in areas such as hospitality, tourism and nursing. These are industries that are all critical to our region and I look forward to seeing locals take the opportunity to gain a qualification in this outstanding new facility."  
 

Read the full media statement here

TeamWA scoops the pool at the WorldSkills National Championships!

TeamWA celebrates huge medals haul at WorldSkills!

WA's VET skills and talent is best in the nation

The talent and skill of TeamWA was proven to be the best in the nation, after being awarded with more than 50 medals and two prestigious shields in an unforgettable display of Western Australia’s vocational education and training skills excellence from the 2021 WorldSkills Australia National Championships, in which a total of 239 talented apprentices, trainees and students from across the country competed in 55 different skills events. Competitions were held in Perth and several satellite locations across Australia. New skills on display this year were cyber security and cloud computing, which TeamWA competed in for the first time along with the mechatronics, visual merchandising and VETiS primary industries categories. Almost 10,500 visitors watched TeamWA and Team Tasmania compete live at the Perth national championships, and around 10,000 people tuned into the national events via live stream.

Of the 150 medals awarded, TeamWA competitors won 54 medals – 19 gold, 22 silver and 13 bronze – and seven awards for excellence. TeamWA also won the Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS) Shield for the second time running. Sixteen medals were won by Perth South competitors, earning them the Evatt Shield for best performing region. This year’s national championships were proudly supported by the State Government. Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery presented the shield and medals to WA winners at a closing ceremony held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre on Wednesday 27 October. 

TeamWA’s 82 competitors included 23 Year 12 students undertaking VET studies at 16 secondary schools across the State who won the VETiS Shield, which is awarded every two years for outstanding performance by secondary school students at the national championships. Having won the VETiS Shield in 2018, TeamWA remains the first and only State to take the shield from New South Wales in its 17-year history.
 

Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery: “The WorldSkills closing ceremony is the culmination of a tremendous amount of work by many people who showcased the best that Australian training has to offer. We are proud of TeamWA’s amazing achievements, which show that our country’s best talents are training right here in Western Australia. The past 18 months have demonstrated how vital skills and training are for building a sustainable workforce that can meet immediate and long term skills needs. TeamWA’s achievements will inspire a new generation of talent to follow a VET pathway into our State’s skilled workforce.”

Congratulations TeamWA!

Kalgoorlie Goldfields—Esperance Regional Skills Summit

New ideas to grow the Goldfields—Esperance workforce

Kalgoorlie hosting a Regional Skills Summit today

The WA State Government is hearing from Goldfields-Esperance business leaders today about new ideas and opportunities to grow the local skilled workforce, at a regional skills summit in Kalgoorlie.

Insights from the Kalgoorlie Goldfields—Esperance Regional Skills Summit will form the basis of a local action plan to address changing workforce needs in the region, with a focus on local solutions for local issues. More than 40  government and regional business leaders from a range of sectors including healthcare and social assistance, education and training, accommodation and food services, public administration and safety, construction and retail are attending.

Recognising the importance of training to build a skilled workforce and retain people in regional areas, the State Government has been working to ensure its investment in training initiatives reaches all corners of the State. Goldfields—Esperance locals are snapping up affordable training opportunities offered through the Lower fees, local skills (LFLS) initiative, with a 26 per cent increase in LFLS enrolments in the region this year. Employers have responded by taking on more apprentices and trainees in the Goldfields—Esperance region in 2021, with commencements up by more than 80 per cent in the 12 months to 31 July 2021.

The LFLS program was recently expanded by a further 30 qualifications, to now include a total of 210 courses with heavily reduced course fees in priority industry areas including train driving, veterinary nursing, crane operations, surveying, laboratory technology, wool classing, hospitality management and others. Workers in industries which have a critical need to upskill workers – including childcare, aged and disability care, and civil construction – will be able to access low fee existing worker traineeship places to help meet the skills needs of these sectors.

The new initiatives respond to workforce issues raised by industry leaders at the Perth and regional skills summits held to date, and are jointly funded through a $103.5 million agreement between the State and Commonwealth governments under the expanded JobTrainer Fund agreement. Other initiatives progressing from the Perth Skills Summit include:

  • attracting onshore skilled migrants to fill jobs in demand in WA;
  • supporting mature age apprentices;
  • promoting the tourism and hospitality industry to school students to grow the workforce;
  • extending the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Re-engagement Incentive;
  • freezing regional Government rental accommodation to attract public sector workers to the regions; and
  • boosting Aboriginal youth employment opportunities.

The State Government is also providing support for jobseekers experiencing disadvantage to obtain a driver’s licence; progressing targeted advertising campaigns to attract interstate workers and increase participation of under-represented groups in WA; has smoothed the pipeline of construction work; and is running a series of 10 Regional Skills Summits, including the one being held today.

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery today said: “Training Western Australians to fill jobs in demand is the centrepiece of our State’s economic recovery and maintaining a strong and sustainable workforce in the Goldfields—Esperance region is pivotal to our continuing success. The Kalgoorlie Goldfields—Esperance Regional Skills Summit is an opportunity for regional business leaders to work in partnership with government to progress new or innovative ideas to meet the region’s unique skills needs. “.

Read the full media statement here

Draft Disability Access Inclusion Plan 2022—26 now open for consultation.

Disability Access and Inclusion Plan – Have your say

Consultation period for feedback now open

The Department of Training and Workforce Development is currently developing a Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (DAIP) for 2022—2026. The plan formalises our commitment and requirement under the Western Australian Disability Services Act 1993 to provide all members of the community with accessible and inclusive:

  • services;
  • events; 
  • buildings and facilities;
  • information;
  • complaint mechanisms;
  • consultations; and
  • employment.

The draft DAIP is now available. It outlines strategies to identify and overcome access and inclusion barriers in training and workforce development; and is being developed in consultation with staff, vocational education and training stakeholders and the broader community.

Organisations and members of the community are invited to provide written feedback by downloading the draft action plan* and emailing feedback to daip@dtwd.wa.gov.au. The closing date for feedback is 21 November 2021.

For further information, please call us on 08 6551 5090 or email daip@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

* The draft DAIP is available in appropriate alternative formats upon request.

Department of Training and Workforce Development Director General Ms Karen Ho, speaking at the Defence Forum.

WA Defence Industry Forum a big success!

Identifying skill priorities for workforce development

The WA Defence Industry Workforce Development Forum (air, land, space, information and cybersecurity defence capability domains) was held on Thursday September 23rd 2021.

Hosted by the WA Defence Industry Workforce Office (WADIWO), together with the Department of Training and Workforce Development, the forum provided the opportunity for industry — in consultation with other stakeholders including Defence, Defence West, defence industry peak bodies, universities and TAFEs — to provide input for the formulation of a strategic workforce development plan. The workforce development plan is a committed deliverable under the WA Defence and Defence Industries Strategic Plan.

Key industry stakeholders including defence industry prime contractors, supply chain, and small to medium employers enjoyed an opening address from Karen Ho, Acting Director General of the Department, then worked together to generate ideas for practical actions beyond ‘business as usual’, to grow WA’s skilled workforce for the defence industry.

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A/Director General, Karen Ho, leading discussion at the forum.  Forum facilitator Andrew Huffer

The WADIWO’s work to grow a skilled workforce for the needs of the WA’s maritime defence industry to date has already been translated into the WA Government’s $18.34 million package announced last September, including:

  • an incentive of $20,000 for defence industry employers to take on apprentices in key trades;
  • a Defence Industry Veterans Employment Scheme providing scholarships to support and train veterans for the defence industry;
  • a targeted advertising campaign ‘The Other Force’ to promote careers in the defence industry to school leavers, career changers and jobseekers. 

In addition, South Metropolitan TAFE is delivering a range of initiatives under the package including:

  • a specialist defence industry career guidance team at the Rockingham Jobs and Skills Centre to promote defence industry careers;
  • seven skill sets to upskill qualified trade workers to work in the defence industry;
  • new Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) machines to train and upskill fitters and machinists, available in Semester 1, 2022; and
  • a Women in the Defence Industry scholarship program which has already seen the first cohort of graduates securing jobs in the industry and continuing to further study. A second intake has already commenced.

For more information on defence training, jobs and careers please visit jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/defence.

Contact information

Western Australian Defence Industry Workforce Office
State Workforce Planning
Department of Training and Workforce Development
P: 08 6551 5145
E: wadiwo@dtwd.wa.gov.au

$10M revamp of the Kalgoorlie TAFE campus trades training facilities and equipment.

$10M trades training revamp starts at Kalgoorlie TAFE campus!

Boosting skills for the Goldfields region

The State Government's $10 million upgrade of Central Regional TAFE's Kalgoorlie campus is underway, with construction starting on a new trades workshop.

The new $7 million workshop will expand training for plant mechanic and engineering trades, training locals to support the workforce needs of the Goldfields' resources industry. Existing workshops at the Kalgoorlie campus will undergo a $1 million refurbishment; with a further $2 million worth of industry-standard trades equipment being installed, with input from resource sector companies to ensure training meets their requirements.

Once complete, the state of the art facility will provide training space for the plant mechanics, heavy auto and auto electrical trade disciplines; with a dedicated workshop, classrooms and laboratory spaces.

Construction is expected to be completed in November 2022, with training to commence in Semester 1, 2023. Western Australian builder FIRM Constructions has been awarded the tender, which will employ 118 workers throughout the project — including apprentices. Local and Aboriginal businesses have been engaged throughout the project to maximise local employment opportunities. The $10 million project at the Kalgoorlie campus is part of the State Government's $184.3 million investment to fund essential infrastructure upgrades across the TAFE network, as part of the WA Recovery Plan.

"The major upgrades to Central Regional TAFE's Kalgoorlie campus will establish facilities to deliver practical, industry focused training, training job ready and highly skilled workers for the Goldfields region." said Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery.

Lower fees, local skills expanded by 30 new qualifications in 2022.

30 more qualifications half price for 2022, and new EWTs!

Childcare the centrepiece of $103M training expansion

The State Government's Lower fees, local skills program has been extended again, with another 30 qualifications discounted along with the introduction of reduced fees for workers in critical industries needing to upskill.

The 30 new qualifications will have course fees discounted by up to 72 per cent, from 1 January 2022. This will bring the total number of reduced-fee qualifications to 210, offering great opportunities for Western Australians to get into training. The 30 additional Lower fees, local skills courses cover a range of industries including train driving, veterinary nursing, crane operations, surveying, laboratory technology, childcare, hospitality management, healthcare and retail.

The Lower fees, local skills initiative has so far trained more than 72,600 Western Australians in 2021. Applications are now open for 2022 through TAFEs and training providers. 

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

You can also contact your local Jobs and Skills Centre on 13 64 64, or your local TAFE college or training provider, for more information.

Workers in industries which have a critical need to upskill workers – including childcare, aged and disability care, and civil construction – will be able to access low fee existing worker traineeships. The childcare industry has an urgent need to upskill existing workers, to meet the sector's mandatory accreditation requirements for a qualified workforce. This new initiative will see thousands of dollars of savings for workers looking to upskill – for example; childcare workers will be able to benefit from massive discounts to the Diploma of Early Childhood and Care (a $7,256 non-concession saving). The low fee places for childcare commenced this month, to address the immediate need. 

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Pictured: Premier Mark McGowan, Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery, and Minister for Community Services
Simone McGurk at the Warriapendi Early Learning Centre in Balga, announcing the new initiatives today. 

Workers looking to upskill in aged and disability care, and civil construction, will also be able to access savings in the thousands when the low fees for existing worker traineeships in these sectors come into effect from 1 January 2022.

For more information, visit jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/ewt

You can also contact your local Jobs and Skills Centre on 13 64 64, or your local TAFE college or training provider, for more information.

“Through our Skills Summits, we have listened and are implementing initiatives that address industry needs. The low fee existing worker traineeships will target specific qualifications in the key sectors of childcare, aged and disability care, and civil construction which have a critical need to upskill workers. “ said Premier Mark McGowan. 

“Training is vital in creating skilled workers to support our local businesses and communities.“ added Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery. "We will continue to invest in training to ensure the Western Australian economy has access to a pool of highly skilled workers to support key WA industries. We are skilling West Aussies for jobs in demand and this will provide a significant boost to industries including hospitality and healthcare, which will benefit from a highly skilled and locally available workforce.”
 

Kimberley-Kununurra Skills Summit held today

Kununurra first of two Regional Skills Summits in the Kimberley

Bringing local business and industry leaders together

The WA State Government’s series of Regional Skills Summits reached Kununurra today, with local business and government leaders meeting to discuss opportunities to grow the skilled workforce in the Kimberley. More than 25 government and regional business leaders from a range of sectors including the healthcare and social assistance, education and training, accommodation and food services, public administration and safety, construction and retail industries are attending.

The first of two Regional Skills Summits to be held in the region, the Kununurra-Kimberley Regional Skills Summit will generate further practical actions and new and innovative ideas to address the region’s unique skills needs. A second Kimberley Regional Skills Summit is scheduled for Broome on Monday, 15 November.

Recognising the importance of access to training to build a skilled workforce and retain people in regional areas, the State Government has been working to ensure its investment in training initiatives reaches all corners of the State. Kimberley locals are snapping up affordable training opportunities offered through the State Government’s Lower fees, local skills initiative, with a 34 per cent increase in enrolments in the region this year.

The State Government is also progressing targeted advertising campaigns to attract interstate workers and increase participation of under-represented groups in WA; has smoothed the pipeline of construction work; and is running a series of 10 Regional Skills Summits, including the one being held today.

WA employers have responded by taking on more apprentices and trainees in the Kimberley in 2021, with commencements up by 51 per cent in the 12 months to 31 July 2021.

A range of initiatives are already progressing from the Perth Skills Summit, to attract and retain skilled workers and continue our State’s strong economic growth. These initiatives include:

  • attracting onshore skilled migrants to fill jobs in demand in WA;
  • supporting mature age apprentices;
  • promoting the tourism and hospitality industry to school students to grow the workforce;
  • extending the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Reengagement Incentive;
  • freezing regional Government rental accommodation to attract public sector workers to the regions;
  • boosting Aboriginal youth employment opportunities; and
  • providing support for jobseekers to obtain a driver’s licence.

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery says “Regional Western Australia is vital to our State’s economic prosperity and today’s skills summit, along with another planned for Broome, will help provide a current picture of the Kimberley’s unique workforce and training needs. Our Government is keen to hear from business leaders about practical actions that can be taken in the Kimberley to help fill local jobs. Ideas and discussions captured at the Summit will inform a local action plan to address the Kimberley’s changing workforce needs, with a focus on local solutions to local issues.”.

Read the full media statement here

Geraldton Skills Summit

Regional Skills Summit underway in Geraldton

Supporting the workforce needs of WA's Mid West region

The WA State Government is holding a Regional Skills Summit in Geraldton today – the third of 10 skills summits to be held in Western Australian regional centres this year. Hosted by Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education and Training Terry Healy, more than 30 government and regional business leaders from a range of sectors including the agriculture, construction, education and training, healthcare, hospitality and tourism, mining and retail industries are attending. The Geraldton-Mid West Regional Skills Summit will generate practical actions and new and innovative ideas that will form the basis of a local action plan to meet the region’s unique workforce needs.

Recognising the importance of access to training to build a skilled workforce and retain people in regional areas, the State Government has been working to ensure its investment in training initiatives reaches all corners of WA. Student course enrolments in the Mid West have increased by 23 per cent in the past year, driven by affordable training opportunities through the Lower fees, local skills program and strong growth in employment-based training. Mid West employers have responded by taking on more apprentices and trainees in 2021, with commencements up by more than 86 per cent in the year to 31 July 2021.

A range of initiatives are already progressing from the Perth Skills Summit, to attract and retain skilled workers and continue our State’s strong economic growth. These initiatives include:

  • attracting onshore skilled migrants to fill jobs in demand in WA;
  • supporting mature age apprentices;
  • promoting the tourism and hospitality industry to school students to grow the workforce;
  • extending the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Reengagement Incentive;
  • freezing regional Government rental accommodation to attract public sector workers to the regions;
  • boosting Aboriginal youth employment opportunities; and
  • providing support for jobseekers experiencing disadvantage to obtain a driver’s licence.

The State Government is also progressing targeted advertising campaigns to attract interstate workers, and increase participation of under-represented groups in WA.

“Building a sustainable Mid West workforce that can support the region’s pipeline of economic activity requires industry and government to work together.“ said Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery. "Today’s summit is an opportunity for the region’s business leaders and government to identify and progress practical actions to meet the immediate and long term skills needs of the Mid West region. Insights from the summit will inform a local action plan to address changing workforce needs in the Mid West, with a focus on local solutions to local issues.”.

Geraldton MLA Lara Dalton said "I was thrilled to recently join the Premier in marking the start of construction for the upgrade at Geraldton TAFE. We have also seen a huge increase in TAFE enrolments in the Mid-West. There has been a big investment by the McGowan Government into training in the Mid-West, and this summit will help develop further ideas to assist the skills needs of the local workforce.".

Annual report 2020—21 now available

Training Western Australians for jobs and supporting the State’s economy

We are very pleased to announce that our Annual Report 2020—21 for the Department and our key VET partners were tabled by the Western Australian Parliament and is 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.

A key theme of this report iis our journey to recovery, highlighting our core focus to train Western Australians for jobs and support the State’s economy through fast-changing and uncertain times. As written by our A/Director General Karen Ho, last financial year saw mass job losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. As we entered this financial year we envisioned and prepared for a long recovery, but instead — with the State’s economy recovering strongly from the COVID-19 pandemic — we are now seeing some of the most promising economic conditions in recent times. Some of the highlifhts include:

  • VET student numbers increase by 25 per cent to almost 86,000;
  • apprenticeship and traineeship commencements up by 79.3 per cent;
  • a 25 per cent increase in enrolments for Aboriginal students; 
  • Jobs and Skills Centres across WA assisted 22,700 individual clients; and
  • over $24 million paid to WA employers through financial incentives.

The report is a celebration of skills and training, highlighting some of the many success stories that were a result of our engagement and collaboration with industry. We invite you to take a look!

Celebrating the brightest stars in WA training!

WA Training Awards 2021 winners announced

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery celebrated the training sector’s brightest stars at the 2021 WA Training Awards at Crown Perth last Friday evening, announcing eight individuals and four organisations as winners.

Now in its 27th year; the WA Training Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of apprentices, trainees, employers and training organisations, with individual winners receiving $3,000 which they may use to further their training or kick-start their career. The four organisation winners, including North Metropolitan TAFE named as WA Large Training Provider of the Year 2021, will be recognised as industry leaders.

“The WA Training Awards are the State’s premier training awards, showcasing excellence in the VET sector. " the Minister said. “I congratulate all of the 2021 winners for their incredible dedication to their respective fields, and for being remarkable ambassadors for the Western Australian training sector. “

The 2021 WA Training Awards are made possible thanks to continuing support from the State Training Board, MEGT, Apprenticeship Support Australia powered by CCIWA, the Electrical and Communications Association of Western Australia, Polly Farmer Foundation, Roy Hill, StudyPerth and the Training Accreditation Council WA. Winners may go on to represent Western Australia at the Australian Training Awards in November. You can find out more about the WA Training Awards on their website.

Meet the 2021 award winners

WA Apprentice of the Year: Christian Ferrone
A curiosity for how things work and a love of aeroplanes led Christian to pursue a career as a licensed aircraft maintenance engineer. Now employed by ExecuJet MRO Services Australia – where he completed his apprenticeship – the course taught him how to safely maintain gas turbine and propeller driven fixed wing aircraft. Christian completed the Diploma in Aeroskills (Mechanical) with a 95 per cent course average, and was in the first cohort of WA apprentices through registered training organisation Aviation Australia. Now a mentor for other apprentices coming through, Christian knows teamwork is an essential part of the aviation industry.

WA Trainee of the Year: Amber Ugle-Hayward
Wanting to pursue a career that was meaningful, challenging and would make a positive impact on the lives of many Western Australians; Amber applied for the Public Sector Commission’s Aboriginal Traineeship Program, knowing it would give her a ‘foot in the door’ to government. Amber has made the most of her placement with the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage; gaining practical knowledge while completing a Certificate III in Government through Aspire Performance Training. Throughout the traineeship, Amber has proactively sought opportunities to further her career and expand networks, establishing a reputation as a highly competent team member who consistently displays leadership, collaboration, respect and integrity. Amber says the experience has allowed her to develop her confidence and communication skills to raise awareness of Aboriginal culture within the State Government, and directly influence the Department’s internal policies.

WA Vocational Student of the Year: Zoe Tucker
Twenty years after leaving school, Zoe finally feels like she has found her pathway. Finding traditional work roles not conducive to family life, the single mother of three took the plunge towards a new career and followed her passion; studying a Certificate IV in Landscape Design – a perfect fit for a creative person with a love of plants and nature and background in architecture. Zoe hasn’t looked back, winning South Metropolitan TAFE’s Vocational Student of the Year 2020 and relishing the opportunity to create greener spaces.

WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander of the Year: Kevin Wilson
Growing up as a Wongai man from the Goldfields region, Kevin has had an interest in art for as long as he can remember. As an adult he decided to follow that path so he signed up for an apprenticeship in print finishing at North Metropolitan TAFE, which was just the beginning of his TAFE journey. After completing his Diploma in Graphic Design, he continued on to the Advanced Diploma — becoming more confident in himself, his work and how he speaks about it. Kevin says he feels like he has found his calling in life, and since finishing has gone on to co-found Nani Creative, a graphic design company specialising in design for projects promoting Aboriginal tourism.

WA School-based Apprentice of the Year: Courtney Short
Preparing meals with and for her family has always brought great joy to Courtney, so it seemed a natural fit to pursue her love of cooking at the age of 15 — commencing a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery. Successfully juggling her schoolwork at Mercy College with an apprenticeship through North Metropolitan TAFE, Courtney says the knowledge and skills she has already developed by working alongside chefs at Pan Pacific Hotel (through Hospitality Group Training) are essential for working in the industry. Now aged 17, Courtney is well on her way to achieving her dream of becoming a chef and is so pleased she followed a VET pathway.

WA Cultural Diversity Training Award: Agnes Toluwade
Migrating from Nigeria in 2015, the first time Agnes heard about the suicide of a teenager on the news, she was jolted. Determined to take action and contribute to her new home country, Agnes decided to study a Certificate IV in Mental Health, and be part of the solution for a mentally healthy Australia. The course at North Metropolitan TAFE has helped her understand the many issues that impact on mental health, and the ways to support people’s recovery. Agnes has crossed several barriers to pursue her study, and hopes that others in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities will see that studying at TAFE offers many opportunities.

WA International Student of the Year: Johanna Faber
Johanna has always been passionate about travelling, so when she came to Australia from Germany in 2017 and fell in love with the country, she decided she wanted a career in travel and tourism. By studying in a different country, Johanna felt it would offer her the opportunity of experiencing travel and tourism first-hand, taking part in a different culture and learning a new language while completing her course  — a Diploma of Travel and Tourism Management at North Metropolitan TAFE. Studying allowed Johanna to gain confidence in communicating in English while learning the many facets of the industry, and was able to land a job as a travel consultant. While COVID-19 forced the closure of the office, it hasn’t deterred Johanna from working in the industry.

WA Trainer of the Year: Maryke Gray
Maryke is passionate about ensuring students have the same opportunities to receive quality training and assessment, no matter where they live. A trainer in Conservation and Land Management, Horticulture and Aboriginal Ranger Programs at Central Regional TAFE, Maryke delivers the full range of qualifications from Certificate I to Diploma, utilising live work projects, some of which involve working at the Abrolhos islands and remote Aboriginal Communities throughout the Mid-West and Gascoyne. Maryke uses various methods to connect students from remote locations to live class sessions with students in Geraldton, and recognises that classroom-based training is not for all, delivering the Aboriginal Ranger training programs entirely on country. With more than 20 years of experience in managing conservation projects, Maryke is committed to education for all to conserve our environment for the future.

WA Large Training Provider of the Year 2021: North Metropolitan TAFE
North Metropolitan TAFE (NM TAFE), Western Australia’s largest publicly funded TAFE college, has ten campuses across the central, greater north and north eastern metropolitan regions of Perth. The college offers more than 400 training products ranging from Certificate I to Advanced Diploma qualifications, including skill sets and short courses. NM TAFE focuses on delivering quality training and assessment services to students, industry and community; while streamlining business practices to ensure sustainability. A focus on accessible, flexible, contemporary, industry relevant training provides students with a variety of learning pathways and skills to secure the jobs of the future.

WA Small Training Provider of the Year 2021: Niche Education Group
Niche Education, formally known as the Australasian Academy of Cosmetic Dermal Science (AACDS), was established in 2003 to meet the education and training needs of the cosmetic medical and dermal therapy professions. The college has developed new and innovative accredited qualifications to address the absence of formal training in the cosmetic medical/aesthetics field and to bridge the gap between traditional beauty services and advanced dermal therapy techniques. Niche delivers the first and only accredited course in Cosmetic Nursing in the country, a testament to the contribution the organisation has made to innovative training on a national scale.

WA Large Employer of the Year: McDonald’s Australia WA
McDonald’s is one of Australia’s largest employers and trainers across regional and metropolitan areas. Employing over 100,000 people in Australia, McDonald’s invest over $40 million every year in employee training and development; equating to approximately $8 million in Western Australia. The company views training and development as an investment, not a cost. As a registered training organisation, McDonald’s recognises and rewards employees by offering a range of nationally recognised qualifications at no cost to the students. McDonald’s currently have over 580 students actively enrolled in a traineeship in WA, with 296 completions in 2020.

WA Medium Employer of the Year 2021: Consolidated Group
Consolidated Group is a civil earth works and plant hire services company that has been resourcing the mining, government, transport, and construction sectors since 2013. The company’s focus on training, upskilling and ongoing mentoring of staff has enabled it to reach new goals and extend the bar on what it can achieve. Continued success and growth has lead the company to partner with a local registered training organisation to establish its own training department to skill its entire workforce in-house. The company is committed to constantly improving the capability of its employees, many of whom are from under-represented groups. Consolidated Group prefer to develop skills from within, and seek to find people with the right attitude, work ethic, resilience, and personal skills to succeed.

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IT scholarships for people on the Autism Spectrum now open!

Up to $5,000 available for VET study in 2022

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 2022, to a value of up to $5,000 each funded by the Department. This scholarship is for students 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 courses at Certificate IV and Diploma levels. Applications close on 3 December 2021. 

Regional Skills Summit Northam

Regional Skills Summit goes to Northam today

Growing a skilled and sustainable workforce for WA’s Wheatbelt

The State Government is hosting a Regional Skills Summit in Northam today to discuss opportunities to grow and sustain a skilled workforce in Western Australia’s Wheatbelt, with more than 30 regional business leaders from a range of sectors including the agriculture, construction, education, hospitality and healthcare industries along with peak bodies, unions, government agencies and training representatives attending.

Following the successful Skills Summits held recently in Perth and Bunbury, the Northam Regional Skills Summit will generate further practical actions and new and innovative ideas that will form the basis of a local action plan to meet the region’s unique workforce needs.

Recognising the importance of access to training for building a skilled workforce and retaining people in regional areas, the WA Government has been working to ensure its investment in training initiatives reaches all corners of the State. In the past year, student course enrolments in the Wheatbelt have increased by 18 per cent — driven by affordable training opportunities through the Lower fees, local skills program and strong growth in employment-based training. Employers have responded by taking on more apprentices and trainees in the Wheatbelt in 2021, with more than 650 commencements in the year to 30 June 2021.

A range of initiatives are already progressing from the Perth Skills Summit, to attract and retain skilled workers and continue our State’s strong economic growth. These initiatives include:

  • attracting onshore skilled migrants to fill jobs in demand in WA;
  • supporting mature age apprentices;
  • promoting the tourism and hospitality industry to school students to grow the workforce;
  • extending the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Reengagement Incentive;
  • freezing regional Government rental accommodation to attract public sector workers to the regions;
  • boosting Aboriginal youth employment opportunities; and
  • providing support for jobseekers experiencing disadvantage to obtain a driver’s licence.

The State Government is also progressing targeted advertising campaigns to attract interstate workers and increase participation of underrepresented groups in WA; smoothing the pipeline of construction work; and a series of 10 Regional Skills Summits, including the one being held today.

“As a primary Western Australian agricultural region, maintaining a strong and sustainable Wheatbelt workforce is pivotal to the continuing success of our State’s economy. “ said Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery. "Today’s Regional Skills Summit will address the demand for workers and changing skills needs in the region, with a focus on finding immediate and medium term solutions to local issues. Making local training available is an important part of retaining workers and building a skilled workforce in Western Australia’s regional communities. Insights gathered today will be considered by the State Government to inform a local action plan to address the Wheatbelt region’s skills needs.”

Read the full media statement here

Kate and Tyler, partipants in the new Maintenance Associate Diversity Pathway Program.

New pilot training increasing diversity in the Pilbara

South Metro TAFE partners with BHP for unique program

South Metropolitan TAFE has partnered with Australian resources company BHP to design a unique pilot training program to increase diversity in its Pilbara workforce. This tailored work-ready program will help BHP meet its need for maintenance associate workers, who perform general maintenance duties alongside trade professionals, and progress towards its goal of achieving gender balance in its workforce by 2025.

Aimed at boosting the number of Aboriginal people and the number of women in maintenance associate roles, the Maintenance Associate Diversity Pathway Program trains participants for a Certificate II in Construction Pathways – Building Maintenance and an additional skill set in electrical test and tag statutory compliance. Construction of a simulated transportable dwelling at the Rockingham TAFE campus and a visit to a BHP mining camp in the Pilbara will acquaint students with their potential working environment. Participants also receive support from SM TAFE’s Student Services and engagement officers from the Rockingham Jobs and Skills Centre, which managed applications and enquiries for the pilot program and is a one-stop-shop for careers, training and employment advice and assistance.

The first cohort of 15 students, funded by BHP, started  training in July this year at the specialist construction facility at SMTAFE’s Rockingham campus.  Upon completion of the six-month pilot program; the students will take part in a recruitment process conducted by BHP, with successful applicants offered employment starting in 2022.

Kate and Tyler on a positive pathway

Kate Broadbent from Baldivis is a single parent with two young children, and she has long been interested in finding hands on work on the mines. A visit to the Rockingham Jobs and Skills Centre introduced her to the Maintenance Associate Diversity Pathway Program and after attending the information session, she applied. Kate says by introducing participants to a range of skills areas, the program is a great starting point for anyone wanting to get work in the resources sector. She intends to apply for a maintenance job with BHP after the program.

Tyler Bennell from Warnbro didn't know what career he wanted to pursue when he left high school six years ago, so he started a painting apprenticeship working for family. Now keen on working away from the city, Tyler is combining skills he enjoyed most from his apprenticeship, like plastering, with learning new skills including carpentry and tiling through the Maintenance Associate Diversity Pathway Program. Tyler is hoping to secure a job on the mines and would eventually like to transition into a welding or engineering role building or fixing mine site equipment.

On completion of the pilot program, BHP will consider an annual intake of students and the development of similar programs for other areas of its operations. To find out more about the program, contact the Rockingham Jobs and Skills Centre on 9599 8655 or visit the Jobs and Skills WA website jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/jobs-and-skills-centre.

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery: “The pilot Maintenance Associate Diversity Pathway Program is a wonderful example of TAFE and industry working together to trial an innovative training solution to meet skills needs in today’s workforce environment. “ said Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery. "This is a great program, supporting Western Australians to fill roles required in WA's resources sector. By encouraging more Aboriginal people and women into its workforce, BHP is making a positive investment in its future workforce. “

Read the Minister's full media statement here

Main picture: Kate and Tyler, participants in the Maintenance Associate Diversity Pathway Program.

$121M investment in TAFE and training

WA State Budget delivers boost for training and jobs

Quality local jobs continue to be more accessible to Western Australians, as the WA State Government builds on its work to boost jobs and skills in WA, with a $121.4 million investment  in skills and training in the 2021-22 State Budget.

This investment will deliver on election commitments to ensure TAFE and training continues to be more affordable and accessible, enabling local people to find work in local jobs throughout the State. Some of the key points announced are as follows. 

Boost for VET in secondary schools

More WA students will be encouraged into vocational education and training (VET), with a $29.8 million boost to VET in school places for Year 11 and 12 students.

  • Training places for school students will be increased by 8,000 to engage students in quality, industry relevant training, with options to attain their Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE), while enhancing their post-school employment, education and training.
  • A $19.2 million VET Career Taster Program will also be rolled out to Year 9 students from 2022. The State Government is already engaging with industry, schools and other key stakeholders to inform the program's development, with regional consultation about to commence.

Boost for apprenticeships and traineeships

There will be $32.4 million allocated to create 300 new jobs for apprentices and trainees. The funding will provide small and medium enterprises with access to 150 additional and highly subsidised apprentices and trainees in 2022, and again in 2023, to work on State Government projects.

Boost for TAFEs 

WA's TAFE colleges will receive $25 million of modern equipment as part of a four-year program to upgrade and modernise TAFE facilities to contemporary industry standards  — helping students, apprentices and trainees become more job-ready.

A $9.9 million investment over four years will support TAFE college lecturers to undertake industry placements to keep them at the forefront of innovation and quality education, and enable them to upskill and maintain industry standards, practices, qualifications and skills.

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

Jobs and Skills WA: Working in mental health

Ready to start your career in mental health?

We have industry information, career resources and free training!

Would you like to work in a rewarding job where you're helping people to reach their full potential and enjoy a healthy and fulfilling life?

A career in mental health can offer you that, and so much more!

From those who are living with anxiety or depression, to people of all ages and stages of life with mental health conditions that affect their ability to function day to day in a positive way and those who need support to cope with loss or grief or are struggling to overcome addiction or a difficult or challenging situation, there's a wide range of support needed and many opportunities for you to make a difference. You could be working directly with individuals or families, providing support services in the community, be part of a team in a mental healthcare setting, providing counselling or social work services, or supporting recovery — to name just a few.

Whether you're looking for an entry-level job or making a career change, you're entering a field with fantastic opportunities that can offer you a highly rewarding and stable career. We have all the information you need to know — what jobs are available in the mental health sector, what type of work you could be doing, what training you'll need, and how to get the jobs!

It's all here on the new Mental health page of the Jobs and Skills website

Mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for aged care work placement students

Important information for students on work placements

COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for aged care work placements

The Commonwealth Department of Health and the Western Australian Department of Health have advised that it will be mandatory for residential aged care workers to have a COVID-19 vaccination from 17 September 2021. This includes students undertaking work placements. If you are a student undertaking an aged care work placement, you must make preparations now to receive a minimum first dose of your COVID-19 vaccine by 17 September.

If you have not received your first dose by 17 September 2021, you will be unable to attend an aged care placement arranged by your TAFE or training provider. This means you may not be able to complete some units of competency, and you may not be able to complete your qualification.

Step 1 — Book your vaccine

Healthcare students preparing for work placement are eligible to access vaccinations under Phase 1b of the vaccination program.

  • Go to VaccinateWA and complete the registration and consent process.
  • When you come to the eligibility questions, you should choose the following:
    • Do you work in a critical or high risk industry > Yes
    • Priority population > Non-WA Health healthcare worker

Once you have chosen these options (and any other eligibility criteria that might apply to you), the system will advise you are eligible and will give you the option to book in for an appointment.

GP clinics are now providing some vaccines, and appointments for these can also be booked through the Commonwealth eligibility checker.

Step 2 – Monitor your emails, Sonia and BlackBoard for updates

VaccinateWA will keep you updated with any changes or advice via Sonia, our Clinical Placement Office, and teaching departments as soon as information becomes available.

Step 3 –Questions?

If you have questions or concerns, please contact your TAFE or training provider for help. A member of the placement office and/or teaching team will also discuss this requirement with you in classes over the next couple of weeks.

Advice for trainers and teachers

At this stage, the Department of Health has advised that academic staff who undertake supervision of work placement in aged care are exempt from the mandatory vaccine requirement.

Jobs and Skills WA Skills Summit

First of ten Regional Skills Summits happening today in Bunbury!

Meeting the workforce needs of South West WA

The first of 10 Regional Skills Summits the WA State Government is hosting across regional WA is being held in Bunbury today, to ensure sustainable local workforces continue to grow and meet skills needs across the state.

Building on the success of the Perth Skills Summit in July, the Bunbury Skills Summit will generate further practical actions and new and innovative ideas to meet the unique workforce needs of the South West region. More than 40 government and regional business leaders from a range of sectors including resources, construction, agriculture, and healthcare industries are attending.

Outcomes from the Bunbury Skills Summit will help the State Government inform a local action plan to address the South West region's skills needs. Recognising the importance of access to training for building a skilled workforce and retaining people in regional areas, the McGowan Government has been working to ensure its investment in training initiatives reaches all corners of the State.

Great outcomes to date

  • Student course enrolments in the South West have increased by 14 per cent in the past year, the increase driven by affordable training opportunities through the Lower fees, local skills program and strong growth in employment-based training.
  • WA employers have responded by taking on more South West apprentices and trainees in 2021, with more than 2,300 commencements in the year to 30 June 2021.

A range of initiatives are already progressing from the Perth Skills Summit, to attract and retain skilled workers and continue our State’s strong economic growth. These include:

  • supporting mature age apprentices;
  • attracting onshore skilled migrants to fill jobs in demand in WA;
  • promoting the tourism and hospitality industry to school students to grow the workforce;
  • extending the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Reengagement Incentive;
  • freezing regional Government rental accommodation to attract public sector workers to the regions;
  • boosting Aboriginal youth employment opportunities; and
  • providing support for jobseekers to obtain a driver’s licence.

The State Government is also progressing targeted advertising campaigns to attract interstate and New Zealand workers and increase participation of under-represented groups in WA, and smoothing the pipeline of construction work.

“As our Government and industry leaders continue to work together to build a strong Western Australian workforce, it is critical to recognise that the skills and training needs of each region are unique. " said Mr McGowan. "Today’s Regional Skills Summit, along with a series of others to be held across WA in coming months, will provide a complete picture of the opportunities and challenges being experienced across industries and the State. The information and insights gathered today will be considered by State Government to inform a local action plan to address the South West region's skill needs.

“Making local training available is an important part of retaining workers and building a skilled workforce in WA's regional communities.“ added Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery. "The South West’s workforce is experiencing a high demand for services and workers across a range of industries, as well as increased consumer demand for quality local products. Our Government is focused on finding local solutions to local issues. The Regional Skills Summit will help to ensure the South West region continues to benefit from the State’s economic prosperity and investment in training initiatives and that the region’s workforce remains adaptable to changing needs as it navigates through the pandemic.”

Read the full media statement here

Jobs and Skills WA: New Broome TAFE facilities

$11.6 upgrade for Broome TAFE campus begins construction!

New hospitality, tourism, hair and beauty training facilities

Premier Mark McGowan visited North Regional TAFE’s Broome campus on Sunday to turn the first sod on the new $11.6 million Hospitality and Student Services Centre.

Construction will be carried out by local Broome building company H&M Tracey, with the project consisting of two state of the art buildings; one for hospitality and tourism, the second for hair and beauty training. Designed locally by Engawa Architects, the buildings will be linked by an outdoor meeting place. Among the many highlights will be a live works training restaurant and alfresco café, providing a welcome boost to hospitality and tourism training. The redevelopment will also facilitate industry standard practice in hair and beauty with dedicated spaces for simulated training, as well as additional space for student and corporate services.

Both the hospitality and hair and beauty industries are vital to the region’s peak tourism season, and these new facilities will help deliver more skilled workers for Broome and the Kimberley. Construction is expected to be completed in July 2022, and the project will support 141 jobs for local workers including apprentices and trainees during construction

“The new state of the art facilities at TAFE colleges across the State are a key component of the WA Recovery Plan, creating world class learning opportunities for students and boosting the WA economy. " the Premier said. "The major upgrades at the Broome campus will provide the Kimberley region with the skilled workers it needs, especially during the peak tourism season."

View the full media statement from the Premier and Minister here

New $18M Esperance TAFE campus officially opened!

South Regional TAFE's new campus to boost training in the region

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery visited South Regional TAFE in Esperance today to officially open the new $18.69 million campus.

The new facilities will be a major boost for the region, offering industry-ready training to the Esperance community. The new buildings include three trade workshops for training in construction, metal engineering and auto/machinery industries, as well as specialist facilities for childcare and aged and disability care. Strategically located adjacent to Esperance Senior High School, the new campus will provide easy access for secondary students completing vocational education and training (VET) in school programs.

Take a look at this timelapse video of the campus, from sand to completion!

In the replacement of the 35-year-old former campus, approximately 200 full time jobs were created during construction, which was completed by Western Australia's EMCO Building. Local Aboriginal organisation Tjaltjraak was consulted throughout the design process and was instrumental in identifying training needs, areas of cultural significance and landscape design, as well as being involved in providing public art.

The project was supported by a $10 million Royalties for Regions contribution.

Speaking at today's opening, Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said "South Regional TAFE's new Esperance campus will offer a wider range of high quality training opportunities and encourage more people into VET. It is vital that people living in our regions can train locally, and now Esperance locals will be able to hone their skills in modern, first-class facilities." 

Read the full media statement here

Thank you to www.sitevisuals.com for the video production.

Mark McGowan and Ali Tkacz at Worldskills event

Ultimate showcase of skills, training and jobs in Perth

WorldSkills Australia National Championships and Skills Show and SkillsWest Employment and Careers Expo underway today in Perth!

The biggest skills and training competition in Australia and careers and employment expo in Western Australia have combined to bring the ultimate showcase of skills, training and jobs to Perth. 

The WorldSkills Australia National Championships and Skills Show and SkillsWest Careers and Employment Expo are at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre from 26–28 August. Entry is free for both events.

More than 400 talented apprentices, trainees and students, including more than 80 from TeamWA, are competing in the national championships, across 45 skills and trades.

The national championships format has been adapted to accommodate travel restrictions, with TeamWA and Team Tasmania competing in Perth and satellite competitions held in several other states.

TAFEs and Jobs and Skills Centres will be exhibiting at the SkillsWest Expo and are a great place to get free professional and practical advice on the apprenticeship, training and career opportunities available in WA.

If you are unable to attend the event, a live streaming and video-on-demand experience can be accessed through the WorldSkills Australia website www.worldskills.org.au.

We are pleased to hold this major event here in WA, at a time when skills and workforce development is more critical than ever to support our strong economy," said Premier Mark McGowan. "There has never been a better time for Western Australians of all ages to upskill and find a quality job in a whole range of industries."

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said “The WorldSkills competition and the SkillsWest Expo provide Western Australians with training and careers inspiration to help them find a pathway to their dream careers. With low cost training options and low unemployment, Western Australians are in the box seat to take advantage of the life changing opportunities on show. TeamWA’s competitors are shining examples of how investment in skills can change your life and I wish them all a successful championships.”

View the full media statement from the Premier and Minister here

National skills week 2021.

It’s National Skills Week! August 23—29

It is the 11th year for National Skills Week 2021 which is taking place from Monday 23 August to Sunday 29 August 2021.

This year you’re invited to rethink ideas of what vocational education and training (VET) is all about, and to discover, challenge, and explore what is on offer. You can also explore the role VET can have in preparing people for the future of work, and the diversity of careers that can be realised through VET.

The focus for 2021 will be on challenging perceptions of VET, reimagining bold and innovative ideas for Australians to take on their career goals and to see what VET can offer!

National Skills Week is dedicated to promoting VET, bringing positive messages to life and sharing them with a national audience. The week will be highlighting talents and skills, exploring career pathways, looking at the value of apprentices and trainees and sharing many great success stories and innovative ideas from across Australia.

How to get involved

Do you have a story to share? Would you like to showcase what you’re doing in VET? Go to nationalskillsweek.com.au/about and follow the links to find out more.

Want to listen in, and participate?

Check the list of over 500 events happening through the week — most of them available online at nationalskillsweek.com.au/events. Please note that the line-up for the week is updated regularly, so be sure to check daily and see what’s available.
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Australia’s biggest VET skills competition and careers expo is almost here!

WorldSkills Australia national championships August 26—28.

Get ready to witness greatness, discover potential, and explore skills excellence at Australia’s largest trades and skills competition — the 2021 WorldSkills Australia National Championships!

This year’s competitions will give regional winners from across Australia an opportunity to put their talent to the test, with over 500 competitors showcasing their skills on a national stage as they compete for gold and a chance to represent Australia at the WorldSkills International Competition in Shanghai 2022. In addition to competing for Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in their chosen skill area, with the top achievers potentially going on to compete internationally in the world championships as a member of the Skillaroos – the WorldSkills Australia International Team – there are leadership programs and scholarships to enable young people to become the very best versions of themselves.

Over three action-packed days, you’ll have access to an exciting array of interactive events, workshops and activities. Witness over 50 exhilarating skills and trade competitions, get immersed in cutting edge VR and tech at the new STEMhub, or Try’aSkill out for yourself at one of the demo areas.

Due to the evolving Covid-19 situation across the country, the format of the 2021 WorldSkills Australia National Championships has shifted to accommodate border control measures Australia-wide. Many competitions will still take place at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre and are open to the public with free tickets.

Register your school

Register for your free tickets

Other competitions will be taking place at other venues across Australia, and closed to the public, but will be available for viewing on WSA Live — the WorldSkills Australia dedicated livestream site.

And to make the event even more action-packed, the SkillsWest Careers and Employment Expo is also happening over the same three days at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre!

This year’s expo will host over 100 organisations and employers with career opportunities for all ages. The event is for school students, parents, graduates, jobseekers, people looking for training options, and workers seeking new training options. Be sure to stop by the Jobs and Skills Centre stand and get some free information and advice on jobs, careers and training!

This event is free, but you must register for tickets here

Heavy truck driving on a regional road.

Truckies to benefit from regional rollout in South West

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery launched the expansion of the innovative Heavy Vehicle Driving Operations Skill Set in Bunbury today. After four months of delivery in the metropolitan area, the program will now be delivered through South Regional TAFE to address the shortage of truck drivers in the region. 

Since the pilot program began in April 2021, there have been more than 100 commencements in the metropolitan program. Of the first cohort, 33 people now have jobs in the industry, adding to the pipeline of skilled workers needed for this essential service. Employment numbers are expected to grow as students complete licensing requirements.

Stakeholder consultation has been essential to the design and expansion of the program to ensure that the key program outcomes, including licencing and employment, are achieved.

Commencing in Term 4 2021, the course coincides with increased workforce demand created by local infrastructure projects including the southern section of the Bunbury Outer Ring Road. As key employers, discussions with Bunbury Outer Ring Road contractors are already underway.

The program, an Australian first, is increasing skilled workers in this essential service and giving existing workers the opportunity to upskill to more complex combination heavy vehicle driving, increasing industry productivity and safety.

The 10-week driver trainer program helps participants become job ready to join the transport and logistics industry and was developed in response to industry need. Local Bunbury company Keens Truck Driver Training is working with the college to deliver the practical elements of the training. 

The program will train up to 1,000 workers for the transport industry to avoid skills shortages. On successful completion, participants obtain a Heavy Rigid (HR); Heavy Combination (HC); or Multi Combination (MC) class vehicle licence, and may apply for a forklift (LF) licence.

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said "We have worked collaboratively with industry to make sure the program provides industry-focused solutions while also helping jobseekers increase their employability. Students learn relevant skills in all aspects of truck driving and the unique Driver Mentor Program will help guide new drivers through the early stages of their career.”

The course is free for eligible students and the Practical Driving Instruction Training and Assessment and licencing costs are $500 for concession students and up to $1,250 for non-concession students.

Visit www.southregionaltafe.wa.edu.au/courses and complete the expression of interest form on the course page. You can also contact the South Regional TAFE team on 1800 621 445 or email collie@srtafe.wa.edu.au.
Alternatively, visit
www.jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/skillsready or contact your local Jobs and Skills Centre on 13 64 64 for more information.

Department of Training and Workforce Development

New "Caring for country—Caring for self" for Aboriginal youth

Holistic support program to pilot in WA

A pilot program supporting the development of self esteem, pride and confidence in Aboriginal youth is set to begin, leading to increased employability and job opportunities. The program, an election commitment on employment and training opportunities for Aboriginal people, is a recommendation from the Report on the Review of Skills, Training and Workforce Development released in July 2020.

Community-based Aboriginal organisation As One Nyitting has been engaged to help deliver the Caring for country—Caring for self program, with a cohort of Aboriginal youth aged between 15 and 24 set to take part; further developing their cultural identity and knowledge. The program is aimed at youths who are disengaged or at risk of disengaging from education, training and/or employment, with numbers limited to 15 to provide intensive and individual support over the course of the year.

As One Nyitting’s programs are holistic and recognise the valuable role of Elders in supporting young people to learn these skills, 15 Elders will also take part in the program leading through action, providing cultural guidance and assisting in training and mentoring. By learning the skills to care for country and self, and developing cultural identity, the knowledge and confidence gained from the program will support participants to engage in training and employment. Each person will identify training aligned to their interests and strengths, and map out future opportunities and goals for employment. Participants will also be able to access funded support to address any barriers to employment such as training fees, purchase of personal protective equipment and tools, and costs associated with transport or obtaining licences. 

“The McGowan Government is committed to increasing training and job opportunities for Aboriginal people and ensuring positive outcomes for their communities.“ said Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery today. "This program will develop self esteem, pride and confidence that will lead to meaningful job opportunities.”.

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Stephen Dawson added “Connecting to country is a fantastic way to deliver benefits for Aboriginal communities - particularly young Aboriginal people – right across Western Australia. As we saw through this year’s NAIDOC theme, strengthening the connections Aboriginal people have to their country can be really important for healing and these connections are also crucial to Aboriginal social and emotional wellbeing. This pilot program will strengthen the sense of belonging, identity and responsibility for Aboriginal youth, and support a foundation of empowerment and meaningful training that will hopefully lead to sustainable employment.”.

Read the full media statement here

Ready to kickstart your career in tourism and hospitality?

Information, resources and free training to get that job!

How would you like a career that can take you anywhere in the world, in a service industry that employs almost one million people in Australia — in over 300,000 businesses?

Tourism and hospitality can offer you that, and so much more!

From working as a tour guide or travel agent, through to being a barista or qualified chef mixing cocktails at a holiday resort, to running tours from a cruise ship or working in hotel operations, through to managing events — there's a wide range of occupations in tourism and hospitality, and fantastic opportunities to grow your career.

And the good news is, tourism and hospitality offers a huge range of entry level jobs if you're just getting started, but also many opportunities to progress your career through to management roles. And all of this can happen anywhere across Australia, and all over the world! Plus we have a list of all the subsidised training courses available in WA — including free job ready skill sets and half-price qualifications, options for traineeships and apprenticeships, information for school students looking for training options in Years 11 and 12, and for growing areas of the sector such as eco-tourism, sustainable food and beverages, and Indigenous tourism.

We have all the information you need to know — what jobs hospitality and tourism offer, what training you'll need, and how to get the jobs!

It's all on the new Tourism and hospitality page of the Jobs and Skills website.

Take a look!

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Skills investment on track with construction starting at Mandurah TAFE

The significant investment in essential infrastructure upgrades across the State’s TAFE colleges is underway, with construction starting on the new training centre at South Metropolitan TAFE’s Mandurah campus.

Premier Mark McGowan and Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery visited the college today to turn the first sod on the $16.87 million facility.

The state-of-the-art Hospitality and Tourism Training Centre will deliver practical, on-the-job training in commercial cookery, tourism and event management, providing career pathways for aspiring chefs, event managers, baristas and front-of-house staff.

Hair and beauty training facilities will also be incorporated into the new centre, skilling the next cohort of hairdressers, massage therapists and beauty therapists.

The facilities will include a student hub, two training kitchens, a production kitchen and a live works restaurant, as well as a new hair salon and dedicated training spaces for beauty therapy and massage.

Construction is expected to be completed in late 2022 and the first students using the facilities in Semester 1, 2023.

The project was announced in July 2020 as part of the WA Recovery Plan, to fund upgrades to essential infrastructure across the State’s TAFE colleges.

In addition, the State is investing heavily into training through the Lower Fees Local Skills initiative, which has slashed course fees for 180 Vocational Education and Training qualifications by up to 72 per cent.

“We are investing in a range of immediate initiatives to support the State’s skills needs - while continuing our strong focus on revitalising the State’s TAFEs," said Mr McGowan. “The $16.87 million training centre will deliver practical on-the-job training, leading to highly skilled workers for the Peel region’s growing hospitality and tourism industry. This project is part of the largest TAFE capital works program in Western Australia’s history, with 14 projects creating more than 1,000 local jobs.”

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said “We have made it easier than ever before for Western Australians to gain a qualification. The major upgrade to South Metropolitan TAFE’s Mandurah campus will give approximately 500 students from the Peel region access to the very best learning environment. The new training centre will be a one-stop-shop for simulated training, allowing job-ready workers to step straight into the workforce.”

View the full media statement from the Premier and Minister here

WA Training Awards 2021 finalists announced!

Our brightest VET stars step into the spotlight

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery today announced the 37 finalists for the 2021 WA Training Awards. 

Twenty seven exceptional individuals and 10 organisations have been named as finalists for 2021, showcasing excellence in the vocational education and training (VET) sector.  Winners will be announced at a presentation ceremony on 17 September, and may go on to represent the state at the Australian Training Awards in November.

Congratulations to this year's finalists!

WA Apprentice of the Year 2021 finalists
Hayden Carvell (Mundaring), Joann Knight (Brabham), Stacey-Lee Boothman (Cooloongup), Christine Ferrone (Bayswater)

WA Trainee of the Year 2021 finalists
Bonnie Barber (Bridgetown), Amber Ugle-Hayward (Karrinyup), Vikki Doecke (Kelmscott)

WA Vocational Student of the Year 2021 finalists
Maxine Turner (Fremantle), Nerine Boulter (White Gum Valley), Meg Maroni (Albany), Zoe Tucker (Bayswater)

WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year 2021 finalists
Kevin Wilson (Victoria Park), Grant Syron (Como), Keira Gentle (Ridgewood), Sterling Winmar (Orelia)

WA School-based Apprentice of the Year 2021 finalists
Courtney Short (Ellenbrook), Taj Morris (Glenfield), Samantha Winter (Lower Chittering)

WA Cultural Diversity Training Award 2021 finalists
Marli Nicholls (Carlisle), Agnes Toluwade (Leeming)

WA International Student of the Year 2021 finalists
Johanna Faber (Yokine), Shalynn Buss (Lathlain), Aurelie Jammes (Scarborough)

WA Trainer of the Year 2021 finalists
Brendan Hibbert (North Metropolitan TAFE), Maryke Gray (Central Regional TAFE), Tarryn Drage (WiseClick Training), Robert Carter (South Regional TAFE)

WA Large Training Provider of the Year 2021 finalists
North Metropolitan TAFE, North Regional TAFE, South Metropolitan TAFE

WA Small Training Provider of the Year 2021 finalists
Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services RTO, Niche Education Group, Auswest Specialist Education and Training Services

WA Large Employer of the Year 2021 finalists
McDonald's Australia (WA), Byrnecut Australia

WA Medium Employer of the Year 2021 finalists
Ranger Drilling, Consolidated Group

Now in its 27th year, the Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of apprentices, trainees, employers and training organisations. As well as the recognition these respected awards bring, individual winners will receive $3,000 which they may use to further their training or kickstart their career, while organisation winners will be recognised as industry leaders.

The 2021 WA Training Awards are made possible thanks to continuing support from the WA State Training Board, MEGT, Apprenticeship Support Australia powered by CCIWA, the Electrical and Communications Association of Western Australia, Polly Farmer Foundation, Roy Hill, StudyPerth, and the Training Accreditation Council (TAC) WA.

Announcing the finalists today, Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said "The WA Training Awards are the State’s premier training award program, showcasing excellence and putting our best talent in the spotlight. With WA’s economy thriving and the strongest in the nation, our State is experiencing training and employment opportunities like never before. High demand for skilled workers is providing new and exciting pathways for job seekers and career changers. I congratulate this year’s fine calibre of finalists, they are great ambassadors for Western Australia’s training system.”
 

To find out more about this year's finalists, go to dtwd.wa.gov.au/watrainingawards

Read the Minister's full media statement here

Swift action on Skills Summit strategies to skill WA

Exciting new initiatives and programs announced today

The McGowan Government is taking swift action to progress strategies identified in partnership with Western Australian industry leaders at last Friday’s WA Skills Summit, announcing more priority initiatives to attract and retain skilled workers in WA. More than 130 people attended the Skills Summit on 30 July, including Premier Mark McGowan, Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery, other members of Cabinet and business leaders across a number of sectors including the resources, defence, construction and healthcare industries. 
 
The following initiatives announced by Premier Mark McGowan and Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery today align with strategies discussed at the Skills Summit. The WA State Government will continue working with industry to identify priority areas and target market opportunities. These key initiatives are immediate actions the State Government will take to bolster the State’s workforce, while work is undertaken to convert concepts from the Summit into additional initiatives. We will bring you further updates on these and other initiatives and programs, as information becomes available. 

Adult Apprentice Employer Incentive

Following the huge success of the $5.2 million Jobs and Skills WA Adult Apprentice Employer Incentive (AAEI), which has seen it reach its 100 place cap for 2021—22 in just over two weeks, the State Government has brought forward the next 100 places from 2022—23. This ensures employers will immediately be eligible for the adult apprentice financial incentive – up to $26,800.
 

Additional places in State Nominated Migration Program

With onshore visa holders also showing strong interest in filling skilled jobs in WA, the State Government is requesting an additional 5,000 onshore places from the Commonwealth Government under the State Nominated Migration Program (SNMP).

The addition of 134 skill shortage occupations to the program last month prompted thousands of expressions of interest from skilled onshore migrants who are living interstate, to secure work in WA.
 

Targeted assistance for Aboriginal jobseekers

To help Aboriginal youth overcome barriers to employment, a new partnership with the Wirrpanda Foundation will provide Aboriginal jobseekers aged 15–24 years with targeted assistance to address specific barriers to employment.

Reducing barriers to driver's licence for jobseekers

The State Government will introduce initiatives to help disadvantaged learner drivers obtain a driver’s licence — a significant barrier to employment for many.

Infrastructure projects brought forward

Following detailed consultation with industry, the State Government’s multibillion dollar infrastructure program will be reviewed with a view to smoothing the pipeline of work to ease workforce pressures across the economy.

This will include a review of the McGowan Government’s Asset Investment Program as part of the 2021–22 State Budget.

Targeted campaign to attract workers

A targeted advertising campaign will also be developed to attract interstate and New Zealand workers, and increase participation of underrepresented groups in WA. The State Government will continue working with industry to identify priority areas and target market opportunities.

Regional Skills Summits across WA

With regional WA having its own unique challenges, the State Government will hold a series of targeted Regional Skills Summits across WA in the next five months.

“The Skills Summit was a valuable opportunity for government and industry to work together to address immediate workforce challenges to support our thriving economy – while enhancing our ongoing commitment to local training and local jobs. We have come away from the Skills Summit with a range of tangible solutions and we are getting straight to work implementing them." said Mr McGowan. “Our economy is strong and together we have defied the economic turmoil seen throughout much of the world. We will continue to be agile and responsive to industry’s needs as we address our workforce challenges and deliver continued strong results for the WA economy.”

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said “With low unemployment and international border restrictions, we are experiencing growing demand for skilled workers to fill local jobs and support our businesses. As well as these immediate actions, the concepts that came from the Skills Summit will shape further planning, strategy and decisions to assist WA’s workforce needs. I am thrilled to also announce the Skills Summit initiative will be expanded to our regional communities.”

Read the full media statement here

WA Skills Summit 2021

Industry leaders gather today for WA Skills Summit

Developing immediate and longer term strategies to address skills needs

The McGowan Government's rescheduled Skills Summit is being held today in Perth, as early positive results from a number of immediate skills measures put in place earlier this month can be revealed.

The Summit is an opportunity for business leaders and other industry players to work collaboratively to develop immediate and longer term strategies to address skills needs impacting the Western Australian economy, with Premier Mark McGowan, Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery and other Cabinet members joining industry leaders from a range of sectors including the resources, construction, agriculture, defence and healthcare industries.

After the Skills Summit was postponed late last month due to the COVID-19 lockdown, a number of immediate initiatives were put in place to begin addressing workforce needs, with positive early results achieved.
 

  • The new $5.2 million Jobs and Skills WA Adult Apprentice Employer Incentive to provide eligible businesses with up to $26,800 when they hire a mature age apprentice has also been fully subscribed, with all 100 places available this financial year now filled.
  • The extension to the Apprentice and Traineeship Reengagement Incentive has also seen a marked increase in enquiries from employers and trainees.
  • The expansion of the State Nominated Migration Program,  which enables temporary visa holders already in Australia to fill positions not being met by local workers, has seen thousands of expressions of interest from workers around the country.
  • The partnership between Tourism WA and training council FutureNow has been formalised, with a number of programs to encourage young people to pursue careers in tourism and hospitality.

The State Government expects additional initiatives to address WA's skills needs will be announced following the Skills Summit. These measures are in addition to the McGowan Government's major investments over the past four years towards restoring and revitalising the State's training sector - including slashing TAFE fees, introducing free short courses and delivering the biggest TAFE infrastructure build in WA history.

There are more than 86,000 students in vocational education and training courses in WA; a 25 per cent increase compared to last year. WA employers have also responded by taking on more apprentices and trainees in 2021, with apprenticeship and traineeship commencements up by 72 per cent in the past 12 months.

"Today's Skills Summit is about generating new ideas on how industry and government can work together to address the current workforce challenges we are experiencing." said Premier Mark McGowan. "Western Australia is in an enviable position, with a thriving economy and a low unemployment rate, amid a global pandemic. It is very encouraging to see the initiatives we implemented last month are already having a positive impact in addressing skills needs. I look forward to hearing directly from industry leaders on how we can continue to collaborate to address these challenges and enable the WA economy to continue on its strong trajectory.".

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said "Due to significant investment by the McGowan Government, we are training like never before. In our first term a key commitment was to make training more affordable for all Western Australians and we have built on that coming back into government. But as we continue to deal with the impact of pandemic we need to remain agile and look at new ways to keep the economy moving which is what today is all about.".
 

Read the full media statement here

Immediate boosts to WA workforce

New date set for Skills Summit 2021

Premier Mark McGowan today announced a range of immediate initiatives to support Western Australia’s skilled worker needs and confirmed the rescheduled Skills Summit will take place on Friday, July 30. The event was postponed late last month due to WA's four-day circuit breaker COVD-19 lockdown. In order to begin addressing the immediate needs of Western Australian businesses, a number of key measures will be implemented now.

NEW! Adult Apprenticeship Employer Incentive

The new $5.2 million Jobs and Skills WA Adult Apprenticeship Employer Incentive will help businesses maximise job opportunities for adult apprentices who bring the benefit of skills, experience and maturity to businesses. WA businesses eligible for the new incentive may receive up to $26,800 when they hire an adult apprentice.

This will assist with growing WA’s skilled workforce and maximise opportunities for mature age apprentices, who are often overlooked by employers due to the higher cost of adult wages.
 

Extension of Apprenticeship and Traineeship Reengagement Incentive

The successful Apprenticeship and Traineeship Re-engagement Incentive (ATRI) will be extended for a further 12 months, with an additional $4 million investment.

Since its commencement in July 2020, more than 1,600 apprentices and trainees have been re-engaged and given the opportunity to complete their training.

There are currently around 300 out of contract apprentices and trainees seeking a new employer across a range of industries.
 

Expansion of skilled migration program

The State Government has expanded the State Nominated Migration Program (SNMP) to provide a skilled migration pathway for temporary visa holders already in Australia.

The SNMP is a Commonwealth skilled migration program that allows States and Territories to attract temporary visa holders into occupations where there are vacancies not being met by local workers. An additional 134 occupations have been added to the WA Skilled Migration Occupation List from high demand industries.

With thousands of skilled temporary visa holders already in Australia, the changes to the SNMP will focus on attracting these skilled migrants to WA and assist businesses to retain visa holders already residing in WA.

For more information about SNMP, visit migration.wa.gov.au

Promotion of tourism and hospitality careers

A new partnership between Tourism WA and training council FutureNow will develop career programs for high-school students to highlight the vibrant career opportunities in tourism and hospitality.

It will include interactive demonstrations at the Skills West Careers Expo and a ‘chef ambassador’ program targeting students and teachers looking to upskill.

Regional rent increases for Government Regional Officer Housing (GROH) frozen

The State Government has frozen rent increases for Government Regional Officer Housing (GROH) in 2021—22, assisting regional towns to continue to attract and retain public sector workers such as police and teachers.

These measures are based on consultation with peak bodies, industry associations, industry training councils, WA unions and government agencies.

They will deliver immediate solutions for WA businesses’ skilled worker needs - with further short and long term actions to be identified at the rescheduled Skills Summit.

View the full media statement from the Premier and Minister here.

A young student.

Pre-apprenticeships update for employers, RTOs, and students

Updated business rules, new guide, and fact sheet

Pre-apprenticeships are a valuable pathway into an apprenticeship program. Vocational education and training (VET) students are able to get hands on work experience in their intended field of study by undertaking a Certificate II level pre-apprenticeship, which offers a pathway to a full apprenticeship, or to employment, through a combination of training and work practice.

In a pre-apprenticeship, the registered training organisation (RTO) works with an employer to ensure the student is able to undertake meaningful tasks that contribute to their workplace skills. In circumstances where a real work placement is not possible, such as due to COVID-19 pandemic closures or where there are safety concerns, the RTO may organise simulated work practice for the pre-apprentice.

The WA Pre-apprenticeship Program Business Rules were recently updated following an extensive consultation with key stakeholders. The updated business rules encourage the use of real work placements with an employer, but also offer flexibility in the work practice component. The new work practice requirements are:

  • a minimum of 150 hours of work practice (previously 50% of the nominal contact hours); and
  • the work practice can be undertaken through work placements, simulated work practice or a combination of both (previously a minimum of 50% of the work practice had to be undertaken in a real workplace).

The new business rules and lists of current pre-apprenticeships are available from our website at dtwd.wa.gov.au/pa-guide.

New guide for industry and RTOs

The Department has produced a new guide for industry and RTOs on how to seek approval to establish a new pre-apprenticeship program.

View the new Guide to establishing a pre-apprenticeship pathway at dtwd.wa.gov.au/pa-guide

If you are looking for more information on pre-apprenticeships, please contact the Department’s Apprenticeship and Traineeship Policy team by email at apprenticeshippolicy@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

For secondary school students

A fact sheet explaining the benefits of the pre-apprenticeships in schools program, and a list of pre-apprenticeships in schools courses, are available on the Jobs and Skills WA website at jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/training/schools-and-school-students.

$2 million Geraldton TAFE refurbishment

Plans are progressing for the project which will see the old I Block trades workshop extended and transformed into six learning spaces for creative industries training.

The ageing workshop 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 workshop’s transformation into a digital media and technologies hub that specialises in new and emerging technologies.

Local architectural firm Eastman Poletti Sherwood Architects were appointed for the design of the project, which forms part of the McGowan Government’s WA Recovery Plan.

Currently, the Geraldton campus delivers one of the State’s most successful creative industries, visual arts and multi-media training programs, with around 200 students participating in these programs each year.

Construction of the new creative industries training hub 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.

Tenders will close 23 June 2021, with construction to start in August 2021.

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said “We announced this project as part of our WA Recovery Plan and this Government is on target to deliver a world-class creative industries training hub for the Mid-West. "By investing in infrastructure and equipment and cutting fees we are making TAFE better and more accessible for everyone." 

Perth Resources Technology Showcase

Resources, defence and space industry technologies on show!

FREE Resources Technology Showcase June 21—22

Some of the State's new, groundbreaking resources, defence and space industry technologies will be unveiled at the Resources Technology Showcase at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, on June 21 and 22.

Supported by the McGowan Government, North Metropolitan TAFE and South Metropolitan TAFE have teamed up to provide an interactive experience of some of the high-tech equipment in their training arsenal, including one of 16 new augmented reality welding simulators. The new simulators support the delivery of fabrication apprenticeships at South Metropolitan TAFE's Naval Base campus, by enabling students to learn welding skills in a controlled and safe environment.

With the State Government's $18 million package of initiatives to support upcoming defence projects and enhance Western Australia's capacity to secure defence work, the investment in welding simulators will help to equip the future welding workforce for the rapid scale-up of defence and shipbuilding projects in WA. The Mobile CUT Mine is also on display, which is a mini replica of the unique simulated underground CUT Mine located at North Metropolitan TAFE's Perth campus. It is used to expose students to a real underground mine environment prior to gaining employment.

Other technology featured at 'The TAFE experience' includes programmable mobile robot trucks called mBots, drones used for site inspections, surveillance and thermal imaging for asset maintenance and stockpile analysis, and a Robot Arm and Smart Factory simulating the robotic technology used in factories.

The Resources Technology Showcase is free to attend, and is taking place on June 21 and 22. Find out more, and register here

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery says "It is quite remarkable seeing firsthand our State's technological capabilities and the innovation keeping the WA training system at the forefront of industry innovation. With automation in the defence and resources industries increasing, the McGowan Government's support for TAFE provides students with the best training you can get."

Read the full media statement from the Minister here

Career planning for students

New support for secondary school students, parents and schools

Information and resources to help with career planning

With the world around us constantly changing, planning for the future is more important than ever!

The Jobs and Skills WA website now has a new section specifically for secondary school students in WA — and their parents, and for career practitioners and schools. The information, advice and resources will assist and support students with decision making around future plans — including options for VET both at school and after school, and other pathways — as well as getting students started with career planning.

There’s also information for parents, and for schools, to help with supporting career planning activities for younger people and school students. 

Visit the new Schools section of the Jobs and Skills WA website

The new website content will also be used by Jobs and Skills Centres to guide students through the career planning process and help them to make decisions about study pathways. Career planning services are free at all Jobs and Skills Centres — call your local centre on 13 64 64 to find out more.

Defence Industry Pathways Program.

New $10M program to boost defence industry jobs

Defence Industry Pathways Program starting up in July!

The Commonwealth Government has launched a $10 million program that will provide West Australian high school graduates with a fully funded, 12-month traineeship to help grow WA’s defence industry workforce.

The Defence Industry Pathways Program, developed in partnership with South Metropolitan TAFE and WA's maritime defence industry, is a taster course designed to set participants on a path to an exciting defence industry career. The pilot program will support 120 students by mid-2022, with the first cohort of 20 set to begin in July. 

The Defence Industry Pathways Program is open to WA school leavers who have completed Year 12. While the pilot will take place in and around the Australian Marine Complex in Henderson, it could be adapted for implementation in other Defence industry sites across Australia. Defence industry partners will provide supervision, mentoring and on the job training as part of the program, and South Metropolitan TAFE is providing trainees with on-campus study to undertake the academic modules of the traineeship. The Commonwealth Government will contribute almost $45,000 per trainee to fund their wages, on-costs and uniform including safety footwear.

For full details and how to apply, please visit the South Metropolitan TAFE website

Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said the Government’s unprecedented investments in Defence projects, would create another 1,000 jobs across the nation in the naval shipbuilding industry by 2023. “This program is designed to build a pipeline of talent that is ready to be part of Australia’s booming shipbuilding industry,” Minister Price said. “We are investing $75 billion in the maritime domain, focused on the construction, upgrade and sustainment of new and existing classes of naval vessels. With the increasing demand for workers in the shipbuilding industry in Western Australia, the maritime defence industry needs to grow its workforce. We must attract and retain the next generation of designers, engineers, scientists and technical tradespeople to our industry.

Read the Minister's full media statement here

New Kalgoorlie TAFE campus.

$10 million investment for Kalgoorlie TAFE upgrades

Tenders are now open!

Tenders are now open for upgrades to Central Regional TAFE’s Kalgoorlie campus.

The new trades workshop at Central Regional TAFE’s Kalgoorlie campus is on track to begin construction in August, with the project now out for tender. The $7 million workshop will expand training for plant mechanic and engineering trades, supporting the workforce needs of the Goldfields’ resources industry.

In addition to the new workshop construction, existing workshops at the Kalgoorlie campus will undergo a $1 million refurbishment, with a further $2 million worth of industry standard training equipment also set to be installed, bringing the total investment to $10 million.

Construction of the new state of the art workshop will expand the capacity at Central Regional TAFE’s Kalgoorlie campus, to train more skilled workers for local jobs. Designed by Zuideveld Marchant Hur Architects, the building will provide much needed training space for the plant mechanics, heavy auto and auto electrical trade disciplines with a dedicated workshop, classrooms and laboratory spaces. Construction is expected to be completed in November 2022 with training to commence in Semester I, 2023.

The project is part of the WA State Government’s $167.4 million upgrade to TAFE colleges across the state, as part of the WA Recovery Plan.

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery today said “The mining and resources sector in Kalgoorlie and the wider Goldfields region is an integral part of Western Australia’s economy. We are investing $10 million to carry out these major upgrades, creating facilities to increase student capacity in industries that will unlock future jobs. “The McGowan Government is injecting a record amount of money to upgrade the five TAFE colleges across the state, setting up world-class learning opportunities.”

Read the Minister's full media statement here

Main image: Artist rendering of the new Kalgoorlie TAFE trades workshop.

Lower fees, local skills students.

Fees are down, enrolments are up!

Lower fees, local skills and fee freeze extended to 2025

The Lower fees, local skills initiative has delivered a huge increase in Western Australians taking up vocational education and training courses at the State’s TAFE colleges, with courses in the electrical trade, aged care and early childhood attracting the most enrolments.. The initiative is designed to support Western Australians to gain affordable and valuable qualifications in areas local industry needs. Introduced from 1 January 2020, Lower fees, local skills has seen 52,300 enrolments in eligible courses so far this year  — an increase of 27 per cent compared to the same period last year — equipping Western Australians with the skills needed to fill jobs now and into the future.

And the good news is the WA State Government has extended the course fee reductions and fee freeze on targeted courses until 31 December 2025!

Rolled out to make training more affordable, Lower fees, local skills has slashed course fees for 180 VET qualifications by up to 72 per cent in priority areas including construction, engineering, defence, METRONET, information technology, hospitality and tourism, agriculture and community services. While some of the courses have been offered at a reduced cost longer than others, across the State the most popular reduced fees courses to date include:

  • Certificate III in Individual Support (3,660 enrolments)
  • Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician (3,150 enrolments)
  • Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (2,380 enrolments)
  • Diploma of Nursing (1,680 enrolments)
  • Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (1,280 enrolments)
  • Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Career Start) [Electrotechnology Pre-Apprenticeship] (890 enrolments)
  • Certificate III in Education Support (1,080 enrolments)
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (840 enrolments)
  • Certificate III in Surface Extraction Operations (490 enrolments)

Premier Mark McGowan and Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery visited North Metropolitan TAFE’s Balga campus today, where there has been an increase in electrical trade enrolments — up almost 15 per cent per cent from about 2,700 at this time in 2020 to 3,100 so far this year.
 

  • Enrolments in electrical trades courses at Balga TAFE are up by 4 per cent from 408 this time last year to 424 so far in 2021, with particularly strong growth reported for younger students aged 15 to 19 (up 24 per cent).
  • The most popular electrical trades course at the Balga campus is the Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician, attracting 382 enrolments so far this year.
  • Across the State as a whole, there has been 3,150 enrolments in the Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician this year, with a further 890 enrolments recorded in the Certificate II in Electrotechnology Career Start [Electrotechnology Pre-Apprenticeship], a 10 per cent rise for both courses from last year.

To find out more about Lower fees, local skills and see the full list of reduced fee courses, please visit jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/skillsready

“Western Australia’s economy is booming, with growing demand across a whole range of sectors for skilled workers to fill local jobs and support our businesses, big and small." said Mr McGowan. “Our success in managing COVID-19 has seen WA’s economy perform better than almost anywhere in the world through this crisis  — but this is having an impact on supply chains, including significant demand for labour.  My Government has had a keen focus on revitalising the State’s TAFE sector over the last four years  — with a range of measures put in place  — and these results show that investment is working. There is still more to do to manage these significant pressures and the Skills Summit we are hosting later this month will continue our efforts in conjunction with the business sector to address these issues. There has never been a better time for Western Australians of all ages to upskill at one of the State’s TAFEs so they can take advantage of the raft of job opportunities available now and into the future.”

Minister Ellery said “We have recently extended our TAFE fee freeze through to 2025. Keeping training fees low will ensure all Western Australians can continue to upskill or transfer their skills for a new beginning and is essential to engage young people in training that leads to jobs. It is really pleasing to see people taking up these opportunities and I encourage anyone who is looking for a career change or needs alternative employment to consider TAFE as a way forward"
 

View the full media statement here

Top WA universities team up for defence industry training

"Team WA" offering specialist programs and research

WA's four top-ranked universities — Edith Cowan University, Curtin University, Murdoch University and The University of WA — are collaborating together as "Team WA" to offer specialised research and education programs to support the current and future needs of our defence sector.

All four universities have programs in areas such as engineering that relate directly to defence, but each one also offers highly specialised research and education programs in a range of areas including drone technology and artificial intelligence, maritime and undersea operations, super computing,  remote and autonomous operations, and planetary science. The Team WA approach is unique in Australia, with our universities working together to share skills, experience and resources to achieve shared outcomes for excellence in  defence education and research. 
 

WA's defence industry offers fantastic job opportunities in a range of areas, including apprenticeships and traineeships.

Find out more on the Jobs and Skills website: jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/defence

Team WA gathered on the orientation day

TeamWA in training for 2021

WorldSkills National Championships and Skills Show coming to Perth!

The countdown is on to August when Perth will host the 2021 WorldSkills Australia (WSA) National Championships and Skills Show, the nation’s biggest skills competition.

Held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, the event will shine the national spotlight on 100 of WA’s most talented apprentices and trainees when they compete in skills competitions against 400 interstate competitors.

Our local TeamWA has been training hard with all competitors vying to compete internationally as part of Australia's Skillaroos squad in Shanghai in 2022.

The talented team attended an orientation day at HBF Stadium in May. National judges and former competitors shared their competition experience with the group and the team practised essential skills such as team work and problem solving to help mentally prepare them for the competition.

You can watch TeamWA in action preparing for competition in this great video of the orientation day. 

The WorldSkills Australia National Championships is open to the public, so make sure to mark 26–28 August in your diary. Come along to this free event to show your support for TeamWA and witness their amazing skills talents over three days of exciting competition.

While you’re there, you can see firsthand the enormous array of careers available in the VET sector at the co-located Perth SkillsWest Careers and Employment Expo. You can even participate in Try’aSkill demonstrations.

With 50 trades and skills being showcased and a total of 15,000 visitors expected, the excitement is building around this year’s national championships and skills show. Don’t miss this great event, visit the WorldSkills Australia website to find out more.

Construction Accelerated Apprenticeship Program launches!

Fast lane to trades qualification for WA construction workers

A new pilot program offering accelerated apprenticeship pathways for WA construction workers has been launched today by Premier Mark McGowan and Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery. The new Construction Accelerated Apprenticeship Program (CAAP) offers free skills assessment for construction industry workers with skills and experience, but without formal qualifications.
 

  • To support WA's thriving construction industry, CAAP offers construction workers without formal qualifications the opportunity to have their existing skills recognised as a pathway into an apprenticeship, so that they can become trade qualified.
  • Employers of apprentices will be able to access State and Australian Government incentives and wage subsidies.

The program is available for the non-licensed construction trades of carpentry and joinery, painting and decorating, bricklaying, tile laying, wall and ceiling fixing, plastering, sprinkler fitting, concreting, signwriting and stonemasonry.

CAAP was developed in consultation with key industry bodies and employers; including the Construction Training Fund, Housing Industry Association, Australian Brick and Blocklaying Training Foundation, BGC Housing Group, ABN Group, Master Builders WA and the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union. The program is being run in partnership with WA metropolitan and regional TAFEs, who will conduct the free skills assessment component for participants. 

Further information about the Construction Accelerated Apprenticeship Program is available on the Jobs and Skills WA website.
 

New WA Skills Summit coming up on 30 June

Skills priorities and new strategies to strengthen WA's workforce

The McGowan Labor Government has today announced new initiatives to maintain Western Australia’s strong economic growth and strengthen its local workforce.

Premier Mark McGowan and Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery have today announced a Western Australia 2021 Skills Summit for June 30, to meet with leaders across a number of sectors including the resources, defence, construction and healthcare industries. The aim of the summit is to hear from some of WA’s business leaders on what more can be done collaboratively, and more immediately, to address existing skills needs across sectors to ensure the WA workforce can continue to advance the State and keep WA globally competitive in the coming years.

The WA State Government has already invested heavily into training, including cutting TAFE fees to make re-skilling more affordable, and is delivering the biggest TAFE infrastructure build in WA history. “Our management of COVID-19 has provided confidence throughout our economy, which now presents short-term challenges associated with workforce pressures.“ says Premier Mark McGowan. "Building a sustainable local workforce that can meet our immediate and long term skills needs, and support our big pipeline of economic activity, is a key issue that required industry and government to work together. Creating high quality jobs and training Western Australians to do them is the centrepiece of our State’s strong economic recovery and I am looking forward to sitting down with leaders from a range of areas to make sure we can continue to do this.”

Also announced today is a new program offering a fast track to an apprenticeship for local construction workers. The pilot Construction Accelerated Apprenticeship Program (CAAP) offers construction workers without formal qualifications the opportunity to have their existing skills recognised, cutting the time required to get an apprenticeship. It is the latest in a number of McGowan Government measures ensuring WA has a pipeline of skilled workers, including:

  • Lower fees, local skills – slashed TAFE fees by up to 72 per cent on 180 courses;
  • a record $167.4 million investment in upgrades to TAFE infrastructure across the five WA TAFE colleges as part of the WA Recovery Plan;
  • free skill set short courses to upskill thousands of Western Australians; and
  • $4.8 million for the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Re-engagement Incentive, providing financial support to employers who take on a displaced apprentice or trainee.

For more information about CAAP and other initiatives, visit the Jobs and Skills WA website

Read the full media statement here

Industrial conveyor belt machine on a mine site

New specialist training facility to support jobs in resources sector

Construction of a new specialist training facility at North Metropolitan TAFE's Midland campus has begun, which will see a dedicated space to train industrial conveyor belt technicians.

The $2 million Belt Splicing Workshop will meet industry demand in Western Australia's thriving resources sector, addressing skill gaps and increasing the supply of a locally skilled workforce.

Industrial conveyor belt technicians repair, maintain and install conveyor belts used in many industries including mining, particularly for the transportation and loading of iron ore.

Construction of a new specialist training facility at North Metropolitan TAFE's Midland campus has begun, which will see a dedicated space to train industrial conveyor belt technicians.

The $2 million Belt Splicing Workshop will meet industry demand in Western Australia's thriving resources sector, addressing skill gaps and increasing the supply of a locally skilled workforce.

Industrial conveyor belt technicians repair, maintain and install conveyor belts used in many industries including mining, particularly for the transportation and loading of iron ore.

The shed-style workshop was designed with industry input, and will be fitted out with specialist equipment including conveyor belt, splicing tables and reels, ensuring students receive hands-on training.

Armstrong Parkin Architects designed the new facility, with construction undertaken by Perth-based LKS Constructions.

The specialist training facility will support the delivery of a Certificate III in Polymer Processing (Conveyor Belt Maintenance and Repair) - a new course to North Metropolitan TAFE.

Construction is expected to be completed by October 2021, with training commencing in Semester 1, 2022.

The Midland area was identified in the McGowan Government's Review of Skills, Training and Workforce Development, undertaken in response to COVID-19, as being a key area for skills, training and employment investment.

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery commented:

"The Midland workshop will be used to train apprentices in the operation and maintenance of large industrial conveyor belts - a critical skill in industries such as mining and logistics.

"It is vital that we support training for Western Australia's resources sector, an industry that delivers significant benefits to our local economy and has the potential to employ even more locally skilled workers.

"The $2 million project is in addition to the McGowan Government's record $167.4 million commitment to upgrade TAFE colleges as part of the WA Recovery Plan."

Read the Minister's full media statement here

NEW! Free skill sets and reduced fee qualification for pathology

Get skills ready for jobs in pathology collection

Two new free skill sets to support the health and pathology sector are now available, to help meet the urgent demand in Western Australia for pathology and COVID-19 collectors.

Additionally, the Certificate III in Pathology Collection qualification will now have course fees reduced by 67 per cent under Lower fees, local skills.

Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery announced the new initiatives today, saying “Developed in consultation with industry, the pathology skill sets are designed to attract more skilled workers to WA’s health sector as it works to help keep our community safe.“ The State Government has continued to keep training fees low to help Western Australians gain the skills needed for jobs in areas of high demand such as frontline pathology workers and COVID-19 specimen collectors. Pathology workers are playing a frontline and crucial role in Western Australia’s COVID-19 response.

Two new skill sets
Free for everyone, the two new skill set short courses have been developed in consultation with industry and will deliver highly transferable skills to prepare participants for work in hospitals, outpatient clinics, GP clinics and a range of other healthcare settings.
 

  • The Pathology Collection skill set is completed under the supervision of a trained phlebotomist, and covers the skills to obtain blood samples from a patient for laboratory testing 
  • The COVID-19 Collection skill set covers the skills required to collect, prepare and dispatch a pathology specimen for Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing — a technique used to copy small segments of DNA to diagnose and infections such as COVID-19

In addition to the pathology collection skills, these new courses will teach  compliance with infection prevention and control policies and procedures, for working in hospital wards or outpatient clinics, GP clinics and specialist rooms, home collection services and other public and private healthcare settings.

The skill sets will also provide credit towards the Certificate III in Pathology Collection qualification, which is now reduced by 67 per cent under the Local fees, local skills initiative. People under 25 or eligible people of all ages looking for work will pay no more than $400 in course fees for this qualification, which equates to an almost $3,500 saving. Course fees are capped at $1,200 for non-concession eligible students. 

The Certificate III in Pathology Collection is available at North Metropolitan TAFE, South Regional TAFE, LTT Group Pty Ltd, Marr Mooditj and PathWest. 

For more information on free and half price training options, visit jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/skillsready or contact your local Jobs and Skills Centre on 13 64 64, or a TAFE college or training provider. 
 

Read the Minister's full media statement here

$10M state of the art training centre a step closer for Broome

New facilities for hospitality and tourism training in the Kimberley

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery has today announced that the new $10 million Broome training centre is a step closer, with the design now finalised.

North Regional TAFE’s new Broome Hospitality and Student Services Centre will feature state of the art facilities, that will offer speciality training in hospitality, tourism, hair and beauty for the Kimberley region. Local firm Engawa Architects has finalised the design for the development of two new buildings at the Broome TAFE campus; one for hospitality and tourism and the second for hair and beauty training, which will be linked by an outdoor meeting place. The project also includes an extension to the administration building to provide additional space for student and corporate services. The redevelopment will provide a welcome boost to hospitality and tourism training in the Kimberley region, and facilitate industry-standard practice in hair and beauty. The major upgrades will add vitality to campus life for all students and visitors, and create jobs for local construction workers.

The new training centre for Broome was announced in July 2020 as part of the WA State Government's $5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan and largest TAFE capital works program in Western Australia's history, which will see a record $167.4 million invested in upgrades to essential infrastructure across Western Australia's five TAFE colleges and create more than 1,000 jobs. 

Tenders for the construction of the new centre are now open. Construction is anticipated to start in July 2021 with estimated completion in July 2022.

“This major campus upgrade will support Broome and the wider Kimberley region’s vital hospitality and tourism industry by offering hands-on training in a world-class training facility.“ the Minister says. "We're committed to providing outstanding learning opportunities for students and generating a pipeline of local jobs to strengthen regional Western Australia’s economy.”.
 

Read the full media statement here

Renders of the hair and beauty, and hospitality, training areas.

State of the art new training centre for Mandurah moves forward

World class training for hospitality, tourism, hair and beauty

Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery has today announced that tenders for a new $14.67 million training centre at South Metropolitan TAFE’s Mandurah campus are now open.

These new world class facilities will give the Peel region greater access to specialty training in hospitality and tourism, as well as hair and beauty.  The new Hospitality and Tourism Training Centre will be used to deliver training in commercial cookery, tourism and event management, providing career pathways for aspiring chefs, event managers, baristas and front of house staff. Hair and beauty training facilities will also be incorporated into the new centre, opening up the amount of students it will cater for.

The centre will also be a one-stop-shop for simulated training at the Mandurah TAFE campus, with construction sets to include two training kitchens, a production kitchen and a live works restaurant, as well as a new hair salon and dedicated training spaces for beauty therapy and massage.

This project, part of the State Government's WA Recovery Plan with $167.4 million invested in essential infrastructure upgrades across WA's s five TAFE colleges, was announced in July 2020 as part of the WA Recovery Plan. Construction is estimated to begin in July.

“Mandurah’s new training centre will deliver industry relevant training and produce job ready and highly skilled workers for the Peel region’s growing hospitality and tourism industry. " said Minister Ellery. “The state of the art facility will allow students to take part in practical, on the job training in key areas of employment for youth in the region. The $14.67 million project is part of the WA Recovery Plan as part of the McGowan government’s commitment to economic recovery.”
 

Read the full media statement here

Images are renders of the design for the new centre.

Job Ready: Ageing and disability

New Job Ready program for aged care and disability support

Applications now open! Places available!

The WA State Government has launched a new short course to create a pipeline of workers in the social assistance and allied health industry, as part of their $5.5 billion investment in WA Recovery Plan initiatives to upskill the WA workforce and enhance employment and training opportunities following COVID-19.

Developed in partnership with industry to meet its workforce needs, the new Ageing and Disability Job Ready program is free for all jobseekers, young people, and concession-eligible students. It includes a training component; the  Introduction to Direct Support skill set, and a work placement component where participants will gain hands on industry experience in an aged care and/or disability support workplace. The training covers key skills needed for entry level work, such as how to comply with infection prevention and control; conduct manual tasks safely; meet personal support needs; and communicate and work in health and community services.

On completion of the course, students will be connected with opportunities to transition into employment, undertake a traineeship with a participating employer or further their training to gain a disability or aged care qualification.

The program, which was developed in consultation with Community Skills Western Australia and key industry partners. will be available initially through North Metropolitan and South Metropolitan TAFEs and private training providers Activ Foundation, Amana Living Incorporated, Insight Training Group Australia and Centacare Employment and Training. It will be expanded to the Goldfields and Wheatbelt regions in May 2021.

Employers have the opportunity to host a work placement student and, if the student transitions into a traineeship, will be able to access State and Australian Government incentives or wage subsides.

Applications for the program are now open with the first intake of students scheduled to start on 23 April, 2021.
 

Announcing the new program today, Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery said “There is growing demand for disability and aged care workers around the State, and the new Job Ready program provides pathways to full qualifications and employment. This program will help more Western Australians to join the disability and aged care workforce by providing real, hands-on experience in the industry. ”

“With the continued growth of the National Disability Insurance Scheme there has never been a better time to pursue a job in the disability and aged care industry. “Disability and aged care offers rewarding careers that make a positive difference to the lives of others.” said Disability Services; Seniors and Ageing Minister Don Punch.

Appliance service industry celebrates new apprenticeships

WA’s first locally-trained appliance service apprentices graduate

Western Australia’s appliance servicing industry recently celebrated an important milestone, with the graduation of its first cohort of locally-trained apprentices. Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery congratulated the nine inaugural graduates of the Certificate III in Appliance Service, whose achievements of the first WA trade certificates ever issued for the qualification hold a special significance.

When these graduates embarked on their apprenticeship journey in October 2017m the qualification had only just become available in WA. Having worked closely with industry to establish a trade apprenticeship, the WA Government responded to industry demand by funding Perth-based registered training organisation, Energy Skills Solutions, to develop and deliver it in WA. The qualification, which trains apprentices to set up, service and repair electrical and refrigerated appliances, was previously only delivered on the east coast. As well as breaking down a significant distance barrier to training, the delivery of the apprenticeship in WA is providing the industry with new opportunities to meet the growing demand for skilled workers.

Apprentices Nicholas Chambers, 52, and Peta Tournay, 30, are two graduates who wasted no time enrolling in the training when it became available. Nicholas has worked with the Metropolitan Appliance Service in Myaree for almost a decade, and for him the opportunity to undertake formal training is all about ensuring safe practices and setting benchmarks for the industry. Nicholas transitioned into appliance servicing from another trade at age 43, and now enjoys training others in his workplace and hopes having the formal training available in WA will attract new people to work with him to service this growing industry.

Peta began working at her family’s Bunbury Appliance Service business a few years ago, initially helping out in an office-based role. When a position in the workshop became vacant, Peta – who had worked in other trades – transitioned to the tools, signed up for the Certificate III in Appliance Service qualification, and has never looked back. Getting her appliance service qualification was a positive experience for Peta, who enjoyed working alongside likeminded peers and sharing insights into the various aspects of the job. Peta plans to add more training to her growing list of achievements.

More information about the Certificate III in Appliance Service qualification is available on the Jobs and Skills WA website

“Our Government’s investment in local training opportunities is helping overcome significant barriers to training and securing pathways to rewarding careers.”, says Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery. “Having a pipeline of skilled workers is crucial for the success of our local industries and for our State’s continuing economic recovery post COVID-19. Access to highly-trained apprentices will be key in meeting a high demand for workers across a range of occupations and industries.”

Read the full media statement here

Main picture: Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education and Training, Mr Terry Healy (at left), with graduating apprentices including Nicholas Chambers (second from right) and Peta Tournay (fourth from left).

Shining the spotlight on excellence in WA's VET sector

Minister encourages individuals and organisations to apply for WA Training Awards

Applications are now open for this year's WA Training Awards, which recognise the outstanding achievements of apprentices, trainees, employers and training organisations. Now in its 27th year, the Awards provide an opportunity for the training sector to showcase excellence, reward best practice and put WA's best VET achievers in the spotlight.

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery is encouraging eligible individuals and organisations to apply, with applications closing Friday, April 23. "The WA Training Awards are the State's premier training award program, showcasing excellence and putting our best talent in the spotlight. 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. Western Australia's training system is one of the best in the world and success stories such as last year's Trainee of the Year Cheyne Pearce and Vocational Student of the Year Trent Caldwell highlight that a vocational training pathway leads directly to jobs."

After a slightly revised program in 2020, this year all award categories are back, with eight individual and four organisational categories.

Individual categories

  • WA Apprentice of the Year
  • WA Trainee of the Year
  • WA Vocational Student of the Year
  • WA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year
  • WA School-based Apprentice of the Year
  • WA Trainer of the Year
  • WA Cultural Diversity Training Award
  • WA International Student of the Year

Organisational categories

  • WA Medium Employer of the Year
  • WA Large Employer of the Year
  • WA Small Training Provider of the Year
  • WA Large Training Provider of the Year

As well as the recognition these respected Awards bring, individual winners will receive $3,000 which they may use to further their training or kick-start their career, while organisation winners will be recognised as industry leaders. Winners will be announced at a presentation ceremony in September. 

Winners of the WA awards may go on to represent WA at the Australian Training Awards in November, just like last year's Trainee of the Year Cheyne Pearce and Vocational Student of the Year Trent Caldwell. Both Cheyne and Trent were named as runner-up in their respective categories at the peak national awards, after securing jobs they were passionate about following successful stints at TAFE. Cheyne completed a Certificate IV in Horticulture in order to fulfil his passion to make a positive difference to the environment. His hard work and resolve eventually paid off with the offer of a traineeship at Kings Park and Botanic Gardens, and has since secured full time employment as a local government park operator. Trent wanted to blend the skills learnt from his background in community services, advertising and art, embarking on a journey to land his long-held ambition of a role in marketing. After successfully completing a Diploma of Marketing and Communication he reached his goal, and is now employed as marketing co-ordinator for an assistive technology company.

Cheyne and Trent are also WA Training Awards Ambassadors and encourage people of all ages to celebrate their success by applying for the Awards.

NEW Heavy Vehicle Driving Skill Set

The new recently launched job ready Heavy Vehicle Driving Operations skill set will train an estimated 1,000 skilled workers needed by the transport industry to avoid skill shortages. 

The six-week program will remove barriers to entry in Heavy Rigid (HR), Heavy Combination (HC) or Multi-Combination (MC) heavy vehicle driving through both theoretical and hands-on practical truck driver training. 

Targeted funding for the delivery of industry mentoring for program graduates, will be co-ordinated by Western Roads Federation, and will be crucial for smaller transport companies without the capacity to provide on-the-job training.

The Heavy Vehicle Driving Operations skill set will be delivered in Perth's north-eastern suburbs by Central Regional TAFE and is an expansion of the Heavy Haulage Driving Operations skill set being delivered in Collie, which will transition to this new program. 

The new program has been modified to provide students with more of the practical skills needed by industry, including on-road experience. To be responsive to industry need, the short course has been developed to have a strong focus on practical skills and will be an Australian first.

The aim of the pilot is to increase skilled workers in this essential service but also give existing workers the opportunity to upskill to more complex combination heavy vehicle driving, increasing industry productivity and safety.

Course participants will get a credit toward the Certificate III in Driving Operations traineeship and a leg up to complete the full qualification.

The course will run for just over six weeks, with the formal training component of the course will be free for job seekers and people under 25*.

*A small contribution will be required for participation in separate practical driving lessons, which will accompany the training.

For more information, visit centralregionaltafe.wa.edu.au/courses or call Central Regional TAFE 1800 672 700.

Students chatting with a clipboard

2020 Student Satisfaction Survey now available

The full report from the Student Satisfaction Survey 2020 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 2020 Student Satisfaction Survey fieldwork was conducted over approximately 8 weeks, from September 21, 2020 to November 13, 2020 and over 14,500 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 2020 report for TAFE colleges include an increase in:

  • overall student satisfaction (87.6%);
  • quality of lecturers (89.2%); and
  • how likely the training will lead to a job/career (83.7%).

The full Student Satisfaction Survey 2020 report is available here on our website.

VETDSS qualifications register now available for 2022

Register of VET qualifications available to secondary school students

The VET qualifications register for secondary students (the register) is produced annually by the Department. The new edition for the 2022 school year is now available. 

The register provides industry advice for schools and RTOs on the suitability of qualifications for secondary students and delivery requirements to meet industry standards. The register aims to assist schools and RTOs to select qualifications that are more likely to be completed by secondary students or help them to transition effectively to further training or employment.

The register is also an excellent resource to assist students and parents to help with career planning for Years 11 and 12.

Find out more and download the register here

The Guide to WA school-based apprenticeships and traineeships is also an excellent resource with detailed information about these programs for secondary students. 

View or download the SBAT guide here

Muresk and WA Farmers Bootcamp to employment

Applications open for the WAFarmers Bootcamp to Employment!

Are you a young person* interested in agricultural technology? Are you willing to live and work in a regional town?

The farm mechanisation industry is calling out for enthusiastic, driven individuals to skill up and join the workforce. The WAFarmers Bootcamp to Employment provides the perfect opportunity to kick start your career in the Ag-tech machinery industry.

Are you a young person* interested in agricultural technology? Are you willing to live and work in a regional town?

The farm mechanisation industry is calling out for enthusiastic, driven individuals to skill up and join the workforce. The WAFarmers Bootcamp to Employment provides the perfect opportunity to kick start your career in the Ag-tech machinery industry.

Developed in partnership between WAFarmers, Farm Machinery and Industry Association of WA (FMIA), and Muresk Institute, the Bootcamp is a three-day program providing an opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge of and/or aptitude for precision control technology, drones, data management, and other aspects of the industry.

Bootcamp also includes practical learning sessions with industry experts and builds vital employability skills such as workplace communication, teamwork, problem-solving, initiative, and preparing a professional CV.

Kicking off at the Muresk Institute in Northam on 13 July 2021, the Bootcamp will conclude on 15 July and provide you with the opportunity to meet with and pitch yourself to prospective employers who may be looking for apprentices and trainees. You will be given guidance on presentation and confidence to assist in this process.

Places in the Bootcamp are limited, so download an application and return it as soon as possible.

The farm mechanisation industry needs you! 

 
*You must be at least 16 years of age to apply.
Group of youths around laptop chatting.

Free access to myfuture

myfuture is a national career information service that has FREE access for all Western Australians.

The myfuture.edu.au website (myfuture) is a national career information service, managed by Education Services Australia (ESA) aimed primarily at school students, school leavers, and those assisting young people. It is designed for use by students, teachers, career practitioners, parents and carers, and offers a variety of tools, information and resources to assist with career planning and development. Access to myfuture is now free for all Western Australians.

Jobs and Skills Centres (JSC) Career Engagement officers (CEOs) use a suite of online resources and tools to tailor their support and guidance to the needs, age and career development stage of each client. This ensures that career changers, upskillers and reskillers, jobseekers, school students and school leavers receive personalised support and can gain the most benefit from the JSC’s. The myfuture website will now be added to this suite of online resources.

Jobs and Skills Centres can also provide support to students wishing to use the myfuture website tools and resources for career planning, as well as free information and assistance with training options and jobseeking.

There’s 15 JSCs across Perth and regional WA — call your local centre on 13 64 64 or find out more here.

Infrastructure Ready training program.

TAFE graduates go straight to work on METRONET projects

Infrastructure Ready program delivers job ready workers!

Twenty one graduates from the first Infrastructure Ready Pathways to Employment program are now employed across major infrastructure projects including the METRONET Yanchep Rail Extension, METRONET Thornlie-Cockburn Link and High Wycombe Train Station. A further 35 students are currently enrolled in the Infrastructure Ready course, with almost half of this group women. 

The Infrastructure Ready Pathways to Employment program was developed in consultation with industry, to ensure students gain the skills needed for entry level civil construction jobs. It's designed to provide a pathway into entry level jobs in civil construction, and options for further study or apprenticeships. It is anticipated the Infrastructure program will extend to regional Western Australia in 2021 as projects such as the Bunbury Outer Ring Road get underway.
 

Find out more about the Infrastructure Ready program on the Jobs and Skills WA website

 

 

Conveyor belt training for WA's resource industry.

New specialist training facility for WA’s resources sector

Exciting news for North Metropolitan TAFE's Midland campus!

A tender for the construction of a dedicated industrial conveyor belt trade training facility at the Midland campus of North Metropolitan TAFE has been issued today, with the design development stage now complete. 

Armstrong Parkin Architects designed the facility, which will be used to deliver a qualification in the repair, maintenance and installation of the conveyor belts used in industries such as mining and logistics. The shed-style workshop will house a conveyor area, splicing table area, workshop benches, tool storage, an external undercover area and a 'chalk and talk' area for theory-based learning. Specialist industry-standard equipment will support the delivery of a Certificate III in Polymer Processing. It is anticipated construction will be completed in October 2021 with training commencing in Semester 1, 2022.

For information about jobs, careers and training in WA's resources sector, please visit jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/resources

The Midland area was identified as being a key area for skills, training and employment investment. In response to the review, Western Australia's network of Jobs and Skills Centres was expanded to include a new location at North Metropolitan TAFE's Midland campus.

Stage one of the METRONET Trade Training Centre at Midland project is now complete. The centre will be used to deliver a qualification in electrical rail signalling from Semester 1, 2021, and is critical to ensuring local content of at least 50 per cent on METRONET projects, including railcars.

For more information about local training opportunities, contact the Midland Jobs and Skills Centre on 13 64 64 or 08 9374 6321

Building WA's defence industry workforce

Exciting job opportunities and new training programs

‘The other force’ — a new campaign to raise awareness of the job opportunities and career pathways available in Western Australia’s defence industry — was launched today. The campaign aims to inspire women, veterans, young people, jobseekers and career changers to take advantage of job opportunities available.

Promoting the diverse, exciting and secure jobs offered by the defence industry is an important part of building the skilled workforce needed to support upcoming defence projects and secure future defence work, expected to be valued at up to $75 billion nationally over the next decade.

The campaign is complemented by the establishment of five new defence industry skill sets, which will contribute to a 'defence ready' workforce to bolster WA’s defence industry and support maritime defence contracts. The new $3.3 million package was developed in consultation with industry to meet industry skill demand, and courses are available through South Metropolitan TAFE. The campaign and new skill sets were presented to an industry forum held with key employers and stakeholders including Austal, Civmec, ASC West, Defence Primes, BAE Systems, Henderson Alliance, Naval Ship Management and the Naval Shipbuilding College.

Matilda Hobbins, third year South Metropolitan TAFE marine fabrication apprentice, stars in the advertising campaign and encourages others to embark on a rewarding career in defence manufacturing. Employed as a marine fabricator at Austal, the 25 year old says she has been well supported as a woman in a male-dominated industry and there is nothing like working with your hands and seeing your individual contribution come together to build a ship. 

In addition to the five new skill sets, the campaign will also highlight several other initiatives including:

  • $8.5 million for incentives of $20,000 for defence manufacturing industry employers to train apprentices in key trades;
  • $2.85 million to train an additional 335 apprenticeships in nominated trades; 
  • investment in training scholarships for women and defence veterans; and
  • defence industry training facilities upgrades at South Metropolitan TAFE.

For further information about the defence initiatives, please visit the Jobs and Skills WA website at jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/defence

Volunteering: A Pathway to Job Readiness

New program providing employment pathways for young people

Young Western Australians are being urged to consider volunteering as a way of improving their employment prospects.

Funding of $440,000 will be available to Volunteering WA over three years, to deliver the Volunteering: A Pathway to Job Readiness program. The funding will enable Volunteering WA to develop and deliver face-to-face training, materials and online tools for the program.

A lack of workplace skills and experience are key factors in youth unemployment. The program will help address this by supporting young people aged between 15 and 24 years to engage in volunteering as a way to build the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to become workplace ready. The Volunteering: A Pathway to Job Readiness program will also support volunteer involving organisations to attract, engage and support young people to volunteer, while helping them to develop the skills and experience to improve their job readiness and employability.

Training in Mandurah just got another boost!

$5.5 million for new hair and beauty facilities.

$5.5 million for new hair and beauty training facilities at Mandurah TAFE has been announced today. 

The new hair and beauty training facilities will be incorporated into the $9.17 million hospitality and tourism training centre project for Mandurah TAFE, to fast-track delivery and be more cost effective. Co-locating the training areas will deliver significant community benefit as locals will be able to enjoy an affordable meal at the training restaurant and then treat themselves to a low-cost massage or manicure while supporting student learning. 

The new state of the art training facilities at Mandurah TAFE will meet demand for more skilled workers and greater youth engagement in the region, by expanding training options and the number of half price courses available as part of the Lower fees, local skills initiative. Under this initiative, fees have been slashed by up to 72 per cent for a total of 180 courses to make training more affordable for Western Australians. People under 25, and eligible people of all ages looking for work, will pay no more than $400 in annual course fees.

Visit the Jobs and Skills WA website for more information

The new project will also create more jobs and further stimulate the local economy. Planning and design at Mandurah campus is well underway with construction anticipated to start in July 2021 and the project expected to be completed for Semester 2, 2022.

New COVID-19 contact register from 5 December

Important information for businesses and venues

Mandatory contact registers at relevant businesses and venues will be introduced from Saturday 5 December 2020. Maintaining a contact register is an extra safety measure and one of the most effective ways to control the spread of COVID-19.

Businesses and venues will need to record the name, telephone number, location, date and arrival time of all patrons, staff, volunteers and contractors and keep that information for 28 days.

These businesses or venues include:

  • food and licenced venues (restaurants, cafés, bars, pubs, taverns, nightclubs);
  • gyms, indoor sporting centres and pools;
  • places of worship and funeral parlours;
  • beauty and personal care services including hairdressers and barbers;
  • galleries and museums;
  • cinemas, theatres and other entertainment venues;
  • auction houses and real estate inspections;
  • community facilities, libraries and halls ;
  • zoos and amusement parks;
  • function centres; and
  • accommodation facilities that already have check in arrangements in place (eg; hostels, hotels, large camp grounds).

New app available

To assist businesses and venues in collecting the information required, and make it easier for individuals to provide their contact details; a free, safe and secure app called SafeWA is now available. Endorsed by the Department of Health, the app provides businesses and venues a unique QR code that enables patrons to quick scan their contact details into the register.

Data collected via the SafeWA app will be encrypted at the point of capture, stored securely, and only be accessible by authorised Department of Health contact tracing personnel should COVID-19 tracing be needed. This means tracing can be performed quicker to keep people safe. 

The use of SafeWA is not mandatory, but is encouraged. The free app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play, giving businesses and venues time to implement the digital contact register system in time for 5 December. An information pack will be emailed to each business that downloads SafeWA.

Businesses may also use alternative formats for registration — including other electronic or paper-based systems depending on what is suitable for the business, venue or individual — however all information collected must be saved and stored securely and retained for 28 days.

Further information

Full details about the contact register requirements including frequently asked questions, ‘how to’ guides and information sheets for businesses and for individuals, is available on the WA Government website. Contact register templates, for those not using the SafeWA app, are also available.

Find out more at wa.gov.au/organisation/covid-communications/covid-19-coronavirus-contact-registers

Green seedling sprouting through earth

New short courses to support green jobs

Three new ‘job ready’ skill sets announced today to get Western Australians into conservation jobs.

Three new job ready skill sets announced today give Western Australians industry-relevant skills to meet the needs of WA’s job creating conservation sector. The short courses, which will deliver the skills needed for entry level jobs, are part of the Lower fees, local skills initiative and are free for young people and jobseekers of all ages. 

The training will provide employment opportunities including fencing, seeding, planting, managing threats, and improving native vegetation and habitat for fauna such as the Carnaby's Cockatoo.

Developed in consultation with industry, the Department of Water and Environment Regulation, and Muresk Institute the skill sets include:

  • Green Jobs – Safety skill set;
  • Green Jobs – Seed Collection skill set; and
  • Green Jobs – Weed Control and Plan Propagation skill set.

Course participants will gain skills needed by industry, including working safely in the industry to recognising commonly encountered plants, and how to collect, treat and store seeds for native revegetation projects.

The skill sets can be used as a pathway to obtain a full qualification such as the Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management, Certificate II in Rural Operations or the Certificate II in Horticulture which all have course fees slashed by half.

Visit jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/skillsready for a list of training providers approved to deliver this skill set, or alternatively visit your local Jobs and Skills Centre or contact them on 13 64 64.

Jobs and Skills Centres now open in Armadale and Midland!

Free jobs, career and training advice and support

Following the review of skills, training and workforce development earlier this year, in response to COVID-19, Western Australia’s statewide network of Jobs and Skills Centres (JSCs) has been expanded to include new locations in Armadale and Midland. 

The review recommended that capacity and coverage of the JSC network increase to provide support to job seekers, career changers and young people in unemployment hot spots. Midland and Armadale were identified as key areas, and the new JSCs are now open, with free guidance, advice and information on careers, training and employment to help people get back into jobs. The two new centres will also provide businesses with free assistance to develop their workforce; including recruiting new workers, apprentices and trainees, and developing the skills of their existing workers.

Both JSCs will work to meet local needs, including high youth unemployment and low workforce engagement. Their highly experienced staff will focus on getting young people, women, displaced workers, and career changers into training and jobs to meet immediate and emerging skill requirements. WA’s Jobs and Skills Centres are complemented by a comprehensive website that includes a jobs notice board, qualification lists, a course search feature and Career Connect, a Facebook group established by JSC staff to connect jobseekers, employers, industry groups, vocational education and training practitioners and career practitioners.

Aboriginal people are a key priority client group for the new centres, with the Midland JSC working closely with Koolark — a support centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, and the Armadale JSC working with the Wungening Aboriginal Corporation.

Working with local industries to identify job opportunities, the JSCs will also collaborate with the METRONET Trade Training Centre, City of Swan and Midland Chamber of Commerce, and City of Armadale and community services including Job Active, Headspace Armadale and the Harry Hunter Rehabilitation Centre in nearby Gosnells.

The new centres are supported by infrastructure investments which include a new $22.6 million TAFE campus for Armadale, a $2.5 million upgrade for the new METRONET Trade Training Centre at Midland and the expansion of the popular Lower fees, local skills program. The METRONET Trade Training Centre will be used to deliver a qualification in electrical rail signalling from Semester 1, 2021 and is critical to ensuring local content of at least 50 per cent on METRONET projects, including railcars, creating opportunities for local workers, pre-apprentices and apprentices.

South Metropolitan TAFE's replacement Armadale campus will be a purpose-built, multi-storey facility to accommodate more students and enhance training delivery so locals can learn the skills they need for growing industries.

For more information, visit jobsandskills.wa.gov.au or contact your local Jobs and Skills Centre on 13 64 64.

Fast lane opens for lifeguard and swim instructor jobs!

Two new FREE aquatic industry job ready skill sets released

We're getting Western Australia summer ready to meet the statewide demand for pool lifeguards and swimming instructor jobs. Two nationally recognised short courses  — the Pool Lifeguard Skill Set and the Swimming and Water Safety Teacher Skill Set —will fast track participants into entry level pool lifeguarding and swimming instructor roles in time for the aquatic industry's busy summer period.

The two new courses — which are free for eligible students including unemployed and people aged 15—24*— were developed after consultation with Royal Life Saving WA (RLSWA) who identified a statewide need for additional pool lifeguards and swimming teachers to meet the demand. RLSWA will deliver the new job ready short courses.

Each course can be used as credit toward further qualifications including the Certificate III in Aquatics and Community Recreation, which is a pathway to a wider range of employment opportunities across the leisure and aquatic recreation industry, or further study.

To find out more about these two new skill sets, visit the Jobs and Skills WA website

In an additional initiative, school students now have the opportunity to receive fully-funded training to become qualified swimming instructors for the Department of Education's VacSwim program. Eligible Year 11 and 12 students can register now to take part in the training and gain paid employment over the summer holidays during VacSwim. To be eligible, students must be at least 17 years of age at the start of Term 4.

The training will be available across the metropolitan area and in specific regional centres. Participants will also receive ongoing support and mentoring. At the end of the training, students can then apply for swimming instructor positions across the State in time for VacSwim lessons with opportunities for further employment after VacSwim. Upon completion, trainees will obtain an accredited swimming teacher qualification, Swim Australia Teacher (SAT), and CPR qualification. Visit education.wa.edu.au/swimming for further information.

* Course fees will apply to non-concession eligible students.

Building pathways for new apprenticeships

New free program offering 50 bricklaying apprenticeships

A new short course is now available: the Bricklaying Job Ready program. It was developed in consultation with the Construction Training Fund and key industry partners including HIA, MBA and ABN Group, will create a pipeline of qualified bricklayers to meet the needs of WA’s building industry.

Students will complete the Work Safely in Construction short course skill set, which teaches work safety practices, basic measuring and calculation skills, and how to operate small plant and equipment used on building and construction projects — through a mix of on-campus training and work placement with industry employers. The program is free for concession-eligible students including jobseekers and people aged 15—24. Non-eligible participants will need to pay a fee. On completion of the course, students will have the opportunity to start a bricklaying apprenticeship with a participating employer.

The pilot program will be delivered by North Metropolitan TAFE, South Metropolitan TAFE, and private training provider Skill Hire. The program will be reviewed at the completion of the first course with a view to it being expanded to regional WA. Employers who sign up to the program will be able to access State and Australian Government incentives and wage subsidies.

Applications for the course are now open — with 50 places available for the first intake scheduled to start on November 9, 2020. Register your interest by emailing BricklayingJobReady@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

$5M makeover will reconnect Roebourne TAFE with community

Architect appointed for rebuild of Minurmarghali Mia campus

Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects Pty Ltd has been appointed to design the major redevelopment of Roebourne District High School and upgrades to the adjacent Minurmarghali Mia (Roebourne)TAFE campus. Local business Hurley Architecture and Planning will be appointed to work as a consultant for the project.

The $5 million TAFE rebuild will see a new classroom block built, a general modernisation of campus amenities and the demolition of several 40-year-old demountable buildings. The Minurmarghali Mia campus plays a key role in connecting the local Aboriginal community to vocational education and training, and the architects have been briefed to design world-class facilities that are culturally appropriate. The Roebourne community will collaborate with the State Government on the planning of the new designs with the voices of students and parents reflected in every stage of the development. It is intended that the new designs will provide greater opportunities for all staff and students to understand and respect Aboriginal history, culture and language and create meaningful local jobs in the process. Construction is expected to create jobs for more than 150 workers.

Course fees slashed for another 107 courses!

$103.4M JobTrainer agreement boosts skills for WA

An additional 107 new courses will have their fees slashed by half or more, as part of the new $103.4 million JobTrainer Agreement with the Australian Government. This further investment in WA’s training sector builds on the $57 million investment into training programs to create a pipeline of skilled workers to help with WA’s economic recovery.

Reduced course fees for these additional 107 courses will apply to study that commences from 1 January 2021; and applications and enrolments are open now.

Under the highly successful Lower fees, local skills* initiative, course fees are slashed by up to 72 per cent for a total of 180 courses to make training more affordable for Western Australians. The initiative has already seen enrolments in eligible priority vocational education and training (VET) courses increase by 20 per cent. The list of available courses has been expanded in consultation with industry to engage jobseekers, women and young people, to meet immediate and emerging skill requirements. People under 25, and eligible people of all ages looking for work, will pay no more than $400 in annual course fees. 

The 107 additional reduced-fee courses will deliver training in sectors including building and construction, manufacturing, information technology, mining, engineering, aquaculture, agriculture, horticulture and logistics. More free short courses will also be added to meet emerging skills needs. These skill sets are completely free for those looking for work or people under 25 to help get them into jobs.

For more information, visit jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/skillsready 

* This program is funded by JobTrainer  — a joint initiative of the Western Australian and Australian governments.

Ready to explore a career in WA's booming resources sector?

New webpage launched for jobseekers and career changers

A roadmap of training options that lead to jobs in Western Australia’s booming resources sector is now just a click away, with a new webpage for jobseekers, career changers and young people.

The new Working in WA’s Resources Sector page on the Jobs and Skills WA website has a useful overview of the sector and the career opportunities it offers, information on training options, how to get an apprenticeship or traineeship, where the  jobs are now and what future jobs will look like. There's also a list of over 160 courses aligned with occupations in the resources sector — many of which have their course fees slashed by up to 72 per cent under the Lower fees, local skills program*, as well as information on opportunities for Aboriginal people and women who are interested in working in the sector. 

The comprehensive resource is supported by the WA Chamber of Minerals and Energy (CME) and Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA), who also provided advice on areas of training need.

Check out Working in WA’s Resources Sector at jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/resources

The Lower fees, local skills program was recently expanded by an additional 107 courses, bringing the total now to 180, to support local workforce training and address skills shortages. Training Western Australians for local jobs is critical to the resources sector, which employed 135,000 people last financial year. It also experienced record sales of $172 billion in the 2019—20 financial year, according to statistics released by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety. 

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. 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.

New free training for the blooming horticulture industry!

New skill set kickstarting careers in jobs growth areas

As part of the Skills Ready program, a new fee-free short course is now available 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. 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

 

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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