Temporary closure of Apprenticeship Office over Christmas and New Year

Important information for employers, apprentices, RTOs, GTOs and AASNs

The Department of Training and Workforce Development Apprenticeship Office will be closed from 4.30 pm Tuesday 24 December 2019 to 8.30 am Monday 6 January 2020 Western Standard Time.

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

  • Training contracts can continue to be lodged during the Christmas closure, and will be assessed from 6 January 2020
  • Training contract changes can be submitted via the Western Australian Apprenticeship Management System (WAAMS) portal during the Christmas closure period
  • Emails or training contract related requests received in the Apprenticeship Office email boxes during the closure will be actioned after the Apprenticeship Office reopens in the new year

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

TAFE lecturer Ron Simeon gets Lifetime Achievement Award

Recognising over 20 years supporting VET

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

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

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

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

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

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

Want to be part of the 2020 WorldSkills National Championships?

EOIs open for volunteer event support positions

The WorldSkills National Championships is coming to Western Australia in 2020!

Don’t miss the opportunity to be a part of this amazing event, celebrating the very best of VET right here in Western Australia.

Applications are encouraged for a range of voluntary positions – including judges, convenors, site crew and team leaders – to assist at the event, which will be held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre from 13 to 15 August 2020. Please note that you may be required to be available from 10–17 August, dependent on individual skill requirements, to cover bump in pre-event, competition days during the event, and bump out post-event. Exact requirements will be communicated closer to the event.

For further information about the positions that are available, and how to apply, please visit the WorldSkills Australia website.

Applications close on Monday 16 December. 

Successful applicants will be notified of by late January, once competitor numbers have been finalised and WorldSkills Australia has determined accurate requirements.

Apprenticeship program boosting youth employment for South West WA

Local business building a skilled workforce

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

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

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

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

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

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

Find out more about the Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive

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

WA Jobs Act

First year of Jobs Act delivers thousands of local jobs

Including approximately 660 apprenticeships and traineeships, building workforce skills

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

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

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

View the full media statement here

People meeting

Governing council membership: Expressions of interest 2020

Help shape the strategic direction of training in Western Australia.

The Minister for Education and Training is looking for people with effective leadership and strategic thinking skills and the ability to work collegiately within the TAFE sector to help shape training to meet future industry and community needs throughout Western Australia. If you have these skills, knowledge of vocational education and training, experience in community and industry engagement, and a record of service to industry or the community, express your interest now.

Under the Vocational Education and Training Act 1996, governing councils play a key role in the strategic management of TAFE colleges within the Western Australian Government policy framework. Members of Governing Councils are remunerated for their services.

Expressions of interest for membership of the following TAFE college governing councils are invited.

  • North Metropolitan TAFE
  • South Metropolitan TAFE
  • North Regional TAFE
  • Central Regional TAFE
  • South Regional TAFE

Expressions of interest are also sought for the Governing Council Deputy Chairperson position at North Metropolitan TAFE and South Regional TAFE.

The McGowan Government is committed to increasing the representation of women on Government boards and committees. Women are encouraged to apply for governing council membership, or alternatively, register with OnBoardWA to express interest. Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people; and people from culturally diverse backgrounds are also encouraged to apply.

How to apply

Please send a brief curriculum vitae of no more than two pages, using the approved proforma below by Friday 24 January 2020 – preferably by email to helen.victor@dtwd.wa.gov.au  or by mail to:

Ms Helen Victor
Executive Services
Department of Training and Workforce Development
Locked Bag 16
OSBORNE PARK DELIVERY CENTRE   WA   6916

Information package
Enquiries

Helen Victor, Department of Training and Workforce Development
E: helen.victor@dtwd.wa.gov.au
T: 08 6551 5022

Note: Recommended applicants will be asked to consent to a criminal record check. Applicants with a convictions record are not automatically precluded from appointment to the governing council, each case will be considered on its merits.

People working in agriculture.

VET partnerships program to drive job growth in regional WA

New VET programs creating more apprenticeships and traineeships

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WorldSkills WA 2020 Training Squad nominees announced!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Western Australia’s training achievements honoured at national awards

WA in the spotlight at the Australian Training Awards

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

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

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

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

For information about the WA Training Awards please visit the website 

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

Lifetime Achievement Award — Wayne Collyer

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

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

Winner - Large Employer of the Year 2019 
Barminco (winner of the WA Training Awards Large Employer of the Year 2019)
Barminco is one of the world’s largest hard-rock underground mining services providers employing 3,500 employees world-wide. Founded in 1989, the WA-based company has 30 years’ experience in delivering hard-rock underground mining services both domestically and internationally. Its Barminco Leaders Program (BLP) has 102 employees enrolled, of which 24 have graduated with a BSB42015 Certificate IV in Leadership and Management. 

Runner up  - VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year Award
Matthew King (winner of WA Trainer of the Year 2019), Caversham, Swan Trade Training Centre 
Prior to becoming a trainer, Matthew was an electrician and still runs his own business. With a passion for working with young people, he believes that through great teaching you can shape the next generation. As a mentor, he provides inspirational learning experiences while remaining relevant to industry. Matthew was responsible for establishing the only school-based pre-apprenticeship electrical course, run by in-house staff in WA.  

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

Training boost for the social assistance and allied health sectors

Funding support to upskill workers

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

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

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

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

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

For further information, please visit our Skilling Australians page 

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

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

Perth now even more attractive for international students

Boosting education, training, jobs and tourism for WA

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

Amendments to eligibility criteria

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

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

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

New Certificate IV remote operations qualification creates career pathways

TAFE partnership with Rio Tinto for an Australian first

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

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

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

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

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

A female electrician.

Energy utilities and TAFE join forces to upskill WA workers

More than 100 workers upskilling to service the future electrical landscape

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

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

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

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

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

IT and Cyber Security scholarships for people on the Autism spectrum

Up to $5,000 available for VET study in 2020

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 2020, to a value of up to $5000 each funded by the Department. This scholarship is for students on the Autism Spectrum to undertake an appropriate VET course aimed at gaining employment in information technology (IT) and cybersecurity

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

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

Nominations open for 7NEWS Young Achiever Awards

Applauding the leadership, vision, excellence and commitment of young people under 29.

Nominations are open for one more month for the 7NEWS Young Achiever Awards. The Awards applaud the leadership, vision, excellence and commitment of young people under 29, while highlighting their efforts and success.

This is your opportunity to give thanks and recognition where it is needed – to our young leaders.

To nominate someone all you have to do is call the Awards Office on 9201 1155 and give them the nominee’s name, and they will take it from there.

Nominate in one or more of the following categories. 

  • Tradie Business Blueprint Trade Business Award
  • Masonic Care WA / Freemasons WA Community Service Volunteering Award
  • Catholic Education Western Australia Young Leadership Award
  • Surge Fitness Sports Award
  • First National Real Estate Innovation Award
  • Woolworths Youth Group Achievement Award
  • Town of Victoria Park Arts and Culture Award
  • Elders Agriculture Award
  • Awards Australia Regional Service Award

Category winners will each receive a $1,000 Bartercard account, $500 cash, a $500 Woolworths gift card and a trophy. One of the category winners will be chosen as the Western Australian Young Achiever of the Year and will win an additional $1,000 Bartercard account, $500 cash, $500 Woolworths gift card and a state trophy.

For more information:

Important dates

Nominations open:         13 September 2019
Nominations close:       11 December 2019
Judging:                                 18 March 2020
Awards gala presentation: 29 May 2020

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

North Regional TAFE music lecturer receives ARIA nomination

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WorldSkills national championships coming to Perth!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Migration Western Australia — Latest news

Graduate migration pathway to attract more international students

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

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

Other changes to the SNMP graduate stream are:

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

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

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

Regional Australia definition

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

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

Reduced VET fees pave the way for new METRONET jobs

Midland TAFE to become specialist training centre

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read the full media statement here

Students looking at a computer

Course fees halved for target qualifications

VET now more affordable for 2020

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

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

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

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

The Heights on set.

ABC drama a springboard to the stars for TAFE talent

Opening doors for WA screen and media students

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Aboriginal Perth brought to life with Noongar place naming

Gnarla Boodja Mili Mili recognising traditional owners of the land

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

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

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

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

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

Annual report 2018—19 now available

Future focus, increased capacity, inclusive provision and accountable practice

The Department is pleased to announce that our Annual report 2018—19 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.

This year's report is structured into four areas representing our guiding principles for vocational education and training, and workforce development, in Western Australia:

  • future focus (brighter); 
  • increased capacity (better); 
  • inclusive provision (fairer); and
  • accountable practice (stronger).

During the 2018—19 period, the Department has responded to State Government priorities, and the workforce needs of the State, developing and implementing programs to support the growth of jobs. We also continued to work closely with industry, employers and training providers to develop and support quality vocational education and training programs and ensure training is accessible to everyone in Western Australia. 

 

Record number of Western Australians employed in mining sector

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

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

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

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

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

Visit the Jobs and Skills WA website

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

All a-buzz at Muresk this weekend!

Muresk's first beekeeping course a huge success

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

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

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

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

Muresk Institute offers a range of courses, workshops and professional development opportunities. Upcoming short courses include the Livestock School, Precision Control Technology training and the Drone pilot licence. There are also a number of full time courses delivered in partnership with TAFEs and universities.

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

Media contact: Carrie Soderberg Senior Media Officer – 6551 5183

Boost to Aboriginal employment opportunities in the Goldfields

Providing vocational training and employment pathways in the resources sector

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

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

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

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

Read the full media statement here

Innovation and excellence driving WA Training Award winners

Spotlight on our very best in vocational education and training

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

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

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

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

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

dtwd.wa.gov.au/watrainingawards

Individual award winners

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Organisational award winners

WA Large Employer of the Year 2019       
Barminco

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

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

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

WA Large Training Provider of the Year 2019                          
North Regional TAFE

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

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

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

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

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

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

Muresk Institute showcases modern agriculture to international guest

Promoting Western Australia's agriculture industry to the Asian market

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

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

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

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

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

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

dtwd.wa.gov.au/mureskinstitute

Media contact: Carrie Soderberg Senior Media Officer – 6551 5183

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

Preparing women for STEM jobs of the future

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Identifying priority training areas for WA's future development

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

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

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

View the 2019 SPOL

Skills on show at SkillsWest Expo

Showcasing training and career opportunities through VET

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A woman engineer.

Training boost for Western Australians under-represented in STEM

Eight new community-based education projects creating opportunities

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read the Minister’s full media statement here

Record number of jobs for WA tourism industry!

Great news for tourism jobs and careers in WA

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Minister's full media statement is available here 

Strategic plan

Strategic Plan 2019—2023 released!

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

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

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

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

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

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

View the Strategic Plan 2019—2023

Get stuck into STEM at the Skills West Expo!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

WA Training Awards 2019 finalists announced!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A person working in aged care.

Growing healthcare skills and building career pathways

Funding of up to $300K for existing worker training

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

We are working with industry, businesses and employers, training providers and other stakeholders to develop, introduce and support key strategies and VET programs across Western Australia's priority industries and occupations that are most in demand – now, and into the future. In addition to the Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive that commenced on 1 July, we are happy to advise of two new VET programs – the Enterprise Training Program (ETP) and the Pre-traineeship Program (PTP) – that are now available for the first time as pilot programs for 2019.

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

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

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

WorldSkills WA.

WorldSkills WA 2019 regional competitions are on!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive now available!

Supporting WA businesses to employ a new apprentice or trainee.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ECA WA pledges support for WA Training Awards 25th year

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visit the ECA WA website 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read the full media statement here

New TAFE training program for Western Power’s future jobs

South West WA to benefit from greener technology.

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

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

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

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

 

Innovative FarmSmarts showcased at Muresk Institute

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sharing traditional knowledge for land management.

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

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

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

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

Read the full media statement here

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

Automation technology.

New courses skilling our WA workers for future jobs

TAFE training leads the way in automation technology.

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

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

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

The two new courses are:

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

View the full media statement here

VET school students.

New! VET qualifications register for secondary students

Now available for the 2020 school year

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

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

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

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

Industry partners with TAFE to create career opportunities in mining

New pre-apprenticeship program for Karratha students in 2020.

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

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

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

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

Karratha JSC opens.

Karratha Jobs and Skills Centre officially opened

Supporting jobs, careers and training in the Pilbara

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read the full media statement here 

Students.

2018 Student Satisfaction Survey now available

Measuring the quality of service provided by WA TAFE colleges

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

The survey is conducted annually to gather information about the satisfaction levels amongst students at Western Australia's five TAFE colleges and the WA Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). The 2018 Student Satisfaction Survey fieldwork was conducted over approximately 11 weeks, from September 10, 2018 to November 25, 2018 and over 15,000 students were surveyed. 

The results inform the development and improvement of policy, planning and resources, and enable the colleges to gain a better understanding of their customers and their needs. The survey is also a critical component of statutory reporting for State Parliament. Highlights of the 2018 report for TAFE colleges include an increase in:

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

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

View the Student Satisfaction Survey 2018 

Northam Jobs and Skills Centre officially opened!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read the full media statement here 

A young STEM student in a laboratory.

New STEM skills, study and employment strategy launched

Preparing Western Australians for the jobs of the future. 

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

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

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

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

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

Visit the JTSI website  

The full media statement is available here

Our priorities for the WA Government.

Our Priorities: Sharing Prosperity

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

Our Priorities: Sharing Prosperity is the WA Government’s response to the challenge of focusing the capacity of State Government to deliver better outcomes for all Western Australians. It’s a statement of intent focused on whole-of-government targets that can unlock the potential of our economic, social and environmental future.

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

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

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

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

The new TCSOC.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

An employer with a group of apprentices.

New employer incentive scheme to boost apprenticeships and traineeships

Supporting real training for real jobs in WA

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

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

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

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

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

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

WA VET Ambassadors shine a light on STEM and apprenticeships

Spreading the word about the opportunities available through VET pathways.

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

Megan Feaver.

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

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

Caitlan Noble.

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

What's up pup!

Drone vs Dog competition showcases agricultural technology at Muresk

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

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

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

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

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

Schools that participated in the 2019 Drone versus Dog trials

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

Media contact

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

08 6551 5383

New $2.4M shipbuilding training facility supporting jobs growth 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Minister Ellery at the Jobs and Skills Centre launch.

Bunbury Jobs and Skills Centre officially opened!

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

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

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

Visit the Jobs and Skills WA website

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

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

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

Read the Minister's full media statement here

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

New employment pathway courses include work placements

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

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

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

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

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

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

More information is available on the North Metropolitan TAFE website.

Media contact:

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

08 6551 5383

TAFE and industry collaboration leads to new employment pathway courses

Creating opportunities in aged care and disability care

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

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

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

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

Visit the State Training Board website

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

Growing WA's health and social assistance sector

State Training Board releases new workforce development strategy 

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

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

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

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

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

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

View the full report on the State Training Board website

View the Terms of Reference and membership details for the IWG 

View the full media statement 

A female and male contractor on a building site

Priority Start: Maximising opportunities for WA apprentices and trainees

Developing a skilled building and construction workforce

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Broome Jobs and Skills Centre officially opened!

Supporting the Kimberley region's training and employment needs

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

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

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

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

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

Visit the Jobs and Skills WA website

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

New Jobs and Skills Centre boosts opportunities for Mid West region

Minister Ellery officially opens Geraldton JSC

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

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

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

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

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

Visit the Jobs and Skills WA website

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

Employment and jobs services enhanced for South West WA

Albany Jobs and Skills Centre officially launched today

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jess Haydon’s journey to Beazley Medallist

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VET sector professional development 2019

Consultations planned for stakeholder feedback

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

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

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

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

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

Training Accreditation Council joins the Department

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

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

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

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

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

Geraldton Jobs and Skills Centre opens today!

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

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

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

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

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

An illustrated map of the central west region of WA.

Northam Jobs and Skills Centre opens today!

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

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

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

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

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

International students

New era for international education in Western Australia

McGowan Government launches new international education strategy.

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

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

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

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

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

Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan

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

Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery

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

Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia

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

State Training Plan 2018 cover

New State Training Plan 2018–2021 now available

Priorities and strategies for vocational education and training in WA.

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

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

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

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

Review announced to boost quality of VET delivery in schools

Improving outcomes for WA secondary students

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

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

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

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

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

Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery

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

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

Funding boost to create thousands of apprentice and trainee jobs

WA signs up to Skilling Australians Fund partnership agreement

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

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

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

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

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