Apprenticeship Office engages with stakeholders

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

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

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

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

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