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$3000 training scholarships - 2018 applications now open

Expanding career options and encouraging women into vocational training. 

Scholarships of up to $3 000 are available for women who are planning to take up training in non-traditional industries through the Expanding career options for women scholarship program. There are more than 240 qualifications to choose from, starting at Certificate II level, across a range of exciting and interesting industry areas.

The scholarship program is a joint initiative of the Department of Local Government and Communities, the Construction Training Fund and the Department of Training and Workforce Development. Over a period of four years 400 scholarships in a variety of industry areas where women currently make up less than 25% of the total workforce will be offered to eligible women in metropolitan and regional areas.

Scholarships can help with the costs associated with training, including:

  • student fees; 
  • learning resources, and tools and equipment; 
  • mentoring and coaching;
  • accommodation and transport; and 
  • childcare fees.

Incentives for employers are also available through the program, so employers of women are also encouraged to apply!

To find out more - visit the Department of Training and Workforce Development website 

 

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Consultation papers now available: Building apprenticeships, and TAFE Industry Skill Centres

The State Government, through the State Training Board is seeking input from stakeholders to inform future directions and decisions that will support Plan for Jobs.  We welcome you to get involved and participate in these consultations.

The State Government, through the State Training Board is seeking input from stakeholders to inform future directions and decisions that will support Plan for Jobs.  We welcome you to get involved and participate in these consultations.

The Board will be facilitating a number of face-to-face industry consultation sessions, which will be held in both metropolitan and regional areas of WA from August 2017.  We also invite you to offer feedback and suggestions via written submission. To support this process, we have developed a consultation paper for the first two of our Plan for Jobs focus areas:

  • growing apprenticeships and traineeships in WA; and
  • the establishment of TAFE Industry Skills Centres.

To find out more about the consultations, and view the consultation papers, please visit the Plan for Jobs section of our website.

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New State Training Board website goes live

New State Training Board website goes live

Welcome to the new website for the WA State Training Board, which went live on 27 July 2017.

The new website has a new design and content has been reorganised to so that it is now more clearly aligned with information relevant to our key clients and stakeholders.  We have also enabled online service for the establishment and variation of apprenticeships (EVAC) process, and offer Have your say, get involved – a way for industry, business and employers to have input into the future direction of vocational education and training in Western Australia.

Developed by the Department of Training and Workforce Development, the new website is compliant with all State Government requirements, including accessibility, and is mobile device friendly.

Please browse around and take a look at what's new. We welcome your feedback on the new website – please email us via website@dtwd.wa.gov.au, or use one of our online forms to contact us.

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State Training Plan 2017–2020 endorsed

State Training Plan 2017–2020 endorsed

Section 21(1)(a) of the Vocational Education and Training Act 1996 requires the State Training Board to provide a State Training Plan for the Minister’s approval. The WA State Training Plan 2017–2020 was endorsed by the Hon. Sue Ellery, Minister for Education and Training on 18 July 2017.

The State Training Plan identifies the current and future training and skill development needs of Western Australia's industries, and contains strategies that will contribute to achieving the State Government’s major goals and visions for the WA economy and labour market.

Additionally, the Plan supports the key initiatives in the Government’s Plan for Jobs by investing in training places through TAFE and private training providers and identifies priorities for the State.

Find out more about the new State Training Plan, and download your copy.

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Organisational finalists for WA Training Awards 2017 announced

Organisational finalists for WA Training Awards 2017 announced

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery today announced the organisational finalists for the 2017 WA Training Awards from across the State. The organisational finalists represent the efforts and achievements of individuals, employers and training providers in the State.

Finalists in the individual categories for apprentices, trainees, students and trainers will be announced next month, and winners will be announced at a presentation dinner to be held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre on Friday 15 September 2017.

Small training provider finalist, Auswest Specialist Education and Training Services, provides training in WA prisons. As a result of their training programs, reoffending rates have decreased and they have seen an increase in employment retention for prisoners post custody.

The WA Training Awards are presented by the Department of Training and Workforce Development and the State Training Board. For more information, please visit the WA Training Awards website

2017 organisational finalists

WA Small Training Provider of the Year 2017
  • Auswest Specialist Education and Training Services
  • Scope Training
  • Industrial Training Institute
WA Large Training Provider of the Year 2017
  • North Metropolitan TAFE
  • South Metropolitan TAFE
  • North Regional TAFE
WA Employer of the Year 2017
  • McDonald's Australia
  • JSW Australia
  • Roy Hill
WA Industry Collaboration Award 2017
  • National Electrical and Communications Association WA
  • MPA Skills

Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:

"There has never been a more important time for training in Western Australia. These finalists go above and beyond to drive opportunities and partnerships, a key factor to achieve employment targets and build a stronger WA.  We are working to ensure our training system delivers opportunities for any Western Australian wanting to enter or re-enter the workforce or change careers. These finalists are setting the benchmark because we are looking for training on which to grow jobs and support the economy."

This media statement was originally published here. Please contact the Minister's office for enquiries: 6552 5700. For all media enquiries to the Department please email media@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

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Changes prioritise WA workers

Changes prioritise WA workers

Western Australia's skilled migration occupation list has been replaced.

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

The McGowan Government has also delivered its election commitment to remove Perth from the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme, paving the way for more jobs for Western Australians. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull wrote to the Premier confirming that the Federal Government had agreed to Mr McGowan's request to have Perth removed from the RSMS. Since it was added to the RSMS during the height of the mining boom in 2011, Perth has been classified as a 'region', providing an additional pathway to obtain a visa to work in Western Australia. Given the change in the State's economic circumstances and with widespread unemployment, it is no longer suitable for Perth to be included in the RSMS.

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

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

Media contact: Ms Laura Reibel, Department of Training and Workforce Development, phone 08 6551 5170

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Training Matters VET magazine – May edition out now

Training Matters VET magazine – May edition out now

Training Matters is a free magazine produced by the Department of Training and Workforce Development, for the Western Australian vocational education and training sector. It provides high quality and informative editorial about the latest news and developments in VET and highlights the achievements of students, trainers and organisations in the sector. Training Matters readers include:

Training Matters is a free magazine produced by the Department of Training and Workforce Development, for the Western Australian vocational education and training sector. It provides high quality and informative editorial about the latest news and developments in VET and highlights the achievements of students, trainers and organisations in the sector. Training Matters readers include:

  • registered training organisations, including staff and students at metropolitan and regional TAFE colleges and private training providers;
  • training practitioners, including secondary high school VET coordinators and career advisors;
  • industry advisory groups;
  • employers, industry and Government; and
  • other key personnel within the training and workforce development sector.

The May 2017 edition of Training Matters is out now. It features an article written by our new Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery MLC on the key focus areas of the McGowan Government for the training sector. Other feature stories include a catch up with last year's WA Training Awards winners, a round-up of what's happening in our five TAFE colleges and a profile of four WA TAFE students who will represent Australia at next year's WorldSkills International competition. We also feature Study Perth's new Welcome Desk for international students, a first for Western Australia.

Go to the Training Matters page for more information, and to view the May 2017 edition.

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March quarter labour and economic snapshot available

March quarter labour and economic snapshot available

The Department of Training and Workforce Development prepares a Labour and economic snapshot for Western Australia each quarter, based on the most up to date information. The snapshot provides some analysis of the current situation and outlook for the State’s labour market.

The latest edition, for the March 2017 quarter, is now available – its key message is that labour market conditions in WA continued to be subdued.

The latest snapshot also shows that:

  • labour market conditions in the State experienced a slight improvement during the March quarter 2017. However; in an overall context, the State's labour market continues to be subdued;
  • total employment increased by 9 100 persons during the March quarter 2017;
  • full time employment recorded an increase of 13 300 persons, which was partially offset by part time employment falling by 4 200 persons; and
  • the State's average unemployment rate over the March quarter stood at 6.3%, which was above the national unemployment rate of 5.8%. This compares to the December quarter when the average unemployment rate for WA was 6.6% and for Australia 5.7%.

The latest available forward indicators suggest a continuation of subdued conditions in the State's labour market during 2017, as demand for workers remains weak, however the State’s overall employment level is still lower than what it was a year ago.

View the March quarter labour and economic snapshot here in the Workforce information section of the Department's website

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