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Christmas/New Year Closure

Christmas decorations

The Office of the State Training Board will be closed for the Christmas/New Year period from Friday 22 December 2017 and will reopen on Tuesday 2 January 2018. Any contact received during this period will be actioned on our return to the office. 

The Office of the State Training Board will be closed for the Christmas/New Year period from Friday 22 December 2017 and will reopen on Tuesday 2 January 2018. Any contact received during this period will be actioned on our return to the office. 

We would like to thank all our colleagues and stakeholders for making 2017 a productive year. We have travelled more than 9,000 kms by air and by road visiting our far north in Broome to our Great Southern in Albany. We have welcomed your feedback, thoughts and ideas on our new website, our State Training Plan 2017-2020 and at our workshops. 

We wish you and your loved ones the very best this Christmas and New Year. We look forward to working with you again in 2018. 

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Social Assistance and Allied Health Workforce Survey released

Male support worker helping older woman on walking frame

The State Training Board has engaged the Community Services, Health and Education Training Council to conduct industry consultations on the Social Assistance and Allied Health Workforce Project. 

Western Australia's aged care, disability, allied health and community services sectors (the "sectors") have undergone significant change in recent years.

The State Training Board is leading the development of a comprehensive workforce development plan and has established the Social Assistance and Allied Health Workforce Steering Committee comprising industry, government and non-government representatives to guide research and development of the plan.

The project recognises that the “sectors” are likely to grow faster than other parts of the economy over the next decade. This growth will be driven by the demand for additional services for the ageing population, people with disabilities and the shift to community-based health services. A significant increase in the “sectors” workforce will be required to respond to this growth in consumer demand. 

The project aims to identify barriers that could inhibit participation and key changes that are required to ensure the VET sector is best placed to train the “sectors” workforce. 

The “sectors” face significant challenges in attracting and retaining suitably skilled workers in sufficient numbers to respond to this growth; they already face occupational skill shortages, particularly in the regions, and this situation is likely to tighten as the economy recovers and competition for workers increases. Low wages, high staff turnover and increased casualization of the workforce are additional challenges. 

The project will focus on the sectors’ workforce skill requirements that are met by the vocational education and training sector (including TAFE and private RTOs) through National Training Packages, accredited courses and skill sets. Occupational skills met through delivery by the higher education sector, is not within the scope of the project.

Opportunity to be involved - have your say through a short survey

The project will focus on consultation with industry to inform the Steering Committee’s understanding of the major issues and possible solutions. As the aim is to achieve a coordinated response, it is essential that the project gains cross-sector support for the recommendations, prior to being presented to the Minister.

We are initially seeking the input from industry based in Western Australia through a short survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CWC3WSF

For further information on the project, please contact:

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Jane Goodfellow - Australian VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year 2017!

Jane Goodfellow holding her Australian VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year Award

A passion for training inspires excellence

North Metropolitan TAFE lecturer Jane Goodfellow took out the title of Australian VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year 2017 in front of more than 740 people at the 24th annual Australian Training Awards in Canberra. The event brought together finalists from across all fields of vocational education and training (VET) including apprentices, trainees, VET students, teachers, employers and training providers to recognise their contribution to skilling Australia.

A passion for training inspires excellence

North Metropolitan TAFE lecturer Jane Goodfellow took out the title of Australian VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year 2017 in front of more than 740 people at the 24th annual Australian Training Awards in Canberra. The event brought together finalists from across all fields of vocational education and training (VET) including apprentices, trainees, VET students, teachers, employers and training providers to recognise their contribution to skilling Australia.

Jane was named Western Australia's Trainer of the Year 2017 at the WA Training Awards in September, where judges commended Jane’s ability to make a positive difference in student’s lives including using innovative training methods to match the context of situation or environment. Judges were impressed with her dedication to continuous improvement and contributions to the industry and selected her to vie for the national title.

Jane’s passion for training inspired her to overcome complete and sudden hearing loss six years ago so she could continue to lecture in education support and early childhood.

Jane said it felt amazing to add Australian Trainer of the Year to her credentials after twenty plus years of teaching. “I am delighted and I think it's going to have a big impact on my career. Already I've been asked to consult at a national level so I'm really excited to see what other opportunities come my way,” she said. While awards were nice, Jane said teaching itself was the greatest reward. “Seeing students achieve their dreams and goals, especially students who have struggled and overcome adversity, is the best part of my job.”

Jane thanked all the staff at North Metropolitan TAFE for always supporting her including Michelle Hoad, Robyn O'Neill and husband and fellow lecturer Steve Goodfellow.

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Notice of Intent Lodged - Pet Grooming

Notice of Intent Lodged - Pet Grooming

The Food, Fibre and Timber Industries Training Council has lodged a notice of intent to establish a traineeship for pet grooming. 

Pet grooming industry is growing and becoming more skilled. Industry stakeholders have lobbied for establishment of a traineeship.

The Food, Fibre and Timber Industries Training Council has lodged a notice of intent to establish a traineeship for pet grooming. 

Pet grooming industry is growing and becoming more skilled. Industry stakeholders have lobbied for establishment of a traineeship.

The Food, Fibre and Timber Industry Training Council are now consulting with industry and will prepare a report for the State Training Board by 11 January 2018. If you are interested in pet grooming and support the establishment of a traineeship please contact Paul Etheridge at the Food, Fibre and Timber Industry Training Council at paul.etheridge@fftitc.com.au

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Notice of Intent Lodged - Beekeeping

Picture of beehive with five bees

The Food, Fibre and Timber Industries Training Council has lodged a Notice of Intent with the State Training Board to establish a traineeship in beekeeping. 

The Food, Fibre and Timber Industries Training Council are consulting with industry about the proposal and will prepare a report for the State Training Board by 11 January 2018.

The Food, Fibre and Timber Industries Training Council has lodged a Notice of Intent with the State Training Board to establish a traineeship in beekeeping. 

The Food, Fibre and Timber Industries Training Council are consulting with industry about the proposal and will prepare a report for the State Training Board by 11 January 2018.

If you are interested in beekeeeping and support the establishment of a traineeship please contact Paul Etheridge at the Food, Fibre and Timber Industry Training Council - paul.etheridge@fftitc.com.au.  

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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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Page last updated July 07, 2017