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WA VET Collaboration

WA VET Collaboration

Jim Walker, Chair, State Training Board, has been appointed to chair the new WA Vocational Education and Training (VET) alliance as part of the WA VET Collaboration.

The collaboration between Rio Tinto Iron Ore and the West Australian Government will pioneer nationally recognised qualifications to meet the future needs of the mining and resources industry.

The training will provide Australia’s first automation qualifications where students will acquire new skills, improve their capability and build confidence in working alongside technology.

The launch of the project was announced on 4 April 2018 at SciTech in West Perth.

Courses are expected to be available at Western Australian TAFE Colleges and high schools from 2019.  

Click here to learn more about the WA VET Collaboration.


Pet Grooming traineeship established

The Minister for Education and Training, Hon. Sue Ellery MLC has endorsed the establishment of a new traineeship in Western Australia for pet grooming. This is the first of its kind in Australia. 

The 24 month PET GROOMING traineeship leads to a nationally accredited ACM30617 Certificate III in Pet Grooming. It is available on full-time and part-time basis. 


WA Training Award 2018 webinars for individual and organisation applicants

The webinars give applicants an insight into the WA Training Awards process, how to put together your application and advice from our 2017 winners and tips from our judges!

Individual categories webinar recording

Organisation catergories webinar recording

For further tools to help you put together an Award winning application, head to our website!




Training Provider Forum - 28 May 2018 (Save the Date!)

In 2018 the Forum themes will focus on:

  • the future workforce;
  • aboriginal training and workforce development; and
  • training in the regions.

Workshop streams will be broadly aligned to the above themes and the following topics:

  • teaching and learning;
  • compliance; and
  • digital literacy.

Who should attend?

Training Providers Forum 2018 is aimed at anyone involved in the planning, delivery and assessment of vocational education and training in Western Australia.

This includes those from private registered training organisations and TAFE colleges, Industry Training Councils, Skills Service Organisations, schools, universities and government departments.

More information, including the 2018 program (once available) can be found on the TPF18 page of the Department's website 

How can you attend?

In 2018 delegates will be able to attend the Forum either in person or online. All the plenary presentations, the plenary discussion panel and a selection of workshops will be available live as webinars. Webinar workshops will be indicated on the program.

Online delegates can choose between an individual webinar registration for one delegate or a group webinar registration. Group webinar registration will allow organisations to set up and project the online classroom into their workplace and invite colleagues to attend. Group registrations are limited to 10 delegates.

How much will it cost to attend?

In person

Breakfast: $70.00 inc. GST

Early bird: $305.00 inc. GST

Standard one day: $325.00 inc. GST



Individual: $110.00 inc. GST

Group: $440.00 inc. GST

For more information, contact us via email to

To register, please go to

For group registrations, please phone us on 08 6212 9713 or email


WA Training Awards - get involved!


Your involvement with the WA Training Awards, as the leading training awards program for Western Australia, provides your organisation with a unique opportunity to profile your company and its commitment to training in this State.

Editorial exposure in 2017 equated to more than $52,000 in advertising value with stories reaching over 1.3 million people and with our distribution network of over 10,000 individuals, businesses and training organisations, your organisation will be promoted right around the State.

The WA Training Awards 2018 Sponsorship Prospectus outlines the five sponsorship streams:

  • Presentation Dinner sponsor – exclusive package ($20,000)
  • Category sponsorship – 12 available ($10,000)
  • VIP function sponsor – exclusive package ($5,000)
  • Judging Day sponsor – exclusive package ($5,000)
  • Support sponsor – unlimited available ($2,500)

For more information about how your organisation can contribute to and benefit from this prestigious program and event please contact:

Elysia Tsangarides WA Training Awards Coordinator, T: 6551 5608 | E:

About the Awards

The WA Training Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of apprentices, trainees and vocational students, and the contribution to training made by trainers, training organisations and employers.

The WA Training Awards has a distribution network of over 10,000 individuals and organisations and attract hundreds of applications each year.

The Awards culminate in a Presentation Dinner attended by approximately 500 people each year.


Introducing Jobs and Skills WA

Since 2013, Future Skills WA has been the way the State Government, via the Department of Training and Workforce Development, prioritised its investment in training and procurement of training delivery services through a funding and policy framework aligned with State priority qualifications. The WA Labor Government’s new Plan for Jobs initiative is a major election commitment to help create new jobs for Western Australians. It outlines plans and strategies that represent a significant re-focus on creating new jobs in a broader range of industries through increasing training opportunities that deliver employment outcomes for our community and support growth and diversity in the State’s economy.

To support Plan for Jobs, from 1 January 2018 the Department is consolidating all customer-facing operations related to training and workforce development into a new program – Jobs and Skills WA.

Many important industry qualifications are subsidised under Jobs and Skills WA, and our investment in training is focused on courses that enable people to gain skills for jobs that are, or will be, in high demand by industries and businesses in Western Australia. Priorities include apprenticeships, eligible traineeships and priority industry qualifications. Foundation skills and equity courses to build literacy, numeracy and employability skills continue to be subsidised, to support people in improving their training and employment outcomes. Additionally, contracting arrangement processes for publicly funded training providers have been streamlined and strengthened under Jobs and Skills WA, to support greater quality training provision and offer enhanced choices to students and employers.

A new Jobs and Skills WA website will launch in 2018 as the main customer-facing portal for all information related to vocational education and training, career development and workforce development. 2018 will also see the establishment of Jobs and Skills Centres which will be located across six metropolitan locations and seven regional locations, and a number of outreach services. The centres will be a one-stop shop for information, support and services related to training, career development and workforce development. More information about the new Jobs and Skills WA website and centres will be available early in 2018.

For enquiries or further information, please contact the Department's Communications and Marketing team via email to


Social Assistance and Allied Health Workforce Survey released

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:

For further information on the project, please contact:

  • Jamie Mackaway, Community Services, Health and Education Training Council by email
  • Kathy Hoare, Director Office of the State Training Board by email

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

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.


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 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 


Notice of Intent Lodged - Beekeeping

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 -  


State Training Plan 2017–2020 endorsed

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.

Page last updated July 07, 2017