The Retail and Personal Services Skills Advisory Council (RAPS) is requesting all of its industry sectors to complete a survey. The purpose of the survey (attached here) is to gain information regarding the impacts of Covid-19 and the way forward in restarting WA.
Any information provided will be vital in advising of the critical and immediate skill needs of the retail and personal services industries and will inform the State Government’s training response in moving forward.
We appreciate that this is a difficult time for everyone, but your responses will assist in ensuring the Retail and Personal Services industry sectors have a strong voice in the future planning of training in WA.
Thank you for your time and please do not hesitate to contact Norma Roberts on 0419 866 807 if you have any queries.
The Western Australian Training Awards (WATA) is the State’s premier awards program recognising excellence in vocational education and training (VET) and the outstanding achievements of WA students, apprentices and trainees, practitioners and training providers, organisations and employers.
The Department of Training and Workforce Development (DTWD) places the highest priority on the safety and health of our students, training providers and extended communities. Unfortunately, the measures adopted in response to COVID-19, together with the rapidly evolving situation in Western Australia, have led to a decision to cancel the 2020 WATA program. Whilst DTWD realises this will be disappointing for those who were applying, their decision aligns with the State Government’s position at this time.
Australian Award direct-entry categories are still open and can be entered by visiting the Australian Training Awards website here
DTWD apologises for any inconvenience, and thanks you for your understanding and continued support. DTWD would like to particularly acknowledge WATA sponsors and stakeholders for their support of the VET sector in WA.
Should you require further information please contact the WA Training Awards team at WATrainingAwards@dtwd.wa.gov.au.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is causing unprecedented disruption and concern for small businesses across Western Australia. To help you keep up-to-date with the latest information relevant to small businesses in WA, the SBDC has set up a dedicated page dealing with coronavirus which they are updating regularly as new information becomes available. The following are some of the areas covered:
As an employer, COVID-19 may impact the continuity of an apprentice or trainee’s training contract directly or indirectly. The Department of Training and Workforce Development (DTWD) Apprenticeship Office is taking a flexible approach to help businesses maintain the employment of their apprentices/trainees where possible.
DTWD has produced a factsheet providing answers to frequently asked questions about the impact of COVID-19 for employers, apprentices and trainees and the financial support available. Please click here to see the factsheet.
Term 2 for TAFE Colleges commences yesterday, Tuesday April 28, 2020.
Western Australian TAFE colleges have adapted their training delivery to enable students to continue their studies, with Term 2 beginning yesterday.
Using a blended delivery approach Term 2 will include learning via online and interactive technologies, and will include face-to-face delivery where necessary and where adequate social distancing measures can be implemented. Blended delivery allows training to continue in line with the latest COVID-19 health advice around social distancing measures, ensuring the safety of students and staff.
Courses previously delivered online will continue to be delivered online.
To ensure regulatory and/or industry requirements are met, practical learning and assessments have largely been deferred to when students can safely return to campus.
TAFE colleges will work with students to identify solutions for their specific circumstances and will be assisted to complete their courses without extra cost.
Further information on the blended delivery of learning at TAFE colleges can be found at http://www.jobsandskills.wa.gov.
The Retail and Personal Services Industry Skills Council (RAPS) staff are continuing to work from home and, if required, will conduct teleconferences.
Our contact details are as follows:
Business phone: 08 9240 5221 – Phone will be diverted to Norma’s mobile
Norma mobile: 0419 866 807
Norma email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jane mobile: 0458 320 365
Jane email: email@example.com
David mobile: 0418 893 243
David email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The WA State Government and Commonwealth Government have announced measures to support individuals and jobseekers, and families and households, who have been impacted by COVID-19.
For a comprehensive list of support available, please click here.
The content provided on this website is for general information only, and is updated regularly.
(You should always refer to the relevant State and Commonwealth Government agency websites for full details and current information).
The Department of Education, Skills and Employment has analysed data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the United States Department of Labour O*NET Database to produce insights into the potential risk from COVID-19 on different occupations in the labour market.
Please click here to see the data. You can narrow down the occupations by clicking on one of the occupational groups.
This visualisation includes the levels of Physical Proximity to others that workers in different types of jobs typically experience, and the Exposure to Disease and Infection they may experience through their daily duties.
The data shows that service based occupations, particularly those in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry, are at greatest risk from COVID-19. Indeed, the data highlights the importance of social distancing in managing the spread of COVID-19 and the incidence of Physical Proximity to others.
JobKeeper payment for employers and employees
Under the JobKeeper Payment, businesses impacted by the coronavirus will be able to access a subsidy from the Government to continue paying their employees.
Affected employers will be able to claim a fortnightly payment of $1,500 per eligible employee from 30 March 2020, for a maximum period of 6 months.
This assistance will help businesses to keep people in their jobs and re-start when the crisis is over. For employees, this means they can keep their job and earn an income – even if their hours have been cut. For more information and to register, please click here.
Apprentices and Trainees
The Federal Government is helping small businesses to retain their apprentices and trainees. Eligible employers can apply for a wage subsidy of 50% of the apprentice’s or trainee’s wage for 9 months from 1 January 2020 to 30 September 2020. Where a small business is not able to retain an apprentice, the subsidy will be available to a new employer. The wage subsidy will be claimable for wages paid since 1 January 2020. For a fact sheet, please click here.
COVID-19 may impact the continuity of an apprentice or trainee’s training contract directly or indirectly. The Department of Training and Workforce Development Apprenticeship Office is taking a flexible approach to help businesses maintain the employment of their apprentices/trainees where possible.
The Department of Training and Workforce Development’s Apprenticeship Office has released a FACT SHEET “Managing apprenticeships / traineeships Frequently asked questions about the impact of COVID-19”
Further assistance can also be obtained from Meredith Moran at the Apprenticeship Support Network - telephone (08) 9365 7419, email: email@example.com.
WA TAFE Colleges
TAFE colleges are changing their delivery of training
RAPS has put together the following links which may be helpful to you or your business:
Links for small business
Fair work Ombudsman - Corona virus and Australian workplace laws
Australian Taxation Office
Small Business Development Corporation