The Australian Apprentice Wage Subsidy (AAWS) is only available to employers who employ a new worker Australian Apprentice commencing a full-time Certificate III or IV qualification that leads to an occupation listed on the National Skills Needs List (NSNL).
The AAWS is available to employers in rural and regional areas who must also meet all other eligibility requirements under the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program. For more information, call 1300 363 831 or visit apprenticeshipsupport.com.au/wage subsidy.
Review of Australia's Vocational Education and Training (VET) system - public submissions due 25 January 2019
As previously advised, the Hon Steven Joyce is currently undertaking a review of the VET system on behalf of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
Public submissions can be made up until the 25 January 2019 and to have input into this important review, all submissions must be received by this date as no extensions will be given to this deadline.
Submissions are invited to address all aspects of the Terms of Reference, including what is working well, the challenges that exist, and changes that could be made to the VET system. Submissions can be provided either by completing the questionnaire template or attaching a document.
Click here for more information and to make a submission.
Nominations have closed and the selection process for the Cosmetic Tatooing and Skin Rejuvenation Technical Advisory Committees is underway. The Technical Advisory Committees (TACs), which will report to the Personal Services Industry Reference Committee, will soon commence the development of two new Qualifications. One relating to Cosmetic Tattooing is proposed to include relevant underpinning knowledge, e.g. anatomy and physiology, wound healing, microblading/feathering, and the related underpinning skills and knowledge required to safely administer these treatments (e.g. colour principles and treating adverse effects). The Skin Rejuvenation qualification will cover the provision of various skin treatments (e.g. skin needling and chemical peels) and include modalities not addressed within the current SHB Training Package such as sonophoresis, Light Emitting Diode (LED) treatments and IPL and laser for skin rejuvenation
RAPS would like to advise all RTOs to check the Jobs and Skills WA Course List here to ensure your details are listed and up-to-date. If not, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to have your details and logo added.
On 28 November 2018, the Prime Minister, the Hon Scott Morrison MP, and Senator; the Hon Michaelia Cash, Minister for Small and Family Business, Skills and Vocational Education, announced that Hon Steven Joyce will undertake a review into the Australian vocational education and training (VET) system.
The report will be delivered to the Government in March 2019.
The Review will focus on how the Australian Government can ensure millions of Australians have the skills they need to succeed in a changing labour market. It will also focus on ensuring Australian businesses, including small and family businesses and businesses in rural and regional areas, have the skills they need to support their business growth.
For more information and to view the terms of reference, click here
Minister for Small and Family Business, Skills and Vocational Education, Michaelia Cash, has just announced that effective 1 July 2019, eligibility for the Support for Adult Australian Apprentices (SAAA) payment will be extended to employers taking on eligible apprentices aged 21-24.
Currently only available for employers taking on eligible apprentices aged 25 and over, the one-off SAAA payment of $4,000 will be available to employers who hire and sign up eligible Australian Apprentices aged 21 to 24 years studying a Certificate III or IV level qualification in a trade or industry identified as experiencing a national skills shortage.
“Extending the incentive payments initiative for adult apprentices will support 12,500 apprentices over three years…from 2019-20,” Minister Cash said.
The extended SAAA payment eligibility not only aims to create more employment and training opportunities for adult apprentices but also to increase the skills and capabilities of local industry.
To see how the extended SAAA payment can create opportunities for your business, get in touch with your local apprenticeship centre though this website
*IMPORTANT INFORMATION* ON THE USE OF LASERS
Please see the information contained in the attached document released by the Radiological Council of Western Australia.
In one of its best performances ever, WA had six out of eleven finalists pick up accolades at the Awards held in Sydney on 15 November. These included:
Australian School-based Apprentice of the Year 2018 - Caitlin Whittle (Tubal Workplace Training). Juggling studying five ATAR subjects with a Cert II in Hospitality, Caitlin credits workplace experience with increasing her confidence and dedication which has also helped her grades improve.
Vocational Student of the Year 2018 - Caitlan Noble (North Metropolitan TAFE). After completing a Bachelor of Commerce and an internship with Telethon, raising funds for sick children sparked Caitlan’s passion to do more in the health industry. Caitlan started working as a clerical officer at Princess Margaret Hospital which inspired her to commence a Diploma of Anaesthetic Technology. Caitlin is now working as an Anaesthetic Technician at King Edward Memorial Hospital in Perth.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year 2018 - Soleil White (Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services and North Regional TAFE). Soleil recently completed a Certificate IV in Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care and is now undertaking a Diploma of Nursing. Her training has given her the confidence to be an advocate for Aboriginal health care and undertake further studies. As the mother of a two-year-old, she is extremely motivated to create a better quality of life for future generations.
Soleil is doing her part to close the gap for Aboriginal people to provide and assist them with high-quality care and taking a holistic approach to physical, emotional and spiritual needs.
VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year 2018 - Crystle Challinger (Canning Vale College). Crystle Crystle has been a Performing Arts Teacher for 15 years and for seven of those years has been a trainer in the creative industries sector. Crystle champions VET programs for secondary students throughout Western Australia and has been heavily involved in training other VET school based trainers. As an Indigenous Australian, Crystle believes in providing structured alternatives to traditional learning to meet the individual needs of the student. She feels students learn best when they are comfortable expressing their ideas and can demonstrate their culture, abilities and interests.
Industry Collaboration Award 2018 - Central Regional TAFE. Aiming to protect and restore key ecosystems in the mid-west of Australia, a multi-partner collaboration formed between Central Regional TAFE, Northern Agricultural Catchments Council, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation & Attractions, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, City of Greater Geraldton, and WA Museum. The focus was initially on restoring habitats at the Houtman Abrolhos islands and managing invasive aquatic species in the mid-west. The collaboration has been significant for students, employers, the local community and the environment. Students receive training while working on real world high priority projects that involve multiple potential employers and industry stakeholders
School Pathways to VET Award 2018 - Busselton Senior High School. As an RTO school since 1999, Busselton Senior High School has a unique model which provides a platform for exceptional industry links, RTO compliance and also offers flexibility with an off-grid timetable to assist staff to develop highly innovative programs. The school is highly regarded for its expertise in supporting schools across the state to meet compliance and deliver high quality programs to students with employment for further training outcomes. A key feature is the highly supported student participation in work placement one day a week.
The full list of winners across Australia can be seen here.