Great news for WA talent!
Following extensive consultation with the VET sector and Australian Training Awards, and with consideration to COVID-19 restrictions, we are pleased to advise of a new streamlined WA Training Awards program for 2020 that provides an opportunity to recognise VET students who have completed their training and would not be eligible to participate in next year’s program. The impact of COVID-19 across our community has brought with it extraordinary challenges. The VET sector will be particularly relevant in the recovery period and in the rebuilding of a post COVID-19 economy.
The new streamlined program for 2020 will focus on five individual categories for VET students, which articulate through to the Australian Training Awards.
2020 Individual award categories
In addition to the recognition and opportunities these prestigious awards bring, winners in an individual category will receive $3,000 to further their training or kick start their career.
Applications open 1 July!
For further information or to apply, please click here
On 29 May a new WA code of conduct (the code) became law.
The code, based on the national code released by the National Cabinet on 7 April, implements key principles for tenants and landlords to follow in order to negotiate rent relief for tenants suffering financial stress due to COVID-19.
All parties in a small commercial lease (landlords and tenants) must comply with the code to negotiate temporary variations to the lease, including rent relief, to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
All parties must follow these guidelines when negotiating rent relief:
The legislation applies during the emergency period 30 March 2020 to 29 September 2020 (unless this period is extended). Download this easy to understand summary of the legislation, what it means for tenants and landlords, and key dates.
What is Revive WA?
Revive WA is a community initiative designed to help WA’s post-Covid economic revival. It started with an online video encouraging people to ‘do their bit’ and support their tourist towns, but Revive WA is bigger than that.
The Revive WA logo will soon be free for all WA businesses to use, to remind their customers to ‘shop local’. The film and the initiative were created free-of charge, by a collective of over 40 of WA’s advertising, film and production professionals to raise awareness that the ‘Buy Local’ message also extends to local creative and production services. The collective state "We see the work we’ve created for this initiative as a great way to highlight the incredible creative and production talent we have right here in WA."
In recent years, many WA brands have shifted some of their production and creative strategy over to advertising agencies and production companies based on the East Coast. "We’d love the Revive WA idea to inspire big WA businesses and government departments to support local suppliers in terms of using WA creative and production agencies and freelancers whenever possible, rather than spending their budgets".
For more information, see The Revive WA film on Facebook here or contact Kate Downie (0412 882 279; email@example.com).
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).