The State Government has announced the introduction of an employer incentive scheme from 1 July 2019, to help thousands of Western Australian employers with the costs of employing an apprentice or new entrant trainee. This is in addition to any financial incentives provided by the Federal Government.
Under the new scheme, businesses will receive a base payment of up to $8,500 for employing an apprentice or new entrant trainee. It is estimated this will extend State Government support to nearly 6,000 businesses, and be of particular benefit to small businesses and not-for-profit employers. For larger businesses, the new scheme will replace the payroll tax exemption for new entrant trainees, providing more transparent and equitable State Government support.
Additional loadings will be provided for training that is identified as a State priority or training for priority groups. For more information and to access the table of rates, click here.
The Northam Jobs and Skills Centre has been officially opened by Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery at Central Regional TAFE.
The Northam Jobs and Skills Centre will work to address the Avon and Wheatbelt region's unique local needs and assist jobseekers of all ages, with a particular focus on helping school leavers develop skills needed to enter the workforce. Outreach services are also available in Moora and Merredin.
There are now 13 Jobs and Skills Centres open across regional and metropolitan Western Australia. For more information on all Jobs and Skills Centres and what services they offer, please go to the website here.
The Floristry Student Awards were held at the Murdoch Campus of South Metropolitan TAFE this week. RAPS were proud to sponsor the High Achiever Award which was presented to Sally McBride and would like to congratulate Sally and all graduating students and award winners for their hard work and the magnificent standards they have achieved during the course of their training. Below are photos of some of the Award winning floral arrangements.
Congratulations to Emmelee Newman-Martin for winning 1st place in the student category ‘All that Glitters’ at the Perth Royal Show. The brief was a table centrepiece for a romantic setting for two including full table setting (see below).
Throughout the show the public voted for their favourite piece of all categories combined. Emmelee came 1st in the People’s Choice Award. Well done Emmelee your work is inspirational.
WA Training Awards 2019 applications now closed
Names will soon be up in lights!
Applications for the WA Training Awards 2019 are now closed. and are with the relevant judging panel.
All individual applicants will be notified in writing by 17 June as to whether they have been selected as a semi-finalist and organisational applicants will be notified in writing by 28 June as to whether they have been selected as a finalist.
For details of other key dates for this year's awards, please click here. Best of luck to all applicants for this year's competition.
The WA Government has developed a new policy to manage Market-led Proposals (MLPs), harness innovative ideas from the private sector and create jobs for Western Australians which will commence next month.
MLPs are proposals from the private or not for profit sector to build or finance infrastructure, or provide goods or services where the State Government has not requested the proposal. These proposals are generally outside of the normal competitive procurement processes of government but may deliver value to the community.
The MLP policy will act as an avenue for industry and will provide a single clear, consistent and transparent process for parties seeking to approach government with unsolicited proposals.
The policy will commence operation on April 12 and will include an online portal with all the relevant information and tools for industry to submit proposals.
Counterfeits are worthless - if an individual or business unknowingly accepts a counterfeit note in exchange for something of value, they have been stolen from!
Banks do not reimburse individuals or businesses for counterfeit banknotes!
Although there has been a decline in counterfeiting rates over the past couple of years, at the same time the increased availability of low-cost, high quality printing technology has meant that the quality of counterfeits has improved.
The $50 banknote is the most commonly withdrawn from ATMs and unsurprisingly $50 banknote counterfeits account for the majority of all counterfeits. $100 banknote counterfeits have increased over recent years with their overall volume now around half that of $50 counterfeits.
It is estimated that the average retail business would need to sell around $2,200 worth of goods or services to recoup the loss sustained through a single $100 counterfeit banknote!
There are a number of security features that can be used to check whether a banknote is genuine, as follows:
To learn more about security features you can use to verify a banknote, please visit the Reserve Bank's website here.
A new Jobs and Skills Centre on the Broome campus of North Regional TAFE is now open! Western Australia's TAFE Jobs and Skills Centres are one-stop shops for careers, training and employment advice and assistance. Services are free, and accessible to all members of the community. There is also an Aboriginal Jobs Board which can be accessed here.
The Broome Jobs and Skills Centre will work to address the Kimberley region's unique local needs, particularly focusing on assisting youth at risk to develop the skills needed to enter the workforce. The Centre is supported by career services from Wunan Foundation and together they will work with local communities to partner with industry and support Aboriginal jobseekers and training.
Outreach services will be provided throughout the Kimberley region including in Derby, Fitzroy Crossing, Halls Creek and Kununurra.
For more information, please visit the website here.
The key role of the Department's website is to provide employers, business and industry and other stakeholders with useful and relevant information and resources that support the development of WA’s workforce. Also to provide information, tools and resources for practitioners, providers and schools that support the quality delivery and assessment of VET.
Since its launch in December 2016, the Department of Training and Workforce Development website at dtwd.wa.gov.au has received over 1,225,000 views. In April 2018, all information and resources for training and career development was moved from the dtwd.wa.gov.au and relocated to the Jobs and Skills WA website. Now it's time to review and refresh!
You’re invited to provide feedback. What’s great, what’s not? How could it be improved? What's missing? Please be specific and provide direct examples of any issue/s or suggestions for improvement – positive feedback is also welcome. All feedback will be treated confidentially, and used only for the purpose of informing the website review.
Please send your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org by 29 March.
NCVER and Ipsos are conducting the survey on behalf of the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.
The survey is supported by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) and the Western Australian Training Accreditation Council (TAC).
This Australia-wide survey of registered training organisations (RTOs) will provide a better picture of how many people are working in the VET sector to help with future planning and to better support the VET workforce.
Selected RTOs are invited to complete the survey, so keep an eye out for your invitation!
For more information click here