Applications are now open and include new categories for Large Employer of the Year and Medium Employer of the Year. There are 13 categories in the WA Training Awards; eight individual categories and four organisation categories, as follows:
Winners in individual categories receive $3,000 to further their training or kick start their careers. Organisation winners are recognised as industry leaders and provided with marketing materials to promote their achievement.
Winners will be announced at a Presentation Dinner on Friday 13 September 2019.
For more information and how to enter, please click here
Applications close on Friday 3 May at 5.00pm.
The Albany Jobs and Skills Centre was officially launched today by Premier Mark McGowan and Minister Sue Ellery, Education and Training Minister.
Located at South Regional TAFE, the Centre is a "one-stop shop" providing careers, training and employment advice to individuals, as well as assisting local businesses and employers with business and workforce development advice to create employment, apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities.
Jobs and Skill Centres are complemented by a comprehensive website resource that includes a Job Notice Board, qualification lists and a course search feature. The Jobs and Skills WA website is available here.
The instant asset write-off scheme will now be available to small businesses until 30 June 2020 for assets purchased under $25,000 in value. The scheme allows small businesses to immediately deduct assets costing less than $25,000 instead of claiming deductions over a number of years. This is good news for small businesses looking to purchase a new or second-hand asset, such as a vehicle, printer, or computers.
There is no limit to the number of assets claimed. This decision is a sign that the Government is listening to industry on what is needed to support small business.
The Treasurer is set to introduce the extension of the scheme as legislation when Parliament resumes on 12 February.
The small business sector represents 99% of all businesses in Australia, so this measure should give small businesses more opportunities to grow and thrive.
Small and family businesses need to remember that this is a tax deduction, not a rebate. Therefore, they need to have sufficient profit to write off the new asset against.
Fraudsters make it their mission to find merchants’ weak points along the customer journey. The following, are among the most frequent types of fraud to be aware of:
ACCOUNT TAKEOVER (ATO)
Fraudsters gain access to customers’ account information using hacks or bots and start buying. Telling signs include multiple failed login attempts, or logins from different devices or locations within the same network. According to Forter, ATO’s rose by 31% in the past year.
DISCOUNT AND COUPON ABUSE
Taking advantage of special discounts and coupons is an easy way to make money illegally. Look for repeated reuse of discount codes and similar email patterns, which indicate a fraudster is creating multiple emails to exploit referral discounts. The Coupon Information Corporation estimates this type of fraud “costs consumer product manufacturers hundreds of millions of dollars every year.”
Return abusers often return stolen merchandise or frequently return the same type of item. Return abuse is complicated, retailers must ensure not to block good customers from returning unwanted goods. In 2017, Forter charted a 119% spike in return abuse directly following Cyber Monday.
Click here to read the full report.
North Metropolitan TAFE campuses at Clarkson and Joondalup will receive $3.7 million in capital works to improve training facilities in the areas of health and social assistance, automation, cyber security and building and construction.
Health and wellness training at the Joondalup (McLarty Avenue) campus has already undergone a major refurbishment with $950,000 allocated to enhance beauty therapy facilities. Works are complete and will be available for student use in Semester 1, 2019.
Minister Sue Ellery, Minister for Education and Training stated "Western Australia needs access to a strong supply of highly skilled workers to support growth areas" and this is a critical part of the State Government's work to boost jobs and opportunities in the State.
Click here for more information on the proposed upgrades.
Are you being asked to provide a Western Australian trade certificate in order to gain employment in WA?
Are you paying a training provider for recognition of prior learning or RPL assessment for the exact qualification you previously completed in another Australian state or territory, in order to obtain a trade certificate in WA?
As of 29 November 2018, the Department of Training and Workforce Development accepts trade certificate applications from interstate trained and qualified tradespeople.
Please refer to the application form and fact sheet, "Applying for a Western Australian trade certificate by interstate tradespeople." for further information and eligibility requirement. Please also contact the Department’s Apprenticeship Office on 13 19 54 if you have any queries.
The above report was prepared by the State Training Board to help the State Government understand what industry needs from the training sector and inform future strategies.
The key findings of the report include - more financial incentives for employers to take on apprentices and trainees, less red tape for employers, better promotion of the vocational education and training system amongst young people and a sector that is easy to navigate, customer focussed and flexible.
A number of projects are underway that address these issues including - the freezing of TAFE fees, the establishment of TAFE Jobs and Skills Centres, and the reintroduction of training in craft industries.
In addition, the signing of the Skilling Australians Fund National Partnership will make $126 million available to create thousands of jobs for apprentices and trainees and an employer incentive scheme which will provide training support to employers, including small businesses.
Click here to read/download the report.
The Department of Training and Workforce Development (DTWD) will be holding a half day forum for stakeholders of publicly funded Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Western Australia.
The proposed agenda for the forum includes:
PKPA hosted a series of forums in two capital cities and two regional areas for the Department of Education and Training to assist with policy development and ensure apprenticeships are able to meet the future skill needs of Australian industry. The scope of the forums included apprenticeships in trade and non-trade occupations.
At the time the forums were undertaken, there was considerable public attention being given to the declining number of people being trained through the Australian Apprenticeships system. Over 200 stakeholders from industry, representative groups, government and apprentices attended the forums in person and via webinar.
Click here for the final report prepared for the Department based on participant feedback.
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.