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
All at RAPS would like to wish you a happy and safe Easter period and better times ahead.
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
BROS GLOBAL, an international platform for men’s personal development, mental health support and suicide prevention, offers a program for all barbershops called SafeBROSpace. Founder of BROS GLOBAL, Dr Simon Yam, delivers a one-hour peer-based interactive workshop for barbers on offering a holistic service with good basic understanding of mental health and depression/suicide affecting guys, and how to support their clients by checking in with them, guiding conversations, and offering referrals where needed. Barbershops who have undergone this training will be awarded a SafeBROSpace certificate and shop branding. (Dr Simon Yam is a life coach for men and their mental health and personal development, and is an accredited Standard Mental Health First Aid Instructor in Australia.).
For more information please visit the website or download the flyer here
Entries are now open for the 2020 WA Training Awards!
Education and Training Minister, Sue Ellery, is encouraging the State's top apprentices, trainees, employers and training organisations to apply. Winners will be recognised across 14 categories - nine individual and five organisational - with applications closing on 1 May 2020. For more information and to apply, please click here.
Industry feedback required!
The State Priority Occupation List (SPOL) is an annually produced list of occupations which is used to help guide the purchasing of publicly-funded training in Western Australia as well as inform the State Sponsored Migration Scheme where jobs cannot be easily filled.
RAPS is requesting feedback from industry in relation to skill shortages being experienced which may be considered for the 2020 SPOL. Any feedback can be provided by completing the brief questionnaire here or alternatively contacting Jane by email - firstname.lastname@example.org , or phone: 9240 5221. Please note the information is required by cob Friday 28 February 2020.
The overall objective of the visit by RAPS was to gather information regarding the level of engagement by employers in the training system and also to establish what training is available throughout the Broome, Derby and Fitzroy regions to support employers and employment in industries covered by the RAPS Skills Advisory Council. Please click here to read the report.