TAFE fees for 34 high priority qualifications will be halved from January 1, 2020 and, regardless of which qualification is chosen, course fees will be capped at a maximum payment each year of $1,200, or only $400 for those aged 15—24 or eligible concession students.
These qualifications have been chosen because they match up with the skills that employers need right now, and they are in industry areas with high jobs growth. The list also includes qualifications that are suited to younger people, and skills that offer good local employment prospects. See the list of qualifications here.
TAFE APPLICATIONS CLOSE 6 DECEMBER FOR 2020
Applications for Semester 1 2020 full time courses are now open, but closing 6 December 2019. The application process is online, with just three simple steps to get it done. For course information and to apply click here.
A Training Squad nominees have been selected to represent the State at the WorldSkills Australia National Championships to be held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre in Perth in August next year.
From a total of 500 young Western Australians who participated, 196 competitors have been recognised for their outstanding performance throughout the regional WorldSkills competitions with 66 being nominated for the WA Training Squad. The 2020 event, last hosted by WA in 2014, is expected to draw a crowd of more than 20,000 people to cheer on more than 500 competitors.
The biennial WorldSkills competition aims to find the best young apprentices, trainees, tradespeople and vocational education and training graduates in the country by testing them with set tasks, strict judging criteria and a race against the clock.
Further information on WorldSkills can be found here.
Fostering strong links between industry, government, the education sector and regional TAFE Colleges - including North Regional TAFE, Central Regional TAFE and South Regional TAFE - the VET Regional Partnerships Program will focus on skills development for local communities, creating more apprenticeships and traineeships and job growth in regional areas. For more information on the proposed programs, click here.
Congratulations to WA finalist in the category of Large Employer of the Year, Barminco, on winning the award at the National Training Awards held on Thursday 21 November at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Barminco was recognised for its excellent training programs, dedication to staff and successful partnerships with registered training organisations (RTOs).
Barminco is one of the world’s largest hard rock underground mining services companies in the world, with operations in Australia, Asia and Africa and is proud to consider itself a learning organisation. It recognises the collective talent and expertise of its people is key to its success. Barminco staff receive ongoing training in all requirements, processes and procedures relevant to their current and future roles.
For more information on the winners and finalists at the National Training Awards, please click here.
Recent advertisements for the use of handheld nitrous products during beauty procedures has prompted the following statement from the Department of Health in WA.
“Nitrous oxide is definitely Schedule 4 when used therapeutically”
THERE IS NO WAY THAT BEAUTY SALONS SHOULD BE PURCHASING OR ABLE TO PURCHASE THIS PRODUCT.
Please advise the Department of Health on (08) 9222 6883 if you hear of any beauty therapists using or looking to purchase these products.
Skills IQ, the national body responsible for training product development and ensuring skills meet the future needs of industry. They are seeking your feedback on the qualifications designed for the Beauty industry, including qualifications relating to beauty therapy, skin therapy, cosmetics, make-up, cosmetic tattooing and nail technology.
A range of qualifications for the Beauty industry is currently available, and some new qualifications have been proposed:
Please click here to participate in a short survey. It should take approximately 10 minutes to complete.
The information from this survey will be used by the Personal Services IRC to update the Beauty Training Package Products.
For more information, please contact Liz Petrovic at firstname.lastname@example.org.
McDonald’s Karratha was awarded the title of Medium Employer of the Year at this year’s WA Training Awards, the State’s premier awards program for recognising high achievers in the vocational education and training sector.
McDonalds Karratha opened its doors on September 1997 but initially struggled with retaining staff and filling managerial positions as people moved to higher paid positions in the mining sector.
In response, the company brought back apprenticeships in 2016 with just two apprentices, and have not looked back since.
A total of 41 employees have passed through the WA apprenticeship system and the operation now has a staff of 80 and a remarkably low staff turnover rate.
The judging panel commended the fast food chain for their strong commitment to workforce equity and diversity and for providing various training pathways and a range of delivery models.
Eight individuals and five organisations took out the awards at the Western Australian Training Awards held at the Crown on Friday night. Twenty-five years of excellence in vocational education and training was celebrated at the Awards which highlight the achievements of apprentices, trainees, VET students, trainers, training organisations and employers in the training sector. Two of the individual awards went to:
WA Apprentice of the Year 2019 - Anthony Di Cristofaro
After 10 years in the oil and gas industry, Mr Di Cristofaro started an apprenticeship in carpentry and joinery and never looked back. A passionate advocate for mental health in the workplace, Mr Di Cristofaro now mentors and coaches younger apprentices and believes training is the key to producing quality skilled workers who are resilient and confident in their abilities.
WA Trainee of the Year 2019 - Rebecca Hudson
After years working in human resources, Rebecca decided to take on a completely different career as a crane operator. Despite having no experience, she found one of her biggest challenges of the traineeship was learning how to learn again. Her experience retraining herself to take notes and listen to her trainer’s advice after years in management roles taught her to be more confident and trust in her ability.
To see all other Award winners please click here.
Some category winners will now advance to compete against the nation's best at the Australian Training Awards in Brisbane on 21 November 2019.
A “Hyaluron Pen” is a device which is used to administer hyaluronic acid (HA) into the skin using pressure rather than a needle. The devices have become very popular in the United Kingdom, with one to two day training courses on their use offered from £580 to £1,600 (AUD $1,035 to $2,860). The Environmental Health Directorate is aware that interest in this product is beginning to increase in Australia.
What is hyaluronic acid and why is it used in beauty therapies?
Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in the skin that retains water and helps keep it hydrated and plump. Injectable HA is a type of dermal filler, used to add volume to the dermal layer of the skin to minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. However, even when injected the effect is temporary and usually only lasts for up to six weeks.
Use of HA in Hyaluronic Pens
Hyaluronic acid is found in many topical serums and moisturisers, however, when it is prepared for injection it becomes a Schedule 4 (prescription only) product, therefore use of a Hyaluron Pen must be prescribed by a medical practitioner and administered by a medical practitioner or registered nurse.
The Hyaluron Pen itself is considered a therapeutic device and would therefore require registration with the Therapeutic Goods Administration (external site). Similar pens are available to diabetics for insulin injection, however they are also only available on prescription.
Given the medical restrictions on both injectable hyaluronic acid, and the needleless injecting device, these procedures may only be offered by registered medical professionals. If you become aware of a beauty therapist offering such services, please advise the Department of Health on 9222 2000.
Department of Health - Environmental Health Directorate
Phone: (08) 9222 2000
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.