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.
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.