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.
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.
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.