The annual review of the State Priority Occupation List is now underway and submissions for any changes or additions are required to be made to the Department of Training and Workforce Development by the 18th April 2019.
The main purpose of SPOL is to help guide annual purchasing of publicly funded training for all jobs in the WA economy. It also informs workforce development planning in the State and is used as a key source of labour market evidence in a number of important policy areas including helping to inform the development of the Western Australian Skilled Migration Occupation List (WASMOL) and the Graduate Occupation List (GOL).
Please contact Jane at RAPS (08 9240 5221) or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to discuss any occupations covered by the Retail and Personal Services Industry Training Council.
Applications for the 25th WA Training Awards are now open. If you're an excellent apprentice, student or trainer, or a business developing innovative training programs for employees, apply today at dtwd.wa.gov.au/training awards.
Applications close 3 May 2019.
Congratulations to Bart Hassam (pictured) from Brisbane who was named the 2019 World Cup Champion of one of the world's most prestigious floral design competitions. The three-day competition was held at the Philadelphia Flower Show, bringing 23 top floral designers from around the globe under one roof.
Hassam has won the Interflora Australia Florist of the Year competition five times and the 2011 Intercontinental Asia Cup. He exhibits, demonstrates and teaches floral design all around the world.
Minister Sue Ellery, MLC, Minister for Education and Training, addresses attendees involved in the delivery of services at the Jobs and Skills Centres. on Day One of the Inaugural Jobs and Skills Centre Forum held at the Mercure Hotel, Perth.
As part of the State Government's Plan for Jobs initiative, Jobs and Skills Centres were developed as a one stop shop for careers, training and employment advice and assistance. The centres also provide an online jobs board, to connect jobseekers with employment opportunities and to help employers attract and recruit employees.
Services are free, and accessible to all members of the community. Thirteen centres located on TAFE campuses throughout Perth and regional WA are now open, with additional outreach locations for regional areas. For more information on locations and services, visit the website here.
Central Regional TAFE's Geraldton Jobs and Skills Centre located in Fitzgerald Street Geraldton was recently officially launched by Sue Ellery, Minister for Education and Training.
The Centre is set to boost opportunities for the Mid West region and is a one-stop-shop for jobseekers, students and career changers, supporting the employment and workforce needs of the region.
Outreach services will also be provided throughout the Mid-West and Gascoyne regions, from Exmouth in the north to Wiluna in the east and Cervantes in the south. An additional drop-in centre will also be available to clients in Carnarvon at the Central Regional TAFE campus.
To find out more about Geraldton JSC, and the services it provides, please visit their page on the website here.
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.
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