Latest news

Calling all VET students – Win your share of $2,800 in cash... it's student satisfaction survey time!

Published on: 18 September 2018

The 2018 WA student survey is now open! The survey is about your personal course experiences and about what you like and don’t like about your course and training provider.  Your feedback is very important to improve the quality of training offered by your training provider, for all students in Western Australia. The survey will only take you about 10 minutes to complete, and you could win your share of $2,800 in cash!

Coles 2019 graduate programs - Fantastic career building opportunities, applications now open!

Published on: 17 September 2018

Did you know that Coles provides fresh food, groceries, general merchandise, liquor, fuel and financial services to more than 21 million customers on average each week through its retail stores and online platform?  Coles has more than 106,000 team members and operates more than 2,475 retail outlets nationally, but behind the scenes there's also teams of people helping to run the business – from store managers  and warehouse teams through to areas such as marketing, purchasing, finance and human resources, information technology, corporate affairs, legal, learning and development, asset management, product development and transport and logistics - just to name a few! 

Applications for the graduate programs offered by Coles, commencing February 2019, are now open. This is your opportunity to fast-track your career in one of Australia's largest businesses!

Jobs available at Bunnings – Joondalup, Innaloo, Kalgoorlie, Esperance and Harrisdale!

Published on: 17 September 2018

Got a passion for home renovation and repairs, gardening or DIY?  Five of WA's biggest Bunnings Warehouse stores are looking for customer service team members! Whether you're looking for somewhere to start your retail career, or maybe you're a tradie looking for a change of pace, this is a fantastic opportunity to get into this interesting and exciting customer service environment.

Callling all graphic design students! WA Training Awards 2019 design competition - $500 cash prize!

Published on: 7 September 2018

Aspiring graphic designers  – here's your chance to get in the spotlight by creating the winning design for new branding for the 2019 WA Training Awards, to commemorate its 25th (silver) anniversary! Your design will include a new logo and other graphic elements, to be used on all communications and promotional materials including brochures and flyers, banners, websites, social media and video. 

As the competition winner, you'll not only receive a $500 cash prize and be featured in various promotions, but you'll also receive two tickets to the 2019 presentation dinner where your design will be up in lights. Wouldn't this look good on your resume – what a great career opportunity!

Christmas is coming! Retail jobs available in some of our top WA shops – Apply now!

Published on: 4 September 2018

Christmas is the busiest and most exciting time of the year in retail, and some of Perth's top shops are looking for people! As a Christmas Casual, you can earn good money plus gain valuable experience in all aspects of retail work. Opportunities are available all across Perth and a few regional areas too, with some positions starting in October and going through to February 2019. 

Looking for a job with spark? Power up your career in electrotechnology or electrical engineering!

Published on: 30 August 2018

The utilities industry provides our homes, businesses and communities with electricity, gas and water. Constant changes and improvements in technology provide great career opportunities in the electrical and engineering fields, and it all starts with the right training. 

Are you a parent returning to work or training? ParentsNext can help you get back into the workforce or education!

Published on: 29 August 2018

Getting back into training or work can be challenging after an extended period of being a stay-at-home parent. ParentsNext is a program that aims to help parents with young children to plan and prepare for employment once their youngest child reaches school age. It has been operating across Australia since April 2016, and is now available at locations throughout Western Australia including regional areas.

Kalgoorlie Jobs and Skills Centre now open! New services and support now available for the Goldfields region.

Published on: 28 August 2018

The new Kalgoorlie Jobs and Skills Centre is your local one-stop shop for training, jobs and career support services!

Free resume writing, job applications, winning interviews and career development workshops for jobseekers!

Published on: 26 August 2018

Jobs and Skills Centres are offering free workshops to help you put together an impressive resume, write successful job applications and win at interviews. 

These workshops are all ages, all stages – Everyone is welcome! 

Employment opportunities with Venues West at Perth's leading sports and entertainment events!

Published on: 25 August 2018

VenuesWest takes pride in owning and/or operating 13 of Western Australia’s major sporting and entertainment venues, including the newly opened Optus Stadium and the iconic Perth Arena, but also NIBStadium, HBF Stadium, HBF Arena, Bendat Basketball Centre and Perth Motorplex – combined, these venues attract almost four million visitors a year.

Here's a fantastic opportunity for casual employment with VenuesWest, in a range of roles across all their venues. 

Employers – Got a job vacancy? Use our free online jobs board!

Published on: 7 August 2018

Are you a business owner with a job vacancy? Looking for a quick, easy and FREE way to advertise your job somewhere it could be seen by hundreds of people? You need the Jobs and Skills Centre jobs board!

Work experience program – Incentives for employers, Opportunities for jobseekers!

Published on: 3 August 2018

The National Work Experience Program places job seekers in real life unpaid work experience placements, helping you to gain real-life experience and knowledge to improve your career prospects.  Placements are available for up to four weeks, to a maximum of 25 hours per week.

Employers willing to offer a work experience placement may be able to receive an incentive payment, and may also be eligible for a wage subsidy if they hire the person/s on completion of the program. 

WA Police Force: Aboriginal cadets program now open for applications!

Published on: 2 August 2018

Ever thought of becoming a police officer and making a difference in your community? Want to be paid while you train at the Police Force Academy, and earn a nationally accredited qualification?  You could be the one to step forward and kickstart your career in the dynamic and exciting world of police work.  

WA Training Awards 2018 finalists announced!

Published on: 2 August 2018

The 29 outstanding individual finalists in this year's WA Training Awards have been announced today by the Minister for Education and Training, Hon Sue Ellery. 

The WA Training Awards put the training sector in the spotlight by highlighting the achievements of apprentices, trainees, VET students, training organisations and employers. The awards help highlight the opportunities the VET sector provides people to upskill or retrain, ensuring they can adapt to a changing economy, workplaces and jobs.

National industry skills forums – Digital transformation and future skilling – Free forum for industry and business

Published on: 26 July 2018

Are you ready for the new digital age? What skills will our workforce of the future need? With projections that 375 million jobs (14% of the global workforce) will be automated by 2030, our industries need to come together to tackle these big issues.

Australian Industry Standards (AIS) is holding a series of Industry Skills Forums around the country to explore current and future skills needs. 
Hosted by prominent journalist and author Kerry O'Brien, the free forums will feature industry leaders in a Q&A panel discussion about future skilling in an age of digital transformation and new thinking about jobs and careers.

Department of Defence Work Experience Program – Army, Navy and Air Force!

Published on: 23 July 2018

The Defence Work Experience Program provides young Australians interested in Defence as a future career, the opportunity to sample life  and learn more about the exciting career opportunities available with the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and the Australian Public Service (APS).

The Department of Defence employs more than 20,000 people in a range of critical positions Australia wide enabling our three services Navy, Army and Air Force to do their job. There are around 350 jobs to choose from in the ADF, in just about every field you can think of –  the ADF offers one of the most diverse range of careers in the country, and  pays you to study for your qualifications. Jobs include everything from pilot, medical officer, clerk and cook through to combat systems operator, vehicle mechanic and air traffic controller.

Rockingham Jobs and Skills Centre is officially open!

Published on: 20 July 2018

Premier Mark McGowan today joined Member for Baldivis Reece Whitby MLA to officially launch the newest of the State Government’s Jobs and Skills Centres at South Metropolitan TAFE's Rockingham campus.  

The Rockingham Jobs and Skills Centre will support the local community through providing information, resources and support about training and career options, and also support local employers and businesses to build a skilled workforce and create employment, apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities.

Aboriginal interpreting service AIWA now available for Western Australia

Published on: 18 July 2018

Since 2000, when it first began operating in Kununurra as Kimberley Interpreting Service (KIS), AIWA has been committed to bringing two-way understanding to interactions between WA Aboriginal language speakers and those responsible for delivering services across all fields of government and community services.

Now available across all regions of Western Australia, AIWA can provide translation and interpreting services in over 40 Aboriginal languages. 


Creating opportunities in regional communities: TAFE and school working together

Published on: 17 July 2018

Yandeyarra Community is located in the Pilbara region of Western Australia – 142kms south-east from Port Hedland.  Situated on the bank of the Yule River, the community is on a Native Reserve.  Yandeyarra Remote Community School has a 100%  Aboriginal student population,  from kindergarten to Year 12;  approximately 40 students. 

The school has been working with North Regional TAFE  over the past nine years, to offer customised vocational education and training (VET) for its students and people in the community. Recently the TAFE has delivered a Certificate 2 in Rural Operations program to provide students with hands-on skills and experience that could help them find employment in a range of areas such as farming, agriculture, conservation and land management. 

Jobs and Skills Centres welcome Aboriginal artist Biara Martin for NAIDOC week

Published on: 13 July 2018

To celebrate NAIDOC week, local  Aboriginal artist Biara Martin was in residence at two of the South Metropolitan TAFE Jobs and Skills Centres to re-create their Aboriginal Seasons artwork. 

The original artwork was created by Nate Stuart from Rockingham Jobs and Skills Centre, and each of the designs tie in with local Noongar language and culture. It features on signage at each centre, as a 'Wanju' (welcome) to all visitors.

New Certificate III in Pet Grooming traineeship now available!

Published on: 9 July 2018

A new traineeship for the Certificate III in Pet Grooming will soon be available at South Metropolitan TAFE. This new traineeship can provide the skills and experience you need to start your career in  this fast growing industry, with on the job training in a salon environment. 

NAIDOC Week 2018 – Celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, cultures and communities

Published on: 6 July 2018

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Public sector traineeships – Opportunities for people in regional & rural WA to kickstart your career!

Published on: 4 July 2018

Do you live in regional Western Australia? Are you looking for an exciting opportunity to kick-start your career within the WA public sector (government)?

Hundreds of job opportunities in mining, oil and gas, infrastructure and so much more!

Published on: 26 June 2018

Looking for a new opportunity?  Wanting to try something different in your career?

One Key Resources is a specialist provider of managed workforce services, labour hire, recruitment, training and productivity improvement solutions to the mining, oil and gas and infrastructure industries in Australia.  They work closely with  major mining houses,  contractors and specialist service companies to provide  job and career opportunities.

Currently hundreds of job vacancies are open right now, looking for the right person!

Minimum wage rates to raise from 1 July, including for apprentices and trainees!

Published on: 21 June 2018

On 13 June, the WA Industrial Relations Commission increased the state minimum wage for adult award free employees and all pay rates in WA awards effective from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2018.

WA young guns shine at 2018 WorldSkills National Championships, winning 21 medals!

Published on: 18 June 2018

An outstanding achievement by Team WA wins 21 medals!

The WorldSkills National Championships is the country’s largest Vocational Education and Training (VET) competition. It highlights the country’s best apprentices and trainees in more than 60 different skills areas, who compete for the title of national champion. More than a third of the 51 Team WA participants were secondary school students who competed in the WorldSkills Australia Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS) program.

Industry Link Regional Roadshow June/July/August – Supporting local business

Published on: 14 June 2018

Local businesses interested in State Government supply and tendering opportunities in regional Western Australia are invited to attend the WA Industry Link Regional Roadshow, which is running through June, July and August.

The regional roadshow will run throughout the State, informing regional businesses about WA Industry Link – a key component of the McGowan Government's Western Australian Jobs Act 2017 to maximise opportunities for local businesses to secure work on government contracts.

Jobs and Skills Centres officially launched by Premier and Minister

Published on: 2 June 2018

The first five Jobs and Skills Centres were officially launched on 30 May by WA Premier Mark McGowan and Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery, creating increased access to job-related services for Western Australians.  The centres are a one-stop-shop for students, jobseekers and career changers looking to improve their skills and job prospects. Staff at the centres will provide free professional and practical advice on training and employment opportunities, career advice, and apprenticeship and training information.

Did you know many courses are available online?

Published on: 30 April 2018

Online courses can give you options to study when and where suits you, at your own pace!

Five new TAFE Jobs and Skills Centres open today!

Published on: 16 April 2018

Five new Jobs and Skills Centres opened today at Western Australia's north and south metropolitan TAFE campuses.

New industry-based traineeship is the bees' knees!

Published on: 11 April 2018

Certificate III in beekeeping traineeship available for the first time in WA.

New opportunities in automation, technology and innovation

Published on: 4 April 2018

A Western Australian vocational education and training (VET) alliance between Rio Tinto and South Metropolitan TAFE to encourage input and involvement from the mining and resources industry will result in the development of Australia's first automation qualifications.

TAFE college named training partner for naval shipbuilding college

Published on: 3 April 2018

South Metropolitan TAFE (SMT) will be the major training provider in Western Australia for new defence contracts as part of the national Australian Naval Shipbuilding College announced today by the Federal Government,  for trade and semi-professional training in WA for the naval shipbuilding industry.

2017 Student satisfaction survey now available

Published on: 28 March 2018

The Student Satisfaction Survey is conducted annually to gather information about the satisfaction levels amongst students at Western Australia's five TAFE colleges and the WA Academy of Performing Arts.

Aboriginal Driver training program a huge success!

Published on: 16 March 2018

The commitment of Wirrpanda Foundation mentor Kylie Jesus to a driver training program has seen huge returns for young Aboriginal people, with almost 90 people obtaining their provisional licence and more than 50 gaining employment as a direct result of the program. Kylie is a driver training mentor for the Kwinana Driver Training Program which was funded by the Department of Training and Workforce Development through the Wirrpanda Foundation.