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WA to host first TAFE Clean Energy Skills National Centre of Excellence

Published on: 10 June 2024

The Commonwealth and WA State Governments are jointly investing $70.5 million over five years to establish Australia's first TAFE Clean Energy Skills National Centre of Excellence in Western Australia.

Diesel-electric truck to assist next generation of automotive workers

Published on: 17 May 2024

Byrnecut has joined forces with South Metropolitan TAFE to help train the next generation of heavy automotive workers by donating a 60T diesel-electric underground mining truck.

New defence industry website 'The Other Force' launches

Published on: 29 April 2024

The State Government has launched a new website to encourage Western Australians to explore and navigate employment and career pathways in our State's growing defence industry workforce.

New $43.2 million training facilities open at Pundulmurra TAFE

Published on: 24 April 2024

Apprentices and school-based trainees are now learning in two state-of-the-art trades workshops at North Regional TAFE's Pundulmurra campus, thanks to the State Government's total $48.9 million investment in upgrading training facilities in the region.

Free digital skills training added to Job Ready network

Published on: 2 April 2024

The State Government is encouraging Western Australians to take advantage of a free pre-employment pathway that guides them into administrative and customer service jobs quickly and effectively - to help meet the State's workforce needs.

$10 million trade training workshop opens at Kalgoorlie TAFE

Published on: 26 March 2024

Central Regional TAFE's Kalgoorlie campus is now training students in new $10 million state-of-the-art heavy plant workshops, as part of the Cook Labor Government's historic investment in modern TAFE facilities.

West Aussies to represent Australia at WorldSkills Lyon 2024

Published on: 14 March 2024

The best in the West have been selected to represent Team Australia as Skillaroos at the 47th WorldSkills International Competition which will take place in Lyon, France in September 2024.

Services for skilled migrants to settle in new WA regional locations

Published on: 14 March 2024

The State Government's $4.25 million Skilled Migrant Job Connect Program is continuing to support newly arrived skilled migrants into Western Australia's workforce and community with specialist Settlement Services extended to regional locations.

Deadly Jobs Expo 2024 Fitzroy Crossing

Published on: 11 March 2024

Free entry 9am to 3pm, 21 and 22 March 2024. Meet employers and training organisations to find out about job and training opportunities.

New school pre-apprenticeship program lifts female participation

Published on: 11 March 2024

Young women training in engineering are among the latest cohort of secondary school students to benefit from the State Government's $29.8 million investment to expand the number of vocational education and training (VET) places available for Year 10, 11 and 12 students.

State Government positions WA as global clean energy powerhouse

Published on: 1 March 2024

The State Government has lodged a proposal with the Commonwealth Government to establish a Clean Energy National Centre of Excellence in Western Australia, as it works to position the State at the forefront of the global clean energy transition.

Take the leap! Applications open for 30th WA Training Awards

Published on: 1 March 2024

It's time for Western Australia's brightest training stars to take the leap!

TAFE college lecturers well placed to meet industry skills needs

Published on: 12 February 2024

The State Government's record investment in TAFE is continuing through delivery of a $9.9 million election commitment that is connecting Western Australian TAFE college lecturers with first-hand experience of industry's skills and workforce needs through industry placements.

Applications now open for grants for projects that support training and employment outcomes for Aboriginal people

Published on: 6 February 2024

Organisations in the Kimberley and Goldfields-Esperance regions can now apply for a share of $1.35 million in State Government funding to provide targeted and practical training and employment support to Aboriginal peoples.

Thousands of students head back to TAFE fee-free in 2024

Published on: 2 February 2024

The State Government's investment in fee-free TAFE training is supporting thousands of Western Australian students to kick off their training in 2024 and prepare for skilled jobs in priority sectors.

Jobs and Skills Centres opening times: 2023-2024 holidays

Published on: 15 December 2023

Jobs and Skill Centre services will be temporarily redirected or closed during this Christmas and New Year.

More fee free training available to help women into the workforce in 2024

Published on: 14 December 2023

The Certificate I in New Opportunities for Women (NOW) course has been added to the fee free list for 2024, as part of the State Government’s expanded measures to boost access to foundation skills training to support increased vocational education and training (VET) and workforce participation for under-represented groups.

Training preparing energy workers for opportunities on the horizon

Published on: 29 November 2023

North Metro TAFE and Horizon Power partner to help power WA's clean energy future

Break stereotypes and break into your dream career with a $5,000 scholarship

Published on: 22 November 2023

Applications are now open for the State Government’s Women in Non-Traditional Trades Scholarship (WiNTT) program.

New resource to help grow Western Australia's defence workforce

Published on: 27 October 2023

Program to help fast-track students to a university degree

Traineeship boost for WA's early childhood education workforce

Published on: 29 June 2023

The State Government's significant investment in free and low-fee training has almost doubled the number of early childhood education and care (ECEC) traineeships completed in the past year, helping to build the important sector's future workforce.

Site of Collie's new $6.3 million training centre revealed

Published on: 28 June 2023

The WA State Government has today unveiled plans for a new $6.3 million South Regional TAFE onsite training facility in Collie, to help local workers transition into new job opportunities.

Defence industry internship and graduate scholarships open

Published on: 21 June 2023

Applications are open for the State Government’s new Defence Industry Internship and Graduate Scholarships program designed to boost the uptake of interns and graduates in Western Australia’s priority defence industry.

Training boost for Peel region with new Mandurah TAFE facility

Published on: 16 June 2023

South Metropolitan TAFE’s Mandurah campus is now delivering specialty training from its state-of-the-art Hospitality and Tourism Training Centre.

New $11.8 million training centre at Broome TAFE officially open

Published on: 1 June 2023

The Kimberley region’s vital tourism and hospitality industries are set to benefit from a new training centre at North Regional TAFE’s Broome campus.

Transformational Roebourne project delivers training boost for Pilbara

Published on: 1 June 2023

Specialist training is now underway at North Regional TAFE’s Minurmarghali Mia (Roebourne) campus, with new multi-purpose training facilities playing a key role in connecting the local Aboriginal community to vocational education and training.

New support for jobseekers to address skills shortage

Published on: 18 May 2023

The WA State Government is investing $5.5 million for a new program to help address skill needs by tapping into underutilised parts of the labour force to help ease skills shortages across key industries such as construction, hospitality and health.

Boost for regional early childhood education and care workforce

Published on: 15 May 2023

The WA State Government has released an action plan to further support the early childhood education and care (ECEC) workforce in regional Western Australia. 

State Budget’s $93.4 million to support more West Aussies into jobs

Published on: 11 May 2023

$93.4 million investment to boost workforce.

Targeted support to build WAs critical construction workforce

Published on: 1 May 2023

The WA State Government will deliver a $47.6 million boost to Western Australia's building and construction workforce in the 2023-24 Budget, which includes a range of new initiatives to ramp up local training and attraction of skilled workers from overseas.

Grants for developing new defence short courses open

Published on: 27 April 2023

Western Australian defence industry firms and peak organisations can now apply for the first round of grants offered through the McGowan Government’s $2.5 million Defence industry grants program.

Enhanced Aboriginal services and a new Jobs and Skills Centre

Published on: 19 April 2023

Building on its strong commitment to involve more Aboriginal people in frontline service delivery, the WA State Government has enhanced Aboriginal services at Jobs and Skills Centres (JSCs) across the State and today opened a new JSC at South Metropolitan TAFE’s Fremantle campus.

Heavy vehicle driver training expanded to cover new ground

Published on: 18 April 2023

The WA State Government is rolling out its successful Heavy Vehicle Driving Operations training program to the Kimberley and Pilbara, to help train local people for local jobs. 

Jobs and Skills Centre opens to support Collie workers

Published on: 6 April 2023

Support for Collie workers has reached another milestone today, with a new Jobs and Skills Centre (JSC) opening in the heart of the local community as the town continues its transition to a more sustainable future.

New METRONET training facility open for training

Published on: 31 March 2023

Construction of the $5.4 million specialist METRONET Trade Training Centre at North Metropolitan TAFE’s Midland campus is across the line.

Industry feedback invited on new defence reskilling and upskilling grants

Published on: 21 March 2023

As the State Government prepares its new $2.5 million Defence industry grants program for take-off, industry stakeholders are being invited to provide feedback on the expression of interest document ahead of applications opening. 

Building equal and safe workplaces on International Women's Day

Published on: 8 March 2023

The State Government is investing $3 million to establish a new TAFE scholarship program to attract women into occupations that are traditionally male-dominated and assist with covering their training costs and other associated expenses.

Major TAFE upgrade underway for specialist trades in Albany

Published on: 8 March 2023

A major upgrade is underway at South Regional TAFE’s Albany campus, bringing modern new training facilities to the Great Southern region.

Time to shine! Applications now open for WA Training Awards

Published on: 1 March 2023

The search is on for the brightest stars in Western Australia’s vocational education and training (VET) sector through the WA Training Awards 2023.

Job-creating upgrades at Joondalup TAFE underway

Published on: 28 February 2023

A $20.4 million upgrade at North Metropolitan TAFE Joondalup is underway, bringing light automotive training facilities to the northern suburbs. 

Australian and WA Governments agreement delivers results

Published on: 20 February 2023

Western Australian TAFE colleges are experiencing a surge in enrolments in Fee-Free courses thanks to a landmark partnership between the Australian and Western Australian Governments. 

$2 million world-class maritime simulators for South Metropolitan TAFE

Published on: 13 February 2023

Maritime students at South Metropolitan TAFE’s Fremantle campus are set to benefit from world-class simulator technology, preparing future shipmasters, officers and engineers for their maritime careers.

Bursaries bringing international students back to WA’s regions

Published on: 6 February 2023

Central Regional TAFE has welcomed the first group of international students to Geraldton following their success in the inaugural round of the McGowan Government’s regional bursaries for TAFE international students.

$2.9 million to attract and retain regional TAFE lecturers

Published on: 3 February 2023

Eligible new and existing regional TAFE lecturers in the Pilbara, Kimberley and Kalgoorlie will receive a one-off Temporary Regional Incentive for the 2023 academic year.

Free period products extended to WA TAFE colleges

Published on: 25 January 2023

Period products for public school and TAFE students.

Call to ‘start something’ with WA’s defence industry

Published on: 23 January 2023

Western Australians encouraged to start something in the defence industry.

Construction starts on $47M Balga TAFE redevelopment

Published on: 2 December 2022

The $47.9 million expansion of North Metropolitan TAFE’s Balga campus has officially begun, with Premier Mark McGowan and Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery visiting the northern suburbs campus today to turn the first sod of the new state of the art training facility.

Over 100 qualifications and skill sets FREE IN '23!

Published on: 28 November 2022

The Commonwealth and Western Australian Governments have today signed a landmark 12-month Skills Agreement to address the current skills shortage and deliver fee-free* TAFE and more vocational education places for Western Australians. 

WA's best of VET celebrated at Australian Training Awards 2022

Published on: 19 November 2022

Seven of Western Australia's 11 outstanding finalists recognised at prestigious national awards.

Heavy Vehicle Driving Operations skill set hits a big milestone!

Published on: 15 November 2022

More than 230 people now licensed and employed.

New initiative to attract international students to regional WA

Published on: 15 November 2022

A new initiative to attract international students to live, work and study at Western Australia’s regional TAFE colleges and help alleviate shortages in priority skill shortage areas in regional areas is set to begin next year.

TAFE gets four new high-tech CNC machines

Published on: 10 November 2022

New TAFE equipment to advance the defence industry workforce.

WA Defence Industry Workforce Development Plan 2022−27

Published on: 10 November 2022

The WA State Government has today released its blueprint to build a strong and sustainable defence industry workforce; leading the way with analysis, planning and investment to support the sector’s workforce and diversify the economy.

Industry partnership to grow early childhood education and care workforce

Published on: 31 October 2022

The McGowan Government is partnering with Western Australia’s early childhood education and care sector to pilot a Job Ready pre-employment program leading the way to attract and upskill more early childhood educators for the local workforce.

Remote and regional students to taste of the world of work

Published on: 28 October 2022

Year 9 Career Taster Program now available to more WA students.

WA Training Awards 2022 — Winners announced!

Published on: 21 September 2022

Western Australia’s vocational education and training (VET) sector’s brightest stars celebrated at the 2022 WA Training Awards presentation event at Crown Perth tonight, with eight individual and five organisations announced as this year’s winners. 

Subsidised and free training for humanitarian migrants

Published on: 21 September 2022

From January 2023, access to free training and over 210 low-fee qualifications will be extended to humanitarian migrants (refugees and asylum seekers) from Afghanistan and Ukraine. 

$2M upgrade of Central Regional TAFE’s Northam campus complete

Published on: 14 September 2022

New classrooms and trades workshops for Wheatbelt students.

New incentive to boost WA's defence industry workforce!

Published on: 26 August 2022

Upskilling defence industry workers to meet demands of technological advances

Record results continue for apprenticeships and traineeships in WA

Published on: 25 August 2022

Announced today at SkillsWest Careers & Employment Expo.

WA Training Awards 2022 finalists announced!

Published on: 11 August 2022

Representing excellence in vocational education and training

New Jobs and Skills Centre for the Pilbara!

Published on: 2 August 2022

Western Australia’s statewide network of Jobs and Skills Centres (JSCs) has been expanded in the State’s north, with Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery officially opening the South Hedland JSC at North Regional TAFE’s Pundulmurra campus today.

More exciting upgrades for Pundulmurra TAFE

Published on: 2 August 2022

Construction has commenced on major upgrades to North Regional TAFE’s Pundulmurra campus, with $48.9 million in new facilities set to deliver a substantial boost to trade training in the Pilbara region to include new trades, engineering and commercial cookery facilities.

New Jobs and Skills Centre for the East Kimberley region!

Published on: 1 August 2022

The network of Western Australia’s Jobs and Skills Centres (JSCs) continues to grow, with the opening today by Premier Mark McGowan and Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery of a new centre in Kununurra.

New register to connect skilled migrants with WA jobs

Published on: 19 July 2022

The WA State Government has today launched a new Skilled Migrant Employment Register to attract workers to key industries, helping to deliver the skilled labour needed to support Western Australia’s strong economy and jobs market.

New program for pathways into Early Childhood Education & Care

Published on: 12 July 2022

The Early Childhood Education and Care Job Ready Program has two components; in class training with an approved, accredited training provider, plus an industry work placement for hands on experience. The program will be available on either a full time (five weeks total) or part time (ten weeks total) study basis, and is 100% FEE FREE for eligible students including people aged 15—24, jobseekers, and concession card holders. The program is ideal for people of all ages and backgrounds who would love to start a career working with children, contributing to the learning and development of our future generations. Participation on this program requires no prior experience!

Getting ready for jobs in the WA resources sector

Published on: 30 June 2022

New Driller's Offsider Job Ready Program a huge success!

$40 million redevelopment of Balga TAFE moving ahead

Published on: 23 June 2022

Design finalised for contemporary new training facilities at Balga TAFE campus.

Life experience leads to unique and rewarding opportunities

Published on: 21 June 2022

Living with disability has not stopped Anne Raheb from accomplishing her life goals which has helped her confidence soar in her personal and professional life.

New Jobs and Skills Centre to open in Collie

Published on: 14 June 2022

The WA State Government has established a new service to support the transition of Collie workers into new jobs, as the world and local workforce moves away from coal and coal-fired energy production.

Record VET enrolments — Building WA’s future local workforce

Published on: 26 May 2022

Thanks to the WA State Government’s strategic investment in the training sector, more Western Australians than ever are getting the skills needed by local industry.