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WA scoops the pool at Australian Training Awards – Congratulations to all our winners!

Published on: 19 November 2018

Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery has congratulated Western Australia’s vocational education and training (VET) sector for one of our best ever showings at Australia’s leading industry awards on 15 November. Six of WA’s 11 award nominees picked up accolades at the Australian Training Awards, with both individual and organisational winners from the State’s VET system being recognised for their success. 

Albany Jobs and Skills Centre now open!

Published on: 15 November 2018

A new Jobs and Skills Centre on the Albany campus of South 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 as well as employers and business. 

Growing the WA lobster industry – Growing jobs in maritime, aquaculture and more!

Published on: 10 November 2018

The WA Government plans to grow the Western Australian lobster industry – creating up to 500 more jobs in WA across industries such as maritime,  aquaculture, tourism, research and retail – helping to grow the economy and returning more benefits to the WA community. 

Peel Jobs and Skills Centre’s pre-apprentice and VET students information session a huge success!

Published on: 1 November 2018

Peel Jobs and Skills Centre's pre-apprentice and VET students information session and mini jobs fair held on Wednesday 31 October was a huge success, with approximately 60 students attending.

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for job opportunities, training info and news updates!

Published on: 29 October 2018

The news section of the Jobs and Skills website is usually pretty busy, with updates throughout the week, but we often have information and opportunities for jobseekers and students, as well as employers and businesses, that are shared only through our social media. So if you're not following us, you're missing out!

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

Published on: 28 October 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! 

Careers and employment information session – Pre-apprentice and VET students (Peel-Mandurah)

Published on: 25 October 2018

Are you in the Peel/Mandurah area and currently doing a vocational education and training (VET) course, or a pre-apprenticeship? Or doing a VET course in year 11 or 12? Want to get some excellent free career advice, and meet local employers with job opportunities? Then you need to be at the Peel Jobs and Skills Centre Careers and Employment Information Session! Oh.. did we mention there's a sausage sizzle? 

A new era for international education – New strategy to attract students to WA launched!

Published on: 25 October 2018

Western Australia currently has more than 50,000 international students living and learning in Perth. On 23 October, WA Premier Mark McGowan and Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery launched the State's plan to attract thousands of more international students to Western Australia  – 'Where Bright Futures Begin: International Education in Perth, Western Australia 2018–2025'. 

New State Training Plan 2018–2021 now available – Priorities and strategies for VET in WA

Published on: 23 October 2018

The WA State Training Board's State Training Plan 2018–2021 was endorsed by the Hon. Sue Ellery, Minister for Education and Training on 20 August 2018. The priorities identified in the Plan inform funding, planning and policy decisions for vocational education and training in Western Australia.

Boosting the quality of vocational education and training in schools – Improving outcomes for students!

Published on: 22 October 2018

An overhaul of the vocational education and training (VET) delivered in Western Australian secondary schools was announced today by WA's Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery. The planned changes will help to ensure students receive quality training, from quality training providers, to ensure the best possible outcomes once they leave school. The list of qualifications offered to secondary students will also be refocused, to ensure students graduate with a valuable qualification that meets industry needs and leads to employment opportunities.

SPOL 2018 now available! Find out what WA’s State priority occupations are for 2018–19.

Published on: 22 October 2018

The State priority occupation list  (SPOL) is a list of occupations rated according to their priority status for Western Australia. It is produced annually by the Department of Training and Workforce Development, using a range of key economic and labour market data and projections as well as evidence from each of the WA industry training councils and other stakeholders, and guides decisions around subsidies for qualifications and courses.

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

Published on: 17 October 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)?

Joondalup Jobs and Skills Centre team supporting local jobseekers at Midland Jobs Fair!

Published on: 15 October 2018

North Metropolitan TAFE's Joondalup Jobs and Skills Centre team had a very busy day recently at the Midland Gate Jobs Fair, helping jobseekers. 

New Peel Jobs and Skills Centre officially open! Boosting opportunities for Mandurah region

Published on: 10 October 2018

The new Peel Jobs and Skills Centre was officially launched today at the Mandurah campus of South Metropolitan TAFE, by the Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery. Jobs and Skills Centres provide free professional and practical advice on training and employment opportunities, career advice and apprenticeship and training information, and specialist services for Aboriginal jobseekers. They also support local employers and businesses to build a skilled workforce and create employment, apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities, and offer a free online jobs board where job vacancies can be posted.

Funding boost to create more WA apprenticeships and traineeships, and new employer incentives!

Published on: 8 October 2018

The McGowan Government has negotiated a fair deal for Western Australia, with up to $126 million available to create thousands of jobs for apprenticeships and traineeships. Funding will also be provided for thousands of pre-apprenticeships – a career pathway that is strongly supported by industry – and for skills development to support the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Additionally, a new McGowan Government employer incentive scheme will provide training support to employers, including small businesses.

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

Published on: 3 October 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 RAC 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 once again for casual employment with VenuesWest, in a range of roles across all their venues. 

Congratulations to the individual and organisation winners of the WA Training Awards 2018 – the best in the West!

Published on: 1 October 2018

Twelve individual and organisational winners have been recognised as outstanding apprentices, trainees, students at Friday night's WA Training Awards 2018 presentation dinner. The WA Training Awards highlight the achievements of apprentices, trainees, VET students, training organisations and employers in the training sector.


WA Premier Mark McGowan officially opens Kalgoorlie Jobs and Skills Centre!

Published on: 27 September 2018

The Kalgoorlie Jobs and Skills Centre was officially opened by WA Premier Mark McGowan, and Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery, on Friday 21 September. 

QANTAS – opportunities for Aboriginal and Indigenous people – Cabin crew and more!

Published on: 21 September 2018

As one of the world's largest airlines, QANTAS employs over 35,000 people in a wide range of roles... in the air, and on the ground. They're currently looking for Australian Aboriginal and Indigenous people to join the QANTAS team, as cabin crew or in customer service roles and even in the corporate office. What a fantastic 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!

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.  

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.

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.