News archive

COVID-19 update: 12 July 2021

Published on: 13 July 2021

The Perth and Peel regions returned to pre-lockdown conditions at 12:01am Monday 12 July. This means there is no longer a requirement to wear masks.

COVID-19 update: Perth and Peel lockdown lifted

Published on: 2 July 2021

The WA Government has announced that the current lockdown in the Perth and Peel regions is ending at 12:01 am Saturday 3 July 2021, with a range of interim restrictions in place for three days until 12:01 am on Tuesday 6 July, and some further transitional restrictions to remain in place until 12:01 am on Monday 12 July pending ongoing health advice.

COVID-19 update: Perth and Peel lockdown

Published on: 28 June 2021

Important information for TAFE students, Jobs and Skills Centre customers, and Department clients. 

COVID-19 update: Sunday 27 June

Published on: 27 June 2021

Effective 12 pm Sunday 27 June, restrictions will be introduced for Perth and Peel for a minimum of three days. 

COVID-19 Update: Friday 14 May

Published on: 14 May 2021

Important information for WA TAFE students, Jobs and Skills Centre clients, and Department customers

COVID-19 Update: Friday 7 May

Published on: 7 May 2021

Important information for WA TAFE students, Jobs and Skills Centre clients, and Department customers

COVID-19 UPDATE: LOCKDOWN RESTRICTIONS EASED FOR PERTH AND PEEL REGION

Published on: 30 April 2021

Important information for WA TAFE students, Jobs and Skills Centre clients, and Department clients.

COVID-19 Update: Transition from lockdown for Perth and Peel region

Published on: 27 April 2021

Important information on COVID-19.

Applications for the 2021 WA Training Awards open 1 March

Published on: 15 February 2021

Put yourself in the spotlight!

COVID-19 Update: Transition out of lockdown for Perth, Peel and South West WA

Published on: 5 February 2021

Important information for WA TAFE students, Jobs and Skills Centre clients, and Department clients.

COVID-19 update

Published on: 31 January 2021

Information for students, clients and staff

Jobs and Skills Centres – Open and closure times over Christmas and new year 2020

Published on: 16 December 2020

The metropolitan and regional TAFE Jobs and Skills Centres will be temporarily closed over the Christmas 2020 and new year 2021 period.

New specialist training facility for WA’s resources sector

Published on: 15 December 2020

Exciting news for North Metropolitan TAFE's Midland campus announced today!

Volunteering: A Pathway to Job Readiness

Published on: 7 December 2020

New program providing employment pathways for young people

Training in Mandurah just got another boost!

Published on: 3 December 2020

$5.5 million for new hair and beauty facilities.

Jobs and Skills Centres now open in Armadale and Midland!

Published on: 12 November 2020

Two new Jobs and Skills Centres announced to provide support to job seekers, career changers and young people in unemployment hot spots.

Congratulations to the 2020 WA Training Awards winners!

Published on: 7 October 2020

Celebrating excellence in vocational education and training.

New $8 million announced to upgrade WA TAFE infrastructure

Published on: 2 October 2020

To ensure a pipeline of skilled workers in Western Australia, and in recognition of the important role TAFE plays in skilling, reskilling and upskilling WA workers to support the State’s economic recovery, four more capital works projects have been funded to improve TAFE college infrastructure. 

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

Published on: 1 October 2020

VenuesWest takes pride in owning and/or operating 13 of Western Australia’s major sporting and entertainment venues, including Optus Stadium and RAC Arena, but also HBF Park, 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.

$18.34 million investment in defence workforce

Published on: 22 September 2020

An $18 million package to build a pipeline of skilled workers in Western Australia to attract defence maritime projects to the State has been announced. This workforce investment will help provide the skilled workers needed to support upcoming WA defence projects and secure future defence work, expected to be valued at up to $75 billion nationally over the next decade.

IT and Cyber Security scholarships for people on the Autism spectrum

Published on: 18 September 2020

Up to $5,000 available for VET study in 2021. *now closed*

Join the TAFE WA team! Lecturer applications now open!

Published on: 18 September 2020

*now closed* We are looking for skilled workers with at least five years' industry experience who have a genuine passion for their field and the drive to teach others. A teaching qualification is not required — applicants with the right skills and experience will be assisted to attain their lecturing qualification/s. Applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds — in particular skilled Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, as well as women in non-traditional trades — are strongly encouraged to apply. 

WA Training Awards 2020 finalists announced!

Published on: 17 September 2020

Showcasing the best in WA's vocational education and training.

Work and wander out yonder in regional WA

Published on: 11 September 2020

Job opportunities available in regional WA!

Over 115 apprentices and trainees are back into jobs

Published on: 13 August 2020

Over 100 employers access new Reengagement Incentive.

Wheatbelt training facilities overhaul to meet industry needs

Published on: 6 August 2020

$2 million upgrades for Central Regional TAFE's Northam campus.

TAFE investment to boost trades training in the Great Southern

Published on: 6 August 2020

$17 million for new trades workshops at Albany TAFE.

Wheatbelt Recovery Plan unveiled

Published on: 6 August 2020

Boosting the region's training, jobs and economy.

$8 million investment in WA's agriculture sector for Muresk Institute

Published on: 6 August 2020

New specialist training centre for farm technologies.

$10 million TAFE investment is gold for the Goldfields!

Published on: 4 August 2020

New $46 million Goldfields—Esperance Recovery Plan announced.

Top TAFE training facilities in our top end!

Published on: 30 July 2020

$16M investment in new and upgraded training centres for the Kimberley.

$9.17 million for new Mandurah TAFE hospitality and tourism training centre

Published on: 29 July 2020

A world class hospitality and tourism training centre will be built at South Metropolitan TAFE’s Mandurah campus.

New state of the art NDIS Training Centre opens in Broome

Published on: 28 July 2020

A brand new National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Training Centre at North Regional TAFE’s Broome campus has opened today. 

Biggest TAFE investment in history as part of WA Recovery Plan

Published on: 28 July 2020

$229.2 million Rebuilding our TAFEs program announced today.

Training review report now available

Published on: 28 July 2020

On 21 May 2020, the establishment of an urgent review on skills, training and workforce development in response to COVID 19's impact on the workforce in Western Australia was announced. The Review Report is now available.

$5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan launched to get WA back on track

Published on: 27 July 2020

The WA Recovery Plan — the next important step in WA's COVID-19 journey that will help drive economic and social recovery across the State — was released today.

Perth Virtual Jobs Fair

Published on: 9 July 2020

Free! Online Jobs fair for jobseekers across WA on Tuesday 14 July 2020.

Elite athletes get fair playing field for apprenticeships and traineeships

Published on: 3 July 2020

Opening up new career opportunities for Western Australian elite athletes.

New free training to get WA Skills Ready!

Published on: 3 July 2020

Under the new Skills Ready program, free short courses have been developed in consultation with industry to engage displaced workers, including young people, and meet immediate and emerging skill requirements as the economy recovers. These free skill sets will provide a launch-pad for students to get skills ready for new jobs, and provide pathways to full qualifications. In an expansion of the Lower fees, local skills initiative that rolled out before COVID-19,  course fees for a further 39 high priority courses will be slashed by as much as 72 per cent. 

The annual Western Australian Training Awards will go ahead in 2020!

Published on: 30 June 2020

Applications for the WA Training Awards open tomorrow, July 1.

First stage of Collie TAFE upgrades complete, new truck driver training program launched!

Published on: 29 June 2020

The new Heavy Haulage Driving Operations Skill Set, endorsed by the Western Roads Federation, was developed following considerable industry consultation and will fill key skills gaps for this essential service. The five-week course has been developed to support workers and businesses and gives drivers the end-to-end skills needed in their workplace and help jobseekers increase their employability.

Free training for WA apprentices and trainees

Published on: 5 June 2020

Course fees scrapped! To safeguard Western Australia’s future workforce, more than 3,000 apprentices and trainees will now be able to access free training so that they can continue building their skills and stay in employment where possible.

Launchpad ready to boost Pilbara businesses!

Published on: 4 June 2020

Business accelerator program now available.

Identifying training solutions for COVID-19 recovery

Published on: 21 May 2020

An urgent review of skills, training and workforce development has been established, in response to COVID 19.

$150M Stimulus to boost building industry jobs

Published on: 19 May 2020

Supporting WA tradies and business.

New opportunities for WA apprentices!

Published on: 15 May 2020

Rio Tinto and TAFE partnership creating new jobs.

New state of the art $18.34 million TAFE campus for Esperance!

Published on: 15 May 2020

Esperance locals will benefit from state-of-the-art training facilities with construction set to commence on South Regional TAFE's new $18.34 million Esperance campus.

$14.4 million to support WA tourism industry and jobs

Published on: 15 May 2020

A new WA Tourism Recovery Program funding package has been announced, to support and boost small tourism businesses and jobs following the easing of regional travel and other COVID-19 related restrictions.

National Careers Week Australia coming soon!

Published on: 12 May 2020

National Careers Week starts 18 May 2020, running all week through to 24 May 2020.

New website to assist jobseekers and increase disability sector workforce capacity

Published on: 5 May 2020

Increasing WA's disability sector workforce capacity.

New $24.5 million support package for WA construction industry

Published on: 29 April 2020

A $24.5 million support package to assist the building and construction industry to maintain a skilled workforce during the COVID-19 crisis has been announced.

Scholarship opportunity: Up to $10,000 for VET study

Published on: 28 April 2020

The Commonwealth Government’s Scholarships Program for Young Australians Program provides scholarships of up to $10,000 for study costs, for courses that target in-demand occupations across a range of industries including construction, healthcare, information technology, sports and recreation and education.

New short course to upskill aged care and disability workers

Published on: 27 April 2020

COVID-19 Direct Care course is now available — Training for jobs.

New blended delivery model for WA TAFEs in Term 2

Published on: 27 April 2020

Continuing training in line with latest COVID-19 health advice.

New national employment register for displaced apprentices and trainees

Published on: 23 April 2020

Connecting apprentices, trainees and employers,

Financial incentives to help employers to employ and train

Published on: 23 April 2020

Complete list of State and Commonwealth financial incentives to help employers to employ and train.

WA Training Awards 2020: Important announcement

Published on: 7 April 2020

The Western Australian Training Awards (WATA) is the State’s premier awards program recognising excellence in vocational education and training (VET) and the outstanding achievements of our VET students, apprentices and trainees, practitioners and training providers, organisations and employers. Please read this important announcement regarding the WATA 2020 program.

Support available for individuals and jobseekers impacted by COVID-19

Published on: 2 April 2020

Useful information, links and resources to help jobseekers, individuals, students and families access support.

WorldSkills Australia National Championships postponed for COVID-19

Published on: 1 April 2020

The WorldSkills Australia National Championships, due to be held in Perth this August, will be postponed until 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jobs and Skills Centre Services (COVID-19 update)

Published on: 30 March 2020

To ensure we are looking after the wellbeing of our JSC staff and their clients, and minimising the risk of illness or transmission of COVID-19, in-person services at some centres may be required to change. 

Changes to WA TAFE operations: Monday 30 March

Published on: 30 March 2020

Changes to operations at all WA TAFE colleges, in response to COVID-19, have been announced.

State and Commonwealth Government supports WA businesses

Published on: 24 March 2020

COVID-19 Financial stimulus package now available.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) information update 18 March

Published on: 19 March 2020

As of Wednesday 18 March 2020,  new measures have been put in place to help manage COVID-19 in Australia.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) information update

Published on: 16 March 2020

Updated self-isolation requirements as of Monday 16 March 2020.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information update 13 March 2020

Published on: 13 March 2020

This latest update provides you with new and updated information related to travel advisories and health considerations, as at Friday 13 March.

Don't miss out — Reserve your free tickets!

Published on: 12 March 2020

Don't miss out — Reserve your free tickets!

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information update 10 March 2020

Published on: 10 March 2020

As has been the case in recent weeks we will continue to closely monitor new information such as travel advisories and quickly and clearly advise you what this means, both for staff and students. We will provide regular updates to you as information becomes available. This updater is current as of Tuesday 10 March 2020. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

Published on: 4 March 2020

Information update for all WA TAFE students.

New half price TAFE fees proving popular with Mandurah students

Published on: 25 February 2020

Early data shows strong growth in student enrolments for 'lower fees, local skills' courses at the South Metropolitan TAFE Mandurah campus.

New service to connect employers and jobseekers in the disability sector

Published on: 17 February 2020

More local skills, more local jobs for VET graduates.

Changes to WA Australian Apprenticeship Support Network providers

Published on: 13 February 2020
WA AASN providers updated as of 1 February 2020.

Lower fees, local skills delivers 20% increase in Technical and Further Education TAFE enrolments

Published on: 11 February 2020

Half-price course fees initiative supporting skills for WA.

WA Training Awards 2020 applications are now open!

Published on: 10 February 2020

Looking for the stars of WA's vocational education and training sector!

Coronavirus national public health advice for TAFE students

Published on: 1 February 2020

Revised following national public health advice.

Coronavirus national public health advice for TAFE students

Published on: 28 January 2020

Important advice for parents, students and staff.

Aboriginal Ranger Program Round 3 applications open

Published on: 24 January 2020

$4 million available for Aboriginal organisations to train and employ rangers.

Want to kickstart your career in agricultural technology?

Published on: 14 January 2020

Are you a young person interested in agricultural technology? Are you willing to live and work in a regional town? You need to do the WAFarmers Bootcamp to Employment! 

VET partnerships program to drive job growth in regional WA

Published on: 25 November 2019

New VET programs are creating more apprenticeships and traineeships in all regional areas of Western Australia.

North Regional TAFE music lecturer receives ARIA nomination

Published on: 7 November 2019

Bel Skinner nominated for the ARIA Music Teacher of the Year Award

Nominations open for 7NEWS Young Achiever Awards

Published on: 7 November 2019

Give thanks and recognition where it is needed – to our young leaders.

WorldSkills national championships coming to Perth 2020

Published on: 5 November 2019

WA to host Australia's premier VET skills showcase in August 2020.

Course fees halved for target qualifications

Published on: 14 October 2019

The Premier Mark McGowan and Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery today announced that the State Government will reduce course fees to half price for target vocational education and training (VET) qualifications, from 1 January 2020 through to 31 December 2021, under the new Lower fees, local skills program.

Peel Jobs & Skills Centre is at the Mandurah Forum Jobs Shop!

Published on: 11 October 2019

The Peel Jobs and Skills Centre team will be in the Jobs Shop at the Mandurah Forum to help you to get ready for the Mandurah Jobs Fair, coming up on Thursday 31 October 2019.

ChemCentre Open Day – Celebrating science and STEM

Published on: 10 October 2019

Showcasing the diversity of STEM careers

On Saturday 26 October, from 10 am to 4 pm, ChemCentre is holding an open day to celebrate science and showcase the diversity of careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program for skilled newcomer professionals

Published on: 8 October 2019

Newcomers (migrants and refugees) bring talent, innovation and international expertise to Western Australia, but they need information and networks to succeed.  The Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program (KMP) aims to help skilled newcomer professionals improve their employment potential by matching them with mentors from their industry or occupation.

Aboriginal Perth brought to life with Noongar place naming

Published on: 2 October 2019

An interactive map acknowledging Noongar place names in the Perth central business district was recently launched. The map brings renewed recognition to the traditional owners of the land and their ongoing connection to the region.

Boost to Aboriginal employment opportunities in the Goldfields

Published on: 2 October 2019

Providing vocational training and employment pathways in the resources sector.

Record number of Western Australians employed in mining sector

Published on: 1 October 2019

Increase in number of Western Australians employed in the mining sector.

Adult Learners Week 1–8 September

Published on: 2 September 2019

Celebrating lifelong learning.

Skills on show at SkillsWest Expo

Published on: 23 August 2019

More than 10,000 members of the public including 5,000 secondary school students attended the free SkillsWest Expo over the weekend.

Samantha finds opportunities through the Kalgoorlie Jobs and Skills Centre

Published on: 21 August 2019

Samantha finds opportunities through the Kalgoorlie Jobs and Skills Centre.

Training boost for Western Australians under-represented in STEM

Published on: 19 August 2019

Women, girls, Aboriginal people and people living in regional and remote locations will benefit from funding to boost the STEM skills of people under-represented in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) professions, through eight new community-based education projects under the new Digital and Technology Skills Program.

New trains = new jobs! Get on board with METRONET!

Published on: 19 August 2019

A new manufacturing and assembly plant will be built in Bellevue, to support the building of new trains, as part of the METRONET project.

Record number of jobs for WA tourism industry!

Published on: 19 August 2019

Great news for tourism jobs and careers in WA.

New job opportunities through Landgate’s Graduate Program

Published on: 9 August 2019

Landgate's Graduate Program has returned this year for the first time in almost a decade, giving graduates the opportunity to develop their careers and learn new skills at Australia's most innovative government agency.

Deadly employers connecting with Aboriginal jobseekers

Published on: 7 August 2019

More than 6,000 Aboriginal people, keen to skill up and take their careers to the next level, came together for the Deadly Jobs Expo at Ashfield Reserve in Bassendean recently.

WA Training Awards 2019 finalists announced!

Published on: 6 August 2019

Finalists in the 2019 WA Training Awards have been announced.

Growing healthcare skills and building career pathways

Published on: 26 July 2019

New training programs to get into the healthcare industry, and financial support of up to $300,000 to organisations for existing worker training.

New Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive now available!

Published on: 2 July 2019

Supporting WA businesses to employ a new apprentice or trainee

SCSA’s 2019 VET Awards – Nominations now open

Published on: 2 July 2019

Recognising VET students in WA’s secondary schools.

Innovative FarmSmarts showcased at Muresk Institute

Published on: 24 June 2019

WA agriculture sector continues to grow through new technology and best practice.

New training program for Western Power’s future jobs

Published on: 24 June 2019

A a new training program at North Metropolitan TAFE's East Perth campus to upskill Western Power staff has been announced.

New automation courses skilling WA workers for future jobs

Published on: 13 June 2019

Training leading the way in automation technology.

Industry partners with TAFE to create career opportunities in mining

Published on: 10 June 2019

New pre-apprenticeship program for Karratha students in 2020.

North Regional TAFE's Karratha campus now home to a new Jobs and Skills Centre

Published on: 7 June 2019

The Karratha Jobs and Skills Centre was officially launched today.

Northam Jobs and Skills Centre officially opened!

Published on: 31 May 2019

Central Regional TAFE's Northam Jobs and Skills Centre was officially launched on Thursday 30 May.

New STEM skills, study and employment strategy launched

Published on: 29 May 2019

Preparing Western Australians for the jobs of the future. 

WA VET Ambassadors shine a light on STEM and apprenticeships

Published on: 20 May 2019

Two WA Training Awards winners are helping to spread the word about the opportunities available through VET pathways at WA careers expos.

Jobs and Skills Centre officially opened in Bunbury

Published on: 6 May 2019

The new Bunbury Jobs and Skills Centre at South Regional TAFE was officially opened on Friday 3 May.

New $2.4M shipbuilding training facility supporting jobs growth opens

Published on: 6 May 2019

The South Metropolitan TAFE (SMT) Naval Base Campus in Henderson was officially opened on 1st May 2019, securing the future of WA's growing shipbuilding industry. The new state-of-the-art facility is designed to deliver a skilled workforce that will meet the naval shipbuilding industry’s requirements for jobs both in WA and nationally, well into the future.

WA Training Awards 2019 – Applications are closing soon!!

Published on: 15 April 2019

Applications for this year’s WA Training Awards close in less than three weeks on Friday 3 May 2019.  Don't miss out!

Priority Start: Maximising opportunities for WA apprentices and trainees

Published on: 1 April 2019

Providing more employment and training opportunities for apprentices and trainees in Western Australia, with the launch of the new Priority Start policy.

Broome Jobs and Skills Centre Offciallyopened

Published on: 15 March 2019

The Broome Jobs and Skills Centre was officially launched on Friday 22nd March 2019  at North Regional TAFE, supporting the Kimberley region's training and employment needs. 

Geraldton Jobs and Skills Centre officially opens

Published on: 22 February 2019

Central Regional TAFE's Geraldton Jobs and Skills Centre was officially launched today.

WA Training Awards 2019 – Applications are now open!

Published on: 11 February 2019

The 25th annual Western Australian Training Awards were launched today at the award-winning Bentley Pines Training Centre at South Metropolitan TAFE, and applications are now open!

Albany Jobs and Skills Centre officially launched

Published on: 6 February 2019

South Regional TAFE's Albany Jobs and Skills Centre was officially launched today.

WA Police Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cadet/trainee program– Applications open!

Published on: 5 February 2019

Ever thought of making a difference in your community? Want to be paid while you train and earn a nationally accredited qualification? Then be the one to step forward and get a firsthand view of the dynamic and exciting world of policing through the WA Police Aboriginal Cadet/Traineeship program!

Geraldton Jobs and Skills Centre now open – supporting our Central West region!

Published on: 9 January 2019

A new Jobs and Skills Centre on the Geraldton campus of Central 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. 

Want to work in Antarctica? Now's your chance – 150 jobs up for grabs!

Published on: 10 December 2018

The Australian Government's Department of the Environment and Energy's Australian Antarctic Program conducts world-class work and research of critical national importance and global significance. But it's not all about science - right now you could be part of this exciting program and have a truly life changing experience, with over 150 jobs – a huge range of roles, from tradies to ICT – currently available.

 

Northam Jobs and Skills Centre now open – Together with Kalgoorlie JSC, supporting our Central West!

Published on: 10 December 2018

A new Jobs and Skills Centre on the Northam campus of Central 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. 

Karratha Jobs and Skills Centre now open! Supporting WA's Pilbara community and businesses

Published on: 29 November 2018

A new Jobs and Skills Centre on the Karratha 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 as well as for employers and business.

New apprenticeship and traineeship policy now available

Published on: 29 November 2018

Following extensive consultation with stakeholders, the Department of Training and Workforce Development has released its updated Apprenticeshp and traineeship policy (A&T policy) today. The revised policy comes into effect on 29 November, and is now available on the Department's website.

 

Free SBDC workshop – 8 Steps to Starting Your Business – at Joondalup Jobs and Skills Centre!

Published on: 27 November 2018

Wouldn't it be great if someone could take you through eight steps that would help you think through your ideas and plans for a new business, and get it all set up and ready to go? WA's Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC) can! North Metropolitan TAFE is hosting a free workshop – 8 Steps to Starting Your Business – delivered by small business experts from SBDC, at their Joondalup Jobs and Skills Centre on 8 December!

Bunbury Jobs and Skills Centre now open! Together with Albany JSC, supporting our South West!

Published on: 22 November 2018

A new Jobs and Skills Centre on the Bunbury 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. 

Broome Jobs and Skills Centre now open, supporting WA's Kimberley community and industry!

Published on: 22 November 2018

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 as well as employers and business. 

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

Published on: 19 November 2018

Western Australia’s vocational education and training (VET) sector has had 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. 

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.

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, a plan to attract thousands of more international students to WA  – 'Where Bright Futures Begin: International Education in Perth, Western Australia 2018—25'. 

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 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. 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.

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. 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

Up to $126 million is now 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. 

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.

 

Kalgoorlie Jobs and Skills Centre now open!

Published on: 27 September 2018

The Kalgoorlie Jobs and Skills Centre was officially opened on Friday 21 September. 

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!

Over 9,000 attend SkillsWest Expo – Getting hands on with careers and training

Published on: 24 August 2018

This year's SkillsWest Expo was a huge success with over 9,000 people attending the free event last weekend. The expo showcased a wide range of career opportunities and training options, with some organisations actively recruiting. Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery visited on Friday and enjoyed visiting many of the booths and was interviewed by BOOM Radio.

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. 

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.

Rockingham Jobs and Skills Centre is officially open!

Published on: 20 July 2018

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.

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.

Deadly Jobs Expo 2018 - Career opportunities for Aboriginal people at NAIDOC Family Day

Published on: 26 June 2018

More than 45 employers will take part in the 2018 Deadly Jobs Expo, to share job opportunities for Aboriginal people in metropolitan, regional or FIFO roles across Western Australia.

 

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

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.

Jobs and Skills Centres officially launched

Published on: 2 June 2018

The first five Jobs and Skills Centres were officially launched on 30 May 2018, 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.

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.

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.

Aboriginal Driver training program a huge success!

Published on: 16 March 2018

Please note: This program is no longer running. Please contact your local Jobs and Skills Centre for information about support programs available for Aboriginal people.

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.