State Government Announcements

The State Government have released their report on the review of skills training and workforce development.  Please  click on the links provided:

https://www.jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/sites/default/files/uploads/dtwd-gov-response-review-july2020.pdf

https://www.jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/sites/default/files/uploads/dtwd-training-review-june2020.pdf

The UEEA Training Council was involved during the consultation process and welcomes the recommendations to increase and enhance the WA workforce.

The UEEA Automotive and Engineering Project Officer, Mr Mark Harper, was particularly pleased with the announcement of a proposed Agricultural Centre of Excellence to be located at the Muresk training facility (see section 4.2).   Mark has been involved in lobbying for this initiative over the last twelve years and worked closely with the Farm Machinery and Industry Association of WA on this initiative.  Perseverance does pay off in the end.

This is a fantastic opportunity to place WA at the forefront of agricultural training, not only locally and nationally, but also globally.

Biggest TAFE Investment in History as Part of WA Recovery Plan

The McGowan Government  has announced a raft of funding for training and training delivery:

  • $229.2 million Rebuilding our TAFEs program announced today
  • Plan includes $167.4 million to upgrade TAFE colleges across the State
  • Largest TAFE capital works program in WA history, creating an estimated 1,000 jobs
  • $79.1 million in upgrades to TAFE in regional WA
  • $57 million package to slash TAFE fees by up to 72 per cent and deliver 15 free short courses, plus $4.8 million for the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Re-engagement Incentive 

The McGowan Government today announced the biggest capital works program in history for TAFE campuses across the State, as part of the $5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan.

The $229.2 million Rebuilding our TAFEs plan includes a record $167.4 million investment in capital works projects to upgrade essential infrastructure across the five Western Australian TAFE colleges.

The upgrades will create world-class learning opportunities for students while generating a pipeline of jobs, which will deliver a boost to the economy and help Western Australia get back on track.  

Two North Metropolitan TAFE campuses will receive significant upgrades as part of the program. 

The ageing Balga campus is set to receive a major upgrade, with $32 million allocated to overhaul the campus that was originally constructed in the 1970s.

A new multistorey building will replace 22 transportable classrooms to provide training in building and construction, community services and general education.

Construction of a new trade training workshop, and associated technology laboratories, for light automotive training is also planned for the Kendrew Crescent campus in Joondalup, with $17.6 million budgeted. 

South Metropolitan TAFE’s Armadale campus, split over temporary buildings in various locations, will be replaced, with $22.6 million earmarked for construction of a new consolidated state-of-the-art campus.

The new campus will be more accessible for young people, boost student capacity and enhance training delivery. Vocational Education and Training delivered to secondary students will also be a strong focus for the campus to help address youth unemployment. 

Regional Western Australia will also benefit from upgrades totalling $79.1 million, including a $17 million upgrade to South Regional TAFE, Albany; $22 million to North Regional TAFE, Pundulmurra (South Hedland); $2 million for upgrades to Central Regional TAFE, Northam; while $5 million is planned to go towards a new classroom block at North Regional TAFE, Minurmarghali Mia (Roebourne).

This record infrastructure spend complements the McGowan Government’s other initiatives to form its plan to rebuild WA’s training sector, to support displaced workers, women and youth, and provide training for emerging skills needed in the community. 

It follows the McGowan Government’s recent announcement that TAFE fees will be slashed by up to 72 per cent on an additional 39 high priority courses, and 15 free short courses will be available to assist students to upskill for new jobs and provide pathways to full qualifications.

Rebuilding our TAFEs plan includes:

  • $167.4 million in capital works projects across Western Australia;
  • $25 million for free short courses to upskill thousands of Western Australians;
  • $32 million for the expansion of the Lower fees, local skills program; and
  • $4.8 million for the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Re-engagement Incentive. 

For more information, visit http://inthistogether.wa.gov.au

WA Training Awards

WA TRAINING AWARDS TEAM

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. In addition to the recognition and opportunities these prestigious awards bring, as a winner in an individual category you will receive $3,000 to further your training or kick start your career.

Following extensive consultation with the VET sector and Australian Training Awards, and with consideration to COVID-19 restrictions, we are excited to announce a new streamlined WA Training Awards program for 2020 that provides an opportunity to recognise VET students who have completed their training and would not be eligible to participate in next year’s program. Applications closed at 5 pm, Friday 14 August 2020. 

The impact of COVID-19 across our community has brought with it extraordinary challenges. The VET sector will be particularly relevant in the recovery period and in the rebuilding of a post COVID-19 economy. There is no better time to shine a spotlight on WA’s VET sector!

For further information, please click here:

https://www.dtwd.wa.gov.au/watrainingawards/wata2020

Building the workforce to meet the economic and community needs of Western Australia

$57 million recovery package for WA TAFE and training sector

Thursday, 2 July 2020 

  • $57 million package to help with WA’s recovery from COVID-19
  • $25 million for free TAFE short courses to upskill thousands of Western Australians
  • Courses will focus on current and emerging job opportunities
  • $32 million for more major reductions in TAFE fees as part of the WA Recovery Plan
  • TAFE fees for 39 additional high priority qualifications slashed by between 50 per cent and up to 72 per cent for Diploma courses
  • Maximum annual fee that youth and concession holders will pay is capped at $400 for Semester

The McGowan Labor Government has unveiled a comprehensive $57 million package for the training sector that will deliver 15 free short courses and slash TAFE fees by as much as 72 per cent for thousands of Western Australians as part of the WA Recovery Plan.

To read the full article, please follow this link:
https://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/McGowan/2020/07/57-million-recovery-package-for-WA-TAFE-and-training-sector.aspx

Toyota recall on LandCruiser, Prado and other models over defective fuel pump

More than 45,000 Toyota vehicles have been recalled over concerns a defective fuel pump could increase the risk of crashes, but potentially dodgy parts may not be able to be replaced for months.

Key points:

  • More than 45,000 vehicles, including some of Toyota’s most popular models, are affected
  • Replacement of defective parts is expected to begin in June
  • Toyota will contact owners to advise them of the product recall and to schedule repairs

The fuel pumps on popular Toyota models such as the LandCruiser, Prado, Camry, Corolla and Hilux models manufactured between 2013 and 2019 could stop working at any time, causing them to stall.

“A loss of power while driving could increase the risk of a crash, which may cause injury to the vehicle occupants and other road users,” the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said.

Affected vehicles, which were sold across Australia, may also have problems being restarted.

To access full article, click here:
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-04-07/toyota-landcruiser-prado-recalled-over-defective-fuel-pump/12128104

COVID-19: Engineers aren’t on the frontlines – but here are some ways they are helping

Charlotte Barkla

 by Charlotte Barkla  March 19, 2020 in Manufacturing 4 min read 1

COVID-19: Engineers aren’t on the frontlines – but here are some ways they are helping

An increased demand for medical supplies worldwide provides an opportunity for the engineering profession and manufacturing sector to contribute to the fight against COVID-19.

Toilet paper and pasta might be flying off supermarket shelves, but the demand for medical personal protective equipment (PPE) such as face masks is also of increasing concern, especially for medical staff and those more susceptible to the virus.

Earlier this month, the World Health Organisation (WHO) estimated 89 million medical masks, 76 million pairs of gloves and 1.6 million sets of goggles would be required each month to deal with the coronavirus.

To read the full article, please follow this link:
https://www.createdigital.org.au/covid-19-engineers-arent-frontlines-heres-some-ways-helping/

Proposed changes to pilot and engineer exams during COVID-19

From the CASA.gov.au website

31 March 2020

Last week CASA announced a range of exemptions being put in place to help the Australian aviation industry during the current changing and unprecedented environment.

This week we also saw the escalation of social distancing as the government puts in place further measures to stop the spread of COVID-19.

These decisions have resulted in some of you experiencing difficulties with booking and sitting pilot and aircraft maintenance engineering exams.

We recognise this will have impacts on statutory time periods for the completion of exams.

As a result, we are working to put in place measures to provide relief to candidates who are part-way through an examination program, including Commercial Pilots Licence (CPL), Air Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) and Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) examinations.

This is expected to include a six month extension of the statutory time period for CPL and ATPL in which you can complete your exams, and a 12 month extension to AME examinations (including Schedule Of Experience pathways).

It is important that we all adhere to social distancing measures and do our part and the exemption we will put in place will ensure candidates are not disadvantaged in the current environment.

Regards

Shane Carmody
Chief Executive Officer and Director of Aviation Safety

WorldSkills Australia National Championships postponed for COVID-19

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery has announced the Worldskills Australia National Championships, due to be held in Perth this August, will be postponed until 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The championships are Australia’s largest vocational education and training (VET) competition, attracting more than 500 competitors and 20,000 visitors. Competitions will now be held from 29 April to 1 May 2021 at the Perth Exhibition and Convention Centre. Competitors currently preparing for the 2020 championships, will be able to compete in 2021.

To read the full article, please follow this link:
https://www.dtwd.wa.gov.au/whats-new/worldskills-australia-national-championships-postponed-for-covid-19

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) information

The Department of Training and Workforce Development Executive and TAFE Managing Directors are working together to ensure the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector in WA is well placed to manage COVID-19 developments. They are working closely with lead agencies including the WA Department of Premier and Cabinet and Department of Health to ensure their approach is informed by, and aligns with, central coordination points.

To read the full article, including changes to TAFE and the Jobs and Skills Centres, please follow this link:
https://www.dtwd.wa.gov.au/covid19

Changes to operations at WA TAFE colleges from Monday

  • TAFE colleges to develop a new delivery of training in response to COVID-19
  • From Monday, March 30 until April 9, there will be a temporary pause in face-to-face delivery of most courses
  • Lecturers and non-teaching staff will prepare to move to a new style of training in Term 2
  • TAFE’s role is critical in training people through the pandemic and to prepare for the recovery phase 

To the full article, please follow this link:
https://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/McGowan/2020/03/Changes-to-operations-at-WA-TAFE-colleges-from-Monday.aspx