2020 WA Training Awards

Applications for the 2020 WA Training Awards are now open. The Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of apprentices, trainees and vocational students, and the contribution to training made by trainers, training organisations and employers.

Information about the Awards can be found at www.dtwd.wa.gov.au/trainingawards and via the WA Training Awards Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds.

Digital collateral on the WA Training Awards website is also available for download at https://www.dtwd.wa.gov.au/watrainingawards/promote-the-awards-0

Applications close at 5.00 pm on Friday 1 May 2020.

Should you require further information or would like additional promotional material please contact the WA Training Awards team on 6551 5952 or at watrainingawards@dtwd.wa.gov.au  

Thank you again for your support.

Maria Rologas
Public Relations and Events Officer (Wed, Fri)

Department of Training and Workforce Development
Postal Address: Locked Bag 16, Osborne Park WA 6916

P: (08) 6551 5503
E: maria.rologas@dtwd.wa.gov.au 

W: http://www.dtwd.wa.gov.au

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

South Metropolitan TAFE – Applications Now Open

Have you thought about upskilling your workforce – or furthering your studies – at South Metropolitan TAFE next year?

Applications are now open to study at South Metro TAFE in 2020.

South Metro TAFE is one of Western Australia’s largest training providers, offering courses from pre-apprenticeship, to short courses, to advanced diploma.  Delivery can be in your workplace, or on campus, online or in the classroom.

South Metro TAFE works closely with industry to ensure courses reflect the latest trends and technologies. 

For more information, and to find out where a South Metro TAFE course could lead, click here: https://www.southmetrotafe.wa.edu.au/study2020

We also have a number of testimonial videos on our youtube channel which may be of interest.

Please let me know if I can assist further.

Kind regards,

Chloe Banyard
Communications Coordinator (Tuesday and Thursday)

South Metropolitan TAFE
Murdoch Campus – 130 Murdoch Drive, Murdoch, Western Australia, 6150
T: +61 8 9229 9252
E: chloe.banyard@smtafe.wa.edu.au
W: southmetrotafe.wa.edu.au

NMTAFE (Balga) – Recommencement of Automotive & Marine Trimming

Training of Automotive Trimming Apprentices has recommenced at Balga Campus under the \”Local training for Local Needs\” initiative developed by the State Government.

Apprentice training ceased a few years ago and the few employers who took on apprentices in Automotive Trimming had to send apprentices to TAFENSW for training.

The team at Balga has been busy developing resources for delivery as well as attending to Teaching Qualifications over the past 12 months and they are pleased to add that the numbers of registered apprentices has started to flow back into the courses at Balga.

Late last year the Automotive and Marine Trimming started with 5 apprentices who were joined by a further 7 apprentices this year with a total of 12 apprentices enrolled state wide.

The facility at Balga Campus houses not only the Automotive and Marine Trimming (inc Aviation Upholstery), but also Furniture Upholstery and Manufactured Textiles. A one stop shop for the associated Craft Trades for WA.

Employer and Apprentice feedback has been very positive and the training facility is well established again with specialist tools and equipment. We still have a way to go I am happy with the quality of all the resources and facility and we have not dropped the ball at any time while striving to be on top of the game in Quality Training that meets Industries needs at this early stage.

For further information, please contact Gary McCormick | Part Time Lecturer Automotive & Marine Trimming Technology North Metropolitan TAFE | L Block Balga Campus, Gate 1 Loxwood Road, Balga 6010 M 0438 821 346

Bringing the Metropolis to Sydney

Australia’s first driverless metro train has passed its first full test with flying colours, having recently travelled along the entire 36 kilometres of Sydney’s $8.3 billion Metro Northwest rail line.

Engineers are now checking the new autonomous trains and systems will run smoothly on the Sydney Metro, according to Transport for NSW, with around 19,000 km of train testing completed so far.

“The new train is made by world-class manufacturer Alstom,” Sydney Metro revealed. “It’s customised for Sydney, but is based on the international Metropolis train, which is used in 25 cities including metros in Singapore, Barcelona and Amsterdam.”

All 22 six-car train sets that were ordered from Alstom in 2014 have now been delivered from the company’s Sricity facility in Andhra Pradesh in southern India.

“Alstom’s engineering hub in Bengaluru adapted the Metropolis and Urbalis solutions to the specific needs of Sydney Metro,” Alstom said when delivering the last train in December 2018 (pictured leaving India).

Some of the features of the customised trains include level access between platform and train plus platform screens for safety and fast onboarding and disembarking, three double doors on each side of a carriage, and real-time route information and live electronic route maps.

Passengers and staff will be able to see down the entire length of the interior of the train from one end to the other and the network will have continuous mobile phone coverage. Transport for NSW has touted that the new trains will run at 98% on-time.

Alstom also provided the CBTC signalling system for the North West Rail Link. Transport for NSW said the on-board train systems will be tested over the coming months as well as signalling, braking and acceleration at different speeds in tunnels.

Published by Engineers Australia: www.engineersaustralia.org.au

Is Your Vehicle Affected?

Aussies have checked the safety of more than six million cars in what has been the largest recall in vehicle history. 

Of the six million vehicles checked, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) says more than 915,000 vehicles have been identified as affected by potentially deadly Takata airbags.

Developed six months ago by the FCAI, the site www.ismyairbagsafe.com.au has been at the forefront of the national advertising campaign “Don’t Die Wondering”, raising awareness of the recall.

Since the recall was announced in early 2018, FCAI chief executive Tony Weber says nearly two thirds of the three million vehicles have had the airbags replaced, but warns there is still a way to go.

For more on this article, please follow this link:

http://www.drive.com.au/news/faulty-airbag-website-used-more-than-six-million-times-120684?trackLink=articleResults12News

5G Is Coming

Telecom companies are excited to rollout 5G. But how do consumers feel? Do they know what 5G is? Do they care? What about the deployment of small cells—does it change consumer perception?

During May 2018, PwC surveyed a nationally representative sample of 800 Americans between the ages of 18 and 64 who have access to the internet via an online survey conducted by a leading global research firm.

Topline overview

Six in ten consumers are familiar with the term 5G and the majority find the concept appealing—even if it requires adding “small cells” in their neighborhoods. Consumers feel that the additional equipment is a small price to pay to enjoy faster download speeds and more cost-efficient data plans. However, even with the promise of faster, more reliable service, most would not be willing to rush out and buy a new device right away.

For more information, please click here: http://www.pwc.com/us/en/services/consulting/library/consumer-intelligence-series/5g-small-cells-consumer.html

State Training Plan 2017-2020

The State Training Board prepares a State Training Plan each year, which contributes to the policy and purchasing direction for the State’s training system for the short to medium term. The Plan is developed each year within the context of current State and national vocational education and training policies, commitments and agreements.

The new State Training Plan 2017–2020 identifies and recommends key areas of focus such as:

  • enhancing industry engagement;
  • supporting and promoting innovation and technology within the education and training sector;
  • priority for the employment of apprentices and trainees on major WA projects;
  • creating skills development opportunities for young people;
  • skilling our social assistance and allied health workforce; and
  • supporting older workers.

A range of inputs are used to inform the Plan, including:

  • analysis of economic, labour market and demographic data;
  • industry consultation and advice,
  • regional advice; and
  • other relevant research and reports.

View the State Training Plan 2017–2020 on the State Training Board website at stb.wa.gov.au/stp2017

Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia

HVIA will be organising, at the Brisbane Truck Show (16-19 May 2019), its biennial National Apprentice Challenge. This is a fabulous apprentice development opportunity for heavy vehicle mechanical apprentices at any stage of their training. Participation is open to apprentices employed in the heavy vehicle industry.

HVIA will host the successful apprentices to attend the four days of the 2019 Brisbane Truck Show with all expenses covered, including travel, meals and accommodation.

Teams of two apprentices will be selected to represent each of HVIA’s three regions:

Eastern Region – New South Wales, ACT and Queensland

Southern Region – Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia

North-Western Region – Western Australia and Northern Territory

The three regional teams will compete against each other in heats over the first three days of the show, on identical trucks, generously supplied by Iveco Trucks Australia, to identify and rectify a series of programmed faults as the clock ticks.

The winning team is the first successfully to identify and repair all the faults, or the team that rectifies the most faults within the allowed time frame.

The two best performing teams throughout the heats will compete in the final on the Sunday (fourth day) of the show.

The teams are selected from nominees based on their results from a two-hour exam held in each region. 

To nominate your apprentice/s: click here.

Nominations close on Friday 22nd February 2019.

If you’d like to ask any questions, please give me a call: 07 3376 6266.

Kind regards

Paul Woodland

National Manager for Member Value

Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia