WA Training Awards 2018


February eNewsletter

Applications for the WA Training Awards 2018
are now open!

Welcome to a new season of WA Training Awards. Yesterday the Hon. Sue Ellery MLC, Minister for Education and Training launched the 2018 Awards.

We look forward to receiving many high quality applications this year from the most driven students and trainers and the most dedicated businesses and training organisations in WA’s training sector.

If you want to be recognised as the best in WA at what you do – put yourself in the spotlight and apply today!

Applications close Friday 4 May 2018.

Apply for the WA Training Awards 2018


Are you a student, apprentice, trainee or trainer thinking about applying for the WA Training Awards this year? 

Watch our video to hear what the 2017 individual category winners have to say about what the Awards means to them.



Key dates for individuals

14 February – Applications open

6 March – Free webinars for potential applicants

4 May – Applications close

11 May – Applicants receive written confirmation of receipt

                                                     16 May – 6 June – Applications are shortlisted

                                                     13 June – Individuals are notified as to whether they have been                                                              selected as semi-finalists

                                                     6 July – Semi-finalist Judging Day for individual applicants

                                                    20 July – Individuals are notified as to whether they have been                                                                selected as finalists

                                                   28 September – WA Training Awards 2018 Presentation Dinner at                                                         Crown Perth

                                                   15 November – Australian Training Awards in Sydney


Is your business or training provider thinking about applying for the Awards this year?

Watch our video to hear what our 2017 organisation category winners have to say about the impact winning a WA Training Award has had for their business.



Key dates for organisations

14 February – Applications open

6 March – Free webinars for potential applicants

4 May – Applications close

11 May – Applicants receive written confirmation of receipt

16 May – 15 June – Applications are shortlisted

29 June – Organisations are notified as to whether they have been selected as finalists

16-27 July – Organisation finalist site visits

28 September – WA Training Awards 2018                                                                                Presentation Dinner at Crown Perth

15 November – Australian Training Awards in Sydney


The WA Training Awards team will be running two webinars for potential applicants on Tuesday 6 March.

  • Individual applicants – 10.00am
  • Organisation applicants – 1.00pm

Get an overview of the process, handy tips and an insight into what the judges are looking for!


Register to attend webinar






Want to highlight your organisation’s commitment to quality, high level training?

Become a WA Training Awards sponsor!

With five sponsorship streams to choose from, you can put your organisation in the spotlight from as little as $2,500.

Visit the Sponsors page on our website to download the WA Training Awards 2018 sponsorship prospectus or contact our team on 6551 5608 for more information.

Become a sponsor today


Book a training ambassador

The winners of the WA Training Awards are real life examples of what you can achieve through a training pathway and they want to share their stories!

They are passionate about their careers and know the value of a high quality training qualifications for positive workforce outcomes.

If you want to inspire people to get into training, upskill, reskill or better understand the options available to them, invite a WA Training Awards ambassador to speak at your next event or conference. Contact us today for more information.

Read more about our latest ambassadors on the Winners page of our website.

Find Out More


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The Minimum Employment Age For Most Jobs In WA Is 15 Years Old


The Children and Community Services Act 2004 regulates where, when, and at what age children can be employed in Western Australia and these laws apply to all employers throughout the State.

In most industries, children under 15 cannot be employed unless they are working in a family business run by a relative such as a parent, aunt, uncle or grandparent; performing professionally as an actor, musician, entertainer or in an advertisement; or working for charities and other not-for-profit organisations.  Jobs in which children under 15 cannot be employed include working on a farm or at horse riding schools and stables, working in construction or on any building or home or garden maintenance work, and working in a factory or warehouse.

The Children and Community Services Act specifies that children aged 10, 11 or 12 are allowed to deliver newspapers or advertising material, but they cannot work during school hours and cannot start work before 6am or finish later than 7pm.  Workers of this age must be accompanied at all times by a parent, or another adult who has written permission from their parents.

A child must be at least 13 years old to be employed in a shop, fast food outlet, café or restaurant.  Employers are also required to get written permission from a child’s parent and the child is not allowed to work before 6am and after 10pm or during school hours.

Breaches of the Children and Community Services Act attract penalties of up to $120,000 if the employer is a body corporate.  In 2015 a supermarket business in regional Western Australia was fined $2,250 in the Industrial Magistrate’s Court for illegally employing an 11-year-old girl.  The charge related to the employment of the child as a shop assistant for five shifts of work that were performed on weekend days.

Employers who are considering employing children are encouraged to check the legal requirements by contacting Wageline on 1300 655 266 or visit www.dmirs.wa.gov.au/wageline 

EnergySafety Introduces a New Electronic Notice of Completion (eNotice) Facility

EnergySafety has introduced a web-based facility for the electronic lodgement of Preliminary Notices, Notices of Completion and Safety Certificates for Electrical and Gas work.

eNotice has been developed to improve the efficiency of work notice processes and achieve cost savings for all parties.

Please refer to the link below to Energy Safety’s website for full details on the eNotice facility for both Gas and Electrical.

Please Click Here





Lamborghini Creates World’s First ‘Self-Healing’ Sports Car





Lamborghini has created the world’s first self-healing sports car. The Terzo Millennio, which translates as third millennium in Italian, has the ability to detect and repair cracks in its body work.

Using sensors the car can conduct its own health check to detect any damages and self-repair itself by filling the crack with nanotubes to prevent it spreading.

To read more, please click here



Australian Industry Standards – Skills Development Workshop


Australian Industry Standards (AIS) is an independent, not-for-profit Skills Service Organisation (SSO) that develops nationally recognised vocational qualifications across a range of Australian industries.

AIS is holding free workshops around the country. These workshops are aimed at fostering a clearer understanding of the Training Package development process and how you can be involved.

They build on the highly successful AIS Skills Forum held in August this year. This event focused on the new wave of disrupters that will have a significant impact on the skills required by industry.

AIS works with 11 Industry Reference Committees (IRC’s) to develop skills standards for the energy, aviation, transport and logistics, maritime, rail, water, public safety, police, fire, defence and corrections sectors.

The focus at AIS is on supporting industry to develop high quality qualifications for their workforce. These workshops will give participants the opportunity to share ideas on strategies for meeting workforce skills needs now and into the future.

The first of these national workshops will be held in Perth on 7 December 2017.

This is your chance to engage in skills development for the industries that AIS supports.

What can you expect from this event:

  • An overview of the National VET system and Training Package development process
  • Insights into industry workforce trends
  • Opportunities to engage in the skills development process
  • Round table discussion on emerging skills needs

Register your attendance

To register your attendance for this free event, please Click here

Limited spaces available.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Judy Green on (03) 9604 7214 or via email on judy.green@australianindustrystandards.org.au



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Do You Work On, Or Tender for, State Government Construction Contracts?


The Department of Training and Workforce Development invites you to help shape Government policy.

The State Government is committed to providing more opportunities for construction apprentices and trainees by expanding Priority Start.

The Department of Training and Workforce Development is reviewing the current policy, the Government Building Training Policy, in line with the State Government’s Plan for Jobs election commitment.

The current policy requires State Government construction contractors to achieve a target training rate by employing apprentices and trainees. The policy applies to head contractors and subcontractors working on State Government construction projects with a labour value of over $2 million.

The Department is seeking feedback from contractors working on current contracts as well as those who tender, or plan to tender, for State Government construction contracts.

Please contact the Department to participate in one of the following sessions:

Session 1
Wednesday 8 November
9.30 am – 11.30 amSession 2
Tuesday 14 November
3.00 pm – 5.00 pm
‘Keirp Nyinalungup’ (Town Hall)
Optima Centre – Building B
16 Parkland Road
To register, please email:    Policy.PriorityStart@dtwd.wa.gov.au

Alternatively,  you may like to review the proposed policy changes and forward your written feedback  by Thursday 30 November 2017 to Policy.PriorityStart@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

For further information, please contact Toni Rogers, Project Officer, on (08) 6551 5607.

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




Certificate III in Appliance Servicing (UEE 32111) Apprenticeship in Western Australia

The UEEA Training Council, Appliance Servicing Industry and Energy Skills Solutions are happy to announce the commencement of the UEE 32111 Certificate III in Appliance Servicing apprenticeship in Western Australia.

The Certificate III in Appliance Servicing was established as a Class A qualification in 2010, however delivery is unavailable in Western Australia and apprentices are required to attend training in Queensland or New South Wales. This training is inflexible, cumbersome, time consuming and cost prohibitive.

Manufacturers were using small teams of their own technicians and in some cases contracting out warranty work to the appliance service specialists. Not having the apprenticeship delivered in WA, has led to the appliance service industry having serious skill deficiencies, which in turn has had an adverse effect on product reputation.

Enormous efforts by all stake holders has gone into getting the training to this level, including the Department of Training and Workforce Development who have approved the funding for this apprenticeship.

Energy Skills Solutions will commence training for their first group of apprentices on Monday 2nd October 2017. Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) will also be available for existing employees.

For further information on the Certificate III in Appliance Servicing apprenticeship, please contact: Jonathan Andrews, Director, Energy Skills Solutions, PO Box 2857, MALAGA 6944.                    T: (08) 9209 3833,  M: 0421 717 287, E:  jonathan@energyskillssolutions.com.au