New Apprenticeship and Traineeship Policy Release

Following extensive consultation with stakeholders, the Department of Training and Workforce Development (DTWD) has updated its “Apprenticeship and Traineeship Policy  (A&T Policy). The revised policy came into effect on 29 November 2018, and is now available on the DTWD website.

View the new Apprenticeship and Traineeship Policy

The new A&T Policy has been simplified to make it more user-friendly for apprentices, trainees, employers, RTOs, AASNs, GTOs, students, parents and schools. The key changes are as follows:

  • All related policy documents are now incorporated. This includes the School-based Apprenticeship Policy; Travel and Accommodation Allowance (TAA) Policy; Trade Skills Recognition Policy; and the Trade Certificate Policy.
  • The policy includes web links for easy access to program information and fact sheets and forms for employers, apprentices, RTOs and other providers operating in the apprenticeship system.
  • The strengthening of eligibility criteria for Western Australian trade certificates, including those issued under the Trade Skills Recognition (TSR) process, to ensure the integrity of the application and assessment processes.  The new eligibility criteria will come into effect on 1 January 2019.
  • Individuals who are qualified tradespeople in an Australian State or Territory other than Western Australia are now able to apply for a WA Trade Certificate, if they meet the requirements.
  • The policy reflects recent changes to regulations, which clarify requirements around training plans, including school-based apprentices and trainees.

Several fact sheets on the Apprenticeship Office website have been updated to align with the new policy and the following new fact sheets have been developed.

Title Location
Applying for a WA trade certificate by interstate tradespeople Other publications
Applying for a WA trade certificate via trade skills recognition (effective from 1 January 2019) Information for RTOs, and also in Other publications
Eligibility for a WA trade certificate Other publications
Training contract and exemption notices for children of compulsory school age Training contract forms and fact sheets

The following policy documents relate to the DTWD role as Western Australia’s State Training Authority, with responsibility for administering the State’s VET system. This involves managing the investment of public resources to provide a quality training system.

·        Apprenticeship and Traineeship Policy

·        Complaints Management Policy

·        Government Building Training Policy

·        Language Services Policy and Guidelines

·        School-based Apprenticeship and Traineeship Policy

·        Sponsorship Policy

·        TAFE Admissions Policy

·        TAFE Duty of Care for Minors Policy

·        Trade Certificate Policy

·        Trade Skills Recognition Policy

·        Travel and Accommodation Allowance Policy

·        VET Fees and Charges Policy

·        VET Delivered to Secondary Students: Funding Policy

These policy documents can be accessed via the following link:  https://www.dtwd.wa.gov.au/about-us#legislative-framework-policies-and-guidelines

Please contact Anna Wildy, Manager Policy Planning and Research, Department of Training and Workforce Development on (08) 6551 5529 or email anna.wildy@dtwd.wa.gov.au, if you have any queries in regards to the new apprenticeship and traineeship policy and any of the associated policy documents.

 

HVIA Releases Safer Trucks & Trailers Action Plan

In the November edition of Australasian Transport News (ATN), HVIA Chief Executive Todd Hacking has challenged Government to incentivise the uptake of safety technologies.

“Road safety is everyone’s responsibility:  the people who design, build and maintain roads; the people who use the road network, such as drivers, cyclists, pedestrians and motorcyclists; the people who import or manufacture vehicles; the people who police road user behaviour and of course those responsible for implementing policy, laws and regulations pertaining to road use and road safety.

“As an association that advocates for the businesses that design, import, manufacture and distribute heavy vehicles and supply components for trucks and trailers, HVIA is at the forefront of showcasing innovation, technology and the latest safety features.

“Our members are constantly innovating and developing ways to make their vehicles safer.  Sometimes this is mandated through the Australian Design Rules (ADRs) but often this is voluntary and is part of being a good corporate citizen.

“The fact is that heavy vehicles rolling off the assembly line in 2018 are the safest yet, and as the industry continues to innovate and invest in design and technology, the safety features will continue to advance in future years.

“This advancement in safety is also true for passenger vehicles. In spite of these safer vehicles operating on better performing roads and at safer speeds, Australia is not seeing the requisite downward trend on the road toll.

“The tragic reality is that last year 1,227 people died on Australian roads.  Sadly, this also includes 185 people from accidents involving a heavy vehicle.  These deaths are largely preventable.

“As such, HVIA has asked itself: what more can be done to reduce road fatalities?  I’m proud that our members have come up with a series of priority actions which we have now released as part of a new campaign – Safer Trucks & Trailers: Incentivising the Uptake of Safety Technologies.

“This action plan argues that the highest priority is a deliberate strategy of targeting older vehicles in the fleet, reducing the age of the fleet by doing so, or incentivising the retrofit of available safety technologies to improve heavy vehicle safety.”

Mr Hacking says the document is intended to start a constructive, mature discussion on advancing road safety.

“This is a logical first step to target the vehicles most in need, and does so in a way that does not punish heavy vehicle operators, but rather incentivises the uptake of available safety technologies.”

 

 

Canadian Comments On Electric Powered Vehicles For USA People – INTERESTING !!

IT WOULD SEEM THAT IF ELECTRIC CARS DO NOT USE GASOLINE, THEY WILL NOT PARTICIPATE IN PAYING GASOLINE TAX ON EVERY GALLON THAT IS SOLD FOR AUTOMOBILES, WHICH WAS ENACTED SOME YEARS AGO TO HELP TO MAINTAIN YOUR ROADS AND BRIDGES.  THEY WILL USE THE ROADS, BUT WILL NOT PAY FOR THEIR MAINTENANCE!

Ever since the advent of electric cars, the REAL cost per mile has never been discussed.  All you ever hear is the mpg in terms of gasoline, with nary a mention of the cost of electricity.

Electricity has to be one of the least efficient ways to power cars, yet it is being shoved down your throats.  Glad somebody finally put engineering and maths to paper.

A British Columbia Hydro executive supposedly said: If you really intend to adopt electric vehicles, you have to face certain realities.  For example, a home charging system for a Tesla requires 75 amp service.  The average house is equipped with 100 amp service.  On a small street (approximately 25 homes), the electrical infrastructure would be unable to carry more than three houses with a Tesla.  If even half the homes to have electric vehicles, the system would be wildly over-loaded.

This is the elephant in the room with electric vehicles. Your residential infrastructure cannot bear the load.  So as your genius elected officials promote this nonsense, not only are you being urged to buy these things and replace your reliable, cheap generating systems with expensive, new windmills and solar cells, but you will also have to renovate your entire delivery system!  This latter “investment” will not be revealed until you’re so far down this dead end road that it will be presented with an ‘OOPS!’ and a shrug.

A man named Eric test drove the Chevy Volt at the invitation of General Motors and he writes, “For four days in a row, the fully charged battery lasted only 25 miles before the Volt switched to the reserve gasoline engine.”  Eric calculated the car got 30 mpg including the 25 miles it ran on the battery.  So, the range including the 9-gallon gas tank and the 16 kwh battery is approximately 270 miles.

It will take you 4.5 hours to drive 270 miles at 60 mph.  Then add 10 hours to charge the battery and you have a total trip time of 14.5 hours.  In a typical road trip your average speed (including charging time) would be 20 mph.

According to General Motors, the Volt battery holds 16 kwh of electricity.  It takes a full 10 hours to charge a drained battery.  The cost for the electricity to charge the Volt is never mentioned.  If you pay approximately (it varies with amount used and the seasons) $1.16 per kwh. 16 kwh x $1.16 per kwh = $18.56 to charge the battery.  $18.56 per charge divided by 25 miles = $0.74 per mile to operate the Volt using the battery.  Compare this to a similar size car with a gasoline engine that gets only 32 mpg.  $3.19 per gallon divided by 32 mpg = $0.10 per mile.

The gasoline powered car costs about $20,000 while the Volt costs $46,000-plus.  It looks like the “Greenies” in the American Government want loyal Americans NOT to do the math, but simply pay three times as much for a car, that costs more than seven times as much to run, and takes three times longer to drive across the country.

 

Road to the Future

Driverless cars were once science fiction, now they’re real… and they’re here

Back in the 80s, David Hasselhoff had something every kid coveted – KITT, his trusty black Pontiac Firebird that would drive itself to the rescue whenever Hasselhoff – the Knight Rider – called.

Futuristic self-driving vehicles have been a mainstay for heroes on the big and small screen for decades – from KITT to Batman’s remote-controlled Batmobile and Tom Cruise’s red sports car in Minority Report.

Now on-demand driverless vehicles are about to become very real right here in Perth.

This year, along with Paris and Las Vegas, Perth will be one of only three cities around the world to exclusively trial a new driverless and electric vehicle, which passengers can call up using a mobile phone.

The Autonom, unveiled late last year by French mobility company Navya, is designed to move passengers on-demand anywhere within a set precinct, initially within a trial area of a few kilometres.

If you would like to read more, please click here. 

 

 

 

Automotive AURETU005 Case for Endorsement Approved

PwC’s Skills for Australia

Update: AUR Training Package changes to Certificate II Automotive Air Conditioning Technology

The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) has released a communique with an update on the Automotive Retail, Service and Repair Training Package.

It has been confirmed the Case for Endorsement for Update to AUR20216 (Certificate II in Automotive Air Conditioning Technology), with attention to AURETU005 (Retrofit and modify air conditioning and HVAC systems), has been approved for implementation. Consequently, AURETU005 will be moved from the core to the elective bank of the qualification.

We expect to see these training product changes reflected on the Training.gov.au website by April 2018.

The AISC communique and Case for Endorsement can be viewed by clicking on the buttons below. 

Alternatively, you can view the Case for Endorsement on our website (under the ‘Release’ tab).

Please note a full review of the Certificate II Automotive Air Conditioning Technology is scheduled and proposed in the 2017-18 Cases for Change.

Thank you for your continued and valued support throughout the course of this project. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email us at info@skillsforaustralia.com or call 1800 714 819.

Kind regards
Skills for Australia

View Communique

View Case for Endorsement

 

 

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 

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