Consultations are continuing regarding the establishment of a Heavy Vehicle Driver Apprenticeship in WA. Watch this space for further details or please contact the LDSC via firstname.lastname@example.org or 9388 8781 for how to be involved.
The State Government's $6.1 million Heavy Vehicle Driving Operations Skill Set has hit a key milestone, with more than 230 Western Australians now employed following the completion of the program. Significantly, around 30 per cent of participants in the course have been women, when compared to female representation among truck drivers in WA being of less than four per cent. Due to the critical program's success, the course has been expanded to regional areas with a 10-week program now running in the South-West.
Free for eligible students, the Practical Driving Instruction Training and Assessment and licencing costs are $500 for concession students and up to $1,250 for non-concession students. The program aims to train 500 new workers in Heavy Rigid (HR) licences and upskill 500 existing workers from HR licences to Heavy Combination and/or Multi-Combination licences, to combat skills shortages and support the transport and logistics industry.
For more information, visit https://www.jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/courses/heavy-vehicle-driving-operations-skill-set or contact your local Jobs and Skills Centre on 13 64 64.
As a reminder registrations will be closing soon for the annual RTO Forum on 2 December 2022 for a half day (Agenda to follow). The LDSCs CEO, Michael Taremba will provide an opening address regarding LDSCs future directions. Guest speakers will include presenters from the Training Accreditation Council (TAC), Australian Industry Standards (AIS) and the National Centre for Vocational Education and Research (NCVER) who will provide updates and guidance on their various areas.
The Forum will also provide an opportunity for participants to discuss issues and opportunities within their respective industry areas which will form part of our feedback to next years’ State Priority Occupation List and the development of our Industry Profiles for 2023.
We look forward to welcoming you all to this year’s event. Registrations are open and will close Friday 23 November 2022. Contact Amanda via email@example.com for more information.
The return of Maritime Day held on 29 October 2022 was a wonderful success, with over 7000 visitors on the day! Visitors were able to visit the LDSC to find out about the exciting careers within Maritime. The LDSC would like to congratulate winners Lilly (aged 6) and Olivia (aged 8) who won the Careers in Maritime and Logistics competition, a brand-new Tablet sponsored by the Company of Master Mariners Australia. If you would like to know more about Maritime Careers Pathway please visit our website to download one of our six industry Career Pathway Booklets, including Maritime or contact the LDSC via firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Commonwealth Government appointed a Strategic Fleet Taskforce on 20 Oct 2022 to guide the establishment of up to 12 Australian-flagged and crewed vessels. The Taskforce will report to Government in two phases. The first phase is to report high-level strategic objectives by the end 2022. During the first phase, shipping, maritime and other stakeholders will be able to make submissions to shape the vision for a strategic fleet through an open public consultation process. No detail is available for this feedback process yet. All feedback is welcome to LDSC for an LDSC submission via email@example.com or 9388 8781.
Cyber threats are continuing to grow in frequency and sophistication. The first line of defence is: Do not respond to unsolicited emails, calls or text messages without first making your own enquiries to verify the emails. Three services are available:
The Department of Education has launched Western Australia’s first Mini Woolies program at Cannington Community Education Support Centre. The learning and educational tool will support students with disabilities by providing hands-on experience in money handling, store receipts and the bagging of items.
Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery said, “Programs like this ensure all students get the chance to learn and develop practical life skills that they can take with them when they leave school.”
The Certificate III in Defence Industry Pathways Program was jointly developed by South Metropolitan TAFE (SMT) and the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) as a vocational education pathway to the marine supply chain in WA. The Defence oversight of this program has transferred with Rear Admiral Wendy Malcolm to a new Defence section called the Naval Shipbuilding and Sustainment Group (NSSG). The group head is Tony Dalton. The NSSG will implement Government policy to develop a naval shipbuilding and sovereign sustainment industry.
Federal and State and Territory Skills and Training Ministers met in person today for the first time since 2019 to progress a range of key vocational education and training reform matters.
Click here to read what was discussed in relation to the acute skills shortages.