We were delighted to see an incredible turnout of RTOs representing our diverse industry coverage areas on Friday 3 December 2021 at the LDSC annual RTO Forum. With at least representative from each industry sector: Maritime, Retail, Aviation, Road Transport, Rail, Warehousing and Logistics. A thank you to all our presenters who provided an update on their respective areas with insight into what is occurring for their organisations next year:
To reduce the WA shortage of truck drivers, the expanded Heavy Vehicle Driving Operations Skill Set will commence in Term 4, in the South-West at South Regional TAFE. This follows four months of a pilot program in Perth. Successful participants obtain a Heavy Rigid (HR), Heavy Combination (HC) or Multi Combination (MC) vehicle licence and may apply for a forklift (LF) licence. The course is free for eligible students and the Practical Driving Instruction Training, assessment and licencing costs are $500 for concession students and up to $1,250 for non-concession students.
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The State Government has launched a free online platform to connect Job Ready workers with the growing list of job opportunities available with Western Australian employers. Job Ready Connect is exclusively available to Job Ready program graduates and participating WA employers. By registering on Job Ready Connect, employers can easily and securely search for and connect with candidates who have the skills and experience they require.
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Recently announced in the Budget, the Federal Government will commit an additional $500 million, to be matched by State and Territory governments, to expand the JobTrainer Fund by a further 163,000 places and extend the program until 31 December 2022. The Fund will support training in digital skills and upskilling in critical industries (I.e. Rail). The JobTrainer Fund was launched in 2020 and will support hundreds of thousands of job seekers, school leavers and young people by providing access to free or low-fee training places in areas of skills shortages.
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The Australian government is to develop an air traffic control-style system for drones, which will be created in collaboration with Defence, Airservices and CASA. It will also include a new National Drone Detection Network that will use sensors to monitor the devices and safeguard privacy, noise and their use at cultural sites. It aims to begin initial operations in 2023.