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Australian Public Service launches professional development academy

The Australian Public Service (APS) has launched a new, service-wide Learning and Development (L&D) hub to build capabilities and set standards for professional training. The APS Academy aims to foster a “culture of learning” across the service, develop core skills and “drive high performance”. The APS Academy will offer learning across four different methods –...

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VET qualifications changes – traineeships updated

A number of the Vocational Education and Training (VET) Qualifications in the Business, Financial, Property and Correctional Services Training Packages have been reviewed, and traineeships have been updated accordingly. We have put together an up-to-date list of the eligible traineeships in WA that are under our coverage, outlining the qualifications that are superseded and in...

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FNS Financial Services Training Package updates

Updates have been made by Skills for Australia to the FNS Financial Services Training Package. As updates are minor re-endorsement is not required. Units have been added to the following qualifications: FNS30120 – Certificate III in Financial Services FNS41515 – Certificate IV in Life Insurance FNS42215 – Certificate IV in Personal Trust Administration FNS51120 –...

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The Learning Country – Digital Transformation Skills Strategy Webinar

Australian Industry Standards (AIS) will be hosting a Digital Transformation Skills Strategy webinar with the focus on what Australia’s VET system must do to support the nation’s workforce through the impact of digital transformation. Titled ‘Digital transformation – what Australia’s VET system must do to ensure we leave no worker behind’ the webinar will take...

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PSP Public Sector Training Package – Open for Consultation

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Public Sector Industry Reference Committee (IRC), has undertaken a project to update the Qualifications and Units of Competency within the PSP Public Sector Training Package that caters to the Governance and Trade Measurement sub-sectors. The objective of the project is to ensure that the skills and knowledge requirements for...

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Public Sector School-based Traineeship Program

Applications for the 2022 intake to the Public Sector Commission School-based Traineeship Program are now open. The state’s Public Sector agencies are invited to submit a request to employ Year 11 students as school-based trainees in 2022-23. Students across Western Australia who will be in Year 11 next year are invited to apply for the...

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Apprenticeship and Traineeship Reengagement incentive

The state Government has extended the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Reengagement Incentive (ATRI) through to 30 June 2022. The incentive is available to West Australian employers that employ an apprentice or trainee who was displaced between 1 March 2020 and 30 June 2022 and is listed on the Out of Contract Register. Designed to maintain the...

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An analysis of ‘Micro-credentials’ in VET

New analysis by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) reveals subjects that do not form a nationally recognised course make up the single largest segment of enrolments in Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Australia. In 2019, 2.6 million students were enrolled in subjects that do not form part of a nationally recognised...

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Lower fees, Local skills extended to 2025

The WA state government has extended the course fee reductions and fee freeze on targeted courses until December 2025. The Lower Fees, Local Skills initiative aims to support Western Australians to gain affordable qualifications in areas needed by local industry. Designed to make training more affordable, the initiative has slashed course fees for 180 Vocational...

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Fully funded Cyber Security Awareness training

Throughout 2021 eligible Australian small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and not for profits (NFPs) can access fully funded cyber security awareness training through ITConnexion. The grant funding comes from the Cyber Security Business Connect and Protect Program from the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, reflecting the government’s new focus on cyber security and...