Focusing on evidence based low participation groups; a new round of funding has opened for organisations to promote participation and engagement of Western Australian communities in sport and active recreation. Projects are required to increase participation in physical activity and encourage pathways into community sport and active recreation. Applicants may request funding between $5,000 and $15,000. To find out more click here.
Perth is set to host 11 International Cricket Council World T20 matches in 2020, played at Perth Stadium and the WACA Ground. Thousands of tourists are expected to attend and generate $23 million in visitor spend, boosting the Western Australian economy and job creation. View media release here.
As part of their national consultations, on 29 January Skills Impact conducted a workshop to review draft Certificate IV in Farriery, developed to replace the current Certificate III qualification. The proposed qualification contains some units at Level 3 while others at a higher level 4 to reflect the level of work and include 3 new units of competency:
Use hand and power tools for farriery or hoof care activities;
Trim and dress equine hooves; and
Apply knowledge of equine musculoskeletal anatomy, biomechanics and pathology for effective hoof care.
Skill sets are also being consulted about to cover activities associated with equine foot care. The draft documents are available on the Skills Impact website for input and feedback until 7 February.
FutureNow is seeking industry views on current or projected occupational shortages in Western Australia across the following industries: Arts and Culture, Information and Communication Technology; Hospitality, Tourism and Events; and Sport, Recreation, Racing and Printing. Responses will inform FutureNow’s submission to the Department of Training and Workforce Development (DTWD) in the development of the State Priority Occupation List (SPOL) for 2018. This list is important as it guides the funding of subsidised training programs across the State while also ensuring that this funding is prioritised towards occupations that require skilled workers now and into the future. If you have any queries or to provide feedback, please contact the office on 9285 8555.
The PaTH (Prepare, Trial, Hire) program is an incentive whereby employers can trial people between the ages of 17 to 24 in a 4 to 12 week internship, with incentives up to $10,000 if this results in employment. The initiative is designed to support young people to gain the skills and work experience they need to get and keep a job and supports employers to host internship placements with incentives when they take on a young person. One Brisbane printing employer talks about his business and how the PaTH program resulted in the employment of two apprentices. Read article.
The 1.46 billion Optus Stadium opened with thousands of Western Australians touring the venue and surrounding Stadium Park at the Community Open Day. Attendees had the opportunity to use public transport to access the Stadium, roam the general admission areas, try the different food and beverage offerings, sit in the seats for the first time, and experience the stadium's state-of-the-art lighting, video and audio systems. Having awarded $130 million worth of contracts to local WA companies for the next five years, the Stadium employs 1,700 permanent and casual staff to support operations and is set to boost the WA economy. $2 tickets available for AFL Women’s Fremantle-Collingwood match on 10 February, including free public transport. View the media report here.
Workforce diversity can provide opportunities for businesses to broaden creative ideas and have greater business reach. The challenge lies in managing people from different groups. A recent ProPrint article outlines some strategic areas of focus for successful organisational change, including: clarity on what diversity means for the organisation, employee buy-in, goals and progress measures, specific training for employees, capitalising on individuality for best employee outcomes, removing barriers for people to voice issues and having the skills to deal with conflict management. View article here.