The State Government will introduce an Employer Incentive Scheme to help thousands of Western Australian employers with the costs of employing an apprentice or new entrant trainee.
"The State Training Board has identified that cost is a significant barrier to taking on an apprentice or trainee. The Employer Incentive Scheme will help reduce this barrier and grow apprenticeship and traineeship commencements," Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said.
Under the Employer Incentive Scheme, businesses will receive a base payment of up to $8,500 for employing an apprentice or new entrant trainee. It is estimated this scheme will extend State Government support to nearly 6,000 businesses. Additional loadings will increase the payment for regional areas, employees with disability, priority occupations, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees, and apprentices aged between 21 to 30 years.
In a media statement released by Tourism Minister Paul Papalia, it was announced that Tourism WA will introduce a Tourism Case Management Framework to support proponents in the application and approvals process of establishing new tourism businesses in WA. The Tourism Case Management Framework will provide advice about which approvals are required, and will ensure the relevant authorities consider applications in a timely manner. It is expected that the number of tourist attractions in WA will increase, as will the number of associated jobs.
The full media statement can be read here.
The 2019 WA State Budget has been released, with a number of initiatives funded to support culture and tourism across the state. Examples include $3.6m for Aboriginal tourism initiatives, $19.9m to extend the Regional Arts and Cultural Investment Program, and a $649,000 investment in a Rock Art Strategy. Tourism WA will receive $12m towards overseas marketing, and $2.5m is being directed towards the reopening of Gwoonwardu Mia, the Gascoyne Aboriginal Heritage and Cultural Centre.
Read Premier McGowan's statement here.
Read more about the 2019 WA State Budget here.
Entries are now open for the 2019 Tourism Training Australia Teacher / Trainer of the Year. The awards are open to all trainers / teachers currently employed in one of the ten award categories, from Commercial Cookery, Asian Cookery and Patisserie to Hospitality Management, Travel and Tourism and Event Management.
For more information and to access the entry form, please click here.
Minister Ellery yesterday announced a new, third, pathway to achieving the WACE for senior high school students in WA. Students beginning Year 11 in 2020 will now have another option to achieve their Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) in 2021. Currently to achieve their WACE, students must complete a minimum of five courses in Year 12, of which a minimum of four must be Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) courses (ATAR pathway) or complete four General Courses with a Certificate II or higher (General Pathway with Vocational Education and Training (VET).
The National Centre for Vocational Education Research has released a report entitled The role and function of small VET providers. The aim of the report was to "gain a better understanding of the role and function of small providers in the Australian vocational education and training (VET) system in meeting the needs of learners". Small providers account for nearly a third of all providers in Australia though service only 1% of students nationally. Despite these low numbers, small providers were found to play a crucial role in the provision of a broad range of training options, and in servicing disadvantaged students and remote and regional areas. Small providers were found to have less reliance on digital delivery and with their small-scale intimate delivery environments, achieved slightly better completion rates than the overall average.
Read the full report here.
The State Budget will include $10 million to create over 180km of high-quality mountain bike and bushwalking trails in Collie including a 65km 'epic' mountain bike trail network in the Wellington National Park.
The Collie Adventure Trails initiative is to establish Collie as Western Australia's premier 'trail adventure town' to attract local, national and international mountain bike and bushwalking tourists, and support the local economy.
The Department of Training and Workforce Development have released draft WA nominal hours for the BSB Business Services Training Package Version 4 (BSB V4) - Cross Sector units for review.
You are encouraged to provide feedback on the draft about the suitability of hours for the new units of competency. To make any requests for changes to hours, please provide justification for the changes at unit of competency level by filling in the yellow highlighted sections in this spreadsheet. Please provide a brief rationale and attach any supporting documentation justifying the changes.
Please forward comments to your Industry Manager at FutureNow. Deadline for comments is COB Thursday 2 May 2019.
PrintEx, with sister show PacPrint are the most comprehensive and relevant business-to-business events serving the evolving needs to the printing, sign and graphic communications industry. Held bi-ennially alternating between Sydney and Melbourne, the shows provide a forum for technology, innovation and education.
PrintEx19 will be co-located with the Visual Impact – one of Australia’s leading showcases for the signage, engraving, display and wide format market and Label and Packaging Expo.
PrintEx19 taking place on the 13th – 16th August at the Sydney Showground at Sydney Olympic Park, provides the industry with intelligence, ideas, information and inspiration to survive, and prosper, into the future.
For more information about this print industry exhibition, go to the Printex19 website.
Fashion and lifestyle publication, Vogue Australia has named Perth's Kings Park as one of the 'best parks in our favourite cities', placing the popular tourism attraction in the company of Central Park in New York City and the Summer Palace in Beijing.
The travel article, published this week, celebrates the correlation between green spaces and desirable cities, quoting a Parks Victoria and Deakin University report that found spending time in nature has physical, mental, social, and even spiritual benefits for people of all ages.
About 10 per cent of visitors to Kings Park are international and a further 10 per cent are from other parts of Australia. Evidence indicates Kings Park is hitting the spot with visitors from around the globe. Ninety nine per cent of Kings Park visitors have rated their experience of the park as satisfying or very satisfying for the past five years in a row, according to annual surveys. The park also continues to account for three of the top 10 visitor-rated Perth attractions on TripAdvisor.