The state government has launched a review of senior secondary school pathways aimed at ensuring "all Western Australian students can reach their full potential through their post-school study, training, or employment pursuits." The review will explore whether current pathway options are effectively preparing students for the full range of further study, training, and work options available to them.
The review will also examine the needs of higher education, vocational education and training, employers, and education communities; emerging practices; the needs of Aboriginal students, those from rural and remote areas, students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, students with a disability and other students at risk of not making a successful transition from school to further education, training and/or work; innovative practice in other jurisdictions in Australia and beyond; and future proofing approaches given wider and national conversations about the future of ATAR.
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BINGE and Screenwest have announced Season Two of award-winning series, The Twelve, has been greenlit for production in Western Australia following the launch of the WA Production Attraction Incentive last year.
The WA Production Attraction Incentive is designed to attract high profile, market driven screen productions to Western Australia. Together with the State’s $105M election commitment towards building a world class film studio in Perth, this unprecedented investment into the WA screen industry is establishing Western Australia as a sought-after filming destination.
"Screenwest welcomes The Twelve to WA. The WA Screen sector is poised for significant expansion over the next two years, and we are beyond excited to kickstart this growth with BINGE, Warner Bros. International Production Australia and Easy Tiger. The Twelve will showcase Western Australia’s ability to attract and deliver premium series and we look forward to welcoming many more to the State." said Rikki Lea Bestall, Screenwest CEO.
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Skills Insight has commenced work as a Jobs and Skills Council (JSC) covering an extensive range of industries such as:
(i) Agriculture, Horticulture, Conservation & Land Management
(ii) Animal Care & Management
(iii) Forestry & Timber
(v) Textiles, Clothing & Footwear
The role of Skills Insight is to research and support national workforce skill development to assist in improving the VET system and industry participation within their portfolios. To find out more, including contributing to workforce development solutions, visit their website.
The Hon Brendan O’Connor, Minister for Skills and Training, has announced that the Manufacturing Industry Skills Alliance (Manufacturing Alliance) has been established as the Jobs and Skills Council (JSC) for the manufacturing industry.
The Minister commented, “I am excited about the benefit that the Manufacturing Industry Skills Alliance will provide to its industry and workers. The Manufacturing Alliance will play a key leadership role in shaping the future of manufacturing in Australia. We are providing considerable support to ensure workers have the right skills now, and in the future, and Jobs and Skills Councils are a key part of making this happen.”
Sharon Robertson, CEO Manufacturing Industry Skills Alliance said, “Australian manufacturing is experiencing a period of renewed opportunities. As organisations seek to capitalise on future growth, they need a workforce with the right skills to make it happen. We are looking forward to being on the journey with them and providing workforce development solutions.”
As industry training council for the Print industry, FutureNow is liaising closely with the Manufacturing Alliance to ensure Western Australian industry voices are included in the national upskilling conversation.
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Peak body for libraries, the Australian Libraries and Information Association (ALIA) have launched Phase 2 of their Library and information services workforce: Framework and Recognition consultation. ALIA are seeking input into the final design of the Professional Pathways project before implementation later in 2023. Industry are seeking to build 'frameworks and structures necessary to support a diverse, valued and supported library and information services (LIS) workforce with the skills, knowledge and ethics needed to deliver quality library and information services that anticipate and meet the needs of the population into the future.' Submissions may be made until COB 5th July 2023.
Learn more and download the consultation paper and Phase 1 research report
The State Government is establishing a new Public Sector ICT Graduate Program that will create opportunity for ICT graduates looking for jobs after finishing their studies. The program will be targeted at students and graduates from a range of in-demand ICT disciplines such as Data Science and Analytics and Cyber Security. It is hoped up to 40 graduates will be recruited for the program.
Graduates will complete a number of rotations between agencies across the Western Australian Government, getting real world experience in their chosen fields and the opportunity to apply their skills to progress the Government's digital priorities.
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The traineeship attached to Certificate III in Travel (SIT 30222) is now called Travel Sales Traineeship and the traineeship attached to Certificate III in Events (SIT 30522) is now called Events Traineeship. These were gazetted on Friday 26 May 2023, Gazette Notice 61.
FutureNow advocated to amend the name of the traineeship from International Retail Travel Sales Traineeship to Travel Sales Traineeship and from Events Technical Traineeship to Events Traineeship because the previous names were outdated and did not reflect the true nature of the traineeships and their underpinning qualification.