The campaign is aimed at mature aged jobseekers and is supported by Tourism WA to address skills shortages in the industry and support the development and growth of local businesses.
Training and upskilling incentives are available for the cohort of jobseekers aged 45 years and over who are considering working in tourism and hospitality roles. This includes free training and job placement assistance through the WA Government's Job Reconnect Program, as well as up to $1,500 to cover work-related costs such as equipment and uniforms.
WA tourism operators and businesses are being encouraged to recruit mature age employees through a range of State and Commonwealth Government incentives.
More information about the program
The Digital Skills Organisation (DSO) have released their final report, Growing Australia's Digital Workforce, as the work of their new organisation, Future Skills Organisation, launches. The report highlights four key assertions
Access the report and learn more about the FSO here
The list of VET qualifications and their suitability for secondary students in 2024 is now available to access. This register offers industry advice for schools and registered training organisations.
Access the register
Tourism WA is set to implement a new Cruise Tourism Strategic Plan with the aim of growing economic and employment outcomes for Western Australia. The strategy aims to:
The Australian Department of Education have released an interim report on the Australian Universities Accord. The report follow's February's discussion paper, and reflects on extensive stakeholder engagement to present a vision for the future of Australia's higher education system. The report includes five recommendations for priority action (Section 1.5), and raises issues for further discussion to inform the Review’s Final Report.
Priority action recommendations include:
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Read analysis of the report:
State and Federal governments have announced programs designed to support access to digital literacy training and education for First Nations Australians, including those living in remote communities across the country.
Federal Minister for Skills and Training Brendan O'Connor has announced a specific Indigenous stream to the Government Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) foundation skills program to improve literacy, numeracy, and digital skills. The redesign of the SEE program will provide more pathways for Australians to access training to improve their language, literacy, numeracy and digital skills. It is expected to support up to 2,000 First Nations people per year by 2026-27. From 1 July 2024, the program will focus on First Nations people, providing grants to Indigenous community-controlled organisations so they can partner directly with training providers. It will be delivered through First Nations organisations in partnership with TAFEs and other Registered Training Organisations or Adult and Community Education sector providers.
State Minister for Regional Development the Hon. Don Punch has meanwhile announced $50,000 funding for education sessions for up to 600 people to address an urgent need among Aboriginal seniors in regional and remote WA for digital literacy skills to help avoid being targeted with online scams and digital crime.
Research published recently by the Australian Digital Inclusion Index (ADII) found that while digital inclusion is improving, certain groups, including First Nations Australians, remain marginalised. The Closing the Gap framework includes a specific target that ‘By 2026, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have equal levels of digital inclusion’. ADII aims to produce data that creates measurables against this target.
Read Minister O'Connor's full media release
Read Minister Punch's full media statement
Explore the Australian Digital Inclusion Index
The Hon Brendan O'Connor, Federal Minister for Skills and Training, has officially announced the launch of five additional Jobs and Skills Councils (JSCs). Among the newly introduced Councils are the Future Skills Organisation (FSO), responsible for digital technologies and libraries, and SkillsEQuipped, which oversees industries within FutureNow's purview, including creative arts and culture, hospitality, and tourism.
In addition to their role in collaborating with stakeholders to facilitate the ongoing development of training packages, the JSCs will have a broader mandate to engage in comprehensive workforce planning discussions with stakeholders including industry representatives, labour unions, education and training leaders, as well as student advocates.
FutureNow has established connections with each JSC, ensuring coverage of its respective industry areas. It will continue to advocate for the interests of Western Australian stakeholders in these critical areas of work.
Read Minister O'Çonnor's statement
Visit Future Skills Organisation
Western Australians can nominate their heritage heroes for the Heritage Council's annual WA Heritage Awards from today. The awards recognise the contribution of volunteers, professionals, private owners, local governments, and others who work to help preserve and promote WA's heritage assets and sites.
The awards program was established in 1992 to acknowledge the contribution of individuals and organisations to WA heritage and to showcase outstanding examples of conservation, adaptive reuse, interpretation, and heritage tourism projects. Nominations close at 9am, Monday, 28 August 2023.
For more information visit dplh.wa.gov.au/heritage-awards
Each year AusActive, the peak fitness body in Australia establish a survey for fitness professionals to provide their thoughts on the predicted key fitness trends. In 2023, for the first-time, training older adults hit the number one trend with functional fitness in second spot.
The survey is now open for fitness industry professionals to vote for what they think the key 2024 trend will be. Voting closes 31st July 2023.
The WA Government have awarded the Australian Sport Technologies Network (ASTN) with funding to support WA sporttech start-up companies in attending the ASTN’s Entrepreneurship Education Program. This program has been designed to support entrepreneur's in developing their innovative sporttech projects and linking with private investors to build their capabilities in bringing these emerging projects to the sports industry.