WA Minister for Education and Training the Honourable Sue Ellery BA MLC announced on Saturday 28th March a new delivery approach for Western Australian TAFE colleges in response to the Covid-19 crisis. From Term 2, the blended style of delivery will include learning via online and interactive technologies, and face-to-face delivery where necessary and where adequate social distancing measures can be implemented. Courses that have been delivered exclusively online will continue to do so.
From Monday (March 30) until the end of term on April 9, there will be a temporary pause in the face-to-face delivery of most courses.
Face-to-face training in essential service courses such as enrolled nursing and aged care will continue. There will also be practical assessments for hospitality/cookery students and final stage apprentices who need to be assessed in a practical workshop. Arrangements for these courses will be modified to ensure safety. Colleges will stay open and essential student services including student resource areas will remain available with social distancing measures applying.
Students are being emailed and/or sent a text message informing them how they will be affected by the changes.
The new measures will allow lecturers and non-teaching staff to continue to prepare to move to the new style of training in Term 2 which starts on April 28, 2020. TAFE colleges are also extending the use of online and interactive technologies to support study areas which have substantial practical components where appropriate. Metropolitan and regional TAFE colleges are collaborating to support online learning across the State.
The colleges will work with employers to ensure that there is continued training for apprentices.
Read the statement in full here.