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Training Matters Volume 16 Featuring: Award winners announced Skills West Expo a WA highlight Planning for the future Training Matters 2 In this edition We celebrate the achievements of individuals, training organisations and employers in the vocational education and training sector with the winners of the WA Training Awards. Turn to page six for more. Read about new Minister for Training and Workforce Development Murray Cowper s first official event, the farewell of WorldSkills TeamWA as they set off for the national competition and their achievements (opposite page). We also have highlights from this year s Skills West Expo on pages 12 and 13, and we talk about the valuable work being done on regional workforce development plans on pages eight and nine. Training Matters continues to feature great stories about innovative training programs, training providers and trainers. To showcase the diversity in the Western Australian training sector we also have a story on engineering, a simulated quarry, a first birthday and a Mongolian delegation s study tour. We would love to hear from you feedback can be left at Click on Training Matters and complete the short survey under In this Section. Enjoy this edition of Training Matters. ContEntS 3 Team WA honoured at Parliament House 4 WA Training Awards Mongolia turns to Western Australia for skills training 8 Planning for the regions 10 A passion for country business 10 State training world class 11 Engineering course a national first 12 Skills West Expo a WA highlight 14 Training Council catch up 15 The Trainer: Guy Truss 16 Simulated quarry a cut above 16 Trades North reaches first milestone 17 New training era for Goldfields-Esperance community 17 Recruiting for the future 18 Upcoming professional development workshops 18 Forum gives insight nathan McGuire, winner of the WA Aboriginal and torres Strait Islander Student of the Year Training Matters is published quarterly by the Department of Training and Workforce Development and distributed to training practitioners, employers, registered training organisations, industry stakeholders, Government and industry leaders. title: Training Matters SCIS no: ISSn: Department of Training and Workforce Development 2010 Reproduction of this work in whole or part for educational purposes, within an educational institution and on condition that it is not offered for sale, is permitted by the Department of Training and Workforce Development. This material is available on request in appropriate alternative formats. The Department of Training and Workforce Development does not endorse nor take responsibility for the accuracy of information or claims made in the advertisements carried in Training Matters. For all editorial, advertising and general enquiries contact: Sue Manning Communications and Marketing Department of Training and Workforce Development Optima B Building, 16 Parkland Road Osborne Park WA 6017 T: (08) E: W: Training Matters 3 (Results will be available on 2 September these will be added in when available.) WorldSkills TeamWA poses for a team photo on the stairs at Parliament House. Team WA honoured at Parliament House Western Australia s young WorldSkills team of achievers were farewelled on their journey for national recognition at a sundowner in the Aboriginal People s Gallery at Parliament House on 29 June. The event marked the first official function of the new Minister for Training and Workforce Development Murray Cowper, who spoke to and met the VETiS students and open category team members before handing them their official team polo shirts. Minister Cowper said that as he prepared for an exciting future with the training portfolio, it gave him great pleasure that his first official event was to meet Worldskills TeamWA. During the event Minister Cowper revealed his close ties with the training sector, saying that all three of his children were training in skilled professions. I would like to pay tribute to training providers and schools and to the efforts of TeamWA members, he said. WorldSkills competitions are an important initiative because they present an opportunity to showcase the skills and talents required to enter a skilled profession. The competitions demonstrate in no uncertain terms that the challenges of a skilled career are by no means the easy option. To excel in the industries represented at competition takes dedication, excellence, initiative, intelligence, the ability to produce results under pressure and the willingness to rise to a challenge and accept it. Now, more than ever our state needs skilled professionals, and that demand is not going to go away anytime soon. The WorldSkills national competitions were held in Sydney from 30 August to 1 September. Stop Press! At the time of going to print, TeamWA had just come home from three days of exciting competition with one gold medal, seven silver and three bronze. Jewellery competitors Tayron Scagnetti (gold) and Erin Thompson (bronze) were both trained by Peter Keep, a finalist for WA Trainer of the Year. Cookery silver medallist Georgia Ramsay trained with Amanda Smith, 2011 WA Trainer of the Year and Australian Trainer of the Year. VETiS competitors brought home three medals, including gold and two bronze. tm Training Matters 4 WA training Awards 2012 Best in the West top achievers at this year s Awards were: WA Apprentice of the Year 2012 Samuel Goodall WA trainee of the Year 2012 Nicola Howe WA Vocational Student of the Year 2012 Stephen Moore WA Aboriginal and torres Strait Islander Student of the Year 2012 Nathan McGuire WA School-based Apprentice of the Year 2012 Timothy Gossage WA Culturally and Linguistically Diverse training Award 2012 Maria Lima Villahermosa WA trainer of the Year 2012 Guy Truss WA Small Business of the Year 2012 Ceiling Solutions WA Employer of the Year 2012 Main Roads WA Proud winners with Minister for Training and Workforce Development Murray Cowper MLA The WA Training Awards highlighted the outstanding individuals and organisations from the Western Australian training sector with a much anticipated awards ceremony attended by 700 people on 14 September. The evening celebrated the outstanding efforts of apprentices, trainees, vocational students and trainers and the contribution of training providers and employers. Training and Workforce Development Minister Murray Cowper said that since taking on this portfolio he had been impressed with the energy of the many individuals and organisations. Every one of the finalists deserves to be here tonight, said Mr Cowper. They have shown great dedication to their training or the training of others. A world class training system and well trained workforce is essential to the State s economic future. The exceptional standards shown by this year s finalists give me every confidence that the future of our vocational education and training sector is in great hands. These Awards have opened many doors for past winners and finalists; raising their profile and exposure to industry, improving their career opportunities, validating their work and increasing their confidence. In 2012 there were over 200 applications for the 14 individual and organisational categories, of which 46 finalists were selected by 56 judges. WA VEt in Schools Excellence 2012 MPA Skills and John Forrest Secondary College WA training Initiative 2012 JSW Training and Community Services WA Small training Provider of the Year 2012 LabTech Training Pty Ltd WA Large training Provider Year 2012 Challenger Institute of Technology WA International training Provider of the Year 2012 Australian College of Applied Education Some winners will now go on to represent Western Australia at the Australian Training Awards in Melbourne in November. To view more photographs from the night, visit Training Matters 5 WA training Awards 2012 Nathan McGuire Australian College of Applied Education Samuel Goodall Best in the West Now in its eighteenth year, the WA Training Awards continues to reward outstanding individuals and organisations within the training sector of Western Australia. Aboriginal and torres Strait Islander Student of the Year nathan McGuire trained at Central Institute of Technology. Thinking outside the box and a passion for art and design inspired Nathan to develop his talents and pursue an interior design career. Nathan incorporated Aboriginal elements, such as the water spirit the Wagyl, in a concept bathroom design that was a stand out winner of the Crosby Tiles Challenge His design featured in Scoop Home and Art Magazine and The West Australian. Playing hockey at State level is Nathan s other passion. Part of the Western Australian Institute of Sport men s hockey program, in 2011 he was named Hockey WA Youth Player of the Year. After he finishes his Advanced Diploma of Interior Design at Central Institute of Technology Nathan plans to work for an architectural firm and eventually have his own business. International training Provider of the Year Australian College of Applied Education has a history spanning nearly 23 years. The College manages and teaches a number of vocational education and training courses that are nationally accredited. Expanding from its beginnings providing high level training to the hospitality and tourism industries, the College now includes business and accounting courses and has won a number of awards including the Western Australian Tourism Award for Education and Training. With 179 international students from 54 countries attending the College, staff and students participate in variety of multicultural activities including social outings, charity drives as well as government initiatives such as Harmony Day. A unique feature of the College s programs is its holistic approach to training and assessment, delivering programs as unit clusters, embodied in subjects. Students learn in live environments that match real world expectations, with a fully functional restaurant and bar together with a commercial and patisserie kitchen on campus, ensuring graduates are confident problem solvers, highly skilled and job ready. Apprentice of the Year Samuel Goodall trained at Great Southern Institute of Technology and is employed by K&T Castlehow Builders. Sam had an interest in building things from a young age but it took him a while to begin his carpentry and joinery apprenticeship. After finishing school and working as a labourer, a motor bike accident meant a change of direction. Sam worked as a carer for people with disabilities for two years while he recuperated, before starting his apprenticeship in carpentry and joinery. In the second year of his apprenticeship Sam drew up a house plan and spent every weekend and holiday for a year building his own house. Sam s training had prepared him for this task and his high standards earned him the Great Southern Institute of Technology s Best Carpentry and Joinery Apprentice Award two years running. Despite his host employer closing because of the downturn in the residential building industry, Sam was determined to maintain his apprenticeship and found private jobs and worked in other roles. He has now been offered employment when he finishes his apprenticeship and believes the challenges he faced will be useful in the future. tm to see profiles on all the winners and finalists, go to Training Matters 6 WA training Awards 2012 Seen at the 2012 Awards Trent McKeown, Tahlia Isaacs and Nicole Bolton Mal and Christine Gammon Abbie-Lee Lewis and Stephen Moore Stephanie Ferrone and Skye Jones Tamatha Smith, Training and Workforce Development Minister Murray Cowper MLA and Frances Papalia Lidia Rozlapa and Greg Jenkins Amanda Smith, Ailin Gay and Jonté Pike James Paxman, Delia Pascua McGlew, Peter McGlew, Dr Sak Sarangapani and Karpagam Sakthivelpathi Rebekah Whitfield and Chad Tilbury Training Matters 7 Mongolia turns to Western Australia for skills training The ETAS Group in Osborne Park has entered into a three year contract with the owners of Mongolia s largest copper and gold mine to provide training programs to Mongolian lecturers. The contract also provides for three study tours over three years for graduates of ETAS Group training to visit Western Australia and learn how State government, training providers and industry work together to grow the economy. Mongolian delegates recently toured a selection of metropolitan private and State Training Providers, learning about Western Australia s vocational education and training (VET) programs. Of particular interest to the Mongolian group were our State government apprentice and trainee programs. ETAS Group managing director Rob Graham welcomed the students who are at the forefront of the landmark reforms now occurring in Mongolia. These trainers are now tasked with the responsibility of training new generations of teachers, he said. They will be part of a continuing legacy of improvement within their country. The Mongolian government s long term strategy supports the development of the technical vocational education capabilities in Mongolia, with an aim to build a robust system, addressing the challenge of a severe shortage of skilled and qualified local people. Mr Graham said there was significant opportunity for Western Australian service providers to be part of these historic reforms. The OT mining company has committed more than $85 million in funding over five years for technical and vocational training, he said. tm Mongolian delegation leader Ms Orgilmaa Dashniiyam with ETAS Group managing director Rob Graham. Our ratings are top of the class. Once again, in 2012 independent ratings agencies awarded our products their highest ratings. Which means you can be con dent your funds are making the grade. The Chant West ratings logo is a trademark of Chant West Pty Limited and is used under licence. GESP0228 Training Matters 8 Planning for the regions The alliances comprise key local stakeholders with industry expertise/community knowledge of local workforce development needs and issues. The Department of Training and Workforce Development is a member of each alliance, providing executive and planning support and funding for developing and updating the plans. In partnership with the alliances, the Department will communicate the strategies to those government agencies that have been identified as the lead agency for each strategy, as part of an integrated and whole of government approach. Over recent years regional areas in Western Australia have faced increased challenges associated with the availability of an adequately skilled and flexible workforce. Although a number of the plans are still undergoing development, the following are some of the key themes that have emerged. Housing and social infrastructure Retention of young people in the region Increased participation of Aboriginal people in employment and training Competition for workers from other regions and industries Requirement for flexible learning and expanded options in education and training The combination of rapid economic growth and employment demand in a number of regions, changing demographics and attraction and retention issues are making it more difficult to secure the labour required for regional areas to meet their full economic and social potential. To address these issues, the Department of Training and Workforce Development, in collaboration with industry, community and government stakeholders, is preparing coordinated and integrated workforce development plans for each of the State s nine regions. The development of these plans will outline challenges specific to each area, helping identify current and future workforce development needs and provide industry, government and the community with strategies at a local and State level to address these challenges. Making the plans work A regional workforce development alliance is being established in each of the regions. Their role is to oversee and monitor the development and implementation of the regional workforce development plans. The regional workforce development plans are aligned to the five strategic goals set out in Skilling WA A workforce development plan for Western Australia, which are: Goal 1: Increase participation in the workforce. Goal 2: Supplement the workforce with skilled migrants. Goal 3: Attraction and retention. Goal 4: Flexible, responsive and innovative education and training. Goal 5: Plan and coordinate a strategic State government response. Training Matters 9 Progress Good progress is being made, with plans for the Goldfields-Esperance, Wheatbelt and Mid West in final draft, and the Pilbara, Great Southern and South West substantially underway. Work has recently commenced in the Kimberley, and discussions are in progress to refresh the previous Peel plan and draft Gascoyne plan. To find out more on any of the regional workforce development plans, contact the Department s regional workforce development team at or Steve Arrowsmith on tm Courses offered at the CET: Electrical Pre-Apprenticeships, Apprenticeships, Traineeships and Post Trade Courses for the Electrical & Telecommunications Industries such as - Certificate IV in Hazardous Areas - Electrical - Certificate IV in Electrical-Photovoltaic Systems - Certificate IV in Electrical-Instrumentation - Certificate II in Air Conditioning Split Systems Installation - Lighting for Living & White Card Online The College of Electrical Training is the leading private training provider for the electrical and telecommunications industries in WA and provides trade training to more than 1000 apprentices as well as post-trade training to approximately 1800 students. Why CET? For more information please visit our website: Quality training from two facilities at Balcatta and Jandakot Training via distance correspondence, the internet and on-site Qualified Instructors with hands-on industry experience deliver professional training Purpose built classrooms and large workshops which have especially been equipped for training electrical, data, telecommunication, photovoltaic and instrumentation workers Apprenticeship start times at any time throughout the year CAMPUS NORTH OF THE RIVER 9 Cressall Rd, Balcatta WA 6021, Ph (08) CAMPUS SOUTH OF THE RIVER 5 Avior Ave, Jandakot WA 6164, Ph (08) NEWS at the CET: Third Campus opens its doors in Joondalup in 2013! Training Matters 10 A passion for country business Established in 1999, the Regional Chambers of Commerce in Western Australia (RCCIWA) is an organisation with 36 individual regional chambers representing over 8000 businesses throughout regional, rural and remote Western Australia through networking, information sharing, State and federal lobbying and effective stakeholder engagement. Inaugural chief executive officer of the Regional Chambers of Commerce in Western Australia, Kitty Prodonovich. Recently appointed as the inaugural chief executive officer, Kitty Prodonovich believes the RCCIWA serves an invaluable service to business in the regions. I really believe in our organisation and the Chambers of Commerce as they can be a real asset to all business owners, said Ms Prodonovich. As the former president of the RCCIWA, Ms Prodonovich has a passion for business communities in regional Western Australia. Combined with her previous professional experience, this meant she was the right fit for the role. At 21, Ms Prodonovich owned her first restaurant in Kalgoorlie. From there she moved into a variety of areas including real estate, marketing, human resources and communications. Throughout her career Ms Prodonovich has been involved with the chamber movement. From 2003 to 2005 I was president of the Kalgoorlie- Boulder Chamber of Commerce, and from 2005 to 2010 I was president of the RCCIWA. I currently also sit on the board of the Small Business Development Corporation and the Gener
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