Beekeeping Course Set to Grow WA Jobs, Honey Production

A Beekeeping traineeship will be offered for the first time in Western Australia, in an effort to support the state’s high demand honey industry. The State Government will establish a Certificate III in Beekeeping to produce workers with a high level of skills to maintain the high quality of Western Australian honey production. “By listening…

“Bring Back Corporal Punishment” to Cut Youth School Violence: Expert

A youth expert has called for the return of corporal punishment in classrooms to help cut youth violence in schools. Police & Citizens Youth Club (PCYC) WA CEO John Gillespie said stronger disciplinary measures were needed to ensure school students were “behaving properly in the classroom and also in the playground” while also protecting teachers…

Driverless Automation to be Offered in WA Schools, TAFE

WA schools and TAFE will offer automation qualifications in an Australia first to prepare students for future jobs in the industry. The State Government will collaborate with mining company Rio Tinto and South Metropolitan TAFE to provide Certificate II and Certificate IV courses which will develop skills in operating driverless technology including autonomous trains and…

Aboriginal Students Recognised For High Achievements

By Nicholas Farrington Two of Western Australia’s highest performing Aboriginal students have been awarded the 2017 Rob Riley Memorial Prize. Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery announced that John Curtin College of the Arts graduate Ashley Maroney as the Australian Tertiary Admission Rant (ATAR) prize winner. Meanwhile, Belmont City College graduate Kienen Davis as the…

McGowan Demands Answers Over School Water Lead

Mark McGowan has called for answers over incomplete lead testing at new WA schools, claiming the bureaucrats responsible “deserve a good kick up the pants”. The premier said Education Minister Sue Ellery and Director General of Education Sharyn O’Neill had his full support over the issue but responsibility had to be assigned elsewhere after assurances…

School of the Air to Stay as Education Cuts Reversed

The Western Australian government will reverse a number of its controversial education cuts including closing Schools of the Air (SOTA), admitting it took the savings measures “too far”. Premier Mark McGowan and Education Minister Sue Ellery announced it will not close SOTA after backlash over the closures, keep Northam Residential College accommodation open and continue…

WA Education Cuts Face Opposition, Called a “Mistake”

The McGowan Government has been criticism over its cuts to the state’s education, with opposition parties claiming the measures are not in the best interests of students and families. WA’s Greens called the measures a “terrible decision” while the Young Nationals said it was “direct attack on regional Western Australia” after Education Minister Sue Ellery…

Payroll Tax Exemption Change to Fund Training Places

The McGowan government will tighten payroll tax training exemptions for businesses that will result in new funded training places next year. 9,600 new jobs will be created under the new scheme that will come into effect from December 1 this year that will prevent companies from avoiding paying payroll tax. “We need a system which…

WA Youths Against Odds With Seven Fighting For Each Entry Level Job

Young Western Australia jobseekers have been facing a tougher start to their working lives, after a new report revealed more applicants than available positions in the State. An Anglicare WA report released on Thursday revealed almost seven young Western Australians are fighting for every entry-level job across WA, including in retail and hospitality industries. “We…

New Courses Prepare Youth for the Jobs of the Future

The Western Australian Government has joined forces with Rio Tinto and South Metropolitan TAFE to design new curriculum to give apprentices the required skills for jobs in the mining industry’s future. These new courses are set to be created in 2018 and implemented in 2019 as post-secondary and industry traineeships. They will give young people…