Education and Training International Newsletter 15
ETI is now a Registered Training Organisation
ETI has successfully applied to become a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) under the new national VET regulator ASQA, effective from July 1st. What does this mean for your students? It’s business as usual and students will continue to study their course at the institute they currently attend. All students were recently sent a letter from ETI informing them of this administrative change and that their enrolment has transferred to ETI as the RTO.
When students arrive in Perth they will complete their ETI enrolment at the institute they have chosen to study with on the first day of studies. Upon successful completion of their course, students will now receive a Nationally Recognised Qualification from ETI co-badged with their institute.
What is the benefit for you and your students? In addition to the range of services currently provided to students, ETI is now a ‘one stop shop’ for student admissions and for ensuring the continued delivery of high quality qualifications to international students.
New Migration Measures Crucial to Mining Boom Success
The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP, recently announced new measures to assist Perth businesses attract the workers they need and alleviate skills shortages in the resources sector.
In an address to the Migration Conference of the Australian Minerals and Metals Association (AMMA), Mr Bowen said a record $380 billion in mining investment—nearly four times the average level for the past 30 years—was projected to lead to a shortage of 36,000 tradespeople by 2015.
"The simple fact is that there will not be enough Australian workers to get the job done," Mr Bowen said.
"Skills shortages are not limited to mining projects, with opportunities for Australians in the resources sector leading to local skills shortages in other parts of Western Australia, particularly in Perth.
"Therefore, for the purpose of greater access to skilled migration, Perth will now be considered a regional city and will be able to benefit from inclusion in the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme.
West Coast Institute's New Construction Skills Campus in Clarkson
Trades North in Clarkson is certainly setting the benchmark when it comes to the construction trades. This state of the art building is offering students a range of courses in the construction trades including:
These two year qualifications are designed to provide students with the skills and work experience for careers in the building and construction industry. These courses are also on the Commonwealth Government’s Skilled Occupation List which identifies those occupations where there is a skills shortage in Australia. The students studying at Trades North in Clarkson will also simultaneously undertake subjects in the Certificate IV in Small Business Management at no extra cost to the student. Therefore the students will be eligible for both qualifications after two years.
Central Brings Mining and Renewable Energy Together
Anyone seeking a career in mining or the ‘Green Skills’ area should look no further than Central Institute of Technology which had a brand new training facility opened by Senator Chris Evans in East Perth.
Both mining and renewable energy training are now taking place under the same roof in a new training facility that was officially opened by the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations at Central’s East Perth campus on 20th June 2011.
The new, $3.3 million Mining and Renewable Energy Training Centre facility allows students to develop much sought after skills for both the resource and sustainability sectors.
On the resources side, the Centre has a core yard where students hoping to become Field Assistants or Pit Technicians can interpret the geology of a drill core (rock sample).
It also has a Fire Assay Laboratory where students can learn how to extract gold or any of the base metals from a mineral sample. Plus for those interested in careers in the exploration/mineral drilling side, there is a 4-wheel drive training and maintenance facility.
New Courses in Automotive and Hairdressing
ETI is now delivering two new trade courses through Polytechnic West.
These are the Diploma of Automotive Technology and the Diploma of Hairdressing Salon Management. Both courses are two years full time study and provide students with the practical skills and academic knowledge to set them on a path to beginning a successful career in these industries. The first intake will be February 2012.
Spotlight on a School - Woodvale Secondary College
Woodvale Secondary College caters for students from grades 8 – 12. The school facilities are modern and well equipped and set in large picturesque grounds. Academically the school performs well above the state average and the school has received awards in recognition of being one of the top schools in the state. The school’s large size means it can offer an extensive range of specialist programs including English as a second language, academic extension, Japanese, Mandarin, music, sports and work experience placement.
Distillation Column an Australian Training First
Challenger Institute of Technology has become the first registered training organisation in Australia to offer trainees in the oil and gas industry the chance to work on a binary distillation column.
The $1.3million piece of infrastructure represents a very significant investment in Challenger's Australian Centre for Energy and Process Training (ACEPT) simulated training plant and will greatly increase the skill levels of workers employed in and entering Western Australia's resources sector.
The distillation column was officially opened on 27 May by WA's Training and Workforce Development Minister Peter Collier.
"With ever-increasing skill levels needed as a result of the state's innumerable resources and construction projects, Challenger Institute of Technology must remain at the forefront of industry requirements. The distillation column will ensure Challenger, and through them, Western Australia, preserves this coveted position," said Mr Collier.