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Having the right people with the right skills at the right time is vital to the success of a business. We are dedicated to working with employers in the region to develop training solutions that meet staff and workforce needs.  Investing in your staff’s skills development can result in increased productivity and efficiency, greater staff retention, employee satisfaction and recognition by the wider community as an employer of choice.

We work with you to:
•    Understand your workforce’s strengths, capabilities and skills development needs
•    Conduct skills assessment and gap training analysis
•    Develop customised workforce training solutions
•    Recognise your employees’ existing skills
•    Identify and secure funding to support training

customised training

Everyone’s needs are different and that’s why we offer the option of customised training courses to suit individual, community and workplace needs. Whether you’re looking to add a new skill set onto a standardised training set, or create a new one to upskill a specific group or organisation, we can assist you. Below are examples of customised training sets we have recently delivered and are currently delivering:

The Leader in Me
This course can be used for pre-enrolment for students wanting to go into mainstream training, or any GATE courses through North Regional TAFE. The two or four day course focuses on self-development and leadership. It gives participants an understanding and awareness of self, how we learn and behave and how our beliefs and attitudes stop us achieving our goals. It is affordable, flexible, can be tailored to employment requirements and includes leadership qualities for participants to identify, develop and practise in a safe environment, giving them confidence and comfort in starting a course, or a new job.
The Leader in Me can be adapted for a range of audiences from young disengaged youth, to mature aged workers who need to identify and compartmentalise their existing skills, building on that knowledge to feel confident in their role.

Kimberley and Pilbara Girl program
We deliver customised training to participants of Goolarri Media Enterprises’ Kimberley & Pilbara Girl participants throughout the course of the annual Indigenous role models’ program. Utilising The Leader in Me program, initially developed to compliment the Kimberley Girl, activities aim to empower Aboriginal women and educate them on issues and barriers in our communities and towns, identify their own personal strengths and weaknesses and set achievable goals, enabling them to forge ahead to become young confident role models and future leaders. 

Pre-employment trades training
We deliver customised pre-employment courses to organisations seeking new intakes of employees, working closely with them to simulate their working environment and develop participants’ skills in line with needs.  These courses run for two to six weeks and allow potential new employees to demonstrate that they are ready and committed to join the organisation. Many of the courses also encompass valuable life skills including fitness, money and time management.

Project Management Training
We offer customised project management training to companies as far as Kununurra in the north through to the city of Perth. This training is structured around the individual needs of each organisation and provides a summary of project management and effective application of the process, based on regulatory requirements.

Rural and Remote Training Project Western Australia
We offer scheduled on-site, culturally appropriate, aged care training to eligible remote community health care services, working closely with managers and key stakeholders to determine training needs and facilitate an inclusive model training package. This mode of training allows for staff skill development, accreditation training, and provides community members with the opportunity for employment in the health care industry.

Supervisory Training
We offer a tailored course for employees new to supervising Remote Jobs and Communities Program (RJCP) participants. Over one week, this course provides participants with underpinning skills in workplace safety, first aid, worksite assessments and incident reporting.

NRT is committed to responsiveness and collaborations to promote and ensure effective partnerships, resulting in skill development relevant to and in alignment with the needs of supervisors.  We offer and maintain suitable and planned communications through the development, implementation, scheduled training delivery and sharing of lessons learned for Indigenous supervisors, mentors, industry bodies and all that require additional training and knowledge.

Youth Re-engagement Programs
We work closely with local schools and organisations to support disadvantaged youth to re-engage with education through programs designed on an individual basis and aimed at improving outcomes for young people, assisting them to re-connect with learning and pathway into further training.

Extension services 
Our qualified and experienced staff provide additional services and advice over and above training.  For organisations pursuing innovative new ventures or start-ups, our staff can provide critical advice and direction in their areas of expertise – e.g. NRT led the development of the Native Bush Food industry in the Kimberley, with high level expertise in species such as the Kakadu plum or Gubinge. Marra Warra Warra, an Aboriginal organisation in the Fitzroy Valley, used the skills and knowledge of our industry specialists to design their Gubinge plantation correctly on their country, acquiring the correct resources and establishing Gubinge integration with other food crops.

Complex maritime services and training 
NRT is at the cutting edge of some of the most complex maritime programs in the world. Our Broome Maritime Simulation Centre (BMSC) uses sophisticated simulation equipment and software to undertake specifically developed complex training and port feasibility studies. Vessels, ports, vessel movements, propulsion systems, environmental conditions and other factors can all be customised to provide clients with insight and training experiences. E.g. dredging company, Jan De Nal, used the BMSC to train its staff in complex maritime manoeuvres, in the exact simulated operating environment, while their highly technical equipment was being mobilised from Europe, thereby increasing productivity and efficiency and delivering on a highly specialised tender.

the benefits of employing an apprentice or trainee

How does having an apprentice or trainee help your business?

North Regional TAFE offers flexible apprenticeship and traineeship courses to fit in with your business needs. As an established training provider, we know the trends, demands, challenges and opportunities in the North West.

We specialise in training which provides your apprentice or trainee with a solid knowledge base and work readiness skills.  This may be done on-campus, online, on-the-job, or a combination of all these delivery methods. Your employee’s apprenticeship or traineeship will be developed in consultation with you, the employer. This approach features more flexible options, backed by extra support services.

How do I employee an apprentice or trainee?

You can employ an apprentice/trainee directly as if you would recruit any other employee within your business, or you can utilise the services of a Group Training Organisation (GTO) and become a host employer.

The GTO employs the apprentice or trainee and hosts them to suitable businesses. GTOs offer a range of support services to your business such as; ongoing mentoring, pre-employment programs, hiring and placement of candidates. GTOs are also helpful if you cannot guarantee work for the full term of the apprenticeship or traineeship, or you do not want the additional administrative workload.

Apprenticeship or traineeship employees may include:

  •          Students through school based apprenticeships/traineeships
  •          Existing workers with skills but not qualified
  •          School leavers
  •          Mature workers wanting to start a new career or upskill
  •          Existing workers without experience in their area of interest

Financial incentives

The Australian Government provides incentives to employers to reduce to cost of training apprentices/trainees. The State Government also provides payroll tax exemptions for employers of apprentices and trainees. The Department of Training & Workforce Development provides funds for most new apprentices/trainees. For more details and eligibility criteria please contact your chosen AASN provider.

What happens after I sign up an apprentice or trainee?

The Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider will lodge the completed contract with the Department of Training and Workforce Development’s Apprenticeship Office and once processed North Regional TAFE will be notified and you will be contacted to negotiate training contracts, training plans and training delivery.


 how to sign up an apprentice or trainee

Contact one of the AASN providers listed in below in alphabetical order to arrange completion of the training contract within 21 days of employing your apprentice or trainee.

AMA Apprenticeship & Traineeship Services
Phone: 1800 808 568 or (08) 9273 3042
Email: amaats@amawa.com.au
Website: www.amaats.com.au Opens in a new window

Apprenticeship Support Australia CCI
Phone: 1300 363 831
Email: info@apprenticeshipsupport.com.au
Website: www.apprenticesupport.com.au

The Apprenticeship Community
Phone: (08) 6165 3362
Email: info@apprenticeshipcommunity.com.au
Website: www.apprenticeshipcommunity.com.au

Phone: 13 69 63
Email: info@megt.com.au
Website: www.megt.com.au Opens in a new window

 recognition of prior learning

What is Recognition of Prior Learning?

At North Regional TAFE, we recognise that people gain skills and knowledge in a variety of ways. Formal education at school, TAFE, or university isn’t the only way people can learn. Many highly skilled people have gained and developed their skills through different pathways such as paid employment, community work, volunteering and participating in informal training.

Skills developed this way are very valuable to employers and communities. The people who have them have usually spent many years training in the workplace. It can often be important to be able to demonstrate your skills to a potential employer. Sometime this can be difficult when you do not have qualifications on paper to show them. Having your skills formally recognised in a nationally accredited system can really boost your resume and open doors for new employment opportunities. You can also use your recognised skills as a path way to further training – perhaps even take a step towards a new career.

To have skills formally recognised assessors must make sure you have the skill to the industry standard. This means that you will need to provide evidence. You and the assessor will work together to identify what evidence you have, and to identify whether it meets the industry standard. You may find that you do have all the skills for a qualification, or the assessor might recommend some further training to help you to get one. 
Recognition of skills is an investment in yourself and could be your pathway to a better job but like most things it does take a commitment of your time and money.

Steps to get your skills recognised:

Step 1: Contact North Regional TAFE on 1300 996 573 or email us at info@nrtafe.wa.edu.au to find out how the skills recognition process works. You may be provided with a self-assessment checklist for the qualification for which you are seeking recognition.

Step 2: Talk with one of our industry experts about your skills and knowledge. When you’ve had a chance to consider the self assessment, contact North Regional TAFE and we will set up an appointment between yourself and the relevant lecturer. This talk will be the first step in explaining to the lecturer what skills and knowledge you possess relevant to the qualification. Prepare for your talk by gathering any documentary evidence you may have to support your claim for recognition and bring it along with you. For example: job descriptions, records of employment, references from employers and any other evidence that is relevant to the work that you do. You can bring someone with you if you feel they can help to support you in demonstrating your skills.

Step 3: What other evidence is required? After evaluating your evidence, the lecturer will make a judgment about what further evidence you might need to provide. This may involve observing you in the workplace or in a similar environment. It may also involve the lecturer contacting employers/referees to confirm what you have told them. Please note: The assessor will only contact employers/referees with your approval.

Step 4: Assessment is finalised once all of your evidence is gathered and submitted, the lecturer will let you know which skills have been recognised. Dependent on what you have been able to demonstrate, you may receive recognition for a full or part qualification. If you receive recognition for part of a qualification, the lecturer will also discuss with you what training you will need to do to attain full recognition of the qualification.


Page last updated December 05, 2017