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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

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 of the Kimberley and Pilbara region.

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 Kimberley Training Institute 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 in the kimberley 

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

AMA Apprenticeship & Traineeship Services

Contact: Dale Hamilton
Phone: 0439 340 110
Email: amaats@amawa.com.au
Website: www.amaats.com.au Opens in a new window

BUSY At Work
Contact: Sam Aldridge
Phone: 0428 381 786
Email: busy@busyatwork.com.au
Website: www.busyatwork.com.au Opens in a new window

CCI Apprenticeship Support Australia
West contact: Karen Sterrett
Phone: 0429 106 785
Email: appsolutions@cciwa.com
East contact: Brad Callanan
Phone: 0417 994 062
Website: http://cciwa.com/CCI-Apprenticeship-Solutions/About-Us Opens in a new window

Contact: Rachel Willis
Phone: 08 9263 7888
Email: aacinfo@megt.com.au
Website: www.megt.com.au Opens in a new window

how to sign up an apprentice or trainee in the pilbara 
Contact one of the AASN providers listed in below in alphabetical order to arrange completion of the training contract within 21 days of employer your apprentice or trainee.

AMA Apprenticeship & Traineeship Services
Local contact: Erin Walker
Mobile: 0429 326 187
Email: erin.walker@amawa.com.au
Website: www.amaats.com.au

BUSY At Work ( Perth Office)
Email: waadmin@coact.org.au
Website: www.busyatwork.com.au

Apprenticeship Support Australia
Karratha contact: Josh Stronach
Mobile: 0488 919 159
Email: josh.stronach@cciwa.com

Hedland contact: Tarin Colwill
Mobile: 0438 716 583
Email: tarin.colwill@cciwa.com

Newman and Tom Price contact: Brooke Wilson
Mobile: 0417 925 554
Email: brooke.wilson@cciwa.com
Website: www.apprenticeshipsupport.com.au

Local contact: Russell Carling
Mobile: 9263 7888
Email: russell.carling@megt.com.au

 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 February 16, 2017