Local TAFE classes resume

11 May 2020

Gearing up to support Joondalup electorate as TAFE classes resume

11 May 2020

• Term 2 for TAFE Colleges has commenced
• TAFE colleges prepared for a new blended delivery style in response to COVID-19
• Coincides with McGowan Government fast-tracking funding for infectious disease training in disability and aged care sectors

North Metropolitan TAFE campuses at Kendrew Crescent and McLarty Avenue have adapted their training delivery to enable students to continue their studies for Term 2.

State Member of Parliament for Joondalup, Emily Hamilton says local TAFE students should have confidence in the new blended delivery approach. Term 2 will include learning via online and interactive technologies, and will include face-to-face delivery where necessary and where adequate social distancing measures can be implemented.

Blended delivery allows training to continue in line with the latest COVID-19 health advice around social distancing measures, ensuring the safety of students and staff.

The McGowan Government has also fast-tracked vital funding for TAFE and some specialist private training providers to roll out new training for the State's aged care and disability sectors.

The COVID-19 Direct Care Skill Set will assist in protecting vulnerable people, aged care and disability workers from exposure to infectious disease. The course will run for up to two weeks, be over 99 per cent subsidised and will cost $22.

The skill set was co-designed by employers, the Community Services, Health and Education Training Council and WA's vocational education and training (VET) sector to meet the needs of industry.

Further information on the blended delivery of learning at TAFE colleges and the COVID-19 Direct Care Skill Set can be found at http://www.jobsandskills.wa.gov.au

Comments attributed to Emily Hamilton:

“The McGowan Government has already made TAFE more affordable for residents in the Joondalup area, now North Metropolitan TAFE Joondalup has adapted to ensure students can continue to be trained and boost the economy.

“Local students can have confidence in the new blended delivery approach.

“I know that students are concerned about keeping up with their studies during these uncertain times, so that they can be job ready as soon as possible. We’re supporting them to do just that.”

Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:

""The State's economic recovery will require the VET sector to respond quickly to industry and deliver training for emerging skills needed in the community.

""Right now we know there's a demand for skills in infectious disease management.

""The COVID-19 Direct Care Skill Set allows workers in the aged care and disability sectors to upskill and helps people seeking to work in care roles to reskill quickly.""

Media Contact: Emily Hamilton 9300 3990

Photograph (left to right): Premier Mark McGowan; Education Minister Sue Ellery; and Member for Joondalup electorate, Emily Hamilton MLA; kept their fingers safe while hospitality student Amy showed off her skills earlier this year.