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Having clearly defined mechanisms in place to identify state and national issues, SM TAFE works collaboratively with its partners to create innovative solutions to meet both identified and emerging workforce requirements. SM TAFE has several exciting partnerships that are driving innovation in the VET sector, promoting jobs in the state and national economy, and supporting our local communities.

SM TAFE is committed to developing partnerships and collaborations with industry, government and non-government organisations that progress our strategic priorities. The following partnerships, formed or progressed in 2019, support the college’s vision to becoming a leader in future skills.

Industry 4.0

ai_group_vertical_medium.jpgThe Australian Industry Group (Ai Group)

The Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) is a peak organisation representing traditional, innovative and emerging industry sectors. In 2019, we partnered with the Ai Group to address the skills and knowledge required within Industry 4.0 manufacturing and engineering environments. We have been working closely with the Ai Group to develop new qualifications that place a core focus on the high-level technological skills and tools required for in-demand roles of the future workforce within Industry 4.0. This collaboration is an ode to the emphasis we have on providing quality training that is directly aligned to meet the specific needs of industry. 

“Ai Group and South Metropolitan TAFE have been working together to develop an innovative training program that reflects the needs of Western Australian Business. The work so far has shown a clear understanding of how the training needs for WA differ and is ensuring the development of a truly unique WA package that will assist WA business grown and prosper.” 

Kristian Stratton, WA State Manager, Ai Group.


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SM TAFE in partnership with Rio Tinto and the State Government have collaborated with the WA resources sector to develop the first nationally recognised Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications in automation.  These new certificate and micro-credential courses are designed to equip current and future workforces with the much needed formally recognised STEM skills that automation and technology require, and provide new education pathways to employment in the Australian resources sector.  As a result of the significant investment by Rio Tinto and through its collaboration with SM TAFE, the WA Government, resource sector training councils and other industry partners including BHP, Roy Hill, FMG, Woodside, Komatsu and Westrac; Australia’s first VET qualifications in automation were developed and accredited in 2018 and 2019. 

“Rio Tinto has been proud to lead and sponsor the development of Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications in automation. As a globally recognised leader in innovative thinking, practice and technology, we are excited to work with South Metropolitan TAFE on this pioneering project that will make a long lasting, positive difference to our people and future Western Australian workforces. Through the commitment to our people, their development and VET, this partnership has built a much-needed bridge between STEM and formal education in the workplace. Sufficient skill levels can only be achieved when industry, government and education work together.” 


University of Western Australia’s Industry 4.0 Testlab for Energy & Resources Digital Interoperability (UWA I4.0 ERDi Testlab) UWA-Full-Hor-CMYK.jpg

The University of Western Australia (UWA) I4.0 ERDi Testlab is one of six testlabs established at Australian universities in 2019. Each testlab provides innovation support for small and medium enterprises in priority industry growth sectors and builds the skills required to capitalise on technological opportunities presented by Industry 4.0. The testlab is a collaboration between SM TAFE, UWA, the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, AMIRA International and Enterprise Transformation Partners. The benefit of this collaboration includes the opportunity for early evaluation of the impact of Industry 4.0 on manufacturing and business models, as well as the development of capability within the organisation to work alongside companies and industry in real work applications of Industry 4.0 – a pivotal step in becoming a deliverer of future skills. 
"It has been a pleasure working with our ERDi Testlab education partners, South Metropolitan TAFE, in the identification of future skills for Industry 4.0. We anticipate these discussions will continue as the needs of industry evolve."  
Professor Eric May, Chevron Chair in Gas Process Engineering and Director of the UWA Industry 4.0 Testlab for Energy & Resources Digital Interoperability (ERDi). 

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Future Battery Industries Cooperative Research Centre (FBICRC)

The national Future Battery Industries Cooperative Research Centre (FBICRC) was established in Perth in 2019 to provide industry-led research capability to grow Australia's competitiveness and contribution in the global battery industries value chain. About fifty industry participants, eight universities, the CSIRO and Commonwealth and State Governments will collaborate over the next six years to support industry expansion and growth. SM TAFE has been engaged as an associate and education and training partner of the FBICRC to lead the development of strategies to address current and future vocational skills gaps for the Australian future battery industry. This initiative provides SM TAFE with the opportunity for early evaluation of the skills needs of the future battery industry nationally.  

cyber security, networking and programming


AustCyber is one of Australia’s six industry growth centres and is responsible for the development of a strong and sustainable Australian cyber security industry. In 2018 AustCyber brought together the ten Australian TAFE's that are delivering cyber security qualifications and TAFECyber was formed. This consortium-run project is a three-year initiative launched in 2019 designed to help the Australian cyber security industry grow and take ideas global. SM TAFE was acknowledged for its leadership in cyber security training across Australia and subsequently selected by AustCyber as project lead. The benefits of this partnership include being able to provide WA’s cyber security industry with world’s best practice facilities and training, and a workforce to meet the state’s growing demand. The project will achieve several outcomes, including the establishment of a governance model, agreement on products and markets, development of TCSOC interconnectivity between TAFE colleges and professional development of lecturers to secure retention of expert staff.


NetAcad-partner-logo-2.jpgCisco Networking Academy

Cisco is a multinational corporation and worldwide leader in networking. As an authorised Cisco academy, SM TAFE benefit from Cisco’s expertise and global recognition to provide cutting edge training across our ICT courses. This collaboration solidifies our objective to deliver training that is aligned to the specific needs of industry, ensuring our students learn on industry-standard technology and systems. 




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KBR’s relationship with SM TAFE is founded on over 20 years of collaboration to deliver a wide range of trade and post-trade training programs for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). These include specialist RAN courses encompassing hull, propulsion and diesel maintenance, electrical systems, maritime operations and control systems. SM TAFE has successfully implemented job specific programs to ensure RAN personnel have the requisite skills and knowledge to meet the demands of their unique work environment. These programs offer the opportunities to gain professional, trade and tertiary qualifications. Training is customised and delivered to specialised defence requirements.

"The successful relationship that KBR maintains with SM TAFE is one that has been built and reinforced over two decades in providing high quality training services to the Royal Australian Navy. The partnership has focused on not only offering Navy personnel the opportunity to gain professional, trade and tertiary qualifications but professionally delivering on such opportunities. The support SM TAFE has provided is critical in enabling Navy personnel to be job-ready to meet the ever-changing and challenging demands of their unique work environment. SM TAFE’s professionalism and willingness to support Navy personnel with these specific training programs has been exemplary, reliable and undertaken with the utmost integrity. Staff have been accommodating and flexible – willing to work with new ideas and requirements in an often dynamic environment. The positive outcomes achieved by SM TAFE are results that the organisation justly deserves."

John Robertson, General Manager – Strategic Projects KBR GS APAC  



SM TAFE has a long-standing relationship with Austal since 2007 onwards. To date SM TAFE has provided training to over 100 apprentices at Austal in fabrication, marine fitting, electrical and cabinet making via the following qualifications: 

During this peak shipbuilding period, SM TAFE delivered to approximately 250 apprentices via fast track programs acknowledging previous experience and GAP training through a structured blended learning approach.  This demonstrates our ability to quickly ramp up operations to meet critical industry training needs. To ensure SM TAFE catered to Austal’s requirements within the fabrication trade, we contextualised a marine fabrication training pathway in consultation with Austal. SM TAFE are currently collaborating on a certificate II industry specific course which will allow a clear pathway to a fabrication apprenticeship.   


Naval Shipbuilding College

The Naval Shipbuilding College is an Australian Government initiative created to ensure a skilled and qualified workforce is available to implement the Commonwealth’s first continuous naval shipbuilding program. It is headquartered in Osborne, South Australia and its WA office is co-located at our Naval Base campus with the Western Australian Defence Industry Workforce Office (WADIWO). The college collaborates with WADIWO in understanding the industry’s skilling needs to support growth as part of its mission to develop sovereign workforce capability for the nation. The college is an active member of the SM TAFE Defence Industry Advisory Committee.


WA Defence Industry Workforce Office

A key action included in the WA Government’s Western Australian Defence and Defence Industries Strategic Plan 2018, was the establishment of a centralised defence workforce office within SM TAFE. The office was established to lead a coordinated and collaborative approach to the development of a WA defence workforce and oversee and advise on defence-related skilling matters. The work undertaken by the WA Defence Industry Workforce Office (WADIWO) will help shape education and training activities so that industry will have a workforce with the right skills at the right time. This work has equipped SM TAFE to understand and respond to the skills and competencies required for the various maritime defence programs the state will attract.  


Collins Class Submarine Training Services

Since the late 1990s, we have worked with ASC to provide a dedicated team of training system specialists, curriculum development consultants and training technology experts at the Submarine Training and Systems Centre (STSC) at HMAS Stirling on Garden Island. Working closely with ASC and the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), we provide training and support services to assist in the training of all submariners. 


Defence West

Defence West was established by the Western Australian Government as part of its Plan for Jobs. Its role is to grow the local defence industry and help deliver what Defence needs. We work closely with Defence West to identify the workforce requirements and deliver the skilled workforce to meet the demands of industry in delivering the upcoming defence programs.

Allied health and social assistance

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As one of Australia’s largest aged care providers, Opal’s values of Compassion, Accountability, Respect and Excellence stand for C.A.R.E. which is at the heart of everything they do.  Opal believes that investing in their team is essential to providing quality care for our elders, both now and in the future. Our partnership sees our students complete 100 hours of work placement (through the 52841WA Certificate II in Introduction to Aged Care – Aged Care pre-traineeship) at an Opal care home. The aim of this work placement is to help students develop the skills to assist in continuing on to further study or employment within the sector.

Midway Community Care (Peel)

Midway Community Care has been providing support services to individuals with a disability in the Peel region for over thirty years.
SM TAFE partners with Midway to provMidway Community Care Logo.jpgide training for their current staff who need to complete a formal qualification. Workshops and blended delivery are offered. 

"From the moment of our first contact, all the staff from SM TAFE have been highly professional, making it extremely easy to build a respectful and mutually beneficial relationship. They have been flexible with their approach, allowing us to schedule the training around our shift rosters and have also worked very hard to move the training to an online platform during the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring our staff’s study was not affected. Their understanding of the requirements of support workers within the disability industry will result in an upskilled team of support workers for Midway Community Care."

Tammy Miley, Human Resources, Midway Community Care (Peel).


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Peel Home and Community Supports Incorporated is committed to providing high quality, innovative and flexible care services to clients with a disability.  SM TAFE initially partnered and provided training for this organisation in 2019 through the WA Government’s Enterprise Training Program by offering tailored skill sets for their staff.  The partnership has progressed, and staff are now completing full qualifications flexibly.  

"Peel Home and Community Supports found South Metropolitan TAFE very accommodating and supportive of the support workers rosters and studies. The support staff found the subjects they studied were very appropriate and necessary to their employment in the field, and increased their knowledge and skill set."

Helen Bain, Chief Executive Officer, Peel Home and Community Supports Inc.

Tourism and events

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In 2017, the hospitality and tourism portfolio at SM TAFE established a partnership with Flight Centre to deliver their national traineeship program across all stores in Western Australia. This traineeship program offers new entrants into the travel industry a supported career path as they progress in the tourism industry.

“Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG) has been enrolling consultants into traineeships across the travel and business packages for almost ten years. FCTG delivers national pathways to all new and existing consultants in the business. The team at SM TAFE have been an integral part of our business since 2017, enrolling our WA students across the various qualifications. SM TAFE are a trusted partner who have built a strong rapport not only with our consultants in-store but our senior management team. We love working with SM TAFE and value the guidance and support they continue to provide for us to deliver quality programs in the VET sector.”

Marie Micucci, Strategic Partnerships Manager, Flight Centre Travel Group.


Diversity in the workforce

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We have a longstanding partnership with Chevron Australia to deliver the Women in Engineering program. This fully-funded scholarship program helps to address the under-representation of women in the resources and energy industries by delivering valuable foundation skills that support pathways to employment or higher level STEM qualifications.  A key focus is to provide participants with an insight into oil and gas operations from a female perspective and to address barriers that may discourage women from entering the industry.  

“Chevron Australia is proud to partner with ACEPT to create a supportive learning environment with unique insights shared by women working in a diverse range of industry roles. Diversity and inclusion is at the core of who we are as a company. We are committed to supporting women in the oil and gas industry not only to participate, but to succeed."

Tanja Pisaric, Organisational Capability Specialist, Chevron Australia. 


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Over the past few years, Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) or drones have become central to functions across many industries. Drones increase work efficiency and productivity, decrease workload and production costs, improve accurate and efficient communication, and resolve security issues on a vast scale. In response to this adoption across industries, we have expanded our capability in applied engineering, IT and aviation portfolios to equip the workforce with skills to design and build, program, collect data and operate drones. SM TAFE has partnered with Global Drones Solutions since 2019 to offer the AVI30316 Certificate III in Aviation (Remote Pilot – visual line of sight) to a broad industry audience as well as targeted school programs. 

“Working with SM TAFE has been a pleasure, fantastic group of professionals always happy to help and support. If you are looking for a professional partner or a training organisation, it would be hard to find someone better.” 
Mahmood Hussein, CEO, Global Drone Solutions. 


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SM TAFE has worked with Civmec to provide workforce development solutions and apprentice training in engineering / fabrication. To date the collaboration between SM TAFE and Civmec has led to over 35 apprentices being trained, with this number continuing to grow. SM TAFE was also the trainer on the P-tech pilot where Cecil Andrews Senior High School participated in the program. This fostered partnerships between schools and industry, providing students with the opportunity to better understand local industry and how their learning can lead to future jobs and post-school pathways.  SM TAFE was the key education provider for the pilot with industry partners such as Civmec.  Under the P-Tech model, Cecil Andrews has partnered with SM TAFE to deliver elements of the P-Tech learning program. This provides a seamless pathway for students as they transition from school to employment, or alternatively undertake further training, allowing them to complete a post-school qualification.  Industry partners such as Civmec have supported the pilot by offering opportunities to the students, including work experience, industry mentoring and support, with a view to engaging the students to take a defence or STEM pathway. SM TAFE are currently collaborating with Civmec on a program to provide onsite training for their apprentices, providing 'on-the-job' support and training for those participating in the program. 


International partnerships

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SM TAFE has been in a third-party agreement/partnership with the Abu Dhabi Vocational Education and Training Institute (ADVETI) since 2007. This partnership offered an auspice service to ADVETI enabling their staff to deliver Australian VET qualifications in country. SM TAFE provided staff training in the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE) to ADVETI staff and provide necessary updates as required to ensure compliance. New developments in the partnership has seen the introduction of training solutions via recognition of prior learning (RPL) and offered this service in 2019 to over 200 students. SM TAFE is currently in discussions to offer other training solutions to ADVETI and replace the necessity for frequent in country visits. 


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SM TAFE and the Charles Telfair Campus (CTC) in Mauritius have been in partnership since 2005 under a third party offshore delivery agreement. Over the course of this partnership, many qualifications have been delivered and a new training agreement was signed in 2019, covering delivery of three business qualifications (Certificate III, IV and Diploma of Business) and the new Diploma of International Children’s Services qualification. This partnership has been highlighted as best practice in transnational education and is highly valued by both institutes. CTC delivers Australian VET qualifications to Mauritian students under the quality and compliance auspice of SM TAFE. CTC staff that deliver on this program, have been trained in the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE) are keep updated by SM TAFE on any changes or updates as required. All successful students are presented with a SM TAFE testimonial and an annual graduation ceremony. Both CTC and SM TAFE will continue to identify opportunities to further expand this partnership as opportunities arise in 2021. 

“The Charles Telfair Campus is very proud of our partnership with South Metropolitan TAFE since 2005. Together we have developed over 5,500 graduates and we at CTC are confident that as a result of our shared passion for quality, our graduates will continue to make a difference both in Mauritius and the broader Africa region."

Dr Charoux, Executive Director, Charles Telfair Campus


教育之江标识.jpgZhejiang Province Sister State China  

SM TAFE has been working with the members of the WA Zhejiang Higher Vocational Education Consortium resulting from the Sister State-Province Relationship Expansion Agreement between Zhejiang Province, People’s Republic of China and the State of Western Australia. SM TAFE is committed to training initiatives to support the collaboration and develop a model of delivery in China to promote the partnership and develop new training models and exchange programs. 

Page last updated October 15, 2020