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Skills Ready skill sets

These new job ready skill sets have been developed in consultation with businesses and employers to deliver fast track training that will get you skills ready for jobs in areas including hospitality, health care, retail, business, cyber security and construction... and many more.

These courses can help you get ready for your first job, or re-skill quickly for jobs that are available as WA's economy recovers. Courses with 'free' icons are free for 15 to 24 year olds; or those who are receiving JobSeeker, JobKeeper, Youth Allowance, AUSTUDY or ABSTUDY payments; or concession cardholders. If you’re not eligible, you can pay the course fee to gain these skills and become highly employable. See the full eligibility list and find out more about the initiative. 

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The Skills Ready range of courses includes online, infection control, free and paid skill sets. See the list below.

* Please note that eligibility requirements apply to some of the free training.
State ID: AE378
Industry Business and Finance
Free*
Skill sets

Business Ready Skill Set

Gain the perfect introduction to office administration, clerical work and reception work.

Get ready for a career in Business! 

This skill set is the perfect introduction to office administration, clerical work and reception work.

You will learn to all aspects of customer service and management, organisation of daily work tasks, how to produce professional documents using relevant business technology and how to work effectively with colleagues in an office environment.  

Gain these skills: 

  • Deliver a service to customers 
  • Produce digital text documents 
  • Organise and complete daily work activities 
  • Use business technology 
  • Contribute to health and safety of self and others 

Tuition and resource fees

Eligible students study this course absolutely free. If you are not eligible you can expect to pay $809.95.

Next course dates

New dates coming soon!

Help using our online application

You will need to have the evidence requirements(opens in a new tab)  and relevant documents ready to upload with your application. When ready to apply, use our guide to self service application using Student Portal.

Student Portal application guide (2 MB) (PDF document - opens in a new tab)    

Skill set
State ID: AE369
Industry Defence
Skill sets

Coded Welding Gas Tungsten Arc Skill Set

Gain the skills to work on projects such as ship or aircraft building or the maintenance of military vehicles.

Delivered at:


Perform routine gas tungsten arc welding

The Coded Welding Gas Tungsten Arc skill set covers preparing and producing welds to code standards using gas tungsten arc welding. It has been developed specifically to suit the role of a welder in the defence industry; for example those working on projects such as ship or aircraft building or the maintenance of military vehicles.

It will provide existing workers with the skills to be able to weld to the requirements of AS1796 and obtain Certification no. 7 from Weld Australia. You will also gain knowledge and skills on health and safety with welding, setting and maintaining welding parameters, as well as welding in the 2G and 5G weld positions.

Gain these skills

  • Learn how to apply safe welding practices
  • Perform engineering measurements 
  • Interpreting welding specifications including standard welding symbols 
  • Selecting appropriate weld preparation methods for material and position of welds
  • Preparing materials, setting up of jigs, fixtures, clamps, etc. and joint preparation 
  • Identifying defects as described in the range statement across a range of welded materials
  • Advanced welding using Gas Tungsten Arc Welding Process
  • Perform Welds to Code Standards using Gas Tungsten Arc Welding Process

Next dates for delivery

  • Night classes - 3 hours on Wednesday nights for 30 weeks
  • Groups begin monthly when there is demand

Express your interest

* Completion of the following units is a prerequisite for this skill set. 

  • MEM05007C Perform manual heating and thermal cutting
  • MEM05019D Weld using gas tungsten arc welding process
  • MEM05049B Perform routine gas tungsten arc welding
  • MEM05051A Select welding processes
  • MEM05052A Apply safe welding practices
  • MEM09002B Interpret technical drawing
  • MEM12023A Perform engineering measurements
  • MEM18001C Use hand tools
  • MEM18002B Use power tools/hand held operations
  • MEM05026C Apply welding principles

If you do not hold the above units you can look into recognition of prior learning (RPL).  Contact South Metropolitan TAFE's Jobs and Skills Centres on 13 64 64 or email rpl@smtafe.wa.edu.au to discuss your RPL enquiry.

Skill set
State ID: AE380
Industry Hospitality, Tourism and Events
Free*
Skill sets

Commercial Kitchen Skill Set

Learn the skills to prepare for a career in a commercial kitchen.

Delivered at:


Get a taste for working in a kitchen

Learn the skills to prepare for a career in a commercial kitchen.

This skill set will give you an introduction to working in kitchen operations in restaurants, hotels, catering facilities, clubs, pubs, cafes, coffee shops, aged care facilities, hospitals, prisons and schools.

You will learn basic food preparation and cookery skills under the supervision of experienced commercial lecturer cooks.

Gain the skills to:

  • Clean kitchen premises and equipment
  • Use hygiene practices for food safety
  • Participate in safe work practice
  • Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
  • Use food preparation equipment

Tuition and resource fees

Eligible students study this course absolutely free. If you are not eligible you can expect to pay $387.05.

Course dates

To be confirmed

Help using our online application:

You will need to have the evidence requirements and relevant documents ready to upload with your application. See our guide for applying using our online system (1 MB) (PDF document - opens in a new tab) .   

Skill set
State ID: AE188
Industry Health, Beauty and Fitness
Free*
Infection control
Skill sets

Cross-Sector Infection Control Skill Set

Get Skills Ready with infection control skills for all industries.

Delivered at:


Learn to control COVID-19 related infection for workers in all workplaces

In these unprecedented times, new regulations need infection control practices in all workplaces to protect workers from pandemic infection risk.

Gain these skills:

  • introduction to infection control
  • chain of infection and disease transmission
  • breaking the chain of infection
  • contamination and cleaning
  • hazards, risks, responsibilities and reporting

Maintain your ability to work safely and within government requirements; or, prepare your business for compliance by including your staff in training, raising their capability in ensuring the safety of staff and customers in your workplace.

Help using our online application

You will need to have the evidence requirements(opens in a new tab)  and relevant documents ready to upload with your application. When ready to apply, use our guide to self service application using Student Portal.

Student Portal application guide (2 MB) (PDF document - opens in a new tab)    

Skill set
State ID: AE375
Industry Hospitality, Tourism and Events
Skill sets

Customer Service Skill Set

Gain the skills to create good relationships with customers, provide quality service and help a business to improve customer service levels.

Get ready to delight customers

Gain the skills to create good relationships with customers, provide quality service and help a business to improve customer service levels.

You will learn to identify the unique, shared and cultural needs of customers; to communicate effectively with all customers; to process complaints according to business policies, and when to escalate to achieve customer satisfaction. 

This introductory course is an ideal start to a customer service career and includes learning infection control procedures, which will assist in managing front of house and reception office spaces.

Gain these skills:

  • Provide service to customers by using a range of verbal and non-verbal communication types and active listening
  • Presenting a professional image and acting according to organisational policy
  • Identifying customer needs and choosing the best way to handle their request
  • Problem solving conflict and complaint resolution
  • Identifying opportunities to improve customer service standards  
  • Show social and cultural sensitivity and adjust customer service response to assist people of different backgrounds 
  • Use infection control procedures to ensure the safety of customers  

Tuition and resource fees

Eligible students study this course absolutely free. If you are not eligible you can expect to pay $246.50.

Course dates:

Fremantle    

  • To be confirmed

Mandurah    

  • 17 November

Help using our online application

You will need to have the evidence requirements(opens in a new tab)  and relevant documents ready to upload with your application. When ready to apply, use our guide to self service application using Student Portal.

Student Portal application guide (2 MB) (PDF document - opens in a new tab)    

Skill set
State ID: AE112
Industry Education and Community Services
Free*
Infection control
Skill sets

Infection control Skill Set

Learn to manage infection control in your direct care workplace.

Delivered at:


Learn to control COVID-19 related infection for direct care workers

In these unprecedented times, new regulations need aged care and disability workers to manage infection control.

Skills can be applied to specific health and care industry needs such as direct client care, community care, community services, in-home care, disability care, and all work environments where you provide support and care to individuals or groups of people.

Gain these skills:

  • Introduction to Infection Control
  • Chain of Infection and Disease Transmission
  • Breaking the Chain of Infection
  • Contamination and Cleaning
  • Hazards, Risks, Responsibilities and Reporting

Maintain your ability to work safely and within government requirements; or, prepare your business for compliance by including your staff in training, raising their capability in ensuring the safety of staff and customers in your workplace.

Interested in retail, food handling or transport and logistics?

We have specific courses for selected industries, tailored to the infection control needs of those industries. Find out more by using the links to the other course pages below:

Help using our online application

You will need to have the evidence requirements(opens in a new tab)  and relevant documents ready to upload with your application. When ready to apply, use our guide to self service application using Student Portal.

Student Portal application guide (2 MB) (PDF document - opens in a new tab)    

Skill set
State ID: AE115
Industry Hospitality, Tourism and Events
Free*
Infection control
Skill sets

Infection control Skill Set (Food Handling)

Get Skills Ready with infection control skills in the food industry.

Delivered at:


Learn to control COVID-19 related infection in food handling

In these unprecedented times, new regulations need workers to manage infection control while providing food to the general public.

Skills can be applied to specific food handling industry needs such as using kitchens and packaging areas, front of house, staff rooms and offices, food stock deliveries and vehicles, equipment storage, and bathrooms and toilets. 

Gain these skills:

  • Introduction to Infection Control
  • Chain of Infection and Disease Transmission
  • Breaking the Chain of Infection
  • Contamination and Cleaning
  • Hazards, Risks, Responsibilities and Reporting

Maintain your ability to work safely and within government requirements; or, prepare your business for compliance by including your staff in training, raising their capability in ensuring the safety of staff and customers in your workplace.

Interested in non-food handling control skills?

We have specific courses for selected industries, tailored to the infection control needs of those industries. Find out more by using the links to the other course pages below:

Help using our online application

You will need to have the evidence requirements(opens in a new tab)  and relevant documents ready to upload with your application. When ready to apply, use our guide to self service application using Student Portal.

Student Portal application guide (2 MB) (PDF document - opens in a new tab)    

Skill set
State ID: AE114
Industry Health, Beauty and Fitness
Free*
Infection control
Skill sets

Infection control Skill Set (Retail)

Learn to manage infection control in your retail workplace.

Delivered at:


Learn to control COVID-19 related infection in retail

In these unprecedented times, new regulations need workers in retail businesses to manage infection control.

Skills can be applied to specific retail industry needs such as stand alone stores, strip shops, shopping centres, cinemas and game arcades, petrol stations and convenience stores, supermarkets, retail areas within beauty salons, hairdressing salons, barbers and sporting facilities including gyms, markets and museums and galleries.

Gain these skills:

  • Introduction to Infection Control
  • Chain of Infection and Disease Transmission
  • Breaking the Chain of Infection
  • Contamination and Cleaning
  • Hazards, Risks, Responsibilities and Reporting

Maintain your ability to work safely and within government requirements; or, prepare your business for compliance by including your staff in training, raising their capability in ensuring the safety of staff and customers in your workplace.

Interested in non-retail infection control skills?

We have specific courses for selected industries, tailored to the infection control needs of those industries. Find out more by using the links to the other course pages below:

Help using our online application

You will need to have the evidence requirements(opens in a new tab)  and relevant documents ready to upload with your application. When ready to apply, use our guide to self service application using Student Portal.

Student Portal application guide (2 MB) (PDF document - opens in a new tab)    

Skill set
State ID: AE113
Industry Aerospace, Maritime and Logistics
Free*
Infection control
Skill sets

Infection control Skill Set (Transport and Logistics)

Get Skills Ready with infection control skills in the transport and logistics industry.

Delivered at:


Learn to control COVID-19 related infection in transport and logistics

In these unprecedented times, new regulations need workers to manage infection control while in the supply chain of essential goods and services.

Skills can be applied to transport and logistics industry needs such as offices, depots, customer sites, roadside service areas, service centres, distribution centres, client workplaces, commercial buildings, residential buildings, vehicles including public transport vehicles, and yards and storage facilities.  

Gain these skills:

  • Introduction to Infection Control
  • Chain of Infection and Disease Transmission
  • Breaking the Chain of Infection
  • Contamination and Cleaning
  • Hazards, Risks, Responsibilities and Reporting

Maintain your ability to work safely and within government requirements; or, prepare your business for compliance by including your staff in training, raising their capability in ensuring the safety of staff and customers in your workplace.

Interested in non-transport and logistics infection control skills?

We have specific courses for selected industries, tailored to the infection control needs of those industries. Find out more by using the links to the other course pages below:

Help using our online application

You will need to have the evidence requirements(opens in a new tab)  and relevant documents ready to upload with your application. When ready to apply, use our guide to self service application using Student Portal.

Student Portal application guide (2 MB) (PDF document - opens in a new tab)    

Skill set
State ID: AE388
Industry Building and Construction
Free*
Skill sets

Infrastructure Ready Skill Set

Get Skills Ready for a job in construction.

Delivered at:


Build your future with skills in infrastructure

Gain the skills to prepare for a career in infrastructure projects, and pick up your White Card along the way!

You will learn the knowledge and skills to work safely in the civil construction industry, communicate effectively on work sites and plan work in relation to infrastructure activities.

This introduction is suitable for students who wish to enter the industry with no or limited experience.

Gain the skills to:

  • Follow work health and safety policies and procedures
  • Plan and organise work
  • Carry out measurements and calculations
  • Communicate effectively in the work place
  • Operate small plant and equipment

Tuition and resource fees

Eligible students study this course absolutely free. If you are not eligible you can expect to pay $298.66.

Next course dates

This course is delivered 5 days a week for 3 weeks and then students will complete a 4th week on work placement, to be arranged by SM TAFE. The next course dates are:

Thornlie: to be confirmed

Skill set
State ID: AE382
Industry Information Technology, Library and Digital
Free*
Online
Skill sets

Introduction to Cyber Security Skill Set

Learn the skills to secure your digital footprint whether it be for a small business or your own personal devices. 

Delivered at:


Get ready to secure your digital footprint

Learn the skills to secure your digital footprint whether it be for a small business or your own personal devices. 

This skill set will give you an introduction to the world of IT in workplaces where routine cyber security practices are required.

You will learn basic skills in network security, WHS basics and cyber security awareness.

Gain these skills:

  • Implement and monitor WHS policies, procedures and programs to meet legislative requirements
  • Contribute to copyright, ethics and privacy in an ICT environment
  • Recognise the need for cyber security in an organisation
  • Secure a networked Personal Computer
       

Next course dates

Next start dates will be February 2022. Please check back for further information or apply to be advised when the next course will run.

Tuition and resource fees

Eligible students study this course absolutely free. If you are not eligible you can expect to pay $428.75.

Help using our online application

You will need to have the evidence requirements(opens in a new tab)  and relevant documents ready to upload with your application. When ready to apply, use our guide to self service application using Student Portal.

Student Portal application guide (2 MB) (PDF document - opens in a new tab)    

Skill set
State ID: AE377
Industry English, Languages and Foundation Studies
Free*
Skill sets

Job Ready Basics Skill Set

Develop soft skills needed by employers to manage your own needs and work effectively with others.

Delivered at:


Get ready for a start in the workforce

You will develop soft skills needed by employers to manage your own needs and work effectively with others. This introductory course also helps you begin working with technology and manage your own infection control, both skills that are sought by employers. 

This course is ideal for school leavers and those who are starting out on their career path. 

Gain these skills:

  • Taking care of health and wellbeing in the workplace
  • Personal development 
  • Basic computer use
  • Use infection control procedures to ensure the safety of customers 

Tuition and resource fees

Eligible students study this course absolutely free. If you are not eligible you can expect to pay $108.40.

Help using our online application

You will need to have the evidence requirements(opens in a new tab)  and relevant documents ready to upload with your application. When ready to apply, use our guide to self service application using Student Portal.

Student Portal application guide (2 MB) (PDF document - opens in a new tab)    

Skill set
State ID: AE385
Industry Aerospace, Maritime and Logistics
Free*
Skill sets

Logistics and Warehousing Skill Set

Learn the skills to prepare for a career in warehousing, transport or logistics and get your forklift licence. 

Delivered at:


Get a career on the move and drive a forklift!  

Learn the skills to prepare for a career in warehousing, transport or logistics and get your forklift licence. 

This skill set will give you an introduction to working as store personnel, a forklift driver, or warehouse operator. 

You will learn how to operate and drive a forklift and carry out deliveries and shift materials safely. 

Gain the skills to: 

  • Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures  
  • Carry out delivery operations 
  • Shift materials safely using manual handling methods 
  • Operate a forklift (including the licence to operate a forklift truck)    

Tuition and resource fees

Eligible students study this course absolutely free. If you are not eligible you can expect to pay $593.25.

Help using our online application

You will need to have the evidence requirements(opens in a new tab)  and relevant documents ready to upload with your application. When ready to apply, use our guide to self service application using Student Portal.

Student Portal application guide (2 MB) (PDF document - opens in a new tab)    

Skill set
State ID: AE150
Industry Business and Finance
Free*
Skill sets

Operating a Small Business Skill Set

Get Skills Ready for a job with small business admin skills.

Delivered at:


Get ready to turn your dream into a flourishing business!

This introductory skill set will give you the tools to launch or improve how you operate your own small business or to gain work-ready skills for employment within a range of small businesses.  

You will learn how to apply and create relevant documents and publications to your business to organise and better manage your work load, how to use digital and online tools to manage finances, how to establish and manage a social networking presence and how to manage work, health and safety laws relevant to your small business.  

Gain these skills: 

  • Learn about various business documents and publications and how to apply them to your business 
  • Design and produce digital business documents and publications 
  • Design and produce spreadsheets for organising and tracking work 
  • Plan small business finances 
  • Use social media tools to promote your business 
  • Apply knowledge of work, health and safety laws in the workplace 
       

Next course dates:

Rockingham    

  • Next dates to be confirmed

Bentley    

  • Next dates to be confirmed

Thornlie   

  • Next dates to be confirmed

 

Help using our online application

You will need to have the evidence requirements(opens in a new tab)  and relevant documents ready to upload with your application. When ready to apply, use our guide to self service application using Student Portal.

Student Portal application guide (2 MB) (PDF document - opens in a new tab)    

Skill set
State ID: AE386
Industry Building and Construction
Free*
Skill sets

Work Safety in Construction Skill Set

Get Skills Ready for a job with construction safety skills.

Get ready for a safe construction career

Learn the skills to prepare for a career in construction and pick up your White Card along the way.

This skill set will give you an introduction to working in construction, teaching you safety and accuracy in planning for, setting up and beginning a construction project.  You will learn to use tools and equipment safely and the rules and procedures for safe work on site, plus you will work on a construction project, ready to add to your portfolio. 

This course is ideal as a start to a building and construction pathway, building the basic safety skills for wet trades, plumbing, carpentry and joinery.

Gain these skills:

  • Plan and prepare, set up and use levelling device and worksite clean-up
  • Identify and assess risks of work tasks, identify hazardous materials and other hazards on work sites, plan and prepare for safe work practices, apply safe work practice and follow emergency procedures
  • Plan and prepare tools, equipment, signage and barricades, calculate materials and ready them for use, apply environmental requirements
  • Determine component requirements and assembly sequence
  • Operate hand tools and use equipment safely
  • Quality checking construction outcomes against plans
  • Understanding work, health and safety of construction projects, worksites, PPE, communication and first aid procedures, safety symbols
       

Tuition and resource fees

Eligible students study this course absolutely free. If you are not eligible you can expect to pay $394.33.

Next dates for delivery

This course is delivered 5 days a week for 3 weeks and then students will complete a 4th week on work placement, to be arranged by SM TAFE. The next course dates are:

Course dates for 2022 will be made available soon.

Skill set
State ID: AE376
Industry Hospitality, Tourism and Events
Free*
Skill sets

Work in Hospitality Skill Set

Get Skills Ready for a job with hospitality skills.

Delivered at:


Get ready for hospitality 

Get a taste for working in hospitality and get your Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) permit.  

This skill set will prepare you for further hospitality training and will give you the ability to legally and responsibly serve alcohol, so you can apply for hospitality work at a licenced venue. You will learn the knowledge and skills to prepare you for further training and improve your employability skills.

Gain these skills:

  • Taking care of health and wellbeing in the workplace
  • Personal development 
  • Basic computer use
  • Provide responsible service of alcohol
  • Use infection control procedures to ensure the safety of customers 

Tuition and resource fees

Eligible students study this course absolutely free. If you are not eligible you can expect to pay $471.30.

Next course dates

Dates to be announced

Help using our online application

You will need to have the evidence requirements(opens in a new tab)  and relevant documents ready to upload with your application. When ready to apply, use our guide to self service application using Student Portal.

Student Portal application guide (2 MB) (PDF document - opens in a new tab)    

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