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September 2019

Meet our newest painting pre-apprentice group! From left to right: Joel, TraDyn, Jaydan, Samuel, Kate, Jessica, MPA Skills trainer Stephen Delaney, Yani and Kaidon.

If you are interested in starting a career in painting and decorating just like these guys, contact MPA Skills for more information on 52824WA Certificate II in Building Construction (Pathway – Trades) – Painting Pre Apprenticeship 12-week full-time course, which includes 4 weeks work placement. We look forward to hearing from you!



MPA Skills were very pleased to be asked to facilitate the PD session on Rules of Evidence and Principles of Assessment for the staff on 4 September, and everyone was happy with the activity of making candelabras from copper fittings.

Thanks to Stuart Peck and Sharlene Kidd for showing everyone around the facility and also for arranging the activity on the day. Also Wayne Wilson for arranging the morning tea.

August 2019


For more information contact Wayne Wilson on 0407 475 582 or email or visit the website:




MPA Skills Labour Force is a stepping stone for tradespersons that have completed their plumbing or painting apprenticeship, to continue with MPA Skills, by offering them an opportunity for employment. READ MORE


July 2019



Next 2-day course: 8 to 9 October 2019 (8am – 4pm) at Maylands Campus, 108 Caledonian Avenue, Maylands.

Who can obtain a restricted plumbing permit?

Only licensed electrical workers and licensed gasfitters are eligible to obtain a restricted plumbing permit. Applicants for a restricted plumbing permit will be required to satisfy the Plumbers Licensing Board (the Board) that he or she is a ‘fit and proper person’ to hold a restricted plumbing permit and have successfully completed the necessary training approved by the Board.

The holder of a restricted plumbing permit is authorised to disconnect, remove, install and reconnect:

  • a compression union;
  • a temperature/pressure relief valve;
  • an expansion control valve,

in the course of removing or replacing a water heater.



June 2019


Will you be in year 11 or 12 in 2020 and would like to learn about a trade?

MPA Skills have opened their applications for their 1-year School Based Pre-Apprenticeships for 2020!

The two programs on offer are:

  • 52700WA Certificate II in Plumbing
  • 52824WA Certificate II in Building and Construction (Pathway Trades) – Painting.

If you would like to show your interest, please enrol here or speak to your VET Coordinator.


Recently the ATO released information to assist apprentices complete the annual taxation. The information explains the various aspects of an apprenticeship and what you may be eligible to claim.







MPA Skills Plumbing & Painting Training & Apprentice Employment now offer training information sessions onsite, in the workplace or on a construction site, wherever it suits you.

Lakeside Plumbing & Gas in Joondalup were the first to use this new service recently, delivered at the company’s workplace.

These sessions are completely free of charge and plumbing or painting tradesmen can get advice on training and employment. Information is also available for specialist industry training.

Why not book a session to include in your site meeting, toolbox meeting or any other occasion!

Contact Wayne Wilson directly on 0407 475 582 or email


2019 Student Outcomes Survey: Have your say about training

Did you complete training with us in 2018? If so, you may be invited to participate in the National Student Outcomes Survey, Australia’s largest survey of VET students.

Completing this survey will help to improve training courses and programs, and help students like yourself to make better decisions about their training options.

Make sure to complete your survey early for more chances to WIN a share of $20,000!
Invitations are now being sent to eligible students.

For more about the survey, including what information is collected and how survey responses will be reported, you can read the FAQs here:

May 2019

Advanced Training

Grab the last spots for May and June!

  • PCL Drainage – 13 to 24 May 2019 (full-time) – 10 places left!
  • PCL Water – 27 May to 14 June (part-time) – 8 places left!
  • Gas Servicing – 27 May to 8 June 2019 – 8 places left!





December 2018

What’s been happening this month…

MPA Skills Painting Pre-Apprentices painting Maylands Salvos store

MPA Skills is proud to have completed another community project at the Salvos Store, Guildford Road, Maylands. The team of Painting Pre-Apprentices was led by Stephen Delaney, MPA Skills Painting Trainer and the work was completed ahead of schedule in the Salvos corporate colours.

Thank you Dulux for supplying all the materials.








Ex-MPA Skills Painting & Decorating Apprentice starts his own business and joins Master Painters & Decorators Australia

Check out this story on Youlu Zhao who was employed & trained by MPA Skills and hosted by Pretl & Williams. This a perfect example of what can be achieved when you complete a Painting & Decorating apprenticeship!


Galvins & Caroma present to Stage 6 Plumbing

These two GOLD sponsors spoke to the group about the products and services available from both companies and the apprentices were made aware they can start the Business units of their Plumbing Contractors Licence in their last six months of apprenticeship.

November 2018

MPA Skills inaugural Plumbing Apprentice of the Year 2018 was won by Bailey Ullrich, employed & trained by MPA Skills and hosted by ITC Plumbing Solutions Pty Ltd.









October 2018

Master Painters & Decorators Australia Awards for Excellence 2018
Apprentice of the Year – Natasha Sleath (pictured)
Runner Up – Bailey Newton
Third Place – Jessica Ferguson

September 2017

MPA Skills awarded WA industry Collaboration Awards 2017