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AE News Volume 11, Issue 7

Friday, 16th March 2018
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NECA Bright Spark Program

On Friday last week NECA Education & Careers launched a new 'Bright Spark' program at their Carlton training centre.

The program aims to provide pre-apprentices the opportunity to undertake an electrical project from start to finish to better understand what it is like to work in the electrical industry.

Find out more.

National Day of Action Against Bullying

Today, Friday 16 March, is National Day of Action Against Bullying

Australian schools will stand united in their communities to celebrate the eighth National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence (NDA).

The National Day of Action is Australia’s key anti-bullying event for schools and in 2018, schools are called to imagine a world free from bullying and share their BIG IDEAS.

For further information and to access a range of free resource’s please visit the Bullying No Way website.

New Bendigo TAFE Healthcare Training Facility

The new Health Training Centre, on McCrae Street in Bendigo, was officially opened on Thursday by the Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney. The $17.7 million building was funded by the Victorian Government.

The state-of-the-art facility will deliver high-quality education and training in nursing, integrated health, community and aged care, youth work, disability care, child services and justice.
Students will learn from experienced professionals, work with interactive technology, and practice in state-of-the-art simulation labs, including an aged care home.

Offering programs developed with input from Anglicare, Bendigo Health and Monash Rural Health, the Centre will train and upskill staff for the booming local healthcare sector, including the new $630 million Bendigo Hospital and to support the roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

In Victoria, the healthcare sector already employs almost 10 per cent of the state’s workforce, with the figure set to rise, driven by the introduction of the NDIS and demographic changes including the aging of the population.

For further information please read the Victorian Government press release and Bendigo Kangan Institute story.

New, Comprehensive Voice For Aged Care Skills and Workforce Planning

A new Industry Reference Committee (IRC) is being formed to tackle critical skills and workforce issues identified by the Federal Government’s Aged Care Workforce Strategy Taskforce.

The IRC will include consumer advocates, peak industry bodies and employer and employee representatives.

The IRC will be established by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) to review and develop national competency standards for aged care vocational training and will help facilitate any required education and training reforms.

The Strategy Taskforce is being led by John Pollaers, who is also Chair of the AISC.

"The Taskforce has been consulting rigorously and widely to understand the critical touchpoints in the care people need as they age," Prof Pollaers said.

"The new Aged Care IRC will be an opportunity for industry and consumers to work together to consider the competencies and skills needed by the workforce, as well as how to incorporate new living well models of care and career pathways."

The establishment of the Industry Reference Committee has been welcomed by Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews and the Minister for Aged Care, Ken Wyatt AM.

"The new IRC is an example of an industry-led system responding to significant workforce issues and driving change," Assistant Minister Andrews said.

"Through IRCs, we put industry front and centre in determining the skills and knowledge students and employers need, both now and into the future."

"This new IRC, dedicated to aged care, has come about because the sector is telling us there is a clear case for change."

For further information please visit the AISC website or read the full ministerial press release.

ACNC - Charity Compliance Report 2017 Shows Concerns Are Increasing

The ACNC last week released the Charity Compliance Report 2017, which found that concerns about Australian charities rose by 42% in 2017.

In 2017, almost 1,700 concerns were raised, up from 1,192 in 2016 – continuing a steady increase in the number of concerns raised about the activities and operations of charities.

For more information, or to read the full report, visit the ACNC website.

NSW 2018 Skills Conference - 14 June 2018

The 2018 Skills Conference is focusing on "VET for the Future" with a keynote interview looking at New Zealand Apprenticeships.

New Zealand is experiencing similar issues around skill shortages and the lack of take up in trade apprenticeships with young people. We take a look at how our neighbours are addressing the issues and what can be done better as two countries moving forward.

For more information on the program, speakers and how to book, vist the NSW Skills Conference website.

Early Bird rates are available until 11th April. With 50% of tickets already sold don't delay booking.

NCVER Update

Trade commencements up

The latest release of national apprentice and trainee data shows an increase in trade commencements for the September 2017 quarter, up 4.2% to 15 200 when compared with September 2016.

The biggest commencement increases were seen in automotive and engineering trades workers (up 16.8%) and construction trades workers (up 5.5%).

Overall there were 261 925 apprentices and trainees in-training as at 30 September 2017, a decrease of 5.6% from 30 September 2016.

The estimates review dashboard has been updated with the September 2017 quarter information.

The apprentice and trainee outcomes data visualisation tool is now available, allowing you to view apprentice and trainee trends and outcomes.

ASQA Update

Registrations are now open for a range of free face-to-face and online briefings being hosted by the Australian Skills Quality Authority during May and June.

For the first time ASQA will also host a briefing targeted specifically at VET sector consultants and advisors. With more training providers engaging the services of consultants and advisors in order to achieve and maintain compliance, this webcast will provide an opportunity to engage directly with the VET regulator and receive targeted advice.

Accredited course owners and developers will also have the opportunity to obtain a deeper understanding of the requirements or accredited courses and how to strength the quality and integrity of applications to accredit a course with a dedicated webcast. The webcast will also focus on establishing true industry need and support for accredited courses.

Importantly, the sessions will also include opportunities to ask questions of the ASQA staff in attendance.

Dates for Melbourne – 8 May, 17 May, 29 May and 28 June

Registrations for the events are essential and can be made through Eventbrite.

For further details please visit the ASQA website.

Nominations Open For 2018 Victorian Training Awards

Now in their 64th year, the prestigious awards recognise and honour the outstanding achievements of vocational education and training (VET) students, teachers, and the businesses who train them.

The Awards are an excellent opportunity for you to showcase your skills and journey within the training and TAFE system, and meet industry experts and employers from across Victoria to help build your career.

The Awards are open to all Victorian students in vocational education and/or training, from a range of backgrounds and age groups. There are five student award categories, including Apprentice of the Year, Vocational Student of the Year, Trainee of the Year, Koorie Student of the Year, and School-based Apprentice/Trainee of the Year. Winners receive $5,000 prize money, and become Victorian ambassadors for the TAFE and training sector.

Nominations for the awards are now open - until midnight on 2 April 2018.

Be inspired by the stories of previous winners, and nominate now!

We encourage you to get involved and nominate for the 2018 awards. To give you all the information you need and help you with your nomination, we have developed:

  • The 2018 VTA Guide
  • Student factsheet
  • Information on preparing your nomination
  • FAQs
  • Conditions of Entry
These resources can also be downloaded from the VTA resources page.

For more information, contact the Victorian Training Awards at or call 1800 290 654.

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