AE News Volume 10, Issue 26

Monday, 27th May 2019

Upcoming Events

17 AUGUST -   Field Officers Conference

23 AUGUST -   QA/GTO Standards



Updates to Trainer and Assessor Credential Requirements

The Training and Education (TAE) Training Package was updated in April 2016. The core units of competency (units) of the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment were updated to include the ‘Design and develop assessment tools’ and ‘Address adult language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) skills’. The core units of the Assessor Skill Set were updated to include the ‘Design and develop assessment tools’ unit of competency.

To ensure the VET workforce has appropriate skills in designing and developing assessment tools and identifying and evaluating LLN requirements, Skills Ministers agreed to update the training and assessment credential requirements in line with the changes to the TAE Training Package. The changes are outlined in the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015.

Skills Ministers agreed that trainers and assessors who do not hold the relevant units will have until 1 April 2019 to meet the new credential requirements. Trainers and assessors may use this training to contribute towards meeting professional development requirements outlined in the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015.

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Media Release


2017 Field Officers Conference 17-18 August Geelong – Registrations Open

This year’s field officers conference promises to be jam packed with information and activities that will assist field officers.

The event is being held in Geelong on the 17 & 18 August.  

Guest Speakers and workshops over the 1 ½ days  include:

• VRQA – Update on GTO Standards

• Department of Education Update

• Mental Health awareness

• Dealing with difficult behaviour

• Having difficult conversations

• Improving team work

• High performance teams

For further information and to register please click here.


Team Australia Heading To Abu Dhabi For International Skills Competition

An elite team of 43 Australian trades people and their mentors has been announced as Team Australia, who will travel to Abu Dhabi in October to represent Australia at the 44th WorldSkills International competition.

Team Australia includes 18 young men and women from across Australia, known as the Skillaroos. They will compete against the best from 77 countries, with the dream of becoming the World Champion in their trade.  The Skillaroos are all aged 19 to 22, and represent a wide range of trades and skills, with the majority aligning with the National Skills Needs list. These include bricklaying, patisserie and confectionery, heavy vehicle mechanics, hairdressing, landscape gardening, refrigeration and air-conditioning, carpentry, wall and floor tiling.

The 44th WorldSkills International Competition, to be held in Abu Dhabi, October 14 to 19, will see more than 3000 participants including Competitors, Experts and Officials, from 77 countries compete in 51 skills. Australia, currently ranked 12th in the world, is aiming to finish in the top 10 in 2017.

WorldSkills Australia CEO Brett Judd congratulated the Skillaroos and Team Australia on their selection. He said they had been chosen following an arduous training regime and their success at the national WorldSkills championships held in Melbourne last year.

“This team has consistently shown the dedication, commitment and excellence we require of Team Australia when they represent our nation against the rest of the world,” said Mr Judd.

“I applaud their determination and congratulate them on their selection. But their success would not have been possible without the dedication and support of their skills mentors. The WorldSkills experts have been selected because they represent the best of their industry or skill category. They are also passionate about helping develop their industry and young competitor.”
Mr Judd said WorldSkills Australia was nurturing and developing the skills of young Australians, and highlighting the opportunities available to those pursuing a trade or skill.

“These young people are excelling in their chosen fields and many have already been rewarded with international experience and opportunities,” he said. “Their trades are really taking them places.”

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Safety in Action Melbourne Trade Show & Safety Conference 5-6 September

Safety in Action is Australia’s leading occupational health and safety event dedicated to the safety, security and well being of the Australian workforce. Engage in three dedicated safety zones, network with over 120 exhibitors, learn from industry experts during free safety seminars and workshops, source the latest innovative products and services and get involved in the interactive opportunities the Show has to offer. A must-attend for every OH&S professional. Attendance is free for bona fide trade visitors

Held concurrently with the tradeshow, Safety in Action presents three high-profile conferences focusing on Safety Strategy, Leadership and Culture, Workplace Wellness and Return to Work. With over 350 delegates and 70+ speakers and the conferences running in adjacent rooms, you will be able to switch sessions and plan a track to suit your requirements.

For further information please click here.


National Skills Week 2017: 28th August - 3rd September 2017

National Skills Week 2017 is fast approaching - 28th August - 3rd September, 2017.

The week encourages, informs and inspires people of all ages to explore the benefits of undertaking Vocational Education and Training. The week highlights the opportunities and successful outcomes trade and skill based careers can lead to.

National Skills Week has demonstrated the capacity to consistently find innovative ways to extend positive messaging; influencing the way people think, raising the status of practical and vocational learning and enabling Australians to gain a greater understanding of the opportunities and their potential.

Be part of it, get involved today as a supporter of National Skills Week. 

For further information please click here.


Consultation Now Open on the Building Regulations 2017

Consultation is now open on the Building Regulations 2017, which have been drafted to replace the Building Regulations 2006.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) has identified numerous changes to the Building Regulations to enhance consumer protection and safety, improve administrative efficiency and reduce regulatory burden.

To learn more about the Building Regulations 2017 and to make a submission, please click here.

Submissions close 5pm, 18 July 2017.


World Youth Skills Day

WorldSkills is proud to recognize World Youth Skills Day (WYSD) on 15 July 2017! Use #SkillsForAll and #WYSD to join WorldSkills, and the United Nations, to raise awareness about the importance of youth developing skills.

#SkillsForAll supports our view that everyone should have the opportunity to discover and develop their talents. Through skills individuals, communities, and countries can create a more prosperous future.

Visit the WorldSkills Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the latest World Youth Skills Day updates.

For further information visit the WorldSkills website


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