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Please note our new email address!

As noted in our February edition, the Skills@Work team has moved to the Department of Education and Training. As a result of this, we have a new email address – skillsatwork@education.gov.au. This is the address to which all submissions and subscriber requests must now be sent.

If you have any other email addresses for us, please remove them from your contact lists. Thank you!

Assistant Minister's speech to ACCI

On 5 February, the Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, gave a speech to the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Titled The Skills for the Job: Ensuring vocational education and training delivers for employees and employers, the speech emphasises the importance of the VET sector to the Australian Government, as well as outlining sector concerns and how these may be addressed.

You can read the speech on Senator Birmingham’s media site.

USI presentation at Velg Virtual VET Summit

In speaking to the virtual audience that included registered training organisations (RTOs) at the Velg Virtual VET Summit 2015 on 25 February 2015, the USI Office presented:

  • an update on the USI status
  • valuable tips on lessons learnt so far
  • some examples of what RTOs are doing to connect their students with the USI.

Not surprisingly, students have been the biggest creators of USIs so far, with just under 20 per cent being created by RTOs. Creating a USI online is free and only takes a few minutes.

Since the USI Office opened its doors, the USI contact centre has developed a databank of knowledge to help students and RTOs. The USI Office's presentation provided some simple solutions to help connect with the USI. Examples were showcased of how some RTOs are engaging with students and how they are already incorporating the USI into their enrolment processes.

It was highlighted in the presentation that the thousands of RTOs who are now connected with the USI Registry System will be able to meet this year’s Total VET activity reporting requirements. The presentation also reassured those RTOs who haven’t yet made the transition that it’s not too late to get connected. If you need help with the transition, please see USI’s Training Organisation information page.

Be recognised nationally at the 2015 Australian Training Awards!

The Australian Training Awards are the peak, national awards for the vocational education and training (VET) sector, recognising individuals, businesses and registered training organisations for their contribution to skilling Australia.

Applicants may have the opportunity to reach the national stage in November 2015 and gain Australia-wide recognition for the work they do. Australian Training Awards direct entry categories include:

For individuals:

National Achievement Award
Lifetime Achievement Award
Excellence in Language, Literacy and Numeracy Practice Award

For businesses:

Disability Training – Employer Award
Australian Apprenticeships – Employer Award

For registered training organisations:

School Pathways to VET Award
International Training Provider of the Year Award.

Applications close on Friday 29 May 2015.

For more information, visit www.australiantrainingawards.gov.au, phone (02) 6240 8155 or send an email.

Save the date! 

The 2015 Australian Training Awards will be held in Hobart on Thursday 19 November 2015. For regular updates about the Australian Training Awards, you can:

A free assessment of a learner's core skills – participate in trials of the new Foundation Skills Assessment Tool (FSAT)

Do you want to know more about your learners’ work related skills or LLN skills? The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) is developing the comprehensive Foundation Skills Assessment Tool (FSAT) for the Australian Government. The FSAT is mapped against the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) for language, literacy and numeracy skills and against the Core Skills for Work Developmental Framework (CSfW) for employability skills. Trials of FSAT have now commenced and will continue until at least the end of March 2015. Whilst ACER has received many expressions of interest in participating in the FSAT trials, more participants are required to undertake the assessments.

Please consider which ACSF or CSfW skill areas are most relevant to your clients and learners and then register and request trial logins. Providers receive reports of each learner's performance against the skill in the relevant framework. Participation in the FSAT trials is suitable for your 2015 pre-training LLN assessment!

For further information about FSAT and to register to participate in the trials, please visit ACER's website.

TRA – Seeking expressions of interest from registered training organisations

Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) is a designated skills assessment authority under the Migration Regulations 1994 specialising in assessment services for people with trade skills gained overseas and in Australia for the purpose of migration and skills recognition.

TRA is seeking expressions of interest (EOI) from registered training organisations (RTOs) that have demonstrated experience in managing recognition of prior learning (RPL) processes and in assessing training package qualifications in a range of occupations and countries for the following programmes:

  • 457 Skills Assessment Program
  • Offshore Skills Assessment Program (OSAP)
  • Optional Skills Assessment Service (OSAS).

TRA is also seeking EOI from RTOs that have demonstrated experience in managing RPL processes and in assessing training package qualifications for the Trades Recognition Service (TRS), a new domestic skills assessment service for identified metal and electrical occupations.

Further information, including details of how to obtain copies of the EOIs can be found on the TRA website.

Enquiries can be sent by email.

Workshops for the Engineering Excellence project

An important part of the project, being run by the Australian Industry Group, is to share the goals and findings with other RTOs, including:

  • tailoring training plans that allow for the development of skills in the workplace as well as with the partner organisation before assessment
  • developing agreed processes for RTOs to seek confirmation of competency from employers
  • developing work-based activities employers can give to their apprentices to help develop their competencies
  • assisting employers to develop internal processes to manage competency-based progression and completion
  • addressing relevant internal administrative processes, such as timetabling, to enable implementation.

A series of workshops will be held to discuss the project and share some of the tools that have been developed. These workshops will be tailored for RTOs training and assessing apprentices.

The Engineering Excellence project has direct relevance to metal trades, but any other trade dealing with competency based wage progression, such as building and construction or automotive, may be interested in adapting what has been developed. Other stakeholders such as employers, group training organisations, apprentice field officers / training consultants and Australian Apprenticeships Centres are also welcome to attend.

Half day workshops will be held, with lunch provided. The next workshop will be held in Townsville on 11 March 2015.

To register please email AiG’s Peter Canavan.

The latest from NCVER

Australian employers will be contacted in the coming weeks as part of the Survey of Australian Employers to identify the ways in which they meet their skill needs and how effective these strategies are.

Managed by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), the survey aims to collect the views of 9000 employers, from across the country and from all industry sectors.

Further information is available on NCVER’s website.

Velg Training’s VET eZine – third edition

Get informed with the third edition of Velg Training’s free quarterly Staying Connected in VET eZine! This edition features articles from the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), the new Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, the Assistant Minister for Employment, the Hon Luke Hartsuyker MP, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and industry experts from across Australia.

You can access a complimentary copy of the eZine at Velg’s website.


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Manufacturing Skills Australia

New MEA Aeroskills Training Package – endorsed 9 February 2015

All MEA components have been updated to comply with the new TP Standards, and the package extended to include four new paraprofessional engineering Diploma and Advanced Diploma qualifications. You can view MEA and access the implementation guide at MSA's website.

MSA and Federation University collaborate on ‘Recognising Skill’ project

Earlier this month Federation University hosted a presentation of its findings as part of its national research project, Recognising the skill in jobs traditionally considered unskilled. MSA has been involved as an industry partner in the three year project, which investigates unidentified and undervalued skill in jobs within the service and manufacturing industries. The project aims to provide evidence that will suggest improvements in the development of vocational education and training qualifications and in companies' use of skills. Find out more about the project at MSA's website.

AWPN National Conference 2015

MSA is an official supporter of the Australian Workplace Practitioners' Network (AWPN) 2015 National Conference. Amongst the lineup of speakers presenting will be MSA’s CEO Bob Paton and Deputy CEO Cameron Baker.

Further information about this event, and registration information, is available in the Upcoming events section of this newsletter.

WAVE National Conference 2015

MSA has partnered with Women in Adult and Vocational Education (WAVE) for its inaugural WAVE National Conference on 8 April in Melbourne. With the theme Leaders, teachers, learners, leavers: Women in the Australian VET Market, the conference will explore issues of most concern to WAVE.

Further information about this event, and registration information, is available in the Upcoming events section of this newsletter.



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This month we are putting the spotlight on vocational education and training opportunities in the health and care sectors.

A logical choice

Alex Jones
Aged care worker
Certificate III in Aged Care

With a desire to enter the health care profession, Alex Jones balanced her Year 11 and 12 studies with an Australian School-based Apprenticeship in Aged Care Work. She had always enjoyed the first aid elements of her army cadets and rural fire services volunteering, and knew that she wanted to be a nurse.

After winning the 2010 NSW School-based Apprentice of the Year Award, she was the runner up for the national award at the Australian Training Awards. Alex is an Australian Apprenticeships Ambassador and is now studying nursing at university in Bathurst.

Read more about Alex’s journey here.

Knowing the drill

Jane Alia
Dental assistant
Certificate III in Dental Assisting

After coming to Australia as a refugee when she was a teenager, Jane Alia’s dream of joining the medical profession has been realised – she is a fully qualified dental assistant after completing an Australian School-based Apprenticeship.

Keen to give back to her community, Jane volunteers at a refugee centre in Darwin and is the Youth Representative for the Nothern Territory Council for Human Rights Education. She was the Northern Territory’s School-based Apprentice of the Year in 2012 and a finalist in that category at the Australian Training Awards, and is now an Australian Apprenticeships Ambassador.

Read more about Jane’s journey here.

The perfect start

Jessica Taggart
Health care assistant
Certificate III in Health Service Assistance

Jessica Taggart has wanted to be a nurse since she was very young, after her younger sister received medical assistance for congenital heart disease. She commenced an Australian School-based Apprenticeship in Year 11, enjoying the experience of working in the industry while pursuing her HSC.

Jessica was the NSW School-based Apprentice of the Year in 2012 and was the runner up in the Australian School-based Apprentice of the Year at that year’s Australian Training Awards. She is now studying a Bachelor of Nursing at the University of Newcastle and is an Australian Apprenticeships Ambassador.

Read more about Jessica’s journey here.


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VET FEE-HELP approved provider training

Dates through to July 2015, Canberra and webinars

The Department of Education and Training will be conducting training for approved VET FEE-HELP providers throughout 2015. This training is suitable for recently approved or existing VET FEE-HELP providers that wish to refresh their knowledge. For more details and schedules of dates and venues please visit the Department of Education and Training's website.

A focus on literacy and numeracy for VET teachers and trainers

11, 12 and 13 March 2015

VETnetwork Australia is running a series of professional learning events in March 2015. Titled A Focus on VET Literacy and Numeracy, these events aim to develop a better understanding of language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) for VET teachers and trainers.

These dynamic events will feature keynote presentations from David Tout, Senior Research Fellow and Manager, Vocational Adult and Workplace Education, Australian Council for Education Research (ACER) and Ros Bauer, winner of the Excellence in Language, Literacy and Numeracy Practice Award at the 2013 Australian Training Awards.

Content will focus on:

  • why addressing literacy and numeracy (L&N) is essential
  • developing an awareness of the role L&N skills and their impact on participation and outcomes in VET
  • engaging disengaged learners and communities, including remote communities
  • tricks of the trade: teaching and assessing VET whilst remembering the L&N story
  • hints and tips about teaching L&N.

The locations and dates are:

  • Perth - 11 March 2015
  • Adelaide - 12 March 2015
  • Melbourne - 13 March 2015.

For more information, including details on how to register, please visit VETnetwork's website.

2015 AWPN National Conference

18 – 20 March 2015, Melbourne

The Australian Workplace Practitioners’ Network (AWPN) invites you to attend the 2015 AWPN National Conference to be held at the Jasper Hotel in Melbourne. The theme for the conference is Refresh Rebrand Re-engage: Foundation Skills at Work.

The conference will focus on how policy makers, VET professionals and industry can work together to build the highly skilled and innovative workforce needed to compete in global markets. What are the new Australian Government policies and programs and how do they work? How can we work together to ensure industry has the skilled and productive workforce it needs? How can we best support an industry-led, sophisticated and flexible VET system?

Topics for the 2015 conference will include:

  • new Australian Government policies and programs
  • foundation skills strengthening - creative approaches to addressing the foundation skills needs of existing workers
  • employer perspectives on workforce development and foundation skills strengthening
  • researching foundation skills policy and practice
  • models for developing practitioner skills and knowledge
  • professional opportunities and challenges of practitioners.

Who should attend?

Foundation skills strengthening is a shared responsibility, whether you are an experienced LLN specialist, a recently qualified vocational trainer or a workplace supervisor.

Newcomers to the field will gain much from the event. All interested parties are welcome, including:

  • new and experienced LLN specialists
  • new and experienced vocational trainers and assessors
  • training managers
  • resource developers
  • employers and employer groups
  • Industry Skills Councils
  • industry peak bodies
  • unions
  • government
  • policy makers.

For further information and registration, please visit the conference website.

Women in Adult and Vocational Education conference

8 April 2015, Melbourne

Women in Adult and Vocational Education (WAVE) is partnering with Manufacturing Skills Australia (MSA) to hold a significant conference, highlighting issues for women educators and industry. The conference is titled Leaders, teachers, learners, leavers: Women in the Australian VET market. The WAVE conference will be held at Victoria University the day before the Australian VET Research Association (AVETRA) conference, which will also focus on the impact of the marketisation of vocational education and training.

WAVE is a non-government organisation and is the only national organisation with a focus on women and post compulsory education and training, representing the interests of educators, industry, community and students. All of these groups will be represented at the conference.

WAVE has a great line-up of speakers including Miriam Silva, a/g CEO of TAFE SA, Susan Hopgood, President of Education International, Sally Thompson from Adult Learning Australia and the Hon Fiona Richardson MP, Victorian Minister for Women. Academics including Erica Smith, Ruth Schubert and Kira Clarke, and industry representatives from Fanelle, Industry Women Central and Manufacturing Skills Australia will also be attending. The conference will give women the opportunity to hear about and engage in discussion around those issues of most consequence to them in adult and vocational education today.

Registration and further information can be found on WAVE's website.

AITD2015 – National Learning and Development Conference

13 – 14 May 2015, Sydney

Early bird registration is now open!

AITD2015 is the leading annual conference for training, learning and development and organisational development professionals.

Topics include:

  • collaborative learning
  • disruptive technologies
  • creating a dynamic learning culture
  • learning in the workplace of the future
  • digital badges
  • next generation skills for L&D professionals
  • the manager’s role in learning and much more...

For more information and to register visit AITD's conference website.

2015 National Adult LLN Assessment Conference – Australian Council for Educational Research

14 – 15 May 2015, Adelaide

Early bird registrations are now open, key note speakers have been announced and two full-day pre-conference workshops have been added to the programme!

Keynote speakers include:

  • the Hon Gail Gago MLC, SA Minister for Employment, Higher Education and Skills
  • Professor Geoff Masters AO, CEO, ACER
  • Ros Bauer, Adult Literacy Services Australia. Ros was the winner of the Excellence in Language, Literacy and Numeracy Practice Award at the 2013 Australian Training Awards
  • Tony Dreise, Principal Research Fellow, Education Policy and Practice Indigenous Education, ACER
  • Anthony Kittel, CEO and Managing Director of REDARC Electronics and one of the National Foundation Skills Strategy Project Workplace Champions.

For further information and to register, please visit ACER's conference website.

2015 NCVER ‘No Frills’ conference

6 – 8 July 2015, Sydney

Co-hosted with the University of Western Sydney and TAFE NSW's South Western Sydney and Western Sydney Institutes, the conference will highlight (but is not limited to) research across three themes:

  • Youth: engaging, inspiring and supporting students to realise their potential
  • Pathways: transitioning through education and training into the workforce
  • Skills: working with industry and employers to improve education and training.

For more information about the conference, please visit NCVER’s 'No Frills' website.

WorldSkills Australia - international competition

11 – 16 August 2015, São Paulo, Brazil

Please visit the WorldSkills Australia website for information.

National Skills Week

24 – 30 August 2015

Please visit the National Skills Week website for information about locations and events.

2015 Australian Training Awards - save the date!

19 November 2015, Hobart

The Australian Training Awards presentation dinner event will be held in Hobart, Tasmania, on Thursday 19 November 2015.

Details of the venue and ticketing will be available on the website.

Professional development for training providers – NSW

Visit the NSW State Training Services website to view upcoming Smart and Skilled approved professional development opportunities for Registered Training Organisation staff in 2015.


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Free ISC foundation skills resources now in one place

On behalf of the Australian WELL Practitioners Network/Foundation Skills network, IBSA has compiled into a single repository all the free foundation skills resources developed by each of the Industry Skills Councils to support VET practitioners. IBSA hopes you find it useful, and looks forward to receiving feedback.

Please visit the website for more information and to access the resources.

NEW assessment model resources are now available to support your training

smallprint and Catapult eLearning’s entire training and assessment resource library is now available in print and online with a NEW assessment model.

Over 2220 units of competency to support more than 170 qualifications and over 100 skill sets across 14 training packages (AUR12, BSB07, CHC08, CPP07, FSK, HLT07, FNS10, FDF10, ICA11, SIB10, SIR07, SIT12, TAE10, TLI10) have been improved.

These resources include improved features such as:

  • new observation checklists and supplementary evidence gathering tools
  • improved supervisor/ third party observation checklists – with supervisor/ third party access to the learning management system (LMS) for online training
  • a new pre-assessment tool
  • quantified assessments
  • a new user guide, which is an essential resource to support your organisation's integration of our resources into your Training and Assessment Strategy.

The complete catalogue of resources is still available in the original assessment model format allowing you to choose between the new assessment model, the original assessment model, or a combination of both for your training.

Another major improvement is the introduction of an online editable assessment tool which allows you to edit the assessments, creating your own contextualised assessments with ease. Edited resources can currently be published in print, with the ability to publish for online training to be available for you in the coming weeks.

To make the transition to this new assessment model easier for you, webinar information sessions have been conducted and recorded. You can learn more about the improvements on the smallprint and Catapult eLearning YouTube channels.

If you have any questions please contact smallprint via email or phone (08) 8275 9333, or Catapult eLearning via email or phone (08) 8275 9380.

Revision/update of Making the Connections – now available

The highly successful Making the Connections professional development resource, designed to assist VET practitioners integrate foundation skills and language, literacy and numeracy into their training, has now been revised and updated by MSA. This revision takes account of significant related developments in VET and foundation skills in the last two years, including the roll-out of the FSK Foundation Skills training package, and the TAE skill set TAESS00009, ‘Address Foundation Skills in Vocational Practice.’

Numeracy by Measure, Numeracy in Practice and Numeracy in Focus

Numeracy by Measure is a free professional development resource to build practitioner awareness of workplace measurement skills to better meet the skills needs of adults in the workplace including:

  • understanding measurement in the workplace context
  • understanding measurement skills areas
  • building workplace measurement skills
  • unpacking measurement skills using the Australian Core Skills Framework.

This resource has been developed in response to the NCVER report Seeking the N in LLN. This report found that there may be a need to increase the capacity of the VET workforce to meet the numeracy skills needs of existing workers.

Numeracy by Measure includes:

  • a Numeracy by Measure guide with professional development activities
  • ‘snapshots’ that unpack the measurement skills in authentic job tasks including bicycle fitting, cabinet fitting, health monitoring, show fitting, smallgoods packing and tyre wall markings.

Numeracy in Practice is a free professional development resource to support the development of practitioner numeracy proficiency skills and numeracy training skills including:

  • overcoming maths anxiety
  • building numeracy proficiency skills
  • building specialist adult numeracy teaching skills
  • building knowledge of numeracy in the workplace context.

This resource has been developed in response to the NCVER report Seeking the N in LLN. This report found that there may be a need to increase the capacity of the VET workforce to meet the numeracy skills needs of existing workers.

Numeracy in Practice includes:

  • a Numeracy in Practice guide with professional development activities
  • a numeracy proficiency assessment tool
  • six ‘snapshots’ exploring different workplace numeracy skills.

Numeracy in Focus is a free professional development resource to build practitioner workplace numeracy awareness including:

  • identifying maths anxiety
  • understanding the importance of numeracy
  • raising awareness of numeracy in the workplace context
  • raising awareness of workplace numeracy in the VET sector.

Numeracy is an important core skill. All practitioners must be up to date and confident in their own numeracy skills, their numeracy training skills and their understanding of typical workplace numeracy activities.

This resource is designed to be used by practitioners who:

  • have basic numeracy skills but need to update in respect to changing technology and numeracy practices
  • have basic numeracy skills but need to contextualise to the world of work
  • have numeracy skills but need to increase their numeracy confidence
  • are reluctant to assess and teach numeracy skills in the workplace
  • are not sure if their numeracy skills are sufficient to complete the Graduate Certificate in Adult Language, Literacy and Numeracy Practice.

These resources were developed by Oggi Consulting and funded by the Australian Government.

For more information on these resources, email Tina Berghella at Oggi Consulting.

VOCEDplus – latest research on VET, skills and workforce development issues

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Stay in touch with current research, policy and practice across a broad range of areas affecting the VET sector in Australia and internationally.


Produced by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) and funded by the Australian, state and territory governments, VOCEDplus is a free online resource offering international coverage of issues as well as an Australian focus. It currently holds over 65,000 entries, many providing instant access to full text via your desktop, with around 400 new titles added each month. Where possible, NCVER will supply items as requested according to its Conditions of Use.

You can search VOCEDplus using basic or advanced search or browse options. Topics covered include:

  • teaching and learning in the tertiary sector
  • assessment
  • professional development for practitioners
  • labour market trends
  • the relationships between education and work
  • skills and workforce development needs
  • pathways between VET and higher education
  • education industry partnerships in education and training
  • social inclusion.


Subscribe to VOCEDplus News for the latest news and updates.

Subscribe to new titles or Twitter on the home page for automated notifications.

Subscribe to VOCEDplus Highlights.

Subscribe to specific RSS feeds wherever you see the ‘Subscribe’ symbol above.

‘Purpose build’ feeds on your own topics, e.g. a feed on practitioners in VET can be set up in your browser.

Expert reference service – for details visit the Client Service Charter or Ask a Librarian.

Citation tool – My Selection acts like a shopping cart, select records from search results or full record pages, email or save records in formats (e.g. author-date citation modelled on the Harvard style; tagged format for import into EndNote).

Value added products – these include:

To find out more, visit VOCEDplus.

Government Skills Australia – foundation skills resources

Government Skills Australia (GSA) has completed a range foundation skills resources to support the development of learning, reading, writing, oral communication and numeracy in work and training contexts. The resources include:

  • industry-specific foundation skills brochures outlining current policy initiatives and the key foundation skill demands within that industry at a range of employment levels e.g. low–mid–high level ‘core’ skills demands across a range of work roles
  • a suite of 11 short videos highlighting the need for specific core skills across a range of industries e.g. reading procedures and instructions in the workplace, oral communication skills for workplace meetings and numeracy skills for creating tables, graphs and charts
  • a professional development resource comprising a facilitator guide to outline a background to foundation skills initiatives, strategies to address foundation skills issues in a range of work and training contexts and industry-specific foundation skills data on the foundation skills demands of units of competency.

Please visit the website to download the resources.

Professional development resource – Meeting the Foundation Skills Demands of Training and Work

Government Skills Australia (GSA) has developed Meeting the Foundation Skills Demands of Training and Work as a professional development resource to raise awareness of foundation skills issues amongst workers and learners in the Australian context. Its primary aim is to support the key messages outlined in a range of foundation skills documents developed by GSA to support the newly endorsed foundation skills training package.

The guide is accompanied by short videos that build awareness of the language, literacy and numeracy or ‘core’ skill demands of tasks embedded in work roles within the government and community safety industries.

Vocational course developers, trainers and assessors are provided with information about how to identify the foundation skills embedded in both work and training contexts. They are easily disguised in a variety of tasks and roles so often go unnoticed. It also offers some strategies to develop an understanding of what foundation skills are, where they can be found and how they can be addressed in practical terms.

You can view and download the resource from GSA's website.

What Works for LLN – free online library of language, literacy and numeracy training and professional development videos

Ideas That Work has developed 25 language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) videos for the What Works for LLN training and professional development video library. These videos contain practical LLN tips and good practice examples to help build vocational trainers’ and assessors’ capacity to support learners with LLN needs.

The What Works videos available to view or download for free from the What Works for LLN website.

The What Works videos are grouped into three series:

  1. Introduction to LLN series (nine videos)
  2. Practical LLN tips for trainers and assessors series (16 videos)
  3. Introduction to workplace LLN series (new videos coming in 2015).

These LLN videos can be used for:

  • your own professional development as a VET practitioner or workplace trainer
  • supporting the delivery of LLN specific units such as TAELLN401A / TAELLN411 ‘Address adult language, literacy and numeracy skills’
  • LLN professional development for RTOs and their non-training staff
  • learners undertaking qualifications such as TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

These videos were funded by the Australian Government.

To view or download a copy of these free What Works for LLN resources, please visit the website.

Tap Into Learning Today (TILT)

Are you looking for new ways to engage with adult learners? Perhaps you are interested in finding out more about Australia’s adult community education (ACE) sector? If so, the Tap Into Learning Today (TILT) website is for you.

The TILT website is Australia’s national communication strategy for ACE.

TILT provides information and resources for the ACE sector. It enables ACE providers to promote their services and engage adult learners in their communities. Through the website, providers can find resources and strategies to access potential learners, including templates for promotional materials and information about funding and professional development opportunities.

TILT also provides an avenue for individuals to find learning opportunities in areas such as community engagement and foundation skills. Links to key contacts, and the ability to locate ACE providers in their local areas are provided to direct individuals to the support they need.

The TILT Community Calendar is a great way to find out about ACE-related events. While you are there, check out some of the case studies and success stories of ACE projects in Australia through AceTV.

To find out more about TILT please visit the website.


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Australian Apprenticeships - provides quick and easy access to information regarding Australian Apprenticeships, including Australian Apprenticeships programs, employer incentives and support for apprentices during their apprenticeships.

Australian Apprenticeships and Traineeships Information Service and Australian Apprenticeships Pathways - provide apprenticeships and traineeships information and resources.

Australian Training Awards - the peak, national awards for the vocational education and training sector, recognising individuals, businesses and registered training organisations for their contribution to skilling Australia.

business.gov.au - offers businesses simple, practical and convenient access to all the government information, programmes and services they need to make running their business and skilling their employees easier.

Industry Skills Councils - bringing together industry, educators and governments, and uniting them on a common industry-led agenda for action on skills and workforce development.

LiteracyNet - information about Australian adult literacy activities and links to a range of additional program, professional development, resource and research sites (including training programs).

MySkills.gov.au - provides information about vocational education and training to future and current students, jobseekers and employers to help them make informed choices about training.

National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) - a not for profit company responsible for collecting, managing, analysing, evaluating and communicating research statistics about vocational education and training.

National Skills Week - provides a platform to highlight the opportunities and career pathways available through vocational education and training.

StudyAssist.gov.au - one stop shop for information on government assistance while studying. Students can use the website to determine their options for financing their tertiary study. The course search function allows students to look for courses offered by approved VET FEE-HELP providers.

training.gov.au - the official national register of information on training packages, qualifications, courses, units of competency and registered training organisations, developed for experienced training sector users.

WorldSkills Australia - working to promote and build a skills culture by inspiring young people, celebrating skills excellence and providing opportunities to showcase trade and skill talent through competitions held on a regional, national and international level.


If you would like to provide feedback, supply an article for inclusion in the next edition or join our list of subscribers, please email skillsatwork@education.gov.au. The next edition will be published in April 2015. Submissions are due by 18 March 2015.