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JULY 2015


Australian Industry and Skills Committee

Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, attended the inaugural meeting of the newly established Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) on 9 June 2015. The AISC replaces a number of existing committees and its formation is an important milestone in the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Industry and Skills Council’s commitment to streamline governance arrangements for the vocational education and training (VET) sector.

Read more about the Australian Government’s VET reform and the new committee in the Assistant Minister’s Media Release.

Industry Skills Fund Skills Advisor Network

The six organisations that will make up the new Industry Skills Fund (ISF) Skills Adviser Network have been announced. Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, said the ISF Skills Adviser Network would invest $43 million over the next three years to provide intensive support to businesses that are looking to grow and develop their workforce.

Read more about the Adviser Network.

Australian Apprenticeship Support Network – open for business

The Australian Government is making it easier for employers to recruit, train and retain Australian Apprentices. Announced by the Prime Minister on 8 September 2014, the new Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (Apprenticeship Network) replaced Australian Apprenticeships Centres in all states and territories on 1 July 2015.

The Apprenticeship Network introduces next-generation service streams, structural changes and operational supports to better meet client needs and realise efficiencies. Importantly new Apprenticeship Network services will cover the whole apprenticeship lifecycle – from pre-commencement to completion. The Australian Government is committed to building a high quality system which better supports apprentices and responds to the needs of employers and the economy.

If you have more questions please refer to the frequently asked questions on the Australian Apprenticeships website or call the Australian Apprenticeships Referral line on 13 38 73.

The Career Interest Explorer Resource

The Australian Apprenticeships and Traineeships Information Service has launched a new resource that aims to help students and jobseekers identify the strength of their career interests. 

The resource provides statements illustrating characteristics of seven broad work types.  People respond to these based on their level of interest resulting in a listing of work types according to the relative strength of interest.  From these outcomes, people can search for related information based on specific occupation ideas or industry-based career information available on the Australian Apprenticeships Pathways website.

The resource will help people refine their thinking about their potential career pathways.  It can also be part of their careers-related discussions with the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network and other service providers such as careers advisers in schools.

This new resource has been developed by the Australian Apprenticeships and Traineeships Information Service and the Career Education Association of Victoria, with funding from the Australian Department of Education and Training.

The Career Interest Explorer is available on the Australian Apprenticeships Pathways website

VET FEE-HELP Reforms – measures implemented on 1 July 2015

The VET Guidelines 2015 have been updated to support the next tranche of VET FEE HELP Reforms which came into effect on 1 July 2015. Further measures will commence on 1 January 2016 allowing VET providers a transition period to alter publications, systems and processes. More information is in the July edition of the HELP newsletter HELP newsletter. Included in this edition are articles about filling out the Request for a VET FEE-HELP loan form (that came into effect on 1 June), the VET FEE HELP Reforms – stakeholder consultation sessions that were held in April and May, and details about the VET FEE-HELP Reforms implemented on 1 July 2015, and to commence on 1 January 2016.

In addition, details of the amendments are in the Addendum to the VET Administrative Information for Providers. The Addendum incorporates the VET FEE-HELP reforms over 2015/16 and has been published to assist VET providers with implementing the reforms, and will be updated on an ongoing basis.

For more information, please email TSEnquiries@education.gov.au

2015 Australian Training Awards – Registrations are Open

Please join the Australian Vocational Education and Training sector on 19 November in Hobart for the 2015 Australian Training Awards.
Hosted by Senator, the Hon Simon Birmingham, Assistant Minister for Education and Training, the Awards recognise individuals, businesses and registered training organisations for their significant contribution to skilling Australia.

Please register here to attend the event.

Entries for 2015 state and territory training awards have now closed, with finalists being announced over the coming months. Visit the state and territory training awards web page for finalist announcements and event dates. Direct entry category finalists of the Australian Training Awards will be announced in August.

For more information, visit Australian Training Awards or phone 02 6240 8155. For real time updates, you can find the Australian Training Awards on:





The Unique Student Identifier (USI) – Are you connected?

Most of Australia’s Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) are connected to the USI Registry System for seamless process integration and easier handling of large student numbers.

The Unique Student Identifier (USI):
• makes it easier for RTOs to assess students’ pre-requisites, credit transfers and Recognition of Prior Learning
• develops smarter evidence-based regulation to support greater efficiency for RTOs when interacting with governments and regulators.

Unless a specific exemption applies, RTOs are required to collect and verify a student’s USI before they can issue a qualification or Statement of Attainment. This can be done in one streamlined process as system-to-system connectivity between an RTO’s student management system and the USI Registry System enables RTOs, with a student’s permission, to create and verify USIs through their own system.

Connection with the USI Registry System saves RTOs time in reporting, right from the beginning. Being connected also means RTOs can submit and retrieve bulk USI creations.

In addition, the new ‘Locate USI function’ is one of the recent enhancements to the USI Registry System. This functionality allows RTOs to assist a student who has forgotten their USI. It should also be noted that a student can retrieve a forgotten USI themselves via the USI website. Read more about forgotten USIs here.

If you have not already done so, get connected today! For simple instructions on how to connect with the USI Registry System, RTOs can access the USI User Guide.

Stay up to date with the latest news on the USI website.

You can contact the USI Office for further information via our chat functions. Alternatively, give us a call on 13 38 73 or email us at usi@education.gov.au.

Migrant Skills Recognition Service Graduation

The Migrant Skills Recognition Service (MSRS) was a pilot program funded by the Australian Government designed to assist refugees or vulnerable migrants with trade experience or qualifications achieve a Certificate III in their trade to improve their employment opportunities in Australia.

As part of the pilot program, VETASSESS developed a customised gap training and assessment model in partnership with Western Sydney Institute (WSI) to deliver hairdressing and beauty qualifications in NSW, and with Bendigo/Kangan Institute (BKI) to deliver engineering and welding qualifications in Victoria. 

On 10 June 2015, a graduation ceremony was held in Sydney for nine hairdressers and three beauty therapists assessed by WSI who had achieved their full Certificate III. Six hairdressing applicants have secured employment in salons in and around Sydney, one is being interviewed by a salon for a permanent position and the other five applicants intend to enrol in further studies at the Diploma level. 

Fifteen welders assessed by BKI will be graduating on the 30 June 2015 in Melbourne with their full Certificate III engineering qualification.


WorldSkills Australia’s Skillaroos team is just one short month away from jetting off to Brazil for the 43rd WorldSkills Competition.  Held from 11-16 August at the Anhembi Exhibition Centre in São Paulo, the team’s 25 talented young men and women will compete against the world’s best in their respective skill categories in the hopes of being named World Champions.

The Skillaroos have undertaken months of intensive training with their dedicated Training Managers in preparation for the competition, often juggling work and studies at the same time.  “He still works full time and puts in about 15-20 hours of training every week,” says Chief International Expert in Welding, Paul Condran of Skillaroo Kallon McVicar’s dedication to his training.  “Kallon is putting a lot in both at work and at TAFE and improving all the time.”

The 43rd WorldSkills Competition is the opportunity of a lifetime for the Skillaroos.  “It is an absolute dream come true to be wearing a green and gold uniform for my country and to say that I am representing Australia in my skill,” says Skillaroo Jessica Peters.  “Floristry is my passion, and to be able to share my skill with the world will be more than I could ever ask for in this lifetime.”

Learn more about the Skillaroos by checking out their vblogs on the WorldSkills Australia YouTube Channel.

You can also show your support for the Skillaroos by sending them a personal message.  Messages can be e-mailed to WorldSkills at dlasalle@worldskills.org.au.

Strong Communities/Skilled Future

Industry Leaders’ Forum

A forum in Sydney on 27 May 2015 heard leaders from the Muslim and Indigenous communities speak about using the strenths of people from different backgrounds to build a stronger Australia.

Watch the video or read the media release for more details of the Forum.


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Service Skills Australia

In February this year, Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, launched New Retail Series, innovative new training programs to address skills shortages in retailing. The series, being piloted by the Australian Retailers Association Retail Institute, was conceived by Service Skills Australia and developed in close collaboration with industry.

The first series, Merchandise Management, took place over four months and wrapped up on 29 May. The second series, Online Retailing, started on 22 June.  Read about the Merchandise Management participants in Fashion Buying About More Than Picking Out Pretty Outfits and No Two Days the Same in Retail Buying.


On June 16 2015, a Special General Meeting held at SkillsDMC’s offices saw former SkillsDMC Chief Executive Officer, Steve McDonald, and Nigel Carpenter, Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Drilling Industry Association, appointed following a unanimous vote as Independent Chair and Independent Director respectively. Read more here.


What’s New from IBSA’s Workforce Development Team

IBSA’s Workforce Development team is pleased to announce the release of several new resources for the Financial Services, Printing and Business Services Industries.

Download these publications from IBSA’s website.

Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council

Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council (CS&HISC) is hosting a series of professional development workshops to assist stakeholders implement the new CHC and HLT Training Packages. These four hour workshops will:

• present the HLT and CHC Training Packages in the 2012 Standards for Training Packages design model
• identify key areas of change in the new qualifications, units and assessment requirements
• discuss frequently asked questions.

For dates and locations, and to reserve your place, visit the CS&HISC website.


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Enjoy the following stories of lives changed through vocational education and training.

Richard Wilkinson

Richard Wilkinson obtained a Bachelor of Environmental Design and a Bachelor of Architecture with Honours from the University of Tasmania. On completion of his studies he worked for three years as a graduate architect with Troppo Architects, the third most awarded company in Australia.

At the age of 27, with a desire to move away from a full time desk job, Richard decided to learn the practical skills behind what he was drawing and took up an Australian Apprenticeship in Carpentry.

His mature-aged Apprenticeship began in 2011 with Perry and Perry Builders, and it allowed him to embrace his real passion of being involved in the building and application of the plans, as opposed to just drawing them. Richard’s now working towards his Certificate IV in Building and Construction and dreams of owning his own business that combines designing of client’s dream homes with building those homes.

Richard was Tasmanian Australian Apprentice of the Year in 2014 and recently became an Australian Apprenticeship Ambassador. Read more of his story here.

Markeeta Douglas

Markeeta Douglas’ interest in audiometry started at a young age, having suffered from ear infections for most of her childhood. Her interest was re-ignited when her four-year-old son was to undergo surgery for a serious middle ear infection.

Markeeta enroled at TAFE NSW – Western Sydney Institute to complete a Certificate IV in Audiometry, studying by distance education through WSI’s Open Training and Education Network (OTEN). The 30-year-old believes her training has opened up many opportunities for her to boost the health of local Aboriginal people.

Markeeta is now employed as an audiometrist at the Awabakal Cooperative in Newcastle and uses her experience to promote vocational education and training as a pathway to learning and career progression, and the importance of education and health in the Aboriginal community.

Her outstanding efforts in her studies saw her win the coveted Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander of the Year at the 2013 Australian Training Awards.

Read more about Markeeta’s experiences with vocational education and training.

Oothungs (Sisters) in Mining

The Oothungs (Sisters) in Mining Program is a unique four-week pre-employment programme for Indigenous women in Central Queensland. This collaboration between Thiess, Wesfarmers Curragh and The Salvation Army Employment Plus, developed with engagement from a range of community organisations and traditional owners of the land, was formed to assist local unemployed Indigenous women enter Queensland’s mining industry.

Following completion of the programme, the women undertake a competency-based traineeship, contributing to a nationally recognised Certificate II in Surface Mine Extraction Operations and a permanent, full-time position as a haul truck operator.

Based on the success of a 2010 pilot with six Indigenous women participating, the current programme was launched in 2013. The pre-employment programme has since been replicated at two coal mines.

Since forming the collaboration, the Program has created a sustainable entry pathway for Indigenous women into the mining industry and has helped build a more diverse and inclusive culture in Queensland’s mining industry.

The Oothung Sisters won the Australian Training Awards’ Industry Collaboration Award in 2014Read more about the programme.

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2015 NCVER ‘No Frills’ conference

6 – 8 July 2015, Sydney

Founder and CEO of the Institute for Workplace Skills and Innovation, Nicholas Wyman, will deliver a keynote address People Without Jobs and Jobs Without People: Bridging the Skills Gap at the 24th National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference 'No Frills' to be held in Sydney on 6 - 8 July 2015.

Nicholas's presentation will look at the issues behind the often quoted “skills gap”. Drawing on his work with the organisations, governments, and educational institutions from around the globe who are pioneering the most cutting-edge solutions to the skills-gap problem, Nicholas offers a road map for how organisations, communities, and educators can come together to develop the human capital needed to keep our businesses innovative and profitable, our economy healthy and humming, and our nation sustainably competitive in today’s global economy.

Co-hosted by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), University of Western Sydney and TAFE NSW's Western Sydney and South Western Sydney Institutes, the programme also features over 50 presentations on vocational education and training.

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

FURNISHING futures 2015 Conference – registrations now open

9 - 12 July 2015, Melbourne

FURNITEX connect will be held at the Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton Gardens, with registrations for the furnishing industry’s most prestigious annual event now open for those wanting privileged insights into Australia’s furniture design and innovation future.

MSA is proud to announce that they will be hosting FURNISHING futures 2015 Conference as part of the event, in partnership with the Australian Furniture Association. The two-day programme includes talks, forums, networking and collaboration opportunities to ensure participants will go home well connected and equipped for the future.

An exceptional list of confirmed speakers includes: Dr Bronwyn Evans, Standards Australia; Peter Roberts; Australian Manufacturing Forum; Dr Swee Mak, RMIT; Ben Batagol, Amaero Additive Manufacturing, and Peter Mclean, Development Impacts.
Read more details of the conference and register here.

Read more details of the conference and register here.

VET FEE-HELP approved provider training

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's website.

Wenhui Award for Educational Innovation 2015

A reminder that nominations for this award will close on 29 July 2015.

Information about the Award and the official application form are available on the UNESCO Bangkok Office website.

2016 Fulbright Scholarships round NOW OPEN

1 August 2015 - applications for the 2016 Fulbright Scholarship round will close.

Ever wanted to enhance your learning through study in the USA?

Then the Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Vocational Education and Training may be what you are looking for!

The Australian-American Fulbright Commission promotes and supports educational and cultural exchange between Australia and the United States of America.

This is primarily achieved through the administration of Fulbright Scholarships to support students and scholars – chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential – to research and study in each other’s countries, exchange ideas and develop bilateral relations and connections to address common issues.

One category of these scholarships, the ‘Professional Scholarships’ includes the Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Vocational Education and Training, sponsored by the Department of Education and Training.

This Fulbright Scholarship is for employees within the vocational education and training (VET) sector or training leaders in business and industry. It is not for university academics who study VET as an academic discipline.

Examples of those who may apply include:
• employees, including teachers, managers, and administrators, of private and public registered training organisations
• people who are leading vocational education and training strategies within their business.
• staff within universities who teach in the training/skills sector of a university.

The prestigious Fulbright program is the largest education scholarship of its kind, created by US Senator J William Fulbright and the US Government in 1946. It operates between the US and 155 other countries, aiming to promote mutual understanding through educational and cultural exchange.

Visit the Fulbright website for more information.

National Skills Week

24 – 30 August 2015

National Skills Week highlights the talents, skills, career pathways and value of apprentices and trainees to employers and the broader Australian public. Now in its fifth year, the week is dedicated to raising the status of practical and vocational learning.

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

Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET) 2015 National Conference and Asia Pacific International Education Forum

26 – 28 August 2015, Melbourne

Please visit the conference website for information.

The International Network on Innovative Apprenticeship (INAP) sixth annual conference

1-2 September 2015

The sixth international INAP conference is being held in Australia for the first time at Federation University Australia (FedUni), Ballarat.

The conference theme is Architectures for apprenticeship: Achieving economic and social goals and will address topics such as governance, school to work transition and youth employment and the status of apprenticeship as a career path.

Keynote speakers include Raymond Patel, MerSETA, South Africa; Paul Comyn, International Labour Organisation, Geneva; and Stephen Billett, Griffith University, Australia.

The registration fee is kept low to allow practitioners to attend.
The conference is being sponsored by the Commonwealth Department of Education and Training.

Find out more information and register for the conference on the FedUni website.

TAFE Directors Australia (TDA) 2015 National Conference

9 September 2015
2015 TDA pre-conference workshops and Conference Welcome Reception at MONA.

10 – 11 September 2015
TDA Australia Conference at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Hobart.

This year’s theme is Inspire. The conference is designed to motivate delegates to be more creative and to stimulate discussion on seeing the world differently with speakers who have been tasked to goad, provoke and energise delegates.

The program will explore a range of topics, including fostering industry engagement, market approach to vocational education and training, quality and capability, higher education in TAFE-mission creep?, internationalising vocational education qualifications, vocational education and training pedagogy and servicing regional communities.

Join managing directors and senior staff from TAFE providers nationally, along with industry and government partners and international delegates. Over 400 delegates attended last year in Sydney and the conference generated considerable interest from national and state media.
Earlybird and Group discounts are ONLY available until midnight on Thursday July 16 (AEST). 

Visit the TDA website for more information.

Velg Training 2015 National VET Conference

17 – 18 September 2015, Adelaide Convention Centre

Registration is open for Velg Training’s 2015 National VET Conference, which will be delivered over two days, providing attendees with the opportunity to engage in a wide variety of plenary, elective and master class sessions and to meet with product and service providers and network with peers from across Australia.

The theme for this year’s conference is Reconnecting VET and will focus on three distinct streams including Policy & Reform, RTO Management & Compliance and Training & Assessing. Three new streams dedicated to RTO Administration, VET Shapers and Trainning Packages have been added this year.

The 2014 National VET Conference attracted over 1,000 attendees, making it the largest annual gathering of VET professionals!

Please visit Velg’s website for information.

Australian Council for Adult Literacy (ACAL) 2015 National Conference

24 – 25 September 2015, Adelaide

Please visit the conference website for information.

Master Builders National Conference, Exhibition and Awards

12-14 November 2015, Jupiters, Gold Coast

This is an opportunity for Master Builders from all around Australia to come together to learn more about the industry and where it is heading. The theme of this year’s conference is Building Australia and the focus will be on leadership and helping members grow their business. High profile speakers include Chris Richardson, one of Australia’s leading economists and Alisa Camplin OAM, Business Leader and Olympic Gold Medallist.

Further details and the conference brochure can be found on the Master Builders’ website.

2015 Australian Training Awards

19 November 2015, Hobart

The Australian Training Awards presentation dinner event will be held at Princes Wharf No. 1, Hobart, Tasmania on Thursday 19 November 2015.

Book your ticket now by visiting the Event Registration page of the Australian Training Awards website.

Save the Date - 2016 Group Training National Conference

The 2016 Group Training National Conference will be held on 7-8 April 2016 at the Adelaide Hilton.

Reserve the dates in your diary now and stay tuned for more information later in the year.

State and Territory Training Awards

Details of the State and Territory Training Awards’ presentation dinner events:

Professional development for training providers

The 2015 training providers professional development calendar is available for SA.


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eworks, one of Australia’s leading e-learning delivery and consultancy specialists, offers a range of products and services to help businesses maximise the benefits of online education. Read some of their recent blogs to find out about:

• the who and how of online course development
• using moodle forums for blended training
• e-portfolios used to support kids in hospital
• integrating your business and learning management systems.

economic Security4Women (eS4W)

Funded by the Australian Government through the Office for Women in the Commonwealth Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, eS4W is a national women’s alliance. It is an alliance of women’s organisations united in the belief that economic wellbeing and financial security are essential for women and will enable women of all ages to have an equal place in society.

The role of eS4W is to:
• bring together women's organisations and individuals from across Australia to share information, identify barriers to women’s economic security and to identify solutions by prioritising the key issues for action to bring about change
• engage actively with the Australian Government on policy issues as part of a better, more informed and representative dialogue between women and government.

The Alliances are made up of a mix of sector-based and issues-based women's groups each with a distinct focus and a strong capacity for networking and advocacy activities. eS4W collaborates with these other Alliances on joint projects. More information on the Alliances’ model is available.

Money management help for apprentices and trainees

Apprentices, trainees and other VET students keen to improve their money management skills now have access to a free online training resource developed by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).

Developed with assistance from the Australian Tax Office, Group Training Australia, Fair Work Building and Construction, Bendigo Kangan Institute and Innovation and Business Skills Australia, ASIC's Be MoneySmart resource can be used for accredited training as part of the Certificate III in Financial Services (FNS3011) or for general money management skills development programs. Assessors and trainers need not be topic experts.

ASIC's Be MoneySmart is also available as a package for training organisations to include on their learning management system (LMS) with simple reporting requirements.
To access the resource visit ASIC's MoneySmart website.

Workforce Planning Guide for the Tourism & Hospitality Industry

Service Skills Australia has released a Workforce Planning Guide for the tourism and hospitality industry. The Guide provides practical advice on “planning your business around your people” — that is, making sure you’ve got the right people and skills to meet your business goals.

There is a strong relationship between effective human resource practices and a range of positive business outcomes. To start your workforce planning journey, download a copy of the Guide and utilise the workforce planning templates provided.

Geelong jobseekers app created

A new vocational education and training resource which has been developed in Geelong by the Geelong Local Learning and Employment Network (GRLLEN) is the Geelong Careers app which has been developed for Geelong jobseekers, including retrenched workers displaced by the cessation of auto manufacturing and aluminium smelting.

This new app provides a live feed of current local jobs directly to jobseekers via their phone as well as indications of trending industries, vocational education training information and services available for retrenched workers and other key groups in this region.

The app can be downloaded from the Geelong Careers website, the App Store or Google Play.

Foundation skills resources now available from Aspire Learning Resources!

For more information or to view sample pages, please visit Aspire’s website or call (03) 9820 1300.

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.
If you have any questions please contact smallprint at admin@smallprint.com.au or phone (08) 8275 9333, or Catapult eLearning at info@catapult-elearning.com or phone (08) 8275 9380.

Revision/update of Making the Connections

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.

Free ISC foundation skills resources now in one place

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Government Skills Australia – foundation skills resources

Please visit the website to download the resources.


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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 August 2015. Submissions are due by Friday 17 July 2015.