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Easter in the Fruit Bowl

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

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The Baking Industry Association of Victoria (BIAV) will be hosting it’s annual Easter in the Fruit Bowl event on Saturday, 20th and Sunday 21st of February.

[This is a] national event proudly sponsored by EOI Bakery and Oostra Spices. This highly successful annual event is becoming a firm favourite for both regional and metropolitan participants as it brings together bakers and suppliers in a seasonal showcase of food, fun and festive spirit. Entrants bake off for prized awards in a number of categories including Best Fruit Tart and Australia’s Best Hot Cross Bun which received national and international media coverage in 2009.

Click here for more information and/or to register [PDF: 829KB].

Salmonella Food Safety Quiz

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

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The ABC website is hosting a short Salmonella Food Safety quiz on their website.

Do you know whether it’s chocolate mousse or baked custard that’s more likely to cause salmonella? Take our food safety quiz and learn how to enjoy your next picnic, without having to worry about uninvited ‘guests’.

Click here to take the quiz on the ABC website.

Food Science and Technology Qualifications

Thursday, January 14th, 2010
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Michael Williams

Michael Williams, Consultant

AgriFood Skills Australia is seeking feedback on drafts of the Cert IV and Diploma level Food Science and Technology qualifications.

There are new units in many specialist areas including: Confectionery, Poultry and Dairy Processing, within this new suite of qualifications. Deadline for comment: 16 February.

The proposed national training package qualifications are intended to recognise food technologists and other specialist food industry workers who use high level technical skills underpinned with an in depth knowledge of food science and technology. Industry consultations have been held to identify the tasks that food technologists are expected to perform in the workplace. These show a variety of job roles including product development, process design and review, production management, quality and food safety management, and systems maintenance. Further industry discussions are planned, with an initial draft now available to encourage further stakeholder input into the content and design of the qualifications.

State developed units in dairy processing, confectionery, fish and seafood products, beverages, edible fats and oils, poultry and egg products, cereal products, and fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices have contributed to the draft national Food Science and Technology units, with further sector specific units developed or imported including meat processing. It is proposed to include cheese making units which will be posted for comment by late January. The current project will also report on the need for development of additional units for existing or new sectors. If it is shown that there is an industry need, a recommendation for later development will be made to AgriFood Skills Australia.

Please also forward your comments to VFITB via, regarding the draft qualifications.

The papers can be viewed on the AgriFood Skills Australia website.

Green Skills Agreement

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
Green Skills

Photo by Craig Cullum

In December 2009, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) endorsed a new Green Skills Agreement.

[The Agreement] will enable individuals and businesses to contribute to a sustainable, low-carbon economy in their workplaces and communities.

The Agreement commits the Australian and state and territory governments to working with training organisations and business to ensure skills for sustainability are an integral part of all vocational education and training (VET) and are relevant to the needs of industry.

This commitment will be achieved by:

  • embedding skills for sustainability practice and teaching in vocational education and training, within the requirements of the national regulatory framework
  • the upskilling of VET instructors and teachers to deliver skills for sustainability
  • the strategic review of Training Packages to embed sustainability knowledge, skills and principles
  • implementing a transition strategy to re-skill vulnerable workers.

Click here to find out more information on the DEEWR website.

Aligning Maintenance Trades to the Food Industry

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Heinz Echuca consultation groupThroughout 2009, the VFITB in conjunction with MESAB and supported by Skills Victoria, conducted a project to explore training options for Mechanical Trades people in the Food Processing industry. We are pleased to publish the final report and receive feedback from interested parties. In the first half of this year we will be promoting the options and training package customisation suggested in the report. We look forward to continuing our work with industry and the training providers to better match industry’s needs for specialisation and innovative delivery methods. Please provide any comments via or phone (03) 9621 3349.

To view view the report please see our Projects Page.


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