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Skills Reform Strengthened with $37.6 Million Boost

Monday, September 27th, 2010

From the Victorian Government website:

Every apprentice will have access to the Victorian Training Guarantee as part of a $37.6 million Skills Reform funding boost designed to enhance hands-on training.

Skills and Workforce Participation Minister Bronwyn Pike said the investment would improve the flexibility of the Victorian Training Guarantee for apprentices and ensure more young people without a post high school qualification have access to skills training.

“As a result of the Victorian Government’s $316 million Securing Jobs for Your Future – Skills for Victoria package, around 89,000 students without a Year 12 or equivalent qualification have started training this year.

“The Skills Reform agenda is delivering a training system that provides greater flexibility and new opportunities for the 1.6 million Victorians without a post-school qualification.”

The $37.6 million Skills Reform funding boost also includes:

  • $10 million to provide training eligibility exemptions to ensure people who are disadvantaged in the labour market, those seeking training in skills shortage areas, and career shifters, with access to the Victorian Training Guarantee; and
  • $2.6 million to support workforce development scholarships for school teachers and industry practitioners wanting to move into VET teaching.

Ms Pike said the Ernst & Young review of the implementation of the Securing Jobs for Your Future – Skills for Victoria package found the reforms were working well and delivering increased choices for students and more opportunities for training providers.

The Ernst & Young review, and the Government response, can be accessed at:

Click here to read the full article on the Victorian Government website.

From paddock to plate

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

ABC logoThe ABC has a short video available on their website titled ‘From paddock to plate’.

From the ABC website:

Gippsland East Local Learning and Employment Network organised a tour of Gippsland businesses to teach local students about food production in Gippsland.

The Paddock to Plate day gave students an insight into the food processing sector and a chance to find out about training and employment opportunities in the Gippsland.

Click here to watch the video on the ABC website.

New Online Victorian Food & Beverage Directory

Monday, September 20th, 2010

The Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development Food and Beverage Group are launching a new online directory for the Victorian Food and Beverage Industry.

How will the Directory benefit business?

  • It will provide an up-to-date, user-friendly resource for domestic and  international buyers seeking food and beverage products from Victoria
  • Create a single resource and replace the various online and hard copy directories previously produced by the Victorian Government
  • Promote the industry to domestic and international markets.

To register your business please click the following link for the application form at

Businesses wishing to register in this directory must either produce (e.g. grow, farm or fish) or process (transform, manufacture and/or refine) food and beverage products in Victoria.

Further information:
If you have any questions or would like further information about the Victorian Food & Beverage Directory please phone Tracy Quertier on 9651 9187 or email:

Certificate IV in Advanced Baking – Feedback wanted

Monday, September 20th, 2010

AgriFood Skills Australia logo
From the AgriFood Skills Australia website:

AgriFood Skills Australia is seeking feedback on the final draft of the proposed Certificate IV in Advanced Baking qualification. It has been developed by Agrifood Skills Australia in response to industry requests for increased training and career development pathways in the retail baking industry.

The proposed certificate is a post trade qualification that supports the development of advanced technical and business skills in retail baking. It builds upon Certificate III trade level skills and, as such, requires completion of the Certificate III in Retail Baking or equivalent as a pre-requisite for entry.

Feedback closes September 24th.

Click here to access all the documents and provide feedback via the AgriFood SKills Australia website.

Register now for the Fine Food Australia exhibition.

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Photo from the Fine Food Australia event 2009

The Fine Food Australia exhibition will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from Monday 13th – Thursday 16th of September.

Register before 6 September 2010 for free entry, save $30.

From the Fine Food Australia website:

If you work in the retail, food service or hospitality industry, then you simply cannot afford to miss Fine Food Australia. It only takes one visit to discover hundreds of new ideas with food that could change the way you do business forever!

Fine Food has earned the reputation as Australia’s only truly international event for the food industry. This is the place to find the newest and best products and sevices on offer and stay abreast of what’s hot and happening in the industry.

Click here for more information or to register at the Fine Food Australia website.

Make It Safe – A Guide to Food Safety

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Make it Safe, coverThe CSIRO has recently launched a book regarding Food Safety.

All people involved with preparation of food for the commercial or retail market need a sound understanding of the food safety risks associated with their specific products and, importantly, how to control these risks. Failure to control food safety hazards can have devastating consequences for not only the consumer, but also the food manufacturer.

Make It Safe provides practical guidance on how to control food safety hazards, with a specific focus on controls suitable for small-scale businesses to implement.

Click here for more information or to order the book from the CSIRO Publishing website.


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