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Pfeiffer Wines – Case Study Now Available

Friday, November 26th, 2010

Pfeiffer WinesPfeiffer Wines has been featured on the Business Victoria website. The case study details how the Pfeiffer family started and managed the Rutherglen business with staff training and succession planning being important elements in business operations.

From the Business Victoria website:

Growing up on a family winery, where winemaking was the main topic of conversation at the dinner table, it’s not surprising that Jen Pfeiffer is now an accomplished winemaker herself.

Jen gained her skills and knowledge over 11 vintages at Rutherglen’s Pfeiffer Wines, but never got the formal qualifications to show for it.

Jen recently decided to undertake a Diploma of Wine Technology after she and her parents, Chris and Robyn, took up the opportunity of a skills audit through Skills for Growth: the Workforce Development Program.

An initiative of the Victorian Government’s reform of the TAFE and training system, Skills for Growth provides businesses with independent specialists to work with them – at no cost – to identify their strategic business aims and objectives, assess staff skills, and place staff into accredited training.

Thanks to Skills for Growth, the Pfeiffers discovered Jen’s training would be partly subsidised under the Victorian Training Guarantee. This is because the Victorian Training Guarantee entitles students to government subsidised training if a business is looking to up-skill its employees through an approved provider, for a higher qualification than any they already hold.

Click here to read the full article on the Business Victoria website.

The impact of wages on the probability of completing an apprenticeship or traineeship – NCVER paper available

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) has released a document focusing on the impact of wages with apprenticeship and traineeship completion.

From the NCVER website:

Making use of the NCVER Apprentice and Trainee Destination Survey, this paper focuses on wages and the impact they have on the decision not to continue with an apprenticeship or traineeship. The broad conclusion is that increasing training wages would have little effect on completion rates. For apprentices, it is the premium associated with becoming a tradesperson that counts, not training wages. For females in non-trade traineeships, there is no relationship between wages and completion rates. It is only for males in non-trade traineeships for whom increasing training wages would make a difference to completion rates. However, for this group there is, on average, only a modest premium to completion. This finding raises the question of whether traineeships in some occupations – sales for example – are contributing to increased skill levels in any substantive manner.

Click here to access the article on the NCVER website.

Food Marketing Compliance Workshop

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

FoodLegal Training and Events will be holding a workshop regarding new rules and changes to laws affecting food marketing.

Date: Monday 29th November
Time: 8.30am – 1pm
Location: Law Institute of Victoria, 470 Bourke Street, Melbourne

From FoodLegal Training and Events:

Who Should Attend?

Anyone involved in food Marketing, or anyone responsible for Labelling and/or Sourcing Ingredients.

This workshop will cover:

New rules and changes to laws affecting food marketing claims and product descriptors and labelling issues under The Australian Consumers Law (commencing 1 January 2011) to supersede the existing Trade Practices Act provisions

The rules governing the marketing of food products by reference to “eco-friendly” qualities e.g. “sustainable”, “recyclable” or other life cycle claims, “green”, “low carbon footprint”, “natural”: and various certifications and many others.

FoodLegal marketing compliance specialists present a workshop on all aspects and risk management issues concerning such claims.


Joe Lederman

Joe Lederman is a commercial lawyer and is the Managing Principal of FoodLegal, Australian Lawyers & Consultants. He is accredited by the Law Institute of Victoria as a Specilist in Business Law.

Charles Fisher

Charles Fisher has been a lawyer for FoodLegal, Australian Lawyers & Consultants for 3 years. He has considerable experience in Food Regulatory Compliance issues.

Click here for more information or to register for the workshop on the FoodLegal Training and Events website.

Dairy Australia’s Innovation in Dairy Manufacturing Award – Applications Now Open!

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Dairy Australia logoFrom Dairy Australia:

Applications are now open for 2011 Innovation in Dairy Manufacturing Award which provides a grant of $20,000 and an award certificate.

Closing date: 15 December 2010.

Dairy Australia is committed to fostering a culture of excellence and innovation. The 2011 Innovation Award offers a unique opportunity for innovators in dairy manufacturing to initiate or progress an innovation activity for the benefit of the Australian Dairy Manufacturing sector.  Confidential projects are welcome.


  • Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • 18 years or older
  • Currently working in the Australian dairy manufacturing industry
  • Meet Award commitments
  • Demonstrate a specific funding need

Key Selection Criteria:

  1. Industry need for proposed innovation
  2. Potential benefits to the industry
  3. Originality, scientific and technical merit
  4. Skills and experience of applicant
  5. Communication plan and budget
  6. Quality of references

For further information visit or contact Ms Jaclyn Walsh on 03 9694 3812 / Dr Mani Iyer on 03 9694 3787.

Research articles on the meat processing industry now available

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

NCVER has released a research article on the meat processing industry.

From the NCVER website:

Work practices, skill use and the nature of the workforce in the Australian red-meat-processing sector have undergone significant change over the last few decades. This report shows that training in the meat-processing sector is now oriented towards on-the-job induction and the learning of single tasks rather than having a trade-based approach (industrial butcher). This has done nothing to prevent the high rates of labour turnover in the sector, but may play a role in helping workers who are entering or re-entering the paid labour force to move onto other areas of the labour market.

Click here to access the articles via NCVER website.

2011 Environmental Scan – Submissions due 14th December

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

AgriFood Skills Australia has commenced consultation for the 2011 Environmental Scan and is seeking input from stakeholders on a number of issues related to skills and workforce development within the agrifood industry.

The Environmental Scan is an annual document published by AgriFood which serves as the ‘early warning system’ for Australia’s tertiary system and governments on the industry’s skill and workforce development needs.

Interested stakeholders are invited to make a written submission, provide key reports or documents for consideration or simply submit an email. Submissions will be accepted via email at until 14 December 2010.

For further detail, please visit the Agrifoods Skills Australia website.


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