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2011 Victorian Training Awards – Date Change

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

The date for the 2011 Victorian Training Awards has been changed. The event will be held at the Palladium at Crown on Friday 2nd September. Make sure you amend the date change in your diary!


Inquiry into Fees and Funding Model Arrangements in the VET Sector

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

The Essential Services Commission will be conducting an inquiry into the Fees and Funding Model Arrangements in the VET Sector.

According to the Essential Services Commission website:

The inquiry should present options for any changes to the design of funding mechanisms or fee structures, including timing and phasing for each option. Options should be afforable and prudent in the contect of the State’s budget position.

The inquiry is to encompass the fees and funding arrangements for VET courses delivered by TAFEs, private registered training organisations and Adult and CommunityEducation providers, but is not to include the fee or funding arrangements for VET in Schools.

The Commission is to consult publicly and provide and opportunity for stakeholders to make writen submissions, The Commission is also require to hold a public forum.

The Commission is to report to the Minister of Finance, Robert Clark MP, by 10 August 2011.

Click here to download the Terms of Reference for the Inquiry on the Essential Services Commission website [PDF: 329KB].


Budget Update – Boost for Training and Upskilling!

Friday, May 13th, 2011

A number of media releases have been published on the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations website regarding this year’s budget and its effect on training.

To read the full article, please click on the article heading as highlighted.

From the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations website:

Building Australia’s Future Workforce

The Building Australia’s Future Workforce package provides a $3.02 billion investment over six years for a new approach to deliver the skilled workers the economy needs and ensure more Australians have the opportunity to share in the nation’s prosperity. This is in addition to new funding of more than $2 billion over the next four years for Australia’s university sector.

Building an Educated and Skilled Workforce: A $3 billion investment in skills and training initiatives over six years will deliver the skilled workers the economy needs and ensure more Australians can benefit from our growing prosperity.

Investing in our Young People for Australia’s Future: Young unemployed Australians will be encouraged to access new education and training opportunities under a range of initiatives to build the nation’s future workforce.

Driving National reform to Boost Skills and Productivity: The Gillard Government will work with states and territories to reform Australia’s Vocational Education and Training (VET) network.

Supporting Apprentices to Build Australia’s Future: The Gillard Government will invest more than $200 million over four years to boost apprentice completion rates and provide enhanced mentoring services to support apprentices during their training.

A Dynamic New Partnership with Industry to Train Tomorrow’s Workforce: The Gillard Government will put industry at the centre of efforts to address the nation’s skills shortages.

Investing in the Building Blocks of a Skilled Workforce: The Gillard Government will remove skills barriers locking thousands of Australians out of the workforce by investing in training to deliver foundation skills.

Long Term Unemployed will not be left behind: The Gillard Government will provide the very long term unemployed with new opportunities and incentives to gain the experience and skills needed for work.

Higher Education, Skills and Training for Regional Australians: Regional Australia will receive a $674 million boost to improve higher education, training and employment outcomes in the 2011-12 Budget.

Improving Indigenous Lives through Education and Employment: Young Indigenous Australians will be encouraged to stay in school and to make the transition to work, through a $257.6 million investment in education and training.


Fair Trade Fortnight

Friday, May 13th, 2011

From the Australian Food News website:

The Fairtrade Association of Australia & New Zealand (FTAANZ) has urged all Aussies to show off their swap to Fairtrade Certified and fair trade products this Fair Trade Fortnight, whether it be their morning coffee, afternoon cuppa, chocolate treat, their t-shirt or even the Mother’s Day gift they give.

Fair Trade Fortnight (7-22 May) is Australia’s biggest annual celebration of all things fair trade, recognising the life-changing difference fair trade makes to the lives of more than six million farmers, workers, artisans, their families and communities in 58 developing countries.

FTAANZ CEO Stephen Knapp urged Aussies to show off their swap this Fortnight in the knowledge that by choosing Fairtrade Certified and fair trade products they are helping these farmers, workers and artisans create a fairer future.

Click here to read the full article on the Australian Food News website.


Victorian Training Awards, Employer Award for Apprentice Development Category Nominations Extended

Monday, May 9th, 2011

The Victorian Training Awards nominations have closed, however the Employer Award for Apprentice Development has been extended until the 20th May.

From Skills Victoria:

The 2011 Victorian Training Awards celebrate the valuable contribution apprentices, students, teachers, employers, and training providers play in ensuring our state has a strong skills base – now and in the future!

Nominees gain recognition for outstanding achievements, increase their profile and gain valuable networking opportunities with senior industry and business leaders.

The Victorian Employer Award for Apprentice Development is designed to recognise those employers who are developing innovative ways to add value to their apprentices training.

A prize of $10,000 will be awarded to the winner of this category!

Entering is easy– just visit skills.vic.gov.au to enter online. But hurry, nominations for this award will close at 5pm on Friday 20 May!

Click here for more information [PDF: 73KB]


VET reform to boost workforce participation and productivity

Monday, May 9th, 2011

From the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (Media Release):

A report on skills reform released today confirms the critical role Australia’s vocational education and training (VET) system can play in boosting workforce participation and productivity.

Minister for Skills and Jobs, Senator Chris Evans, said Australia’s independent skills and workforce advisory body, Skills Australia, had completed a comprehensive assessment and made wide ranging recommendations aimed at producing a more flexible and market-oriented VET system.

“Building a responsive training system is vital if Australia is to maintain its globally competitive edge,” said Senator Evans.

“This report, Skills for prosperity: a road map for vocational education and training, is a valuable contribution to the reform task ahead.

“It recommends that future funding is used to strengthen accountability of the training system and increase participation to deliver a more productive Australia.”

The Skills Australia report strongly endorses the industry-based, demand-driven approach to skills training already adopted by the Gillard Government in initiatives such as the $200 million Critical Skills Investment Fund.

Click here to read the full media release on the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations website.

Click here to access the report [PDF: 3.06MB].


Nominations for Victorian Training Awards closed, one category extended

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Update: Nominations for most categories have now closed, however the Employer Award for Apprentice Development category has had nominations extended.

Click here for more information.

From Skills Victoria:

The Victorian Training Awards is the premier event on the Victorian vocational education and training calendar. Now in its 57th year, the Victorian Training Awards rewards outstanding achievement and innovation. They recognise the valuable contribution apprentices, trainees, students, teachers, employers, and training providers make in ensuring our state has a strong skills base, so that Victorian communities and industries can prosper – both now, and in the future.

In 2011, awards will be presented in 14 categories with prizes of up to $10,000 awarded to winners in most categories. Winners also have the opportunity to represent Victoria at the Australian Training Awards held in Brisbane in November.

Let’s get the Food Industry recognised!

  • Victorian School-based Apprentice of the Year
  • Victorian Apprentice of the Year
  • Victorian Trainee of the Year
  • Victorian Vocational Student of the Year
  • Victorian Koorie Student of the Year
  • Victorian Teacher/Trainer of the Year
  • Victorian VET Client Service/Support Excellence Award
  • Victorian VET in Schools Excellence Award
  • Victorian Large Training Provider of the Year
  • Victorian Small Training Provider of the Year
  • Victorian Employer of the Year
  • Victorian Small Employer of the Year
  • Victorian Industry Collaboration Award
  • Victorian Employer Award for Apprentice Development

Click here for more information on the Victorian Training Awards on the Skills Victoria website.


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