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2011 Victorian Training Awards – Ticket Sales Close today!

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Tickets are still available for purchase for the 2011 Victorian Training Awards.

The event celebrates vocational education and training in Victoria, recognising the outstanding contribution of apprentices, trainees, students, teachers, employers and training providers.

The 2011 Victorian Training Awards presentation ceremony will be held on Friday 2nd September at the Palladium at Crown.

Click here to purchase tickets on the Victorian Training Awards website.

Baking Industry National Report Out Now

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

From the AgriFood Skills website:

Following consultation with the Australian baking industry, AgriFood Skills Australia commissioned a project to investigate the current and likely future skill and labour requirements of bakers, pastry cooks and related occupations in Australia. The project was completed in July 2011 and the report has been published on their website, see below link. There are 16 Recommendations.

The project involved both quantitative and qualitative components. Visits were made by the project team to each state to discuss skill, labour, training and related issues with bakers employed in all sections of the industry – small bakeries, franchises, supermarkets, wholesalers/manufacturers, as well as the service industry including hospitals and hotels.

A meeting with project stakeholders was held in Melbourne on 29 July. Industry representatives are invited to give feedback on how to implement the recommendations and how to prioritize the recommendations to:

Click here for more information on the project on the AgriFoods website.

AgriFood Skills 2011 Conference ‘Empowering Employers’ Registrations open

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Registrations for the 2011 AgriFood Skills Australia Conference 21-22 September are now open! Early bird closes 12th August.

From the AgriFood Skills website:

The 2011 AgriFood Skills Conference will be held at the Sofitel Brisbane Central on Thursday 22 September. This national conference will again be a one-day event, with a conference dinner to be held the preceding evening, Wednesday 21 September, at the Sofitel.

The theme is Empowering Employers, and the program will feature high-profile speakers and panelists discussing industry issues around employee attraction and retention, becoming an ‘employer of choice’, improving the public perception of the agrifood industry and engaging the next generation of workers.

Click here for more information on the conference and to register your attendance. Early bird closes 12th August.

Congratulations to the delicious Produce Awards Victorian finalists and winners

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

From the Victorian Farmers’ Markets Association website:

Congratulations to our stall holder winners in the 2011 delicious Produce Awards:

Gundowring Ice Cream (From the Dairy winners)
Pacdon Park (Artisan winners)
Fiona Chambers, Fernleigh Farms (Heritage Award)
Holy Goat La Luna (inducted into Hall of Fame)

Click here to read more about the finalists on the Victorian Farmers’ Markets Association.

GROW – Growing a Better Future

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

From Oxfam via email:

Last month, Oxfam launched a new global campaign ‘GROW’, which seeks to join together with the many people around the world who have been working on transforming the way we grow and share food.

In the report released with the launch of GROW, Growing a Better Future, we outlined Oxfam’s perspective on why the world’s broken food system leaves one in seven people hungry, despite enough food being available for all. The report also outlines how rising food prices, global land grabbing, increasing scarcity of water, fuels and fertilizers, and a rapidly changing climate will further undermine access to food across the world.

It is Oxfam’s position that the food crises that international NGOs so often respond to are all entirely avoidable – the result of disastrous decisions, abused power, and perverted politics. We have launched GROW in an effort to bring together people across the globe who are concerned with food issues, and build a common consensus towards taking action to transform the world’s food system.

Oxfam invites interested parties to provide their feedback to the report, as well as your perspective and work on food issues.

Click here to access the report on the Oxfam website [PDF: 3.69MB].

To provide your feedback, please forward it onto Oxfam’s Shen Narayanasamy on email –

William Angliss Food Science and Technology student wins prestigious Award

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

From the William Angliss website:

Food Science and Technology student, Marcel Benavides was one of four students to receive the 2010 Victoria – Prize of Excellence for an undergraduate studying Food Science and Technology at the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST) Victorian Branch Annual Meeting on Thursday, 2 June 2011.

The award is an initiative of the Victorian Branch of AIFST to support the training of young Food Scientists and Technologists. William Angliss Institute is the only TAFE institute to be invited to participate alongside the universities which is suggestive of the high quality of the work that previous graduates have performed in industry.

Click here to read the full article

William Angliss’ Oliver Buddrick Wins Prestigious Award

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

From the William Angliss website:

William Angliss Institute Instructor, Oliver Buddrick was presented with a prestigious industry award at the 44th Annual Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST) Convention at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre last week.

Oliver is currently undertaking a PhD in Food Science and Technology at RMIT and received the award for his presentation on research into the field of nutrition.  Oliver’s topic “The incorporation of crude papain enzymes to detoxify gliadin in wheat flour suitable for coeliacs” created a lot of interest amongst the convention delegates.

Click here to read the full article on the William Angliss Institute website.

Coles launches academy in food quality assurance

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

From the Australian Food News website:

Coles Group has partnered with leading food safety trainer Advancing Food Safety (AFS) to launch an academy offering training courses in quality management, leading to academic qualifications for participants.

The Coles Quality Academy has been opened exclusively for employees of Coles suppliers.

“The Coles Quality Academy is specifically designed to help grow quality standards and manage the cost of quality,” said Jackie Healing, Head of Quality, Policy & Governance.

The academy has been officially launched in Sydney and Melbourne and further launches will be taking place elsewhere around Australia.

This initiative by Coles follows similar overseas models. By way of comparison, McDonalds operates training institutions in the United States.

Click here to read more news items on the Australian Food News website.


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