NSW ITABs (Industry Training Advisory Bodies) is the umbrella organisation for 11 individual ITABS. They are:

NSW Community Services and Health ITAB (CS&H)
Apprenticeship Engagement Forum (AEF)
NSW Agrifood ITAB
Manufacturing Skills Australia (MSA)
Australian Industry Standards (AIS) NSW ITAB
Transport & Logistics & Automotive
NSW Utilities & Electrotechnology ITAB
Resources and Infrastructure NSW ITAB
Arts Communications Finance Industries and Property Services ITAB (ACFIPS)

NSW ITABs encourages traineeships and apprenticeships, promotes VET and supports the implementation of training packages. Each ITAB covers one or more specific industry sectors.

NSW ITABs supports the flow of useful advice, intelligent ideas, creative thinking and clear communication between industry and government.

NSW ITABs believes in blue sky thinking.

What's happening now...

Obvious signs of a promising career

The Chifley College Senior Campus in Mr Druitt recently hosted a Trade Readiness Signs & Graphics course. Fifteen students from Year 11 successfully completed the course.
‘I wanted to note what a fine group of students they were and how well they handled the interview process. They are a credit to Chifley College. All of them remarked on how much they had gained from their exposure to the signs & graphics industry. At least eight of them indicated they would be interested in learning more about the sign-making trade. I hope a pre‑apprenticeship course involving a week’s workplace placement will be available in the near future for students like these,’ said Michael Punch, the General Manager of the Australian Sign & Graphics Association.
The Apprenticeship Engagement Forum (AEF) secured the funding from Training Services NSW that allowed TAFE Sydney to put together the courses.
‘Congratulations to TAFE Sydney especially Richard Graham and Paul Richards for preparing and presenting such a wide coverage of the various operations in our sign & graphics workplaces,’ added Michael Punch.
This Trade Readiness Course is part of the plan developed by the AEF to give students the opportunity to participate in a simulated work environment to help them identify their future work and career pathways.

Okay, you can have two eggs if you'd like (and bacon) at the Gas Industry Breakfast

 The NSW Utilities & Electrotechnology ITAB is putting on the breakfast with the support of the NSW Department of Industry, Training Services NSW.
The event will be held on Wednesday, 13 December 2017 at Bankstown Sports Club, 8 Greenfield Parade, Bankstown from 7:30am till 10:00am.
You will be updated on the Gas Industry Training Package, the Jemena Training Matrix, Smart and Skilled funding and changes to the NSW Apprenticeship and Traineeship Act.
The event is free but places are limited, so please register by following the link below as soon as possible.
There’ll be coffee too.

They've bee-n, seen and signed up for a school-based CIII in Beekeeping

The school=based Certificate III in Beekeeping was launched last week in Grafton and Alstonville. Both launches were well attended by students, beekeepers, parents, and teachers including careers advisors.  
Over 30 people attended the Alstonville launch with representatives from Richmond River, Alstonville, Casino, Woodenbong Central and Mt St Patricks High Schools.
At the Grafton launch, there were representatives from Newman Catholic College, Grafton High School and Coffs Harbour Christian Community College.  
Fox Currey-Klepp, a Year 10 student from Mt St Patricks at Murwillumbah, was the first student in Australia to sign up for the school-based traineeship for his HSC through Verto (Apprenticeship Network Provider). 
There was such overwhelming interest in the CIII as a school-based traineeship that beekeeping suppler Ecrotek agreed to sponsor the first year of the S-BT by providing students with bee-suits, smokers and hive tools to start them on their beekeeping career.
Following both launches there was a visit to a local commercial beekeeper’s processing plant to see first-hand how to harvest honey and get a grip on the practical skills involved in beekeeping.
The outcome is that at least six students will be doing beekeeping as part of their HSC and there was strong interest from local beekeepers in both areas who are keen to take on school-based trainees.