A bright future in energy

That’s the theme for the NSW Utilities and Electrotechnology ITAB’s 21st annual conference on 20 & 21 August at the Mercure Kooindah Waters on the Central Coast. Get your registration in before 13 July to receive a $150 early bird discount.
There’ll be plenty of discussion about the new $13.9 million Regional Education Partnership program, an update on the continuing modernisation of TAFE NSW and the introduction of the Infrastructure, Energy & Construction SkillsPoint. Industry Reference Committee (IRC) members will be on hand to bring you up to date with training matters at a national level. Plus, we’ll be taking a look at whether or not changes to the NSW Apprenticeship & Traineeship Act are working.
We also want to hear from you at our open forums. What do you think about the future of training in your industry? Your thoughts are what we use to help the NSW Department of Industry prepare strategic plans for VET in our industry sectors. Come along and have your say.
There’ll be a conference dinner at the end of a long day’s talking and you should be able to fit in a round of golf on a course that has been recognised in the ‘Top 100 Courses in Australia’.
For more Information and to register, contact Norm Cahill at

So, yeah. Maybe I want to be a fire sprinkler fitter.

But how do I do that? Choosing the right subjects at school can make linking up with an apprenticeship much easier. Download a list of subject choices suggested by the industry for Years 9, 10, 11 & 12 at the Apprenticeship Engagement Forum website.

Vale William (Bill) Galvin OAM

The tourism and hospitality industries lost a true luminary with the passing of Mr Bill Galvin OAM in late April 2018. One of the highest regarded individuals in the Tourism and Hospitality space will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

Amongst his many notable achievements, he was also:  
• Committee Member, Australian Industry Skills, NSW Representative
• Director, Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School
• President, Tourism, Hospitality & Catering Industry of Australia   

Bill Galvin was Chief Executive of Tourism Training Australia based in Sydney and also a Director of the Australian Industry Skills Committee.  He had a strong background in training in Australia and Internationally.

He commenced his career in Commercial Catering and food and Beverage Management with Federal Hotels Australia before completing further training with the Hotel Australia in 1965. His career changed direction when he joined the Hilton International chain of Hotels by accepting appointments in Vancouver and Montreal, Canada where he completed management training. In 1970 he accepted further positions in London and later completed further assignments in France and Holland. He has completed a Diploma in Education, Diploma of Hospitality Management, Bachelor of Education (Teaching) and a Bachelor of Business.
On his return to Australia in 1972 he joined TAFE as a full time teacher. He was later promoted through a range of positions before being appointed in 1988 as Head of TAFE NSW, Tourism and Hospitality Training with headquarters at the Ryde College of Hotel Administration. During 1992-94 he was a foundation member of the Sydney Olympic 2000 Bid and chaired Industry Groups in preparation and during the Games. He completed Winston Churchill Fellowship in 1977 (USA and Europe) to study hospitality training, and TAFE (NSW) Fellowships in 19

Enthusiastic support for more Exhibition & Event traineeships

The SkillsIQ NSW IAC representative organisation Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) is working in partnership with TAFE NSW (Ultimo Campus) and Apprenticeships Support Australia to promote industry traineeships that deliver fit-for-purpose training and skill development for school leavers and people starting out in their careers. Two traineeships are being promoted, and the SIT30517 Certificate III Events is offered as a pathway for event organisers, suppliers and event administration roles. EEAA is also promoting a traineeship for staging and technical service roles (CUA30415 Certificate III in Live Production). Timetabled training delivery off-the-job will be scheduled in consultation with employers to ensure flexibility during peak periods.

Four trainees have been signed up to date between AV24/7 and Microhire, and recruitment has been sourced through Other organisations have expressed interest including Harry the Hirer, ExpoNet, the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW and the Sydney Showground. 

EEAA briefed 100 careers advisors at the TAFE NSW Careers Advisors Day in March this year. The briefings were enthusiastically received by specialist teachers who advise high school students around the state. Most attendees were from Sydney metro, northern and southern region schools. This was the first occasion that EEAA had addressed careers advisors directly. 'it was a most valuable opportunity to speak with key people who advise young talent. We also were able to get direct feedback about the challenges students face choosing a career,' said Joyce DiMascio, EEAA Chief Executive.

So, yeah. Maybe I want to be a signs & graphics technician

But how do I do that? Choosing the right subjects at school can make linking up with an apprenticeship much easier. Download a list of subject choices suggested by the signs & graphics industry for Years 9, 10, 11 & 12 at the Apprenticeship Engagement Forum website.

Follow me if you're an experienced NSW tour guide

The Institute of Australian Tour Guides and TAFE NSW have collaborated to offer a Recognition of Prior Learning pathway for you to gain a Certificate IV in Guiding. This has been welcomed by the industry as highly experienced workers employed as cultural guides, heritage guides, interpretive guides, nature-based guides, tour directors, tour guides, tour managers and walking guides gain recognition for the specialised skills they have gained providing experiences to observers and tourists across NSW’s diverse attractions. Interested? Contact the IATG for more information.

So, yeah. Maybe I'd like to be a bricklayer

But how do I do that? Choosing the right subjects at school can make linking up with an apprenticeship much easier. Download a list of subject choices suggested by the bricklaying industry for Years 9, 10, 11 & 12 at the Apprenticeship Engagement Forum website.

Mikaila Mikulic, winner of a culinary scholarship

Congratulations to Mikaila Mikulic, winner of the Tourism Hospitality Catering Institute of Australia’s 2017 HTN Peter Howard Culinary Scholarship. Mikaila won for her passion and commitment to her craft, and for her enthusiastic participation in cookery competitions, industry tours and master classes. The scholarship provides recipients with $5000 cash and flights to China with the aim of enhancing their culinary career. Amongst other things, Mikaila will get the chance to experience Sichuan and Shaanxi cooking and dining, visit a tea plantation and tour Beijing’s Wangfujing food markets. She’ll also join a master class on the art of making soup dumplings. After China, Mikaila plans to travel on to London before returning home to Sydney.

You've always wanted to be a community radio star, right?

Here’s your chance. The Community Media Training Organisation (CMTO) still has places available for people wanting to work in or develop their skills as radio producers and presenters. You’ll end up with a Certificate III in Screen and Media.
What’s covered in the course?
• Work effectively in the creative arts industry
• Contribute to health and safety of yourself and others
• Develop and extend critical and creative thinking skills
• Conduct interviews
• Develop techniques for presenting information on air
• Perform basic sound editing
• Collect and organise content for broadcast or publication
• Maintain interactive content
• Plan and prepare program content
• Write content for a range of media
• Present programs on air
If you are on a government benefit, have a disability or are indigenous you may be eligible for a NSW Smart & Skilled fee-free scholarship. Email for more information.