Bring a Trade Readiness Course to your school

These industrious people are students from Chifley College Senior Campus who this week were involved in a Bricklaying Trade Readiness Course. These Trade Readiness Courses are funded by the Department of Industry (Training Services NSW) and allocated by the Apprenticeship Engagement Forum to high schools delivering the Mathematics in Trades Pathway. TAFE NSW provides the teachers to run these valuable programs. Bring a TRC to your school … contact the AEF — — for more information.

Do you love growing things?

Do you like getting your hands dirty? Do you like being outdoors? Naturally! Then a school-based NSW Amenity Horticulture traineeship should be perfect for you. Come along to a showcase day at Andreasens Nursery, 1543 Elizabeth Drive, Kemps Creek on Thursday, 28 February, 2019. Your questions will be answered. There will be hands-on workshops — nursery/plant production; green wall construction and irrigation; pathing construction; and a climbing arborist (that’s more of a demonstration). AND … lunch. BUT … you MUST book, you can’t just show up. Contact — do it now.

Congratulations Suzette Po Williams, winner of the Outstanding Female Security Professional award

The Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OPSA) are set up in collaboration with security associations and groups across many countries. Suzette is pictured with Paul Haskell-Dowland, Associate Dean (Computing & Security) at Edith Cowan University, who presented the award. Suzette’s 25 year plus career at Central Monitoring Services has covered all aspects of security work. Without doubt, however, the highlight of her career was acting as the Project Development Officer for the CMS SHLV SOS Link Device. The device gives survivors of domestic violence immediate access to police assistance when outside the safety of their homes. The program is run in collaboration with Family and Community Services, NSW Police and NSW Police Link Command. ‘I believe very strongly in on-going professional development for the members of our industry and entry-level training that encourages new entrants to join our ranks and create career path for themselves,’ said Suzette.

Helping your trainees successfully complete their traineeship is an art in itself

Eighteen apprentice and trainee supervisors came together on 24 September for the inaugural ACFIPS supervisors’ course for the arts and creative industries at the City Recital Hall in Sydney. The course aimed to aimed to give them the tools to turn a trainee into a successful member of the work force. The day generated such a warm feeling of camaraderie that it was agreed an ongoing supervisors’ network would be established. ‘We were completely delighted with the success of the workshop,’ said ACFIPS Chair Tim Cramsie. The workshop was supported by Training Services NSW.

Cyber security traineeship now a reality

The proposal for a Cyber Security Traineeship gained strong support from industry associations and employers and is now a reality. The new traineeship uses the accredited course 22334VIC Certificate IV in Cyber Security. Details are listed in the Commissioner’s Information Bulletin CIB 675. Essentially those who complete the traineeship become para-professionals in Cyber Security. The traineeship is seen an entry level to ICT with focus on the technical skills trainees will need to protect organisations against malicious cyber activity. The Certificate IV in Cyber Security will have widespread appeal to medium to large employers. Some of the future job roles could include: Cyber Security Support Officer, Security Penetration Tester, Information Systems Security Support Officer, Network Security Support Officer or Website Security Support Officer. In NSW the RTO currently able to deliver the qualification is TAFE NSW.

What's the first skill you need to build almost anything at all? Maths

Almost 50% of students seeking an apprenticeship in the building and construction industry were rejected because of a poor level of maths. The Mathematics in Trades pathway was developed specifically to address this problem. It’s an entirely practical, down to earth course designed to appeal to future tradies. The Year 9 curriculum is ready to be introduced at your school. Trials for the Years 10 and 11 curriculum take place next year. Year 12 will follow. For more information contact

Want to help your apprentices finish their training? Try this great idea ...

The Industry Specialist Mentoring for Australian Apprentices (ISMAA) program aims to increase apprentice retention rates, particularly in the first two years of training, in order to improve completion rates and support the supply of skilled workers in industries undergoing structural change. The ISMAA program provides an intensive and specialist level of assistance to apprentices and trainees who are experiencing barriers to completing their training through frequent contact from a highly skilled industry mentor with appropriate skill sets. The apprentice or trainee will develop an Individual Mentoring Plan with their mentor that will outline the range of support that will be provided. The ISMAA program is delivered across a range of industries including: building and construction; accommodation and food services; electrical; and health care. For more information visit

Have you booked for the NSW ITABs' mid-north coast roadshow?

No? Do it now because we’re almost there! There’s a free workshop for RTOs, AACs and industry — — hear about fee-free apprenticeships, how to access Smart and Skilled funding, and changes to the Apprenticeship & Traineeship Act and NSW Skills List plus the latest developments in National Training Packages. There’s a different free workshop for schools, careers advisers and educators — — hear about career opportunities in different industries, the availability of school-based apprenticeships and other school-based VET courses as well as the latest developments in the National Training Packages. Knowledgeable people will be on hand to answer your questions. There will also be refreshments. Thursday, 6 September at Sails Port Macquarie by Rydges. Supported by NSW Training Services.

Free mid-north coast industry breakfast

We’d love to see you at the NSW ITABs’ free mid-north coast industry breakfast to discuss vocational education and training. Hear about fee-free apprenticeships, how to access Smart and Skilled funding, how to get involved with school-based apprenticeships and traineeships, and changes to the Apprenticeship & Traineeship Act. There will be people on hand to answer questions about training in your industry sector. 7.30-9.30am, Thursday, 6 September at Newman Senior Technical College, Port Macquarie. Book now at The breakfast is supported by NSW Training Services.