The Department of Training and Workforce Development have released draft WA nominal hours for the BSB Business Services Training Package Version 4 (BSB V4) - Cross Sector units for review.
You are encouraged to provide feedback on the draft about the suitability of hours for the new units of competency. To make any requests for changes to hours, please provide justification for the changes at unit of competency level by filling in the yellow highlighted sections in this spreadsheet. Please provide a brief rationale and attach any supporting documentation justifying the changes.
Please forward comments to your Industry Manager at FutureNow. Deadline for comments is COB Thursday 2 May 2019.
PrintEx, with sister show PacPrint are the most comprehensive and relevant business-to-business events serving the evolving needs to the printing, sign and graphic communications industry. Held bi-ennially alternating between Sydney and Melbourne, the shows provide a forum for technology, innovation and education.
PrintEx19 will be co-located with the Visual Impact – one of Australia’s leading showcases for the signage, engraving, display and wide format market and Label and Packaging Expo.
PrintEx19 taking place on the 13th – 16th August at the Sydney Showground at Sydney Olympic Park, provides the industry with intelligence, ideas, information and inspiration to survive, and prosper, into the future.
For more information about this print industry exhibition, go to the Printex19 website.
Fashion and lifestyle publication, Vogue Australia has named Perth's Kings Park as one of the 'best parks in our favourite cities', placing the popular tourism attraction in the company of Central Park in New York City and the Summer Palace in Beijing.
The travel article, published this week, celebrates the correlation between green spaces and desirable cities, quoting a Parks Victoria and Deakin University report that found spending time in nature has physical, mental, social, and even spiritual benefits for people of all ages.
About 10 per cent of visitors to Kings Park are international and a further 10 per cent are from other parts of Australia. Evidence indicates Kings Park is hitting the spot with visitors from around the globe. Ninety nine per cent of Kings Park visitors have rated their experience of the park as satisfying or very satisfying for the past five years in a row, according to annual surveys. The park also continues to account for three of the top 10 visitor-rated Perth attractions on TripAdvisor.
The Chamber of Arts and Culture have released their policy platform ahead of the 2019 Federal Election. The Chamber highlighted a lack of policy framework for the arts and culture federally, and identified four key strategies to provide support for the sector:
The Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY) survey program tracks
15-year-olds over a ten-year period as they move from school into further study and training, work, and into adulthood. It provides valuable insight into key perspectives and changes for young Australians.
Generation Z: Life at 17 uses data from the LSAY to provide a snapshot of 17-year-old Australians’ study, work, and living arrangements in 2017, as they acquire the skills and experience they need to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world.
Around 60% of 17-year-old Australians have a job while at school, according to new data released by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER). Many 17-year-old school students are also part of the new gig economy, with 8% undertaking ‘gig work’ like online tasks, babysitting and cleaning.
For more information view the Generation Z: Life at 17 infographic on the LSAY website
The latest data from the group of participants who commenced the LSAY program in 2015, known as the ‘Y15 cohort’, has also been released today.
Peak body NAVA, The National Association for the Visual Arts, has released it's key advocacy priorities for the coming 2019 federal election and seeks to encourage all parties to adopt a formal arts policy which includes a commitment to supporting sustainable careers for Australian artists. Among other strategic objectives, NAVA advocates for "making fair pay at industry standards a condition of public funding, so that all funded organisations can meet their responsibility." NAVA also seeks a suite of reforms including around superannuation, tax incentives and guaranteed annual income.
Read more here.
The Department of Training and Workforce Development recently reviewed the Western Australian Pre-apprenticeship Program business rules. The review responds to feedback from stakeholders, in particular the school sectors, to strengthen current processes in relation to the work practice component.
The revised business rules have now been finalised. A copy of the business rules can be downloaded from the Department's website.
In summary, the changes clarify that registered training organisations:
Tourism Australia has partnered with BUNAC on a youth working holiday maker campaign to attract working holidaymakers from the UK and Germany to Australia. Australian tourism and hospitality businesses are encouraged to partner with BUNAC, a working holiday specialist, and Tourism Australia to offer interviews and job offers to ‘backpackers’ from the UK, Germany, France and USA before leave their home country.
For more information on BUNAC's Australian offering, click here. Employers are able to register by email.
A joint media statement released by Tourism Minister Paul Papalia, and Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray has announced that Perth will host the 18th Australian Masters Games, one of Australia’s largest multi-sport festivals. The Australian Masters Games comprises of more than 50 different sports contended by people over the age of 30. It is expected the Australian Masters Games will attract more than 7,000 competitors and approximately 5,500 visitors to Perth. The sporting event will be accompanied by a wide range of social events, including live music and entertainment as well as showcasing Perth’s premium food and wine offering.
Click here to read full media statement.
SkillsIQ on behalf of the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC), has been conducting a cross-sector project to identify the common skills needs of industries in relation to consumer engagement through online and social media to inform the update and/or development of future Training Package Products and ensure skills training is in line with workforce needs.
After extensive consultation, new Units of Competency and Skill Sets were developed to meet skills gaps confirmed by industries in Phase 1. Consultation on Draft 1 versions was closed in early December 2018 and as a result of the feedback received, a number of amendments were made to action the development of Draft 2.
National validation of Draft 2 is now open and will close at 5.00pm on Friday, 5 April 2019.
For more information and to provide feedback, visit the SkillsIQ website.