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The Commonwealth Government is undertaking a review of the Standards for VET Accredited Courses, focused on their alignment to the Standards for Training Packages. FutureNow is collating industry and VET sector feedback, which should be provided before COB Wednesday 5th October. Please contact the Project Manager for your sector to discuss or with any questions.
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Vocational Education and Training excellence in Western Australia was celebrated on Friday 23rd September as the winners of the 2016 WA Training Awards were announced at a presentation dinner at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. FutureNow extends warm congratulations to all the finalists and winners.
FutureNow assisted three semi-finalists in preparation for their judging interview, and congratulates the following candidates that were selected as finalists:
Louise Brookes went on to win the Vocational Student of the Year category. As a mature-aged student, Louise undertook a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery at South Regional TAFE's Bunbury campus in 2015 and is a shining example of how persistence by juggling study, work and a family has its rewards. She will go on to represent Western Australia at the National Training Awards taking place in Darwin in November.
FutureNow Industry Managers Ann-Marie Ryan, Rachael Davidson and Tracey Farrow with FutureNow Board member Matthew Thomas, General Manager of Human Resources at Racing and Wagering WA and Deanne Dixon, Senior Human Resources Advisor at Racing and Wagering WA
Skills Impact are currently developing a Business Case for submission to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) around proposed improvements to support greater safety in equine training.
Surveys have been developed to guide feedback from industry and training providers and will be open until Monday 17th October. Click here to access the Business Case and surveys for feedback.
The COAG Industry and Skills Council (CISC) agreed on 1 April 2016 to commence further longer term work to ensure that training products remain relevant in the future and support skills development as technology, jobs and industries change. Feedback is invited on the effectiveness of Training Products in the vocational training system and how to make them more effective into the long-term future. To provide your views, please click here.
Further information about the project is available from Simon Byth in the Victorian Department of Education and Training on 03 9651 4368 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Aboriginal Workforce Development Centre are inviting employers who would like to find out more about some of the practical strategies that you can put in place to support the recruitment and employment of Aboriginal people to an event to be held on Friday the 14th of October from 9.30am - 12.30pm.
For further details on this event, click here.
WA Schools can now apply for Federal Government grants to deliver digital literacy programs to students in engaging and innovative ways. The 2016 Digital Literacy School Grants program supports projects that demonstrate new methods for enhancing digital literacy in schools.
Around $4 million has been allocated to the program as part of the $50.6 million commitment to education strategies under the National Innovation and Science Agenda.
Applications close at 5.00pm (AEDT) on Friday, 28 October 2016. Further information on the grants is available at: http://education.gov.au/digital-literacy-school-grants-dlsg
Nominations are now open for the 25th Annual Western Australian Heritage Awards 2017. In 2016, regional projects that were recognised include the Kukenarup Memorial and Information Site near Ravensthorpe, the Sisters of St John of God Heritage Centre in Broome and the Donnelly River Mill and Townsite Precinct. Metropolitan winners included Fremantle's National Hotel, the State Buildings and the Fremantle Prison YHA. The adaptation of the women's division of Fremantle Prison into a world-class hostel has attracted international and local visitors to Fremantle.
Applications still open for the FutureNow Commitment to Workforce Development Award at the upcoming PICAs
The closing date for applications in the FutureNow - Commitment to Workforce Development category at the Printing Industries Craftsmanship Awards (PICAs) has been extended until Friday the 30th of September 2016.
Winners will be announced at an awards night on Saturday the 12th of November at the Rendezvous Hotel Scarborough.
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For further information on the awards, direct your interest to Katie Stokes, State Sales Manager WA/SA, email@example.com, 0400 224 686.
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The Federal Government today launched the Incubator Support Initiative which includes $23 million to assist with the creation of new business incubators intended to help start-up companies access advice, capital and valuable connections.
The government hopes business incubators will increase innovation capacity in Australia’s urban areas, as well as regional and rural Australia and in university precincts by bringing communities of entrepreneurs together to increase the flow of local knowledge and foster collaboration.