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SnapShot December 2022

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A ‘see it a glance’ look at what’s happening in the ACFIPS industry sectors plus government and conference news.
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ACFIPS has a broad coverage of industry sectors under its umbrella. Regular forums are an important part of our communications strategy.

We would like to thank all those from the range of industries under our umbrella who have participated in our regular forums throughout the year.

Our last forum for 2022 is for Waste Management Industry/RTO forum on vocational education in the industry. It will be held Thursday, 15 December from 9:30 to 11:00am.

The key issues to be discussed are:

  • Update on VET data and statistics for the Waste Management Industry in NSW
  • A conversation about Waste Management qualifications
  • Dangerous goods transport & handling courses
  • Possible waste industry skill sets or non-accredited training
  • Introduction to the Supply Chain Sustainability Schools – Educator Forum for Circular Economy and Waste Management

If you would like to participate in this forum, please contact Greg Cheetham, ACFIPS Senior Project Officer at gregcheetham6@gmail.com


Women-in-trades program: applications open

The second round of the NSW government’s Connecting Women to Trades program is underway, with grants up to $300,000 available for organisations experiencing skills shortages, and to support more women in non-traditional trades. Half a million dollars from the fund will be prioritised for projects in LGAs affected by floods in 2022.

Applicants 'need to demonstrate partnerships to co-design and deliver projects that lead to training and employment outcomes for women to enter the trades'.

More information can be found here: https://www.nsw.gov.au/education-and-training/vocational/vet-programs/women-in-trades/connecting-women-to-trades?deliveryName=DM38987


Update of Skills List methodology

A new methodology in the NSW Skills List that is intended to be more closely based on the current labour market data around skills needs in priority applications is being rolled out by the NSW Department of Education in the first quarter of 2024.

Feedback on the discussion paper released in September is currently under review.

The methodology was proposed to Smart and Skilled providers through webinars in September. A recording of one of those webinars can be viewed here: https://players.brightcove.net/6110393209001/default_default/index.html?videoId=6312624587112


Summer Skills program

With the conclusion of this year’s HSC, the NSW government is offering over 4,000 fee-free courses available to school leavers under the Summer Skills program.

The program is open to people aged 16-24 who have left school and is offered at TAFEs and private training providers.

Courses in sectors including 'early childhood education, care sectors, trades, hospitality, agriculture, construction, business, fitness and digital literacy' are available.

More information at  https://skills.education.nsw.gov.au/initiatives/summer-skills


Smart and Skilled applications closing date

Applications for Smart and Skilled contracts and allocations in the 2023-24 financial year are closing on Friday, 2 December.

All existing and prospective Smart and Skilled providers need to apply.

Information about the application process available here: https://www.nsw.gov.au/education-and-training/vocational/funding/smart-and-skilled-program-2023


Smart and Skilled November Update

The November update for Smart and Skilled has been released, including details on the NSW Skills List Review methodology, updates on JobTrainer/Skilling for Recovery, low performing qualifications on the NSW Skills List and the Skilling for Recovery Redeployment and Youth and Skilling for Recovery Construction programs’ timeframes/priorities.

The update is available here:  https://mcusercontent.com/1cec4176f39761729e74b56fc/files/3049add7-9963-7f73-1255-22ee15805acb/ITABs_Smart_and_Skilled_Update_November_2022.pdf



Australasian Vocational Education and Training Research Association (AVETRA) Conference
27-28 April 2023 – Melbourne & Online https://dg.eventsair.com/avetra-2023-conference


Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA)
ITEC23 Conference
7-9 June 2023 – Sofitel, Broadbeach, Gold Coast https://www.iteca.edu.au/itec23/home.aspx


Apprentice Employment Network NSW & ACT
2023 Skills Conference
14 June, 2023 – Dockside, Darling Harbour www.skillsconference.com.au


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