ICT needs your students

  • 25 Oct 2023

There has been a 12% increase in demand for digital skills across the economy since 2016. A 47% growth is projected for the digital expert workforce by 2026. That will create a 370,000 digital worker shortfall projected for Australia by 2026. There are plenty of VET and tertiary training courses available. Your students’ career can start at school with a wise choice of school subjects and/or a school-based traineeship — scroll up now. If you attended the Careers Advisers conference at Darling Harbour on 26 October, you'll find the ICT presentation here.

The career value of a traineeship

  • 19 Oct 2022

My name is Olivia, I am a 21 year-old who recently made the move from the small NSW country town Deniliquin to Melbourne seeking big dreams, and an opportunity to pursue a career that combined everything I love. Now I am working in Emergency Services, using my training, education, and experience in ways I could never have imagined.

From a young age I was always interested in learning and being a high achiever. This took me down the path of trying new things all the time and taking on every training opportunity I could. My goal was to get as many qualifications, training, and experience behind me that I could at a young age. 

I had the opportunity to do a traineeship with South West Arts, running the youth community radio station they had started just a few months prior – THE END FM. I was able to complete a Cert IV in Screen and Media through the Community Media Training Organisation as part of this, learning on the job and growing my passion for media, creative arts, youth, and my community. I loved it so much, that I completed my traineeship early and took over as interim Station Manager.

But in August of 2022, I made the tough decision to move to Melbourne and away from this amazing career in media. However it allowed me to take on the incredible opportunity to do something new, starting my career with the Country Fire Authority. I am a Regional BASO in the South East Region Volunteer Sustainability Team, and surprisingly my background, education and experience assists me in my role every day. The creative industry truly is something that applies to every industry and workforce. 

Creative Industries Day. We were there

  • 19 Oct 2022
ACFIPS convened a panel of industry professionals at the recent inaugural Creative Industries Day. The audience was made up of a wide range of community members and arts and education professionals. Current and past students who were also in attendance at the event commented that they shared the sentiment with regards to the benefit of undertaking traineeships and a wide range of hands-on proactive engagement with the industry to make a mark and get a start in the industry. Creative Industries Day 2022 was a full day event brought together by TAFE NSW, 107 Projects and East Village and the City of Sydney, aimed at connecting creative individuals and businesses in the Inner and West and City of Sydney. The day was aimed toward providing professional advice on employability and career pathways in the industry. It was a day for creatives to participate in workshops, presentations and network with other creatives while enjoying a colourful and diverse range of exhibitor displays and information stalls. Participants walked away with a greater understanding of their unique contribution and how they can focus and develop their skills and adapt to the changing industry. 
Pictured (l-r): the panel included Tim Cramsie, ACFIPS Chair; Julian Dunne, City Recital Hall Cert III Technical Trainee; Elizabeth Henry, Slatevfx; Yvonne Frindle, Student, Advanced Diploma Graphic Design, TAFE NSW; Tone Bullen, SmorgasBord Creative.

Click on your favourite Snapshot

  • 28 Feb 2022

We're excited to announce the launch of Snapshot. We'll be emailing it to you once a month.

It's a 'see it at a glance' look at what's happening  in the ACFIPS industry sectors plus government and conference news.

Scroll down the list to find what interests you. Then click.


Time to spring into action

  • 21 Oct 2021
There’s no denying the critical role that the TAE Training Package plays in skilling the entire VET workforce. From entry-level trainers and assessors to advanced practitioners, employers, 
‘other RTO roles’ and anyone supported by the TAE Training Package. A review is now underway covering six qualifications and 55 units of competency. Get involved now. Have your say at

Traineeships target national skills shortage in the film industry: Screenworks, Netflix and the NSW government in partnership

  • 13 Aug 2021

ACFIPS, the NSW Industry Training Advisory Body for the Creative Industries, congratulates Screenworks, a screen industry charity based in Ballina, for establishing this fantastic partnership with Netflix and the NSW government. The partnership will provide 12-month traineeships and free skills training for entry into screen industry careers to address a national shortage of film crews.

Over the last two years, ACFIPS has been tirelessly advocating for training assistance in regional areas to attract and keep young people in the Screen, Media, and Live Production businesses. Traineeships are the answer to providing a wage and upgrading skills with nationally recognised qualifications.

ACFIPS also looks forward to the success of this partnership which will help support the establishment of screen and media as a major industry for NSW.

Join us for our online RTO Forums via Zoom

  • 05 Apr 2021

´╗┐Discussion will centre on:
• an update of training across your industry sector
• feedback on the implementation and uptake of the latest release of the qualifications
• the impact of COVID on staff retention and ongoing professional development
• accessing Smart and Skilled funding for full and part qualifications
• feedback on industry needs for new training products

The next forum will be:

10 August — Printing and Graphic Arts sector

Contact if you’re interested.

There are more than 100 infrastructure traineeships available for school leavers. Apply now for a February start

  • 17 Dec 2020

The NSW Government has designed a new traineeship program for 2020 school leavers in the infrastructure industry, with more than 100 places available across NSW. This two-year traineeship program combines TAFE studies with practical experience working for NSW Government agencies and private sector industry employers. Trainees will have the opportunity to complete a Cert III or Cert IV in either Business, Project Management, Procurement, Surveying or Conservation. Here are some important points to help you make up your mind:
• two years full-time paid work, while studying 1-2 days per week.
• Nationally recognised Certificate III or IV qualification from TAFE.
• Vital workplace experience you can take anywhere.
• Nothing to pay for your qualification, and no debt!
• February 2021 start – so you can enjoy your summer first!
• Available in metro and regional areas.
• No prior experience is required. We are after people who have finished school and are keen to start a career.
Visit right now.

FREE infection and control training

  • 15 Sep 2020

This training will provide you and your workers with the skills you need to better identify and respond to COVID-19 risks in your workplace. It will support implementation of your business’s COVID-19 Safety Plan.

It will give you the skills you need to follow organisational infection prevention and control policies and procedures, including implementing precautions and responding to infection risks in the workplace.

Training places will be available across a variety of industries. However, workers in retail, tourism, transport & logistics, hospitality, cleaning & security services, and aged & disability care will be given priority.

Training is available across NSW and will be delivered by approved Smart & Skilled training providers. Click here to find a provider in your region. Visit the Training Services NSW website for more information on infection prevention and control training. Please note that delivery of training is subject to the availability of places.

This initiative by the NSW and Commonwealth governments will enable you and your employees to better respond to COVID-19 risks in your workplace and reduce transmission risk. It will also give your customers the confidence to re-engage with your business.


Serious Financial Services training package questions ...

  • 27 Aug 2020

PWC’s Skills for Australia (SfA) has released the draft training products in the Financial Services (FNS) training package for review and public validation, the projects include: Customer Service; Insurance Services, Agency and Broking; Mortgage Broking; Mercantile Agents; Personal Injury; and Core Financial Multi-disciplinary Skills. More detail can be obtained from SfA via the link:

There are nine updated qualifications being considered:

FNS10120 CI in Financial Services

FNS20120 CII in Financial Services

FNS30220 CIII in Personal Injury Management

FNS30420 CIII in Mercantile Agents

FNS40820 CIV in Finance and Mortgage Broking

FNS42120 CIV in Personal Injury Management

FNS50320 Dip of Finance and Mortgage Broking Management

FNS51420 Dip of Loss Adjusting

FNS51920 Dip of Personal Injury and Disability Insurance Management

ACFIPs is also interested in hearing from in the Financial Services sector on any concerns industry or RTOs may have with the proposed qualifications.
You can contact me directly by email, or phone on 0409618136
We encourage you to engage with PWC Skills for Australia to ensure industry receives the best possible training for its workforce.