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SITAC Newsletter Volume 2 Issue 3

09 December 2008

Welcome to Service Industries Training Advisory  
Council's (SITAC) e-Newsletter


The Service Industries Training Advisory Council (SITAC) is the Northern Territory's peak organisation in all matters relating to the Vocational Education and Training system. 


We work to enhance the provision and quality of skills development and improve career opportunities within the Services industries.


Our areas of coverage include Business Services, Financial Services, Information Technology, Retail, Property Services, Training and Assessment and the Wholesale industries.

Latest News


Winners of the 2008 Northern Territory Training Awards 

This year's best apprentices, trainees, trainers and employers gathered together on 13th September for the annual NT Training Awards at the Darwin Convention Centre.


The winners of ten categories went on to represent the Northern Territory at the Australian Training Awards which were held in Darwin on 20th November. 


It was a great night for I AM Hair and Spa Lounge who took home the Small Business of the year  award, and employee Kirsty Lee Bulluss was announced Apprentice of the Year. Kirsty completed her Certificate III in Hairdressing.


To view the full list of the 2008 Award winners click here.



E-nabling NT - taking the show on the road 08

See.  Explore. Access.Try.
·  See how e-learning is skilling the NT
·  Explore job and business training opportunities
·  Access free training resources
·  Try, play and test out new technologies

Charles Darwin University and Industries Services Training each provided a Mobile Adult Learning Unit (known as MALU's) to enable this amazing event to take place from 19th to 24th October, 2008.


The MALU's, along with numerous support vehicles and many enthusiastic crew members travelled to towns and communities stretching along the Stuart Highway from Alice Springs to Darwin.


Flexible approaches to learning are critical to the on-going development of the Northern Territory, and the Roadshow was able to showcase how e-learning technologies and methods are making teaching, training and learning more flexible, cost effective, engaging and fun.


E-learning holds a significant part of the solution to addressing the Northern Territory's critical shortage of skilled workers and potential students, many of which do not have high English literacy skills. E-learning enables resources to be more visual and utilises audio based resources allowing people with low reading skills to engage with course content.


E-nabling NT - taking the show on the road 08 is an initiative of the NT Department of Employment and Training and is proudly supported by the national training system's e-learning strategy, the Australian Flexible Learning Framework.


To find out more information and view galleries, please visit the E-nabling NT website:



Asset Maintenance Training Package Review (PRM04)

Every 3 to 4 years national training packages are reviewed to ensure they reflect current work practices.  Sectors of the Asset Maintenance Package up for review include Pest Management, Cleaning Operations, Waste Management and Fire Protection Systems.


David Magee from the Construction and Propery Services Industries Skills Council (CPSISC) visited Darwin in November to meet with local industry people and gain their feedback on components of the training package.


Changes to skills, knowledge and technologies used within these industries were discussed as new skills may need to be incorporated into the Training Package to ensure it remains appropriate and relevant.


The PRM04 Asset Maintenance Training Package will be merged into the CPP07 Property Services Training Package.


To find out more information on the Asset Maintenance Training Package review, click here.



Australian Training Awards, Darwin Convention Centre

The Australian Training Awards are the culmination of the State and Territory Awards with winners from each State and Territory competing in the National finals.  This year, the awards were held in Darwin on 20th November 2008.


This year's Australian Training Initiative Award was presented to Group Training Northern Territory.


Group Training NT is a not-for-profit company aiming to increase the number of apprenticeships and traineeships in the Northern Territory that lead to employment for indigenous people in their own communities or the location of their choice. Group Training NT also aims to improve the quality of training provided.


This initiative is making a difference in the lives of indigenous people across the Northern Territory. The program's success can be seen in employment outcomes, completion rates and increasing demand.


For further information, visit Group Training NT's website


Click here to visit the Australian Training Awards website.



National Skills Councils E-Scans

All National Skills Councils are currently undertaking environmental scans (Escans) of industry and business.  Click the relevant link below to visit their website and provide your feedback on the issues that matter to you.


2009 NT Occupational Shortage List

The Northern Territory Government is reviewing the list of occupations currently experiencing shortages, recruitment difficulties and skill gaps.  The NT Occupation Shortage List covers skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled occupations.


Go to the 2008 NT Occupational Shortage List to view current listings.


If you have information about your industry, please contact SITAC.



Grow Your Own - Train Local, Employ Local

In 2009 there will be an estimated 800 secondary school students in the Darwin and rural areas looking for School Based Apprenticeships or Vocational Work Placements and they need employers to give them a go!


By participating in 'school to work transition programs' your business can tap into a huge pool of potential employees and build the skilled workforce you need for the future.


As a business your involvement will:

  • Promote trades and provide skills shortage training to young people.
  • Give a young person a head start in their career.
  • Help build a local skills base.

But while many employers want to train young people , understanding the different programs available may be confusing and it can be hard to know where to start.


That's why a group of organisations who are committed to helping young people learn trade and vocational skills have gotten together to give employers the information they need to get on-board.


If you would like to learn more about Grow Your Own, please contact Erica on: 8941 2112 or send an email to:



NT Workforce Development Issues

If you are experiencing workforce development issues, please contact SITAC for assistance.




Upcoming Events



Launch of Series 11 Flexible Learning Toolboxes

Flexible Learning Toolboxes are a high quality, cost effective interactive e-learning and assessment resource featuring scenarios, images and activities that simulate real life. 


The latest industries to benefit by Toolbox development include the Water, Community Services, Business Services, Manufacturing, Financial Services, Events and Aeroskills industries.


Flexible Learning Toolboxes are a high quality, cost effective interactive e-learning and assessment resource featuring scenarios, images and activities that simulate real life. Toolboxes cover a diverse range of educational and industry areas. All Toolboxes support national endorsed training packages and are designed for use by RTOs, business and Industry.


Series 11 Toolboxes will be available for purchase at the beginning of the 2009 school year.


To preview any of the Series 11 Toolboxes, visit the Flexible Learning Toolboxes website:



Christmas 2008

Services Industries Training Advisory Council will be closing over Christmas.  Our last day of business in 2008 will be Friday 19th December and we will all be back on board on Monday, 5th January 2009.



From all the staff at SITAC,

we wish you a safe and happy festive season

and look forward to working together in 2009!


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