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SITAC Newsletter December - Volume 3 Issue 8

18 December 2009

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Welcome to the Service Industries Training Advisory Council's (SITAC) e-Newsletter 
 
The Service Industries Training Advisory Council (SITAC) works to enhance the provision and quality of skills development and improve career opportunities within the Service industries in the Northern Territory. 
 
Our areas of coverage include Business Services, Financial Services, Information Technology, Retail, Property Services, Personal Services and the Training and Assessment industries. 

Latest News

The Australian Flexible Learningh Framework gets the green light 
The national training system’s e-learning strategy, the Australian Flexible Learning Framework (Framework), today received the green light to continue its work in driving the uptake, use and embedding of e-learning within the Australian vocational education and training (VET) system.

In 2010, the Framework will provide more than $7 million in funding opportunities to registered training organisations (RTOs) and businesses that have the ability to:

  • trial emerging technologies to inform e-standards ($100,000)
  • conduct implementation trials for e-portfolios ($25,000)
  • produce further Flexible Learning Toolboxes (Toolboxes) ($1.1m)
  • continue multiple year funding for nine industry sectors, plus fund one new industry sector ($650,000)
  • develop innovative e-learning solutions in their state/territory through E-learning Innovations projects ($5.3m).

For more information on 2010 Funding opportunities please visit http://www.flexiblelearning.net.au/content/funding-opportunities.

 

Apprentice Kickstart Bonus  
The Deputy Prime Minister has announced Apprentice Kickstart - a $100 million investment to support two measures designed to counteract the impact of the global recession on Australian Apprenticeships commencements and retention. It also aims to increase opportunities for young people to transition from school to trade training, improving their chances of engaging with long term employment.

The Apprentice Kickstart package introduces two initiatives: an $80 million time limited Apprentice Kickstart Bonus for employers of Australian Apprentices in skills shortage trades and $20 million to Increase Pre-Apprenticeship Training Opportunities.

Between 1 December 2009 and 28 February 2010, the Australian Government will provide a $3,350 Apprentice Kickstart Bonus to employers who take on a young person aged 19 years and under into a traditional trade Australian Apprenticeship. The introduction of the Apprentice Kickstart Bonus represents a tripling of Government support for employers of eligible Australian Apprentices in their first year of an Australian Apprenticeship.

The Apprentice Kickstart package also provides $20 million to state and territory governments for Increased Pre-Apprenticeship Training Opportunities. Through increased provision of pre-apprenticeship training in the traditional trades, this initiative will provide a flow of suitable candidates for emerging traditional trade Australian Apprenticeship opportunities resulting from the economic recovery.

These initiatives aim to continue the development of a highly skilled workforce and provide individuals with greater job opportunities to benefit the Australian economy as we move through the global recession into economic recovery and beyond.

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact Skye Blake at the Australian Apprenticeship Centre NT on 1300 137 130 (local call cost) or Skye.Blake@aacnt.com.au.

Please click here for the Fact Sheet.

 

The National Quality Council introduces changes to Training Package Qualification Packaging Rules 
SITAC will be working with our respective National Industry Skills Council's over the coming months to meet the NQC's new Training Package Qualification Packaging Rules. We will be working towards making Training Packages more flexible and to accommodate the new Green Skills associated with sustainable work practices.

For more information in regards to these changes please visit http://www.tpatwork.com/ViewArticle.asp?articleid=3893.

 

The National Quality Council announces changes to the 2007 AQTF standards 
On 3 December 2009 the National Quality Council (NQC) announced that it has endorsed changes to the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF) Essential Standards for Registration. Information about the revised changes is available from the NQC website http://www.nqc.tvetaustralia.com.au/aqtf_2010.

The changes were supported by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) at its meeting on 7 December 2009. The NQC advises that implementation will be completed by March 2010. This department will be working with the NQC to ensure that all Registered Training Organisations in the Northern Territory are informed about arrangements for transition to these new standards.

The NT Department of Education and Training will keep you informed of further developments and any actions you will need to take once further information is made available through the NQC.

For more information please do not hesitate to contact Jane Holt Manager, Quality and Regulatory NT Department of Education and Training PH 08-8901 1340 Fax 08-8901 1326 email: jane.holt@nt.gov.au.

 

Current Status of SITAC's Training Packages

Asset Maintenance (PRM04) 
Version: 3 
Status: Endorsed 
National contact: Construction and Property Services Industry Skills Council 
Phone: 02 6253 0002 
Email: info@cpsisc.com.au 
Web: www.cpsisc.com.au

Beauty (WRB04) 
Version: 2 
Status: In review 
National contact: Service Skills Australia 
Karen Banks 
Phone: 02 8243 1200 
Email: info@serviceskills.com.au 
Web: www.serviceskills.com.au

Business Services (BSB07) 
Version: 2 
Status: Endorsed 
National contact: Innovation and Business Skills Australia 
Eddie Hardman 
Phone: 03 9815 7000 
Email: virtual@ibsa.org.au 
Web: www.ibsa.org.au

Financial Services (FNS04) 
Version: 2 
Status: Endorsed 
National contact: Innovation and Business Skills Australia 
Rohit Gupta 
Phone: 03 9815 7000 
Email: virtual@ibsa.org.au 
Web: www.ibsa.org.au

Floristry (WRF04) 
Version: 1 
Status: In review 
National contact: Service Skills Australia 
Karen Banks 
Phone: 02 8243 1200 
Email: info@serviceskills.com.au 
Web: www.serviceskills.com.au

Funeral Services (SIF08) 
Version: 1 
Status: Endorsed 
National contact: Service Skills Australia 
Karen Banks 
Phone: 02 8243 1200 
Email: info@serviceskills.com.au 
Web: www.serviceskills.com.au

Hairdressing (WRH06) 
Version: 2 
Status: Endorsed 
National contact: Service Skills Australia 
Karen Banks 
Phone: 02 8243 1200 
Email: info@serviceskills.com.au 
Web: www.serviceskills.com.au

Information and Communications (ICA05) 
Version: 3 
Status: Endorsed 
National contact: Innovation and Business Skills Australia 
Gabriele Giofre 
Phone: 03 9815 7000 
Email: virtual@ibsa.org.au 
Web: www.ibsa.org.au

Property Services (CPP07) 
Version: 5 
Status: Endorsed 
National contact: Construction and Property Services Industry Skills Council 
Phone: 02 6253 0002 
Email: info@cpsisc.com.au 
Web: www.cpsisc.com.au

Retail Services (SIR07) 
Version: 1 
Status: Endorsed 
National contact: Service Skills Australia 
Karen Banks 
Phone: 02 8243 1200 
Email: info@serviceskills.com.au 
Web: www.serviceskills.com.au

Training and Assessment 
Version: 2.1 
Status: Endorsed 
National contact: Innovation and Business Skills Australia 
Robert Bluer 
Phone: 03 9815 7000 
Email: virtual@ibsa.org.au 
Web: www.ibsa.org.au 

 

NT Workforce Development Issues 
If you are experiencing workforce development issues, please contact SITAC for assistance.

 

Up-coming Events

 
Service Skills Australia’s 2010 Conference
 
1-2 March 2010, Sydney 
www.tpatwork.com/ViewArticle.asp?hArticle=3901

2010 VELG National Conference 
5-6 August 2010, Sydney 
www.tpatwork.com/ViewArticle.asp?hArticle=3900

 

Special Announcements

 

 Merry X-mas

The Service Industries Training Advisory Council will be closed over the festive season from the 18 December until the 4 January 2010. We would like to wish you all a safe and merry festive season and look forward to working with you in the New Year!

 

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