Welcome to the 3rd edition of the  Making Connections Newsletter

The NSW Agrifood ITAB provides industry and the NSW Government with advice on Vocational Education & Training matters in New South Wales. The NSW Agrifood ITAB was delighted to be one of the eleven successful organisations who were given a two-year contract to deliver advisory services in the areas of agriculture, horticulture, conservation land management, food processing, pharmaceutical manufacturing, animal care and management, meat, seafood and racing sectors. The training packages that fall within our remit are:

• AHC Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation & Land Management

• ACM10 Animal Care & Management • ACM Animal Care and Management

• AMP Australian Meat Processing • FBP Food Processing

• RGR Racing and Breeding

• SFI11 Seafood Industry

The ITAB looks forward to working with our key stakeholder groups to ensure the ongoing strength of the Vocational Education and Training sector in NSW.

The Only Thing That Is Constant Is Change – Heraclitus 2

We continue to face change within our VET sector. When things change, people become concerned as to how they can effectively deal with issues. ATB (NSW) is always willing to provide a listening ear and help industry with the VET conversation. Please feel free to contact NSW Agrifood ITAB. New opportunity for FREE training under part qualification funding program.

The NSW Department of Industry ( Training Services) has recently announced a new round of funding for training under the part qualification funding program ( previously called skill set funding). This is your industries or organisations opportunity to take advantage of FREE training. The Department will consider Training Needs Identification (TNI) applications where training commences before 31 December 2018 and completes by 30 June 2019. Applications for training commencing from 1 July 2018 can be submitted immediately. Once approved, students can enrol and begin training any time from 1 July 2018. For more information in this opportunity please contact your local NSW Department of Industry Strategic Relationship Manager or the Regional Office. Department of Industry Regional Offices can be contacted on tel: 132811 or visit State Training Services.

National industry insights report

The Australian Industry Skills council (AISC) recently released the National Industry Insights Report. This is a collection of information, data and insights focused both on individual industry sectors and at a cross-industry level. It captures information about skills, training, employment and the labour market. Go to https://nationalindustryinsights.aisc.net.au/ to view the full report. New work order report As part of the New Work Order report series, The Foundation for Young Australians and AlphaBeta have released a new report entitled The New Work Reality. This report provides insights into the evolving nature of work and the skills young people need in order to navigate these challenges, as well as the average transition time it takes to find full time employment, and the factors which can accelerate this transition.

The report can be accessed at the following link: The New Reality 3 What Employers Think About Using Apprentices/Trainees NCVER has released a report highlighting the employer’s perspective on hiring apprentices and trainees. This survey is run every two years, and reports on the proportion of employers who have apprentices/trainees, their reasons for employing them, and how satisfied they are with the training their apprentices/trainees receive. https://www.ncver.edu.au/publications/publications/all-publications/employers-use-andviews-of-the-vet-system-2017

NSW Consultation for the Seafood Industry Training Package

Skills Impact (the Service Skills Organisation) are about to commence a new round of consultation in NSW for several vocational education and training projects for the Seafood Industry Training Package. As part of our nationwide consultation, they are seeking input on projects in the following seafood industry training areas:

• Seafood Post Harvest

• Aquaculture, Fishing Operations and Biosecurity

We want to hear from you! We are seeking input from people who would be willing to share their thoughts on the skills, knowledge and training needs for any of the above areas of the seafood industry. NSW consultation workshops will be held on Thursday 2nd August 2018 in Sydney and Friday the 3rd August 2018 in Coffs Harbour. If you would like to be part of our upcoming consultation, please register at www.skillsimpact.com.au

4 Top students named at the 2018 Regional NSW Training Awards

The NSW Department of Industry (Training Services) has recently conducted regional training awards for all industries in all categories. The regional awards showcased the many talented individuals who have shown outstanding success within their VET qualifications. It is always so encouraging to see where the VET world can take individuals. Deputy Premier and Minister for Skills John Barilaro said regional winners would be eligible for selection to compete at the NSW Training Awards state finals in September. “The Training Awards pay tribute to our apprentices, students, trainees, educators and training providers from all over the state and show young people that VET is a great pathway for a rewarding career,” Mr Barilaro said. “They also provide a fantastic platform for us to celebrate the achievements of all those involved in the success of our Smart & Skilled VET system which provides students with high quality and affordable training. “VET offers a strong alternative to university with graduates getting into work sooner, getting paid more on graduation, and getting training in occupations predicted to have the greatest new job growth over the next five years.” It is important to showcase these awards to encourage young people to participate in training in our agrifood industries especially in the areas of traineeships and apprenticeships. The Agrifood ITAB has been asked to judge the NSW finalist in the category of trainee of the year. NSW winners will be announced at the Training Awards ceremony on Wednesday 12th September 2018. For more information on the training awards visit State Training Services

5 Fee Free Apprenticeships

There’s never been a better time to start an apprenticeship in NSW. From 1 July 2018, the NSW Government is paying the course cost for 100,000 new apprenticeships – meaning students no longer face a qualification fee of up to $2000. Apprenticeships are a great career pathway. They combine on-the-job training with classroom study to give you the skills and experience employers are looking for. Apprenticeships generally take around 3-4 years to complete, and apprentices earn a salary while they learn. There are more than 120 different apprenticeship courses available in NSW, in a range of industries including construction, cooking, aviation and automotive. Learning a trade is a smart way to secure your future – in the next 12 months alone, experts predict NSW will need another 50,000 skilled construction workers and 19,000 chefs. Find all NSW apprenticeship courses here. Discover the top 20 apprenticeship courses. Our fee-free apprenticeship training brochure has more information.

FREE Supervisors Workshops for Trainees and Apprentices

The NSW Department of Industry conducts FREE workshops for people supervising apprentices and trainees. The workshops provide useful information regarding managing and working with young people, managing and motivating Gen Y and Millennials as well as your obligations as employers under the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Act. For more information on workshops in your area please visit: Apprenticeships and traineeships information for employers If you would also like a workshop to be conducted for your specific industry please contact the Agrifood ITAB so we can organise it with the Department. Coming Soon!!!!

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