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NSW ITABs (Industry Training Advisory Bodies) is the umbrella organisation for 11 individual ITABS. They are:

NSW Community Services and Health ITAB (CS&H)
Apprenticeship Engagement Forum (AEF)
NSW Agrifood ITAB
Forestworks
Manufacturing Skills Australia (MSA)
Australian Industry Standards (AIS) NSW ITAB
SkillsIQ
Transport & Logistics & Automotive
NSW Utilities & Electrotechnology ITAB
Resources and Infrastructure NSW ITAB
Arts Communications Finance Industries and Property Services ITAB (ACFIPS)

NSW ITABs encourages traineeships and apprenticeships, promotes VET and supports the implementation of training packages. Each ITAB covers one or more specific industry sectors.

NSW ITABs supports the flow of useful advice, intelligent ideas, creative thinking and clear communication between industry and government.

NSW ITABs believes in blue sky thinking.

What's happening now...

Local jobs for local people. In this case Bourke

For many years there has been a noticeable lack of suitably qualified security officers in the Bourke community. Suddenly, there’s 14 suitably qualified security officers ready to fill existing positions. It took more than waving a wand to bring it about, however.

The long-term problem has always been the absence of a local security training provider approved by the NSW Police to deliver the licensing course. To gain a Security Licence Class 1A or 1C, a person must successfully complete a Cert II in Security Operations with a NSW Police-approved RTO. An obvious employment opportunity was going begging because of a lack of training.

A co-ordinated effort to improve matters followed. The Orange office and head office of Training Services NSW sorted out the funding. ACFIPS consulted with ACES (an RTO approved by the NSW Police with a Smart & Skilled contract) about how the training could be delivered in Bourke. The local council and employers did all they could to help and encourage.

The end result was that ACES sent one of their most experienced trainers to Bourke for four weeks to run the course. 14 hopeful students were recruited and completed the course. Employers now have qualified staff to fill job vacancies.

It’s a great example of what collaboration and co-operations can achieve. The biggest congratulations, of course, must go to the graduates themselves. Many of whom had to travel large distances and make sacrifices to complete what was a rigorous and demanding course.

Definitely planning to run another security training course next year.

Back row: Mick McDowell, Peter Johnson, Jayson Heatherill, Warwick Clarke, Pat Canty, Ray Bennett, Bill Lawrence, Michael Boney, Alex Armstrong. Front row: Anthony Heinemeyer, Aiden Orcher, Noel Canty, Matt Whitbread, Paul Whitbread. Thank you to the Western Herald Bourke for the pic.

Next up: Tamworth area Maths in Trades Implementation Workshop

The Apprenticeship Engagement Forum’s next Maths in Trades Implementation Workshop is being held at Carinya Christian School in Calala (near Tamworth) on Thursday, 31 October. You'll hear from John Meng, the developer of the Maths in Trades Pathway, as he simplifies the process of introducing the syllabus to your school. Bookings are essential — https://tinyurl.com/y4bv9ax4. The workshop is free, it's been registered for MyPL and lunch will be provided. We look forward to seeing you there.

The Wagga Maths in Trades Implementation Workshop — what a day!

The AEF was very excited when 37 maths teachers from 34 schools turned up at the Wagga Maths in Trades Implementation Workshop recently. There was a serious amount of talking, making of plans, asking of questions and not a little to-ing and fro-ing. We count it a huge success. Thank you everyone for coming along. We hope all goes well for you when you introduce MITP to your students next year. A particular thank you to Nathan Cooper from the RIEP who was a big help to us.