Take action before the mean reds destroy your calm

Book yourself in for a Workplace Resilience — Managing Stress and Wellness course specifically designed for the Entertainment and Events sector. The course will teach you how to adapt to changing circumstances at work and how to bounce back from challenges and stress. You’ll learn ways to identify signs and sources of stress within your job role and strategies to help you recover from stressful situations. The course will run on 5 & 12 March, 2018 at TAFE NSW, St Leonards and again on 19 & 26 March, 2018 at The Arts Exchange in Dawes Point. For more information and to register email
Course outcomes include: develop and implement personal stress management strategy; develop and implement stress management strategies and techniques within a team; and develop team and morale building strategies.
You’ll be given a Statement of Attainment in Workplace Resilience on completion of the course. The Units of Competency covered are BSBWHS410 (Contribute to work-related health and safety measures and initiatives) and BSBWOR403 (Manage stress in the workplace). The course was developed by TAFE NSW Northern Sydney in collaboration with the ACFIPS ITAB.

How can the show go on? Help us find a way

The Performing Arts Wellbeing Summit held on 13 November proved that the entertainment industry is determined to find that way. Organised by the NSW Performing Arts and Screen Wellbeing Working Group, the summit was a response to the high rates of mental illness and suicide for workers in the Australian entertainment industry.
The summit asked the 220 participants to consider how they can make effective wellbeing changes as individuals, as organisations and in collaboration with others.
‘The summit is already inspiring and helping different parts of the NSW performing arts sector to connect and draw on each other’s resources and provide insights that actively address the wellness issue challenging people across all parts of our industry,’ said Dr Jane Kreis, Director of Theatre Network NSW (TNN).
If you or your organisation are interested in joining the NSW Performing Arts and Screen Wellbeing Working Group please get in touch with Theatre Network NSW directly through
The summit was supported by Theatre Network NSW, Create NSW, the Sydney Opera House and the ACFIPS NSW ITAB and the NSW Performing Arts and Screen Wellbeing Working Group #wecandobetter

How do I translate my carer skills into employment?

Go straight to SkillsLink2Work. This toolkit helps carers to understand how the skills, knowledge and experience they have acquired in their unpaid carer role can be translated into ‘employability’ skills.

In the last seven months over 3000 people have visited the site. More than 500 of them went on list their skills and download a report of their employment-related skills. Skills that are suited to a wide variety of industries, not just paid care work.
There are 905,000 people who identify as primary carers in NSW. Many of them have said that combining caring and paid work is one of their highest priorities, but that being out of the workforce made it hard to know what jobs they could apply for.
Last year, the Community Services and Health ITAB took the lead agency role working collaboratively with FACS and carers across the state, to create an interactive online resource. The result — the SkillsLink2Work toolkit — is part of the NSW Government’s Carers Strategy 2014-19.
Find out now how your life experience makes you very employable.

School-based Cert III in Beekeeping comes to the Central West

 As a result of a lot of press coverage in The Land and on social media, the beekeeping industry from all over Australia has got behind school-based traineeships (SBT) in beekeeping. The latest on board are beekeepers in the Central West of NSW.
Goldfields Honey Bee and Pollination Services in Orange — one of the biggest suppliers in NSW — are particularly keen and have already sought to find a student willing to do the SBT in the Orange/Bathurst area. 
There will be a big launch with all the schools in the area early next year for the Certificate III in Beekeeping. Goldfields will be one of the lead employers where students will do a trial and field excursion to experience honey production and pollination services.
Melissa Wortman (second left) from NSW Agrifood ITAB and Tony Aumuller (third left) from the Western State Training Services office recently met with Goldfields to start things buzzing along. Behind them are honey boxes full of unprocessed honey for production.
There’ll be more updates on the launch early next year.

Obvious signs of a promising career

The Chifley College Senior Campus in Mr Druitt recently hosted a Trade Readiness Signs & Graphics course. Fifteen students from Year 11 successfully completed the course.
‘I wanted to note what a fine group of students they were and how well they handled the interview process. They are a credit to Chifley College. All of them remarked on how much they had gained from their exposure to the signs & graphics industry. At least eight of them indicated they would be interested in learning more about the sign-making trade. I hope a pre‑apprenticeship course involving a week’s workplace placement will be available in the near future for students like these,’ said Michael Punch, the General Manager of the Australian Sign & Graphics Association.
The Apprenticeship Engagement Forum (AEF) secured the funding from Training Services NSW that allowed TAFE Sydney to put together the courses.
‘Congratulations to TAFE Sydney especially Richard Graham and Paul Richards for preparing and presenting such a wide coverage of the various operations in our sign & graphics workplaces,’ added Michael Punch.
This Trade Readiness Course is part of the plan developed by the AEF to give students the opportunity to participate in a simulated work environment to help them identify their future work and career pathways.

Okay, you can have two eggs if you'd like (and bacon) at the Gas Industry Breakfast

 The NSW Utilities & Electrotechnology ITAB is putting on the breakfast with the support of the NSW Department of Industry, Training Services NSW.
The event will be held on Wednesday, 13 December 2017 at Bankstown Sports Club, 8 Greenfield Parade, Bankstown from 7:30am till 10:00am.
You will be updated on the Gas Industry Training Package, the Jemena Training Matrix, Smart and Skilled funding and changes to the NSW Apprenticeship and Traineeship Act.
The event is free but places are limited, so please register by following the link below as soon as possible.
There’ll be coffee too.

They've bee-n, seen and signed up for a school-based CIII in Beekeeping

The school=based Certificate III in Beekeeping was launched last week in Grafton and Alstonville. Both launches were well attended by students, beekeepers, parents, and teachers including careers advisors.  
Over 30 people attended the Alstonville launch with representatives from Richmond River, Alstonville, Casino, Woodenbong Central and Mt St Patricks High Schools.
At the Grafton launch, there were representatives from Newman Catholic College, Grafton High School and Coffs Harbour Christian Community College.  
Fox Currey-Klepp, a Year 10 student from Mt St Patricks at Murwillumbah, was the first student in Australia to sign up for the school-based traineeship for his HSC through Verto (Apprenticeship Network Provider). 
There was such overwhelming interest in the CIII as a school-based traineeship that beekeeping suppler Ecrotek agreed to sponsor the first year of the S-BT by providing students with bee-suits, smokers and hive tools to start them on their beekeeping career.
Following both launches there was a visit to a local commercial beekeeper’s processing plant to see first-hand how to harvest honey and get a grip on the practical skills involved in beekeeping.
The outcome is that at least six students will be doing beekeeping as part of their HSC and there was strong interest from local beekeepers in both areas who are keen to take on school-based trainees.

Live Production Traineeships launched to meet critical skills shortage

A pilot for a Live Production traineeship program was officially launched recently. This is a first for the Live Production sector. The program has been brought about with the broad involvement of employers, TAFE NSW, ACFIPS ITAB and ARTSREADY, a Group Training Organisation.

The pilot program will be offered at live entertainment venues in Sydney initially. It will be rolled out across NSW next year. TAFE NSW and ARTSREADY are working closely with employers to ensure that training package units match the needs of the workplace environment.

With the recent opening of the new International Convention Centre, ICC Sydney, and an increase in technically demanding events at the City Recital Hall and other venues, there has been a demonstrated shortage of skilled live production technicians.  The growth in the use of technology in events and performance has exacerbated this shortage.

The Live Production sector now has the opportunity to meet current skills shortages and take steps to meet the future needs of this expanding industry sector. The shortage of live production technicians is not just a Sydney problem as many regions have active festival and cultural programs that require skilled technicians as well.

Representatives from the City Recital Hall and AV1 have agreed to participate in the traineeship program and will be taking on trainees under the pilot project phase.

If you have had some experience in live events and are looking to start your career this traineeship is your entry to a dynamic industry sector. To find out more or apply for a Certificate III Live Production traineeship position contact: Rog Chhabra, Program Manager NSW & ACT, ARTSREADY

How to renew your FOLS easily

With many people now renewing their FOLS under ForestWorks’ administration, we are receiving questions about what is required to renew your FOLS. Here’s a quick guide to make the process easier.
• Complete the renewal application form making sure you record your contact details and employer. This form will be sent to you in the post or by email.
• Record your skills. Please attach a record of your training unless you have provided this to ForestWorks as part of your last application. This is your Certificate of Competency or Statement of Attainment for nationally recognised courses. If you can’t find it, contact your training provider and ask for a copy.
• Ask your employer to sign the currency section for the skills you are currently using in your job role. If you’re self-employed, ask your forest manager or the person you work for to sign the form.
• Read and sign the disclaimer agreement. Make sure you indicate how you intend to pay for your FOLS.
• For new applicants, the process is similar. You can download the FOLS applications at
FAQ: Some units have different unit codes but the same name. Are they the same?
Units are regularly reviewed and updated and sometimes their codes change. An example of this is the current unit FWPCOR2203 Follow environmental care procedures. This unit replaced FPICOR2203B in 2016, which replaced FPICOR2203A in 2011. They are all the same unit, reviewed over time, with minor updates. They are all equivalent units and for the purpose of renewing your FOLS, yes, they are the same. You can check the history of unit versions on
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