A Maths in Trades information evening is coming to a place near you

50 schools (drum roll) have already made or are about to make Maths in Trades Pathway part of their curriculum. We’re determined to get that figure much higher, so Andrew Bryson from the Apprenticeship Engagement Forum is setting out to visit as many of you as he can and persuade you to bring MITP to your school. He’ll be hosting Maths in Trades information evenings in:
Bathurst — Thursday, 2 May
Queanbeyan — Wednesday, 29 May
Bega — Thursday, 30 May
Port Macquarie — Wednesday, 5 June
Tamworth — Thursday, 6 June
Central Coast — Wednesday, 19 June
Blue Mountains — Thursday, 20 June
Teachers, career advisors and employers welcome. Make a note in your diary. We’ll send out time and venue details closer to the day. Visit our website for more information

Are you an Apprentice or Trainee Supervisor in the security industry?

Yes? Then read on because this workshop was designed with you in mind. This workshop aims to assist employers and workplace supervisors in the Security Industries to help their apprentices and trainees to successfully complete their training and gain a nationally recognised qualification.
The workshop will cover:
• how to effectively supervise and ‘coach’ your apprentices and trainees
• what to expect from your training provider — how to arrange training that works for you and your business
• the importance of effective communication in the workplace
• practical ideas to help address workplace bullying and harassment issues
• ensure safe work practices
• how to achieve higher completion rates for apprentices and trainees
• find out about Training Services NSW — who they are and how they can support you and your apprentice or trainee
9.30am-1.30pm, Thursday, 2 May 2019
Ness Corporation Training Room, 167 Prospect Highway, Seven Hills NSW 2147
This is a free event conducted by Training Services NSW. The workshop is worth 4 points towards your CPD. For more information and to register contact Helen O’Moore, ACFIPS Project Officer, at

Have you booked for the NSW ITABs' Hunter & Central Coast roadshow?

No? Do it now because we’re almost there! There’s a free workshop for careers advisers, VET teachers and educators — — on 7 March. Hear about career opportunities in different industries, the availability of school-based apprenticeships and other school-based VET courses as well as the latest developments in the National Training Packages and the new Regional Education Industry Partnerships program. There’s also a free workshop for employers — — on 8 March. Hear about fee-free apprenticeships, how to access Smart and Skilled funding, updates to the Apprenticeship & Traineeship Act and how to get involved with schools-based apprenticeships and traineeships. And there’s a free workshop for RTOs and ANPs — — on 8 March. Hear about fee-free apprenticeships, how to access Smart and Skilled funding, updates to the Apprenticeship & Traineeship Act and NSW Skills List plus the latest developments in National Training Packages. Knowledgeable people will be on hand to answer your questions. There will also be refreshments. Join us at the WesTrac Institute in Tomago. Supported by NSW Training Services.

Is troubleshooting electronic security systems part of your remit?

Then a skill-set update course could be perfect for you. The course aims to help you understand basic electrical circuits and resistors, trace faults, perform basic soldering, measure power supplies, place detectors at correct heights, and “know the right environments of the dos and don’ts”. Participants should be an electronic security installer and have either a Cert II or III in Electronic Security (or the equivalent) or have substantial workplace experience. The course is fully subsidised for eligible participants (fee-free) — see the criteria below. The course has been developed by TAFE NSW for the Security Industries sector in collaboration with ACFIPS.
To secure your place in this course, please send your contact details & date of birth to before 22 February, 2019
Date: 8.00am to 4.00pm, Monday, 8 April 2019
Location: TAFE NSW, Building L, cnr Harris and Thomas Ss, Ultimo NSW 2007. Bring a pen, notepad & your driver’s licence or
Units of Competency: UEENEEH118A Fault find and repair electronic apparatus; UEENEEE101A Apply Occupational Health and Safety regulations, codes and practices in the workplace
Eligibility criteria: Candidates must hold a Certificate II or III in Electronic Security (or the equivalent) or have substantial workplace experience. Candidates must not currently hold both these units of competency: UEENEEH118A or UEENEEE101A. To be eligible for any subsidised training under the Smart and Skilled Targeted Priorities Part Qualification Program a student must be: an Australian citizen, permanent resident or humanitarian


Everyone from NSW ITABs and everyone from the RIEP (Regional Industry Education Partnerships) went to Ballina in early February for a meet and greet, an exchange of ideas and to create a long list of Things To Do Together. Topping the list at the moment is the AEF's regional visits to showcase the Maths in Trades pathway to interested high schools. We warmly welcome the RIEP's help in spreading the VET word. The RIEP is an initiative of the NSW Department of Industry.

Bring a Trade Readiness Course to your school

These industrious people are students from Chifley College Senior Campus who this week were involved in a Bricklaying Trade Readiness Course. These Trade Readiness Courses are funded by the Department of Industry (Training Services NSW) and allocated by the Apprenticeship Engagement Forum to high schools delivering the Mathematics in Trades Pathway. TAFE NSW provides the teachers to run these valuable programs. Bring a TRC to your school … contact the AEF — — for more information.

Do you love growing things?

Do you like getting your hands dirty? Do you like being outdoors? Naturally! Then a school-based NSW Amenity Horticulture traineeship should be perfect for you. Come along to a showcase day at Andreasens Nursery, 1543 Elizabeth Drive, Kemps Creek on Thursday, 28 February, 2019. Your questions will be answered. There will be hands-on workshops — nursery/plant production; green wall construction and irrigation; pathing construction; and a climbing arborist (that’s more of a demonstration). AND … lunch. BUT … you MUST book, you can’t just show up. Contact — do it now.

Congratulations Suzette Po Williams, winner of the Outstanding Female Security Professional award

The Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OPSA) are set up in collaboration with security associations and groups across many countries. Suzette is pictured with Paul Haskell-Dowland, Associate Dean (Computing & Security) at Edith Cowan University, who presented the award. Suzette’s 25 year plus career at Central Monitoring Services has covered all aspects of security work. Without doubt, however, the highlight of her career was acting as the Project Development Officer for the CMS SHLV SOS Link Device. The device gives survivors of domestic violence immediate access to police assistance when outside the safety of their homes. The program is run in collaboration with Family and Community Services, NSW Police and NSW Police Link Command. ‘I believe very strongly in on-going professional development for the members of our industry and entry-level training that encourages new entrants to join our ranks and create career path for themselves,’ said Suzette.

Helping your trainees successfully complete their traineeship is an art in itself

Eighteen apprentice and trainee supervisors came together on 24 September for the inaugural ACFIPS supervisors’ course for the arts and creative industries at the City Recital Hall in Sydney. The course aimed to aimed to give them the tools to turn a trainee into a successful member of the work force. The day generated such a warm feeling of camaraderie that it was agreed an ongoing supervisors’ network would be established. ‘We were completely delighted with the success of the workshop,’ said ACFIPS Chair Tim Cramsie. The workshop was supported by Training Services NSW.