Trade Readiness Courses are proving popular

16 high schools have successfully completed 21 Trade Readiness Courses between them. The courses included brick & block laying, painting & decorating, carpentry, plumbing, wall & floor tiling, signs & graphics and civil construction. Obviously, we’ve hit Pause for now, but our fingers are crossed for later in the year and we’ll definitely be back in 2021. A big thank you to the following schools for participating:
Blakehurst High School
Blayney High School
Chifley College Senior Campus, Mt Druitt
Chifley College Junior Campus, Mt Druitt
Chifley College Bidwell
Coolamon Central School
Gorokan High School
James Meehan High School
Macintyre High School, Inverell
Nowra High School
Orange High School
Punchbowl Boys High School
Rooty Hill High School
Seven Hills High School
Wagga High School
Walcha Central School
Think past today and look to tomorrow … check out our TRC FAQ at

Seeking your input for the ICT Training Package changes

PWC Skills for Australia recently released the draft training products for Telecommunications in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Training Package. These proposed changes relate to the Advanced Diploma and Diploma in Information Technology with each qualification having  different specialisations, including network engineering.
You can download a copy of the draft documents at PWC SFA Draft ICT Training products for review
The PWC Skills for Australia ICT project team is seeking industry and RTO feedback on the proposed changes. 
The official feedback close-off date is COB Friday, 17 April 2020. However, the ACFIPS ITAB will continue to accept feedback after this date and ensure it is heard in the right channels. Email ACFIPS will be organising an online forum to discuss these changes in April. Please keep an eye out for the invitation.

Especially if you're an RTO involved with the BSB Training Package

PWC Skills for Australia recently released the Case for Endorsement for the proposed BSB 7.0 Training Package. Its currently scheduled to be put forward to the Australian Industry Skills Council in August 2020. The changes significantly simplify the package. Access the details at
The key challenges for implementing the revised Training Package are primarily for RTOs to address and include:
• Changes to scope of registration for RTOs
• Ensuring ASQA Standards for RTOs compliance, especially around:

  • teacher qualifications and currency
  • product integrity, quality and compliance
  • Teach out requirements are met
  • Marketing material changes
The changes are not expected to impact traineeship and apprenticeship arrangements. Though the current traineeships in Business Administration (Education, Medical), Customer Engagement and Library and Information Services will need to be amended. 

It's worth paying attention

Please keep up to date with the various government stimulus packages measures designed to keep your staff and your clients’ staff employed. For example:

  • Small businesses will be given up to $100,000 to keep their staff employed via tax credits
  • Wage subsides of up to 50% for trainees are available
  • Fully subsidised training for all trainees and apprentices
  • Payroll tax exemptions in NSW
  • Fees and charges waivers for hospitality industry in NSW
More information on Australian Government support can be found at the following link:

Read, rate and add constructive thoughts

PwC Skills for Australia has recently released its second Draft Training Product in Business Services for review. The updated drafts are for Business Enterprises and Technical Skills areas. The revised qualifications have a simplified structure and while maintaining flexibility by including specialisations in each qualification area In enterprise skills, they have included subject matter on:
• financial literacy
• entrepreneurship
• critical thinking 
• leadership and data literacy
In the Technical Skills area, they have included specialisations such as:
• conveyancing and legal services 
• audit and compliance
• information services 
You can download the products from BSB Draft Training Products (V 2.0)   or Skills for Australia - Business Services (look for current projects). Feedback ends at COB 6 March, 2020. If you want to provide feedback, please use this Google Form. ACFIPS will accept feedback after this date, email

The AEF is definitely celebrating

Why? 34 High Schools have now made the Maths in Trades Pathway part of their syllabus. And there’s more to come later this year. A big thank you from the Apprenticeship Engagement Forum to all of you for supporting a great idea.
Belmore Boys High
Blakehurst High School
Bomaderry High School
Callagahan College, Jesmond Senior Campus
Chifley College, Mount Druitt Campus
Chifley College Senior Campus
Chifley College, Bidwell Campus
Chifley College, Shalvey Campus
Collarenabri Central High School
Colyton High School
Dension College, Kelso High Campus
Hunter Sports High School
James Meehan High School
Kincumber High School
Lake Munmorah High School
Lithgow High School
Maitland Christian School
Mount Austin High School
Northlakes High School
Oxley High School
Punchbowl Boys High School
Rooty Hill High School
Seven Hills High School
St Gregory's College
Tumbarumba High School
Tumut High School
Wagga Wagga High School
Walcha Central School
Warialda High School
Warners Bay High
Wee Waa High School
West Wallsend High School
West Wyalong High School
Yass High School

We're looking round for your opinion

PwC Skills for Australia have released for consultation the draft training products for Financial Planning and Superannuation in the Financial Services (FNS) Training Package sector. PWC are seeking industry feedback on the draft products. Download the Financial Services documents at and the Superannuation documents at is a summary document to make it a little easier. Feedback to PwC ends at COB Monday, 16 March, 2020, however the ACFIPS ITAB is happy to receive your feedback after this date — send it to

Central Coast Maths in Trades Implementation Workshop

Our next Maths in Trades Implementation Workshop is being held at the Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College in Tumbi Umbi on Thursday, 20 February. 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 — The workshop is free and lunch will be provided. We look forward to seeing you there.

Collaboration is ACFIPS' theme for 2020

In this case our collaborator is Sydney Region, TAFE NSW. Together we plan to improve the take-up of Creative Industries traineeships. The benefits of a traineeship include gaining a formal qualification via flexible delivery (offered by TAFE NSW) and learning in the workplace while you’re being paid. At a recent meeting we looked at new ways to promote Creative Industry qualifications that have good job outcomes. If you’re interested in a particular qualification, contact ACFIPS’ Senior Project Officer Helen O’Moore.