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 — 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.

Very excited to be at

the NSW launch of

National Skills Week!

Join us in the paddock

Join us in the paddock for the FIRST EVER wool industry school-based showcase day at the TAFE campus, Narromine Road, Dubbo on 19 September (10am-2pm). There will be workshops covering drafting sheep, shearing, wool classing and sheep selection. Find out the answers to all your pressing questions about the wool industry at the Q&A. Lunch will give everyone an opportunity to mill round and meet potential employers and apprentices; shepherded by a whole lot of people determined to bring you together. Wool-gathering is definitely not on the agenda. This is a FREE event, but you MUST register, you can’t just show up.
For public high schools, contact
For Catholic/independent schools, contact
For industry registrations, contact
Proudly supported by Australian Wool Innovation and the Shearing Contractors Association.

Feel the buzz in Narrandera

Do you like helping the natural environment? Do you like being outdoors? Do you like agriculture? Naturally! Then a school-based NSW beekeeping traineeship should be perfect for you. Come along to a showcase day at King Bee Honey, 36 Paynters Siding Road, Narrandera, NSW on Wednesday, 25 September 2019. Your questions will be answered. There will be hands-on workshops — beekeeping demonstrations from world class beekeepers, find the queen bee, learn about the importance of beekeeping to the natural environment and more. Plus, a FREE lunch, but you MUST book, you can’t just show up.
For public high schools, contact
For Catholic and independent schools, contact
For industry registrations, contact

Maths in Trades is coming to Ballina and Lismore

Andrew and I are setting out for Ballina and Lismore to bring you a Mathematics in Trades Information Evening. This your chance to find out how the Maths in Trades pathway can benefit your students. Maths teachers, careers advisers, high school principals and interested people are all welcome. We’ll be in Ballina on Tuesday, 23 July and Lismore on Wednesday, 24 July. For times and venue details visit our website To register you’ll have to contact from the Apprenticeship Engagement Forum. Sorry, I don’t have an email.