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.

Hello Tony Palladino

NSW ITABs welcomes Tony Palladino as the new Executive Officer of the NSW Utilities & Electrotechnology ITAB. It's great to have you on board, Tony. We also bid a fond farewell to Norm Cahill, the outgoing and long-serving EO of U&E. Norm is off to do — perhaps not better — but probably more fun things. We know he'll miss the acronyms.

Wouldn't have missed it

NSW ITABs rolled up recently to the Career Advisors Association's information day and exhibition for new high school careers advisors. Everyone took turns manning our table — in this instance, Tim Cleary from Forestworks and Susan Scowcroft from the NSW Community Services & Health ITAB. Attendees were interested in the possibilty of school visits, the Maths in Trades Pathway and delighted to discover there were more traineeships and apprenticeships on offer than they thought possible.

A Maths in Trades Info Session is coming to Moree & Tamworth

Andrew Bryson from the Apprenticeship Engagement Forum is setting out as I post to tell you all about the Mathematics in Trades pathway. He’ll be in Moree on 5 June for a lunchtime session and in Tamworth on 6 June for an afternoon session. This is your last chance to book at Please make sure you choose the correct tab at the bottom of the booking page before registering for your choice of session. Maths teachers, career advisers and interested people welcome. For more information contact

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.