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.

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.