First in Australia — what a gas!

Congratulations to Blake O’Connell, Brayden Goulding, Rhys Newham and Brad Gould; along with Taylor Pritchard and James Rusten who missed out on the pic. They are the first apprentices to achieve a trade in Gas Industry Operations in Australia.
In May 2014 the Certificate III Traineeship for Gas Supply Operations was converted to a three-year apprenticeship in Gas Industry Operations in NSW. Jemena was the first company to take up this gas industry apprenticeship in Australia.
The apprenticeship provides a recognised trade qualification for those working in gas distribution and transmission assets/networks. Over the course of the program the apprentices were exposed to all aspects of this work including incident response, working in live gas, pipe repair, metering and pressure control.
The 2017 graduating apprentices are the first intake since this program was transitioned from a traineeship into an apprenticeship.
Well done to the now tradespeople, Jemena and EnerTrain (the RTO) on this achievement. The gas industry is growing quickly and more needs to be done to meet the growing demand for training in this field.

How to beecome a beekeeper

Interested in doing a school-based Cert III in Beekeeping? Two high schools in northern NSW will be showcasing the traineeship later this month. Students, parents, teachers and employers are all welcome to attend. Bear in mind that you MUST register; you just can’t buzz over and join in. Spaces are limited so get your name down now.
There’ll be plenty of information about what’s involved in the Cert III and the launch will be followed by a visit to a local commercial apiary. UNE will also be there to discuss pathways to university.
Wednesday, 25 October
Grafton High School
To register and for more information call:
Karen Bennett or (02) 6656 6611
Thursday, 26 October
Alstonville High School
To register and for more information call:
Karen Bennett or (02) 6656 6611

Students given the green light to have a go

The Transport & Logistics & Automotive ITAB and 20 students from Glenmore Park High School recently had the pleasure of visiting the Woolworths’ Sydney Regional Distribution Centre at Minchinbury.

The students were able to see the many facets of the Woolworths operation. The Minchinbury Centre services more than 190 NSW Woolworths stores. They spoke with a number of employees who gave the students an overview of their careers in the warehousing and logistics sector.

Students not only had the opportunity to observe the operations at Woolworths, but experience what it was like to drive a heavy vehicle with up to two trailers attached via a simulator. They explored not only the art of driving, but how to deal with issues that may arise during the drive itself. The simulator provides life-like experiences without the risks of driving a real truck. Some of those life-like experiences included driving at night, how it feels to have a tyre blow out and how to control the truck safely.

Freight volumes are expected to double in the next 20 years and the demand for skilled transport and logistics workers is increasing as our population and freight volumes grow.
In NSW, more than 500,000 people — almost 14 per cent of the workforce — are employed in transport and logistics.

Cert III in Beekeeping now available as a school-based traineeship

The NSW Agrifood ITAB has succeeded in getting the Certificate III in Beekeeping on the NSW Government Smart and Skilled list. This is the first time that the qualification is available to high school students in NSW and potentially Australia. This will allow high school students to do the Certificate III in Beekeeping as part of their HSC as well as work as a beekeeper while at school.

Representatives from the NSW Department of Education are currently working with high schools in the northern rivers and mid north coast to recruit interested participants. They have reported that there has been great interest in participating in this trail from school students.

For this pilot to be successful, it is essential that commercial beekeepers support the initiative and employ a trainee. Beekeepers are required to employ a student for a minimum of 120 days. Wage rates are according to the National Pastoral Award for school-based trainees.
Two showcase days for students, teachers, careers advisors and employers are planned the far north coast and mid north coast in October 2017.

For more information please contact Melissa Wortman at the NSW Agrifood ITAB on 0421 830 056 or or Bruce White on 96346792 or

Changes to Cert IV in Training and Assessment

During July this year, the Standards for RTOs 2015 were amended by the Commonwealth Minister as a result of changes to the Cert IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40116). This requires all trainers and assessors who currently hold TAE40110 to hold the two additional core units of competency in TAE40116 by 1 April 2019.
The additional units are: Design and develop assessment tools (TAEASS502); and Address adult language, literacy and numeracy skills (TAELLN411).
Assessors with only the Assessor Skills Set will also need to hold TAEASS502 by 1 April 2019.
The NSW Department of Industry has released the Smart and Skilled Policy for the Delivery of the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40116) to address the impact of the amendment to the Standards. The policy also covers delivery of either of the two, new additional TAE units.
The policy establishes that the professional development of existing VET professionals is the responsibility of the individual or their respective employer.
If you have TAE40116 on your scope in NSW and wish to deliver it under Smart and Skilled, and you have sufficient Financial Cap(s) available, you can make a request to add it to your Approved Qualifications Activity Schedule by contacting your Strategic Relationship Manager.

Live production skills shortage on the way to being solved

ACFIPS was delighted to host a break-through meeting in early September to look at setting up a pilot for a Live Production traineeship program. The meeting brought together TAFE NSW, employers and ArtsReady, a Group Training Organisation.

TAFE NSW and ArtsReady said they were keen to work closely with employers to ensure that training package units match the needs of the workplace environment. With the recent opening of the new International Convention Centre, ICC Sydney and an increase in events at the Sydney Recital Hall and other venues there has been a shortage of skilled live production technicians.

ACFIPS Chair Tim Cramsie said that the situation will not improve without action being taken now. ‘We have more hotels being built, the NSW Government is promoting Sydney as an events centre and there are also major plans for Parramatta to become a cultural centre. What is needed is a trainee program that will provide on-the-job training, mentoring and support for skilled live production technicians.’

The shortage of live production technicians is not just a Sydney problem as many regions have active festival and cultural programs that require skilled technicians as well.

​Tim Cramsie was pleased with the outcome of the meeting. ‘We have an action plan and commitment from employers to take on trainees. It is a great start and once the pilot is completed there is no reason not to roll out to regions.’