NSW ITABs (Industry Training Advisory Bodies) is the umbrella organisation for 11 individual ITABS. They are:

NSW Community Services and Health ITAB (CS&H)
Apprenticeship Engagement Forum (AEF)
NSW Agrifood ITAB
Manufacturing Skills Australia (MSA)
Australian Industry Standards (AIS) NSW ITAB
Transport & Logistics & Automotive
NSW Utilities & Electrotechnology ITAB
Resources and Infrastructure NSW ITAB
Arts Communications Finance Industries and Property Services ITAB (ACFIPS)

NSW ITABs encourages traineeships and apprenticeships, promotes VET and supports the implementation of training packages. Each ITAB covers one or more specific industry sectors.

NSW ITABs supports the flow of useful advice, intelligent ideas, creative thinking and clear communication between industry and government.

NSW ITABs believes in blue sky thinking.

What's happening now...

Cyber security traineeship now a reality

The proposal for a Cyber Security Traineeship gained strong support from industry associations and employers and is now a reality. The new traineeship uses the accredited course 22334VIC Certificate IV in Cyber Security. Details are listed in the Commissioner’s Information Bulletin CIB 675. Essentially those who complete the traineeship become para-professionals in Cyber Security. The traineeship is seen an entry level to ICT with focus on the technical skills trainees will need to protect organisations against malicious cyber activity. The Certificate IV in Cyber Security will have widespread appeal to medium to large employers. Some of the future job roles could include: Cyber Security Support Officer, Security Penetration Tester, Information Systems Security Support Officer, Network Security Support Officer or Website Security Support Officer. In NSW the RTO currently able to deliver the qualification is TAFE NSW. http://ow.ly/GdDT30lEoaR

What's the first skill you need to build almost anything at all? Maths

Almost 50% of students seeking an apprenticeship in the building and construction industry were rejected because of a poor level of maths. The Mathematics in Trades pathway was developed specifically to address this problem. It’s an entirely practical, down to earth course designed to appeal to future tradies. The Year 9 curriculum is ready to be introduced at your school. Trials for the Years 10 and 11 curriculum take place next year. Year 12 will follow. For more information contact Andrew.bryson@bigpond.com

Want to help your apprentices finish their training? Try this great idea ...

The Industry Specialist Mentoring for Australian Apprentices (ISMAA) program aims to increase apprentice retention rates, particularly in the first two years of training, in order to improve completion rates and support the supply of skilled workers in industries undergoing structural change. The ISMAA program provides an intensive and specialist level of assistance to apprentices and trainees who are experiencing barriers to completing their training through frequent contact from a highly skilled industry mentor with appropriate skill sets. The apprentice or trainee will develop an Individual Mentoring Plan with their mentor that will outline the range of support that will be provided. The ISMAA program is delivered across a range of industries including: building and construction; accommodation and food services; electrical; and health care. For more information visit http://ow.ly/yNlM30lz29P