In the past few months, the unprecedented bushfire disaster has burned more than 100,000 sq km of forest, bushland and parks across Australia. Thirty people have now been killed, including 4 firefighters. Thousands have now lost their homes and whole communities devastated.
While conditions have temporarily improved thanks to rain and cooler conditions in the most heavily affected areas in NSW and VIC, there are still months left in this bushfire season. Conditions are expected to worsen again in coming weeks with warmer, drier days.
We are committing 5% of the revenue from sales of our Precision Group (Australia) branded training resources, as well as our extended catalogues Compliant Learning Resources, Vibrant Courseware, TotalVET Training Resources and RTO Learning Materials to the Red Cross Bushfire Relief Fund for the month of January.
We know many of our clients, their families and friends have already been affected or may be affected by the bushfires in the coming months. We hope you are safe, and wish to see people and communities on the path to recovery as soon as possible.
It is particularly enlightening for the VET and RTO community, as it highlights particular industry growth areas that will need training in the coming years. There are definitely a few standouts in this report. Aged and Disability Carers highest growth occupation, with an incredible 39.3% growth in jobs required to 2023. This equates to a massive 69 171 new jobs projected. Other huge growth occupations are Child Carers at 27 576 new jobs, Waiters with 21791 new jobs and Education Aids at 18 800 new jobs!
If you are interested in where you should be focusing your training or new scope applications in the years to come, I definitely recommend reading this article.
Jane and Catrina attended the 2013 National VET Conference in Melbourne and must add their congratulations to its growing list of fans. There were excellent speakers on so many topics (all useful and timely) that there was no one who could have felt forgotten. The number of exhibitors was brilliant, which allowed all delegates to really investigate and compare products and services.
The feedback heard was positive and heartening. Many who arrived with concerns about the ‘new world’ of VET left far more informed and comfortable having received information, solutions, and support.
There was a function in the evening with activities that encouraged networking and fun – great fun. Many new friendships were forged and potential relationships commenced. A wonderful inclusion at an otherwise serious learning event.
Now just to allay the fears of those who believe that Jane may be considering a career change to one of dancing – totally untrue. The scarcity of good partners keeps her with PGA!
Join us for what is to be another spectacular Vocational Education and Training (VET) event – the 2014 National VET Conference will be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) from 11-12 September 2014. Register now and take advantage of the ‘Early Bird Catches the Worm’ pricing!
Each of the following per delegate registration
Entry to all conference sessions over selected day (one-day registration option) or both days (full registration option)
Access to all trade exhibitions
Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea
Conference satchel and electronic resources from selected day sessions (one-day registration option) or both days (full registration option)
Entry to the Welcome Function on Thursday evening (11 September 2014)
We hope you have not missed the articles by Wendy Cato in the RTO – Professional Discussion Group on LinkedIn. We will include one here because it is such an exciting and necessary intervention for VET. Quality for us is paramount and being brave enough to actually undertake integrating it into the VET world is awesome. We hope you will have a close look at this for the benefit of your organisation, your learners and our training world.
Remember that all RTOs must meet their VET data reporting obligations by reporting their 2014 nationally accredited training by 27 February 2015. While there are some transition arrangements, this is the common timeline. Depending on where you are, you will need to report to either your state or territory training authority or to NCVER. Where and when to report your AVETMISS data depends on how the training you deliver is funded and which state or territory you report in.
You will also need to collate your 2014 training and student data using an AVETMISS compliant information management system, prior to extracting your data into AVETMISS compliant National Data Collection files (NAT files).
Finally you will need to validate your NAT files. For most RTOs this will be via NCVER’s free, web-based AVETMISS validation software (AVS). You will need to correct and revalidate your data until it is error-free and submit your data either to your STA or directly to NCVER by 27 February 2015.
The AVETMISS support team has created a video tutorial to guide you through the validation process. Learn how to upload, validate and report your nationally accredited data using NCVER’s free web-based AVETMISS Validation Software (AVS). Watch their video now.