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Resources for Courses Expo - would you like to exhibit? Edition 624, 5 Oct

Resources for Courses wish to extend an invitation to ACPET members to exhibit at their two careers and education expos in Sydney in June 2016. The first opportunity to exhibit is the HSC and Careers Expo which will take place at the Royal Hall of Industries in Moore Park between June 2nd-5th. Late... Read more

Does your RTO need an ACPET Health Check? Edition 624, 5 Oct

As you may be aware, ACPET offers a range of Health Check Services for registered training organisations, available exclusively to ACPET members. The ACPET Health Check has an adaptable and cost effective model that can be moulded to suit the individual needs of your college. Many member RTOs use th... Read more

NMU Archive
ACPET appears as witness at NSW VET Inquiry Edition 623, 28 Sep

ACPET appeared as a witness at Public Hearing #4 last week of the Vocational education and training in New South Wales Inquiry, to answer questions of the Legislative Council’s General Purpose Standing Committee No. 6, who are conducting the enquiry. Our appearance was subsequent to a submissi... Read more

An important reminder about ASTAS cover Edition 623, 28 Sep

In recent weeks, we’ve been contacting members in NSW whose 2015-2016 membership renewal remains unfinalised, due to outstanding payment or documentation. It’s vital that all members understand the following: • Non-financial members are NOT covered by ASTAS. A condition of ASTAS c... Read more

NSW Fair Trading is looking at VET Edition 623, 28 Sep

NSW Fair Trading recently wrote to 1159 VET suppliers and marketers in NSW. NSW Fair Trading and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission are jointly investigating a small number of suppliers and marketers, in response to alleged misleading or deceptive marketing of courses funded through... Read more

NSW Workers Compensation premium calculation changes Edition 623, 28 Sep

ACPET has been contacted by the NSW Business Chamber (NSWBC) in light of changes in the way the state government calculates Workers Compensation insurance premiums. They’re seeking feedback from member colleges who may be experiencing difficulty understanding how their amount payable has been... Read more

Success for ACPET members at Student Achiever Awards Edition 623, 28 Sep

ACPET wishes to congratulate the winners of the 2015 Minister’s Student Achiever Awards in Travel and Tourism. The following three winning students awarded at the ceremony study at ACPET member colleges: • Rebecca Lubgans – Kenvale College • Bonnie-Sue O’Garey –... Read more

The New Narrative Edition 623, 28 Sep

The first week of the Turnbull Government has seen some quick moves in the Higher Education space. The new Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham has rapidly commenced searching for a way through the Senate impasse. There has already been some speculation that a tiere... Read more

Smart and Skilled programs for 2016 - applications open Edition 622, 21 Sep

Members should be aware that applications for Smart and Skilled contracts to deliver the additional qualifications to be added to the NSW Skills List for 2016 are now open. Applications will close 5.00pm AEST this Friday, 25 September. Applications can only be made via the ‘Login’... Read more

Minister Barilaro announces subsidised training for students with existing qualifications Edition 622, 21 Sep

This week the NSW minister for Skills, John Barilaro, announced that students with existing qualifications will receive access to subsidised vocational education and training. From 2016, students with a Certificate IV or higher will be able to apply for subsidised training in Foundation Skills, Cer... Read more

Smart and Skilled webinar recording now available Edition 622, 21 Sep

On 9 September David Collins, Executive Director, Market Quality and Operations, Skills and Industry Division at the NSW Department of Industry and members of his team delivered a webinar on Smart and Skilled in 2015 and the Targeted Priorities Prevocational and Part Qualifications Program. A recor... Read more

Concession Opal card now available to NSW Apprentices and Trainees Edition 622, 21 Sep

The NSW government has announced a new measure that could see your apprentices and trainees receive discounted fares on public transport. An extension to the Concession Opal card was announced by Minister for Skills, John Barilaro in conjunction with, the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure... Read more

Yes another week slips by (or is it a year). Edition 622, 21 Sep

As you read this we will all be examining the details of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s new cabinet. Much speculation but few facts so it will make it an interesting Monday and an intriguing week. For the VET sector it is time (again) for some very direct talking. Monday sees our inaugural... Read more

Global Learning Support RTO Information Sessions Edition 621, 14 Sep

Global Learning Support are hosting a series of informal discussions with VET Providers across Australia to test their e-learning support products for students. ACPET members are welcome to participate in upcoming sessions at the following locations: Workstar Office, Darlinghurst Sydney... Read more

ACPET members enjoy success in NSW Training Awards Edition 621, 14 Sep

ACPET chairman Martin Cass and NSW/ACT Executive Officer Peter McDonald were very happy to be invited guests for the NSW Training Awards in Darling Harbour last week. Being there meant we could witness the success of 2 member colleges – VERTO and MEGT – first-hand, and offer our persona... Read more

Minister Barilaro makes new Smart and Skilled announcement Edition 621, 14 Sep

Last week NSW Skills Minister John Barilaro announced that the NSW Government will invest $10 million to help school leavers start their career through free pre-traineeship and pre-apprenticeship part qualification training. Mr Barilaro also announced that from 2016, the NSW Government has capped t... Read more

Smart and Skilled Year One Program Review - project update Edition 620, 7 Sep

As we’ve previously made members aware, the NSW Skills Board has commissioned an independent review of the first year of implementation of Smart and Skilled. The first stage of the review will provide independent advice to the NSW Skills Board on the RTO application and assessment process for... Read more

ACPET and Austrade announce Skills Development for Gulf States event Edition 620, 7 Sep

How does a training model connecting skilled labour in India with employers in the Gulf States present opportunities for Australian providers? What are the dynamics of local and foreign workforces in filling skilled vacancies across the region? These are some of the questions that will be addressed... Read more

StudyNSW brand and website update Edition 620, 7 Sep

StudyNSW recently wrote to ACPET to share an update about the imminent release of their new website and plans for brand redevelopment. They’re particularly keen for regional providers to understand what they’re trying to achieve. Click here to have a read of the letter.... Read more

Inquiry into vocational education and training in NSW Edition 618, 24 Aug

ACPET has made a submission for consideration in the Inquiry into vocational education and training in NSW being conducted by the state’s Legislative Council. Click here to view ACPET’s response to the Inquiry’s Terms of Reference. Representative committee member counsel was... Read more

New Training Packages now available from CS&HISC Edition 617, 17 Aug

ACPET notes that The Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council (CS&HISC) have announced the release of a new raft of training packages, endorsed by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee. Following a three year review process, CS&HISC have undertaken an overhaul of their e... Read more

Independent review of Smart and Skilled - have your say. Edition 616, 10 Aug

As members in NSW may be aware, an independent review into the Smart and Skilled reform of the NSW VET system is being conducted, and researchers want to hear from ACPET’s NSW members. A survey has been composed to gather the perspectives of those providers with experience of Smart and Skille... Read more

Does your RTO need an ACPET Health Check? Edition 616, 10 Aug

As you may be aware, ACPET offers a range of Health Check Services for registered training organisations, available exclusively to ACPET members. The ACPET Health Check has an adaptable and cost effective model that can be moulded to suit the individual needs of your college. Many member RTOs use th... Read more

Does your RTO need an ACPET Health Check? Edition 615, 3 Aug

As you may be aware, ACPET offers a range of Health Check Services for registered training organisations, available exclusively to ACPET members. The ACPET Health Check has an adaptable and cost effective model that can be moulded to suit the individual needs of your college. Many member RTOs use th... Read more

Smart and Skilled Review: It's time to say what you really think Edition 614, 27 Jul

Nous Group, a management consulting firm, has been engaged by the NSW Skills Board to undertake market research of the multiple perspectives of Smart and Skilled’s first year. A key stakeholder group, of course, is VET providers. This is a heads up for members that an online survey will go l... Read more

Seminar invitation extended to ACPET members Edition 614, 27 Jul

Last year, ACPET member TOP Education Institute introduced an ‘Academic Visitor Policy,’ and they are pleased to announce the arrival of their first visiting professor. Professor Carmine Bianchi of Italy’s University of Palermo will deliver two research seminars during his visit t... Read more

Have an opinion about Australia's Adult Migrant English Program? Edition 614, 27 Jul

Over the next three weeks, a series of community consultations will take place across New South Wales on the future of the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP). The AMEP consultations will be hosted by the Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham, following an indepen... Read more

Does your college do library online? Edition 614, 27 Jul

NSW member college Australian Vocational Learning Centre (AVLC) wishes to increase the resources pool of reference articles, textbooks and case studies for students studying with them. Their study streams are Business, Leadership and Management, Accounting and Marketing. To keep students current... Read more

HR policy assistance needed Edition 614, 27 Jul

Richard Lawrance, CEO of member college the Health Information Management Association of Australia, needs a hand. Despite having a client base of health information managers, where you’d be forgiven for thinking he’d be swimming in free operational policy advice, very few of HIMAA’... Read more

2016 CAA Conference - presenter expressions of interest wanted Edition 614, 27 Jul

The Careers Advisors Association of NSW and ACT (CAA) invites expressions of interest from ACPET members who would like to put forward a speaker to present at their 2016 annual conference. Attended by 340 careers advisors from across both NSW and the ACT, the conference is an opportunity for person... Read more

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