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VET News – 5th September 2018

5th September 2018 Hello and welcome to VET News, There are some interesting items in this edition of VET News. I would particularly recommend a report release by the NCVER in August entitled The Fourth Industrial Revolution: The implications of technical disruption for Australian VET. I have found this a fascinating report and a real […]

06/09/2018

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VET News – 15th August 2018

15th August 2018 Hello and welcome to VET News, Well, after two years in development, we are very proud to announce that our new cloud based student management software is available to the market. After trying for about six months to think of a sexy new name, we ended up with RTO Data Cloud (click). […]

15/08/2018

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VET News – 1st August 2018

1st August 2018 Compliance & Regulatory News ASQA allowed to seek civil penalties for breaches of the Standards for RTO’s The NVR Regulation Amendment 2018 allows ASQA to seek civil penalties for breaches of the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (the Standards), even in cases where a provider has since rectified that breach. The NVR […]

01/08/2018

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VET News – 11th July 2018

11th July 2018 Hello and welcome to VET News, This edition of VET News is full of interesting articles. There are particularly a number of training package updates to take note of. We have recently been spending a bit of time looking at third party arrangements on behalf of our clients. There seems to be […]

11/07/2018

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VET News – 5 February 2018

5th February 2018 Compliance & Regulatory News New National VET Data Policy A new National VET data policy was agreed by skills Ministers at the council of Australian Government Industry and Skills Council meeting on 24th Nov 2017. The policy came into effect on the 1st Jan 2018. The policy allows for a six month […]

05/02/2018

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VET News – 27 October 2017

27th October 2017 Compliance & Regulatory News Man convicted and fined for issuing fake qualifications A man who issued seven vocational education and training (VET) statements of attainment despite not being authorised to do so has been convicted and fined $3,000 in the ACT Magistrates Court. READ MORE ASQA announces changes to the transition period […]

27/10/2017

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Vet News – 12 September 2017

VET News 12th of September 2017 Hello and welcome to VET News,It is National VET Conference week!! I will be at the National VET Conference this week Wednesday – Friday. I am delivering a Masterclass session Wednesday and attending the main conference on Thursday and Friday. It is always a great event hosted by our […]

01/10/2017

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VET News – 14 August 2017

I would just like to take a moment to thanks everyone for all of the positive feedback and comments about our new Audit Guide for the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015. Since releasing the revised guide in May, we have had over 5500 visitors to the audit guide pages on our website. I have received many nice emails and stories of different experiences in regulatory audits.

14/08/2017

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VET News – 1 August 2017

Ok, I am going out on a limb here so wish me luck! Apart from all of the registration cancellations and the mega RTOs falling over (Careers),, I think we may be re-entering a period of stability and growth. Most RTOs that we are speaking to identify that the 2nd-3rd quarters of 2016/17 (Oct 2016 – Mar 2017) was a very dark time. From about Mar 2017, things seem to be improving and right now, there seems to be a degree of confidence as enrollment numbers are returning to normal.

01/08/2017

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VET News – 15 March 2017

I am amazed at the constant notifications of cancellations from ASQA. Last month there were 6-7 and this month we have that number again. I am also getting an increased number of enquiries from RTOs who have received that deeded letter of notification to impose sanctions. My typical response to these enquiries is that you are contacting us at the wrong end of the process. Prevention is better than the cure.

15/03/2017

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VET News – 31 January 2017

Just a reminder, that we are entering the reporting season. Over the next five months the following reports are due in accordance with the Standards for Registered Training Organisations

31/01/2017

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VET News – 20 December 2016

Well 2016 is almost done and dusted. I think it’s fair to say that it has been a tough year for our sector. We look forward to 2017 with hope that the business environment will improve. I feel that the new year will be a year of innovation as RTOs attempt to find efficiencies in a tough environment.

20/12/2016

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VET News – 30 November 2016

I hope you are all well. We are waiting to hear the outcomes this week of the Senate vote with respect of the VET Student Loan Bill. The proposed amendments to grant TAFE institutes a 12-month exemption has already been announced. I also understand that there is some fierce lobbying going on the obtain a 6-month delay for all providers to properly assess the likely impact on the sector.

01/12/2016

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VET News – 28 October 2016

Well, I have been sounding the alarm bells on the VET Fee Help program since 2012. The government made some changes at the fringes in 2015 to clean this sector up. However, this month has brought down the hammer like a blunt instrument on the private providers operating in this sector.

28/10/2016

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VET News – 21 September 2016

I hope this finds you well. Hello to all of our new subscribers! Fairly sure we had the largest growth in a single month over the Aug/Sep period, so very happy with that. We also attended the National VET Conference on the Gold Coast 14-16 Sep 2016. It was great!

21/09/2016

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VET News – 26 August 2016

Thanks to everyone regarding the wonderful feedback on last month’s newsletter. It is amazing that almost five years ago we had this crazy idea to launch a free monthly newsletter. We wanted to cut through all of the information clutter out there and present a concise news report on the things we feel are worth focusing on in our wonderful VET sector.

01/09/2016

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VET News – 28 July 2016

It is a packed VET News this month. If you have previously missed it, ASQA made an announcement this month about changes to the audit process. It is worth taking a look at that. It seems to be a step back from allowing for procedural fairness. The key change in my view is the option for the regulator to move straight to issuing “Notice of intent to impose administrative sanction” without first allowing the RTO to rectify a non-compliance.

28/07/2016

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VET News – 22 June 2016

Back on the 3rd June I sought clarification form ASQA about what I assumed was a very simple question: Can a domestic provider who is not a registered CRICOS provider deliver unit only courses such as first aid, RSA or Construction Safety (White Card) to international students.

22/06/2016

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VET News – 18 May 2016

Hi there,I hope you are all well. Just a quick note to let you know that we will be releasing our long awaited revised audit guide this month. This will replace the audit evidence guide released back in June 2012 (click) which was very popular in the sector. We were trying to get it complete for this VET News but couldn’t get there and we cannot hold up the news!

29/05/2016

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VET News – 15 April 2016

Welcome to this April edition of VET News. The big news in this addition (in my view) is the release of the new TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. It is a very different qualification to its predecessor. It is not equivalent to begin with so that means that the 716 RTOs with TAE40110 on their scope will loose it in 12 months and will need to apply to have the new qualification added to scope. ASQA has established the most rigorous requirements for an RTO to add a new qualification to scope that I have ever seen.

15/04/2016

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VET News – 9 March 2016

Welcome to our March VET News. A very interesting ASQA update this month with ASQA publicising its decision to cancel the registration of a number of RTOs following the investigation into some VET Fee Help providers. It will be interesting to watch if these RTOs challenge the regulators decision in the Federal Court and if they succeed in reversing the decision.

09/03/2016

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VET News – 1 February 2016

Hi there,

I have been getting many questions about the approaching requirement for RTO Chief Executive Officers to submit an annual declaration to the National Regulator about their compliance. So, I have put my thoughts down in a Blog to address these questions. You can access that on our website at the following page: http://newberyconsulting.com.au/ceo-annual-declaration. The declaration is due by the 31st Mar 2016 (see here) for the details on the ASQA website.

01/02/2016

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VET News – 23 December 2015

Hi there,
I hope this newsletter finds you well. Well it’s been a big year (as always!) in the VET sector. We have seen some significant changes including the following:
•The introduction of the Unique Student Identifier (USI) from 1 January 2015
•The first compulsory Total VET Activity report submitted in February 2015
•The introduction of the new Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015 in April 2015
•Introduction of the VET FEE-HELP Guidelines from 1 July 2015
•Commencing the process of replacing Industry Skills Councils with Skills Service Organisations in August 2015

07/01/2016

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VET News – 19 November 2015

I hope this newsletter finds you all well. I highly recommend reviewing the VET Fee Help audit report released by ASQA recently. I think that we must keep in mind that the majority of providers in the VET Fee Help market are providing great services. I am certainly please however that ASQA is taking action to clean up this sector of the industry.

19/11/2015

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VET News – 9 October 2015

Hope you are all well. Welcome to our October VET News and welcome to all of our new subscribers that have joined us this month. The big event for us in September was the National VET Conference in Adelaide which was staged by Velg Training. Velg as always did an amazing job and the conference was a great success. We used the conference as a point to celebrate our 10th year anniversary in business.

09/10/2015

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VET News – 19 August 2015

Welcome to the news for Aug 2015. Please take note of the VET Reform section. This initiative may take some time, but I personally think if would be a very positive move to centralise the funding into the federal Government. Enjoy the news.

19/08/2015

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VET News – 21 July 2015

We are please today to make available to the VET sector our revised audit tool which has been created to align with the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015. This audit tool replaces previous versions from Newbery Consulting which are in circulation that relate to now superseded RTO Standards.

21/07/2015

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VET News – 9 June 2015

Are you attending the 2015 National VET Conference in Adelaide 17-18 Sep? We are and am really looking forward to it. We are a Silver Sponsor this year and are proud to be associated with Velg Training who delivers this important event each year. We will have a booth in the trade area (No 35) so make sure you come by and say hello.

09/06/2015

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VET News – 6 May 2015

Firstly, I apologies for being so quite lately. Over the last couple of months I have had my head down progressing client projects and refining our systems alignment and compliance with the new standards. This has all been very positive but has come at the expense of other things. Anyway,, we are back on track now and racing through the fourth quarter

06/05/2015

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VET News – 19 Mar 2015

Enjoy the news and good training!

19/03/2015

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VET News – 18 Feb 2015

Welcome to 2015! I hope you have all eased back into the work cycle. Heaps of interesting news happening at the moment. Thanks again to Anne Maree who collates and prepares these news items each month. One thing I did want to draw everyone’s attention to is the looming Total VET Activity report that is due to the NCVER no later than the 28th Feb 2015.

18/02/2015

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VET News – 10 Dec 2014

Well, last VET News for the year! It has been a busy year for us and I am sure for you. The New Year will bring three significant development in our sector. New RTO standards will be introduced, the unique student identifier becomes mandatory and in Feb, total VET activity reporting will also commence.

10/12/2014

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VET News – 10 Nov 2014

Many of you will be aware that offers were sent out last month for the Smart and Skilled funding contract in NSW. We have had clients contacting us constantly since the 8th October, some with elation (mainly Sydney based) and most with absolute dismay at the small allocation they have been offered.

10/11/2014

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VET News – 10 Oct 2014

Hi everyone, Sorry for this month being a little late. There has been a bit happening lately! There are a few spectacular news items this month. No doubt some of you will have already heard about these. I will let you read about those but I did want to reflect on the progress the department […]

10/10/2014

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VET News – 5 Sep 2014

Hope you are all well. Well the news is very light this month, which isn’t a bad thing. We have our new VET Advisory Board as of the 15th Aug 2014. I thought it would be helpful to give them a head start, we could give them a ten point action list to assist them to focus their attention. Here it is:

05/09/2014

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VET News – 7 Aug 2014

The news items aren’t so sensational at the moment, but still lots happening. For all of our RTO Data users, we are close to finalising our USI functionality. In addition to the updated RTO Data (Ver 4.5, maybe early Oct), all users will also need to obtain a Device AUSkey which is not something well understood out there in Training Land. I think the USI people have done a good job of engaging with the sector, but this little requirement seems to be flying a bit under the radar.

07/08/2014

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VET News – 8 July 2014

Wow. How much change can happen in four weeks! There has been some significant developments in the last month. Of particular note is the automatic scope update for equivalent qualifications and units of competency. That will make a big difference for RTOs and is a great change to come out of the ongoing VET reform. Of course the other notable item is the release of the new draft RTO Standards. Unlike the last ones, I think we can expect that these will be implemented so it is important to have your say during this short review process.

08/07/2014

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VET News – 5 June 2014

Hope you are all well. Welcome to our newsletter for June. Can you believe the end of the financial year is here already! I won’t carp on about some issue this month. Too crazy at the moment. Thank goodness Anne Maree is so organised and disciplined to prepare these news summaries each month.

07/06/2014

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VET News – 2 May 2014

Welcome to this month of VET News. Lots of great articles. The item of significance in this month’s news is the closure of the NSSC. I do feel that we are experiencing the calm before the storm. The government has been very vocal about the over regulation of the sector. There has been much talk on LinkedIn and other forums about the impending closure of ASQA. I just can’t believe the government would be that stupid! Thanks for all the feedback in relation to last month’s VET News. I am sure we all gave the VET Reform Taskforce something to think about.

02/05/2014

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VET News – 7 Apr 2014

Its fairly interesting what’s happening with all the various reviews at the moment. We have the VET Reform Taskforce, a review into ASQA itself and a House of Representatives Enquiry into TAFE. Well at the end of it all we will certainly know a lot more about ourselves! It seems to me to be an important time to speak-up and have your say. Remember that the world is run by those who turn up.

07/04/2014

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VET News – 7 Mar 2014

OK,,, I think we can now say confidently that we have a policy shift by ASQA to accept greater risk in the renewal of registration. In the month of Feb and in the last few days of March we have now had five clients have their renewal of registration approved without an audit being conducted. They submit their renewal application and about 6-8 weeks later simply receive an email informing them that “ASQA has finished processing this application and will forward the appropriate finalisation documentation to the organisation shortly” and voila your renewal is complete.

07/03/2014

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VET News – 31 Jan 2014

In December I mentioned that we have had a number of clients have their renewal of registration approved without an audit. These were all low risk RTOs. We are seeing that trend continue this year already with another client receiving notification of this in January. I think this is really interesting and something to watch.

31/01/2014

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VET News – 5 Dec 2013

Well our year has almost come to a close. It has been a good year. A few challenges overcome and steady growth as usual. Our biggest achievements this year include the engagement of new permanent staff and a number of new contract consultants who are all doing great work. Our data management system RTO Data also advanced this year with some significant upgrades. RTO Data has become a fantastic platform for Newbery Consulting and our many users. I am also very proud of our many clients who have navigated their way through their initial and renewal of registration audits.

05/12/2013

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VET News – 7 Nov 2013

Well, happy birthday to us!!! VET News is two years old this month and still going strong. Thank you to all of our loyal subscribers for all the great feedback we receive. I would like to especially thank Anne Maree Newbery (big sister) for her tireless effort every month to search through the multitude of information that various agencies put out to select and present our news items every month. Anne Maree has an eye for relevance and importance and this comes through based on the feedback we receive. I am also pleased that we have kept VET News as a free newsletter and add free.

07/11/2013

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VET News – 3 Oct 2013

Well, can you believe it has almost been two years since we started to publish VET News! VET News commenced in November 2011 and In that time we have grown our subscriber base, developed the structure of the news content and have transitioned to a manager email services using Mail Chimp.

03/10/2013

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VET News – 5 Sep 2013

For those who follow my blog, I have posted a recent article on Recording Assessment Evidence. In our audits of new clients as we prepare them for renewal of registration, we are still seeing lots of non-compliance out there in relation to retained assessment evidence. I certainly do not think that the requirements of the ASQA General Direction on Retention requirements for completed student assessment items is yet to be properly recognised by many RTOs and this new blog is an attempt to get the word out so that RTOs can review their arrangements for recording assessment evidence.

05/09/2013

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VET News – 31 July 2013

Hope you are all well. As always there is lots happening in the VET Sector. Of note is the recent release by ASQA of their revised fee schedule. Whilst the fees did not increase in line with the “proposed” fee schedule, most fees have increased by roughly 100% or more.

31/07/2013

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VET News – 25 Jun 2013

As the financial year comes to a close, the big news this month is the endorsement by SCOTESE of the NSSC’s standards policy framework, “Improving Vocational Education and Training: the Australian Vocational Qualification System”.

25/06/2013

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VET News – 13 May 2013

Well after almost 18 months of regular VET News issues, we now have too many subscribers for an Outlook account to manage. So, we have moved to MailChimp in order to manage subscriptions not only for VET News but all of Newbery Consulting’s email lists. This is the first official distribution so I hope it makes it to you safe and sound.

13/05/2013

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VET News – 25 Mar 2013

It’s hard to know where to start. In the last couple of weeks we have seen the release of some significant documents which stand to have far reaching impact on the VET sector as we know it.

25/03/2013

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VET News – 12 Feb 2013

We are pleased to welcome Cathy Fisher as new member to the Newbery Consulting team. Cathy commenced in late January and has been appointed as the Applications Manager.

12/02/2013

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VET News – 07 Dec 2012

Wow! What a year! I cannot believe it is December already. We have had another great year and have continued to support our many clients and have established some new and exciting relationships. I am most please about our new staff and the ongoing development of our system. I think 2013 is going to be a great year.

07/12/2012

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VET News – 05 Nov 2012

Before we present everyone else’s news, we have some news of our own! We are very pleased to welcome to the Newbery Consulting team, Sarah Funke. Sarah has been appointed as our Client Support Manager and will be providing support direct to our many clients and users of our RTO System.

05/11/2012

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VET News – 01 Oct 2012

Well,, what a tumultuous month it has been in the media for our friend, ASQA. If you didn’t catch this through the month we have provided links to watch both stories.

01/10/2012

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VET News – 03 Sep 2012

One thing to note are the published responses to frequently asked questions by ASQA. I think this is a good thing and I encourage you to review this information on the ASQA site.

03/09/2012

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VET News – 01 Aug 2012

Please enjoy our newsletter this month. We have Anne Maree back on board after a stint away. It’s good to have her keen eye for the news back on deck. Good training!

01/08/2012

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VET News – 03 Jul 2012

OK,,,, I would firstly like to open this newsletter by acknowledging that I was wrong about QLD becoming a non-referring State!

03/07/2012

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VET News – 01 Jun 2012

I draw your attention to is “Victorian Training Market Decimated” down in other news of interest. Both TAFE and private providers alike have been dealt a harsh blow by the Victorian Government who withdraw massive amounts of funding without any prior warning. In the next 12 months, I suspect we will see many forced closures and many VET practitioners out of work.

01/06/2012

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VET News – 30 Apr 2012

I hate to say I told you so,, but it looks like the QLD transition to ASQA is just about in the toilet. Now,, if QLD follow VIC and WA, they will become a non-referring State. This means that all of the RTOs which operate across the State border now (and CRICOS Providers) will still go to ASQA.

30/04/2012

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VET News – 30 Mar 2012

Hope you are all well. I am glad to say that VET News has now reached over 500 subscribers. We are very proud of this achievement and are pleased that readers find the information so useful that they recommended it. Next stop 1000 subscribers!

30/03/2012

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VET News – 29 Feb 2012

Lots of helpful information this month. I particularly recommend the Research Messages 2011 from the NCVER. The link is toward the bottom. Like me, I am sure you are all flat out trying to keep across industry developments and trends. I found this document great, as it provides a summary of an entire research paper in one page (fantastic!). It also provides the links to the original report which is great.

29/02/2012

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VET News – 30 Jan 2012

Hope you are all well and had a great break. The year has certainly taken off in a hurry. I would first like to welcome all of our new subscribers. We had a significant increase in subscribers in Dec as our news letter is pushed on through your email networks.

30/01/2012

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VET News – 16 Dec 2011

Last edition for the year. We decided to send this edition out a little early. Let’s face it, who wants to get a work email the week before Christmas!! It has been another big year for us and I seriously need to spend some time at the beach reading a good book. Newbery Consulting will be closed over the period 17 Dec 2011 – 08 Jan 2012 returning on Monday the 9th Jan.

16/12/2011

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VET News – 30 Nov 2011

What an amazing response we had to our first edition! Over the last three weeks we have received 62 new subscribers from right across the VET sector. We have also received great feedback so thank you for your positive comments and for recommending the subscription to others.

30/11/2011

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VET News – 03 Nov 2011

Since the closure of the Training Packages @ Work in June 2011, there has been a gap in the VET sector in the availability of a regular consolidated news service. To address this need, we will prepare and send you a monthly news letter with all of the consolidated news that specifically relates to the […]

03/11/2011

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