Newbery Consulting VET News – 13th May 2020

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Compliance & Regulatory News

ASQA approves a further extension to the transition period for the TLILIC0012 Licence to operate a vehicle loading crane (capacity 10 metre tonnes and above)  

Following on from ASQA’s previous decisions to extend the transition period for 13 high-risk work units of competency, ASQA has agreed to further extend the transition period for the TLILIC0012 Licence to operate a vehicle loading crane (capacity 10 metre tonnes and above) until 1 November 2020.

This further extension is to allow time for Workplace Safety Authorities to consider the licencing requirements of the current unit of competency TLILIC0002 Licence to operate a vehicle loading crane (capacity 10 metre tonnes and above)

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ASQA’s approach to COVID-19 

ASQA hosted a webinar to provide the vocational education and training, and ELICOS sectors with information and guidance in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The recording and slides from the webinar are now available online.

View here.

Resources for providers

The Three Step Framework for a COVIDSAFE Australia sets the direction for easing restrictions and the gradual reopening of the training sector. In preparation for staff and students returning during the coming months, ASQA has highlighted some resources to help create a safe work and training place.

  • The Safe Work Australia website contains guidance material on operating in a COVID-19 safe manner

  • The provides COVID-19 specific information on paying employees, JobKeeper scheme and assistance for paying apprentices and trainees, as well as information about support available for casual employees.

  • The Australian Taxation Office contains information about support measures for eligible businesses and employers, including JobKeeper payments so business can continue to pay employees, the possibility of varying PAYG instalments to boost cash flow and the increased instant asset write-off.

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Other VET News

Commonwealth Scholarships Program skilling young Australians for the future 

The Australian Government’s Commonwealth Scholarships Program for Young Australians has offered over 50 scholarships to young people undertaking Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications in regional areas with high youth unemployment. These scholarships support students through their VET training by providing study assistance up to $10,000, as well as $3,000 for a work placement or a 20-day internship.

The scholarships are for VET students training for qualifications that will lead to occupations in identified areas of growth and skills need.  In Round 1 of the program, two of the top three occupations that the study will lead to are child care workers and aged or disabled carers. In the face of the current threat of the COVID-19 virus, we are seeing firsthand how important it is to have people skilled in these areas and how they can make all the difference.

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Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarships – Applications for 2020 now open 

The Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarships were first launched in 2014 to assist apprentices who have experienced hardship in their life to successfully complete their apprenticeship. The Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarships assist apprentices in NSW who have demonstrated:

  • hardship in their personal circumstances
  • aptitude for vocational education and training to lead to successful completion of their trade training
  • a positive attitude and application in the workplace and in off-the-job training

Scholarships are open to NSW registered apprentices in both metropolitan and country areas, including school based apprentices.

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New website to assist jobseekers in disability services 

Western Australian Disability Services Minister, Stephen Dawson recently launched a new website that will support WA’s disability sector to continue providing high quality and safe services, and minimise disruption for people with disability during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Jobs in WA Disability Services website has been established by National Disability Services WA (NDS), with funding from the WA Department of Communities, to enable jobseekers and employers across the State to access employment opportunities in the disability sector. Jobseekers with experience working in customer facing roles, including in the disability, community or health sectors can use the new website to register their interest in working in the disability sector and make themselves known to employers needing additional staff during the pandemic.

View here.

Reconciliation Action Plan 

ESA is proud to join more than 1000 organisations across Australia in developing a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). The ESA RAP was endorsed by Reconciliation Australia earlier this month.

Reconciliation involves building stronger relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous peoples. Our RAP is our commitment to be active in this space.

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Articles and Papers

Initial and continuing VET in Australia: clarifying definitions and applications

This report examines whether a distinction can be made in Australian VET between initial vocational education and training (IVET) and continuing vocational education and training (CVET), as applies in a number of other countries. Assisting students to more effectively identify and undertake courses that will optimise their outcomes from VET is the major rationale for this investigation.

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Upcoming Events

NCVER ‘No Frills’ 2020 Conference
Online 7th -10th July 2020

Theme: Workforce ready: challenges and opportunities for VET.
The 29th National Vet Research Conference ‘No Frills’ will be held online for the first time ever, with a combination of pre-recorded content, key note speakers, workshops and presentations on the future of VET.

For more information, click here.

Australian Training Awards 2020

The Australian Training Awards recognise and celebrate excellence, promoting the benefits of vocational education and training.
The Australian Training Awards have extended the nomination period for its Direct Entry categories to Tuesday, 30 June 2020.

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Combined Assessment Support Package – BSB42015 Certificate IV in Leadership and Management (Release 4) and BSB51918 Diploma of Leadership and Management (Release 2)

Newbery Consulting is pleased to offer the complete assessment packages in support the qualifications BSB42015 Certificate IV in Leadership and Management (Release 4) and BSB51918 Diploma of Leadership and Management (Release 2). The packages includes the complete assessment materials for each unit of competency including:

  • Assessment Plan and Mapping
  • Assessor Instructions
  • Candidate Instructions
  • Assessment Record

Cost: $6,600.00

For further information, click here.

RTO Desk Audit

This service is designed to provide an RTO with a very cost effective way to obtain an accurate and independent picture of compliance leading up to a regulatory audit or addition to scope application. Newbery Consulting is pleased to provide a compliance desk audit with the provision of an audit report. Includes the review of one qualification with the Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015 clauses 1.1, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.8 1.13, 1.16 and 4.1.

For further information, click here.

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