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). We do think this will be a game changer in the VET student management system market. We have commenced the process of moving our current client over to the new system and have already begun taking on new clients. We are super excited about this new service to the sector.

In September this year (13-14 Sep 2018), I am attending and presenting at the National VET Conference hosted by VELG Training which is back in Adelaide in 2018! Adelaide is such a great place to hold a conference. A bunch of Newbery Consulting staff will be in attendance other than me including Sarah, Bree, Kate and Jennifer. Please come up and say hi if you are there. Sarah has been practicing her dance moves for the “Dance Off” competition held during the Welcome Function. She is an absolute weapon on the dance floor so good luck to other competitors!

Now, on the 13th Sep, I am presenting a talk on “The Future of Competency Based Assessment”. I would like to put a call out for anyone doing exciting work in the use of technology in the conduct of competency assessment. I am particularly interested on the use of web applications, artificial intelligence, cloud computing and augmented/virtual reality. If you or someone you know is working in this space, I would love to connect with them. Very happy to give appropriate acknowledgements, etc.

Good Training,

Joe Newbery

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Compliance & Regulatory News

Extension to transition period for Advanced Diploma and Diploma of Accounting qualifications

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has approved an extension to the transition period for the FNS50215 Diploma of Accounting and FNS60215 Advanced Diploma of Accounting.

The qualifications were superseded in February 2018 by FNS50217 Diploma of Accounting and FNS60217 Advanced Diploma of Accounting. Current learners were initially given until 12 February 2019 to complete their training and assessment. However, learners transitioning to the replacement qualifications must meet additional entry requirements.

To read more, click here.

Funding News
Training Services Restrict Training Subsidy for TAE40116

Changes to the NSW Smart and Skilled Policy for the Delivery of the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40116). Subsidised training has been withdrawn for:

  • trainers and assessors who already hold the current TAE qualification (TAE40110),
  • assessors who already hold the current Assessor Skills Set (TAESS00001),

Unqualified individuals who wish to undertake the full qualification (TAE40116) may be eligible under Smart and Skilled.

To read more, click here.

Articles and Papers

Completion rates in VET rise

The increasing percentage of students expected to complete their Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications shows the sector is going from strength to strength.

New figures from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) predict a 5.2 per cent increase in completion rates for those who commenced a Certificate I or above in 2016.

According to NCVER, projected VET program completion rates across total VET activity are at 46.9 per cent, with increases in all states and territories and for all certificates and diplomas.

To read more, click here.

Upcoming Events

#NoFrills2018 Conference

The No Frills Conference is where researchers and practitioners in the VET Sector come together to present, discuss and share information about key issues confronting the sector focusing on the Skills for a global future: working and learning together. The 2018 conference will be from 15th – 17th August in Sydney.

For further information click here.

2018 NSW Training Awards

The 2018 NSW Training Awards celebrate’s and recognise’s the outstanding achievements of students, trainers/teachers, training organisations and employers in the vocational education and training (VET) sector.

The 2018 Training Awards will be held at Sydney Town Hall on Wednesday 12th September from 5:30pm – 11;00pm.

For tickets and further information, click here.

Future Skilling Australia’s Workforce

Australian Industry Standards (AIS) is bringing together leaders from key industries to explore current and future skills challenges caused by the changing world of work. A series of Industry Skills Forums around the country will be hosted by prominent journalist and author Kerry O’Brien. The Forums will feature panel discussions about future skilling in an age of digital transformation and new thinking about jobs and careers.

AIS Industry Skills Forums will be held in each capital city around the country from September to November, kicking off in Canberra on 11 September.

For further information click here.

2018 National VET Conference

The 2018 National VET Conference will be held over two days on the 13th-14th September 2018 at the Adelaide Convention Centre. Attendees will be given the opportunity to engage in a variety of plenary and elective sessions. There will be a wide variety of topics presented by industry professionals as well as the opportunity to meet with product and service providers and network with peers from across Australia.

Pre-conference Master Classes will be held on Wednesday 12 September.

For further information click here.

The Youth Pathways to Further Education & Employment Conference

The Youth Pathways to Further Education & Employment conference will bring together stakeholders from across education and employment to showcase practical strategies to improve pathways, partnerships and engagement for youth.

The conference will be held on the 16th & 17th October at the CQ Function Centre in Melbourne.

For further information click here.

Newbery Announcements

RTO Data – Cloud

We think that RTO Data Cloud will change the landscape of the Australian student management system market. We are proud to offer it to you. It would be our pleasure to offer you access as a trial user and if you like what you see, come on over!

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RTO Website Hosting

RTO hosting provides the benefit of stable, secure and high-performance website hosting with an RTO compliance health check conducted every six months by Newbery Consulting. We will assess your website compliance with the requirements of the RTO standards 4 and 5.

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