The NSW Utilities and Electrotechnology Industry Training Advisory Body Limited held its 21st Annual Conference on 20th & 21st August 2018 at Mecure Kooindah Water on the beautiful Central Coast.

The NSW U&E ITAB Conference was the key event for those involved in, practicing in, or interested in, Utilities & Electrotechnology training, assessment and competency in NSW.  The event brought together rural, regional and metropolitan players in a focused environment.

The conference brought delegates up to date with the implementation of the changes to the NSW Apprenticeship & Traineeship Act and discussed how they would be rolled-out.

Delegates were updated on the NSW VET Repositioning Strategy and heard about the new $13.9 million Regional Education Partnership Program. There was also, an update on the continuing modernisation of TAFE NSW and introduction of the Infrastructure, Energy & Construction SkillsPoint.

On a national level delegates had the opportunity to be brought up to date on the latest developments from the various national Training Package Industry Reference Committees and meet with IRC members.

The conference was also, an ideal opportunity for participants to network with other industry players and discussed how the various energy sectors would provide a bright future for Energy.

Delegates were able to contribute their opinions in open forums, discussing the future of training, assessment, competency and related issued in the industry. They were advised that the outcome of the forums and discussions  would be used by the ITAB to feed into and assist the NSW Dept of Industry prepare their strategic plans for Vocational Education & Training in respective industry sectors across NSW.

The highlight of the conference was the Conference Dinner, with pre-dinner drinks. This was followed by a superb three-course meal, and a social atmosphere that facilitated networking and new friendships.

Golfers were also able to avail themselves of the wonderful facilities. Kooindah Waters boasts a championship golf course. Acclaimed course architect Ross Watson and former Australian Open winner Craig Parry created the golfer’s haven that has now been recognised among the “Top 100 Courses in Australia” by Australian Golfing Digest magazine and named the best public golf course on the Central Coast.

If you’d like to more information of the outcomes of this special VET event, please contact the ITAB via email or by mobile on 04 3739 6363.