News Service 119 – ASQA RTO warning, Call for army of skilled workers, RTO guide for trainers, Unemployment rate declines, ANZSCO review, Woolies WRD open day, NSW to conduct VET review, Join NSW Women’s Council, Women careers, Training initiative launched for regional NSW, Nextgen applications open, Fatal electric shock, Electrical disciplinary hearings, SWA Carcinogens survey, NSW electrical safety in construction, Solar warning, Banning gas connections, and Safety of solar traffic.

Download a PDF version of the News Service 119 1. ASQA ISSUES WARNING OVER POOR TRAINING PRACTICES – ELECTRICAL Master Electricians Australia (MEA) reports in its MEA Industry News of 5 June 2023 that the Australian Skills Quality Authority has issued a warning to training organisations that it is concerned about the way some RTOs […]

News Service 112 – Survey finds highest demand for technicians & trade workers, Oct labour market tight, Skills Ministers to lead VET reform, Apprentice consultations, SA strikes deal free TAFE training, Electrical licensing discipline actions – electric shock, RTOs to report category of ‘electrical equipment’, Women in trades showcase, What now? What next?, Data trends, EV skills, ETU calls for clear VET voices, Electrical laws review – on the spot fines, Asbestos awareness, Hydrogen, PV-Powered HVAC, Renewables-solar, Grid skills, Energy transition, Small businesses month

Download a PDF version of the News Service 112 1. AIG REPORT SHOWS DEMAND FOR TECHNICIANS AND TRADES WORKERS REACHED 69% The AI Group’s Centre for Education and Training released its 2022 Workforce Development Skills Survey Report, November 2022: Listening to Australian businesses on skills and workforce needs.  The Survey is conducted every two years.  […]

News Service 110 – Draft RTO standards out for feedback, Women in non-traditional jobs, Trades Forum – 9 Nov, New future skills courses, Gov VET expenditure 2021, Smart & Skilled, VET student loans, Pracbox update, Worker killed HV powerline, Gas & Electricity Act review, Safe Work Australia stats & guides, Stay ‘switched on’ website, Licenced Fridgies over 100 000, NSW Small biz month, Union-Gov sign Energy Charter, ASIC greenwashing fine, utilities & energy news

Download a PDF version of the News Service 110 1. DRAFT REVISED RTO STANDARDS RELEASED FOR FEEDBACK The Australian Skills quality Authority (ASQA) reports in the latest ASQA News of 3 November 2022, that the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (DEWR) released for public consultation on the 2 November 2022, draft revised Standards for […]

News Service 104 – Don’t rush skills reform, VET vs Uni graduate pathways, HBA Review, Energy and Electrotechnology Training Package IRC updates, ASQA, Foundation Skills, 2023 Women Awards, Electric Shock, Dead or Alive, Safety and Energy news

Download a PDF version of the News Service 104 1. DON’T RUSH ON SKILLS REFORM The education section of the Australia Financial Review (AFR) 13 September 2022 edition included an opinion piece by Claire Field, managing director of Claire Field and Associates.  The article suggests government should pause and reflect before embarking on yet another […]

News Service 100 – Job ads down, Apprentice completions decrease, Women in MAE, Skills Week, Electric shock, C4 Scholarship, Safety, RAC PD

Download a PDF version of News Service 100 1. ONLINE JOB ADS DECREASE IN JULY 2022 The National Skills Commission (NSC) released the latest data on job advertisements on 10 August 2022, reporting that job ads decreased in July.  It is the first recorded monthly decline in 2022.  Job advertisements measured using the Internet Vacancy […]

News Service 93 – VET National Agreement, Update – Training Packages, Say yes to trades, NSW A&T Data to May 2022, New Ministers, Smart & Skilled, Online delivery, Electrical incidents, Safety and Industry News

1. WILL A NEW GOVERNMENT UNDO KNOTTED PROBLEMS IN THE STALLED REFORM OF THE VET NATIONAL AGREEMENT AND THE AQF? Craig Fowler provides an opinion piece in the 2 June 2022 edition of Campus Review as to whether the new government can undo knotted problems in the stalled reform of the VET National Agreement and […]

News Service 86 – New apprentice funding scheme, Skills Classification update, Row of Skills Agreement, VET in Schools, ASQA Course Guide, Bulldogs-STC partnership, Smart & Skilled, Gas Package, Microcredentials Framework, Safety & Industry News

1. FUNDING THE INDIVIDUAL MAY WELL CONTRIBUTE TO HIGHER APPRENTICE COMPLETIONS TAFE Directors Australia’s CEO, Jenny Dodd, provides an editorial article in the latest, 4 April 2022 TDA Newsletter regarding the announcement in the 2022 Budget of a new Australian Apprenticeships Incentive System (AAIS), where apprentices and trainees in priority occupations will receive a direct […]

News Service 84 – Minister wants shorter apprenticeships, NextGen awards, What’s next VET, Hunter FutureProof, Renewable skill shortages, evidence of competency, RTO fined, ASQA online results, NSC Feb Recruitment Up, Incident Safety & Industry news

1. MINISTER CALLS FOR SHORTENING OF APPRENTICESHIP TERMS The Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business and Acting Minister for Education and Youth, The Hon Stuart Robert MP, was a keynote speaker at the recent NAEN 2022 Conference – Adaptation and Opportunity, held in Hobart 15-17 March 2022. The Minister thought it was […]

News Service 83 – Job ads rise, top 10 skills slated to grow, Support ERET Skills Cluster, TAFE NSW meets industry, Generation Training Package, Nominate RAC apprentice award, Skill shortages, Electric shock, Safety & Industry news

1. ONLINE JOB ADS INCREASE STRONGLY AGAIN IN FEBRUARY The National Skills Commission (NSC) has released, 11 March 2022, its preliminary February Internet Vacancy Index (IVI) results.  The results show that online job advertisements increased by 3.6% (9,300 job advertisements) in February 2022, to 269,700. The National Skills Commission (NSC) has released, 11 March 2022, […]

News Service 80 – Labour market update, Jan online ads up, Electro and TDR Training Packages updates, Small Business Month, NSW Women’s Week, Falling revenues HVACR, HBA Review, Electric shock, Safety & Industry news

1. NSC RELEASES LABOUR MARKET UPDATE FOR DECEMBER 2021 QUARTER The National Skills Commission (NSC) has released its latest quarterly update on the strength of the labour market, including activity, demand and recruitment difficulty.  The Report states, “The Australian labour market has weathered the impact of the global pandemic reasonably well. While the outbreak of […]

News Service 79 – Electrical inspector jobs, PC Reports on performance VET government services, NCVER Reports, Electrical Apprenticeship Supervisor Guide released, RPL Assessor survey, VET Challenge, WaTT, Training programs, Industry and Safety news

1. TWO ELECTRICAL INSPECTOR POSITIONS AVAILABLE AT NSW FAIR TRADING The Department of Customer Services, Better Regulation Division (NSW Fair Trading) is seeking two Senior Electrical Inspectors to join its ranks.  A Senior Electrical Inspector is expected to provide specialist regulatory knowledge and skills within the electrical industry and be focused on the regulation and […]

News Service 76 – Skill cluster grant open, record funding VET & apprentice numbers, training college gets record penalty, ASQA-NUEITAB Forum, TAFE NSW boss leaves, training system fails, NCVER Reports, Smart & Skilled, Electrical safety & industry news

1. MINISTER’S MEDIA RELEASE WITHDRAWN FROM THE NET BUT SKILL CLUSTER GRANT IS OPEN On Friday the 3 December 2021, The Hon Stuart Robert MP, Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business published a Media Release inviting industry to help shape landmark skills reforms, only to have it removed from his Media Centre, […]

News Service 63 – NSW Electrical apprenticeship price too low, NAEN Conference, ASP Scheme, NSC labour data, AISC national skills, NCVER COVID digital automation, National Skills Week, Apprentice supervision guide, Safety News, Investigating Electric shock, Look up and Live, RAC and Energy News

QUANTUM OF NSW FUNDING FOR ELECTRO APPRENTICESHIPS AMONGST LOWEST IN THE NATION REGISTER FOR NAEN CONFERENCE – THURSDAY 19 AUGUST 2021 ASP SCHEME REVIEW SUBMISSION DATE EXTENDED TO 20 AUGUST LABOUR MARKET DATA DASHBOARD UPDATED ASIC RELEASES NATIONAL SKILLS OVERVIEW 2020-2021 NCVER – COVID-19 AND THE ACCELERATION OF DIGITALISATION NATIONAL SKILLS WEEK 2021: RETHINK YOUR […]

News Service 58 – UEE Package update, Manufacturing scholarships, NCVER Dec 2020 Apprentice data, COVID-19 Check-in, AIS UE Training Package News, ASQA Auditor review, Woolworths apprentice drive, RAC News & skill sets, Industry & Safety News

ELECTROTECHNOLOGY IRC TO REVIEW QUALIFICATION ISSUES MSA ANNOUNCES 3rd ROUND OF SCHOLARSHIPS FOR WORKERS IN MANUFACTURING NCVER DECEMBER QTR 2020 APPRENTICE AND TRAINEE NUMBERS RELEASED NSC RELEASES 2021 SKILLS PRIORITY LIST NSW GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES UPDATED RULES AROUND QR CODE CHECK-IN AUSTRALIAN INDUSTRY STANDARDS UE NEWS ESI GENERATION TRAINING PACKAGE SMEs NEEDED FOR TD&R SECTOR TRAINING […]

News Service 50 – Mutual recognition occupational licenses NSW 1992 Amendment Bill, Industry Survey, NSC Pricing Report, Nominations open Gas & Electro IRC, Apprentice-Trainee data-Sep 2020 quarter, Neca Apprentice Awards, Safety & Industry matters, Assessor PD

MUTUAL RECOGNITION (NEW SOUTH WALES) AMENDMENT BILL 2021 – COMMITTEE ENQUIRY (AUTOMATIC RECOGNITION) TAKE PART IN AN IMPORTANT INDUSTRY SURVEY NATIONAL SKILLS COMMISSION RELEASES AVERAGE PRICE BENCHMARKING REPORT NOMINATIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR THE GAS & ELECTROTECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY REFERENCE COMMITTEE APPRENTICES AND TRAINEES 2020: SEPTEMBER QUARTER – AUSTRALIA NOMINATIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR THE 2021 […]

Electrical Safety Project (ESP) uploads draft SWP to online site for public review and feedback

Following on from the previous News Service, an additional series of Safe Work Procedures (SWPs) have been drafted for public review and feedback, and uploaded to the Electrical Safety Project (ESP) website at: www.esproject.com.au.  We invite you to visit the ESP project website and download and review and provide feedback on those of interest to […]

Electrical Safety Project establishes website

The project comprises members with wide and varied experience in the electrical industry, and who share a passion for safety.  The Project’s aim is to review safety in the industry in general and select specific issues where performance can be improved. The objective is to develop industry standard best practices to support safety in the […]