WorldSkills Australia to Feature on Better Homes and Gardens – Friday 15th September at 7.00 pm

WA took out a swathe of medals at the 2016 Nationals , so if you have the time on Friday please watch the segment , our very own Mark Harper was Head Judge for Automotive VETis Competition.


WorldSkills to feature on Better Homes and Gardens – Friday 15th September at 7.00 pm

WorldSkills Australia is proud to announce that the 2016 National Competition will feature in the Better Homes & Gardens episode airing this Friday 15th September 7pm. This is quite a milestone for our organisation to be featured as part of a prestigious national program, and on such a significant platform.

As the only television and magazine collaboration on air, Better Homes and Gardens has a collective reach of over 7.8 million people. With over 700,000 followers on Facebook alone, we’d like to help make this become the most watched Better Homes and Gardens episode this year. This is where we need your help. 

The episode looks fantastic and we want to capitalise on the extra attention WorldSkills and the Australian skills community will experience from this unprecedented exposure.

To help us reach the largest audience possible, we encourage you to please feel free to promote the episode through your networks. If you aren’t already following us on social media, we have included all our social media handles below, along with all the Better Homes and Gardens social media information.

We will be releasing teasers for the episode via social media throughout the week.

WorldSkills creates opportunities for people to become the very best version of themselves. This extra exposure will promote all the hard work our volunteers and competitors put into everything they do.









PwC’s Skills for Australia – Training Products Improvement Survey

Have your say on improvements to be made to training packages.

The PwC’s Skills for Australia Training Products Improvement Survey is now available on their website, or by clicking here.
This is an opportunity to provide input into training product development work that is currently underway. Your perspectives and feedback will be captured and used to inform changes to training products within the scope of current projects. This survey is one of the mechanisms used by PwC’s Skills for Australia to gather contributions from diverse stakeholders; ultimately helping to improve the alignment of training to industry needs.

They are seeking feedback and insights across four industries: Business Services, Financial Services, Education (Foundation Skills), and Information & Communications Technology. The projects that are currently underway are:

  • Business Services – Review purchasing qualifications
  • Education – Review the Foundation Skills training package
  • Financial Services – Develop a qualification and skill set for payroll
  • Financial Services – Review accounting and bookkeeping qualifications
  • Financial Services – Develop a skill set in business conduct and ethics
  • Information and Communications Technology – Review IT qualifications that may not be fit for purpose
  • Information and Communications Technology – Review qualifications relating to telecommunications technology that may not be fit for purpose

Please click here to complete the Training Products Improvement Survey.

Please note: You will be asked to indicate which project/s you are interested in giving feedback on (you may select more than one). The survey will take approximately 20 – 25 minutes to complete per project.

To learn more about the projects that are currently underway, click here.

If you have not yet registered or attended at an open forum, click here.

Survey – Technology and Innovation – The Impact on WA Industry and its Workforce

 Purpose of the survey:

Provide information from key stakeholders across WA Industry, in terms of how they see innovation and technology shaping the future workforce needs of their organisation, their industry and the WA economy.

The survey will assist in answering the following questions:

  • How current and emerging innovation and technology advances are changing the nature of work in some of WA’s key industries and in particular, the demand for future skills and jobs; and
  • Appropriate education and training strategies and policy changes, which will ensure that these workforce needs are met in the future.

Who should fill it out?  Industry associations, business leaders, innovation and technology specialists, research institutions and education providers

By when?  26th February 2017

How long will it take to complete?   10 minutes

Link to the survey:




Telecommunications – Industry Reference Committee representation?

Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Industry Reference Committee (IRC)

The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) is reviewing Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) to ensure the structure and membership of each IRC provides the best possible industry coverage and expertise to support training package development.

The Information and Communications Technology (ICT) IRC is responsible for relevant components of the ICT Training Package, which comprises 44 qualifications aligned to the following job roles:

  • Software and applications programmers
  • Keyboard operators
  • ICT support technicians
  • ICT managers, and
  • Graphic and web designers, and illustrators.

The table below shows a structure for the ICT IRC as proposed by the IRC’s existing members. Industry stakeholders are invited to comment on the proposed structure to ensure it is representative of the ICT sector. Once the structure has been agreed, AISC will call for nominations against positions. For more information about the IRC review process, please visit the IRC review page.

When providing feedback, you may wish to consider factors such as:

  • the particular characteristics of the ICT sector itself (for example, size, underpinning industries, interdependencies with other sectors/industries, and emerging or disappearing workforce markets)
  • new or emerging skills needs, including skills associated with sector or job trends, changing work practices, and the impact of new technologies, regulations or processes
  • the importance of addressing both the supply (including products and services) and demand sides of the industry, and
  • the ICT training package itself, which contains qualifications and units of competency designed to meet the needs not only of those involved in the ICT sector (including information technology, telecommunications technology and digital media), but also beyond.

If you have any comments or suggestions on the proposed structure below, please complete the AISC feedback form by COB Friday 6 January 2017.  The UEEA also requests that you advise this office if you are considering nomination.  In other IRCs, the AISC has taken into consideration the geographic representation of members across Australia. The UEEA is committed to building our engagement in this sector, which will be of benefit to the industry as a whole.

Industry stakeholders should note that membership of the IRC is not the only avenue for raising their views. The ICT IRC will be responsible for ensuring, with the support of its Skills Service Organisation (PwC’s Skills for Australia), that appropriate industry stakeholders have the opportunity to provide input into training product development, as well as support the outcomes of the IRC’s deliberations.

Specific expertise/advice outside the reach of the IRC could also be sought on an as needs basis, including through the establishment of a Technical Advisory Committee.

Proposed Structure

Representative category  Representative number  Description    Comments / Rationale
Employer / Enterprise 6  A call for nominations will be made at a later date once the structure is agreed to.



Organisations that collectively reflect representation across all three industries
(ICT; telecommunications technology; and digital media), as well as across different employer sizes and metropolitan and regional locations.

  • A recruitment / labour-hire company to provide supply-side representation.
  • Members with expertise across broad industry themes, such as legacy skills needs, contemporary competencies and future skill requirements. This could encompass, for example, insights on the way the technology has been applied, how it is currently being applied, and where it will be applied in the future within the industry, as well as the associated implications for defining training requirements.


Expertise across the sector’s skill spectrum, with representatives collectively covering all or the majority of the following:

  • Systems analysis and design;
  • Programming;
  • Information technology networking, support and testing;
  • Computer systems technology;
  • Software development;
  • Database or website design and development;
  • Information technology systems administration;
  • Network security;
  • Project management;
  • Business analysis; and
  • Strategic management.


  • Expertise in telecommunications should ideally span network building, ongoing operation and maintenance as well as retail services.
  • Given its significant stake in the telecommunications sector, it would also be ideal to have a representative who is an employer/enterprise involved in the national broadband network (NBN) roll out, construction, ongoing operation, and maintenance facets. Representation from NBN retail service providers or carriers may also be suitable.

Digital media

Expertise can be in relation to text, graphics, animation, audio and/or video content.

In recognition of the multidisciplinary nature of many digital media production environments, employer/enterprise representing the digital media sector on this IRC must possess a sound stake in the sector’s technical (and not just creative) interests and needs.

Peak body 3 A call for nominations will be made at a later date once the structure is agreed to.
  • Bodies representing or providing advice on behalf of an industry or a group of people with allied interests within the sector. This includes association or advisory-type bodies.
  • Bodies with expertise representing emerging technologies (start-ups / incubators etc.).
  • Together, representation in this category must cover all three sectors: information technology; telecommunications technology; and digital media. This will streamline membership and prevent duplication in functions and interests across the category.
Employee Association  1  An employee association that represents workers across the ICT sector. The appropriate organisation to be advised by the Australian Council of Trade Unions.
Government 1 The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) Member to be nominated by ACMA.
1 The Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) Member to be nominated by DTA.
Total members 12

nbn scholarships to target female, indigenous and the long term unemployed

fundingSource: For full media statement see  nbnco: West Aussies set to benefit from nbn scholarship scheme

The West Australian Government has launched a new scholarship in partnership with nbn – aimed at driving employment opportunities for telecommunications trainees of minority and underrepresented groups across Western Australia.

The scholarship, consisting of $1,000 each in funding to assist with study costs, will be awarded to 100 individuals of primarily female, indigenous, and long term unemployed workers, seeking training for telecommunications occupations.

Deputy Premier and Training and Workforce Development Minister Liza Harvey, officially launched the initiative alongside nbn’s Chief Network Operations Officer, JB Rousselot. Also in attendance were members of nbn’s Delivery Partner community and indigenous trainees.


The roll out of the nbn™ network in WA is expected to create an additional 500 jobs within the next 2-3 years to help install, operate and maintain the network. For those looking at taking advantage of the nbn rollout across WA, or seeking their next career choice, go direct to an nbn delivery partner or subcontractor or register an Expression of Interest through nbn career start.

This certainly is a great example of investment directly in skills development of the local community.

Trends and Developments: Communications sector

Click here for the full report

The Bureau of Communications Research (Australian Department of Communications and the Arts) has released ‘The Communications Sector:  recent trends and developments October 2016’

The report covers a lot of ground that is outside the scope of UEEA; for instance it looks at pay per view content and advertising revenue.  However, if you carefully pick out some key points there is still a little to learn and apply to our workforce planning.

The report starts by highlighting that there are ‘merging boundaries’ that make it hard to distinguish where the communications sector starts and stops (communications is inclusive of telecoms).  After all, just about everything is connected so we now have people who are in the sector (e.g. telecoms infrastructure owners) and those reliant on the sector (think of mobile apps like Uber or the reliance a utility has on industrial automation and control or a retailer needing internet banking).

It is no surprise that mobile access has been the growth access, but the report also notes that 93% of all internet traffic is still facilitated by the fixed line network.


Finally, the authors point to the future driven by technology changes that re-configure how information is delivered:  Storage, transmission speed, compression software and standardised platforms are changing the nature of work across all industries (and life in general).

The Internet of Things (already emerging), 5G mobile (planned for 2020), virtual reality, augmented reality (forget pokemon) and bots (like Apple’s Siri) are significant game-changers.

Finally, I did pick up on the following graph.  There’s a lot happening in that first 5 years!  Many of the points are already in some sort of commercial phase.  I have heard mixed reports about driverless cars, and it is interesting to see that the Bureau’s prediction looks like they’ll make an impact in a little over 5 years…



Industry Consultant Position Available: Electrical and Utilities


For those that have worked with Trevor over the past few years with EUPA and the UEEA, I know you will be sad to see him go.  He has worked tirelessly in the electrotechnology space and will be missed.  Trevor is completing his final few weeks and will shortly leave us, which opens an exciting opportunity for someone else.

Please feel free to consider the vacancy and/or pass on to others that you know could contribute to our industry sectors.

Please click here to view the advertisement (seek)

Draft Business Case for the ICT Telecommunications Sector

Please find attached draft business case for the ICT Training Package.

The business case is produced by the IRC for approval of the Australian Industry and Skills Council (AISC).  Once approved, funding will be allocated for PWC to oversee the work of the IRC.

The IRC seeks to evaluate and modify core and elective units within Certificate III and IV qualifications; and further to improve the structure of the qualifications with a specific focus on the Certificate IV level. For full details, please refer to the document using the link above.

A spreadsheet is made available here should you wish to provide any feedback.  I note that this work obviously falls out of the 4 year work plan which has previously been distributed.

Please note that feedback is due by the close of business today.  I apologise as this is out of our control

Changes announced to ICT Training Package

An update has been made to the national register of qualifications (  Minor updates are reported against the ICT Training Package.  If you deliver these qualfications please ensure you are across the following changes as there was no endorsement process:

  • ICT20215 Cert II in Telecommunications Network Build and Operate – Changes have been made to by adding and deleting units from the electives.
  • ICT30415 Cert IV in Telecommunications Network Build and Operate – The addition of a unit to the electives and to the relevant stream

Skillsets have also been added for:

  • ICTSS00077 – Telecommunications Linesworker Copper Skill Set
  • ICTSS00078 – Telecommunications Linesworker Fibre Skill Set
  • ICTSS00079 – Telecommunications Linesworker HFC Skill Set
  • ICTSS00080 – Copper Cable Jointer Skill Set
  • ICTSS00081 – Technician Fibre Skill Set
  • ICTSS00082 – Fibre Splicer Skill Set
  • ICTSS00083 – Underground Installations Skill Set

The following skill sets have been removed:

  • ICTSS00070 – Installing NBN Wireless and Infrastructure Skill Set
  • ICTSS00072 – National Broadband Network Advanced Linesworker/Installer Skill Set
  • ICTSS00073 – National Broadband Network Splicer Skill Set


Expanding Career Options for Women Scholarship Program

facebook-image-elecIncrease your career options through a one-off training scholarship of up to $3000.

Click to download flyer

Expanding career options for women scholarships are available to help women get a job in a wide variety of non-traditional industry areas and trades, including construction, IT, automotive, maritime and agriculture.

There are more than 180 qualifications to choose from.  The qualifications cover all industries applicable to the UEEA…

Utilities – You may be interested in:

  • Certificate III to Advanced Diplomas in Civil Construction (RII)
  • Certificate II to Certificate IV in Telecommunications (ICT)
  • Certificate II and III in Electricity Supply (vegetation control and overhead distribution)
  • The Certificate III in Waste Management
  • Certificate II, III (and IV) in Water Industry Operations/Treatment

Engineering – What about:

  • Certificate IV’s in avionics
  • Cert II to Ad Dips, including trade fabrication and mechanical trades
  • Certificate III and IV in Competitive Systems and Practices

Electrical – Check out Certificate II to Ad Dips, including trade electrician and fitter qualifications

Automotive – You’re not forgotten!  There are Certificate III qualifications including trade qualifications across the spectrum as well as a Certificate IV.

There are also existing worker traineeships eligible for funding under FutureSkills WA that are also included in this program.

Scholarships can be used towards a range of associated costs, such as student fees, learning resources, mentoring, coaching, accommodation, transport and even childcare fees.

Don’t miss out – applications close on 31 October 2016.

For more information or to apply for a scholarship visit