Australian Industry Standards – Skills Development Workshop


Australian Industry Standards (AIS) is an independent, not-for-profit Skills Service Organisation (SSO) that develops nationally recognised vocational qualifications across a range of Australian industries.

AIS is holding free workshops around the country. These workshops are aimed at fostering a clearer understanding of the Training Package development process and how you can be involved.

They build on the highly successful AIS Skills Forum held in August this year. This event focused on the new wave of disrupters that will have a significant impact on the skills required by industry.

AIS works with 11 Industry Reference Committees (IRC’s) to develop skills standards for the energy, aviation, transport and logistics, maritime, rail, water, public safety, police, fire, defence and corrections sectors.

The focus at AIS is on supporting industry to develop high quality qualifications for their workforce. These workshops will give participants the opportunity to share ideas on strategies for meeting workforce skills needs now and into the future.

The first of these national workshops will be held in Perth on 7 December 2017.

This is your chance to engage in skills development for the industries that AIS supports.

What can you expect from this event:

  • An overview of the National VET system and Training Package development process
  • Insights into industry workforce trends
  • Opportunities to engage in the skills development process
  • Round table discussion on emerging skills needs

Register your attendance

To register your attendance for this free event, please Click here

Limited spaces available.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Judy Green on (03) 9604 7214 or via email on



Level 2, 31 Market Street, South Melbourne, Victoria 3205                                                                        P O Box 587, South Melbourne, Victoria 3205



North Metropolitan TAFE – VETis Courses

This article is to inform school-based VET coordinators and Design and Tech teaching staff of the courses on offer at North Metropolitan TAFE (NMTAFE) in the automotive and engineering trades. NMTAFE has created a YouTube video (link below) which targets specific trades such as:

  • Automotive
  • Fitting and Machining/Mechanical Fitter
  • Fabrication (Light – Sheetmetal and Heavy – Boilermaker)

The video shows apprentices and school-based pre-apprentices working in the above specific trade areas onsite in the NMTAFE workshop facilities.   Please click here to view the eight (8) minute YouTube video.

If students are looking to enrol in a class through school in the coming year, there are options to enrol in the school-based program, which runs part-time over a teaching year.

For students that have left school or are about to leave school, there are full-time TAFE based pre-apprenticeship courses which run over a semester.   Please click here to download and print out the “Program Duration” document, which outlines course time-frames and campus locations.

Please click here for online registrations for 2018 North Metropolitan TAFE courses (please note that 2018 online registrations for VET in schools close 1st September 2017).

Please click here to print out the brochure for our “Trades Night Presentation”, which is scheduled to take place on Monday 18th September 2017.  Please come in and view the trade workshop facilities.

Thank you for your time and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact any of the staff below.

Light Fabrication (Sheetmetal)
Shaun Butler
Light Fabrication
Sheetmetal Lecturer
Midland Campus
Contact:  (08) 9374 6344
Ian Bodger
Automotive Technology/Lecturer
Midland Campus
Contact:  (08) 9374 6108
Fitting & Machining
Kingsley Moore
Fitting & Machining Lecturer
Midland Campus
Contact:  (08) 9374 6340
Heavy Fabrication (Boilermaker)
Glen Jones
Heavy Fabrication/Welding Lecturer
Midland Campus
Contact:  (08) 9374 6343



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:




Immersive Technologies – Potential to train and promote an industry

diceThis one might be a little left field, but it got my interest because we have some hum-dinger discussions about career advice in our office!

Researchers from the Uni of Newcastle, Curtin Uni and the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education have teamed up through DICE – a network of scholars concerned with Digital Identity, Curation and Education.  This report –  was released in October but has just caught my attention.

So what are WVRs, IVRs, VARs, TUIs and haptics?  You’ll have to read the report!  It’s actually easy to get your head across – basically augmented reality (like pokemon!), virtual reality, sensory engagement and use of real world objects in virtual situations..

The application of these technologies is obvious in the training and education space.  Imagine removing the danger and risk from any activity by superimposing it within the room..?  Or manipulating some objects to demonstrate how electronic circuits might behave in certain configurations…

But getting back to promoting industry… We know that ‘being told’ or looking at videos online will never give you a true feeling of a workplace.  But what if you could interact and be immersed?  About 15 years ago I saw how gaming technology was being used to show how you might move around a submarine.. that was pretty basic (it was based on the code for a first person shoot-em up game like doom in the 1990s!) but it worked.

So, grab your head-mounted display… program your avatar and tether yourself to your tangibles!

COAG Industry and Skills Council Communique November 2016

Please click here to find the latest communique from the Council of Australian Governments.

This document is a little bit of a teaser for us… Giving us some insight into the national priorities and making us excited (OK, you might be nervous too) about the future of our VET system.  So what are the specifics?

  • Further harmonisation of our state systems… perhaps this will be a good thing for national employers who access publicly funded training across the borders?  After all, dealing with one system can be confusing, so try dealing with two or three!  Of course, we would anticipate that the rest of the nation simply adopts the ‘proper and right’ approach that we have here in WA.. naturally.
  • They note the review of the National Partnership Agreement on Skills Reform.. What new conditions attached for the states to access Commonwealth money?
  • The new AISC has endorsed 17 training packages since its inception…  There’s obviously going to be further work to simplify our training package system by removing obsolete qualifications and its good to see that transferable competencies might form a foundation for workers to take on new skills across different occupations and industries – should we cross our fingers and hope for reduced duplication in our system??!!!
  • There’s a one-liner about quality and regulation, and avoiding unintended consequences.  I can’t be sure, but I’m going to chalk that up as a win to the UEEA and the Water Corporation in relation to deleting industry training packages!
  • Finally, we return to compliance and assessment quality.  We hear of pockets of concern – particularly in relation to on the job evidence gathering.  The COAG communique talks about strengthening skills and knowledge of VET trainers and assessors, including industry in validation and tougher penalties for breaches… In relation to apprenticeships, I’m more inclined to think that we need to strengthen the connection between on and off-the-job learning… IMHO, there still appears to be gains to be made by making better use of evidence gathered on-the-job; using it as formative assessment should be used – to guide the further development of the worker.

New Apprenticeship Policy – Travel and Accommodation

The following is provided as advice directly from the Department of Training and Workforce Development.

The Travel and Accommodation for Apprenticeships policy has been amended and can be found here.  It outlines the minimum distances, type of allowance and the recipient dependent upon each circumstance.

It’s came into effect in September 2016 and is pretty self-explanatory, but if you have any questions please contact the following:

TAA Administration Officer
Department of Training and Workforce Development
Locked Bag 16
Osborne Park Delivery Centre WA 6916
E: (Apprentice/Trainees/Employers):
E: (Training Providers):
Telephone (general enquiries): 6551 5494

Appointment of TAFE MDs

The UEEA Training Council recognises and congratulates our confirmed TAFE MDs.  Announced by the Minister for Training and Workforce Development, Hon. Liza Harvey on 26 October 2016, the selection of the MDs provides us with confidence as the sector continues to change at a rapid pace:

  • South Metropolitan TAFE
    Ms Terry Durant
  • North Metropolitan TAFE
    Ms Michelle Hoad
  • South Regional TAFE
    Mr Duncan Anderson
  • Central Regional TAFE
    Mr Bill Swetman
  • North Regional TAFE
    Mr Kevin Doig

Worldskills National Competition – Winners!

worldskillsThe UEEA Training Council sent Mark Harper to assist with the national event.  The EATC has a long and respected history providing support to the organisers and is something the UEEA board also agreed to support this year.

Mark was going in a support role, but ended up coordinating and performing the role of head judge for VETiS automotive.  I know that his efforts were greatly appreciated, particularly as the judging role was a last minute commitment due to unforeseen circumstances.  By all accounts, it sounds like the event was tiring, somewhat stressful but also highly rewarding.

The full list of winners can be found here, but let’s highlight the star players for WA –

  • Autobody Repair – Silver – Damien Kleyn of Cronic Customs, trained by South Metropolitan TAFE
  • Heavy Vehicle Mechanics – Bronze – Cameron Lennox of Cunninghams AG Services, trained by South Metropolitan TAFE
  • Vehicle Painting – Gold – Dusti-Lee Franchi of Edward Fitzgerald trained by South Metropolitan TAFE
  • Electrical Installation – Bronze – John Pattrick of ATC Midwest trained by Central Regional TAFE
  • Jewellery – Gold – Jason Nesbit of Nicola Whitehorn (employer) trained at North Metropolitan TAFE
  • Turning – Silver – Ben Halsall of Albany Engineering trained by South Metropolitan TAFE
  • VETiS Automotive Services – Bronze – Will Trundle trained by the Motor Trades Association WA
  • VETiS Metals and Engineering – Gold – Thomas Pratt from Gilmore College

The UEEA Board and staff congratulate all medallists and participants of the competition.

More info on the eligible courses for VET student loans

Let’s cut to the chase:

  1. Only higher qualifications (Diploma and above) will be eligible
  2. Courses must be current(!), on at least two state and territory skills lists,  or are STEM related.  STEM courses involve information technology, natural and physical sciences, engineering and agricultural or environmental studies.

If the current proposal makes it through parliament, the Minister will still have a sort of veto right to exempt or exclude courses from the bands below in relation to the loan cap (where course fees are justifiably high).


The full list of proposed courses include higher level qualifications from the MEM, MSA, MSS, MEA, AUR, AUM, UEP, UEE, , UET, UEG and ICT.  That’s the majority of training packages that apply to UEEA industries.  Please view the proposed list here – but please note you need to look through the whole list as the training package qualifications are not necessarily grouped together.

VET FEE-HELP to be replaced

Source: Ministerial Media Statement:  Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham

I’m sure you’ve got the good oil on this already, but just in case, the Minister has announced a new replacement program for 2017 to finally be rid of the VET Fee Help loan scheme.

I’ll leave any commentary out but you are welcome to contribute any thoughts of course.  So the details are:

  • Limit courses eligible for VET Student Loans to those that align with industry needs and are selected based on analysis of employer, state and territory and Commonwealth data to provide a high likelihood of leading to good employment opportunities.  Didn’t think that our Western Australian SPOL was important?  Here’s another reason why the UEEA is determined to make sure government has the best and most accurate advice.
  • Include three bands of loan caps at $5,000, $10,000 and $15,000 that will be set for courses depending on their delivery cost. The Minister can review the cap rates at any time in the first 12 months of the scheme and there will be a compulsory review after the first 12 months of VET Student Loans to ensure it is working as intended
  • Require students to log in to and engage with the VET Student Loans online portal to ensure they are active and legitimate enrolments
  • Feature a new application process for providers wanting to access VET Student Loans that includes a much higher bar to entry by assessing their relationships with industry, their student completion rates, the employment outcomes of their courses and their track record as education institutions
  • Introduce strengthened legislative, compliance and payment conditions, including paying providers in arrears, the ability to cap provider loan amounts and student numbers and to limit course scope, powers to suspend poor performing providers from the scheme, cancel their payments and revoke their approval
  • Prohibit approved providers from using ‘brokers’ or directly soliciting prospective students (including ‘cold calling’ or so-called ‘lead generation’) and limiting the subcontracting of training

These all appear to be worthy outcomes.  I guess the only thing that is worth keeping an eye on is the responsiveness of the new loan scheme to emerging occupations, qualifications and/or skill sets.