NSW ITABs Good News Stories 2015 - 2016

NSW has 11 ITABs which provide the NSW Department of Industry with independent advice on the skill and training needs of industry to enable a skilled workforce that can support future economic growth and development, including in regional New South Wales.

ITABs have reported significant achievements over the 2015-2016 contract period in support of the Department's objectives. They have supported the work of the Department's Training Services NSW Branch and implementation of Smart and Skilled.

Highlights of recent work by the ITABs are provided below:

Arts, Communications, Finance Industries & Property Services (ACFIPS)

Arts, Communications, Finance Industries and Property Services LogoACFIPS ITAB had a particular focus on the Arts and Creative Industries sector. The sector is integral to the continued growth of tourism and events which is an important component of the state economy. The convergence of technologies has increased demand for upskilling of all creative sectors in digital content and impacting on small businesses.

There is now a unified Training Package for the Arts and Creative Industries. There has been an increase in the uptake of traineeships within the Arts and Creative Industries sector. Many Arts organisations also recognise the need to have staff with business skills. Over the past 12 months, there has been an increase also in the number of Business Services trainees that have been placed in Arts and Creative Industries sector.

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AgriFood LogoAgriFood NSW ITAB maintains a database of over 1300 industry stakeholders. A key achievement for the ITAB was establishing the Certificate III in Agriculture as a school based traineeship under a pilot program. This was the result of extended negotiations between the ITAB, industry, the Department of Industry and school authorities.

The first cohort of trainees started their training in July 2015. Four trainees are expected to finish their traineeship at the end of 2017. The pilot caters for 20 trainees in six schools in the New England area of New South Wales. Delivery of the training is shared by Public School NSW - Tamworth cluster RTOs and Tocal College. A review of the pilot is anticipated after the current trainees have graduated.

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NSW Community Services and Health ITAB

The NSW Community Services and Health ITAB was the lead agency in development of the SkillsLink2Work website. This Carer's toolkit was launched on 29 April 2016 by the Assistant Minister for Disability Services the Hon Jane Prentice MP and NSW Minister for Ageing and Disability Services the Hon John Ajaka.

Photo from left to right Tamela Casey, NSW Community Services and Health ITAB with Minister Prentice, Minister Ajaka, Paul Coleman, resources designer and Dolly Brown, carer at the launchSkillsLink2Work enables carers to recognise the skills they have gained from caring for a loved one can be useful when re-entering the paid workforce. Carers self-select the tasks they regularly perform and this resource "translates" their activities into a personalised report of employment-related skills. The report can then be used for job applications and interviews or skills recognition when enrolling in training.

The Community Services and Health ITAB worked collaboratively with NSW Family and Community Services Carers Unit, peak groups and carers across New South Wales to create this innovative resource. SkillsLink2Work is the result of a partnership between the Commonwealth Government Department of Social Services and the NSW Department of Family and Community Services to meet a commitment in the NSW Carers Strategy 2014- 2019.

For more information about SkillsLink2Work, visit http://skillslink2work.com.au/

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Construction and Select Property Services ITAB

Andrew Bryson, Executive Officer, Construction and Select Property Services ITAB at the ForumThe Construction and Select Property Services ITAB supported establishment of the Apprenticeship Engagement Forum. Based in Western Sydney, the Forum's aim is to increase apprenticeship activity in the construction trades in that area, including school based apprenticeships. Its membership includes representatives from industry associations, employer groups, government and non-government senior secondary colleges, trade schools, Department of Education and TAFE NSW.

The Forum hosted an Apprenticeship Career Expo in November 2015. The Forum has identified nine barriers to growth in the number of students engaging in building and plumbing apprenticeships once they leave school. One strategy is that in 2016, industry associations will promote apprenticeships and the importance of maths and English in years 11 and 12 at subject selection sessions for those school years.

Many of employers in the forestry industry are geographically isolated, presenting skills development and training challenges for their workforces.

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ForestWorks ITAB

ForestWorks LogoThe ForestWorks ITAB liaised with Training Services NSW, training providers, employers and an employee association to assist 48 workers (mostly aged over 50) affected by the closure of the Shoalhaven paper mill. As a result, 41 workers undertook training with TAFE NSW, funded under Smart and Skilled. As at October 2015, 35 workers (85%) had found alternative employment or were still in training. Seven workers exited the workforce through retirement.

This was a positive outcome for the Illawarra and South East area of New South Wales, achieved with the cooperation of Government, training providers, workers and regional employers.

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Manufacturing Skills Australia (MSA) ITAB

Manufactoring Skills Australia LogoThe Manufacturing Skills Australia (MSA) ITAB maintains a strong presence in Western Sydney in order to raise the profile of manufacturing in that area. MSA ITAB participated in the development of the Western Sydney Manufacturing Lighthouse to help companies make the transition from traditional to advanced manufacturing. The initiative is bringing together industry peak bodies, RTOs, universities, state and federal government agencies into a single portal of intelligence and advice for the manufacturing sector.

The ITAB's Executive Officer chairs the Western Sydney Vocational Training Committee. The Committee promotes and supports pathways for vocational education for school leavers into an apprenticeship or traineeship and encourages employers, especially those in small businesses, to offer employment to an apprentice or trainee.

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Public Sector ITAB

Public Sector ITAB LogoThe Public Sector ITAB collaborated with Western NSW Regional Office to secure part qualifications funding under Smart and Skilled for local council employees to undertake water certification training. The funding supported employees from four councils in Western New South Wales to gain certification under a National Certification Framework for operators within Drinking Water Treatment Systems. The certification will be important for other employment should the employees be affected by council mergers.

The Framework is underpinned by the need for consumers to be provided with safe drinking water. The Framework introduced a minimum level of competency for Certified Operators across all states and territories by aligning skills, knowledge and competency requirements to national VET standards.

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Resources and Infrastructure NSW ITAB

Resources and Infrastructure NSW ITAB LogoThe Resources and Infrastructure NSW ITAB was pleased to launch its website in September 2015. The website promotes Smart and Skilled and careers in the civil infrastructure industry.

The ITAB's regional presence included hosting two rounds of eight meetings across regional New South Wales. These had cross sector employers as the target audience group. The Department of Industry's Regional Managers were invited to participate in the meetings in October/November 2015. Smart and Skilled was promoted at the forums, including funding opportunities to support a needed uptake of apprenticeships in the ITAB's industry sectors.

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Service Skills Australia NSW ITAB

Many of Service Skills Australia NSW ITAB's industry sectors are facing skills development issues, brought on by changing technologies, changing customer profiles and new products.

A key achievement was SSA ITAB brokering pre-apprenticeship funding of $148,000 in conjunction with Hospitality Training Network (HTN). The project is supported by HTN's Total Chef Aspire Program. The training, aligned to Certificate III in Commercial Cookery, is being offered to four groups, in the Hunter and Sydney regions between November 2015 and March 2016. Students received training for four weeks, two days on-the-job and three days off-the-job. It is hoped that upon completion, participants will take up a full apprenticeship.

Note: SkillsIQ is now providing ITAB services for the services industries, effective from 1 April 2016.

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Transport and Logistics ITAB

The Transport and Logistics ITAB'S coverage includes the automotive industry that is currently experiencing skills shortages.

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A key achievement for the ITAB was the AutoPath program, an industry employment initiative that is designed to attract new talent to the automotive industry in New South Wales. Automotive Training Board is a partner in the program, along with TAFE NSW, Auto Skills Australia and Insurance Australia Group (IAG).

In conjunction with TAFE NSW Western Sydney Institute, the ITAB provided advice about career options in the industry for local students in December 2015, via a workshop. Students were able to undertake some practical activities throughout the morning and speak directly with teachers. Industry representatives, including from IAG's smash repair network, spoke to the students about long term career opportunities in the automotive industries.

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Utilities and Electrotechnology ITAB

NSW Utilities and Electrotechnology ITAB LogoFor the Utilities and Electrotechnology ITAB, a key achievement was in the area of delivering VET to school students.

Working with TAFE NSW Institutes, the ITAB's Executive Officer resolved work placement evidentiary issues that were affecting high school students receiving their qualifications. As a result, students attending different institutes will receive the same credential after completing the same course of studies. All will achieve the same level of recognition after completing the same qualification.

The Utilities and Electrotechnology ITAB hosts an annual conference that brings together delegates involved in or interested in Utilities and Electrotechnology training in New South Wales. The theme for the 2015 Conference was "Let's Get VET Moving".

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Page last updated: 12 July 2016