Some great resources were created and shared this week. It is with great pleasure that we bring you the weekly digest.
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UEG11 Version 2 Training Package
On the 12th of February of this year the National Skills Standards Council (NSSC) endorsed version 2 of the UEG11 Gas Industry Training Package. The new version of UEG11 will be available on the training.gov.au website as soon as possible. More information and the draft version of the UEG11 Gas Industry Training Package Version 2 is available at the E-Oz website via the above link.
SkillsDMC Regional Meetings
SkillsDMC is running regular regional meetings with stakeholders and partners to ensure that a dialogue about Industry needs is continued. These ongoing discussions form part of the ongoing engagement and consultation with Industry that SkillsDMC is conducting. The changes within the RII Training Package have been a large focus at the meetings that have already taken place but all regional SkillsDMC staff are able to answer questions and engage in discussions with all participants. If you would like to take part in one of the meetings register now via the above link.
Links from Last Week – VETPD
Here at Safe Work Resources we pride ourselves on sharing up to date information and resources for the Australian VET industry throughout our social media profiles. Each week we collate these links into a weekly digest (much like the blog post that you are reading now). You are always able to catch up on the resources and links that we have shared in the past via these posts. Check out last weeks blog post by clicking on the above link.
TAFE Directors Newsletter – March Edition
The TAFE Directors newsletter is always a great chance to catch up on some VET news. This monthly newsletter is a great resource sharing a range of links, resources and news. The March edition of the newsletter covers the most recent events that are happening within the TAFE community. This includes:
- TAFE Meets Parliament 2014.
- VET reform taskforce outline concerns.
- TAFE parliamentary inquiry commences.
- Senior Chinese officials continue dialogue with TDA in Sydney visit.
- Immigration Department welcomes responses to GTE review.
- Launch of TDA workshops in Latin America.
- Presentations sought for WFCP 2014 World Congress – Beijing Oct 2014.
- Diary Dates.
VETReform – Stakeholder Engagement Workshops
The VET Reform taskforce will be hosting workshops in the capital cities throughout March. The workshops will be a great opportunity to discuss the current VET system and present ideas for potential future reform. Ensure that you RSVP for the workshops.
eLink February Newsletter
Did you catch the February eLink newsletter? This edition contains some great articles including Data in on hardware usage in VET and TED Talk of the Month. This is a great resource for a contextualised view on eLearning. Make sure that you subscribe to the newsletter to ensure you receive all of the latest information about eLearning in the Australian VET industry.
Foundation Skills Workforce Development Project Newsletter
The Foundation Skills Workforce Development (FSWD) projects indicate that the project has reached a wide range of stakeholders across the country and the awareness of foundation skills in education and training has increased. The findings from the evaluation that was undertaken include:
- Around 520 individuals were involved in activities that developed practical workforce development models or solutions.
- Many stakeholders were keen to access the outcomes from these projects and apply the models into different settings.
- Most workshop participants reported an increase in skills, knowledge and confidence in the implementation of the FSK Training Package.
- Information and advice from the Foundation Skills Champions’ Network was highly valued and shared further by individuals who sought it.
- The project has developed high visibility among stakeholders leading to a high level of familiarity with the project branding.
For more information on these findings or on the Workforce Development Project Outcomes click on the above link.
Weekend Read Blog Post – 1st March
Did you catch our latest Weekend Read blog post? This week we covered Marketing and Advertising Practices of Australia’s Registered Training Organisations and Teaching writing skills that Enhance Student Success in Future Employment. These two longer pieces have some great take aways and are some great reads for anyone within the VET industry. So head over to the blog post and relax whilst reading these articles.
Manufacturing Skills Australia Update
Manufacturing Skills Australia (MSA) released their February newsletter late last month and it contains a great mix of news, events and resources. There are applications for scholarships, Training Package information, and a great video about reshaping manufacturing. If you are working within the Manufacturing industry or training in this area be sure to check out the newsletter and subscribe to get it straight to your inbox.
Research-Informed Teaching of Adults: A Worthy Alternative to Old Habits and Hearsay?
We normally refrain from posting longer articles during the week (who has time to read them!) and save them for our Weekend Read posts. However, we shared the NZ based paper Research-Informed Teaching of Adults: A Worthy Alternative to Old Habits and Hearsay? earlier on this week. This is a great paper that explores the ideas around research based teaching/training practices. You can join the LinkedIn Discussion surrounding this paper here.
Ed Tech is Poised to Go Mainstream
Technology is ingraining itself into every aspect of our lives and education is no different. This article by Sari Factor for Forbes explores the Ed Tech (Educational Technology) trend. Factor puts forward that learners can be engaged and outcomes improved by integrating technology into our education systems.
Here are just a few benefits of Ed Tech that were put forward in the article:
- Personalising the learning experience.
- Learning how to learn.
- Putting students in charge.
- Helping students disconnect from the Twitter-verse and spend more time on task.
- Encouraging constructive communication.
Making Sense of the National VET System
The Making sense of the National VET system workshop being hosted by the VET Development Centre will take place on the 28th of March. The workshop is a great opportunity for individuals to work on their understanding of the VET system with a comprehensive overview of the role of Training Packages, requirements of the Australian Quality Training Framework/Standards for NVR Registration (AQTF/SNR), and competency based training and assessment practices.
This is a great workshop for new or prospective VET educators to get a facilitated introduction to the complex Australian VET System.
7 Ways Games Reward the Brain
Playing games offers intense emotional rewards that are perfect for engaging the brain and keep us questing for more. This is why gamification is one of the buzz words in eLearning of late. Join Tom Chatfield in his TED talk 7 Ways Games Reward the Brain: