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Almost out now: new Business Services Training Package

  • 10 Jul 2020

The final draft of Business Services (BSB) Training Package (business enterprise skills and technical skills projects) has been submitted to the Department of Education, Skills and Employment and will be considered for endorsement by the AISC on Wednesday 12 August 2020. Following successful endorsement, it is expected that the training products will be available on Training.gov.au in mid-October. The documents are now available for downloaded from this link; BSB Training Product V6
 
PWC’s Skills for Australia has been asked to apply for an 18-month teach-out period to ease in transition between new and old Training Packages. In the latest version there are 
• 16 Business Enterprise qualifications from Certificate I in Workplace Skills to Graduate Diploma in leadership and management.
• 14 Technical Skills qualifications from the Certificate III level to Advanced Diplomas in library, legal, HR, auditing and marketing specialisations.
• 4 qualifications in Work Health and Safety from Certificate III to Advanced Diploma level.  

New news from the Cyber Security world

  • 06 Jul 2020

The NSW government has announced plans for a Cyber Security NSW’s Vulnerability Management Centre (VMC) to be set up in Bathurst. The centre will be responsible for detecting, scanning, and managing online vulnerabilities and data across NSW departments and agencies. Critical to its establishment will be support for skills and workforce development in the region and expanding cyber security knowledge and capability across all regional areas.  

The NSW government also wants to consult with the Cyber Security Industry and other interested parties on the development of an updated NSW Government Cyber Security Strategy. You need to register your interest by emailing cyberstrategynsw@customerservice.nsw.gov.au. Once you register your interest you will be sent the relevant documents. Take the opportunity to influence change and promote the Cyber Security Industry strategic directions  

Get your cogs whirring, please

  • 22 Jun 2020

The Financial Services draft training products have been released for public consultation for the following projects:
1. Customer Service
2. Mortgage Broking
3. Employability, Leadership and Multidisciplinary Skills
4. Insurance Services: Loss Adjusting, Underwriting and Claims
ACFIPS Industry Training Advisory Body is happy to collect any feedback from any Industry organisation, association, employee or financial services students and forward that onto PwC Skills for Australia or contact ACFIPS via our website: https://www.acfips.org.au/ContactUs
To review the training products, please click visit the PWC Skills For Australia website https://www.skillsforaustralia.com/industries/financial-services/ and download the documents. If you would like to provide feedback direct to PWC, email the documents with your comments or tracked changes to info@skillsforaustralia.com. 
Please note that feedback will be accepted until COB, 17 July, 2020.

Especially if you're an RTO involved with the BSB Training Package

  • 25 Mar 2020

PWC Skills for Australia recently released the Case for Endorsement for the proposed BSB 7.0 Training Package. Its currently scheduled to be put forward to the Australian Industry Skills Council in August 2020. The changes significantly simplify the package. Access the details at:

https://skillsforaustralia.us13.list-manage.com/track/click?u=708b28ab7c08dc7b509a5baec&id=aace61fb41&e=c4692bf61a

The key challenges for implementing the revised Training Package are primarily for RTOs to address and include:
• Changes to scope of registration for RTOs
• Ensuring ASQA Standards for RTOs compliance, especially around:

  • teacher qualifications and currency
  • product integrity, quality and compliance
  • Teach out requirements are met
  • Marketing material changes

The changes are not expected to impact traineeship and apprenticeship arrangements. However, the current traineeships in Business Administration (Education, Medical), Customer Engagement and Library and Information Services will need to be amended.

Seeking your input for the ICT Training Package changes

  • 24 Mar 2020

PWC Skills for Australia recently released the draft training products for Telecommunications in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Training Package. These proposed changes relate to the Advanced Diploma and Diploma in Information Technology with each qualification having  different specialisations, including network engineering.
You can download a copy of the draft documents at PWC SFA Draft ICT Training products for review
The PWC Skills for Australia ICT project team is seeking industry and RTO feedback on the proposed changes. 
The official feedback close-off date is COB Friday, 17 April 2020. However, the ACFIPS ITAB will continue to accept feedback after this date and ensure it is heard in the right channels. Email gregcheetham6@gmail.com. ACFIPS will be organising an online forum to discuss these changes in April. Please keep an eye out for the invitation.

Read, rate and add constructive thoughts

  • 27 Feb 2020

PwC Skills for Australia has recently released its second Draft Training Product in Business Services for review. The updated drafts are for Business Enterprises and Technical Skills areas. The revised qualifications have a simplified structure and while maintaining flexibility by including specialisations in each qualification area In enterprise skills, they have included subject matter on:
• financial literacy
• entrepreneurship
• critical thinking
• leadership and data literacy

In the Technical Skills area, they have included specialisations such as:
• conveyancing and legal services
• audit and compliance
• information services 

You can download the products from BSB Draft Training Products (V 2.0)   or Skills for Australia - Business Services (look for current projects). Feedback ends at COB 6 March, 2020. If you want to provide feedback, please use this Google Form. ACFIPS will accept feedback after this date, email gregcheetham6@gmail.com

We're looking round for your opinion

  • 20 Feb 2020

PwC Skills for Australia have released for consultation the draft training products for Financial Planning and Superannuation in the Financial Services (FNS) Training Package sector. PWC are seeking industry feedback on the draft products. Download the Financial Services documents at https://lnkd.in/fSYuxf5 and the Superannuation documents at https://lnkd.in/fKVKEgh.There is a summary document to make it a little easier. Feedback to PwC ends at COB Monday, 16 March, 2020, however the ACFIPS ITAB is happy to receive your feedback after this date — send it to gregcheetham6@gmail.com

Collaboration is our theme for 2020

  • 05 Feb 2020

In this case our collaborator is Sydney Region, TAFE NSW. Together we plan to improve the take-up of Creative Industries traineeships. The benefits of a traineeship include gaining a formal qualification via flexible delivery (offered by TAFE NSW) and learning in the workplace while you’re being paid. At a recent meeting we looked at new ways to promote Creative Industry qualifications that have good job outcomes. If you’re interested in a particular qualification, contact ACFIPS’ Senior Project Officer Helen O’Moore.

Local jobs for local people. In this case Bourke

  • 11 Oct 2019

For many years there has been a noticeable lack of suitably qualified security officers in the Bourke community. Suddenly, there’s 14 suitably qualified security officers ready to fill existing positions. It took more than waving a wand to bring it about, however.

The long-term problem has always been the absence of a local security training provider approved by the NSW Police to deliver the licensing course. To gain a Security Licence Class 1A or 1C, a person must successfully complete a Cert II in Security Operations with a NSW Police-approved RTO. An obvious employment opportunity was going begging because of a lack of training.

A co-ordinated effort to improve matters followed. The Orange office and head office of Training Services NSW sorted out the funding. ACFIPS (a NSW ITAB) consulted with ACES (an RTO approved by the NSW Police with a Smart & Skilled contract) about how the training could be delivered in Bourke. The local council and employers did all they could to help and encourage.

The end result was that ACES sent one of their most experienced trainers to Bourke for four weeks to run the course. 14 hopeful students were recruited and completed the course. Employers now have qualified staff to fill job vacancies.

It’s a great example of what collaboration and co-operations can achieve. The biggest congratulations, of course, must go to the graduates themselves. Many of whom had to travel large distances and make sacrifices to complete what was a rigorous and demanding course.

Definitely planning to run another security training course next year.

Back row: Mick McDowell, Peter Johnson, Jayson Heatherill, Warwick Clarke, Pat Canty, Ray Bennett, Bill Lawrence, Michael Boney, Alex Armstrong. Front row: Anthony Heinemeyer, Aiden Orcher, Noel Canty, Matt Whitbread, Paul Whitbread. Thank you to the Western Herald Bourke for the pic.

Very excited to be at the NSW launch of National Skills Week

  • 28 Aug 2019

Greg Cheetham and Lee Xavier (both pictured) joined Tim Cramsie, Suzette Po Williams, Max Wilson and Liam Calcutt at the ACFIPS table for the NSW launch of National Skills Week on August 27. A wonderful evening was had by all (even though we didn't win anything in the raffle). We're sure the week is going to be even better.