Be Recognised Nationally! 2015 Australian Training Awards

The Australian Training Awards are the peak national awards for the vocational education and training (VET) sector. For over 20 years, the Awards have recognised the outstanding achievements of apprentices, trainees, vocational students, training practitioners, businesses, secondary schools and registered training organisations for their contribution to skilling Australia.

Applications close on Friday 29 May 2015. Free webinars are available to assist applicants to enter the categories.

To find out about more about the 2015 Australian Training Awards, please see the Video here: 2015 Australian Training Awards, go to the Website:, or Phone (02) 6240 8155.

Applications are now open for the Industry Skills Fund –
Youth Stream

The Youth Stream of the Industry Skills Fund has launched two new pilot programmes – Training for Employment Scholarships and Youth Employment Pathways.

You can now submit an application form through or by calling 13 28 46. Please note that the new pilot programmes are only offered in selected locations around Australia. These regions can be found on the website.

A range of information is available on to assist businesses and community service organisations interested in applying, including:

  • programme guidelines
  • a customer information guide
  • application forms
  • fact sheets

Training for Employment Scholarships supports job-specific training that meets the needs of businesses and helps them to employ a young person who is suitable for the job but requires further training. 

Youth Employment Pathways supports community service organisations to purchase or provide services to assist disengaged young people to get back to school, move into the workforce or start vocational education. 

If you have any further questions about the Industry Skills Fund – Youth Stream, please visit or call 13 28 46.

Recognising Female Trailblazers
Women in Automotive breakfast forum

(click above image to view flyer)

The Cars of Tomorrow Conference 2015

In 2015, the 18th Asia Pacific Automotive Engineering Conference, APAC (10 & 11 March) will be aligned with the Cars of Tomorrow Conference (12 March) bringing together delegates from Australia and overseas - particularly Asia, from research organisations, OEMs and manufacturers, government departments and other automotive-related organisations and bodies.

For the fourth year running, The Cars of Tomorrow conference will bring together automotive industry experts and stakeholders to explore the current and most pressing themes for the industry, both locally and overseas. 

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New Training Complaints Hotline - 13 38 73

Although the large majority of providers are doing the right thing, there are still a small number who are taking people for a ride.

If you have had a first-hand experience with such a training provider, or been aggressively approached by people selling courses, get their business card, write down names, business details, phone numbers, email addresses, collect any flyers and contact the Training Complaints Hotline. Better still, before making a complaint why don't you give the Skills Development Centre a call so that we can assist you in registering your complaint to ensure you get a satisfactory outcome.

Click here for the Media Release about the new Hotline.

Industry Skills Fund - Growth Stream - 13 28 46

The Federal Government has released the first stage of the Industry Skills Fund – Growth Stream. The Fund will aims provide up to 200,000 training places and support services over four years, the fund is for SME’s and microbusinesses. Businesses and consortiums can apply. You can benefit from funding for skills advice and training grants and you will be required to co-contribute, the extent of which depends on the size of your business.

For more information about the fund and the application process, click here.

If you would like any assistance with unpacking this information, or in making an application, please contact us.

MAAP Mentor Apprenticeship Program

The highly successful Mentor Apprenticeship Program is ongoing in 2014.

“This is a fantastic free service for business owners and their apprentices. It takes care of all those little issues frequently seen when apprentices enter the workforce for the first time - issues which if unnoticed and not dealt with, will have a huge impact on the new apprentice’s productivity and ability to learn.”, says Clint Franzone, who heads up the service at VACC.

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Beware of Scam by Training Providers Selling Free Trade Paper Upgrades!

"If your trade papers predate 2001 or 1999, the law has changed and you cannot perform roadworthies" - This is untrue

"The law requires everyone in your business to have a current certificate III qualification" - This is also untrue

"The Government is updating their register of mechanics" - This is also untrue, there is no such register

This is what a couple of organisations are saying to members in order to get them to sign up to a free or low cost "upgrade".

If members are approached by any such organisation, please obtain from them any written information you can get with these claims, and pass it onto us so that we can take action to stop this behaviour.

The problem with this type of behaviour, is that credible programs designed to provide trade recognition to those working in the industry without a formal qualification, but with significant experience, or those returning to the industry after a long break on the tools are jeopardised. The Victorian Government recently cut funding by 50% to deter these types of organisations. It appears a cut in funding has simply incited them to market their wares more aggressively, while jeopardising legitimate training providers.

VACC recognises that there is a need for trade recognition programs and have provided this type of support to the industry over many years. It should never be as easy as ticking boxes on a form. Members expect that when someone achieves trade recognition, that the papers reflect a qualification standard recognised by industry.

Poorly conducted trade recognition schemes (or often referred to as RPL - Recognition of Prior Learning) means that the provider has accessed Government funds, and the recipient holds a qualification that may be lacking in credibility, or worse still, the recipient is not given the necessary training to meet the standard and is prevented from receiving any further government assistance in training.

Another member recently reported that as he was completing his registration/application form, he was asked to not include information about his qualifications. This is very serious, as the member did not realise that by excluding the information, he risked being accused of fraud.

Please contact the VACC Skills Development Centre on (03) 9829 1126, if you would like to undertake a trade recognition program or to report questionable activity.