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Nimble News 14 December 2022


2022 - Year in Review


2022 has been a bit of a challenging year for the Food, Fibre and Timber Industries Training Council (and probably most of our industries as well). It’s ironic that we report to government on skill shortages, and we were facing some as well.


We had long term staff leave us and difficulties in finding people to take their place. Our Industry Consultants have a unique skill set – they need to be very experienced in industry engagement, know a fair bit about the VET industry and a sound level of research and analysis skills. Not a lot of people around that can fit those needs!


So it was about 8 months in total, that we had at least one vacancy!


However, at the time of writing this, I am very pleased to advise that we now have a full staff contingent. We have Julia Fitzgerald, as our Team Support Officer; Tamara Boaden, Industry Consultant for the forestry, furniture and textiles sector, and Diane Smith who looks after agriculture, food production, animal care and horticulture. So we are looking forward to a very productive 2023!!


Click here for some of the highlights of 2022.

 

Other Nimble News Stories:


Announcement Jobs and Skills Councils establishment

The Department of Employment and Workplace Relations has announced the new Jobs and Skills Councils (ie Industry Clusters). These are national bodies who will drive collaboration to address workforce challenges and ensure qualifications are developed to meet the needs of industry. Food, Fibre and Timber Industries Training Council will be working closely with the Agribusiness and Manufacturing Jobs and Skills Councils.


Have your say – National VET Reform

The Department of Employment and Workplace Relations is asking for feedback on Qualification Reforms via an online survey. Deadline 17 March 2023.


Have your say – Perception and Status of VET

The House Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Training has commenced an inquiry into the perceptions and status of VET. Submission invited prior to 1 March 2023.


Great Resource for small businesses and those thinking of starting one:

The Small Business Development Corporation.


Good News for the Australian Manufacturing industry

ABC News Story with Minister for Industry and Science Ed Husic, addressing the National Press Club about Australia’s $15b plan to bring back local manufacturing.


Good News for the Pilbara Pastoral Sector

New research partnership between McGowan Government, Meat and Livestock Australia and Rio Tinto to advance Western Australia's northern beef industry.


Something a bit different - For employers

Conversations about chronotypes (morning people vs night owls) could boost performance and combat a common bias.


Recent publication from NCVER

VET course enrolment statistics from January to June 2022.


Good News for the Softwood Plantation industry

Significant progress made on 10-year $350 million investment plan to expand State's softwood plantation estate.


New announcement:

320 million allocated to a new metropolitan facility for the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.


Webinar: Jobs and Skills Australia: 2023 priorities and impact on TAFE.

Hear Prof Peter Dawkins, interim Director of Jobs and Skills Australia, speaking at the first TAFETalk of the year. 25January 2023.


Interesting article from Linkedin

Global Talent Trends: Data-driven insights into the changing world of work.


New guide: Diversity and Inclusion

APM have published a Disability Inclusion Guide for insights on supporting employees and customers with a disability.


For RTO practitioners – TAE Training and Education Training Package

Frequently Asked Questions about the release of the new Training Package, including information on qualification upgrade requirements.


For RTOs

Skills Impact latest report on Training package activities and their year in review


$47 million upgrade for Balga TAFE

We are looking forward to seeing the new specialist teaching block in 2024.


We hope that this has been of some assistance. Food, Fibre and Timber Industries Training Council.

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