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Nimble News 23 August 2023

FFTITC Visits Bunbury

The Board of the FFTITC recently visited Bunbury to hold its first regional Board meeting. The tour began at Wespine sawmill, was followed by the Board meeting at ECU, then a networking forum "Engaging the Zoomers".

Some learnings from the day:

  • Wespine is highly technical with largely autonomous processing of timber. 100% of the tree is used and they have 200+ staff manning a 24 hour operation. They are strong supporters of apprenticeships with several employed covering electrical, fitting and mechanical trades.

  • ECU South West (Bunbury Campus) has attracted a new Creative Industries Hub and is doing lots of innovative projects around immersive technology and virtual learning environments.

  • South Regional TAFE has over 10,000 students and currently delivers over 300 qualifications. They are delivering some great programs, particularly in horticulture, conservation and ecosystem management and wool handling.

  • We now have up to 5 generations working in some businesses and in 2033, 32% of the workforce will be from Gen Z.

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For the meat industry: New classroom resources for Foundation to Year 10

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Podcast: Australian farmers tell their stories

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New report: Total VET Students and Courses 2022

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ABS statistics: Counts of Australian Businesses June 2019 – June 2023

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For business: Grants and programs finder

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For employers: A flexible work policy is becoming a must-have

New research reveals 78 per cent of people would not work for an employer without a formalised flexible work policy.

It's National Skills Week

This year's theme is 'What are you looking for?' focusing on matching what people are looking for in a career and their life, to skills training through VET. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for tips and ideas all this week.

For industry groups and associations: meeting room available

If you are an industry group or association that fits under our coverage, and require use of a boardroom for your meetings, contact us. We have a large meeting room here in East Victoria Park which may suit your needs. Generally available at no cost. Email

We hope that this has been of some assistance.

Food, Fibre and Timber Industries Training Council.

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