1. Safari by the River - Echuca, May 2 and 3, 2019

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Join us in Echuca for a memorable Safari by the River!

Steeped in history this unique overnight PD experience offers an insight in VCAL in Special Schools from a range of outstanding providers. With three presentations from regional specialist schools on Thursday, a visit to the Discovery Centre, a 2.5 hr river cruise aboard the PS Canberra, fireside chats and excursions to two of Echuca’s Special School’s outstanding projects, this Safari will leave you with plenty of new ideas, answers to your questions and contacts with other VCAL educators that will take your VCAL journey to the next level.

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2. Is your TAE up to date?

Reminder for VCAL Teachers and Coordinators delivering VCAL in non-school settings (e.g. TAFE and RTO’s) and all VET trainers and assessors.

The Training and Education (TAE) Training Package was updated in April 2016. The core units of competency (units) of the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment were updated to include the ‘Design and develop assessment tools’ and ‘Address adult language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) skills’. The core units of the Assessor Skill Set were updated to include the ‘Design and develop assessment tools’ unit of competency.

Skills Ministers agreed that trainers and assessors who do not hold the relevant units will have until 1 April 2019 to meet the new credential requirements. Trainers and assessors may use this training to contribute towards meeting professional development requirements outlined in the Standards for RTOs 2015.


3. HeadStart south eastern positions now open

HEADSTART is an exciting new apprenticeship and traineeship pathway program designed to enable school students to spend more time working, matched with the requisite vocational training, and while completing a senior secondary qualification. Positions within HEADSTART teams for both the Inner and Outer South Eastern Clusters are NOW OPEN. Those interested in being a part of a brand new initiative aiming to assist young people to link education to the world of work are encouraged to apply. All positions are currently advertised via Recruitment Online.

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For further information, contact HEADSTART Cluster Directors Adam Cooper - Inner South East Cluster Director cooper.adam.r@edumail.vic.gov.au or Haritini Nikolaou - Outer South East Cluster Director nikolaou.haritini.h@edumail.vic.gov.au

4. Share your wisdom (in Education)

Henry Meghaizel is a PhD student at the Centre for Positive Psychology, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne where he is currently conducting research on wisdom (in education).

The aim of this study is to explore secondary school teachers’ wisdom, and its association with well-being. Participants in this study are invited to complete a survey battery that will take approximately 35 minutes, and an optional interview (via skype or over the phone). Benefits: Your participation will contribute towards a recommendation of a training program, with positive implications for teachers’ career satisfaction and well-being.

This study has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee at the University of Melbourne, and by the Department of Education and Training.

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5. Nominations Open For 65th Victorian Training Awards

Apprentices, students, teachers, employers and training providers can now nominate for the 65th Victorian Training Awards. There are 16 categories including six for individuals, four for employers, four for training organisations as well as an Industry Collaboration Award and the Lynne Kosky Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Winners will be announced at the Victorian Training Awards gala ceremony in Melbourne in September, with winners receiving $5000 in prize money. Some winners will also have the opportunity to represent Victoria at the Australian Training Awards in Brisbane in November.

Applications close at midnight on Friday 3 May.


6. Membership - renew or join for 2019

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VALA is YOUR VCAL teacher association, be part of it and enjoy your member benefits now!

As a member based, not for profit association, we heavily rely on our financial members in order to support and advocate for all providers, educators and students that make up the amazing VCAL landscape.

Join or renew your membership for 2019 now and reap the benefits immediately!

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