ACBC Monthly Newsletter – September 2020

8 September 2020

Between 24 and 30 August 2020, National Skills Week highlighted the importance of vocational education and training. Many events across Australia were held to raise the profile and status of vocational learning, dispel outdated myths and showcase the attractive career opportunities that can be achieved through VET.

As noted on the National Skills Week website, “Vocational Education and Training (VET) has been the foundation of Australia’s strong and vibrant economy. It has produced industry leaders, it offers great diversity, new and exciting career paths, supports our resources and primary industries, builds our cities, supports our tourism, our monuments, our heritage and much, much more.”

The Commonwealth Government has recognised the value of vocational education and training for the role it will play in the nation’s recovery from COVID-19. As a result, the government has committed an additional $3.3 billion, which includes funding for the creation of an additional 340,700 VET training places. We look forward to helping rebuild Australia’s economy by developing essential skills for the workforce.

In addition, we have been approved to deliver COVID-Safe training subsidised by the New South Wales government. The training will help ensure that current and future employees have the skills to promote safe work environments.

We introduced online learning several years ago and now it has become even more relevant for people wanting to gain new skills and maintain flexibility to work around other commitments. It’s not well known that to access benefits from Centrelink, students must study an approved course at an approved education provider to access Youth Allowance, Austudy, or Pensioner Education Supplement. ACBC is an approved education provider for this. Online students may also be eligible for support if they complete their Diploma courses within 12 months based on 75% of the full-time face-to-face study load.

EVET applications for 2021 closed on the 4th of September 2020. We have had significant interest and enrolments up until the deadline. Thank you to all our schools, their careers advisors and students for choosing ACBC as their training provider. We looking forward to training and supporting our students through their vocational education journey through school.

Careers advisors or students who may have missed out on applying for an EVET program during this round will have another opportunity to apply between the 7th of December this year and the 27th of January 2021, when the late applications round opens. The courses available are:

  • BSB30115 Certificate III in Business
  • BSB30415 Certificate III in Business Administration
  • CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
  • FNS30115 Certificate III in Financial Services
  • SIT30216 Certificate III in Travel.

On Saturday the 19th September, we will be holding our annual Open Day, which will be an online event. Our alumni, staff, trainers, Work Placement hosts and other local leaders get involved to make our Open Day a community event. Open Day gives high school students the opportunity to discuss their options with careers advisors, gain insights from ACBC alumni who have launched careers, and hear from industry experts in a number of fields. In addition, our Open Day is another way for us to connect with local businesses and the communities we serve. We look forward to seeing you at our Open Day, a virtual careers expo.

To view the rest of the September 2020 Newsletter, click here