Home' Sunraysia Daily : Skills Contents Sunraysia Daily Monday, May 3, 2010
A matter of courses
With more than 30 study areas and 1800 courses, you're sure
to find the right course to suit you. Here's a quick guide to
finding the right level for you:
Preparation for entry level work and undertaking Certificate II.
An ability to acquire operational knowledge in skill areas where you can apply
solutions to problems. May be completed as traineeships which involve a mix of on
and off the job training. Courses provide skills for entry level positions into many
Provides additional theoretical knowledge and encourages you to develop higher
skills for solving a variety of problems. Courses provide skills for entry level
positions into many industries.
Develops a broad knowledge base, teaching you to analyse and evaluate information
and to apply the knowledge and skills to a wide variety of contexts. Is skills-based
and prepares students to work in areas which may require complex skills.
Gives theoretical knowledge and/or technical and creative skills. Judgement,
planning and analysis are involved across a broad range of technical and/or
management situations. Courses are designed to provide students with the skills
necessary for supervisory positions, running a small business, working closely with
experienced professionals, or operating at a high level in a technical capacity.
Recognises the ability to apply principles and techniques in a wide range of contexts.
Courses provide training for supervisory and middle management positions, or
positions operating at a high level of expertise within a particular skill area.
Vocational Graduate Certificate
Extends the provision of high-level employment-related skills and knowledge.
Graduates with appropriate work experience can pursue a range of broad of
specialised career paths working in complex contexts.
Vocational Graduate Diploma
Provides expert skills and knowledge of breadth, depth and complexity and can
offer further specialisation within particular study area. Graduates with appropriate
work experience can pursue a range of career opportunities involving varied and/or
ACE your way
IMPROVING your work skills can improve
your earning potential. That is according
to a recent report which found that men
studying through Adult Community
Education (ACE) providers lifted their
annual wage premiums by an average of
$8,000 - $13,000 and women increased
their wages an average of $1,300 - $2,200.
It's little wonder 50,000 people have
improved their work skills by undertaking
training with Victoria's network of 350
ACE providers this year alone!
Whether you are studying for the first time
or returning to education, ACE providers
offer a convenient way to develop the
skills and confidence you need to go on
to further study or secure a new or better
job. Located right across Victoria, ACE
is a friendly and convenient way to learn,
especially for people in rural and regional
areas wanting to re-enter education.
ACE providers offer courses ranging
from introductory reading and writing
courses through to nationally recognised
qualifications and higher level vocational
education and training such as Certificate
IVs in Children's Services or in Small
Business, for example.
ACE is also popular because it offers
customised training options that are
flexible and individually focused. Training
can be tailored to match the needs of
learners with the specific skills required
by business and the community.
To find out more about how you can
achieve training success through your
local ACE provider visit acfe.vic.gov.au.
JACK and Lynne Pryse's organic grain and
lamb farm is in Torrita, nearly 40 kilometres
from Ouyen. Go there and you might just
encounter the same surprising scene awaiting
our journalist and photographer --- the Pryse
family and nine other rural landowners and farm
workers who work with them using a corrugated
shed as an improvised classroom.
Twin brothers Geoff and John Mead, Elaine
and Jeff Gregory, Geoff and Paul Lockett, Ernie
Sporn, Sara Jenner, Howard Flanner and Lynne,
Jack and Daniel Pryse are tackling book work
which is part of their training.
The training session in progress is a result of
Jack and Lynne Pryse signing up for Skills for
Growth: the Workforce Development Program.
Skills for Growth provides eligible businesses
with independent specialists to work with
them --- at no cost --- to identify their strategic
business aims and objectives, assess staff skills,
and place staff into relevant accredited training.
Jack and Lynne first heard about Skills for
Growth as a result of needing All Terrain Vehicle
(ATV) safety accreditation for themselves and
others who work for them on a casual and
In addition to their grain and lamb farm, the
Pryses operate 'Jack the Ripper', an off-farm
business to help other farmers control rabbits
on their properties. As Jack points out, a farm
can be "as dangerous as a mine site".
To ensure they, and anyone they employed in
their two businesses had accreditation in ATV
safety it was necessary to go to Mildura, with
their four wheel bikes, for training. This incurred
costs and time away from the farm and as Jack
and Lynne could foresee the need for further
competency training down the line they began to
think about training delivery at Torrita.
Asking around, they were referred to Majella
Ballard, a business specialist with Transport
and Distribution Training (TDT Victoria), one of
26 Service Providers delivering the Skills for
"The Skills for Growth program appealed to
us when we found out about it, as we realised
it would benefit anyone who worked for us by
equipping them with more workplace skills."
Once Jack and Lynne had signed up for the free
program, Majella had a series of consultations
with them to clarify their business goals and
identify their business training needs.
The result is a Workforce Development Plan for
their business. They now have approximately 14
people, including themselves and son Daniel,
undertaking training for their Certificate III in
"From the initial ATV safety training we have
progressed to other competencies that will
improve everyone's safety awareness and
efficiency when they work for us on the farm or
in the off-farm contract work," Lynne said.
Lynne added that the informal method of delivery
suits the trainees, most of whom have been a
very long time out of education as the employees
are training for higher qualifications that they
already hold. Their training is subsidised under
the Victorian Training Guarantee.
The response to training has been excellent,
"Right from the start we have had 100 per cent
participation in the Skills for Growth program.
Everyone attended the enrolment evening and
the two training days we have had so far," Lynne
The training delivered at the Pryse's farm is
funded under the Victorian Training Guarantee as
it leads to a certificate accreditation.
Both Jack and Lynne have a firm belief in the
program's value and would recommend it to
To find out if your business is eligible
for Skills for Growth go to
or call Business Victoria on 13 22 15.
Jack and Lynne Pryse on their Torrita
Local landowners and farm workers undertaking skills training at the Pryse farm.
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