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Executive Officer Report

New Victorian Industry Engagement Framework

The Victorian Government has established a new Industry Framework that works with industry, unions and expert bodies to ensure Victoria’s Government –funded training system best serves the needs of the economy.

The Government has appointed Neil Coulson as the first Victorian Skills Commissioner (VSC). The VSC is supported by the Department of Education and Training, provides independent advice to the Minister for Training and Skills.

New Advice Mechanisms

Industry Advisory Groups (IAGs): In line with the commitments of the Andrews Government, ten new IAGs have been established. IAG’s will provide advice to the VSC on matters including skill demand pressures and future industry skills needs.

IAGs will serve as an important reference for the VSC, providing industry intelligence around priority growth sectors as well as existing industries. They will play a formal role in informing the VSC with workforce training needs as part of the Government’s funded training system.


I am pleased to report that the following IAG has been formed:

 Electro technology
 Electricity Generation and Supply 
 Gas Supply
 New Energy Technology*

*Government priority sector.

Tutor Report by Daniel Thomson 

Spring 2016

Since my last report in May, a number of candidates have booked in for an LEA tutorial which has resulted in higher pass rates and these tutored candidates being able to apply for their A-Class Licence with Energy Safe Victoria in Southbank.

The LEA tutorials have been available for over a year now and we have had a number of success stories seeing a significant increase in candidates’ marks. Whilst I have the privilege of tutoring these candidates, it is the candidates themselves who have put in the hard work, coming into the tutorial with an open mind, a notepad and a string of questions. They have listened, gone away and achieved success with their exam.

Overall we have seen great success over the past few months with candidates having a number of attempts before seeking any remedial training, I have had the privilege of working with some candidates over a number of sessions and it is these candidates who have seen the greatest success. One particular candidate stands out as previously sitting the exam 4 times and attending 8 sessions. In working with the candidate previously achieving a highest mark of 46% and previously seeking no remedial training they achieved success and obtained the precious A-Class licence.

Another great success I have seen is candidates that are using this service in conjunction with their RTO teachers. Perhaps attending one or two sessions, taking their knowledge and then going back to their RTO to utilise the facilities and knowledge of the teachers. Sometimes it only takes someone to put something in a different context and the penny drops so to speak.

In every instance I suggest they go back to their college and if this is not possible I discuss alternative options with them. I am now finding, as with the above example, more and more teachers are suggesting the EPIC LEA tutorial, which is fantastic and I thank you for allowing me the opportunity to be of some benefit to our industry.

With Energy Safe Victoria now requesting notification of every candidate who has sat the exam six times or greater, we here at EPIC strongly suggest some form of remedial training to avoid implications on future attempts. The cost of the EPIC tutorial is $85 for a 60-90 minute session, with no more than four in a group for LEP, two for SWP and 6 for LET.

For me it is of the highest privilege to contribute to our industry in this way and help people achieve their goals. With even spending 90 minutes with some candidates you still build a repour with them and get to know their struggles which are all very different. If there is one piece of advice I could give to any candidate out there reading this is if you require any assistance go and get it as it is not myself or your teachers that can achieve your success it is you.

We are always seeking feedback from candidates and this is what we have been hearing:

“Would just like to say thanks for the tutorial on Monday night it helped heaps” Brent -Gipplsland

“Dan has created an environment of enthusiasm and an appreciation for growing.” Matt -Keilor

If you are in need of LEA assistance, don't hesitate for a minute - simply call us on (03) 9654 1299. You won't be disappointed and you just might pass that next exam.

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It’s a good time

Everything’s about timing and it’s a great time of the year to employ an apprentice. At Futuretech, aspiring electricians will soon complete their pre-apprenticeship with the intention to pick up an apprenticeship with an employer early in 2017.

Did we say something about timing?

Employers who plan their recruitment of new apprentices late 2016 for the New Year can select the cream of the crop from the pre-apprentice group finishing in December. 

The ones that turned up every day are good communicators, diligent and completed all their work on time. Employers can ask Futuretech teachers about pre-apprentices who have shown troubleshooting skills, critical thinking, solid mathematics ability or good judgement and decision making. Any skills and knowledge required for their business needs.

It’s a great strategy. Employers can recruit people that have proven their skills and interest during the pre-apprenticeship.Pre-apprentices will also have completed the Construction Industry White Card and a First Aid certificate. Now, that’s the tickets they need to get started!

Another major benefit of selecting a pre-apprentice is that six months is knocked off the electrical apprenticeship. Some of the units in the pre-apprenticeship are inside the apprenticeship so students will get straight credit transfers.

When your employees return to Futuretech as apprentices, the learning platform used allows them to navigate through the apprenticeship course at their own pace, potentially finishing the classroom content early. This may get the apprentice on the job earlier in their third and fourth years when they are most valuable.

Apprentices can start the course at any time throughout the year which means no waiting for six monthly intakes. Futuretech boasts expert teachers, small class sizes and state of the art facilities at its brand new North Melbourne campus. The pre-apprenticeship is free for the course starting on the 4th of October and ending December 2016.

Employers who wish to hire a new apprentice from this group can call Martin Moore on (03) 9564 4700. For further information about Futuretech, please visit

Futuretech is collaborative venture between the ETU Victoria and Holmesglen Institute.

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