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Wodonga TAFE Knowledge Share Conference

On 14 July, Victorian Skills Commissioner Neil Coulson addressed more than 150 Wodonga TAFE staff at the institution’s annual professional development day. Facilitated by ABC Melbourne radio presenter Lindy Burns, the event was designed to bring campus staff together to share ideas and knowledge. During Mr Coulson’s keynote address he updated the audience on the […]

Victorian business to have their say on workforce skills and training

The Victorian Government is asking businesses to share their views on workforce skills and training in the largest state-wide survey of its kind. The 2017 Victorian Employer Satisfaction and Skills Survey will reach almost 100,000 businesses seeking opinion on industry skills needs and the quality of training delivered through registered training organisations. All businesses, regardless […]

Tackling Skills Shortages in the Mallee Region

On 22 May, Victorian Skills Commissioner Neil Coulson met with prominent Mallee business leaders and local council representatives to discuss skills shortages and workforce training needs. The inaugural Mallee Regional Skills Taskforce meeting was held at Mildura Airport and outlined the unique training and skills requirements of the region, workforce pressures and future industry growth priorities. […]

Growing Apprenticeships And Traineeships In Victoria

Victorian Skills Commissioner Neil Coulson joined Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney and apprentices on Wednesday, 3 May in Docklands to launch a new taskforce to drive apprenticeships and traineeships. Mr Coulson will chair the taskforce which will look at barriers stopping people from taking up an apprenticeship or traineeship and whether issues are […]

NBAA networking breakfast

On 3 March, Victorian Skills Commissioner Neil Coulson addressed more than 100 business leaders at the Northern Business Achievement Awards networking breakfast in Preston. During his presentation, ‘aligning training with industry needs’, Mr Coulson highlighted his work with industry to build real skills for real jobs under the Industry Engagement Framework and newly established Industry Advisory […]

Master Builders Strategy Workshop

On 17 February, Victorian Skills Commissioner Neil Coulson delivered a presentation at the Master Builders Association of Victoria’s Strategy Workshop. The presentation, ‘aligning training with industry needs’ highlighted his work with industry to build real skills for real jobs under the new Industry Engagement Framework. He also outlined the gaps and opportunities the VET system needs to […]

AISC appointment

Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney has nominated the Victorian Skills Commissioner (VSC) Neil Coulson as the Victorian representative for the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC). The Federal Government and the AISC Chair have accepted the nomination. The AISC was established by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Industry and Skills Council as […]

TAFE Victoria: It’ll Take You There

The Andrews Labor Government is taking the next step in reforming Victoria’s training and TAFE system with the launch of TAFE Victoria. For the first time, a new, united brand will position TAFEs as modern, contemporary institutions that all Victorian can access to get the real training they need to get a real job. Victoria’s […]

First round of Industry Advisory Group meetings

In November and December the Office of the Victorian Skills Commissioner hosted the first round of Industry Advisory Group meetings. More than 150 Industry Advisory Group members from industries ranging from construction and health to resources and manufacturing attended meetings which kicked off on November 2 and concluded on December 20. The meetings, one for […]

TAFE Directors Convention

On 6 October, the Victorian Skills Commissioner Neil Coulson joined industry leaders on a plenary panel session as part of the TAFE Directors Australia 2016 Convention. The panel discussion was facilitated by television presenter Virginia Trioli and addressed the topic of what role must employers and government play in ensuring VET students graduate with the […]

WorldSkills Australia Competition

On 5 October, the Victorian Skills Commissioner Neil Coulson joined the Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert for the opening of the 2016 WorldSkills National Competition at the Melbourne Showgrounds. More than 500 young apprentices, trainees and students attended the event which kicked off the three-day competition. The event will feature 60 skills competitions, […]

Skilling the Bay forum

Victorian Skills Commissioner Neil Coulson delivered the key note address to more than 120 delegates at the Skilling the Bay forum in Geelong on 26 August. The forum was designed to raise awareness of the current state of employment and skills in the region, showcase the achievements of a diverse range of programs and initiatives […]

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