Unique Student Identifier – New Government Requirement To Study


 

HAVE YOU GOT YOUR UNIQUE STUDENT IDENTIFIER (USI) NUMBER?

From 1 January 2015 all students will be required to have a USI, because…government. This is a requirement for all courses, including the White Card and Contractors Licence courses.

It’s easy…follow these 6 simple steps

STEP 1: Have at least one form of ID ready: Driver’s License, Australian Passport, Medicare Card, Birth Certificate, Visa (with non-Australian Passport), Immigration Card or Citizenship Certificate.

STEP 2: Have your personal contact details ready: Address, email and/or phone number.

STEP 3: Visit usi.gov.au and click on ‘Create a USI’.

STEP 4: Agree to the terms and conditions and follow the steps.

STEP 5: Write your unique number down and keep it somewhere handy and safe.

STEP 6: Bring this number with you when you enrol.

Certificate II in Construction Course starts Tuesday 3rd February 2015


Screen Shot 2015-01-27 at 11.35.37 amOur popular pre-apprentice starts on Tuesday 3rd February. These courses help people interested in gaining an apprenticeship by giving them experience with the type of projects carried out by tradespeople. The course focuses on training in Bricklaying, Tiling, Solid Plastering, Concreting and Basic Scaffolding.

We have had successful students go on to gain apprenticeships across all trades. FCTA has a strong network of employers currently looking to hire Solid Plastering, and Tiling apprentices. Bricklaying apprenticeships come up on a regular basis, with the trade now seen as a major skills shortage in South Australia.

To arrange to meet with us about the course, call 8367 5615 or email info@fcta.com.au.

2014 Apprentice of the year is Nathan Dekker


This years choice for Apprentice of the Year was made easy, as each staff member – from all our trades – recommended Nathan Dekker.

Nathan Dekker

Nathan Dekker

Nathan is 75% through his Cert III in Bricklaying. His work is of high quality. He is normally the first apprentice to arrive in the morning, and the one who creates a great mood amongst everyone. Aside from the trophy, Nathan will receive free training in the 2 small business units required to apply for a contractors license. Nathan has enormous potential for the future. From the team at FCTA – Building Careers, we’d like to wish Nathan and his lovely family a Merry Christmas. We are looking forward to 2015 and working with Nathan again!

 

Apprentice Trade Support Loans


Apprentices are now able to have their wages ‘topped up’ via the Governments ‘Trade Support Loan’ scheme. Apprentices need to fill in an application form with their apprenticeship broker, sometimes called an “AAC” these are the people who come out to sign up apprentices formally.

Unfortunately trade schools, and employers are unable to do this for you. This is because the Government wants to make it clear that this is a loan that requires repayment once your income is over $50,000pa.

It’s a way to help apprentices keep their cars on the road, help with living expenses, and keep their tools up to date. Each 6 months apprentices will be asked if they want to continue receiving the loan payments, this is what they mean when they say ‘opt in’.

For full details, call you apprentice broker, if you don’t know who that is, call us and we can help find out who it was. Attached is a flyer with more details.

Are you paying your apprentice correctly? Fair Work are about to start checking


There are few things in business more complicated than hiring an apprentice. Recruitment issues aside, once you have found the person to employ you have to deal with a variety of different government and private companies to sign up your apprentice and try to grow your business at the same time. One very scary part of the process is working out the pay rate!

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To be absolutely clear, it is the employers responsibility to find out the correct rate and entitlements from Fair Work. Apprentice brokers, Trade Schools can all give you a guide, but if we tell you the wrong information, it’s the employer that wears the consequence. Understandably this is why many people you talk to will refuse to give you a guide about pay.

Fair Work have just announced that they will be running an educational campaign to let you know about rates and responsibilities. Its well worth visiting their website to find out more.

http://www.fairwork.gov.au/how-we-will-help/helping-the-community/campaigns/national-campaigns/building-and-construction-campaign

Does it benefit every student to complete years 11 & 12 at High School?


Year 11 & 12 students once had the option to complete their schooling in TAFE/RTO colleges. These students were not interested in attending university, and had a trade career planned for after school. This was scraped and since high schools have tried to absorb the role of trade training centres but without the links to industry that true trade schools have.

Apprenticeship funding changes announced in the federal budget


The main change for apprentices is the scrapping of the ‘tools for trade’ allowance and the introduction of a ‘HECS’ style loan programme.
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An overhaul of funding arrangements regarding skills and training in the federal budget has received a mixed response from construction and industry lobby groups, who welcome the introduction of some new programs but express disappointment at the abolition of others.
But the government will save $914.6 million over four years in tax-exempt payments to support apprentices to purchase their own tools by scrapping the Tools For Your Trade Program.A further $1 billion will be slashed from the training budget over five years by scrapping ten further programs including the Accelerated Australian Apprenticeships Program, the Australian Apprenticeships Mentoring Program, the Workforce English Language and Literacy Program and the Apprenticeship to Business Owner Program – albeit with this being partially offset by an allocation of $476 million over four years to establish a new Industry Skills Fund which is expected to deliver 121,5000 training places and 74,300 support services supporting the needs of small to medium enterprises which cannot be readily met by the national training system.
Australian Industry Group Chief Executive Officer Innes Willox welcomed the new skills fund and the Trade Support Loan Scheme.“We are, however, concerned with the cessation of the longstanding Workplace English Language and Literacy (WELL) program,” he added.“Currently, over four million working Australians do not have adequate literacy and numeracy skills for the modern economy.  We must ensure that developing these vital skills does not lose priority.”Like Willox, Housing Industry Association Chief Executive – Industry Policy and Media Relations Graham Wolfe also welcomed the new apprentice loans, the terms of which he added are comparable to university students under the Higher Education Loan Programme.But Wolfe slammed the abolition of the National Workforce Development Fund (one of the ten aforementioned programs to be cut) and some of the other programs, noting that the new skills fund has a much narrower focus in terms of sectors covered (health and biomedical products; mining, oil and gas equipment technology and services; and advanced manufacturing, including defence and aerospace) of which construction is not one.
Wolfe further expressed disappointment at a decision to abandon the final round of the National Rental Affordability Scheme (saving $235.2 million over three years), which he said had delivered thousands of affordable homes to moderate and low income families, as well as a lack of investment support for housing to complement a $50 billion plus splurge on transport infrastructure.“Tonight’s Federal Budget has delivered spending cuts across the board, many impacting on Australia’s residential building industry,” Wolfe said.“While it is framed in the context of addressing the budget deficit, this will be at the expense of a number of worthwhile programs.”

This article was originally published: http://sourceable.net/skills-funding-overhaul-gets-mixed-industry-response/

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