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Welcome to the latest issue of the FutureNow eNews - Your Workforce, Your Future.

Message from the CEO:

Dear Colleagues

2014 is closing fast and what a year it has been for Vocational Education and Training. At a national level we have seen a succession of changes focussed on reform of the VET system, while at the State level the introduction of Future Skills WA has brought a new funding model that provides greater subsidises for training in priority occupations, but increased fees for other areas of training . In addition we have had the disruption of the fire at Sports Lotteries House and the resultant consequences of rebuilding. On behalf of the Board and the FutureNow team, I would like to thank you for your continued support and contribution to our work in 2014 and wish you and your families a very happy, relaxing and safe festive season and we look forward to working with you in 2015. Read more.
Mal Gammon, CEO

Inside this issue:
Industry News
Training News

Premier Announces Changes to Cabinet

Premier Colin Barnett has announced a cabinet reshuffle following the resignation of long-serving Minister Terry Waldron. Read more.

Wendy Martin Announced as New Director of the Perth International Arts Festival

The Perth International Arts Festival's new director has been revealed as former head of theatre and dance at the Sydney Opera House, Wendy Martin. Read more.

WA Dance Awards Honours Chrissie Parrott

FutureNow congratulates Chrissie Parrott who recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the WA Dance Awards in recognition of a stellar career spanning more than three decades. Read more.

Historic Free Trade Agreement Signed with China

After 10 years of negotiation, Australia's free trade agreement was signed on the 17th of November. Broad commentary suggests Australia's service providers are considered to be amongst the winners, with tourism and telecommunications being of particular note. Read more.

Margaret River Gourmet Escape to Stay for Three More Years

The Margaret River Gourmet Escape is on track to become a premier global food and wine event, with the State Government committing funding until 2017. Read more.

Survey Says Hospitality Industry Offers Best Customer Service

A survey of 1000 Australian respondents conducted by TrueLocal, found that more than a quarter (27%) rated restaurants as offering the best level of customer service, highlighting the hospitality industry's efforts to engage customers and satisfy more than just their appetite. Read more.

Chamber of Arts and Culture WA Presents Pre-Budget Submission to the State Government

The Chamber of Arts and Culture WA has presented its submission to the State Government for the 2015/16 Budget, arguing any reduction to arts spending could have serious ramifications for the sector. Read more.

$17 million in Funding Announced for VET in Public Schools for 2015

Education Minister Peter Collier has announced a $17 million funding package for Vocational Education and Training (VET) in public secondary schools in 2015, in anticipation of an expected rise of 8,800 more public students enrolled in VET programs. Read more.

Strengthening VET in Schools

NCVER have released a report which outlines how improving the outcomes of students undertaking vocational education and training (VET) in schools is important to ensuring it is a viable post-school pathway for students. Read more.

SIS Cross-Sector Training Package Components Open for Feedback

Service Skills Australia have advised that feedback is now open for the Validation Draft of the SIS Cross-Sector Training Package components. Read more.

WA Training Ranks Among the Top in the Nation

The Australian Training Awards were held in Adelaide on Friday 21 November at an event attended by over 700 people. Team WA fared amongst the top bringing home the Australian International Training Provider of the Year and three runners-up in the individual awards. Read more.


Tourism Priorities Announced at Tourism Australia Briefing

A delegation from Tourism Australia visited Western Australia to present the tourism community in Margaret River and Perth with their activities and plans for the next year. Read more

Charity Youth Focus Benefits from Fundraising Dinner Cooked by Deputy Premier

A fundraising dinner was held at the Polytechnic West Gold Plate Award winning Bentley Pines Restaurant, prepared by Polytechnic West Commercial Cookery and Hospitality students with valuable leadership from Guest Head Chef, the Hon Dr Kim Hames MLA. Read more.

Skilling WA, Second Edition Released

The State Government has released the second edition of Skilling WA in response to the State's emerging economic and labour market challenges since the release of the original Skilling WA. Read more.

New Study into the Challenges and Barriers to Training and Employment Faced by Young People in WA

Challenges and barriers to training and employment faced by young people in Western Australia are the subject of a new study by the State Government through the Department of Training and Workforce Development. Read more

VET Student Outcomes 2014

Repeatable content blocks: NCVER has released a statistical report outlining the outcomes for students who completed their vocational education and training (VET) during 2013. Access the report here

Hospitality Venues Recognised as the State's Best

The AHA-Aon Hotel and Hospitality Awards for Excellence were recently held to celebrate WA's world-class hospitality venues. Read more. 

FutureNow Hospitality Ambassador Chef wins a place in Proud to be a Chef Finals

Apprentice Chef at Frasers Restaurant, Kings Park and member of FutureNow's Hospitality Ambassador Program, Rose Bass is one of 32 finalists in the 2015 Fonterra Proud to be a Chef Program. Read more.
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