The Manager’s Musings

What will the recent budget mean for Training

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Well now that the new budget has been handed down it is time to think about what it might mean for the Training and VET sector.

There have been several programs which have been cut in the budget most noticeably the National Workforce Development Fund and the WELL programs, both of which had been seen as problematic in term of their reporting and overheads.  The cuts to these programs and a number of other federally funded programs will be used to establish a $470 million Industry Skills Fund which as Minister Mcfarlane said in a recent press release ‘The new Industry Skills Fund will commence on 1 January 2015 and will deliver close to 200,000 targeted training places and training support services over four years.  The fund will assist small and medium sized businesses to successfully diversify and improve competitiveness in a global market.  Registered Training Organisations will deliver to businesses high-quality accredited and targeted training.’

While we don’t yet know the details of how this scheme will work if you are a business, either small or large, you should be starting to think about what RTO’s you might want to partner with in order to get the best outcomes for your students.  As well as making sure that you know where the skill gaps within your workforce lay and how these can be filled.

What about for individuals, well currently in Queensland at least both the Certificate III Guarantee and User choice programs are still up and running.  However and this is something important to note if you are thinking about accessing a place under the certificate III guarantee the program, the details of the program and funding for training in Queensland for the next 12 months is currently under review and may change after July 1 2014.

So my advice would be if you are thinking about accessing a place under the Certificate III Guarantee that you talk to an approved RTO now and look at getting your application in before the end of this financial year.


Community Sector Team Leadership Skill Set now available online

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Spectrum Training is excited to announce the commencement of online delivery of its Community Sector Team Leadership Skill set.


Develop or improve your Team Leadership and Supervision Skills

Develop and maintain high quality client service delivery  

Improve your ability to communicate with staff and clients

The Community Sector Team Leadership Skill set is designed for staff in or look to move into Team Leadership, Management, or Supervision roles and who wish to improve and develop their skills.

The skill set provides participants with the ability to be assessed in the following units of competency;

CHCCOM403A Use targeted communication skills to build relationships

  • Communicating with clients and staff
  • Effective communications strategies
  • Effective meetings and discussions
  • Dealing with difficult conversations

CHCORG406A Supervise work

  • Staff induction and orientation
  • Developing your team
  • Performance and Professional Development
  • Leadership

CHCORG423A Maintain quality service delivery

  • Delivering high quality services to clients
  • Frameworks for quality service delivery
  • Monitor and review service delivery 

The course is now available through our E-learning portal as self paced Elearning.

It is also offered as a face to face program generally conducted over 3 non-consecutive days with each concentrating on one of the three units of competency, utilising a range of adult learning methodologies to ensure that all participants are provided with optimal learning experiences.

On successful completion of the course and the assessments participants will receive a Statement of Attainment for completed units.

The per person investment for the program (including assessment) is $295.

For more information Contact the Spectrum Training on (07) 38813310 or

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Team Leadership Skill Set

If you are interested in knowing more or wish to enrol in this program please contact one of our helpful course advisor’s.

Training Calendar

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We’re pleased to announce that our training calendar of public programs is now live on our website! You can view the training events that we currently have schedule here. Read More

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Student Fees – Update

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Spectrum Training have recently been in discussion with the QLD Government’s Department of Education, Training and Employment about the most appropriate measures we can employ in keeping our student fees to a minimum whilst remaining contractually compliant. Consequently, we have reviewed and updated our fee structures this week to ensure that they are both fair and transparent. Over the weekend we will be updating our processes and marketing materials (including this website) to reflect these changes, starting with this blog post. Our updated fee structure is contained below. Read More

Welcome to 2014!

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Happy New Year and welcome to 2014! We’ve got some exciting developments planned at Spectrum Training this year and I’d like to share a couple of these with you. Read More

The Queensland Government reform action plan for further education and training

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It’s slipped under the radar of many Learning and Development leaders and RTO managers but on June 8 the Newman government released The Queensland Government Reform Action Plan for Further Education and Training, a five year action plan to reform the state’s further education and training sector. Read More

BMA Blackwater Mine | Disability Engagement Program

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As a proud partner of BMA Blackwater Mine’s Disability Engagement Program we’d like to share a couple of media links regarding the program and the training courses we and others facilitate.

  1. Listen to Paul Hemburrow, General Manager of BMA Blackwater Mine, speaking about the Disability Engagement Program on ABC radio (link).
  2. Listen to Julie Irwin, National Disability Coordination Officer for Community Solutions in the Blackwater region, speaking to ABC radio about the formation of the Bowen Basin Reference Group in helping people with disabilities gain employment (link).
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