VACC Skills Development Centre

eNewsletter – February 2015


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Motor Industry Apprentice Retention and Stakeholder

Understanding Project


VACC has completed the initial industry wide consultation phase of the project, which was based on the information obtained from the face-to-face interviews and survey results.


We wish to thank all of those who took time out of their busy schedules to participate.


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VACC SDC Courses


Automotive Air Conditioning Short Course

Monday, 2nd March – Wednesday, 4th March 2015 (3 days)



Diploma of Automotive Management

Register now to start with Workshop 2 on Monday, 16th March 2015


OHS 1 Day Health and Safety Representatives Refresher Training

Tuesday, 17th March 2015


Initial (5 Day) OHS Course for Health and Safety Representatives, Managers and Supervisors

5 Mondays – 13th, 20th, 17th April and 4th & 11th May 2015


New Training Complaints Hotline – 13 38 73


Although the large majority of training providers are doing the right thing, there are still a small number who are taking people for a ride.


If you have had first-hand experience with such a training provider, or been aggressively approached by people selling courses, get their business card, write down names, business details, phone numbers, e-mail addresses, collect any flyers and contact the Training Complaints Hotline. Better still, before making a complaint why don’t you give the Skills Development Centre a call so that we can assist you in registering your complaint to ensure a satisfactory outcome.


Click here for the Media Release about the new Hotline.


Industry Skills Fund – Growth Stream – 13 28 46


The Federal Government has released the first stage of the Industry Skills Fund – Growth Stream. The Fund aims to provide up to 200,000 training places and support services over four years, the fund is for SME’s and microbusinesses. Businesses and consortiums can apply. You can benefit from funding for skills advice and training grants and you will be required to co-contribute, the extent of which depends on the size of your business.


For more information about the fund and the application process, click here.


If you would like any assistance with unpacking this information, or in making an application, please contact us.


More information

YouTube video



Assigning a value to customised training


Customisation can be the smart way to go in cases where you need to learn how to handle something which is fundamental to your business processes.


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Are You Encouraging the Women in Your Business to for a WinA Scholarship?


Other businesses are, and here’s why:


- Professional development can be a costly exercise, usually in the region of $2-4,000 for a Certificate IV and frequently up to $10,000 for a Diploma. Imagine the benefits to your business when a key staff member is awarded a scholarship and learns new skills.

- Your business will also receive free promotion at a major automotive event, the Australian Motoring Festival, when your candidate is successful.

- The women working in your business will see that you are serious about their automotive professional development.


All solid reasons – making very good business sense. That’s why.


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See what Marie Pangbourne from Greensborough Panels had to say about the value of the Certificate IV Trade Scholarship…“Why a woman would not jump at the chance to get the Certificate IV Trade Scholarship beats me, if I was in the earlier part of my career I certainly would.”

Marie Pangbourne, Director Greensborough Panels.


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Automotive Environmental Compliance


Over the past year, VACC has been conducting an EPA funded Environmental Compliance program called the ACE (Audit Compliance Education) Program. 


In the first phase of the program VACC provided over 100 free Environmental Audits to businesses. In the current education phase of the program VACC are facilitating seminars across Victoria.


As part of the education phase VACC has developed a presentation, guide, fact sheets and solution videos.


Automotive businesses can download these resources from the VACC website, here.





Run on the smell of an elastic band

Imagine winding up the full-sized version…


Improving innovation

Increase profitability and staff retention with an innovative culture

Innovation is often associated with the introduction of new products or services for your business; it can also be about changing the way you do business.  

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Bushfire plan

Keep your customers, staff and business safe

As a business owner it is your responsibility to make sure you, your staff and clients are safe in the event of a fire.

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If you would like any information on our training offerings, please contact VACC SDC on 03 9829 1140 to speak to one of our team members or alternatively email us via

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