VALA 2014 newsletter

February 2014 newsletter (Member version) VALAWeb version

Adam WhitbreadFrom the CEO

Welcome back everyone; I trust you feel rested because 2014 is off to a blazing start with the 'I Love VCAL' - VALA's Induction Day on February 14th designed especially for those new to VCAL.

With a new venue, new program and new resources there is sure to be something special to get your VCAL program humming.

But don't be shy; book now because love like this only comes once a year!

VALA Induction Day1. Be my VCAL Valentine - The VALA VCAA Induction Day

February 14th 2014.

Head over heels about Applied Learning and all things VCAL?

Make a date with VCAL and VALA on Valentine's Day in 2014 and join us at the excellent NMIT Conference Centre in Preston for an inspiring start to your VCAL Year.

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Need more resources and inspiration? Some of our supporters will either be there on the day or will be providing inserts for the Induction Day pack.

VALA logo2. VALA Membership now due

Membership renewal invoices have been sent.

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Membership benefits include discounts for the Induction day on February 14 and also for the 2014 Conference on June 13
You also get access to the Resources, including playmeo activities (see below), access to advice and other exclusive member-only benefits from our supporters.

VCAA logo3. Revised for 2014: VCAL Industry Specific Skills Strand and Work Related Skills Strand

Information on designing curriculum and learning programs to meet the purpose statements of the Industry Specific Skills and Work Related Skills Strand is available on the VCAA website. Note: Join David Gallagher, VCAL Manager from VCAA at the VALA VCAL Induction Day who will share insights on the changes to WRS and ISS.


VCAA logo4. VCAL QA arrangements for 2014

The VCAL QA is an important part of the delivery of the VCAL. It ensures that there is a common understanding and consistency among teachers regarding assessment judgments and the design of assessment tasks for the three VCAL levels.


ACER logo5. Foundation Skills Assessment Tool

The Department of Industry has contracted the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) to develop an online Foundation Skills Assessment Tool (FSAT) to identify and assess an individual’s foundation skill levels.  The tool will be available free to assist learners (youth and adults), job seekers, trainers, educators and employment services practitioners to assess their own or a client’s foundation skill levels, and help identify any gaps in skills and knowledge. The FSAT will be based around the theoretical underpinnings of the Australian Core Skills Framework (language, literacy and numeracy) and the Core Skills for Work Developmental Framework (employability skills).  ACER is interested in hearing from interested LLN, VET and employment services providers to be involved in focus groups and trials in order to provide feedback and to trial and test the assessment system and the questions to be used in the various assessments.


ACER logo6. ACER National Adult Language, Literacy and Numeracy Assessment Conference

May 1 and 2, 2014

ACER is conducting a two-day National Adult Language, Literacy and Numeracy Assessment Conference with the theme 'Foundation skills and lifelong learning – what does the evidence from international assessments tell us about improving work and life skills?'. The conference will examine the latest results of both the Programme for International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), and the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) surveys and discuss the implications for both policy and practice for the education sectors as well as the individual.


VET Development Centre7. VET Teacher Scholarship Program

To ensure that the Victorian Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector is recognised for the quality provision of its training, the Victorian government has funded scholarships for people studying VET teaching qualifications. Applications for the 2014 Scholarship program are now open. The scheme offers up to $1,000 per successful applicant to support study of:

  • TAE50111 Diploma of Vocational Education and Training

  • TAE50211 Diploma of Training Design and Development

  • TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment


8. Playmeo

playmeo logoVALA membership includes access to playmeo's ever-expanding online database of group games & activities specifically designed to equip teachers with outrageously fun and interactive group activities.

Here's a free 60 minute program chock-full of simple, interactive, no-prop style activities which are perfect for any group.

You'll need your VALA password which was supplied when you subscribed.


SAFE T1 logo9. SAFE T1 Resources

VALA has developed some excellent resources for young workers with WorkSafe Victoria on OHS. These have been recently updated to align with the revised VCAL Personal Development Skills (PDS) units.


VCAL First10. VCAL First - Resource

This new digital publication from VALA, written especially for teachers who are coming to grips with VCAL programs for the first time, provides a comprehensive yet accessible overview of the essential concepts of VCAL.