VOTES one for Bendigo…
A national first for vocational training is now being delivered by Bendigo-based Victorian Occupational Training Educational Services.
Today, at Bendigo Access Employment's PepperGreen Farm, six teachers from schools across Victoria completed a training program equipping them to set up course in Carbon Management studies, now approved as an accredited certificate course, the first of its kind in Australia.
After years of negotiation, the Carbon Management Certificate III can be credited towards VCAL and VCE scores.
"We've done the hard yards to get this accredited," Sustainability Education Officer with Sandhurst Catholic Education Paul Dullard said.
"The Catholic Education Commission's pathways team has supported and encouraged us to keep this going, and now it means Bendigo, and the whole country, is ahead in this new area of training."
VOTES Training Manager Arvid Yaganegi and Director of Learning with Carbon Training International Glenn Davidson were at PepperGreen to oversee this week's training program. Mr Davidson said industry and business people are keen to support the program.
"We've spoken to the Industry Skills Council and they tell us we will take all the school leavers you can provide who have gained this certificate," he said.
"Skills and knowledge always lag behind innovation, so industry is crying out for students with good training in an area we all know is now rapidly increasing."
The teacher-training course run last year by Access Employment's VOTES has resulted in the first schools program being piloted at St Peters in Cranbourne this year.
Mr Dullard said this year's training is likely to result in five more schools setting up Carbon management certificate courses next year.