e-WAALC NEWS February 2011

e-WAALC News is the electronic newsletter of the Western Australian Adult Literacy Council. The WAALC Executive Committee prepares and sends e-WAALC News to members five times a year.  We welcome your comments, suggestions, and contributions to the newsletter.

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In this issue of e-WAALC News

1)            WAALC 2011 Conference

2)           WAALC to celebrate 25 years

3)           Big Book of Literacies Training (BLT)

4)           New National Foundation Skills Strategy

5)           Literacy and Numeracy Studies Journal

6)           ACSF projects

7)           Industry Training Councils become WELL brokers

8)           ACAL Conference Literacy on the Map: Common Visions, Different Paths

9)           Taking The Lead: Service Skills Australia

10)         Vocational Education and Training Workforce Draft Report for Comment

11)          Foundation Skills in products for the 21st century

12)         Inviting new members

13)         Issues? Contributions?

14)         Contacts’ update

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1. WAALC 2011 Conference

Planning is underway for our state conference in July. The focus will be on Foundation Skills, what these include, and the new initiatives underway to give new impetus to the development in the vocational education and training sector in Australia.

We will be once again seeking funds from Lotteries West to assist with travel and registration of volunteers and workers in not-for-profit community organisations.

More information very soon!

Joan Campbell, WAALC Chairperson

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2. WAALC to celebrate 25 years

WAALC was incorporated on 1st December 1986. We are planning an event to mark the 25th anniversary of this date later this year. Please let us know if you have photos or video footage of a WAALC event. We would also like photos of the different types of literacy programs offered over the years.  Call Joan Campbell on 0419937656 or email gitika1@optusnet.com.au

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3. Big Book of Literacies Training (BLT)

The ‘Big Book of Literacies Training (BLT)’ has been suggested as a useful resource. See this and more at Adult Literacies Online Resources http://www.aloscotland.com/alo/325.html

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4. New National Foundation Skills Strategy

The Federal Government has signalled the development of a new National Foundation Skills Strategy in their 2010 budget. ACAL is formulating a position to submit to DEEWR. Stephen Black and Keiko Yasukawa have contributed their article Time for National Renewal: Australian adult literacy and numeracy as 'foundation skills' published in Literacy and Numeracy Studies to stimulate discussion. You are invited to give feedback and comments http://www.acal.edu.au/cms/nationalrenewal.html before 10 February.

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5. Literacy and Numeracy Studies Journal

Literacy and Numeracy Studies: An international journal in the education and training of adults is published by the Centre for Language and Literacy, University of Technology, Sydney. http://www.education.uts.edu.au/lns/subscribe.html For a free subscription – just follow the prompts.

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6. ACSF projects

The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) has contracted the original ACSF writing team to undertake two projects – (i) a minor revision of the ACSF (ii) development of an ACSF pre level 1 supplementary document. If you have any comments or suggestions that you would like considered by the team, please forward them by 18 March 2011 to Philippa McLean: philippa47@bigpond.com

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7.                   Industry Training Councils become WELL brokers

Under the Australian Government’s $119.2 million Foundation Skills Package, the Workplace English Language and Literacy (WELL) Program has expanded. $15.7 million over four years has been committed for approximately 9,500 additional WELL training places from 1 July 2010. As part of this commitment, funding has also been made available to Industry Skills Councils (ISCs) to undertake WELL brokerage activities that connect employers with these additional places.

Following a competitive funding process, six ISCs have been selected by DEEWR to liaise and work collaboratively with employers, registered training organisations (RTOs) and Indigenous organisations to actively promote the WELL Program, and to develop new WELL training projects. The six ISCs selected for WELL brokerage activities in 2010/2011 are Community Services and Health, Construction and Property Services, EE-Oz Training Standards, Transport and Logistics, Forestworks and SkillsDMC.

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8. ACAL Conference Literacy on the Map: Common Visions, Different Paths

A Call for papers has been issued seeking presentations for the 34th ACAL Conference hosted by VALBEC (Conference Tue 27 to Wed 28 Sept 2011, Pre-conference forum Mon 26 Sept 2011 at Victoria University City Flinders Campus

More details at http://www.valbec.org.au/2011conf/call.htm

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9. Taking The Lead: Service Skills Australia

In April 2010, Taking the Lead was launched by Service Skills Australia as a one-stop shop for information and advice on developing core language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) skills in the service industries. The site provides information to help RTOs and employers, including online PD for trainers and assessors, case studies showing how employers and employees benefit from training that supports and develops LLN skills, LLN tips giving comprehensive advice on how to improve LLN; a searchable resource directory of LLN resources, and the latest news and events on LLN training services and funding opportunities. http://www.takingthelead.com.au/

The site also offers interesting reviews of international publications such as How much do educational outcomes matter in OECD countries? This report shows that cognitive skills can account for growth differences within the OECD, whereas a range of economic institutions and quantitative measures of tertiary education cannot.

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10. Vocational Education and Training Workforce Draft Report for Comment

The Australian Government Productivity Commission has released a draft research report on the Vocational Education and Training Workforce

It was released on 30 November 2010 for comment. The document makes reference to Language, Literacy and Numeracy and Foundation Skills a number of times. Written comments should reach the Commission by Monday 28 February 2011.

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11. Foundation Skills in VET Products for the 21st Century

A report, Foundation Skills in VET Products for the 21st Century, has been prepared for the National Quality Council (NQC). The report comments on the design of Training Packages in relation to the effective delivery of Foundation Skills but also addresses some of the issues around both practice and systems that would need to be addressed to ensure that Foundation Skills are effectively delivered. See http://www.nqc.tvetaustralia.com.au/nqc_publications

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12. Inviting new members

Who do you know that might be interested in WAALC activities? Forward this newsletter to colleagues who you think should be a member of WAALC. Or perhaps invite a prospective member to attend events like our conference and AGM to meet other members. We encourage all adult literacy and numeracy practitioners in WA to join WAALC now and be part of the renewed national action to have literacy embedded in adult learning at all levels.

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13. Issues? Contributions?

WAALC seeks to represent all adult educators who deliver adult literacy and numeracy programs in Western Australia. Let us know if there are issues that you think WAALC should take action on, or news to include in future newsletters. Vacancies, projects, new resources for sale or requests for input into decision making are all sought.

We would like to profile the work of members in each issue.  If you are willing to write a short article telling us a little about an interesting element of your adult literacy role, please let us know.

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14. ‘Contacts’ update

Let us know if your address changes. If you don't want to receive this newsletter or wish to suspend it while you are away on leave, please email the WAALC secretary at info@waalc.org.au

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e-WAALC News is the monthly electronic newsletter of (WAALC) the Western Australian Adult Literacy Council.

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