Web version ACAL

April 2015

In this issue

1. Welcome to ACAL’s e-news for April 2015

2. Conferences and webinars

3. Research

4. News

5. Opportunities

1. Welcome to ACAL’s e-news for April 2015.


If you are not sure how to apply attend the VETnetwork Australia webinar (below).


Jenni Anderson, ACAL President

2. Conferences and webinars

Call for Presentations for the 2015 ACAL Conference, Adelaide Zoo, 24 and 25 September

More about the conference

The Conference theme is:

Resilience, Risk, Preservation:  the evolving world of adult literacies…

We seek relevant, current, informative and captivating sessions on issues and practices that relate to LLN in VET, ACE or industry.  We strongly encourage researchers, practitioners and providers to consider submitting an abstract.

In preparing their abstracts, presenters should keep in mind the themes of the conference:

Abstracts should be submitted by 4 May 2015

Submit your presentation

Guidelines for presenters

At the Coalface

A regional mini-conference jointly organised by QATESOL & QCAL for all those involved in teaching English, literacy and numeracy skills

Where: St Patrick's College, 45 The Strand, Townsville

When: 15 – 16 August 2015

Cost: $40 QATESOL & QCAL members

$80 non-members

Free for presenters and displayers

Presentations: 40 min or 10 min. duration.

Submissions are still being sought on strategies for teaching students with intellectual disabilities and for teaching low level numeracy to adults and adolescents.

Display spaces for relevant resources and services are available free of charge.

More: contact davidson.hazel@gmail.com

'Streams of potential: what lies beneath'

VALBEC Conference • May 15, 2015

The theme of the 2015 VALBEC conference seeks to encourage exploration of the sometimes hidden elements that inform delivery of language, literacy and numeracy in a wide a range of contexts: community, workplace, accredited and pre-accredited programs.

Keynote - Meanwhile in a parallel universe - Prof. Lesley Farrell, University of Melbourne

Keynote - An exploration of Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its application to classroom practice - Brendan Murray, Executive Principal, Parkville College


AWPN Professional Development Workshop - South Australia

Friday, May 8, 2015 from 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Agenda items include:


Free Webinar: Excellence in Language, Literacy and Numeracy Practice Award

How to apply for the Excellence in Language, Literacy and Numeracy Practice Award. This category recognises individuals involved in improving language, literacy and numeracy skills in an education, community program or workplace context.

Who should attend? Language, literacy and numeracy practitioners from across Australia who are teaching nationally recognised qualifications.

Webinar dates: Thursday 30 April 2015                 

Webinar time: 10.30am to 11.30am (AEST)


ACER’s 2015 national adult LLN assessment conference

Adelaide • May14 and 15

Early bird registrations are now open for ACER’s 2015 LLN conference, Early Bird registrations are now open. It is a wide and varied program targeted at VET and LLN trainers and coordinators, researchers, policymakers, and training and compliance managers. Presenters from around Australia are sharing their insights and addressing a range of crucial issues surrounding adult and youth literacy and numeracy assessment, teaching and learning. ACER is also running two full-day pre-conference workshops designed to complement the two-day conference. These will give practitioners access to more intensive, hands-on workshops from key Australian educators and trainers.


3. Research

Directions for research data management in UK Universities

Sheridan Brown, Rachel Bruce, David Kernohan

The growth of collaborative research practices in a connected era, and latterly a rise in funder mandates, have fuelled a rapid increase in interest in sharing research data.


Social Progress Index

Australia is the world’s 10th most socially advanced nation according to a major new global index published today by US-based nonprofit, the Social Progress Imperative, and released at the 2014 Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship. Australia finished behind top performing New Zealand and other countries including Canada and Norway, but finished ahead of Germany, the United States and France–according to the Social Progress Index 2014 which ranks 132 countries based on their social and environmental performance.


4. News

Standards for vocational education and training practitioners

The Queensland College of Teachers has published a draft set of standards for vocational education and training practitioners, an accompanying framework and glossary and a document on their uses.

These can be found on http://fet.qct.edu.au/.

National Foundation Skills Strategy (NFSS) Project Newsletter

The first newsletter of 2015 has exciting new developments from the National Foundation Skills Project.


5. Opportunities

Applications now open for the 2015 Australian Training Awards

Excellence in Language, Literacy and Numeracy Practice Award

The Excellence in Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) Practice Award recognises innovation and excellence by an individual involved in improving LLN skills in an educational, community or workplace context.

Applications can be made by relevant individuals or organisations (eg colleagues, professional bodies, students, employers, industry or community representatives); or through self-nomination.

Apply now for the chance to be recognised Australia-wide as a national leader in skills, training and workforce development!


Workplace English Language and Literacy (WELL) Trainer – part-time contract position

The Master Builders Association of Victoria is seeking an experienced WELL trainer to provide LLN support for students enrolled in a range of programs including:

CPC40110 Certificate IV in Building & Construction (Building)

CPC50308 Diploma of Building & Construction (Management)

BSB30712 Certificate III in Work Health and Safety

BSB41412 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety.

Prior experience in delivering integrated LLN support for adult vocational learners is essential.

For more information or a Position Description, please contact Carol Macreadie on (03) 9411 4555 or cmacreadie@mbav.com.au

National Initiative $200,000 to develop women leaders

Women & Leadership Australia (WLA) is administering a national initiative to support the development of female leaders across all sectors. There is $200,000 intended for the development of women employed in the Education sector.

Contact: Shreya Aggarwal, Industry Scholarship Grant Liaison, Australian School of Applied Management on 03 9270 9000 or SAggarwal@asam.edu.au

Free LLN assessment - participate in trials of the new Foundation Skills Assessment Tool (FSAT)

ACER is developing the comprehensive Foundation Skills Assessment Tool (FSAT) for the Department of Industry. Trials of FSAT have now commenced, and we have a special offer of free L&N resources for those RTOs who participate fully in the trial. The trials will continue until at least the end of April 2015. Providers receive reports of each learner's performance against the skill in the relevant framework. Suitable for 2015 pre-training LLN assessments.