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CESSATON OF RSA'S NETWORK OF EDUCATION AND TRAINING ADVISERS

It is with regret that I must inform our many and varied industry and training system stakeholders that after sixteen years, our Association’s network of Education and Training Advisers (ETAs) is being disbanded as a consequence of the withdrawal of Commonwealth Government funding support, effective from COB 30 June 2016.  They will undoubtedly be sorely missed by the many and varied stakeholders they have assisted and supported over time.

Over the life of the Education and Training Advisers program and previous funding programs with the support of both Coalition and Labor Governments our ETAs have worked tirelessly to promote rural and related Australian Apprenticeships, Training Packages, a myriad of government programs and initiatives including the Industry Skills Fund and the national training system; and to encourage greater rural and related industry participation in structured education and training.

I wish to express my personal thanks and gratitude to our ETAs - Bob Ward (Queensland), Ross Manthorpe (South Australia), David Forbes (Victoria) and Marissa Dewan (Western Australia) - who are ceasing employment with Rural Skills Australia in the coming days; and the many others that have filled these roles previously, including Charles Impey who left our organisation in February this year.

Rural Skills Australia together with Nationwide Farmers Australia Limited and the National Farmers’ Federation have appreciated the Commonwealth funding support provided over many years; and have greatly valued the close working relationship with the Department of Education, and previous departments, along with the support and assistance provided by various departmental personnel.

Our Association will continue to encourage greater rural and related industry participation in structured education and training; and look to contribute positively to the Government’s new approach to support Training Package revision and development as well as continue our involvement with participating partnering Registered Training Organisations and industry bodies in innovative on-line training delivery approaches.

Tony Dwyer
General Manager
Rural Skills Australia
29 June 2016

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The Rural Career Guide captures the successes from almost 20 years of our hard working network of agricultural and horticultural Education and Training Advisers. It combines a range of previously developed RSA materials and information and assembled with new and revised content. Visit the Rural Career Guide