2013 Annual ATTA Workshop

2013 ATTA Annual WorkshopThis year’s annual Australian Timber Trainers Association (ATTA) Workshop was a special one. Attendees came together from around Australia to discuss industry developments and training issues as they have done every year since 1992 – so this time we were able to celebrate ATTA’s 21st anniversary.

The workshop was held at the Ramada at Marcoola Beach, Sunshine Coast Queensland, from 29-31 July 2013, with an optional fourth day on 1 August. At its peak there were over 60 attendees. Participants came from TAFE colleges, private training providers, industry associations and government bodies.

Tim Isaacs (ATTA president and general manager of Fitec Australia) was the main organiser, and Fitec staff members provided back-up support. The overall theme for the workshop was ‘Looking ahead’, and there were several sessions devoted to exploring how the future might look for the VET sector and the timber industry.

The keynote address was given by Hon. Dr. John McVeigh, Queensland Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. He emphasised the importance of the timber industry to Australia’s economy and its progression towards a sustainable future. Other speakers on Day 1 included Michael Hartman (ForestWorks CEO) and David Garner (ASQA regional compliance manager).

2013 ATTA Annual Workshop - TourOn Day 2, participants undertook a field trip to various sites, including HQ (Hancock Queensland) Plantations near Caboolture and the Blackall Range remnant rainforest at Maleny.

Day 3 involved a range of workshops and discussions on topics covering the ACSF, professional development requirements for trainers and emerging technologies in the industry. Speakers included John Dwyer (VELG VET quality consultant) and several ATTA members.

Day 4 was optional. Some participants chose to do a tour of the Sunshine Coast TAFE Sustainability Centre. Others attended an RTO managers’ meeting to discuss compliance and management issues.

Our loyal sponsors Stihl and ForestWorks provided the major sponsorship contributions. We also welcomed two new sponsors this year – TABMA Queensland and Prime Super. They were represented by Alicia Oelkers (TABMA) and Karen Hyland (Prime).

All participants who attended the main three-day workshop program received a certificate of attendance, which listed the topics covered and activities undertaken. The purpose of the certificate is to provide evidence of continuing professional development and industry consultation. We have found that ASQA and the other state-based regulators view these certificates very favourably when they conduct RTO audits.

To see the program from the 2013 Marcoola Beach workshop, download ATTA 2013 Workshop Program.