Annual ATTA workshop 29-31 July 2013

2013 atta annual workshop

This year’s annual ATTA Workshop is a special one. It’s 21 years since timber industry trainers from around Australia first came together under the ATTA banner to share their experiences and talk about the issues that concerned them.

Now, two decades later, the need for a strong national association representing trainers, assessors and RTOs in the industry is more important than ever. Over the last couple of years there have been some significant changes in the VET system, and with a federal election looming, there is likely to be much more to follow.

The timber industry has also been undergoing huge changes in recent times. In particular, the forest growing and harvesting sectors are facing some enormous challenges, with direct flow-on effects for the trainers and assessors working in these fields.

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Against this backdrop, ATTA is celebrating its 21st anniversary, not with a sense of nostalgia, but with renewed purpose. As a group of long-standing professionals in the industry, we have seen government policies come and go, companies rise and fall, and funding for training initiatives shift between different priorities.

What hasn’t changed is our own belief in the essential role that high quality training plays in the success of every business, especially in times of change. We also know that in order to stay up-to-date and improve our own skills as professional trainers, we need to work together – sharing our knowledge and learning from each other. This is the principle that has seen us through the last 21 years, and the conviction that will carry us into the future.

This year’s Workshop

The 2013 Annual ATTA Workshop will be held on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. The theme will be ‘Looking ahead’, and there will be various sessions designed to explore the directions that VET and the timber industry are going in.

There will also be a wide range of presentations and workshop sessions on current issues, including Training Package updates, assessment validation, the role of ASQA, the purpose of the ACSF, and emerging technologies in the way training is delivered. As always, our loyal sponsors, Stihl and ForestWorks, will host dinners and give presentations on their activities and plans for the future.

Tim Isaacs, ATTA president and general manager of Fitec Australia

The lead organiser is Tim Isaacs, current ATTA president and general manager of Fitec Australia. Tim and his staff at Fitec will coordinate the main venue arrangements and the field trip excursions.

These excursions will include tours of HQ (Hancock Queensland) Plantations near Caboolture, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve at Maleny, as well as talks from local experts on fire management, forestry practices and sustainability programs.

The conference venue is the Ramada at Marcoola Beach. We have negotiated special accommodation rates for workshop attendees. All meals are covered in the workshop registration fee. For those who want to bring their families, apartment style accommodation is also available.

As the name of the venue suggests, the conference centre is right on the beach, with 180-degree views of the coastline. Some domestic airlines fly direct to the Sunshine Coast Airport at Maroochydore, which is five minutes drive away. Alternatively, you can fly to Brisbane and organise a hire car or other transport to the venue.

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The Workshop registration fee is $450 for ATTA members and $650 for non-members. Note that the ATTA membership fee is $75, and non-members are welcome to join up prior to registering. The fee will cover the main three-day conference plus the optional fourth day.

All attendees of the main conference will receive a certificate of attendance. This will list the topics covered over the three days and provide excellent evidence of continuing professional development and industry consultation.