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Ever thought about allowing your employees to bring their pets to work? The idea may seem absurd to some but many successful companies have a pets in the workplace policy such as Google and Amazon.

There are a few considerations to be made before allowing pets into the office environment but first we'll take a look at what are the pros of having pets in the workplace:
1. They can reduce work related stress
2. Encourage office workers to take regular breaks
3. Boost morale
4. Improves interoffice relationships

 

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) have just announced that they have given out five research grants to tackle various issues in the VET sector. The full details can be found at http://www.ncver.edu.au/newsevents/mediareleases/mr_172.html

It will be interesting to see the results once these are done and hopefully it will result in improvements in the overall quality in the VET sector. That is one of the great things about our sector of education, we are always striving towards making continuous improvements. Imagine what we'll be like in 30 years!

 

Have you heard of Worldskills Australia? "WSA aims to encourage Australians to celebrate vocational education and training, to shift perceptions and create the understanding that to learn a skill, to choose a skill-based career, is one of the most important decisions a young person and their family will ever make."

I first discovered this at the national VELG conference where we got to see four very inspirational Australians talk about their experience with Worldskills Australia. It's fantastic to see these people being some of the best in the world at their jobs and they have Australias Vocational Education and Training sector to thank for it.

WorldSkills.org.au

The new Unique Student Identifier (USI) will be be implemented into the Australian VET sector from the 1st of January 2014. The USI will be the first of a range of VET reforms that will help to provide a more accurate and comprehensive system of student training achievements.

According to the Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education “Students, training organisations, employers, and governments will all benefit from the USI in some way. The USI is a component of the VET Reform Agenda and will assist the continued development of transparency in the VET sector. It will build a consistent, national system for the storage of training information and will assist in quality assurance and future growth.”

The AQF Second Edition has been released and available to use from 1 January 2013. This is a follow up to their first edition which was released July 2011.

I'm just glad they kept the rainbow colour scheme! Grammar police technically known as prescriptive linguists will be also happy to know minor grammatical errors have been corrected. Of course, a number of more important changes have been also been made, for the full list visit: http://www.aqf.edu.au

The latest indications have shown that efforts to limit global carbon dioxide emissions are failing as emissions were at a record high in 2011 and scientists don't see this dropping for 2013. recent talks in Doha showed that world leaders just aren't quite ready to commit to curbing these emissions either. So how can you and your business step up to the plate? Below I'll list just a few of the simple ways businesses can become more sustainable and make sustainably conscious purchases.