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Year In Review : 2012
TAFE WSI - 2012 YEAR IN REVIEW 24 WSI entered into an industry consortium in 2012, collaborating to provide a training program for Welcoming Chinese Visitors. The consortium includes training organisation AVANA, the Australian Tourism Export Council, and China Ready and Accredited. Awarded a Strategic Tourism Investment Grant, the consortium will deliver specialised skills sets to tourism and hospitality enterprises which cater to the needs of mainland Chinese visitors. WSI's role is to deliver core units nationally, utilising OTEN capability. WSI participated in a pilot training program for this project in November 2012. An agreement between WSI and Australian Shoreside Management (ASM) has provided a unique and on- going training solution for the cruise industry. WSI and ASM collaborated to develop the Certificate III in Cruise Passenger Logistics to address an industry-wide shortfall in ground handling sta for the rapidly growing number of cruise arrivals in Sydney. In conjunction with industry specific learning at The Hills College, students are assessed on-the-job as they participate in regular scheduled paid work at either Wharf 5 at Barangaroo or the Sydney Overseas Passenger Terminal - working with one of the largest cruise passenger logistics companies in Australia. The qualification was delivered from June 2012 to March 2013. SUPPORTING THE DEVELOPMENT OF BUSINESSES WSI's e orts to ensure the economic development of western Sydney continued in 2012, with a number of projects and training agreements for local businesses. WSI sought and was awarded funding from the Commonwealth Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy for two National Broadband Network (NBN) Digital Enterprise programs in western Sydney. WSI commenced training in October 2012 in the Richmond and Riverstone regions to small and medium enterprises and not for profit organisations, at no cost to these enterprises. The organisations are being trained in maximising opportunities for greater digital engagement using the NBN through group training and information sessions. The funding is for a two year period including follow up face-to-face training for up to 440 organisations. The Digital Enterprise Programs involve partnerships between WSI, Hawkesbury and Blacktown City Councils, the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils and the Chambers of Commerce for Hawkesbury and Blacktown.