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    NAIDOC Week 2018. Because of her, we can!


National Apprenticeships, Employment & Training Provider | VERTO Skill to Transform

VERTO is an award winning, not-for-profit organisation assisting businesses and individuals with all their apprenticeship, employment and training needs. Our expertise covers a range of areas including Aboriginal services, Australian apprenticeships services, disability services, employment services and vocational training to help businesses, individuals and local industry to thrive. Our mission is to positively impact the lives of individuals and communities and we’ve built a track record of exemplary customer service over 30 years, built around an ethical approach.You'll find the team in 26 locations across New South Wales.

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Participate In Safe Food Handling Practices

121.00 AUD (GST incl.)
Average Duration:
1 day
Date Start Time Finish Time Duration Location
Jul 16, 201817:1521:00Bathurst
Jul 17, 201817:1521:00Bathurst
Aug 20, 201817:1521:00Orange
Aug 21, 201817:1521:00Orange
Sep 10, 201809:0017:00Cowra
Oct 8, 201817:1521:00Bathurst
Oct 9, 201817:1521:00Bathurst
Nov 12, 201817:1521:00Orange
Nov 13, 201817:1521:00Orange


Are you interested in completing a certificate In Safe Food Handling Practices (SITXFSA201 & SITXFSA002)?

This training is subsidised by the New South Wales Government. Please ask us about your eligibility for the ACE Community Service Obligation program funding.

What will you learn?

This entry level training will give you the skills and knowledge to handle food safely in all retail situations. Training includes hands on activity and is perfect for those working in or entering the industry.

I x Full Day Training Session,
9.00am – 5.00pm or
2 x Half Day Training Sessions,
5.15pm – 9.15pm.

On successful completion, you will be issued a Statement of Attainment in:

  • SITXFSA002 Participate in safe food handling practices.


Community Programs

Community Programs

VERTO offers a number of community programs that focus on assisting and supporting disadvantaged individuals with their search for employment and managing daily life issues.
Indigenous Services

Indigenous Services

Tenants' Advice and Advocacy

Tenants' Advice and Advocacy

Disability Services

Disability Services

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VERTO contributes to the future of our community

VERTO contributes to the future of our community

This NAIDOC week the theme is “Because of her, I can…”. For the team at VERTO, this is a poignant one, as the key leader of our Indigenous program, Mary Croaker, embodies this theme perfectly. 

Mary has been involved in the Central West Indigenous community all her life, having grown up in the area as well as working in it, in a number of professional roles across her working life. Now the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) Coordinator for VERTO, Mary is directly responsible for running VERTO’s Youth Leadership Program.

The program is focused on improving educational outcomes for Aboriginal students, helping them to gain valuable leadership skills. VERTO delivers the Youth Leadership Program through funding provided by the Australian Government as part of the Indigenous Advancement Strategy.

We think it’s best to highlight Mary’s excellent work in this space in her own words:

“I started just over a year ago with VERTO, focusing on the Indigenous programs we run throughout the Central West community. For me, it’s something very close to my heart, being both emotionally and professionally connected with our community for such a long time. Helping our youth is absolutely crucial, so as an area of focus it’s something I’m incredibly proud to be a part of.  

In my personal view, our Youth Leadership Program is all about enhancing our children. I personally don’t like the word empower, these kids are already empowered, and it’s our job to just add the environment, one in which they can learn the additional skills they need, those that will help them when they enter their post-school years. If we can help them grow as young leaders, then the chance is there for them to follow their dreams and break the cycle that so often holds our children back. 

Being able to represent our community, to engage the Elders and Women’s groups, to bring to life our culture, is something that I feel has really made a difference. Their views and voices have become a part of our program. 

The children participating in it…they have become incredibly important to me. The way the leadership skills they learn make a difference: I see a lift in the way they see themselves. We’re able to help define the questions about their heritage and help them find the answers they need, it truly lights them up from the inside, like oxygen to fire. It’s something I’m truly proud of. 

It’s really making a difference. I see so many examples of local children learning invaluable leadership and life skills. It’s given us so many success stories at VERTO. 

One example really stands out for me: Recently, a group of young girls from a local Year 7 class we work with, showed how the program can help our youth. We had an opportunity for a girls dance group to participate this week in NAIDOC activities, and I was struggling to find the right group to be involved. When these girls heard what I needed, they took it upon themselves to become involved, proactively approaching me about participating. They stood up, took a leadership position and said, ‘We want to be involved’. Not only did they become involved, they took over everything from the specific dance they want to perform to the music, right down to the costumes they wish to wear. It’s a great example of how being involved in the program for just two years has grown the confidence and leadership skills in these young women. 

There are just so many good stories about the results we’ve achieved. I’m very proud of what the VERTO program has contributed to our community.”

Mary Croaker

How technology will revolutionise Vocational Education and Training (VET)

How technology will revolutionise Vocational Education and Training (VET)

By Ron Maxwell - CEO

Technology is rapidly changing every industry across the globe, and education is no exception. In the last five years, the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector has seen many face-to-face courses migrate to online learning, but as concepts such as gamification and virtual reality take hold, a revolution is taking place in our education sector.

In their infancy, online learning platforms were largely a repository for digital course notes rather than enhancing the learning experience.  As a result, in the VET sector, completion rates for online courses were, and continue to be, lower than for face-to-face equivalents.  But as technology advances, a significant shift in the opposite direction is predicted.

Opportunities abound

While classroom learning will continue to play a role, it’s already taking a back seat to technologies that offer the ability to learn where, when and how the student wants.  I experienced this first hand when my son wanted to learn Chinese.  Rather than enrol in a course, he downloaded apps to teach himself the core components of the language, and then extended his knowledge by interacting online with native speakers.  When he became more advanced, he even changed the language on his phone to Chinese, immersing himself in it via technology.  

Self-paced and personalised learning is what the digital native generation want, and it can help employers too, particularly in regional areas.  It’s not uncommon for a regional employer to need to send an apprentice or trainee to a city for study, meaning the business loses a resource and the student must study in an unfamiliar environment, away from their support network. As it stands today, there are also some courses that aren’t available in regional areas, meaning students must move to cities, or choose a different career path.  Online learning has the power to open courses and career paths to a wider audience.

Concepts such as artificial intelligence and gamification, whereby aspects from gaming, such as point scoring and token collecting are integrated into assessments, offer engaging educational experiences.  Done well, they can be used to teach vocational skills, while also developing problem solving and critical thinking abilities and enhancing digital literacy.  

Lifelong learning is key

Digital learning is far more flexible, allowing people to dip in and out of education throughout their careers, studying smaller units to assist with a project or address an immediate challenge.  It’s often said that the only constant is change, and this true now more than ever – lifelong learning is critical to keep up with the rapid pace of technology.

This is a global problem. Head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, recently discussed the need for the education industry across the globe to reinvent itself saying, “this is not just about adding a few more coding lessons. It is about fostering critical thinking, independent problem-solving, and lifelong learning that can help people adapt to change”.

Face-to-face experiences will evolve

While technology can replace classroom experiences to some extent, it’s not a replacement for face-to-face learning.  Face-to-face experiences are important to develop communication and work-based skills, and so they must evolve rather than be eradicated.  

I’ve talked before about the importance of mentoring in apprenticeships and there is an opportunity for mentoring programs to play a stronger role in the face-to-face component of study.  In fact, many of today’s most successful online programs sit alongside strong mentoring programs.

There are challenges too

While the rapid rise of technology in education presents opportunities, it’s not without challenges; some of which can be addressed by the industry, while others will need government intervention.

For the entire education sector, it will require a significant paradigm shift. Teachers will need advanced digital literacy to understand educational technology and prepare students for the ever-growing range of technologies in the workforce. And these skills will need to be updated regularly if they are to remain relevant.

It’s expensive too. Investing in digital infrastructure is an expensive upfront cost, albeit one that will most likely lead to significantly lower marginal costs in the future.  There are ways around this, such as using third-party technology, but this brings its own risks. The other issue with these platforms is that is assumes every student has equal access to smartphones or tablets.  This is simply not true, and there is a danger of increasing inequality.

Governments must get on board with the innovations and regulatory changes that will enable the shift to online learning.  The Australian Skills Quality Authority (AQSA) has made some inroads, as has the Department of Employment, with their digital platform for job seekers, but there is more work to be done.  

I’ve previously discussed the long consultation process required to make changes to accredited courses, and the challenges it presents, but this is felt most keenly when it comes to keeping up with technology.  In many cases, by the time a course is approved, it’s already out of date.

But these challenges can be overcome. It will take governments and providers working more closely, to collaborate and innovate, but doing so could revolutionise the way we learn, and put Australia on the front foot, as we head further into the digital age.

VERTO’s best and brightest showcased at Worldskills National Championships

VERTO’s best and brightest showcased at Worldskills National Championships

VERTO is proud to announce 18 of its apprentices competed in the WorldSkills Australia National Championships, held at the International Convention Centre Darling Harbour in Sydney on 2-4 June, 2018.

The National Championships is Australia’s largest and most successful vocational education excellence competition. This year’s event showcased over 50 different trade and skill categories and brought together over 400 of the countries best and brightest apprentices and trainees to vie for the title of ‘National Champion.’

17 of VERTO’s 18 competitors finished in the top 10 in their categories, with VERTO apprentice Adam Dixon awarded the Silver medal for welding. Based in Port Macquarie, Adam is currently completing his second apprenticeship and works at engineering firm, Birdon.

Commenting on the competition, VERTO Chief Executive Officer, Ron Maxwell, said “We are proud of the success of the competitors from VERTO. All of them are excelling in their fields and are great ambassadors for their trade and employers.

“The WordSkills competition presents a great opportunity to highlight and showcase the vast opportunities that apprenticeships and traineeships offer school leavers and jobseekers at large.”

VERTO Named Open Employment Winner At The 2018 Disability Employment Excellence Awards

VERTO Named Open Employment Winner At The 2018 Disability Employment Excellence Awards

VERTO was named Open Employment winner at this year’s Disability Employment Excellence Awards at the National Disability Service’s (NDS) Disability at Work conference, held on 14 June.

The Disability Employment Excellence Awards recognise and promote the great contribution disability enterprises and employment services providers make in improving the lives of people with disability.

VERTO was nominated by one of its job seekers who, with VERTO’s support, found a job at a local winery and has held this position for over 18 months.

VERTO’s Chief Executive Officer, Ron Maxwell, commented on the award win saying “We are honoured to be nominated for and win the Open Employment Award.  It is a privilege to provide Disability Employment Services to our clients in regional NSW and see the positive impact employment can have on their lives.”

VERTO provides Disability Employment Services across regional NSW. Since 2010, VERTO has placed over 750 job seekers with disability into employment with nearly 500 employers.

This award precedes the extension of VERTO’s Disability Employment Service contract to cover more locations across the Central West and North Coast of New South Wales from 1 July 2018.

What our
clients say . . .

  • "Our local VERTO group of consultants have been in the business for many years now and have a very strong knowledge of the requirements of our apprentices and trainees. The team are always available to answer any questions that may arise, making their customer service excellent. It is with their commitment and dedication that we as a large company are able to achieve an above average completion rate for our apprentices and trainees."

    Mark Smith, Director - Masterfoods
  • "Our local VERTO group of consultants have been in the business for many years now and have a very strong knowledge of the requirements of our apprentices and trainees. The team are always available to answer any questions that may arise, making their customer service excellent. It is with their commitment and dedication that we as a large company are able to achieve an above average completion rate for our apprentices and trainees."

    Mark Smith, Director - Masterfoods

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