Literacy Net Indigenous

These are resources designed to assist Indigenous workers improve their workplace language, literacy and numeracy skills in order to help meet their employment and training needs and also includes resources designed to addresses the cultural and literacy needs of Indigenous workers in various industries.

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Agriculture

The Conservation and Land Management Resource

These resources are specifically designed for Aboriginal students who are undertaking studies relating to horticulture, land conservation and management industries. The literacy and numeracy skills development have been informed by a bidialectal/bilingual approach. The resources comprise:

  • facilitator guide;
  • CD (with DVDs inclusive);
  • quick reference guides;
  • learner guides;
  • power points; and
  • flip charts.

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Kimberley Training Institute

Availability

WestOne Services
1 Prospect Place
West Perth WA 6005
Email:sales@westone.wa.gov.au
Website: WA VetinfoNet

Cost

Package includes Facilitator’s Guide, CD (with DVD’s), quick reference guides, learner guides, power points and flip charts - $73.00 plus postage.

Business and Financial Services

Money Business for Boards

This resource is an interactive learning resource to support BSBGOV403A Analyse financial reports and budgets. The resource is in CD format and has been developed for Indigenous Governing Committee members of incorporated organisations. It uses animation, voice and interactive learning activities to guide the learner through the process of planning, analysing and finalising an organisational budget.

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The Learning Workshop Pty Ltd.

Availability

The Learning Workshop Pty Ltd
Suite 12
The Conservatory
12 Lake Street
Cairns QLD 4870
Ph: (07) 4041 0299

Cost

Purchase price: $70

Natural Born Fighter

The resource has been designed to assist Indigenous people establish and manage a small business. The resource is divided into five sections:

  • Getting started (beginning the process of starting up business with a range of interactive, visual information and simple activities to do)
  • Going legal (understanding the legal requirements of business with simple information and effective tasks to complete)
  • Getting organised (streamlining and organising business with easy to understand information and interactive activities to follow)
  • Getting deadly (running the business smoothly and make money with helpful templates)
  • Seriously deadly (sharing Brian's dream as he talks about his experience in starting a small business).

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The Learning Workshop Pty Ltd

Availability

The Learning Workshop Pty Ltd
Shop 12 The Conservatory 12 Lake Street
Cairns QLD 4870
Phone: (07) 4041 0299
Fax: (07) 4041 6820
Email: sue@thelearningworkshop.com.au
Website: The Learning Workshop

Cost

Purchase price: $55 (GST inclusive). The resource can be purchased from the above website.

Community Services and Health

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Resource Kit

This kit contains content that supports the work undertaken at a Certificate II level by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Health Workers. The content supports language and literacy needs of workers at this level as well as being mapped to the underpinning knowledge and skills of the compulsory units of competency of the HLT 21307 Certificate II in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care.

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Imprint: Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council.

Availability

Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council
46-56 Kippax Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010
Ph: (02) 9270 6635

Cost

Purchase price: $400 (GST inclusive) including postage and handling

Assisting with Personal Hygiene & Grooming

The resource consists of a DVD and Facilitator’s Guide to support the delivery of units of competency from the CHC08 Community Services Training Package. The DVD takes a holistic approach to the concepts relating to personal hygiene and grooming included in these units of competency. There is also an Indigenous Australian focus in one section of the resource which addresses specific LLN needs of Indigenous learners and will enhance learners’ understanding of the complexities and particular considerations for working with Indigenous communities.

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Aspire Learning Resources

Availability

Aspire Learning Resources
Level 8, 409 St Kilda Rd
Melbourne VIC 3004
Phone: 1300 134 099
Email: national@aspirelearningresources.com.au
Website: Aspire Learning Resources

Cost

Purchase price:

$49.95 (GST inclusive) for DVD Demonstrations/interviews re personal hygiene

Free of charge for CD Facilitator’s Guide to accompany DVD

Certificate II in Community Services Work

The Resource includes 11 print based learning and assessment resources each addressing a single unit of competency from the CHC02 Community Services Training Package. The learner workbooks contain learning content, practice tasks, assessment activities with solutions, examples and case studies, discussion topics and final assessment activities. There is also a Trainer’s Guide CD-ROM that cross-references and complements the 11 learner workbooks.

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Aspire Training and Consulting

Availability

Aspire Training and Consulting< /p>

Phone: (03) 9820 1300

Web: Aspire Learning Reources

Cost

Purchase price:

  • $29.95 (GST inclusive) for each workbook
  • $165.00 (GST inclusive) for 11 workbooks
  • $49.95 (GST inclusive) for CD (Trainer’s Guide)

Childcare for Indigenous Learners

A Media Rich Interactive CD containing resources and activities to complement written resources for competencies from the Certificate 3 in Children’s Services Training Package. This particular resource addresses the cultural and literacy needs of Indigenous workers in the Childcare Industry, especially those in regional communities.

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The resource has been developed by staff from the Children’s Services program of TAFE SA Regional Institute.

Availability

It can be purchased from Children’s Services program of TAFE SA Regional Institute

Ph: (08) 8688 3643.

Cost

Purchase price: $15.50

Healthy Housing

‘Healthy Housing’ contains two CDs for people involved in tenancy support program work (tenant support workers) and those supervising or assisting them. This resource is designed to address Language Literacy and Numeracy aspects of housing support work and as a basis for maintaining healthy housing in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The content of the resource is aligned with underpinning knowledge of units from the Health and Community Services Training Packages.

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Human Services Training Advisory Council

Availability

Human Services Training Advisory Council

GPO Box 1557
DARWIN NT 0801
Phone: (08) 8981 2550
Email: (08) 8981 9822
Web: Human Services Training Advisory Council

Cost

Purchase price: $165 including postage and GST.

Personal Care Support in Disability Services

This resource is aligned with the Certificate III in Disability Work and demonstrates best practice for support workers whose job involves supporting people with a disability. The resource consists of a DVD of five video vignettes, a Facilitators Guide and Student Worksheets. The vignettes are designed to be used in conjunction with the documents which contain activities, transcripts of the vignettes and a glossary for extra language and literacy support.

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LitCom Training Service

Availability

LitCom Training Service

20b Calais Rd
Scarborough WA 6019
Phone: (08) 9341 5011
Email: public@litcomtraining.com
Website: LitCom Training Service

Cost

Purchase price: $66.00 (GST inclusive)

Understanding Ageing

‘Understanding Ageing’ assists workers with language, literacy and numeracy difficulties by providing a visual and oral introduction to the concepts and language of human ageing. It shows how to communicate effectively with elderly people.

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Ideas That Work

Availability

7 Murray St
Prahran VIC 3181
Phone: (03) 9525 1407
Fax: (03) 9525 1424
Email: info@ideasthatwork.com.au
Website: Ideas that work

Ideas That Work

Cost

Purchase price: $135.00 (GST inclusive)

Construction and Property Services

Building Literacy and Numeracy for Remote-Area Aboriginal Communities: Book One

This is book one in this Workplace English Language and Literacy (WELL) funded series. It is designed to assist construction and literacy trainers address the language and literacy issues which confront many Indigenous people undertaking training in the construction sector. It provides background information on the topics of:

  • language
  • mathematics
  • learning a new language
  • training delivery
  • learning at work, including introductions to theories on:
  • second language acquisition
  • constructivism
  • learning strategies
  • coaching
  • mentoring
  • extensive list of references

It also includes a guide to finding and addressing workplace literacy and numeracy needs using the National Reporting System (NRS). This book is part of a suite of publications

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Author: Oldfield, Janine; Hittmann, Alison

Imprint: Batchelor, NT: Batchelor Press, 2002. 180 p.

Availability

Available for sale from SPARK

Phone: 08 8939 7352

Cost

Purchase price:

  • One book $25
  • Set of books 1-4 $90

Building Literacy and Numeracy for Remote-Area Aboriginal Communities: Book Two

This is book two in this Workplace English Language and Literacy (WELL) funded series. It provides sample lessons and activities at levels one, two and three of the National Reporting System (NRS). Resource lists for both numeracy and literacy materials are included as are general principles for delivering lessons. The sample lessons use games, puzzles, and case studies with real-life situations. It includes:
Literacy topics:

  • matching tasks with occupational health and safety as a theme or identifying construction tools
  • close exercises on house design

Numeracy topics:

  • metrics and measurement
  • adapting traditional stories to calculate time
  • using costs of goods to work out addition and subtraction

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Author: Oldfield, Janine; Hittmann, Alison

Imprint: Batchelor, NT: Batchelor Press, 2002. 243 p.

Availability

Available for sale from SPARK

Phone: 08 8939 7352

Cost

Purchase price:

  • One book $25
  • Set of books 1-4 $90

Building Literacy and Numeracy for Remote-Area Aboriginal Communities: Book Three

This is book three in this Workplace English Language and Literacy (WELL) funded series. It deals with building literacy and numeracy in remote-area communities, provides sample lessons and activities at various levels of the National Reporting System (NRS). The topics covered include:

  • requests and instructions
  • making suggestions and giving advice
  • reading a procedural text
  • meetings
  • giving opinions

Numeracy activities include:

  • fractions
  • percentages
  • decimal points
  • area
  • volume

Each lesson plan includes step by step instructions for the presenter, activity sheets, and language focus sections which highlight points of grammar. This book is part of a suite of publications.

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Author: Oldfield, Janine; Hittmann, Alison

Imprint: Batchelor, NT: Batchelor Press, 2002. 243 p.

Availability

Available for sale from SPARK

Phone: 08 8939 7352

Cost

Purchase price:

  • One book $25
  • Set of books 1-4 $90

Building Literacy and Numeracy for Remote-Area Aboriginal Communities: Book Four

This is book four in this Workplace English Language and Literacy (WELL) funded series. It deals with building literacy and numeracy in remote-area communities. It provides:

  • sample lessons and activities
  • resource lists for both numeracy and literacy materials
  • a set of general principles for delivering lessons

The sample lessons use games, puzzles, and case studies while the numeracy lessons use real-life contexts such as working out ratios when cooking or building, measuring people's height or finding out circle circumference. Literacy topics include, reading effectively, understanding quotes and writing a report. This book is part of a suite of publications.

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Author: Oldfield, Janine; Hittmann, Alison

Imprint: Batchelor, NT: Batchelor Press, 2002. 161 p.

Availability

Available for sale from SPARK

Phone: 08 8939 7352

Cost

Purchase price:

  • One book $25
  • Set of books 1-4 $90

Government

Indigenous Community Pathways - Certificate II in Government

The resource comprises of a training guide and assessment guide, addressing the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) levels required to attain the Certificate II in Government. Each unit of competency is supported by self-paced, self-directed or teacher-directed activities that reflect the demands of ACSF levels 1-3 within the performance requirements of each element.

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MW Training Consultants

Availability

MW Training Consultants
1/137 Sutton St
Redcliffe QLD 4020
Phone: (07) 3283 3311
Fax: (07) 3283 3322
Email: mwtrain@bigpond.com
Website: MW Training Consultants

Cost

Purchase price: $120 (GST inclusive)

Non-Industry Specific Indigenous Resources

After Yalmanbiladhaany: Provision of Training for Aboriginal Women in Central NSW

This Adult Literacy National Project Innovative Project provides customised units of competency from the Community Services Training Package that have been piloted, evaluated and presented as a learning program “Bush Babies” with Indigenous women in central NSW. The project includes the project’s process and outcomes.

Availability

Pdf versions are available here:

Further information can be obtained by contacting:

Liz MacRaild,
Department of Community Services
Ph: 02 6361 6925
Email: Liz.MacRaild@community.nsw.gov.au

Code World

Code World is a film/multimedia resource which will support the implementation of the Indigenous Art Code (IAC) by building the Code related literacy and numeracy skills of Indigenous artists. Code World is an interactive film/multimedia resource to help Indigenous artists understand and use the IAC. Code World uses narration, film, animation, and multimedia learning activities to develop the literacy and numeracy skills required to operate effectively in the commercial Indigenous art market.< /p>

Content in the resource includes the following modules:

  • about the Indigenous Art Code;
  • ideas and ownership (art styles, ownership, Intellectual Property, Copyright, Moral Rights, Indigenous Intellectual and Cultural Property);
  • write about art (artists biography, art stories, inventories);
  • price your art (costs, labour costs, material costs, value of art);
  • sell your art (art dealers, types of deals, negotiating deals, agreements and contracts);
  • get paid (payment methods, Resale Royalties); and
  • where to get help (IAC, ArtsLaw, ACCC, Copyright Agency and Viscopy).

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The Learning Workshop.

Availability

The Learning Workshop
PO Box 8045
CAIRNS QLD 4870
Phone: 07 4041 0299
Website: Indigenous Art Code

Cost

Free.

Deadly Bay: Open for Work

An interactive learning resource for young Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people that develops the language, literacy and numeracy skills required to demonstrate employability skills in six industries:

  • Seafood
  • Tourism
  • Hospitality
  • Horticulture
  • Community Recreation and
  • Business Services.

These industries have been identified as providing potential employment options for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander young people. Interactive CD ROM plus workbook and teacher notes.

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TAFE NSW Access Division, NSW Department of Education and Training (DET).

Aboriginal Programs Unit, Tantamount Productions Pty Ltd.

Imprint: Granville, NSW, 2001. 142 p. 31 p. + CD ROM.

Availability

Order from: TAFE NSW Resource Distribution Centre
Website: TAFE NSW resources
Email: taferesources@tafensw.edu.au
Phone: 02 9793 3347

Cost

Purchase price:

  • $18.49 - Interactive CD ROM & Teacher notes
  • $24.84 - Student workbook.

Getting Ready Bridging Course into Certificate IV - Training and Assessment

This resource targets support workers across all sectors. It is an upgrade of the “Learning Together Resource Kit for Aboriginal Facilitators” and has been extended to be used as a bridging course into the Certificate IV for both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal trainers. The resource is aligned with all units of the Training Package TAE40110 - Training and Assessment Certificate IV; focusing on strategies for developing and improving the language, literacy and numeracy skills of the target group.

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TwoWay Talk Pty Limited

Availability

TwoWay Talk Pty Limited
89 Jugiong Road
Cootamundra NSW 2590
Phone: (02) 6942 3564
Fax: 02) 6942 3563
Email: margaret@twowaytalk.com.au

Cost

Purchase price:

  • $165.00 (GST inclusive) Getting Ready Learners' Manual Booklet
  • $165.00 (GST inclusive) Getting Ready Facilitator's Guide Booklet

Interactive Numeracies

This Adult Literacy National Project Innovative project consists of a handbook, seven problem solving tasks and a CD-ROM with accompanying interactive software aims to assist learners from Years 3/4 up to TAFE. It includes:

  • tools to allow educators to make connections between home mathematics and numeracies and school mathematics and numeracies
  • tasks for small group work
  • snapshots of stories from families.

Availability

Contact person: Caty Morris
Aboriginal Education and Employment Services
Ph: 08 8226 4311
Email: morris.caty@saugov.sa.gov.au

Cost

Purchase price: $330 (includes GST and postage and handling).

It's All About You

This Adult Literacy National Project Innovative project aimed to provide a customised vocational literacy program to Indigenous participants with a goal of improving the chances for the participants to seek employment including becoming a registered foster or respite carer or Volunteer with the Pyjama Foundation’. The report consists of:

  • a course outline
  • lesson plan for each session
  • participants worksheets
  • extra resources required for the activities
  • information on the organisations which have been engaged in the program.

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Corporate author: The Pyjama Foundation.
Imprint: The Pyjama Foundation, 2008. 117 pages.

Availability

It's About You
The pyjama Foundation
Ph: 07 3262 5569 http://www.thepyjamafoundation.com/
Email: bronwyn@thepyjamafoundation.com

Moving Ahead

Moving Ahead is a self paced, interactive CD designed to assist Indigenous CDEP participants transition into mainstream employment. The resource is mapped to BSBCMN101A Communicate in the Workplace, a unit of competency in BSB10107 Certificate I in Business. The CD contains:

  • Video scenarios and interactive activities to engage learners in authentic workplace communication tasks
  • Situations experienced by Indigenous employees entering a mainstream workplace
  • Interactive activities related to the video scenarios to develop workplace literacy skills.

Editorial Details

The Learning Workshop Pty Ltd, 2010.

Availability

The Learning Workshop Pty Ltd.
PO Box 8045
Cairns QLD 4870
Ph: 07 4041 0299
Website: The Learning Workshop

Cost

Purchase price: $80.00

On Track

This resource supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mentors to support mentees in training programs or employment activities. This interactive DVD comprises film, stories from experienced mentors, written information and reflective practice activities. It may be used by individuals as a self-paced learning tool, or by trainers to initiate discussions and application of knowledge and skills.

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The Learning Workshop Pty Ltd

Availability

The Learning Workshop Pty Ltd
Shop 12 The Conservatory 12 Lake Street
Cairns QLD 4870
Phone: (07) 4041 0299
Fax: (07) 4041 6820
Email: sue@thelearningworkshop.com.au
Website: The Learning Worshop

Cost

Purchase price: $120 (GST inclusive)

Thinkin Wrong Way, Thinkin Right Way

This resource has been developed to assist teachers and trainers to conduct effective, culturally appropriate adult LLN assessments of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who live in regional and remote Australia. The resource is made up of: an example LLN assessment tool, a cultural and Australian Core Skills Framework Induction Handbook and a DVD that follows a teacher’s first visit to a remote Indigenous community, exploring scenarios that may arise in such a situation. This resource has been customised to assist trainers’ to assess the learning needs and skills of people whose first language is not standard Australian English.

Editorial Details

The resource was developed by The Learning Workshop Pty Ltd.

Availability

Cathrena McRae, Managing Director
The Learning Workshop Pty Ltd
PO Box 8045
Cairns QLD 4870
Phone: 07 4041 0299
Fax: 07 4041 6820
Email: cathrena@thelearningworkshop.com.au
Website: The Learning Workshop

Cost

$88.00

VU20007 Prepare for Employment Indigenous Resource

Based on VU20007 Prepare for Employment from the Certificate I Mumgu-dhal tyama tyit, this resource consists of 5 learner books, 14 listening tasks and a teacher guide that includes ACSF alignment.

Drawing on student focused learning, this resource has been designed with Indigenous learners and their communities in mind to assist with the process of deciding on a career pathway and looking for work.

The resource can be used by a classroom teacher or trainer facilitator and can be used for groups of Indigenous learners within various learning environments including IEP WELL groups.

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Author / Publisher – Chisholm Institute of TAFE.

Availability

Senior Educator
Workplace Communications Unit
Chisholm Institute of TAFE
PO Box 684
121 Stud Road
Dandenong VIC 3175
Phone: 03 9212 5323
Email: entwined@chisholm.edu.au

Cost

Purchase price: $45.00 GST Inc.

Working From Our Strengths - recognising and building Indigenous Learners' literacies through the Training and Assessment Training Package: Resource Package

This Adult Literacy National Project Innovative project is a report on a study that sought to understand ways to identify the relevant literacies required for engagement in high level qualifications that have acted as a barrier to Indigenous people’s aspirations.

The project team worked with Indigenous enterprise owners and learners who were undertaking or ready to undertake the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment in the Northern Territory. Together they examined the literacy issues that underpinned the recognition of a range of knowledge and skills and their relationship to undertaking the Cert IV TAA.

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Author: Ruth Wallace.
Imprint: Charles Darwin University, 2009.

Availability

Free electronic copy:

Working From Our Strengths

'Working it out': An e-learning resource for workplace communication

This CD ROM is suitable for use by workers employed in manufacturing, transport, mining and general construction industries and who may not be able to be released for off-site training or who work in geographically isolated areas. It is aimed at those who want to improve their language and literacy skills and to develop their computer skills as well, and begins with an introductory session to each section showing computer basics such as using a mouse, dragging and saving a file. A scenario depicting a workplace situation where there has been a breakdown in written communication is offered, with suggestions for improvement. Finally, there are a series of exercises involving click and drag techniques, followed by questions involving understanding and solving problems.

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Author: Rizzo, Santina.

Imprint: Melbourne: Adult Multicultural Education Service, 2003. CD ROM.

Availability

Sales Officer, Resources, AMES
GPO Box 4728, Melbourne VIC 3001
Fax: 03 9926 4690
Email: publications@ames.net.au or
Order online

National Centre for Vocational Education Research ,
PO Box 8288 Station Arcade
Adelaide SA 5000, Australia.
Ph: +61 8 8230 8400
Fax: +61 8 8212 3436
Email: voced@ncver.edu.au
Document delivery service in accordance with Australian copyright laws.

Cost

Purchase price: $29.95 (inc GST).

Manufacturing

Implement and Monitor Environmentally Sustainable Work Practices

This resource is targeted at individuals working, or aiming to work, at the team leader or supervisor level in a manufacturing enterprise and who will have some responsibility for the environmental sustainability of the enterprise. It supports ‘Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices’ (MSAENV472B). The resource also includes the Trainers’ Guide and a Support Material Toolkit provided as Word and PDF documents on a CD.

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Ideas That Work.

Availability

Ideas That Work
7 Murray St
Prahran VIC 3181
Phone: (03) 9525 1407
Fax: (03) 9525 1424
Email: ideas@ideasthatwork.com.au
Website: Ideas that work

Cost

Purchase price: $135.00 (GST inclusive) plus postage and handling fee

Environmental Sustainability in Manufacturing

This resource consists of a DVD and CD. The DVD demonstrates the importance of simple concepts like greenhouse gases, global warming, climate change, our carbon footprint, renewable and non-renewable resources, over consumption and the 5Rs (refuse, reduce, reuse, repair and recycle).

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Ideas That Work.

Availability

Ideas That Work
7 Murray St
Prahran VIC 3181
Phone: (03) 9525 1407
Fax: (03) 9525 1424
Email: ideas@ideasthatwork.com.au
Website: Ideas that work

Cost

Purchase price: $135.00 (GST inclusive) for a set of DVD/CD plus postage and handling fee

Kitchen and Bathroom Cabinetmaking

This resource provides a suite of resources for learners undertaking the Certificate III in Cabinetmaking (Kitchens and Bathrooms) LMF32109. It contains learning materials, self-check exercises and assignments to support 11 units of competency from this trade course, including the seven specialist 'kitchen and bathroom' units. The resource will help learners to acquire the underpinning knowledge needed to satisfy the theoretical components of these cabinetmaking units.

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Workspace Training Pty Ltd

Availability

Workspace Training
PO Box 1954
Strawberry Hills NSW 2012
Website: Kitchen and bathroom cabinet making

Cost

Purchase price:

Remote Services

Remote Power and Water: Essential Service Training for Aboriginal Communities

This resource targets Indigenous trainees completing UEE21307 Certificate II in Remote Area Essential Service in the Electro-technology industry. It comprises a CD and Trainer’s Guide which is designed to assist trainees to strengthen their LLN skills so they can gain and maintain employment and training. It is aligned with units from the UEE07 Version 3 Electro-technology and NWP07 Water Training Packages.

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Kimberley College of TAFE

Availability

Kimberley College of TAFE
68 Cable Beach Road
Broome WA 6725
Phone: (08) 9192 9100
Email: cath.ralston@kimtafe.wa.edu.au

Cost

Free of charge