Industry Leaders Head Overseas

Industry Leaders Head Overseas

Victoria Minister for Higher Education and Skills Peter Hall

12 Trailblazers To Head Overseas To Help Build A Better Victoria

Victor P Taffa

Projects to help solve many of the complex skills challenges faced by industry will be the focus for 12 Victorians heading overseas on fellowships organised through the International Specialised Skills (ISS) Institute.

The ISS Institute is a not-for-profit organisation founded by Sir James Gobbo AC CVO in the late 1980’s. Each fellowship winner will receive $13,000.

Announcing the 2011 fellowships awardees, Minister for Higher Education and Skills Peter Hall said the Victorian Coalition Government was proud to support the fellowships through Skills Victoria.

“This year’s ISS Fellowship recipients demonstrate significant drive and energy in finding industry relevant skills solutions to a wide range of current day issues.” Mr. Hall said.


“For example they are developing practical ways to remove toxic materials from furniture manufacture, finding smarter ways to deliver aged care services in rural, remote, and indigenous communities, and coming up with ways to build new skills proficiency in the baking industry.

“I would like to thank other supporters of these fellowships the George Alexander Foundation, the Furnishing Industry Association of Australia (Vic/Tas), Agrifood Skills Australia, and the William Angliss Institute of TAFE.”

“Being awarded one of these prestigious fellowships demonstrates a significant investment in talents by the Victorian Coalition Government and private industry.”

Upon their return to Australia, graduates of the Overseas Applied Research Fellowship Program share what they have learned by preparing a detailed report for distribution to government departments, industry and educational institutions; recommending improvements to education courses, and delivering workshops, conferences and forums.

“Over the past 20 years more than 200 Australians have received fellowships across many industry sectors including agriculture, aerospace, automotive, regional tourism, and biotechnology.” Mr. Hall said.

“In addition experts from overseas come to Australia to share their expertise.”

“These fellowships give Victorians the opportunity of being the best they can, bring innovative ideas to Australia, and improve our productivity in the long term.”

“These are all things that help Victorian Government deal with current and future skills challenges.”

Skills Victoria Overseas Fellowships:

Mark Thomson – Furniture, Victoria University TAFE

Investigate international standards for water-based finishing applications relevant to the Australian furnishing industry, and viability of alternative products for the Australian market. Overall objective is to determine practical and economical benefits of removal of toxic materials.

Sheila Douglas – Aged Care Training, Employ-ease Pty Ltd

Flexible/blended delivery of aged care training by small education providers to rural, indigenous and remote communities.

Roslyn Walker – Film Production, Open Channel

Develop knowledge and cultural exchange regarding current international best practice in developing quality TV series and animation feature films.

Rick Dunn – Food, South West Institute of TAFE

To undertake a master skill bakery course to build capability and skills in the baking industry to improve delivery of the newly accredited Certificate IV in Advanced Baking.

Susan Morris – Building Design, Box Hill Institute of TAFE

Investigate sustainability issues and regulatory change to the building industry by participation in a multidisciplinary program in Denmark on EU energy and sustainability laws, regulations, demands, and guidelines.

Michael Hatton – Horticulture, Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE

Evaluate community education standards to ensure engagement in ‘grow your own’ food and development of activities that share skills, and knowledge and improve the health and sense of community. Economic impacts will be investigated.

The George Alexander Foundation International Fellowship:

Christopher Bourne – Engineer, Foodstream Pty Ltd

Study the world’s best practice techniques and regulations for thermal processing and to gain knowledge in modelling methods used to predict food deterioration characteristics, in order to guarantee food safety while maximising quality for long shelf life food products.

Furnishing Industry Association of Australia (Vic/Tas) International


Mary Cushnahan – Teacher, Kangan Institute of TAFE

Investigate international standards for furniture apprenticeships in Canada, Italy and France.

Objective will be to improve the attraction and retention of quality apprentices across the furniture industry.

AgriFood Skills Australia International Fellowship:

Dr. Angus Crossan – Research and Development, Australian Egg Corporation Ltd

Evaluate the models used for delivery of training, with specific attention to flexible models, new technology and processes that overcome the challenges of distance learning. Review training resources used in other regions and evaluate the possibility of accessing those suitable to Australian egg production systems.

Kim Chalmers – Wine Industry, Chalmers Wines Australia Pty Ltd

To improve knowledge and skills in sustainable viticulture and water efficiency, by utilising naturally heat/drought and flood tolerant grape varieties and viticultural techniques which have been adapted to hot/dry/wet climates to create a quality wine in the face of climate change, while leaving the smallest possible ecological footprint.

Jodie Hummerston – Project Officer, National Meat Industry Training Advisory

Council Ltd (MINTRAC)

To establish likely changes in meat industry over the next five to ten years in comparison to Europe (UK and Germany). To gain an understanding of current and future training practices overseas, including preferences for workplace training, block release, e-learning, and the models used for post-trade training of retail owners and managers.

William Angliss Institute/ISS Institute Fellowship:

Brendan Carter – Food, William Angliss Institute of TAFE

To attend an intensive six-week training course covering the entire scope of German bread making, history, craft, science and technology. This course is the German Backermeister (Master Artisan Baker), the highest qualification for selected bakery owners, professionals and baking educators.