Industry Reference Group

NV Education and Training Services (NVETS)

Industry Reference Group (IRG)
The objective of the Industry Reference Group is to be a vehicle through which industry, along with NVETS senior management, can provide advice and input to in-house, and also third party, trainers and assessors on currency and validity of its training and assessment systems and procedures, as required by ASQA Standards for RTOs 2015, Clause 1.5 and 1.6 – ‘Engage with industry.’

 

The Industry group will actively participate in;

Review and development of NVETS training and assessment strategies, may involve seeking their professional advice about the qualification, course, skill set that best meets the skill and knowledge needs of industry, the most relevant electives for the training, the mode of study, and the training and assessment principles and methods in practice, the group will provide and deliver informed advice to NVETS Senior Management on its training and assessment strategies, practices and resources, and ensures the current industry skills of its trainers and assessors, areas for possible research and innovation, and emerging issues for the vocational education and training sector.

The Industry Reference Group consists of industry leaders, bringing a strong industry-based perspective which will enhance responsiveness, quality and relevance within the sector.

Members:
Michelle Wende
Michelle Hodshon
Roxanne Withers
Meriki Webber
Mel White
Peter Heyworth
Donatella Amos
Ned Hanic

Michelle Hodshon

Currently employed as the Volunteer Development Officer at the City of Salisbury, Michelle is a keen advocate for volunteers and volunteer management. She draws on her previous employment experience in human resources, risk management and finance along with volunteer coordination roles in palliative care and mental health and over 10 years experience in local government to ensure volunteering with the City of Salisbury occurs in line with strategic objectives, is sustainable and promoted. A key part of her role is to develop, implement and review systems, practices, policies and procedures to align with legislative, audit, funding and corporate requirements and Australia’s national standards. She enjoys collaborating with others to develop and support the volunteer and volunteer management sectors both locally and state-wide.

Roxanne Withers

Roxanne Withers has 20 + years of experience in the community sector predominately in Local Government undertaking a variety of roles in community centre coordination, neighbourhood development, community engagement and volunteer management. Currently in the position of Volunteer Strategic Development Officer at the City of Playford which has nearly 600 volunteers involved in the planning and delivery of Council services.
Roxanne has a range of qualifications in Aged Care, Primary Health and most recently Advanced Diploma Community Sector Management (specialising in Volunteer Management); Vocational Grad Cert in Organisational Learning and is undertaking a Cert IV Training & Assessment.
Roxanne has a particular interest in organisational culture and fostering positive relationships between volunteers & paid staff. Of particular significance in this area is the development of a unique agreement between SA Unions and Volunteering SA; and as a facilitator in the collaboration between the Australian Services Union & Local Government Association to create a volunteer management toolkit. Roxanne holds the position of Co-Chairperson of Northern Volunteering SA; executive member of the Local Government Volunteer Managers Network and actively participates in sector development such as leading a working group with the Volunteer Strategy for South Australia.

Mel White

Mel White is Executive Officer for Southern Volunteering SA Inc based in Christies Beach. She has been in this role since December 2015 but has worked for the organisation since May 2013, previously as the Coordinator for the Community Visitors Scheme. She moved to Australia with her husband and two young sons in April 2013 from Durham in the North East of England. She worked in Volunteer Centre management in the UK since 1997. She has a BSc degree in Psychology, Diploma in Human Resources Management and qualifications in Information Advice and Guidance, NLP and industry related training. She has been elected to various Boards with either a professional or personal interst in their work and has been an active volunteer since the age of 8.

Donatella Amos

Donatella is the Executive Officer at Northern Volunteering. She has over 20 years experience managing volunteer programs including Director of services at a large hospital involving over 500 hospital and community based volunteers. Her most recent role for the last 7 years has been as Training and Development Manager for NVSA.

Donatella has a good understanding of volunteerism locally, nationally and internationally. She is held in high regard within the volunteer sector and has been on the board of AAMoV (as AAVA) – the national professional association for volunteer managers, as well as several others including community centres.Donatella was included in the inaugural SA Honour Roll, in the 2009 – 2014 Who’s Who of Australian Women, nominated for City of Salisbury’s 2017 Legends Awards, and received a Certificate of Recognition from AAVA for her work in the sector.

She holds qualification in Community Sector Management, Training and Assessment, as well as volunteer program management including a Vocational Graduate Certificate of Management (Learning).

Ned Hanic

Ned is newly appointed NV Education and Training Services Manager (NVETS) with Northern Volunteering SA.
He is a Registered Teacher in South Australia, specialising in PE to middle and high school students, and also holds Bachelor of Adult and Vocations Education, Bachelor of Sport Science, Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management, Certificate IV in Frontline Management, Certificate IV in TAE 40110 – including Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) unit, is a Families SA accredited and approved Child Safe Environment (CSE) trainer, and has in particular worked in the Adult Education and Training field since 2005. He has held a number of management level positions with a number of community organisations.
He has had an extensive experience in Vocational, Education and Training (VET) sector, including but not limited to, registering/renewing organisation as an RTO, delivering/assessing training to all types of audience, unpacking and aligning curriculums and training packages, designing new and innovative training programs, RTO compliance in line with ASQA Standards for RTOs 2015, convener of a number of internal and external reference groups, identifying and implementing future opportunities for business development and growth, and is a member of South Australian Council for Adult Literacy (SACAL).
Ned enjoys being active, spends time with his family and friends, travelling domestically and internationally, cooking and learning new languages.

Peter Heyworth

Peter has extensive experience in the voluntary sector since the 1990’s. He has combined a passion for volunteering with a focus on the management of volunteer programs. Peter was instrumental in establishing Australia’s first professional association for volunteer managers and in the development of VET qualifications for volunteers and managers. He has experience at local, State and National levels in a range of advisory groups and steering committees focusing on the voluntary sector.  He spent significant time as a Baptist Pastor; managing the Statewide volunteer program of a large SA disability organisation and more recently as Executive Officer of a Volunteer Resource Centre in Adelaide. Peter is currently a Lead Pastor with Hope Central in northern Adelaide and is responsible for establishing a new congregation in Gawler South Australia.

Peter holds VET and tertiary qualifications in training, theology, management, volunteer management, public policy and science up to Masters Level.