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Futura Group Product Updates

As our existing customers would already know, we are continually working on improving and updating our eLearning products - you may have noticed several changes to the eCoach in the last few months including an updated navigation (above). The new menu is designed to improve navigation and user experience, and provides another way to access the eCoach Learning Pathway resulting in even more flexibility for different learning styles.

By |July 29th, 2014|Product Updates|Comments Off

NSW Government Launches ICT eLearning Initiative

The NSW Government – Office of Finance & Services – has launched a new information security eLearning initiative designed, scripted and developed by Futura Group.

The 7 eLearning modules are aimed at educating staff about the behaviours that support information security in the workplace, and were created for use by all NSW agencies.  Each module contains a number of short animations, knowledge checkpoints and interactive challenges – all  built in-house from the ground up to address the project’s requirements and learning outcomes. […]

By |July 15th, 2014|Archive|Comments Off

MHG Launches Australian Certified Hospitality Program

Through consultation, Futura Group helped MHG ensure that the new workplace-training program is aligned to both skills-focused business training needs, and the Australian Qualifications Framework.

By |July 10th, 2014|Archive|Comments Off

Full Colour Workbooks Now Available!

To properly reflect the great work our designers are doing, we recently made the decision to print all of our new SIT12 workbooks in full colour (at no additional cost!).

Futura Group SIT12 workbooks are easy to understand and include assessments that encourage revision-based learning (they can be used in tandem with the eCoach or as […]

By |July 8th, 2014|Archive|Comments Off

Reminder: Smart and Skilled applications close August 8

As you may already know, the NSW Department of Education and Communities (DEC) ‘Smart and Skilled’ quality framework for VET is being implemented during 2014 with an entitlement model for government subsidised training commencing from 1 January 2015.

Training providers will need to meet strict criteria set out in the Framework to be approved for government funding from 2015.

ASQA is now working with the NSW DEC to maintain quality and standards in ‘Smart and Skilled’ delivery across New South Wales and training organisations will be assessed on their capacity, capability and performance to deliver training that meets the new standards.

A range of monitoring approaches – from site visits to internal reviews – will be implemented. Training organisations will also need to provide evidence of capacity to deliver quality training in NSW, along with descriptions of trainer and assessor resources used, and modes of delivery.

It’s also worth considering that employers will now demand greater choice over who provides the training for their workers, and how it’s delivered.

Providing students with high-quality, engaging, industry relevant resources in your delivery is now more important than ever (student engagement and completion benchmarks will also need to be met).


By |July 7th, 2014|Archive|Comments Off

ACPET Conference 2014

Futura Group is excited to announce our attendance at the 2014 Asia Pacific International Education Forum (APIEF) and Australian Council of Private Education and Training (ACPET) Conference in Perth and Fremantle on August 27-29.

This year, the National Conference theme is Connecting Up – the power of possibilities,
and will include exhibitions, panel discussions and presentations by […]

By |June 30th, 2014|Archive|Comments Off

Escoffier Online goes ‘Big’ in the ‘Big Apple’

The world’s first 100% online cooking school – the Escoffier Online International Culinary Academy, produced in partnership with Futura Group, goes ‘Big’ in the ‘Big Apple’ with major advertising in Times Square…

The Escoffier brand continues to build – about 85 people attended the Advisory Board meeting recently held in New York City. Online graduates also […]

By |March 20th, 2014|Archive|Comments Off

Futura Group Supports Students in the Asia-Pacific Region

While Futura Group has set a clear path towards digital publishing and eLearning, we also recognise that students in other parts of the world (and Australia) may not have access to a reliable internet connection or the latest computing technology.

After considering the needs of the students using our training resources at the Asia-Pacific Technical College, […]

By |February 12th, 2014|Archive|Comments Off

New Students Must Use SIT12 Resources

From January 18th, 2014 all RTOs will need to enrol new Tourism, Travel and Hospitality students in a course using relevant SIT12 resources – SIT07 is now an obsolete qualification.

As Service Skills’ Executive Officer (NSW) Melinda Larkin explains:

“RTOs who enrolled students into SIT07 qualifications up until 18 January 2014 now have 6 months to ‘teach out’. RTOs can also enrol students into SIT12 V1 qualifications up until 11 October 2014, with a further 6 months to teach out”.

An ASQA document which explains tranisitioning can be accessed at the link below:



By |January 20th, 2014|Archive|Comments Off

Join us at Service Skills Australia

If you’ve ever been to a Service Skills Conference before, you’ll know it’s an event not to be missed – the 2014 conference (Engage, Empower, Excel) promises to be another great event with a full program and loads of great speakers.

The two-day program will include a Keynote presentation from the inspiring Leadership Expert Peter Baines, […]

By |December 17th, 2013|Archive|Comments Off