Training Report

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This year has been marked by big changes to the way training bookings have traditionally been processed. Participants and organisations can now book online through the new website. Other changes implemented this year include: later starting times for Saturday courses; the capacity for credit card payments; and the development and scheduling of more courses to benefit members.

The capacity for credit card payments has been added to the electronic bank transfer and cheque payment facilities. The training portfolio is also well served by Administrative Officer Sabita Naheswaran, who not only creates course participant lists for the trainers and the finance officer, but also helps with training correspondence. Prior to the opening of the website, Sabita also assisted by creating invoices and receipts for participants.

All of this extra help has freed up the training officer to develop and schedule more courses to benefit members. Previously, we were scheduling about 11 to 12 courses over 12 months. This calendar year, we will be scheduling a minimum of 20 courses.

Upcoming courses for the remainder of 2012 are as follows (courses are on Saturdays unless stated otherwise):

21 July: Ebooks for Beginners, with Lan Wang (NEW)

4 August: Editing as a Sustainable Business, with Pamela Hewitt (NEW)

18 August: From InDesign to EPUB (for Mac users), with Lan Wang (NEW)

8 September: Science Editing: The Big Picture, with Sally Woollett

21 September (Fri): Introduction to Grammar for Editors, with Glenys Osborne (NEW)

22 September: Introduction to Grammar for Editors, with Glenys Osborne (repeat)

26 September (Wed): Grammar for Editors - Intermediate Level, with Glenys Osborne

27 October: Academic Editing for Editors, with Pamela Hewitt (NEW)

17 November: Grammar for Editors - Intermediate Level, with Glenys Osborne (repeat)

30 November (Fri): Grammar for Editors - Advanced Level, with Glenys Osborne

1 December: Grammar for Editors - Advanced Level, with Glenys Osborne (repeat)

8 December: From InDesign to EPUB (for Mac users), with Lan Wang (repeat)

Later starting times for Saturday courses have meant that interstate and regional members have easier access to these courses. Locals have also appreciated the extra time for sleeping in or doing Saturday morning tasks such as taking children to sport. Further, interstate trainers who wish to travel to and from Melbourne in a day also find the later starting time more inviting.

We are still committed to having training on days other than Saturday - it depends largely on whether our trainers are able to do weekday sessions.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my past three years in the training portfolio and look forward to serving on the committee in the year ahead.

Ann Philpott
Training Officer