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January Members Lunch Box - Plain English for VET

28 January 2020

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Lunch and learn! Join us for our 'Members Lunch Box - bite sized PD' monthly webinar series, where we will feature a timely topic presented by an expert from the VET sector. These are exclusive sessions open to Velg Training Members, including Individual, Corporate and Sibling Account holders. 

28 January 2020 : Plain English for VET

Presented by:   Leonie Swift

This Members Lunchbox Webinar will explore the benefits of using plain English in the VET Sector.

Let’s face it – no-one likes to wade through long, wordy documents. Plain English is clear, concise writing, which is easy to understand the first time you read it.

Clear communication benefits everyone, but, for RTOs, plain English is especially important. Ambiguous training resources can cause confusion and frustration for learners. Ultimately, they can lose heart, disengage and give up.

By writing all your training resources in plain English, you give your learners the best chance of success. You will also save valuable time and money.

But writing clearly and concisely is not always as easy as it looks. These workshops give RTO staff the skills to create clear, professional resources, which won’t bog the readers down. And along the way, we will have a good laugh with my “street-sign guide’ to grammar!

 Explore with Leonie Swift this January:

  • What is Plain English?
  • Benefits of Plain English for VET practitioners
  • The building blocks of good writing: the 5-step process
  • Know your enemy - common writing pitfalls
  • Applying Plain English to training resources
  • Tips and checklists

NB. Can't make the session?
We send out all electronic resources to registrants within 48 hours of the session closure. All Velg Training Webinars are scheduled in AEST (QLD time) - please check your timezone before logging onto the online training session.

Date & Time

28 January 2020
12:00pm - 1:00pm (AEST: QLD)

Other timezones:
1:00pm - 2:00pm  (AEDT: NSW, ACT, VIC, TAS)
12:30pm - 1:30pm (ACDT: SA)
11:30am - 12:30pm (ACST: NT)
10:00am - 11:00am (AWST: WA)

Who should attend

  • CEO/Owners
  • RTO/Compliance Managers
  • Trainer and Assessors
  • Heads of Faculty/Department/Area Managers
  • Consultants
  • Curriculum Developers/L&D Managers
  • Administrators

What to expect

Presented by Leonie Swift, you will be provided with the following resources after the event:

  • PowerPoint
  • Recording of the webinar (three month access)
  • Additional electronic resources
  • Electronic Statement of Attendance


Leonie Swift


Leonie is a writing consultant and plain English trainer. She is a qualified librarian and holds a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. She has worked in both state and local government for over 20 years in a variety of contexts including libraries, customer service and corporate communications. In all her roles, she has applied her passion for writing, training and clear communication. 

Leonie has always had a keen interest in language and literacy and recently developed Redland City Council’s first Adult Literacy Tutoring Program. Leonie is an articulate speaker and a strong advocate for the use of plain English in all business and training documentation. Through her business, Plain English Matters, she provides professional development on how to apply the principles of plain English to create elegant, jargon-free documents.

Opportunities to interact

  • Use a microphone to speak with trainer/attendees
  • Raise your 'virtual hand' to engage in discussion
  • Share your thoughts via online chat window
  • Answer online polls that provide instant group feedback

NB. If you would like to send chat questions to the presenter before the session, please email

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