The following are the most recent changes in the latest update to WorkExpo for 2020.
1. New form: Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) Exemption form:
This form is to be completed in situations where it is evident an individual student needs additional days in the workplace to acquire skills or to satisfy the requirements of the Accredited Course of Study.
2. New form: School Community Work Arrangement form:
School community work is designed for students who voluntarily engage in work within the local school community. Schools may encourage students to take part in school community work, but students must not be forced to take part in such activities. This option is designed for students younger than those who engage in regular work experience.
3. Employer certificates:
In the past, regardless of the type of placement, the Certificate for Employer always stated, 'work experience'. Now, the certificate displays the actual placement type as undertaken by the student.
4. Follow-ups. Time is now an option:
In the past, after creating a follow-up you could send the message to Microsoft Outlook. In this new update you can include the TIME for the message as well as the date. The old behaviour set the default time to 12 midnight which teachers said did not fit the normal work day. Now a time of day can be selected.
5. Archiving Clean-up:
In the past, after archiving or deleting student records some traces remained of tracking information for students who had more than one placement. These traces are now properly cleaned up during deletion and archiving. This means that there are no left-over remnants for archived students.
6. Postcodes and Public (and School) Holidays:
These lists have been updated. All term dates and holiday lists have been updated for 2019.
7. More Detail in Archived Records:
Information stored in the archives now displays more detail for a student; including attendance notes, placement notes, student notes and employer notes and further information. This detail can be exported to Excel from the archives.
8. Faster Loading and Closing:
In previous versions of WorkExpo certain tables were exported during start-up for use with Microsoft Word's Mail Merge feature. This typically took up to 10 seconds. If you don't require this feature then the export of tables can be turned off resulting in faster loading and unloading of WorkExpo.
9. Defaults for Students and Employers:
In previous versions of WorkExpo you could set defaults for Arrangements in the Arrangements screen. You can now set defaults for student and employer records. For example, you can set the gender field to default to 'Female' in a girls' school. For employer records, for example, you could set the default for 'Number of Placements Offered'.
10. Employer Export:
When exporting employer details to Microsoft Excel Employer Name (with Suburb) and Employer Name (Without Suburb) are now both included.
11. Exporting of Student Preferences:
You can now export student preference lists to Excel for ad-hoc reporting.
12. Industry and General Module Report:
A report that lists students, their specific industry and general modules as per their placement(s) and whether or not they have completed the required modules. Date complete is also included. This can be sorted by year or by date.
Postcodes and Public (and School) Holidays: These lists have been recently updated for the new version.
Recent data file locations: If you move the WorkExpo data file or regularly select a different data file, WorkExpo now displays a list of recent data files. Available in Options/Data File.
Students without Arrangements: You can now export a list of Students Without Placements to Microsoft Excel.
Continued Software Support: Purchasing the latest software upgrades also includes renewal of your WorkExpo software support. You can phone or email any time if you need help with WorkExpo.
The following are minor changes in WorkExpo.
New Field: Edited By. In the Student's screen, this field displays the name of the logged-in user when the record was last edited. The date the record was last edited is also displayed..
New Fields: Tracking Dates. These appear on the tracking tab in the Students screen. They show the date the tracking item(s) were completed. This new field is included in the export to Excel.
Employer Export: When exporting Employer records to Microsoft Excel the business name (including suburb), and business name (excluding suburb), are also now included.
Student Certificate: In previous versions, when printing the Student Certificate from WorkExpo and using 'Structured WorkPlace Learning' as the placement type, the text did not wrap correctly. This now fits on the page.
Mail Merge Export: A change to WorkExpo so that the Mail Merge tables are not used by default. This makes start up and shut down faster. If you want to run the Mail Merge export then turn off 'Fast Start' in Options /Miscellaneous.
Student Archive: When archiving student records the student mobile phone number no longer goes missing. Fixed.
Nominated or Main Teacher: In a multi-user environment WorkExpo allows you to nominate a Main Teacher. If no teacher is nominated then letters would show a blank for teacher name and title. Now, if the Main Teacher is not nominated then the logged in teacher name will show instead.
Employers By Last Used Date: When exporting employer records by Last Used date the ABN and EMAIL fields were inadvertently omitted. This has now been fixed.
Postcodes and Holidays: These have updated for the latest version.
Display Current Date In Letters: The date letter error when using the current date for letters is now working as expected. In previous versions, it was sometimes necessary to check and uncheck the box 'Use Current Date In Letters'. Fixed.
Tips updated: WorkExpo tips have been updated. You can turn tips off if necessary in Options/Miscellaneous .
Running WorkExpo Patch: When installing and running a patch on a new machine after a fresh install of WorkExpo, the patch would report that WorkExpo was not found. This has now been fixed. This means you can install WorkExpo on a fresh machine, download the latest patch and it will run without error.
Archives to Excel: You can now export archived student, employer and arrangement records to Excel.
Additional Backup Security: Extra checks and balances built into the backup of WorkExpo data files to minimize lost files.
Australian Company: Info Plan Software is proudly an Australian company. Purchasing WorkExpo means that you are supporting Australian commerce.