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Newsletter 15 November 2010


General Skilled Migration points test released

TAFE Directors Australia and Universities Australia have both welcomed the new General Skills Migration test released last week by the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, the Hon. Chris Bowen MP.

The new immigration points test is to be used in conjunction with the Skilled Occupations List when DIAC assesses applications for permanent residency under the General Skilled Migration program. It will also assess the contribution of training and professional qualifications.  The new test will come into effect from July 2011.

Minister Bowen delivered an address to the Australian Industry Group luncheon about migration.  Click here to view the speech.

TDA issued a media statement, welcoming the test as a resolution to what has been a long, drawn-out process since the revocation of the previous Migration Occupations in Demand List (MODL) in February.

Details of the new test can be found here as well as TDA’s press release.

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Successful conclusion to the 2010 China leadership program

TDA has celebrated the successful conclusion of the China Vocational Education Leadership Training (VELT) program for 2010, with the third group of senior executives completing their training in Australian TAFE Institutes.

A group of 15 college directors from Chinese polytechnics and colleges completed their four-week program; this included one week with Victoria University, two weeks with either Gordon Institute in Victoria or TAFE NSW Western Sydney Institute, and a series of workshops led by TDA with the support of TAFE NSW Northern Sydney Institute.

A total of 87 college directors, selected from the top 200 tertiary vocational colleges in China have now completed the program in Australia, with 19 TAFE Institutes taking a direct involvement in the delivery of the program.

TDA is now working with its partners in China, the China Education Association for International Exchange, to schedule the delivery of the program in 2011.

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Former head of resources giant to lead Critical Skills Advisory Board

TDA congratulates Keith Spence, the Industry Board Member from WA of Skills Australia, and current Chair of the Western Australian State Training Board, who was named as the Chair of the Critical Skills Investment Fund Advisory Board.

The Board will oversee the $200 million Fund, nominated in the Budget 2010 to support special training and employment opportunities in the resources, construction, renewable energy, and infrastructure industries.

Mr Spence was a key player in supporting the Oil and Gas Institute at Challenger TAFE, WA, and was a former senior executive with resources company Woodside.

Click here to view the announcement.

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Apprentice numbers continue to strengthen

Apprentice and trainee commencements are recovering, with new NCVER data showing that for the third consecutive quarter there have been more than 23,000 enrolments.

Commencement figures for the Q3 2010 quarter show that enrolments have recovered to now surpassed pre-economic downturn levels. The data is from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research, and can be accessed here.

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Fair Work Ombudsman releases guide for international students

The Commonwealth’s Fair Work Ombudsman has released a web-based guide for international students on their work rights. 

The guide provides essential information and advice, as well as contact details for students who would like further assistance.

Key information is provided in six languages: Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Nepalese, Portuguese and Thai. Students can also access an interpreting and translating facility. Click here for more information.

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China’s VET magazine now available in English

The English edition of Vocational and Technical Education was published recently by the Vocational and Technical Education Publishing House in China.

It is the first English journal specifically on VET in China, and includes a wide range of articles and research papers which will be of interest to all TAFE Institutes engaged in China. 

The journal can be accessed here and you will need to download each article separately by clicking on the word ‘annex’.

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International Events and Opportunities

  • Austrade are organising two promotional events in early 2011: India and Sri Lanka from 16 February to 2 March, and Fiji from 14 to 18 March. Details of these and other Austrade initiatives can be found here.
  • The application deadline for the Australian Leadership Award (ALA) Fellowships will close 1 December.  Up to $35,000 can be applied for by Australian organisations to support ALA Fellows from Asia Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, Iraq and Palestine. Details of the program can be found here. Other award programs are listed here

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Indigenous employment program gives students job confidence

The first ten Indigenous students have graduated from the Indigenous Employment Development Course (IEDC), having studied English language, literacy and numeracy skills, general life skills, and learnt about health and fitness levels, leadership and teamwork abilities.

The course, set-up by the Federal Government in 2009, aims to boost the skills and confidence of Indigenous people in seeking employment.

The students have obtained TAFE qualifications which range from a Certificate I in Introductory Vocational Education to Certificate II in Education and Skills Development. Click here for more information.

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Contribute to future research ideas

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) is calling for contributions to future research ideas for the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY) program to 2013.

The LSAY and its predecessors are the longest running study of students and young adults conducted in Australia. The survey tracks young people from their mid-teens to their mid-20s and collects information that helps to better understand how young people make the transition from school to work and beyond.

To contribute, sign up for a webinar to be held on 23 November here.  A discussion paper will be the focus of the webinar, to download a copy click here. Written responses to the paper are due by 3 December 2010.

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Diary Dates

World Innovation Summit for Education
DATE: 7-9 December 2010
LOCATION: Sheraton Resort, Doha, Qatar
DETAILS: Click here for more information 

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