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Newsletter 19 July 2010



Federal Election 2010 – Investment in skills key test for major parties

The 2010 Federal Election will be a chance for TAFE Institutes to establish how the major parties will deal with industry’s push for big increases in funding to overcome Australian skill shortages.

TAFE Directors Australia will be releasing a special Election 2010 Manifesto ahead of the poll on 21 August. The Manifesto will detail six areas of policy required to deliver a major shift in order for skills shortages to be addressed, and for TAFE infrastructure to be improved to ensure TAFE continues to contribute to increased productivity.

Included in TDA’s Manifesto will be support for the Australian Industry Group’s call last week, for a boost of $660 million per annum in VET funding to accommodate 3% annual VET participation growth – an issue identified by Skills Australia in a recent Senate Estimates hearing to tackle workforce participation with new and higher qualifications across developing occupational areas.

The Manifesto will cover:

  • TERTIARY --Why political parties need to encourage TAFE to participate in an integrated tertiary education sector
  • FUNDING --Indexation of VET funding comprising 3% per annum, along with a dedicated Structural Adjustment Fund for the VET sector
  • QUALITY --Funding guarantees to deliver a more effective quality assurance regulatory system
  • YOUTH ENGAGEMENT --Youth engagement in vocational skills, including trials in alternate apprenticeships
  • RESOURCE SECTOR PRIORITIES --A special focus on the resources sector
  • INTERNATIONAL --To revitalise Australia’s international student market, with quality in registrations

The Election 2010 Manifesto will be a handy aide-mémoirefor TAFE Directors, and a guide for political parties with their education policy platforms.

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National Resources Sector Employment Taskforce Report   *Special Coverage*

  • Recommendations including trials in alternate apprenticeships
  • NCVER report reveals resource sector hiring of apprentice less than half the rate of Australian industry
  • Taskforce statistical report detailing skill shortages and job analysis

The National Resources Sector Employment Taskforce under Chair, Gary Gray MP, submitted its final report to Minister for Employment Participation, Senator Mark Abib last Friday – just prior to the Federal Election being announced. Click here to view the report.

This TDA Newsletter today provides a special report for TAFE members:

The Taskforce included a cross section of senior industry, union, education and government stakeholders, with TDA a part of the Skills Reference Group.

The Taskforce recommendations included advocacy for a trial in alternate apprenticeships, and a range of integrated measures to encourage VET-in-Schools and group training to grow skilled qualifications in Australia.

The report forecasts that employment growth in mining operations is expected to grow 4.9% over the next five years, creating 61,500 new jobs by 2015 due to increased production. For LNG operations, employment could rise by 3,200 within five years if projects proceed as planned.

The report showed that the resources sector could experience shortages of 36,000 tradespersons by 2015.

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) was commissioned to review skill shortages and the reasons behind the lag in skills across occupational areas. The NCVER Resources Skills Report was also released by the Taskforce, and included the view that current apprenticeship hiring ranked approximately half that of other sectors across the economy.

A full statistical report was also released by the Taskforce, showing occupational skills by segment across the resource sector.

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Minister Simon Crean appoints expert panel to review apprenticeships

An expert panel has been established to advise the Federal Government on the changes needed to improve the Australian Apprenticeships system, following a commitment made in the Federal Budget for apprenticeship reform.

The Minister for Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, the Hon Simon Crean MP, announced the new panel which will be chaired by Mr Jim McDowell, Chief Executive of BAE Systems Australia, and also includes:

  • Dr John Buchanan, Director, Workplace Research Centre, The University of Sydney
  • Mr Royce Fairbrother, Chief Executive Officer, Fairbrother Pty Ltd
  • Mr Dave Oliver, National Secretary, Australian Manufacturing Workers Union
  • Ms Marie Persson, Skills Australia Board Member
  • Mr Tim Shipstone, Industrial Officer, Australian Council of Trade Unions
  • Ms Simone Wetzlar, Executive General Manager People, Safety and Environment
    Theiss Australia

The work of the ‘Apprenticeships for the 21st Century Panel’ will be supported by a study by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research into the current apprenticeship arrangements.

Click here to view the announcement.

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Participation in high-level VET qualifications rises dramatically

The number of VET students participating in high-level qualifications (diploma and above) increased 16% in 2009 according to the National Centre for Vocational Education Research.

Campus Review(6 July 2010) reported that the increase indicates that COAG’s target of doubling diploma completions between 2009 and 2020 could be met ahead of schedule.

The largest increases were in community services, health, tourism and hospitality. To view the NCVER data click here.

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Successful bid for Australian Leadership Award Fellowships

TDA, in association with Victoria University and the China Education Association for International Exchange has been successful in gaining Fellowship Awards for five vocational leaders from China to further develop their leadership skills.

The Australian Leadership Award Fellowships are part of an extensive development awards program run by AusAID, and the five awardees will participate in a four-week mentoring and workshop program at Victoria University as well as pre-departure research and post-program evaluation, and strategic planning for their own institution.

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All the best Rosemary Cambell, TAFE NSW - Riverina Institute


Rosemary Campbell

TDA pays tribute to Rosemary Campbell, who last week retired after a successful 14 years as Institute Director of Riverina Institute of TAFE NSW.

Rosemary remains one of Australia’s longest continuing serving directors of TAFE, and has been a significant contributor to TDA.

Martin Riordan (CEO, TDA) was pleased to visit the Riverina Institute of TAFE (Wagga Wagga Campus) earlier last week. He witnessed deep industry relationships established across health services; innovative VET-in-schools across community and allied health with articulation from TAFE into CSU; a focus on aviation along with service agreements for Defence (the RAAF base, Wagga); and a strong reputation in tourism and hospitality, and local government.

Our congratulations to Rosemary Campbell on enhancing the reputation for quality in regional TAFE, and we wish her well ahead of her relocation to Ballarat.

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Australian Qualifications Framework consultation paper and presentations

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Council has released its consultation paper,Strengthening the AQF: A Framework for Australia’s qualifications, and is seeking stakeholder comments by 4 August.

TDA members are invited to attendpresentations on the proposed strengthened AQF being held in each capital city during July. To view the consultation paper and the presentation schedule click here.

Note: TDA will be providing a response to the consultation paper, and asks members to please send their contributions to Pam Caven by COB 29 July.

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Member request -- Opportunity to represent TDA at workforce planning forum

TDA would appreciate nominations from TAFE Institutes for a senior specialist executive to be our representative to attend the inauguralNational Transport and Logistics Workforce Planning and Skills Forum being held in Melbourne, 18 August. Click here to view the invite.

The forum is being held as part of the implementation of the National Workforce Planning and Skills Strategic Action Plan.

At the forum, participants will help to identify national workforce priorities and projects for the coming year.

Please contact TDA CEO, Martin Riordan to nominate to represent TDA at the forum by 21 July.

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Call for case studies – VET Outbound Mobility Toolkit

The Australian Government, through Australian Education International, has funded the development of a National VET Outbound Mobility Toolkit.

The Toolkit will be a resource for providers looking to develop outbound mobility strategies and programs within their Registered Training Organisations (RTOs). It will be informed through current good practice locally and internationally and will be available to all RTOs later in 2010.

RTOs are invited to share their case studies in implementing outbound mobility projects. Selected case studies will appear in the toolkit and on related websites.    

To share your story, complete the attached template and email it through to rebeccabiazos@bigpond.com by 25 July.

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Clarification of Austrade and AEI roles 

Austrade is now responsible for marketing and promoting international education. In consultation with TDA and the other peak bodies involved in international education, there is now a clearer delineation of roles and responsibilities of the two agencies.  

Attendees at the TDA National Conference in September will have the opportunity to hear directly from the two agencies on how the transition has been managed, as well as future plans and initiatives.

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New snapshot of workforce trends

The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) has released Australian Jobs which provides a detailed analysis of employment trends, projected employment growth by industry and occupation, and job prospects.

This edition also focuses on education and training and includes education profiles for the 19 industry groupings, statistics on apprenticeships, and job outcomes aligned to qualification levels.

Of particular interest to VET providers impacted by the recently released Skilled Occupations List is the projection of above-average job prospects for both hairdressers and cooks with an estimated employment growth for cooks over the next five years in the 2.4% to 3.1% range.

Click here to view Australian Jobs.

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Review of Higher Education Provider framework

The Australian University Quality Agency (AUQA) has been funded by DEEWR to review the Quality Audit Factors (QAFs) – the quality framework used to audit non-self accredited Higher Education Providers that operate under the Higher Education Support Act 2003. For more information click here.

The AUQA is seeking feedback from anyone involved with QAFs, and have provided a 10-minute survey which will aid its review. To participate in the survey click here.

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Forum to explore links between innovation, training and industry

Registrations are now open for the NCVER Research Forum – Fostering enterprise: The innovation and skills nexus.

The forum, to be held on 9 November in Sydney, will explore the relationship between innovation, the training system and industry.

To register click here or for further information contact June Ingham on 08 8230 8491 or email events@ncver.edu.au.

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Diary Dates

Investing in VET = Succeeding in VET
DATE: 5-6 August 2010
LOCATION: Sydney Convention Centre
DETAILS: Click here for more information

Using Skills Productively
DATE: 6-7 September 2010
LOCATION: Hilton Hotel, Sydney
DETAILS: Click here for more information

2010 National Conference: TAFE in the Year of the Tiger
DATE: 13-14 September 2010
LOCATION: Crown Promenade, Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for more information

Work Integrated Learning (WIL): Responding to Challenges
DATE: 30 September - 1 October 2010
LOCATION: Curtin University of Technology, Perth
DETAILS: Click here for more information

Leadership, Innovationa and Workplace Culture
DATE: 14-15 October 2010
LOCATION: Citigate Central, Sydney
DETAILS: Click here for more information

Has institutional research come of age in Australiasia?
DATE: 10-12 November 2010
LOCATION: Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, Geelong
DETAILS: Click here for more information

2010 Australian Youth Mentoring Conference

DATE: 10-11 November 2010
LOCATION: Radisson Resort, Gold Coast
DETAILS: Click here for more information

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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