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Newsletter 23 August 2010

 



TDA writes to Federal Independent MPs seeking national skills agenda with incoming Government

TAFE Directors Australia has written to Federal Independent and Green MPs, recommending a national skills strategy and improved VET funding as part of their negotiations with the major political parties after Saturday’s election.

The Australiannewspaper today covered the initiative, saying the TAFE initiative aimed to assist regional areas acutely affected by skills shortages. Click here to view the article.

TDA published an Election Manifesto 2010 during the Federal campaign which included special focus on the trialling of alternate apprenticeship pathways in the resources industry, and improved infrastructure funding for TAFE Institutes.

The Manifesto highlighted data from Skills Australia, which detailed how the level of training would need to be lifted by 3% on average each year over five years, to address skills shortages. TDA also supported Australian Industry Group’s advocacy for political parties to commit $660 million per year over five years for this extra level of training and skills. 

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International education alarm bells - push for greater recognition of international education

Education industry groups sent out a call to political parties last week urging them to recognise and support the importance of international education to Australia.

The joint statement was supported by the Australian Council for Private Education Providers, TAFE Directors Australia, IDP Education, the International Education Association of Australia and English Australia

The statement promoted the important employment, educational, cultural, diplomatic, tourism and export value that the international student industry provides to Australia.

Today Professor Simon Marginson, University of Melbourne, flagged in The Australian that tertiary institutions may need financial assistance from Government, because of the downturn now expected into 2011.

See the statement here.

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National media reports on TDA Blueprint for Tertiary Education

The Sunday Age and Sun Herald published prominent reports over the weekend on the TDA Blueprint for Tertiary Education.

The publications devoted major space in the news pages to TAFE Institutes offering degrees in Victoria, and increasingly in NSW, and TDA’s position seeking Commonwealth Supported Places for TAFE.

To view the Sunday Age (Victoria) article click here. To view the Sun Herald (NSW) article click here.

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Apprentice commencement levels show promise

Apprenticeship commencements have returned to pre-economic downturn levels according to the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

The NCVER has released its report, Apprentices and trainees – Early trend estimates, June quarter 2010, which shows some 22,000 commencements – in line with March quarter 2010 levels, and consistent with the numbers recorded prior to June 2008.

For more information click here.

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Don’t miss out – register for the TDA National Conference

With only three weeks to go before the TDA National Conference, TDA is inviting those who haven’t yet registered to visit the website and book for the Conference, which is shaping up to be an essential occasion for TAFE and VET leaders.

This year’s Conference, to be held in Melbourne 13-14 September, will bring together an exciting line-up of leaders in both domestic and international vocational education and training. To view a list of speakers click here.

The Conference will explore a number of key themes including:

  • Productivity and workforce development
  • The resources sector and emerging skills shortages
  • Internationalism
  • Increasing participation/social inclusion
  • The regulatory and funding landscape
  • The tertiary sector
  • Measuring VET performance

Don’t miss out on attending the 2010 TDA National Conference!

To register click here.

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Diary Dates

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

TAFE DIRECTORS AUSTRALIA
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

AUSTRALIAN COLLABORATIVE EDUCATION NETWORK
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

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

CHAIR ACADEMY LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
DATE: 17-22 October 2010
LOCATION: Peppers Moonah Links Resort, Victoria
DETAILS: Click here for more information

CEET MONASH UNIVERSITY 14TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Education and Training for a more productive Australia

DATE: 29 October 2010
LOCATION: Ascot House, Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for more information 

NATIONAL CENTRE FOR VOCATIONAL EDUCATION RESEARCH
Research Forum - Fostering enterprise: The innovational and skills nexus
DATE: 9 November 2010
LOCATION: Australian Technology Park, Sydney
DETAILS: Click here for more information

AAIR ANNUAL FORUM
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

WORLD CONGRESS
DATE: November 2010
LOCATION: Birmingham, UK
DETAILS: www.wfcp.org

AUSTRALIAN TRAINING MARKETING CONFERENCE & AWARDS PRESENTATION
Buidling sustainability through marketing
DATE: 10-11 November 2010
LOCATION: Rydges Hotel, Brisbane
DETAILS: Register for conference or enter awards online at www.atmaltd.org.au

AUSTRALIAN YOUTH MENTORING NETWORK
2010 Australian Youth Mentoring Conference

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

WISE SUMMIT
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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