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Newsletter 6 September 2010



Record response to TDA 2010 National Conference – one week to go!

A record response by delegates and suppliers to TAFE Institutes will ensure next week’s TAFE Directors Australia 2010 National Conference will be a significant calendar event for the Australian training sector.

The event will debate the policy components that will form Australia’s new skills agenda. It will feature senior Government officials (subject to swearing in ceremonies), along with the foremost international leadership in training, including the head of a leading UK College and a senior official from the Ministry of Education in China.

Registrations are limited, so please contact the Conference organisers promptly if you are yet to book.

Please note: the TDA 2010 Conference Dinner drinks will now begin at 7pm, not 6:30pm on Monday 13thSeptember, to allow delegates more time to arrive at the Aquarium, located on the corner of King and Flinders streets - a 10 minute walk from the Conference at Crown Promenade.

For more information about the Conference click here. View the program here

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Memo to members – Input to Joint response to VET teaching paper

TDA is collaborating with the Victorian TAFE Association (VTA) to prepare a joint response to the options paper ‘The quality of teaching in VET’ prepared by Associate Professor Leesa Wheelahan and Dr Gavin Moodie for the LH Martin Institute for Higher Education Leadership and Management.

For more information about the paper click here.

A template detailing the consultation questions can be found here with responses to be sent to Nita Schultz, Education Policy Consultant, VTA, by COB 17 September. 

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TAFE in the spotlight over plan to offer degrees

The TDA Blueprint on Tertiary Education released prior to the Federal Election discussing the role of TAFE Institutes and the tertiary education sector, including a role for TAFE in degree-level courses, has gained further media attention in the past week.

The Australian reported the following articles:

  • NSW TAFE steps up to the plate – click here to view the article
  • Call for clarity as TAFE-uni lines blur – click here to view the article 

TDA sponsors leading UK scholar on college-uni relationships

TDA is joining with the National Centre of Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE) and the LH Martin Institute to host a free seminar by a leading scholar on the relationships between university and college sectors,

Professor Gareth Parryis Professor of Education at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom and has extensively researched franchising arrangements between further education colleges and universities. His presentation will be based around the title ‘Franchising higher education in further education colleges: does it widen participation’.

For more information about Professor Parry and the event click here. To register, contact Anita Wong: +61 3 8344 0906. 

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New online data resource

NCVER has developed the new online resource, VET students by industry, which brings together industry data from three main outputs from national data collections, including ‘Students and courses’, ‘Apprentices and trainees’, and ‘Student outcomes’.

Data are available by Industry Skills Council, training package and qualification, occupation or by field of education.

The resource is available here. NCVER welcomes any feedback on the resource here.

Also from NCVER...

  • Professional development in the vocational education and training workforce  (click here)
  • The likelihood of completing a VET qualification: A model-based approach (click here)

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Call for presentations – international colleges conference

The Community Colleges for International Development (CCID) is inviting presentation proposals for its 35thAnnual Conference to be held in Orlando Florida, 26 February – 1 March 2011.

The Conference is titled ‘Workforce Training in Higher Education: A Catalyst for Development – the Community College Model Goes Global’. For more information 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: Click here for more information.

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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