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Newsletter | 10 July 2017

In this edition


VET workforce given deadline to meet higher standards

Thousands of VET trainers and assessors will be required to update their qualifications to new, higher standards, under changes announced last Friday.

Trainers and assessors who currently hold the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment or the Assessor Skill Set will need to obtain new core units of competency by April 2019.

The required units cover the design and development of assessment tools, and  skills in language, literacy and numeracy. The changes will not affect those currently studying the packages which were updated with the new units last April.

The move follows a recommendation from the Australian Industry and Skills Committee and will apply to those delivering nationally recognised training.

Training providers and employers will not be required to pay for the gap training.

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TAFE cadetships to help young Victorians enter the public service

The Victorian government has launched a cadetship scheme to assist young people to enter the public service through a partnership with TAFE.

The Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan announced the first intake of 21 cadets under the scheme - a partnership between the government, the Community and Public Sector Union and Box Hill Institute.

It aims to place 135 young people who face barriers to work into the Victorian public service.

As part of a two-year placement, cadets will be employed in entry-level positions across the public service and will study a specialist Certificate IV in Government at Box Hill Institute.

Only five days left for earlybird registration for Networked TAFE’, the 2017 TDA Convention

The 2017 TAFE Directors Australia Convention will be held at the Adelaide Hilton on 7 and 8 September with a Welcome Reception at the Adelaide Oval on Wednesday 6 September.

Members can save up to $265 and non-members can save $165 each by registering before midnight AEST on Friday 14 July.

Click here to visit the convention website to view the fees and presenters or click here to download the latest PDF A4 flyer.

UK blended learning model open to Australian colleges

Training providers interested in the issue of blended learning - the combination of traditional face-to-face teaching and online learning - have been invited to explore opportunities in Australia.

Peter Kilcoyne, Director of Heart of Worcestershire College in the UK is seeking parties that are interested in establishing a group in Australia along the lines of the Blended Learning Consortium in the UK.

The consortium supports colleges in meeting accredited guidelines and allows members to benefit from the creation and sharing of resources. It produces a wide range of learning content spanning differing learning levels and subject areas, and is sponsored by the local city government and local guilds.

It has membership of 88 colleges, over 40% of the sector and has developed some 800 hours of digital content.

The group is looking to form partnerships with colleges in Australia interested in collaborations.

Peter Kilcoyne can be contacted by email at: pkilcoyne@howcollege.ac.uk

New report outlines lessons from Asia skills summit

TDA convention gold sponsors, Cisco and Optus have released a report of the recent VET study tour to Asia which explored the impacts on skills and training that will flow from technological innovation and labour market disruption

"While innovation, entrepreneurship and skills are becoming the currency of the global economy, individuals remain at the centre of this broader change," the report said.

The report is the culmination of a career and technical education summit in Singapore in March which attracted 14 institutes from Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.

It identified three key opportunities for institutions - mass re-skilling required by industry; creating the talent pipeline for the digital economy; and accelerating the benefits of digital for economies and communities.

The findings of the summit are summarised in the blog, Skilling the Current and Next Generation - Perspectives from Career and Technical Education (CTE) Leaders from the Asia Pacific’ which summarises the findings.

The full report can be read here.

TAFE urged back to basics and to forego degrees

TAFE's ambition for growth and expansion could be better met through foundation courses designed to get people into work, rather than through expanded degree offerings, according to former TAFE institute director, Robin Shreeve.

Writing on LinkedIn, the former head of Western Sydney Institute, and CEO of the former Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency (AWPA) says TAFE faces some "existential threats".

"Many para-professional occupations in health, business and engineering now require HE rather than VET qualifications," he said.

"At the same time many entry level jobs which TAFE trained like office juniors have disappeared due to automation.

"When I was at AWPA all our modelling showed higher demand for HE rather than VET level qualifications over the next decade."

Rather than offering more degrees, he says the big opportunity for TAFE lies in convincing governments that TAFE can play a key role in improving Australia's workforce participation rate from around 65% to 70%, as New Zealand has done.

"This would save millions of dollars and give hope through employment to many people. TAFE can deliver the foundation skills in areas like literacy, numeracy, teamwork they need to enter or re-enter the workforce," he said.

"Not quite the degree awarding polytechnics some have envisaged but perhaps a more sustainable and dare I say useful future."

NSW TAFE to accelerate infrastructure training

The federal and NSW governments, along with TAFE NSW, will participate in a scheme to facilitate training for apprentices and trainees on major infrastructure, including the Sydney metro and the new western Sydney airport.

The Sydney Metro and TAFE NSW infrastructure skills centres at Annandale, Nirimba and Ingleburn will participate in the scheme.

The NSW Government is investing $5 million and the federal government $1 million.

The Minister for Employment, Senator Michaelia Cash, said the centre will provide opportunities for people across Sydney to receive quality training on Sydney Metro, Australia’s biggest public transport project.

Sydney Metro expects that more than 500 entry-level employees will undertake training through the centre over five years. 

Diary Dates

2017 VTA State Conference
TAFE: Advancing Victorian Prosperity
20 – 21 July 2017
Rydges, Exhibition Street, Melbourne
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Queensland Training Awards
Department of Education and Training, Queensland
July 2017
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Youth Engagement Summit
25 July 2017
Ovolo Woolloomooloo, Sydney
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Community Colleges Australia Annual Conference 2017
25 - 27 July 2017
Citadines on Bourke, Melbourne, Victoria
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Making the Sustainable Development Goals Real in Adult Education
Women in Adult and Vocational Education (WAVE) & Adult Learning Australia (ALA)
10 August 2017
Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre, 251 Faraday Street, Carlton, Melbourne.
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Towards Carbon Neutrality Workshop
14 - 15 August 2017
City Convention Centre, Victoria University, Victoria
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TDA Convention 2017 - Networked TAFE
7 - 8 September 2017 (Welcome Reception 6 September at Adelaide Oval)
Adelaide Hilton, South Australia
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2017 VDC Teaching & Learning Conference
7 - 8 September 2017
RACV Torquay Resort, Victoria
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National Skills Week 2017
28 August – 3 September 2017
Nation wide
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National VET Conference
13 - 15 September 2017
International Convention Centre, Sydney
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Australian International Education Conference (AIEC)
10 - 13 October 2017
Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart, Tasmania
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AUSTAFE National Conference
Turning Together for Success
11 - 13 October 2017
TAFE Queensland, Brisbane
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Chinese Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE)
Annual Conference
19 - 22 October 2017
Beijing, China
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International Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS) Conference
THINK BIG for Global Goals
1 - 3 November 2017
RMIT University, Victoria
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National Apprentice Employment Network
National Conference
1 - 3 November 2017
Radisson Blu Hotel, Sydney
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Australian Training Awards
23 November 2017
National Convention Centre, Canberra
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