TDA urges and end to “gold plating” of universities and more money for VET
TAFE Directors Australia (TDA) has called for greater investment in vocational education and training (VET), rather than further “gold plating” of universities, in response to Universities Australia’s call for increased government funding.
Universities Australia released it’s ‘Keep it Clever’ policy which seeks “long-term, predictable and secure funding” for research.
In an interview on ABC Radio National Breakfast, TDA Chief Executive Martin Riordan said it was time for a balanced approach to tertiary funding, and a greater priority on VET, following huge increases in university funding over the past decade.
“We’ve seen a 40% increase in funding to universities, a 25% increase to schools and a paltry 10-15% to vocational and technical education,” he said.
“It’s great to put a lot of money into research, but we’ve seen the universities get full indexation, uncapped places and ATARs under 60 and 50, half of which aren’t even completing their degrees.”
Listen to the ABC interview.
Kangan Institute helping to ‘train the trainers’ in India
Australian is helping to deliver key skills to India through international trainer and assessor courses being coordinated by Kangan Institute.
The Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham told the Australia India Business Council that the first of three pilot courses—a collaboration between Kangan Institute and Indian training provider IL&FS—commenced in Delhi last week.
“The courses are aligned with Indian training qualifications allowing Australian training organisations to work with Indian partners to help meet India’s skills needs.
“The three International Training and Assessment Courses will be tailored to the needs of India to enable local firms and training institutions to quickly raise the standard and capacity of skills training.”
For India to meet its skills needs it will require an additional 70,000 trainers and assessors immediately, and another 20,000 each year.
TAFE Queensland six-star hospitality program gearing up for influx
TAFE Queensland has joined with Echo Entertainment to develop the state’s first six-star hospitality training course in readiness for the multi billion dollar Queen’s Wharf development.
The project is expected to trigger unparalleled demand for hospitality skills, with Training and Skills Minister Yvette D’Ath estimating 8,000 ongoing positions.
In June, TAFE Queensland and Echo entered a partnership to create the new Queensland Hotel and Hospitality School.
TAFE Queensland CEO, Jodi Schmidt, said the partnership was a new era for education and training in Queensland.
The school is initially providing three new six-star training programs – an International Hospitality Service program, a Culinary Arts apprenticeship and a Front of House apprenticeship.
William Angliss Institute takes lead role in national food network
A new national food network, known as Sustain, will launch next week in partnership with the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance and William Angliss Institute.
It will be unveiled on 19 October at the conference, ‘Democratising the Food System’ and will include discussion about some of the key challenges facing Victoria’s and Australia’s food system.
William Angliss Institute lecturer Dr Nick Rose is executive director of Sustain and the editor of a new book, Fair Food.
“Sustain will help shape and direct a move towards a food system grounded in values of fairness, health, participatory democracy, dynamic regional economies, and long-term sustainability,” Dr Rose said.
Participants include the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, Melbourne Farmers Markets, the City of Melbourne, Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation, the National Union of Workers, and the Right to Food Coalition.
See details of the conference, ‘Democratising the Food System’.
$2 million jobs and skills injection for South Australia
The South Australian government has allocated $2.1 million for 20 regional employment projects, expected to help some 1,800 people gain jobs and skills.
Employment, Higher Education and Skills Minister Gail Gago said the projects will focus on industries including aged care, child care, retail, construction, hospitality, manufacturing, transport, viticulture and agriculture.
Projects in the following regions will commence over the coming months:
- Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island - $296,121 to assist 269 people.
- Barossa - $163,183 to assist 174 people.
- Far North - $240,000 to assist up to 440 Alinta workers.
- Limestone Coast - $221,896 to assist 176 people.
- Murraylands and Riverland - $381,267 to assist 305 people.
- Yorke and Mid North - $448,069 to assist 410 people.
- Whyalla and Eyre - $362,450 to assist 261 people.
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