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Newsletter | 12 September 2016

In this edition


TAFE excels at state and territory training awards

TAFE institutes have secured some of the most coveted honours at training awards in NSW, South Australia, Queensland, ACT and Northern Territory.

Notably, TAFE secured the Large Training Provider of the Year in South Australia, Queensland and ACT, while in NSW, it was TAFE NSW's  Open Training and Education Network (OTEN) that landed the award. In the Northern Territory, Batchelor Institute secured the Training Provider of the Year award.

In Queensland, Ben Nedwich a student at TAFE Queensland East Coast won Trainee of the Year, while Judy Hoskins, a teacher at  TAFE Queensland North won VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year. The Premier's Industry Collaboration Award went to CQUniversity and LogiCamms.

In NSW, awards went to Courtney Harrison from New England Institute (Apprentice of the Year), Leteah Mitchell from North Coast Institute (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year), Francine Ikirezi from South Western Sydney Institute (Vocational Student of the Year), and Donna Colombini from  Sydney Institute (VET Trainer/Teacher of the Year).

Also, the Barangaroo and Darling Harbour Skills Exchanges - a partnership between TAFE NSW Western Sydney Institute and Lendlease - picked up the Industry Collaboration Award.

In South Australia, TAFE SA congratulated students Jack Donaldson (Apprentice of the Year), Rachel Jackson (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year), Leuwin Andrew (School Based Apprentice of the Year), as well as teacher Jenni Edsall (VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year.

In the ACT, awards went to five students from Canberra Institute of Technology - Shane Dealy (Apprentice of the Year), Chloe Handley (Trainee of the Year), Kerrie Brewer (Vocational Student of the Year), Jacob Keed (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year), and Madeline Wallace (School-based Apprentice of the Year).

Longstanding Canberra VET teacher and public servant, Ann Goleby was presented the Norm Fisher Award.

In the Northern Territory, students from Charles Darwin University were successful including Elle Cavallaro (Austin Asche Apprentice of the Year Award), Scarlett Gray (VET in School Student of the Year) and Ashlee Coleman (Vocational Student of the Year).

In addition to the Training Provider of the Year, Batchelor Institute also won the Industry Collaboration Award with the with the Australian Defence Force, and Liam Fraser was awarded  VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year.

See the full list of NSW award winners.

See the full list of Queensland award winners.

See the full list of ACT award winners.

See the full list of South Australian award winners.

See the full list of Northern Territory award winners.

Have you registered yet for the 2016 TDA Convention – Skills Resurgence?

The TAFE Directors Australia Convention in Melbourne, 4 - 6 October, will feature high profile speakers, discussions, engaging workshops and invaluable networking opportunities.

You never quite know what’s in store when you wander off Melbourne’s grid of city streets into the maze of gothic laneways behind them.

You are invited to explore the convention laneways – future skills, digital horizons, professional practice, international education and future higher education diversity.

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Expert national and international speakers include:

  • The Hon Karen Andrews MP, Assistant Minister for Vocational Education & Skills, represnting the Prime Minister
  • The Hon Bill Shorten MP, Leader of the Opposition
  • The Hon Kate Ellis MP, Shadow Minister for TAFE and Vocational Education and Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Education and Development
  • Catherine Caruana-McManus, Founder and Director, Giant Ideas Pty Ltd
  • Neil Coulson, Victoria's First Skills Commissioner
  • Dr Amanda Day, Counsellor Education, Australian High Commission, India
  • Lyn Goodear, CEO, Australian Human Resource Institute
  • The Hon Phil Honeywood, CEO, International Education Association of Australia
  • Yasmin King, CEO, SkillsIQ
  • Anthony McClaran, CEO, Tertiary Education Quality & Standards Agency (TEQSA)
  • Dr Divya Nambiar, Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, India
  • Dr Damian Oliver, Deputy Director (Business Development), UTS
  • Jan Owen AM, CEO, Foundation for Young Australians
  • Katrina Reynen, Industry Lead, Education at Optus/SingTel
  • Prof Dr Thomas Schröder, Technical University of Dortmund, Germany
  • Innes Willox, Chief Executive, Australian Industry Group

Optus/SingTel head of education to speak at 2016 TDA Convention

TDA is pleased to advise that Katrina Reynen, Industry Lead for Education at Optus/SingTel will present on the topic: Bridging the skills gap - an industry view of future skills at the 2016 TDA Convention.

In her role at Optus, Katrina is responsible for developing the vision for education and bringing the online teaching and learning capability of the globally powerful SingTel Group to the Australian education market.

Katrina is also a Director on the Board of the Skyline Education Foundation Australia which provides scholarships and a wealth of personal and career support to disadvantaged, gifted VCE students.

As an active Fellow of the Williamson Community Leadership Program, she works with Leadership Victoria on a variety of not for profit activities.

"The most in-demand jobs of the future only exist in our imaginations and many of them are STEM careers," Katrina says.

"As ICT becomes ubiquitous in the workforce today, it can be said that IT skills are a basic necessity of all roles."

Katrina will discuss this challenge and how industry and educational institutions  can work together to build these  skills.

See more.

More students taking up VET in schools

The number VET in Schools students increased 4% to 257,100 over 2014-15, according to the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

Of the total, there were 20,100 school-based apprentices and trainees, representing 7.8% of all VET in Schools students, and 237,000 other VET in Schools students (92.2%).

Across the states, the biggest increase in VET in Schools students was in Western Australia (22%), followed by Queensland (13%), South Australia (2%), Victoria (1.9%) and ACT (1.4%), while there were significant falls in Tasmania (21%) and NSW (12%).

See VET in Schools 2015.

Skills targets set for NSW infrastructure program

The NSW government has set apprentice and skills targets on the future roll out of projects under its record $73 billion infrastructure program.

Under the Infrastructure Skills Legacy Program, major projects will require:

  • 20% of the total project labour force to be ‘learning workers’;
  • 20% of all trades positions to be apprentices;
  • Double the number of women in trade related work (to two per cent);
  • 1.5% of the total contract value to support Aboriginal participation; and
  • 8% of the total project workforce aged under 25 years.

The first project to apply the targets will be the Sydney metro rail.

Skills Oz the new identity for construction and property services industries

Skills Oz and E-Oz have collaborated to host ‘THE industry led’ conference at Surfers Paradise, 8-9 November.

The theme is 'Assuring quality in the National VET system – Change, Challenge and Opportunity'. To find out more and register, click here.

Skills Oz is a new organisation that evolved out of CPSISC. It remains not-for-profit, and is strongly supported by the bipartisan industry board.

CPSISC’s 11 years' of expertise, capability and industry network will continue to serve the vocational development needs of our industries – but beyond Training Packages and government agendas. Skills Oz has four key functions:

  • Skills Development – engagement with industry
  • Research & Consultancy Services – Skills Oz Environmental Scan
  • Quality of Training & Assessment – quality solutions for RTOs
  • Products/Resources – resources to assist Trainers and Assessors

 Find out more about Skills Oz.

Diary Dates

National VET Conference 
Velg Training
14 – 16 September, 2016
Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre
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LH Martin Institute
Innovation Eco-systems: Study Mission to Italy and the Netherlands
21 - 30 September 2016
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TDA 2016 Convention – Skills Resurgence
4 - 6 October, 2016
Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, Melbourne, Victoria
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Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Conference
4-7 October, 2016
Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart  
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2016 WorldSkills Australia National Competition
6 - 8 October, 2016
Melbourne Showgrounds
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Royal Australian College of Medical Administrators (RACMA) Conference  
12-15 October, 2016
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
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Australasian Genomic Technologies Association (AGTA) Conference
9 - 12 October, 2016
Pullman Hotel Auckland, New Zealand
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ACER National Adult Training and Assessment Conference
13 - 14 October, 2016
William Angliss Institute, Melbourne
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Innovation: What's Next For Community Education?
Community Colleges Australia Annual Conference
18 - 20 October, 2016
Park Royal, Darling Harbour, Sydney
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Australian International Education Conference (AIEC)
18 - 21 October, 2016
Melbourne, Victoria
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E-Oz and Skills Oz Conference
Assuring quality in the National VET system – Change, Challenge and Opportunity
8 - 9 November, 2016
Marriott Resort & Spa, Surfers Paradise, Queensland
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Australian Training Awards
17 November, 2016
Darwin, Northern Territory
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2016 National Conference on VET Teaching and VET Teacher Education
Australian Council of Deans of Education Vocational Education Group 
8 - 9 December, 2016
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