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Newsletter | 14 January 2013    

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TDA National Scholarships Foundation News

ATO approval for Scholarships Foundation

The Australian Taxation Office has approved tax deductibility for TDA’s new national scholarships and philanthropy foundation.

The TDA National Scholarships Foundation will ensure the continuation of the long-running Mick Young Scholarships to disadvantaged students.

Read more here.

"Mick’s Big Night Out" Dinner to launch TDA Scholarships  – Sydney March 1

The new TDA National Scholarships Foundation incorporating the highly-regarded Mick Young Scholarships for disadvantaged students will be formally launched at a special dinner in Sydney on Friday March 1.

"Mick’s Big Night Out" will be a night to remember. Confirmed guests include the Governor of NSW, Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, the Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer the Hon Wayne Swan MP, and former prime minister, Bob Hawke AC.

Guests will be entertained by some of Australia’s finest comedians, musicians and political satirists including Fiona O'Loughlin, Rob Carlton, Bryan Dawe and Tim Freedman.

The new TDA National Scholarships Foundation is being launched to widen the opportunities for financially disadvantaged students to undertake vocational and technical education courses under the government’s new entitlement to training – due in most states and territories during 2013-14.

Bookings for the event will be open shortly at this new page on the TDA website.

To sponsor or support this event or the foundation, please contact Janine Young:  inquiries@tda.edu.au.

To read the media release on the Foundation, click here.

Review of standards for the regulation of VET to progress in 2013

The National Skills Standards Council (NSSC) has indicated it may take further steps in its review of the standards for the regulation of VET, and the implementation of new training package standards.

The position paper for the review of the standards for the regulation of VET is set to be released in March.

Consultations with stakeholders regarding the implementation of training packages will also commence early this year.

Read the NSSC’s latest communiqué here. Click here to read TDA’s submission to the NSSC review consultation paper.

Aussie Rules icon supports Kickstart initiative

AFL legend Kevin Sheedy has joined Master Builders Australia and the Housing Industry Association to encourage employers to sign up to the Gillard government’s Kickstart program, to boost apprentices in the building and construction industry.

The program increases incentives paid in the first year to small and medium business owners who take on a new apprentice.

“If you want to be an apprentice in the construction industry why don’t you take this as an opportunity to talk to employers in your local area,” Mr Sheedy said.

“Taking on an apprentice or a trainee allows you to train your future workforce to your standards, how you want the job done, and that’s got to be good for business.”

Minister for Tertiary Education and Skills, Senator the Hon Chris Evans, said there were 500 applications within the first two weeks of opening.

Click here to read the Minister’s media release.

Nominations are open for transport and logistics Awards for Excellence

Applications are now open for the Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council inaugural Awards for Excellence.

The awards are open to both Transport and Logistics enterprises/businesses and RTOs that are registered and operating in Australia.

Applications are now open and will be accepted until 8 February 2013. More information about the Awards is available on the website.

Should you require any further information or wish to discuss any of the above, please contact Sally Wagnon on 02 6163 7226 or by email sally.wagnon@tlisc.org.au

Help APTC rebuild after Cyclone Evan devastates community

The Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC) is assisting the clean-up operations after the pre-Christmas Cyclone Evan which caused significant damage across Fiji and Samoa.

Newly appointed APTC CEO, Denise O’Brien, says the worst appears to be over, but the clean-up and restoration of operations is now the priority.

Ms O’Brien, based in Fiji, says the damage to property is significant with many homes destroyed in some of the nation’s poorest communities.

“2013 promises to bring many challenges to the APTC as we continue to provide Australian VET qualifications that have a direct link to employment,” said Ms O’Brien.

“The impact of one person in the wages economy in the Pacific has a huge impact on their life, their family and the reduction of poverty in the whole community.”

The APTC is an Australian government funded initiative delivering Australian vocational qualifications in a range of industry sectors across the Pacific.  It operates from campuses in Fiji, Samoa, PNG, Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands.

APTC would appreciate if the TAFE network could assist in mustering support for the recovery efforts.

Interested individuals should visit the AusAID Engage Website to read a blog from APTC Country Manager, Samoa, Francis Howes, about relief efforts in Samoa.

Individuals that are interested in donating money towards the disaster appeal for Fiji and Samoa, should contact one of the Cyclone Evan Relief Funds such as Red Cross.  Enquiries for other donations can be made to Jennie Dehn at jannie.dehn@aptc.edu.au.

Click here for more information about the APTC.

Left : Damage caused by Cyclone Evan in Fiji


Call for TAFE students to participate in national women’s health study

Women’s Health Australia is asking TAFE campuses to promote its latest Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health.

The organisation is looking to recruit 10,000 young women between the ages of 18-23 to participate in the study, and hopes TAFE can provide access to a variety of women, to help ensure the study covers a diverse range of socio-economic and lifestyle factors.

The study examines women’s physical and mental health and their use of health services.

For more information and to take the survey, click here.

ADB releases 'Skills Development for Inclusive and Sustainable Growth in Developing Asia-Pacific'

Newly released research from Asia Development Bank (ADB) examines trends and prospects in technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in the Asia-Pacific region, with particular focus on achieving inclusive growth and the greening of economies.

The ADB TVET report tracks the increasing pressure for new models of technical and vocational education training provision, demand for a workforce which is highly responsive to evolving needs and a marketplace that calls for higher order skills and lifelong learning.

The ADB research proposes a re-engineered, modernised TVET system that will enhance the employability of workers and the sustainability of their livelihoods. The book includes contributions from leading policy makers, researchers, and practitioners - including those in the private sector - analysing and forecasting the most urgent priorities in skills development.

Click here for more information.

2013 Austrade events

The Austrade 2013 calendar of events for international education promotion is now available.

Austrade coordinates international events to support the student recruitment and international business objectives of Australian education and training providers.

Click here to view the calendar.

Diary Dates

DATE: February 22-25, 2013
LOCATION: Atlanta, Georgia USA
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

DATE: Friday, March 1 2013
LOCATION: Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

DATE: 3-5 April, 2013
LOCATION: Fremantle, WA
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

Group Training Australia

DATE: 17-19 April, 2013
LOCATION: Sofitel, Brisbane Central
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council

DATE: 18 April, 2013
LOCATION: Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

TAFE Directors Australia

DATE: 2-3 September 2013
LOCATION: Sofitel, Brisbane
DETAILS: Watch this space for further details shortly.

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