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Newsletter 14 June 2011


Therese Rein – Guest Speaker at TDA 2011 Conference Dinner, NSW Parliament House

TDA is delighted that Therese Rein, Managing Director of Ingeus, has accepted an invitation to be the guest speaker at the TDA 2011 National Conference Dinner.

Ms Rein’s company, Ingeus, is a provider of large-scale welfare-to-work services, and has a reputation for providing culturally appropriate, highly effective and individualised services to people deemed some of the hardest to help. In 2010, Ms Rein was award the Human Rights Medal by the Australian Human Rights Commission, which recognised her interest in the area of children's rights, and the rights of people who are homeless.

Ms Rein has successfully built Ingeus over the course of 20 years, and it now delivers services internationally across United Kingdom, France, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, and South Korea.

The TDA Conference is a not-to-be-missed industry event, which this year is to be hosted by NSW, with the Dinner at State Parliament House, Sydney, on evening of 5 September.

The Conference program is expected to challenge; with highly-respected and engaging local and international speakers. Click here to view the current program.

Click here to register for the conference. Early bird registrations will close 6 July.

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Media report signals review of skills funding in NSW

The Sydney Morning Herald has quoted the incoming secretary of the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, Chris Eccles, as signalling that changes to funding for TAFE may be required ahead of the State Government’s response to the 2011 Federal Budget - with proposed ‘rewards’ funding totalling $1.73 billion to increase transparency in VET funding.

Chris Eccles, a former senior consultant in VET, before senior executive appointments to the Premiers’ Departments of Victoria and South Australia, was asked how his ‘reforms’ interstate may impact what may be considered by the O’Farrell Government.

TDA CEO, Martin Riordan welcomed the shift to greater autonomy for TAFE Institutes to better respond to industry needs, but warned about implementing the Victorian model without adequate change in NSW.

The NSW Education Minister, Hon. Adrian Piccoli MP, was quoted saying the Coalition Government was ''committed to a very strong TAFE as the public provider of training in NSW''.

However NSW Greens MP, John Kaye, said the appointment of Mr Eccles as head of the Department of Premier and Cabinet is a clear signal that Mr O'Farrell is looking at abandoning TAFE to a competitive market. "Wherever Mr Eccles has been, TAFE has been sacrificed to the ideology of markets," he said.

Click here to view the article.

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Professional development opportunity for emerging leaders

Members are encouraged to nominate their up-and-coming stars for TDA’s Emerging Leaders program at the TDA National Conference, 4-6 September in Sydney.

The program allows participants to connect with others from around the country, and learn from senior VET leaders from Australia and overseas.

TDA currently has 17 nominations, with scope for up to 30 places for the program, so please send nominations by 17 June to Jane Yeaman at jane.yeaman@pco.com.au. To discuss the Emerging Leaders program, please contact Ian Colley at ian.colley@makestuffhappen.net or on 0419 600 722.

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Automotive industry promotes capabilities to the world

Australia’s automotive industry, in collaboration with Austrade, has created a new brand and website to promote the industry to international markets.

Access Auto Australia will showcase the innovation, experience and strength of the local industry as well as act as an information hub for Australian suppliers. It will also include information about Australia’s automotive education and training capabilities.

TDA members are invited to feature a free full-page profile on the new website. Listed details will include products and services, company overview and contact information. There will also be the opportunity to upload company logo and images.

Please see an attached fact sheet and guidelines on how to submit a profile.

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Year 12 has its benefits, but it’s not for everyone

Young people who complete Year 12 tend to make a more successful transition from school to work, but employment outcomes for those who complete and apprenticeship or traineeship are just as good, according to new research from the National Centre for Vocation Education Research (NCVER).

The study shows that for young men, completing an apprenticeship provides the best pathway to employment, followed by completing Year 12.  Whereas for young women, the scenario is reversed.

Click here for more information.

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A fresh brand for Australian education

The Parliamentary Secretary for Trade, Justine Elliot has announced the launch of a new brand for Australia’s international education sector, Future Unlimited, which will refocus attention on the benefits of Australian educational qualifications, and the doors they open for international students.

Ms Elliot spoke of the initiative saying, “Future Unlimited will highlight the quality of Australian teaching institutions, their global relevance and progressive outlook.”

Click here for more information.

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Free interactive workshops - Good Practice in Offshore VET

A national series of free interactive workshop sessions on Good Practice Guide for Offshore VET Delivery will begin in Sydney this week, being run by the National Quality Council. There will also be a launch of the Guide, and all TDA members are welcome to attend. Click here for more information.

The workshops will be held across the country in cities including Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane and Adelaide from 16-27 June. There are still places left in all capital cities.  Please note that the Adelaide session will now be held on the morning of 28 June.

Participants will gain an understanding of the key challenges and issues faced when delivering VET offshore, and will be given practical solutions and measures to address or overcome them.

Click here for more information.

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VELG Conference – ‘Quality in VET’

Professional development and consulting firm, Velg Training will hold its National VET Conference, in Brisbane, 4-5 August.

The key themes of the conference will be the National VET Regulator, 2011 VET initiatives, VET and tertiary relationships, assessment & training and compliance. Among those attending the conference will be teachers, trainers, CEOs, consultants and industry representatives from private, public and enterprise registered training organisations (RTOs) in every state and territory.

Click here for more information.

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Due date extended for VET Professional Study Award

Manufacturing Services Australia has extended the due date for applications for its inaugural VET Professional Study Award.

The Award offers $10,000 to study in Australia or overseas, to build upon best teaching, learning and assessment practices.

Applications will now close 30 June. For more information, click here.

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Diary Dates

Higher Education on the Edge
DATE: 4-7 July, 2011
LOCATION: Radisson Resort, Gold Coast
DETAILS: Click here for more information

20th National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference (No Frills)
DATE: 13-15 July, 2011
LOCATION: North Coast TAFE, Coffs Harbour
DETAILS: Click here for more information

Inaugural Regional Higher Education Forum
DATE: 2-3 August, 2011
LOCATION: Coffs Harbour
DETAILS: More information soon

2011 National VET Conference
DATE: 4-5 August, 2011
LOCATION: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
DETAILS: Click here for more information

2011 National Conference
DATE: 10 August, 2011
LOCATION: Four Season’s Hotel, Sydney
DETAILS: Click here for more information

2011 National Conference
DATE: 5-6 September, 2011
LOCATION: Sheraton on the Park Hotel, Sydney
DETAILS: More information here

2011 Conference
DATE: 11-14 October, 2011
LOCATION: Adelaide Convention Centre
DETAILS: Click here for more information

AUSTAFE National Conference
2020 Vision
DATE: 12-14 October, 2011
LOCATION: Canberra
DETAILS: Click here for more information

ePortfolios Australia Conference 2011
DATE: 17-18 October, 2011
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

Looking ahead - Group Training National Conference
DATE: 19-21 October, 2011
LOCATION: Grand Hyatt, Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for more information

Australasian Association for Institutional Research Forum “Let the sunshine in”
DATE: 9-11 November, 2011
LOCATION: Sea World Resort, Gold Coast
DETAILS: Click here for more information

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