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Newsletter 15 August 2011

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Bids begin for Workforce Development Fund

Industry can bid for funding to train its workforce following the launch of the $558 million Federal Government Workforce Development Fund by Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations, Senator the Hon Chris Evans.

The fund will work on a co-contribution model which means that large enterprises will contribute 66% of the cost of training, medium enterprises 50%, and small enterprises 33%.

The 2011-12 round of the fund will include $73 million available across all industry sectors, with $50 million focusing on the priority industry sectors of construction (civil and general) and aged care.

The fund will include the Critical Skills Investment Fund.

Applications close 12.00 noon (EST) 30 September 2011. For more information click here. To view a media release from Senator Evans, click here.

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Big names and big issues at TDA National Conference

With only weeks until the TDA National Conference, TDA members and their staff, as well as industry leaders, are encouraged to make their final bookings. Special accommodation rates at Sheraton on the Park end on Wednesday, 17 August.

The conference, titled ‘Balancing the Big Issues’, will feature an exciting line-up of speakers and sessions. See a list of bios for conference speakers here.

Highlights of the Conference will include:

  • Senator Chris Evans, Federal Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations
  • Sussan Ley MP, Shadow Minister for Employment Participation 
  • A gala dinner at the Sydney Opera House, featuring Therese Rein, Manager and Founder of Ingeus.
  • NSW Minister for Education, the Hon Adrian Piccoli MP
  • Dr Barbara Bryan, Campus President, Broward College, Florida, and Dr Malcolm Grothe, Seattle Community College and Board member of the Community College Baccalaureate Association
  • The heads of College associations from Canada, James Knight, and the UK, Martin Doel
  • The Hon John Dawkins AO, Chair of the newly-formed National Skills Standards Council
  • Panel sessions on issues including VET reform, the resources industry, green skills, higher education, skilled migration, and the media. 

A performance by singer songwriter Tim Freedman will be staged for delegates at the welcome cocktail reception, on Sunday evening, 4 September.

Book now for the Gala Dinner featuring an address by Therese Rein – limited places are available.

For more information on the Conference and Gala Dinner, or to book click here.

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Strategic framework key to Australia-India Education

The Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations, Senator the Hon. Chris Evans, led an Australian delegation for the opening sessions of the Australia-India Education Council (AIEC), in India.

Neil Fernandes, Managing Director of Central Institute of Technology (WA), was appointed the TDA representative for the AIEC Council, and took part in the week-long mission to New Delhi.

Areas of interest discussed during the AIEC’s proceedings included qualifications and quality assurance frameworks, student mobility and exchange, and higher education linkages (including cooperative research endeavours).  For the skills development sector, issues canvassed included the engagement of industry in the further development of India’s vocational training system, the establishment of skills sector councils in India, the progress of a national qualifications framework, and relationships at the provider level.

The purpose of the AIEC was primarily to identify strategic goals and strengthen further bilateral relationships. As a result of the mission, a number of working groups were established, with the current membership and work program due to continue until the end of 2012. The mission learned that the Indian Government and industry was targeting to train 500 million people by 2022, across a wide range of industry sectors.

A dedicated website was launched by the Australian and Indian government Ministers: http://www.australiaindiaeducation.com.

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Merger between Central Queensland TAFE and university

The Queensland Government has approved a merger between CQUniversity and the Central Queensland Institute of TAFE.

The two institutes will combine to become one of the largest education institutes in Queensland, and the first Queensland dual-sector university.

The approval will allow the two institutes to implement the first stages of the merger. Click here to see a media release from the Premier, the Hon Anna Bligh MP. 

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Further study past Year 12 vital says new report

Completing Year 12 is no longer sufficient, and in most cases young people are advised to attain Year 12 and further study, according to research from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

According to the study, an apprenticeship after Year 12 is the most lucrative route for males, as is university study. For females, the best choice is university, even for those with lower levels of academic orientation.

Click here for more information.

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Social media critical to international market

International education has been transformed by social media, according to a four-year global research project by the British Council’s Education Intelligence unit, and published in The Australian.

The research shows that institutions must be actively online and using social media, to reach the best, and largest number, of international students.

Click here for an article by The Australian.

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Malaysian education showcase

Austrade is arranging a series of events in Malaysia to showcase the breadth of Australia’s education and training capability, to be held 14-16 October. 

The showcase will provide an opportunity to profile and raise awareness of individual institutions not only to potential students and parents, but also to representatives from a range of ministries, industry and professional groups. 

This year’s showcase includes a seminar series, designed to profile the niche strengths of institutions, streamed live nationwide via webinar and webcast, allowing participants to interact with a far larger target audience.  

The Showcase also will include a discussion forum,  with speakers and participants from the Malaysian government, institutions, industry and education associations. Presentations will include topics such as public funding for higher education, the role for Australia in the Malaysia’s emerging international education hub, the Australian VET model in Malaysia, and collaborations with schools. 

An Australian Alumni Gala Dinner will follow the forum.  Those interested in taking part in the Showcase are encouraged to register here.

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Beginner workshops for online country profiles

Australian Education International National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (NOOSR) is offering beginner workshops on how to use Country Education Profiles (CEPs) online.

The workshops will be held in the following locations:

  • Perth – 13 September
  • Melbourne – 19 September
  • Sydney – 13 October
  • Brisbane – 21 October

Click here for more information. Register here.

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AgriFoods fellowships available

AgriFood Skills Australia and the International Specialised Skills Institute Inc. are offering two International Fellowships valued at $10,000 each for applicants to travel overseas and research a topic of value to the agrifood industry.

Click here for more information.

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Diary Dates

Conference – Productivity and participation, addressing the balance
DATE: 24 August, 2011
LOCATION: Grand Hyatt Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for more information

2011 Conference
DATE: 26 August, 2011
LOCATION: Menzies Hotel Sydney
DETAILS: Click here for more information

DATE: 1 September, 2011
LOCATION: Woodward Conference Centre, Carlton, Victoria
DETAILS: More information here

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

Annual Industry Development Conference - Productivity & Competitiveness
DATE: 13-15 September, 2011
LOCATION: Hyatt Hotel and Parliament House, Canberra
DETAILS: More information here

Presentation Event
DATE: 15 September, 2011 – 6pm
LOCATION: The Ballroom, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour
DETAILS: Tickets available here

EyeQ 2011
‘eyecons of e-learning’ conference
DATE: 16 September, 2011
LOCATION: Brisbane
DETAILS: Click here for more information

2011 National Conference
DATE: 22 September, 2011
LOCATION: Brisbane
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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.

Making a Difference... 2011: Breaking Through the Barriers
DATE: 19-20 October, 2011
LOCATION: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
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

‘For innovation’
DATE: 18 November, 2011
LOCATION: The Glasshouse, Port Macquarie
DETAILS: Click here for more information

DATE: 25 November, 2011
LOCATION: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Bank
DETAILS: Click here for more information

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