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Newsletter | 17 December 2012    

In this edition


Christmas CEO message!

TDA would like to wish you all the best for the holiday season.

CEO, Martin Riordan has prepared a short Christmas message after an eventful year for the TAFE sector. Click here to read.

This will be TDA’s final newsletter for 2012, returning on January 14.

Federal Skills minister maintains pressure on eastern states over TAFE teacher redundancies

Federal Skills Minister, Senator the Hon Chris Evans, met with NSW TAFE teachers to discuss the state’s recent funding cuts.

Senator Evans said 800 jobs will be scrapped as a result of the cuts, with the loss of TAFE teachers limiting access to skills and training across the state.

"These teaching positions are being cut in every TAFE across every region in NSW. That will result in some courses being lost entirely," Senator Evans said.

"The teachers I met with today are dedicated staff with years of experience and they will be a huge loss to the state's training system.

Click here to read the Minister’s media release.

Federal government renews funding for group training scheme

The Federal Government has announced it will maintain funding for the Joint Group Training Program (JGTP) for 2012-13.

Federal Skills Minister, Senator the Hon Chris Evans, said the government would invest $14 million to continue the JGTP, despite the NSW government pulling its share of funding from the scheme in July.

The scheme is a joint program between the Commonwealth and the states, and provides funding to group training organisations (GTOs) which employ approximately 35,000 apprentices and trainees across Australia.

Chief Executive of Group Training Australia (GTA), Jim Barron welcomed the federal government’s decision.

“Minister Evans’ decision means that group training organisations, host employers and the apprentices and trainees will breathe a sigh of relief, and will be able to continue to develop the skills needed to build a clever, prosperous economy. The Minister deserves great credit,” Mr Barron said.

“We also call on the NSW and Tasmanian governments to review their decisions to pull out of the joint funding of the program, and all other state governments to commit to ongoing joint funding.”

Click here to read the minister’s media release, and here to read the statement from GTA.

Appeal to Prime Minister after federal cabinet gives green light to university funding but holds up regional funding to TAFEs

TAFE Directors Australia has appealed to Prime Minister Julia Gillard, after advice that the Cabinet approved the continuation of university funding under the regional round of the Education Investment Fund, but had curtailed funding to TAFEs, amid ongoing disputes with east coast coalition governments on the National Partnership Agreement.

TDA briefed federal Independent MP, Rob Oakeshott, on the move and has met with the Prime Minister’s office.

Chief Executive of TDA, Martin Riordan, said the decision to hold back funding to regional TAFE Institutes would be counterproductive, as it will intensify not ease the funding crunch currently facing those TAFEs in east coast states.

‘VET in Schools’ on the rise in non apprenticeship areas

The number of VET in Schools students has risen by 7%, according to the latest data released by NCVER.

The research report, Young People in Training, says in 2011, there were 236,400 VET in Schools students, between 15 and 19 years-old. There were 109,500 commencements in apprenticeships and traineeships in the same age bracket.

Click here for to view the report.

New website launched by Victorian Government on careers

The Victorian Government has unveiled a new website that claims to help students “match their career dreams to the right training.”

Victorian Education and Skills Minister, the Hon Peter Hall, said the website will be a helpful tool for both school leavers, and those looking for a fresh start.

“Victorians looking for work can see which skills are most in demand, maximising their chance of employment,” Mr Hall said.

Click here to visit the Minister’s media release, or here to view the site.

NSW short of young TAFE teachers

The NSW Audit Office has reported a lack of young teachers at TAFEs in the state.

Currently, 84% of teachers at NSW TAFEs are aged 45 or over.

The Auditor-General, Peter Achterstraat, said we need to do more to attract and retain young teachers to a profession that is essential for our children and our future prosperity.

“I reviewed the age profile of permanent TAFE teachers and found many are likely to retire over the next five to ten years increasing the risk of significant loss of knowledge and skills for TAFE NSW,” said Mr Achterstraat.

Click here for more information.

Funding available for QLD learning projects

Queensland-based registered training organisations (RTOs) can apply for a share of $250,000 in funding, to run continuous professional learning projects.

The Queensland VET Development Centre will provide funding to programs that seek to achieve national and state priorities in teaching, learning and assessment; leadership; industry, and/or business development.

Project funding is now open, and available up to the value of $25,000.

Click here for further information, including details on how to apply. Applications close February 15.

Attend the CCID annual conference in the USA

Register now for the Community Colleges for International Development (CCID) annual conference to be held in Atlanta, Georgia USA, in February.

The CCID conference focuses on the global advancement of the community college model.

TAFE professionals will be given the chance to network with international colleagues, and ensure their institutions excel in the global arena.

Click here for further information.

Diary Dates

DATE: February 22-25, 2013
LOCATION: Atlanta, Georgia USA
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.

TAFE Directors Australia

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

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