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Newsletter | 17 July 2017

In this edition


TAFE numbers bounce back in latest statistics

The number of students in government-funding training at TAFE grew by 15% during 2016, while numbers at all other providers declined, according to the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

It's publication, Government-funded students and courses 2016, shows that there were 1.3 million students enrolled in government-funded VET in 2016, an increase of 3.3% over 2015.

While TAFE enrolmenmts grew strongly, numbers at private providers fell by 7.1% and at community providers by 7.6%.

NSW saw the biggest increase in student numbers - up by 38%, while there were falls in South Australia (17.9%) and Victoria (13.5%).

See moreTAFE numbers bounce back in latest statistics

SkillsOne celebrates 10 years

Congratulations to SkillsOne which celebrated its 10th anniversary in Sydney last week!

TDA was among the guests that enjoyed spectacular music and entertainment at iconic venue,The Basement, as guests shared in some of the memorable moments over the past decade.

Special guest was the Director of the Australian War Memorial, Dr Brendan Nelson, who served as Minister for Education, Science and Training, with responsibility for vocational education, under Prime Minister John Howard.

Funds raised on the night will support the TDA National Scholarships Foundation and the Australian Children's Music Foundation.

TDA extends its thanks and congratulations to SkillsOne CEO. Brian Wexham and his team for a great night and a tremendous 10 years supporting VET.

SkillsOne celebrates 10 years

WorldSkills Australia unveils international team

WorldSkills Australia has announced the team of 43 trades people and mentors that will represent Australia at the 44th WorldSkills International competition in Abu Dhabi in October.

'Team Australia' includes 18 young men and women, known as the Skillaroos, who will compete against the best from 77 countries at the elite international competition.

They represent a wide range of trades and skills, including bricklaying, patisserie and confectionery, heavy vehicle mechanics, hairdressing, landscape gardening, refrigeration and air-conditioning, carpentry, wall and floor tiling.

WorldSkills Australia CEO Brett Judd said the team had been chosen following an arduous training regime and their success at the national WorldSkills championships  in Melbourne last year.

“This team has consistently shown the dedication, commitment and excellence we require of Team Australia when they represent our nation against the rest of the world," he said.

The competition will see more than 3000 participants compete in 51 skills. Australia, currently ranked 12th in the world, is aiming to finish in the top 10 in 2017.

See Team Australia participants

TAFE NSW and group training agree to standardise skills

TAFE NSW and the group training sector in NSW and ACT have signed an MoU to set a standardised model for training of apprentices.

The agreement is aimed at avoiding a situation where students enter the workforce with varied skill sets.

TAFE NSW Managing Director Jon Black signed the agreement with the Chair of the Apprentice Employment Network of NSW & ACT (AENNSWACT), John Liddicoat.

AENNSWACT Chief Executive Jason Sultana said inconsistencies in the training model had caused difficulty for students and industry.

“Until today we would have one local TAFE teacher deciding the training which could be different from another," he said.

Australian sign language training packages open for consultation

Workshops around Australia have been scheduled to consider draft training packages for qualifications in the Australian sign language, Auslan.

Currently there are four qualifications in Auslan that are accredited in Victoria, but able to be delivered nationally. This accreditation expires in December.

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Public Sector Industry Reference Committee and the Auslan Technical Advisory Committee, is aiming to move the content of these courses into national training packages, for endorsement by the Australian Industry & Skills Committee.

The first draft of these training packages - consisting of four qualifications from Certificate II to Diploma and 15 associated units of competency - is now open for consultation.

The workshops are designed to gather stakeholder feedback, particularly from members of the deaf community who use Auslan.

Auslan interpreters will be in attendance to translate where required. Numbers will be limited to ensure that views from both deaf and hearing participants can be captured accurately.

To book for the workshops click on the links below:
Sydney - 20th July
Perth - 24th July
Adelaide - 25th July
Melbourne -26th July
Brisbane - 2nd August

Diary Dates

2017 VTA State Conference
TAFE: Advancing Victorian Prosperity
20 – 21 July 2017
Rydges, Exhibition Street, Melbourne
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Queensland Training Awards
Department of Education and Training, Queensland
July 2017
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Youth Engagement Summit
25 July 2017
Ovolo Woolloomooloo, Sydney
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Community Colleges Australia Annual Conference 2017
25 - 27 July 2017
Citadines on Bourke, Melbourne, Victoria
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Making the Sustainable Development Goals Real in Adult Education
Women in Adult and Vocational Education (WAVE) & Adult Learning Australia (ALA)
10 August 2017
Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre, 251 Faraday Street, Carlton, Melbourne.
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Towards Carbon Neutrality Workshop
14 - 15 August 2017
City Convention Centre, Victoria University, Victoria
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TDA Convention 2017 - Networked TAFE
7 - 8 September 2017 (Welcome Reception 6 September at Adelaide Oval)
Adelaide Hilton, South Australia
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2017 VDC Teaching & Learning Conference
7 - 8 September 2017
RACV Torquay Resort, Victoria
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National Skills Week 2017
28 August – 3 September 2017
Nation wide
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National VET Conference
13 - 15 September 2017
International Convention Centre, Sydney
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Australian International Education Conference (AIEC)
10 - 13 October 2017
Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart, Tasmania
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AUSTAFE National Conference
Turning Together for Success
11 - 13 October 2017
TAFE Queensland, Brisbane
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Chinese Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE)
Annual Conference
19 - 22 October 2017
Beijing, China
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International Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS) Conference
THINK BIG for Global Goals
1 - 3 November 2017
RMIT University, Victoria
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National Apprentice Employment Network
National Conference
1 - 3 November 2017
Radisson Blu Hotel, Sydney
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Australian Training Awards
23 November 2017
National Convention Centre, Canberra
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