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Newsletter | 17 June 2013

In this edition

Peak bodies continue to seek resolution to international student visa policies

Despite numerous assurances over the last eighteen months, the Commonwealth government continues to delay a decision on extending streamlined visa processing to high quality, low risk providers.

The seven peak bodies for international education will be meeting with both the Minister for Tertiary Education & Skills, the Hon Craig Emerson and the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship the Hon Brendan O’Connor over the next two weeks to emphasise the importance of resolving this issue.

In particular, TDA, ACPET and IEAA will emphasise the anti-competitive nature of the current settings and the negative impact this is having on our members and all related service providers.

TDA 2013 National Conference ‘early bird’ deadline reminder

The deadline for ‘early bird’ registration to the TDA National Conference is Friday 5 July. 

The conference, ‘TAFE Redefined’, will be hosted by TAFE Institutes in Queensland, with the event in Brisbane, 2-3 September. The theme will explore the future of technical and further education under the new era of market ‘entitlement’ and extending TAFE engagement further in the Asian Century.

Workshops selections are also now available to book at the time of registration.

Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities are still available.  Please click here for more information. 

Sponsors for the conference include: Ellucian, TechnologyOne, Group Training Australia, The Southbank Institute, VET Development Centre, Victorian TAFE Association, ETS TOEFL, Echo360, IDP IELTS, NCVER and Tutoring Australasia.

See the conference website.

South Western Sydney Institute launches innovation report

TAFE NSW – South Western Sydney Institute (SWSi) has launched a series of studies that explore business client perspectives on innovation for technical training and new qualifications.

The paper, ‘SWSi innovate’ was prepared by academic, Dr John Mitchell, and launched last week at Sydney’s Casula. The study contains 16 examples of high value collaboration embedded in the Institute’s approach to industry, clients and students.

Pam Christie, Managing Director of the TAFE NSW Commission, gave a keynote address. She described the changing profile of the TAFE Institutes in NSW as they were being asked to  re-double efforts to focus on community and industry engagement as part of the new entitlement to training expected to start from  July 2014. Pam Christie congratulated the TAFE industry partners nominated in the John Mitchell report, and praised the work of Institute Director Peter Roberts, and his team in a determined focus to support innovation.

See the SWSi innovate’ paper.

New research tracks value of pre-apprenticeships

New research on pre-apprenticeships has explored the contribution to apprenticeships and wider skills.

The research, Pre-apprenticeships in Australia: differing orientations and policy implications, was published in the Journal of Vocational Education and Training, and undertaken by Tom Dumbrell and Erica Smith, of the University of Ballarat.

From a total of 255 surveys returned from apprentices, 40% had previously undertaken a pre-apprenticeship course and 92% had completed the pre-apprenticeships program.

Of the 85% who said they intended to do further study, those who had done a pre-apprenticeship were far more likely to commence further study than those who had not.

The final training provider stage of the research found 90% had gained considerable learning which supported capacity for further study in their skill area. 

In more detailed analysis, the research reviewed highest educational level of pre-apprenticeships, showing 72% of electro-technology apprentices had completed year 12. This compared with 26% of engineering pre-apprentices and none of the automotive apprentices.

In terms of responses about the work placements in pre-apprenticeships, 90% of engineering and 87% of automotive pre-apprentices said that they completed a work placement.

View the research here.

Kiribati Institute of Technology joins virtual network

Kiribati Institute of Technology (KIT), in partnership with TAFE South Australia and Tobaraoi Travel, has announced the opening of the first Virtual Enterprise (VE) in the Pacific.

Business students at the AusAID-supported KIT Institute will be completing the Australian Certificate II in Business and in 2014, and there are plans to introduce the Certificate III in Business.

A Virtual Enterprise (VE) is a simulated business that students run as a hands-on way of learning about business practices. Virtual Enterprise Australia (VEA) is a not for profit organisation that supports secondary schools, colleges, TAFEs, universities and private providers throughout Australia by providing this unique approach to business skills training.

For more information, email: ve@kit.edu.ki

Call to review VET in schools

The Australian Industry Group has added its voice to calls for a review the operation of VET in schools.

AIG CEO, Innes Willox said many employers had lost confidence in aspects of quality of the school programs, and has recommended a full review of vocational offerings in schools, with a particular focus on the VET in schools element.

It follows questions about VET in schools raised in a recent paper by the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency (AWPA).

See an article in today’s Australian Financial Review.

Impact of training on casual work

Casual workers who receive work-related training are more likely to move into permanent or fixed-term employment over the following 12 months than casuals who don’t receive training, according to latest research from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

Approximately 11% of working-age men and 16% of working-age women occupy casual jobs as their main job.

The study examines the impact of work-related training on the transition from casual to permanent employment, and on job satisfaction.

See here for more information.

TDA corporate affiliates:

Diary Dates

Getting started in e-learning
Queensland VET Development Centre

DATE: 17 June – 26 August
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

Australasian Adult and Community Education Conference
Adult Learning Australia & ACE Aotearoa in New Zealand

DATE: 18-20 June
LOCATION: Comfort and Quality Inn, Cuba St, Wellington, New Zealand
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

NCVER ‘No Frills’ Conference

DATE: 10-12 July
LOCATION: Sunshine Coast TAFE, Mooloolaba campus
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

Australasian Association for Institutional Research Special Interest Groups

DATE: 21-23 August
LOCATION: Fairmont Resort, Blue Mountains
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

TedX: This Way Up
Northern Sydney Institute

DATE: 28 August
LOCATION: Cameraygal Building, the Northern Sydney Institute, St Leonards Campus
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

TDA Annual Conference 2013 TDA Annual Conference 2013 - "TAFE Redefined"
TAFE Directors Australia

DATE: 2-3 September 2013
LOCATION: Sofitel, Brisbane
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

Teaching & Learning Conference
VET Development Centre

DATE: 5-6 September
LOCATION: RACV Healesville Country Club
DETAILS: Click here for further information. 

2013 National VET Conference
Velg Training

DATE: 19-20 September, 2013
LOCATION: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

Australian Council for Adult Literacy Conference
DATE: 30 September - 2 October
LOCATION: University of Technology, Sydney
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

Australian International Education Conference

DATE: 8-11 October
LOCATION: National Convention Centre, Canberra
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

2013 AUSTAFE National Conference

DATE: 9-11 October
LOCATION: Gold Coast Convention Centre, Queensland
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

conVerge13 - E-learning Conference

DATE: 21-22 November
LOCATION: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

Australian Training Awards
Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education

DATE: 22 November
DETAILS: Click here for further information.