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Newsletter | 17 September 2012    
 

In this edition

  • Australian Government threatens $1.75 billion payments following eastern state cuts to TAFE
     
  • More details on Victoria’s TAFE shake-up
     
  • Latest NCVER statistics – apprenticeship numbers continue to decline in Australia
     
  • New GTA study finds pre-apprenticeships more effective than previously thought
     
  • Discover new approaches to e-learning with EYEQ2012
     
  • Geographical dimensions of social inclusion and VET in Australia: planned research
     
  • Diary Dates
 

Employment opportunities in the Pacific

The Australian-Pacific Technical College (APTC) is seeking to employ vocational trainers as part of a project in the Pacific Islands.

APTC is seeking to develop a group of suitably qualified trainers for either short or long term inputs for the School of Trades and Technology.

Applications close Friday 19th October.

Click here for more information.

 

Australian Government threatens $1.75 billion payments following eastern state cuts to TAFE

Tertiary Education and Skills Minister, Senator the Hon Chris Evans, has reportedly threatened to withhold bonus payments totalling $1.75 billion, pledged under the recently signed National Partnership Agreement (NPA), following budget cuts announced in NSW, Queensland and Victoria.

NSW Education Minister, the Hon Adrian Piccoli, announced $1.7 billion in funding cuts to the education sector, including 800 job cuts and student-fee increases of up to 9.5 per cent for TAFE. TAFE students would pay $44 extra for Certificate I and II courses, and an extra $150 for Advanced Diplomas. NSW subsidies to Group Training would also cease.

The Minister insisted the cuts were required to ensure that “NSW is living within its means.”

The NSW Budget announcement came after the Baillieu government’s $300 million funding cuts to the Victorian TAFE system, and Queensland’s Budget proposal to cut $80 million from their TAFE sector, ahead of massive campus closures.

Federal Independent MP, Rob Oakeshott, said the cuts are bad news for regional communities, and vowed to fight the decision. Click here to read more.

A full report on the Australian Government threat to the NPA payments is in today’s Australian Financial Review.

On ABC Radio National, Martin Riordan spoke on the Premier’s pledge to support a National Entitlement to Training scheme without adequate financial modelling, similar to the Base Funding Review of higher education under Dr Jane Lomax-Smith.

He said: “We’re very surprised the Commonwealth actually went into the National Partnership Agreement and rushed signing with Premiers back in April, under COAG.”

“There had been no modelling of what the national entitlement scheme would require in funding of states and territories, and now there’s clearly going to be a stoush, which no one really needs,” he said.

Click here to read the Minister’s statement.

Click here to listen to ABC Radio National on the impact on the VET sector.


More details on Victoria’s TAFE shake-up

The Age and Australian Financial Review (AFR) newspapers have reported on “leaked documents” showing considerable consequences of the Victorian Government’s $300 million TAFE funding cuts, focused on plans to sell off campuses.

The cabinet-in-confidence documents, reported in The Age, and today’s AFR, reveal transition plans submitted by Victorian TAFE colleges.

They reportedly show that Swinburne University proposed to the State Government to buy its Lilydale and Prahran campuses or allow them to be sold off.

Other alleged sell-offs include Bendigo's Castlemaine campus, Central Gippsland Yallourn site, Kangan's Moreland campus and NMIT's Ararat campus.

Federal Minister for Skills, Senator the Hon Chris Evans, called for the Federal Opposition to withdraw its support for the Victorian cuts, and demand they be reversed.

“TAFEs are valuable education assets that sit at the heart of our regional communities. The Liberal Premiers are closing facilities that for many communities are the only places local people can get a vocational education or learn a trade.”

Click here to read the Minister’s statement.


Latest NCVER statistics – apprenticeship numbers continue to decline in Australia

The latest National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) report, Apprentices and trainees 2012—early trend estimates, June quarter, has confirmed a continued decline in trade and skilled apprenticeships in Australia as economic conditions worsen.

Apprentice commencements showed a marginal decrease, with 22,100 people starting a trade in the June quarter, compared with 22,200 in the March quarter, however apprenticeship commencements have been falling continually since 2010.

The overall increase aligns with increases in enrolments across skilled courses, especially with large rises in mature aged students. With current in-training enrolments standing at 470,100, those aged between 25 and 44 years of age totalled 152,600, and another 67,800 were aged over 45 years of age.

Click here for more information.


New GTA study finds pre-apprenticeships more effective than previously thought

A new study into the effectiveness of pre-apprenticeships commissioned by Group Training Australia (GTA), shows that pre-apprenticeships have strong support from employers and training providers, and that they improve the prospects of individuals taking up an apprenticeship and completing it.

The study finds that, contrary to some recent evidence, pre-apprenticeships play an important role in improving labour market outcomes in the vocational education and training (VET) sector.

Click here to view the report.


Discover new approaches to e-learning with EYEQ2012

EYEQ2012: VET ideas worth sharing focuses on innovative approaches to e-learning and capability building for quality teaching, learning and assessment practices in the vocational education and training (VET) sector.

This one-day interactive event will appeal to experienced and new VET educators, educational managers, trainers, those delivering or managing VET in Schools programs, training consultants, and support staff.

The event will be held at the Southbank Institute of Technology, Brisbane, on 19 October.

Click here for more information.


Geographical dimensions of social inclusion and VET in Australia: planned research

A three-year project examining how geographical factors influence social inclusion is currently being conducted by Monash and Deakin Universities, with NCVER.

There are three research projects to be conducted:

  1. Willingness-to-move: the influence of job conditions on geographic mobility,
  2. Migrant Women in regional Australia: the role of education and training in improving social inclusion, and
  3. Neighbourhood factors in the decision to participate in post-school education and training and the labour market

The final reports for these projects will be available through NCVER by early 2014.

Click here for more information.


Diary Dates

TDA and TDC THOUGHT LEADERS
From Policy to Practice

DATE: 1 October
LOCATION: Rydges, Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for more information

AUSTRALIAN INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION CONFERENCE 2012
DATE: 2-5 October
LOCATION: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
DETAILS: www.aiec.idb.com

AWPA AND INDUSTRY SKILLS COUNCIL JOINT CONFERENCE
DATE: 3-4 October
LOCATION: Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre
DETAILS: Details will be available at http://www.skillsaustralia.gov.au

AUSTAFE 2012 NATIONAL Conference
TAFE on TARGET
DATE: 3-5 October 2012
LOCATION: Alice Springs NT, Kirribilli, Sydney
DETAILS: More information contact Lyle Mellors at lyle.mellors@cdu.edu.au

THE VETnetwork AUSTRALIA BIENNIAL NATIONAL CONFERENCE
DATE: 17-19 October 2012
LOCATION: National Convention Centre, Canberra
DETAILS: Click here for more information

EYEQ2012: VET IDEAS WORTH SHARING
DATE: 19 October 2012
LOCATION: Southbank Institute of Technology, Brisbane
DETAILS: Click here for more information

AQF 5 AND 6 CONFERENCE
DATE: 25-26 October, 2012
LOCATION: RMIT University, Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for more information

2012 AAIR ANNUAL FORUM
DATE: 12 – 14 November 2012
LOCATION: Crowne Plaza Terrigal, NSW
DETAILS:  Click here for more information

AUSTRALIAN TRAINING AWARDS
DATE: 16 November 2012
LOCATION: Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for more information.


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