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Newsletter | 18 November 2013

In this edition

New Queensland training body meets

The Queensland government’s new Ministerial Industry Commission met for the first time last week with the aim of driving changes to the states vocational education and training system.

Education, Training and Employment Minister John-Paul Langbroek said the body would be listening to Queensland business about the skills and training needed in high priority industries.

“Through the Commission, industry and employers across Queensland can have a direct influence on the priority of every government-subsidised qualification,” he said.

“The eight invited Commission members will draw on their skills and expertise in labour market economics, human resources management and marketing and communications,” the Minister said.

See the Minister’s media release.

Australian Training Awards this Friday

The peak national awards for vocational education and training will take place on Friday, with the 20th annual Australian Training Awards in Perth.

Over 750 people have so far registered to attend. TAFE Institutes are encouraged to showcase finalists and award winners.

Finalists can be accessed via this page of the Australian Training Awards website.

Information about winners including photos and case studies will be published on the Australian Training Awards website by midnight (Western Australian Time) on the night of the event.

For those with Twitter, they can engage with the @AusTrainAwards Twitter account before, during and after the awards using the hashtag #ATA2013.

See the Australian Training Awards website.

Helping students reach their goals

The recent Thought Leaders event in Melbourne on 11 November, jointly sponsored by TDA and VET Development Centre, attracted a solid crowd of participants and resulted in a very lively discussion.

Two speakers explored different facets of ‘Informed Pathways Choices’.  

Pam Caven, TDA; Dr Patricia McLaughlin; Rachel Smith; and Denise Stevens, VET Development Centre.

Rachel Smith, from NSW Department of Education and Communities, spoke to her research report, Turning aspirations into reality: How can teachers support student’s transition to University and VET.

The particular focus was the significance of the role of secondary school teachers in assisting students’ choice of employment and further education pathways. See more.

The report, Clearing the Pathways: Improving the transition for students moving between AQF levels 5, 6 and 7 by Dr Patricia McLaughlin, RMIT, focussed on vocational education and training pathways to university in specific industry areas.

Her research affirmed the role of the TAFE teacher in assisting students to make a successful transition.

“I didn’t think that I could go to university you know, I wasn’t clever enough and then I went to TAFE and that changed my mind. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for TAFE” (Student interviewed in this study).See more.

New student management in nine Victorian TAFEs

TDA corporate affiliate partner, TechnologyOne, has announced the successful implementation of its student management system in nine Victorian TAFE institutes.

When combined with the financial components of TechnologyOne’s enterprise solution, which is used by 90% of Victorian TAFEs, the Student Management software enables each TAFE to analyse the return on investment for each course, unit and student, taking into account staff wages, equipment, subsidies and grants.

See here for more information.

ASQA provider roundtable

The next ASQA Provider Roundtable has been scheduled for Thursday, 12 December 2013.

The ASQA Secretariat has invited TDA to provide agenda items for the meeting.

Could you please notify TDA Director of Policy and Stakeholder Engagement, Pam Caven at: pcaven@tda.edu.au  of any agenda items that you wish TDA to take to the meeting by Thursday 21 November

ASQA has requested that you provide background information relevant to your agenda item to ensure the issue is fully understood and the Commissioners can be properly briefed prior to the meeting.  This will allow the Commissioners to be better informed about the issues of concern and engage in a meaningful discussion of possible responses.  If possible, it is suggested you submit your agenda item along the following lines:

Title - Name of the issue/concern

Issue - Detail of the issue including impact on providers

Outcome Sought - What action/outcome are you seeking from ASQA

ASQA is not seeking extensive or overly detailed information to be submitted – just 3 or 4 dot points under the headings. If you are only able to submit a more general issue without the background that will also be fine. 

TDA welcomes your input.

Ai Group wins apprenticeship award

The Australian Industry Group has been internationally recognised for its leadership in apprenticeships and training by the WorldSkills Foundation – one of only five to receive the top honour.

The Foundation’s Board of Trustees selected Ai Group’s Engineering Excellence project as deserving WorldSkills Foundation Innovation Lab status – meaning the project demonstrated innovative ways of delivering vocational skills and developing new partnerships between organisations.

Engineering Excellence is a three year project funded by the Australian Government under the

Accelerated Australian Apprenticeship Program. There are 10 pilots being undertaken, which involve a mix of public and private providers, some metropolitan and some regional. Some 3,500 engineering apprentices are included in the pilots.

For information on the project, contact Peter Canavan at: peter.canavan@aigroup.asn.au.

See Ai Group’s media release.

NCVER pathways webinar

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) is hosting its last webinar in the 2013 series on one of its latest research reports examining variable rates of admission to universities for VET students.

Topic:   A half-open door: pathways for VET award holders into Australian universities
Date:  Wednesday, 4 December 2013
Time:   2.30pm - 3.30pm AEDT

The presenters will be Louise Watson, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Canberra and Pauline Hagel, Associate Professor, University of Canberra

See here to register or for more information.

LH Martin postgraduate program

The LH Martin Institute has advised details of its 2014 postgraduate programs with applications open until 27 January.

The programs include the Master of Tertiary Education Management (MTEM), the Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education Management (GCTEM) and the Graduate Certificate in Quality Assurance (GCQA).

Prospective students can view the MTEM and GCQA videos.

They can also attend one of the online information sessions where they can discuss the program directly with staff, current students and alumni. Please check the times and register for an upcoming MTEM, GCTEM or GCQA information session on the website.

To discuss further, please contact Heather Davis via e-mail or (03) 9035 8648. In addition, MTEM and GCTEM enquiries can also be directed to Amalie Rozsa (via e-mail or on (03) 9035 6429) and GCQA enquiries to Chinh Nguyen (via e-mail or on (03) 8344 3158).

‘Quick’ guide to tertiary education

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Library has produced an excellent “Quick Guide” to the tertiary education sector.

It has brief description and internet links to all of the main institutions and statistics for higher education and vocational education across the Commonwealth states and territories, as well as a range of links to international organisations.

See ‘Tertiary education: a quick guide to key internet links’.

Diary Dates

VET Development Centre – The VET BLOG
For relevant news and articles about the VET sector
DETAILS: Click here.

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.

National Association of Enabling Educators of Australia
Flexibility: Pathways to Participation

DATE: 27-29 November
LOCATION: Australian Catholic University, Melbourne Campus
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

NCVER Research Forum
Realising our potential: widening participation through education and training

DATE: 3 April 2014
LOCATION: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

AVETRA 17th Annual Conference
Informing Changes in VET Policy and Practice: The Central Role of Research

DATE: 22-24 April 2014
LOCATION: Outrigger, Surfers Paradise, Queensland
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

'No Frills' - 23rd National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference
DATE: 9-11 July 2014
LOCATION: Holmesglen, Moorabbin Campus, Melbourne, Victoria
DETAILS: Coming soon.