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Newsletter 19 December 2011


Steep increases for VET in Schools enrolments in 2010

New research from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) shows a further climb in the number of people undertaking VET in schools, with 220,900 students enrolled across Australia.

The Young People in Education and Training (2010) shows that Tasmania, NSW and Western Australia each recorded the largest increases. However, data on the total percentage of school students enrolling in a VET in Schools course was not available. 

The largest areas under study were Tourism, Hospitality and Events, followed by Business Studies and ICT, and Community Services.

VET in Schools enrolments varied across the school system; the Government sector enrolled 169,500 students, followed by the Catholic Schools at 38,600, Independent Schools 19,500, with other schools 6,200.

Click here to view the full report.

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Master Artisan research study launched by Swinburne researcher

An NCVER-supported research project has recommended a Master Artisan option for Australian trades, and noted the scheme may encourage wider interest in skills as a career.

Karen O’Reilly-Briggs, from Swinburne University of Technology, has published her paper, ‘The master artisan: a framework for master tradespeople in Australia’, under the NCVER Building Researcher Capacity Community of Practice Scholarship Program.

Karen argued that the introduction of master-level qualifications for tradespeople in Australia might play a role in improving current negative perceptions of trade occupations in the community and elevate the status of trades. She also noted that some areas of culinary studies have already launched Master-class qualifications, required to be renewed every five years.

Click here for more information.

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The Case for a National Charter for TAFE – comments welcome

Members are reminded that responses to TDA’s National Charter discussion paper are due today.

The Case for a National Charter for TAFE: its role in public sector provision in Australia’ argues that a National Charter for TAFE would bring consistency and greater certainty ahead of new Commonwealth state and territory funding for VET - available from 1 July 2012.

TDA calls for responses to the discussion paper – in particular whether members and stakeholders agree with the proposed five components of the Charter (page 14), or can provide any alternative suggestions. Submissions can be sent to pcaven@tda.edu.au.

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Reshuffle results in new department for VET

The vocational education and training sector will operate under a new federal portfolio following Prime Minister Gillard’s ministerial reshuffle.

The new Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education will be led by the Hon Greg Combet MP as Minister for Innovation and Research, alongside Senator the Hon Chris Evans, as the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research.

The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations will be led by the Hon Bill Shorten MP, as the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, and the Hon Peter Garrett MP as the Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth.

See the announcement here. See Minister Chris Evans’ media release about his new role here. See TDA’s response to the announcement here.

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2012 Australia - China initiatives 

TDA has announced two important initiatives for further engagement with the Chinese tertiary vocational education sector, following a recent visit to Beijing and Tianjin.

An Australia-China Student Exchange Platform will be launched in 2012 with a selected group of TAFE institutes and China tertiary vocational colleges. This exchange program will support Australian and Chinese students who wish to include study abroad as part of their education as well as promote teacher and college director exchanges.

TDA has also confirmed the scheduling of a joint Green Skills conference and Industry Expo as part of the CEAIE 2012 International conference to be held in Beijing on 19 and 20 October.

The conference will feature keynote speakers from both industry and education, and explore recent and planned initiatives in developing vocational skills which enhance sustainable development.

The industry expo will provide a unique opportunity for Australian industry to promote and demonstrate clean technologies, particularly those which can contribute to more environmentally sustainable colleges and campuses.

TDA member institutes who are working with Australian clean tech industries are particularly encouraged to attend, and present case studies of their achievements. More details on the conference and the showcase will be sent out in February.

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From Santiago to Sydney: Manuela’s excellent adventure

Manuela Nielson was one of 140 Chilean students to study in Australia in 2011 as part of the TDA Australia -BECAS Chile Technical Scholarships program.

You can read her inspiring story here.

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Phase one roll-out for National Workforce Development Fund

The Federal Government will combine with industry to up-skill 24,000 workers as part of the first instalment of the National Workforce Development Fund.

The initiative will see the Government provide $45 million and industry provide $42 million to support training through 250 projects – including 33 projects in the construction sector and 51 in the aged care sector.

Click here for more information.

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New report lays out international student landscape

One fifth of all student visa applications granted in 2010-11 went to Chinese nationals, according to a report from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

According to the report, the international student market from China has been the least impacted by recent problems in the Australian international student sector.

Across the sector, some 43% of international student visa applications in 2010–11 were for the higher education sector, and 30% were for the VET sector. Declines in applications were most prominent in the VET sector.

See the full report here. See a news report from The Australian here. See a news report from the Sydney Morning Herald here.

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Boys vs. girls – which study path is chosen?

More teenage girls than boys choose university, while more teenage boys than girls choose VET, according to a new report by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).  

The report shows that of the young people at university, 57% were female and 43% were male, and of those in training, 56% were male and 44% were female. This compares to the gender divide at school which is just about equal.

For further information, click here.  

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Austrade branding opportunities

Austrade’s Building Brand Australia Program is now underway and aims to enhance Australia’s international reputation.

There are two ways TAFE Institutes can take advantage of this initiative. Firstly, by using the brand ‘Australia Unlimited’ and related promotional and collateral items as part of their international work.

Secondly, by putting forward great stories from their institute which show capability, global success, global perspectives and Australians excelling.

Examples of successful branding for international activities can be found on www.brandaustralia.gov.au.

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Workshops for new training package

The National Skills Standards Council (NSSC) has endorsed version 2.0 of the Training and Education Training Package (TAE10). 

The package includes the new Diploma of Vocational Education and Training which is significantly different, and not equivalent to the ‘old’ Diploma of Training and Assessment.

To help navigate the new package, professional workshops are being organised by Innovation and Business Skills Australia (IBSA) for early 2012. Click here for more information.

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2012 Austrade opportunity in Philippines

Austrade Manila will be organising the Future Unlimited - VET Showcase 2012 in the Philippines. Below is information for Institutes that are interested in participating in the event:

  • Proposed Date – 16 – 18 March 2012
  • Venue – Manila (16-17 March), optional provincial visit (18 March)
  • Activities – business matching, networking (16 March) exhibition in Manila (17 March), exhibition in optional city (18 March)
  • Indicative costs – A$2,500 – A$3,000+

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NCVER – call for papers for ‘No Frills’ conference

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) is calling for papers for its 21st anniversary National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference 'No Frills', to be held on 11-13 July in Adelaide.

Call for papers closes 10 February 2012. For abstract requirements and submission details, please visit http://www.nofrills.ncver.edu.au/.   

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New Zealand learning spaces workshop  

The Australasian Tertiary Education Facilities Management Association (TEFMA) and Leishman Associates invite TDA members to attend a workshop on the ‘Future of Learning Spaces - What’s New on the Horizon’, to be held at Auckland University of Technology in March 2012.

This two day workshop will explore current thinking, ideas and trends for teaching and learning spaces for both current and future students.

Click here for more information.

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Diary Dates

Quality in the Making
DATE: 27-28 February, 2012
LOCATION: Sofitel Hotel, Brisbane
DETAILS: Click here for more information

What’s new on the Horizon, incorporating Project Management
DATE: 29-30 March, 2012
LOCATION: Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
DETAILS: Click here for more information

DATE: 12-13 April 2012
LOCATION: Canberra
DETAILS: Click here to submit an extract.

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