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Newsletter | 19 November 2012    

In this edition

  • TAFE wins at Training Awards
  • TDA Launches Scholarship Foundation
  • East Asia Summit TVET Provider Network
  • Australia on track to double diplomas by 2020
  • Premier attends TAFE function in India
  • Australian playwright slams cuts to arts funding
  • Apply now for the A to B Program
  • AVETRA invites abstracts for annual conference
  • Report recommends higher education reform in Asia
  • New leadership for CS&HISC Board
  • Diary Dates

New Standards for Training Packages revealed

The Standing Council on Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment (SCOTESE) has endorsed new Standards for Training Packages.

The standards apply to the design and development of Training Packages by Industry Skills Councils (ISCs), which are then endorsed by the National Skills Standards Council (NSSC).

The Standards for Training Packages will replace the Training Package Delivery Handbook.

Click here for further information on the new standards and for full transition details.

TAFE wins at Training Awards

Congratulations to all TAFE winners and nominees at this year’s National Training Awards.

TAFE claimed six awards, including Large Training Provider of the Year for Challenger Institute of Technology in WA.

TAFE NSW – Sydney Institute was awarded the International Training Provider of the Year, while North Coast Institute received the Skills for Sustainability-Educational Institute Award.

Batchelor Institute and the NT Minerals Council won the Industry Collaboration Award, the Vocational Student and the Apprentice of the Year both came from Canberra institute of Technology, and the ATSI Student of the Year was from Central Institute of Technology in WA.

Click here for a full list of winners.

TDA Launches Scholarship Foundation

The Australian Taxation Office has approved tax deductibility for an initiative of the TDA National Board to launch an Australia-wide technical and further education scholarships philanthropy foundation.

The National Board of TDA has registered the TDA National Scholarships Foundation, with plans to launch the Foundation next year.

The purpose is to make every effort to support TAFE students under the proposed COAG-approved National Entitlement to Training, which will widen student income contingent loans (ICL) in technical and further education courses.

At the same time, the Mick Young Scholarship Trust (MYST) last week signed a unanimous resolution agreeing to wind down the Trust, and transfer arrangements to the newly formed TDA Foundation to ensure continuation of long-running Mick Young Scholarships to disadvantaged students.

Click here to read the media release.

East Asia Summit TVET Provider Network

The establishment of a network of TVET providers among the 18 countries comprising the East Asia Summit moved a step closer to completion with an intensive three-day workshop in Melbourne.

Thirty representatives from 15 of the 18 countries workshopped the goals and structure of the proposed network and were joined by representatives from DIISRTE, AusAID, Austrade, Trade Recognition Australia, ACPET, IEAA, ETS TOEFL and TDA’s corporate sponsor, Ellucian.

The delegates also experienced a hands-on training session at Angliss Institute and attended the Australian Training Awards where the Minister for Tertiary Education and Skills, Senator the Hon Chris Evans greeted the delegation.

The next stages of the project will include a detailed report from the workshop, ongoing collaboration and communication between the delegates, and a conference in mid-2013 to be hosted by the Government of South Korea.

Delegates of the East Asia Summit TVET Network workshop

Australia on track to double diplomas by 2020

The Federal Government has announced it is on track to deliver its promise to double the number of diploma and advanced diploma completions by 2020.

Minister for Tertiary Education and Skills, Senator the Hon Chris Evans, said the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Reform Council’s Skills and Workforce Development 2011 report showed more than 20 per cent of the total increase needed to meet the 2020 target had already been achieved.

The report also highlights the need for more work to be done to increase the number of working age Australians with a Certificate III or higher qualification. Under the COAG agreement, states have committed to introduce an entitlement to Certificate III.

Click here for more information.

Premier attends TAFE function in India

New South Wales Premier, Barry O’Farrell, met with Indian education and industry professionals at a recent luncheon hosted by TAFE NSW and the Department of Education and Communities International in New Delhi.

In his address, the Premier said NSW and India face a similar challenge to rapidly train skilled workers.

“International collaboration between TAFE NSW and its Indian partners enables skills champions from both our countries to create effective models which link skills training to job opportunities and long-term employability," said Premier O'Farrell.

TAFE NSW Sydney and Illawarra Institutes are currently developing vocational training partnerships with Gujarat NRE Coke Limited and the Confederation of Indian Industry.

Click here for further information.

Australian playwright slams cuts to arts funding

Renowned playwright, David Williamson, has criticised governments’ funding cuts to TAFE and specifically to arts programs.

Mr Williams compares arts funding to Australia’s excessive sporting budgets, saying governments spend a “pittance” on arts in comparison.

"Why as a society we think it's legitimate to spend huge amounts on our sportsmen and women, but seemingly don't think the relative pittance we spend on developing a potential Cate Blanchett or Geoffrey Rush is as justifiable, has to say something about our national and political priorities,” said Mr Williams.

Mr Williams targeted all levels of government, but particularly the Victorian and NSW governments, where the funding cuts have had the greatest impact.

Click here to read the full story.

Apply now for the A to B Program

Apply now for the Apprentice to Business Owner business skills and mentoring program (A to B Program) on its new website

The A to B Program, commencing in 2013, will provide training in small business management, and includes business mentoring support for up to 12 months.

The program supports eligible tradespeople who are seeking to, or have recently established a business. It will be delivered nationwide across both metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas by A to B Brokers.

Click here for further information and to apply.

AVETRA invites abstracts for annual conference

The Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association (AVETRA) is calling for abstracts relating to its 2013 conference.

For assistance, follow the guidelines in How to write an AVETRA abstract.

To submit your abstract, click here. The deadline for abstracts is 7 December, 2012.

To visit the AVETRA conference website, click here.

Report recommends higher education reform in Asia

A new Asian Development Bank report, Improving Transitions: From School to University to Workplace, says Asian universities and secondary schools must better align with labour market needs to ensure graduates have the skills and knowledge required by employers.

Looking at 15 countries in Asia, the report recommends diversifying the higher education options being offered to students, in line with labour market needs.

It also encourages partnerships with other institutions and the private sector to foster secondary education reform, and better prepare students for future employment.

Click here for further information.

New leadership for CS&HISC Board

The Board of the Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council (CS&HISC) has elected Rob Bonner as its new Chair, and Natalie Hamood as Deputy Chair.

Mr Bonner is the Manager of Industrial and Education Services, for the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (SA Branch) and the Australian Nursing Federation representative on the CS&HISC Board.

Ms Hamood is the Director Strategic Improvement and Safety with the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion also in South Australia.

Mr Bonner succeeds Chris O’Brien, Manager Human Resources for TriCare Limited, Queensland. 

Diary Dates

DATE: 21 November
LOCATION: Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance

DATE: 11-12 December
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

DATE: 3-5 April, 2013
LOCATION: Fremantle, WA
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

Group Training Australia

DATE: 17-19 April, 2013
LOCATION: Sofitel, Brisbane Central
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

TAFE Directors Australia

DATE: 2-3 September 2013
LOCATION: Sofitel, Brisbane
DETAILS: Watch this space for further details shortly.

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