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Newsletter | 1 June 2015

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Commonwealth threatens $65m in training funding to South Australia

The federal government is threatening to withhold $65 million in training funds to South Australia over a claimed pro-TAFE bias in the state’s new student funding plan.

Under the new WorkReady policy, TAFE will be assured an increased share of contestable funding at the expense of private training providers.

The Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham said the plan may be in breach of the national partnership agreement, signed with the Commonwealth in 2012.

“Premier Weatherill willingly signed on to an agreement in 2012, with then Prime Minister Gillard, to give students and employers more choice, through a more equal availability of funding to support training places linked to job outcomes, regardless of who the training provider is,” the Minister said.

“My approval of the $65 million in funding is subject to the Commonwealth being satisfied with the content and delivery of agreed Implementation Plans to deliver on terms of the agreement Mr Weatherill signed,” he said.


Sydney TAFE to help establish private college in Malaysia

Sydney TAFE has entered into an agreement to provide a consultancy for the establishment of a private vocational education and training (VET) college in Kuala Lumpur.

The initial focus of the college will be on providing TAFE qualifications for courses in Automotive and Marine.

Sydney TAFE began discussions with ENCAPITAL on behalf of the Malaysian University of Science and Technology (MUST) in January with regard to providing a consultancy service for the establishment of the college.

The qualifications developed and delivered will be Sydney TAFE qualifications and will be accredited by the Malaysian government.


NSW parliament considers TAFE inquiry

The NSW Labor Opposition has proposed an inquiry into the state’s TAFE system.

The Shadow Minister for Skills David Harris called for the inquiry, which was moved by the Leader of the Opposition in the Upper House Adam Searle.

If supported by enough crossbenchers, it will examine course cuts, fee increases, private providers and recent IT issues.

“The Baird Government has taken us down the road of dismantling the TAFE system without understanding the contribution it makes to our economy,” Mr Harris said.

“So long as courses are cut, fees rise and TAFE’s future funding is under a veil of uncertainty, our young people and our economy will suffer,” he said.


New $11m campus for Canberra Institute of Technology

Canberra Institute of Technology is to get a new $11 million campus at a site in Tuggeranong, with courses to begin in 2016.

Education Minister Joy Burch said the shift to Tuggeranong was part of the relocation of students from the ageing Woden campus, with the government also considering moving what remained of CIT facilities in Woden closer to the town centre.

According to the Canberra Times, the new campus will accommodate hundreds of students and focus on business management and accounting.

CIT acting deputy chief executive Nicole Stenlake said there were about 100 staff and several hundred students at Woden.

No decisions had been made on the future of the Woden campus but CIT would consult with staff, industry and the community.


TDA hosts senior Taiwan delegation

Over the last two weeks TDA has hosted members of Taiwan’s Workforce Development Agency and the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI).

With the support of Kangan Bendigo TAFE, TDA is now managing the second of two contracts with ITRI, providing high level consultancy services and teacher training programs.

The delegation received briefings from ASQA, TEQSA, NCVER and IBSA as well as site visits to three TAFE institutes.

Last Tuesday a formal roundtable was convened to review the progress of the partnership. Melissa McEwen from the Department of Education also provided an update on several benchmarking and course development projects the department is running in the Asian region.

The next stage of the project will focus on developing a framework to establish partnerships between TAFE institutes and Taiwanese colleges and universities delivering advanced technical skill programs.

From Left to Right: Yi-Chun , Director of Division of Training & Development Research, Industrial Technology Research Institute.  Ming-Sin Yu, Director of Competency Standards and Skill Assessment Division, Workforce Development Agency.. Peter Holden, Director International and Business Development, TAFE Directors Australlia. Chang-Hua Lai, Deputy Project Director of Division of Training & Development Research, Industrial Technology Research Institute.  Si-Huei Chen, Project Manager of Division of Training & Development Research, Industrial Technology Research Institute.


Briefing for India’s skills minister

TDA participated last week in the Australia India Education Council’s (AIEC) skills working group.

Chaired by Megan Lilly from the Australian Industry Group, the working group welcomed Minister Rajiv Rudy, India’s Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.

As well as providing an update on AIEC’s achievements, the working group considered a range of strategies to increase the presence of Australian training providers in India and to support India’s fast developing skills sector.  


Indonesia training workshops underway

TDA is working with Sydney TAFE to deliver trainer workshops in Indonesia, with the first to be held in Jakarta this week.

The workshops are part of a Millennium Challenge Account project led by Booz Allen Hamilton and aim to develop procurement skills among selected government departments in Indonesia.

Twenty modules on ethical procurement practices are being developed and the trainers will be given extensive guidance and practice in delivering these modules to relevant managers and officers.


TDA attends World Federation AGM and Canadian colleges conference

TDA Chair, Stephen Conway, last week attended the annual general meeting and strategic planning workshop for the World Federation of Colleges & Polytechnics.

Held in Winnipeg, Canada, Stephen also attended the annual conference of Colleges and Institutes Canada, formerly known as the Association of Canadian Community Colleges. 


Ministers receive update on VET in schools

Commonwealth, state and territory education ministers have considered a new framework for vocational education and training (VET) in secondary schools.

The meeting of the Education Council in Brisbane on Friday received an update on key priorities being undertaken by the Council’s Schools Vocational Learning and Training Working Group.

“Government departments, Catholic and independent education agencies, industry and training sector bodies are working together to strengthen collaboration between schools, training providers and employers, raise awareness and encourage best practice, and use evidence and research to inform future policy and actions to improve the quality of vocational learning and VET delivered to secondary students,” the Ministers said.

See the Education Council Communiqué.


Submissions open to disability standards

The Disability Standards for Education 2005 seek to ensure that students with disability are able to access and participate in education on the same basis as students without disability.

The federal Minister for Education and Training, in consultation with the Attorney-General, is required to conduct a review of the effectiveness of the standards every five years. Consultancy firm, Urbis, has been commissioned to undertake an independent review of the standards.

The focus will be on the questions put forward in a discussion paper. These go generally to the effectiveness of the standards, awareness of the standards and opportunities to make improvements.

You are invited to make a written submission to the review by 5 June. You can retrieve the discussion paper and a submission template (optional) from the consultation website: www.dsereview.urbis.com.au





Diary Dates

EduTECH
National Congress & Expo

DATE: 2 & 3 June 2015
LOCATION: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

NSW ITABS
Navigating the new world: New challenges = New Opportunities

DATE: 4 June 2015
LOCATION: Sofitel Wentworth Hotel, Sydney
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

Western Sydney Careers Expo
DATE: 18-21 June 2015
LOCATION: Showground, Sydney Olympic Park
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

NCVER
24th National VET Research Conference

DATE: 6-8 July 2015
LOCATION: University of Western Sydney
DETAILS: More information.

Victorian TAFE Association
2015 State Conference - Leading Transformational Change

DATE: 16-17 July 2015
LOCATION: RACV Club, Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

2015 ACODE Learning Technologies Leadership Institute
DATE: 17-21 August 2015
LOCATION: Mantra at Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Queensland
DETAILS: More information

TAFE Managers Association 2015
DATE: 21 August 2015
LOCATION: Luna Park, Sydney
DETAILS: More information coming soon.

VET Development Centre
Teaching and Learning Conference

DATE: 3-4 September 2015
LOCATION: RACV Torquay Resort, Victoria
DETAILS: More information.

TDA National Conference
DATE: 9-11 September 2015
LOCATION: Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart
DETAILS: More information.

National VET Conference
Velg Training

DATE: 17-18 September 2015
LOCATION: Adelaide Convention Centre
DETAILS: More information.

Australian International Education Conference 2015
International education: global, responsible, sustainable

DATE: 6 – 9 October 2015
LOCATION: Adelaide Convention Centre
DETAILS: More information.


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