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Newsletter | 1 May 2017

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NSW skills centres to be a focal point for industry and students

Six new regional and three metropolitan TAFE NSW SkillsPoints have been announced by the NSW government, as part of a move to more closely align with the needs of industry.

The Deputy Premier and Minister for Skills, John Barilaro and the Assistant Minister for Skills, Adam Marshall launched the initiative at TAFE NSW Queensland campus last week.

Mr Barilaro said the SkillsPoints are innovative hubs with a core team of between eight and 15 staff to meet the needs of local students and employers.

The first centre, a hub for Innovative Manufacturing, Robotics and Science, will open in Newcastle in September.

Other SkillsPoints will be in Griffith, Tamworth, Queanbeyan, Dubbo, Coffs Harbour, Ultimo, Parramatta and Mount Druitt.

TDA Chief Executive Craig Robertson welcomed the initiative, saying the country's biggest TAFE was taking a lead in creating a central point of contact for industry with a focus on the emerging skills and jobs of the future,

“It is a demonstration of the evolving role of TAFE in delivering training and courses that are at the cutting edge of industry need, in both metropolitan and regional areas,” he said.

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South Australia joins fair work ombudsman to protect apprentice wages

The South Australian Department of State Development has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) to help address under payment of apprentices and trainees.

It follows a recent FWO audit of more than 800 businesses which found that one in three had failed to pay apprentices correctly,

Deputy Fair Work Ombudsman Michael Campbell co-signed the MoU with John King, Executive Director for Skills and Employment in the department.

It follows a similar agreement with the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority.

MoUs are also in place with industry bodies, including the Accommodation Association of Australia, the Australian Hotels Association, Restaurant and Catering Association, and the Australian Security Industry Association, as well as the National Union of Workers.

“This MoU highlights SA’s commitment to making compliance with workplace laws a high priority across a sector for which we both have regulatory responsibility,” Mr Campbell said.

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WA training department facing shake-up in public service reform

Western Australia's Department of Training and Workforce Development will undergo a significant shake-up as part of a wide ranging reform across the public sector, announced on Friday by Premier Mark McGowan.

Forty-one departments will be cut to 25 in a series of moves that will see departments amalgamated and abolished, as well as a major reshuffle of chief executives and more than 100 jobs slashed in the senior executive service.

"I'm ushering in new leadership, new departmental mandates and new opportunities for the public sector to drive substantial long term change and maximise each opportunity to deliver better services to the community," the premier said.

The Department of Training and Workforce Development "will be instructed to undertake significant internal reform and more strongly align its training service provision to industry needs," the official advice says.

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Commonwealth finalises quality standards for group training

A new set of national standards for the group training sector has been formally endorsed by the Commonwealth.

The standards were endorsed by all states and territories and finalised by the COAG Industry and Skills Council.

The National Executive Officer of the National Apprentice Employment Network, Ms Lauren Tiltman said the national standards set a framework to ensure that group training organisations (GTOs) meet a high benchmark in their dealing with apprentices, trainees and employers.

“Anyone dealing with a group training organisation has the comfort of knowing that there is national quality framework that underpins everything that they do," she said.

The standards set key outcomes in supporting apprentices and trainees in areas such as recruitment, employment, induction, monitoring and support.

GTOs must comply with the national standards in order to be registered and must have policies and procedures to deal with any complaints that arise.

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See NAEN's media release

$6.6 million in funding for The Gordon

The Gordon TAFE in Victoria has received a $6.6 million grant from the state government, aimed at increasing access to training in the Geelong region.

The Minister for Training and Skills, Gayle Tierney, announced the funding from the Stronger TAFE Fund.

The minister said The Gordon had received more than $39 million from the government including $6 million from the TAFE Back to Work Fund.

The Gordon’s city campus is undergoing a significant redevelopment and will be the home to the new Geelong Tech School, opening in mid-2018.

Endeavour scholarship applications now open

The Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships have opened applications for the 2018 round of grants.

Applications can be made for the following categories to undertake professional development, study and research overseas: 

  • Endeavour Research Fellowship
  • Endeavour Research Fellowship for Indigenous Australians
  • Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship
  • Endeavour Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship
  • Endeavour Executive Fellowship

Alumni of the program may be eligible to apply for a second Endeavour Scholarship or Fellowship.

See the 2018 applicant guidelines on the Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships website for further details.

Diary Dates

Latin America Downunder
Australia-Latin America Business Council
17 - 18 May 2017
Pac Pacific, Perth
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Latin America Infrastructure Forum
23 May 2017
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Group Training Association of NSW & ACT 2017 Skills Conference
Moving Apprenticeships and Traineeships Forward
14 June 2017
Dockside Darling Harbour
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Vocational and Professional Education and Training
International Conference 2017
16 - 17 June 2017
Hong Kong
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26th National VET Research Conference 'No Frills' 
5 - 7 July 2017
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2017 VTA State Conference
TAFE: Advancing Victorian Prosperity
20 – 21 July 2017
Rydges, Exhibition Street, Melbourne
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Queensland Training Awards
Department of Education and Training, Queensland
July 2017
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Community Colleges Australia Annual Conference 2017
25 - 27 July 2017
Citadines on Bourke, Melbourne, Victoria
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TDA Convention 2017 - Networked TAFE
7 - 8 September 2017 (Welcome Reception 6 September at Adelaide Oval)
Adelaide Hilton, South Australia
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2017 VDC Teaching & Learning Conference
7 - 8 September 2017
RACV Torquay Resort, Victoria
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National Skills Week 2017
28 August – 3 September 2017
Nation wide
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National VET Conference
13 - 15 September 2017
International Convention Centre, Sydney
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Australian International Education Conference (AIEC)
10 - 13 October 2017
Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart, Tasmania
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AUSTAFE National Conference
Turning Together for Success
11 - 13 October 2017
TAFE Queensland, Brisbane
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Chinese Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE)
Annual Conference
19 - 22 October 2017
Beijing, China
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National Apprentice Employment Network
National Conference
2 - 3 November 2017
Radisson Hotel, Sydney
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Australian Training Awards
23 November 2017
National Convention Centre, Canberra
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