TAFE Directors Australia

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Newsletter: 14 January 2008


HAPPY NEW YEAR! - MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR   

On behalf of the TDA Board I wish all members and friends of TDA a happy New Year!

This year marks an important milestone for TDA as an organisation. In June we will celebrate our 10th anniversary. The agenda for TAFE in 2008 is busy one - on both the domestic and international fronts. Keep an eye on updates in the newsletter for events and activities.

Following the change in Federal Government leadership in late 2007, this year provides an opportunity to engage and advocate for the TAFE system within the Skilling Australia agenda. 

I recently received a letter from the newly appointed Secretary of the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR), Lisa Paul introducing herself. She indicates a willingness to engage with both TDA and TAFE institutes individually, and I hope to catch up with her in Canberra in the very near future.

Thank you in advance for the contributions you make to TDA as an organisation and to TAFE as an exemplary provider of vocational education and training that is globally recognised. I look forward to working with our members and key stakeholders in 2008 to achieve outcomes not only for TAFE, but for industry, our local communities and our students. 

Here's to a successful year in 2008!

Deb Daly
Chair TAFE Directors Australia 

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NORTH AMERICAN BUSINESS AND INNOVATION MISSION MAY 2008

TDA invites members and delegates to take part in a high level business development mission to Canada and the United States from 20-30 May 2008. 

The program has been designed to leverage from two key industry events - the Association of Canadian Community Colleges Annual Conference (25-27 May, British Columbia) and the NAFSA: Association of International Educators annual conference - widely considered as the pre-eminent global event for international education and training partnerships (28-30 May, Washington DC).

TDA will work closely with Australian Education International and associate colleges and organisations in Canada and the United States to arrange a supporting program of business matching, sectoral benchmarking and institutional partnerships.

For more information about this project download the Expression of Interest Form here

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VET INTERNATIONAL MARKETING BRIEF - CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS 

TAFE Directors Australia, in partnership with research and marketing companies Synovate and Dydx, has been commissioned to develop a VET international marketing brief on behalf of the sector. The project is one of four funded through Australian Education International as part of the Australian VET Sector International Engagement Strategic Framework

Stakeholder consultation will take place between January and March, with the final report and materials due May 2008. Members are invited to contribute through participation in online forums (Jan, Feb and March), a provider survey and one-on-one stakeholder consultations that are currently underway. 

Click here for an overview of the project and its aims. For more information on how get involved contact Ms Rebecca Biazos Director International Engagement (0407 550 180 or email rebeccabiazos@bigpond.com

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MANUFACTURING SKILLS AUSTRALIA - UPDATES 

Manufacturing Skills Australia has recently announced changes to a range of qualifications including a draft Competitive Manufacturing Vocational Graduate qualification, as well as recent endorsements to the Aeroskills (MEA07) Training Package and Textile Clothing and Footwear (LMT07) Training Package that were endorsed on 30 November 2007. 

For more information visit www.mskills.com.au

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TDA CONTRIBUTES TO DEVELOPMENT OF VET BUSINESS SKILLS TRAINING   

In late 2007, TDA in partnership with the International Education Association of Australia (IEAA) and the Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET) secured funding to deliver another exciting project to support the sector's international engagement. The project will commence in January and will run untill April 2008. 

The scope of the project is to map industry needs for professional development related to international business for the sector. The outcome will be a series of professional development seminars to be delivered across Australia. More information will follow in the coming weeks. 

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ENGAGING YOUTH IN VOCATIONAL SKILLS FORUM - APRIL 2008  

Improving the engagement of Australia's young people in skilling and development is a pressing national priority that requires greater collaboration and cooperation across and between education sectors.

TDA is currently working with the Australian College of Educators (ACE) to create a TAFE/secondary Forum with a focus on engaging Australian youth in vocational skills. The Forum on 16 April 2008 will sit alongside the ACE National Conference to be held in Hobart (13-15 April 2008).

In preparation for the Forum, TDA and ACE jointly convened a workshop in Melbourne on 4 December 2007. Representatives of the various States and Territories training and schools systems, the Commonwealth, ACCI and AiGroup met to discuss the issues associated with young people transitioning from school to vocational and further education and to scope out an agenda for the 2008 Forum, Engaging Youth in Vocational Skills. 

Issues relating to future delivery models and funding were seen as the highest priority and the most relevant in terms of the incoming Federal Government agenda.

A program for the Forum addressing these key issues and providing details of the facilitator, expert speakers, panel members and workshop topics will be forwarded to you in the near future. 

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DIARY DATES

INDUSTRY SKILLS COUNCIL - 2008 HEALTH PACKAGE WORKSHOPS
DATE: February - June 2008
LOCATION: All Capital Cities
DETAILS: http://www.cshisc.com.au/load_page.asp?ID=239


Following the success of the Health Training Package HLT07 - Guide to Implementation Workshops held this year, the Industry Skills Council has announced the launch of new workshops in 2008. 

The workshops will extend on this year's introductory workshops, with a practical, hands-on approach. The workshops will be relevant to Registered Training Organisations and will include: direct care workshops, first aid workshops, support and business services workshops and customised workshops.

For more information or tho register visit the Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council website.

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