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Newsletter: 3 March 2008


APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN FOR 20,000 NEW TRAINING PLACES  

The Prime Minister, the Hon Kevin Rudd, has announced that the 20,000 new training places announced by the Government earlier this year are now open for applications by registered training organisations. 

The new training places will cover four priority areas including mining and construction, health and community services, motor mechanics and personal services. 

The Prime Minister said the delivery of the new places can begin as early as four weeks after applications are lodged. 

To view the announcement click here. To download an expression of interest form click here

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SKILLS FOR SCHOOLS AND TAFE
REGISTER NOW - ENGAGING YOUTH IN VOCATIONAL EDUCATION FORUM 

TAFE Directors Australia, in association with the Australian College of Educators (ACE), will hold the Engaging Youth in Vocational Youth Forum at the Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart 16 April. 

The Forum will feature high profile speakers from the Federal Government, academia, TAFE, schools and industry including: 

  • The Hon Brendan O'Connor MP, Minister for Employment Participation
  • Rebecca Cross, Group Manager, Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
  • Peter Noonan, Peter Noonan & Associates
  • Professor Denise Bradley AC, FACE
  • Malcolm White, Chief Executive Officer, TAFE Tasmania
  • Megan Lilly, Associate Director, Education and Training, Ai Group

The Forum will focus on future directions in vocational skills and will also feature three concurrent panel sessions and associated round tables. 

A flyer is available for more information. To register for the event click here

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VET FEE-HELP GUIDELINES - SEEKING COMMENT  

The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) is seeking comment on the draft guidelines and the financial viability information paper for the VET FEE-HELP legislative amendments. 

The documents can be downloaded here. Comments must be submitted in writing to DEEWR via email (vetfeehelp@dest.gov.au) or post (VET FEE-HELP Operations, Higher Skills Branch, DEEWR, Loc 730, GPO Box 9880, Canberra ACT 2601). The closing date for comments is 11 March. 

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FINAL CALL - ASIA PACIFIC LEADERS EVENT

Members are invited to consider involvement in a targeted business matching and profile opportunity in Seoul, Korea, as part of the Asia Pacific Professional Leaders in Education Conference (9 -11 July 2008). 

The program for the conference and exhibition is currently being finalised and TDA has negotiated a VET stream as part of the program and related profiling activities for members. 

Up to four institutes are invited to participate by exhibiting, attending panel sessions or business matching with international community colleges from the UK, Korea and Canada. 

Please see that attached proposal for more information - expressions of interest are due to the TDA secretariat no later than March 14 2008.

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CAREER DEVELOPMENT SERVICES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

A new report from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) provides a timely review of the effectiveness of career development services in Australia.

It reinforces the message coming from other studies that there is more work to be done in marketing the benefits of VET to young people, their parents and teachers.

To view a summary of the report by Berwyn Clayton, Director, Canberra Institute of Technology Centre Undertaking Research in Vocational Education (CIT CURVE) click here

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MINISTER'S AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE - APPLICATIONS OPEN 

Applications are now open for the Minister's Awards for Excellence for Employers and Australian Apprentices. The 22 regional awards recognise employers who demonstrate commitment, innovation and outstanding achievement in training apprentices. 

Each regional winner will be awarded $5,000 and the opportunity to attend the presentation dinner in September hosted by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, the Hon Julia Gillard MP. 

For an application form click here

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UPDATE - NTIS REFERENCE GROUP

Last year the National Training Information Service (NTIS) formed an End User Reference Group, made up of various industry stakeholders, to improve the efficiency of its current website. TDA is represented by Madeleine Hayne, Administrative Co-ordinator of CMM Business Industries, Victoria. 

The group has consulted on various prototypes and suggested changes. Those changes have now been incorporated into the current prototype, which according to Madeline, has received very positive feedback. The new website is estimated to be completed toward the end of 2008. To view a summary of the latest group teleconference click here

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ACCI STUDY INTO THE SERVICE ECONOMY

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) has announced it will commence a study into Australia's domestic service economy and our trade in services. 

To view the announcement click here.

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DIARY DATES

ENGAGING YOUTH IN VOCATIONAL EDUCATION FORUM
DATE: 16 April 2008
LOCATION: Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart
DETAILS: For more information click here. To register click here.


TAFE DIRECTORS AUSTRALIA AGM
DATE: 17 April 2008, 3pm -5pm
LOCATION: Sydney Institute of Technology, Ultimo 
DETAILS: For more information please contact the TDA Secretariat


AUSTRALIAN HIGHER EDUCATION CONGRESS 2008 
'Big School is Big Business'
DATE: 17 - 18 March 2008
LOCATION: Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre
DETAILS: http://www.acevents.com.au/education2008/


AUSTRALIAN ASSOCIATION OF CAREER COUNSELLORS 
National Career Conference: 'Career Landscape: From Island to Global'
DATE: 26 - 28 March 2008
LOCATION: Grand Chancellor Hotel, Hobart
DETAILS: http://www.abcon.biz/aacc08.html


AUSTRALIAN VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING RESEARCH ASSOCIATION CONVENTION (AVETRA)
VET in Context
DATE: 3-4 April 2008
LOCATION: Adelaide Holiday Inn, 65 Hindley Street, Adelaide
DETAILS: http://www.avetra.org.au/annual_conference/index-old.shtml


VICTORIAN TAFE ASSOCIATION STATE CONFERENCE 2008 
'Sustainable Futures for TAFE'
DATE: 8 - 9 May 2008
LOCATION: Gordon Institute of TAFE
DETAILS: For further information visit: http://www.vta.vic.edu.au


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