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Newsletter: 10 March 2008


REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN - 

FUTURE DIRECTIONS IN VOCATIONAL SKILLS FOR YOUTH NATIONAL FORUM & WORKSHOP  

This National Forum is a special joint venture between TAFE Directors Australia, representing TAFE institutes, and the Australian College of Educators, representing secondary schools. The Forum, to be held 16 April in Hobart, will workshop issues relating to the skill development of young people at the interface between schools and TAFE, and discuss Rudd Government policies.

The Minister for Employment Participation, the Hon. Brendan O'Connor MP, will deliver the keynote address and Rebecca Cross, from the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, will follow up with the implementation strategies of Government. 

The Forum is being staged before the first round of Trade Training in School applications, due May 2008, and all TAFE Institutes are recommended to attend.

Other speakers at the Forum include:Megan Lilly, AiGroup; Peter Noonan, Peter Noonan & Associates; Steve Dunn, Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE; Don Zoellner, Charles Darwin University; Maria Peters, Chisholm Institute of TAFE; Mark Primmer, TAFE NSW Hunter Institute; Diane Craven, St George College; Margaret Cummins, Toyota, Andrew Williamson; Sunshine ATC, Geof Hawke, UTS; Nanette van Ruiten; Parafield Gardens High, Keith Miles; Blaxland High School; and Lynette Farrell, Swan TAFE.



The Forum promises to provide valuable insights and discussion into this important policy area of the new Rudd Government.

See the flyer for registration details. For additional information about the Forum, contact Pam Caven, Director Stakeholder Engagement TDA at pamcaven@bigpond.com

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TDA MEETS WITH THE HON BRENDAN O'CONNOR MP

Creating employment participation opportunities for younger and mature aged Australians will be a priority for the Hon. Brendan O'Connor MP, Minister for Employment Participation. Mr. O'Connor met with TDA executives Martin Riordan and Pam Caven, and Dr. Colin Adrian (CEO, CIT Canberra) at Parliament House last week. 

Mr. O'Connor will launch the 'Future Directions in Vocational Skills for Youth National Forum and Workshop', in Hobart, 16 April. Among other matters discussed at the meeting was TAFE's role in seeking solutions to re-connect with those disengaged from study and the workforce. 

Registrations are now open for the Forum. 

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TDA HOSTS SENIOR SAUDI ARABIAN VET REPRESENTATIVES

Four senior representatives from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Technical and Vocational Training Corporation are visiting Australia from 9-15 March 2008. 

TDA CEO, Martin Riordan, will meet the delegation on its first day of meetings and provide an overview of the Australian TAFE system. A number of TDA member institutes will also host the delegation over the coming week. 

To read more about the representatives and their visit click here. For more information contact Rebecca Biazos, Director International Engagement 0407 550 180 or email rebeccabiazos@bigpond.com

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS - REVIEW OF NATIONAL INNOVATION SYSTEM

The panel for the Review of the National Innovation System has released a call for submissions report. The review will look at:

  • Better ways to deliver public and community services 
  • Mobilising innovative capabilities for national challenges including climate change, population health and energy needs
  • Promoting fresh ideas and risk-taking
  • Supporting the diffusion and uptake of new technologies and innovations across industry and communities

TDA will be making a submission to the review based around its White Paper to COAG titled: 'Investing in Productivity; Engaging TAFE to accelerate Workforce Development and Job Participation', and TDA's joint communiqué with 10 Industry Skills Councils: 'Skilling Australia'.

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NCVER RELEASES LATEST VET STATISTICS

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) has released the Australian vocational education and training statistics: Apprentices and trainees, September 2007 report.

The September 2007 figures for the number of people undertaking a 'traditional apprenticeship' increased by 9% compared to September 2007.

So what are the other apprentice outcomes? To view a summary by Dave Meyers, Senior Research Officer of CIT CURVE Research click here.

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LAST WEEK OF CSHISC VALIDATION SESSIONS 

The last of the national validation sessions for the Community Services & Health Industry Skills Council's CHC02 Community Services Training Package Review (Draft 2) will be in Sydney and Canberra this week. An invitation has been extended to industry stakeholders to attend and give feedback on behalf of their state and their industry sectors.

For more information or to register to attend a session click here

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DIARY DATES

FUTURE DIRECTIONS IN VOCATIONAL FOR YOUTH NATIONAL FORUM & WORKSHOP
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


COMMUNITY SERVICES AND HEALTH ISC 
'Making A Difference… The Education Revolution - It's Happening'

DATE: 15 - 16 October 2008
LOCATION: Adelaide Hilton, South Australia
DETAILS: Go to www.cshisc.com.au/conference for more 
information or to register your interest click here.

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