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Newsletter: 17 March 2008

'FUTURE DIRECTIONS IN VOCATIONAL SKILLS FOR YOUTH' NATIONAL FORUM AND WORKSHOP  

This national forum is a MUST for all managers working in TAFE institutes, in vocational colleges, in Australian Technical Colleges and in schools, who are grappling with developing and implementing vocational skills programs for young people in transition from school to work.

By attending this forum, participants will gain further insight and understanding of:

  • The views and intentions of the new Rudd Government in relation to vocational skills programs 
  • The challenges in providing work oriented learning that meets industry standards
  • Effective and innovative delivery models, including TAFE/school partnerships, school clusters and partnerships with industry

The forum, to be held in Hobart 16 April, will also provide opportunities for participants to put forward to government possible strategies for more effective collaboration between the TAFE and school sectors. 

Because of the timeliness of the forum and the participation of Minister O'Connor and other high profile speakers, the limited spaces available are rapidly filling. 

Don't miss out. Register now at https://payments.millpost.com.au/austcolled/forum.php

For further information please contact Pam Caven, Director Stakeholder Engagement TDA pamcaven@bigpond.com

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VET SECTOR DRIVING GROWTH IN INTERNATIONAL ENROLMENTS 

Australian Education International (AEI) has released the International Student Enrolment data for 2007. 

In the year to December, there were 455,185 enrolments by full-fee international students in Australia on a student visa, representing 19% growth on 2006 enrolments. Commencements also grew by 25% in the same period.

Of interest to TDA members, the VET sector experienced growth of 45% in enrolments and more than 50% in commencements over the previous year. This was driven by demand from India, Nepal and China. In 2007, India had 11,414 more commencements than in 2006. 

Most commencements in the VET sector were in the fields of 'Services, Hospitality and Transport' (almost 41%) and 'Business Administration and Management' (almost 30%). Students from the top three source nationalities (India, China and the Republic of Korea) accounted for almost half of all enrolments in these fields.

For more information click here

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TDA ADDRESS TO THE HIGHER EDUCATION CONGRESS 2008  

TDA will address the Higher Education Congress 2008 in Sydney today, supporting the call for diversity across higher education made last week by the Deputy Prime Minister the Hon. Julia Gillard MP. (See www.deewr.gov.au for the Minister's speech). 

Following the morning address by DEEWR deputy secretary, Jim Davidson, Martin Riordan, CEO of TDA, will join a panel of experts looking at the role of TAFE as Australia seeks higher level skills, and as a review commences into higher education. 

TDA previously issued a White Paper to COAG advocating more access by TAFE Institutes in delivering higher level qualifications, and opening access to industry co-investment in innovation and R&D, by reforming the Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs). Go to www.tda.edu.au to view the White Paper.

In January 2008, Senator the Hon. Kim Carr, Minister for Industry, Innovation and Research, announced an inquiry into innovation and the CRC system, and TDA has registered to provide a submission. 

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URGENT CALL FOR INPUT - IMPLEMENTATION OF NATIONAL CODE

TDA, along with representatives from the Australian TAFE International Network, met with the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) and the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, 11 March, to discuss a range of issues impacting the sector's international engagement. A full summary of the meeting discussion points will be circulated directly to members. 

One of the most pressing issues relates to the new six month rule (Standard 7) and the practice of some students, agents and RTOs in taking advantage of this ruling. TDA is seeking member's input to determine the magnitude of this issue and document specific cases that can be used as the basis for a more detailed submission to the Commonwealth. 

Please contact Ms Rebecca Biazos Director VET Export Office on 0407 550 180 or rebeccabiazos@bigpond.com to register your interest in contributing to the submission and sharing data for the purposes of informing and influencing policy change.

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NATIONAL VET WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT MANAGERS' MEETING - APRIL

The fourth National VET Workforce Development Managers' Meeting will be held in Sydney from 28 - 29 April 2008.

The aim of the meeting is to share information about workforce development and organisational strategies and initiatives. This year's meeting will be about sharing national directions and priorities in the area of VET workforce capability development.

There is a need for a national collaborative approach to workforce capacity and capability building. While many aspects of VET are determined and managed at a State and Territory level, the Australian VET system operates nationally. 

The meeting format will allow time for presentations from all states and territories in addition to presentations from key people on workforce capability directions. 

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MINISTER'S AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE - APPLICATIONS OPEN 

RTOs SELECTED FOR ATQF 2007 EXCELLENCE CRITERIA TRIAL

TVET Australia has announced the names of the registered training organisations (RTOs) selected to take part in a trial of the Australian Quality Training Framework 2007 Excellence Criteria.

The RTOs selected for the trial are:

ACT: Wisdom Learning; Canberra Institute of Technology
NSW: Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia; TAFE NSW Western Institute
Qld:  First Impressions Resources; Triple A Training; Sunshine Coast Institute of TAFE
SA: The Open Access and Marden Senior College
Tas:  TAFE Tasmania
WA: Western Australia Police; Challenger TAFE 
Vic:  Workstar; BRACE Education Training and Employment; Australian Vocational Training and Employment Services; BEST Community Development; East Gippsland Institute of TAFE


As part of the trial, the RTOs will develop a 'self-evaluation report' outlining how they meet the AQTF Excellence Criteria, and will then be externally evaluated by a panel of industry experts. The trial will be completed by July 2008. Visit www.training.com.au for more information.

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STRATEGIC FOCUS - THE KEY TO BUILDING RTO CAPABILITY

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research has released a summary of findings from the consortium research program: Supporting vocational education and training providers in building capability for the future. It found that strategic focus is the key to building TAFE/RTO capability. 

Click here for a summary of the key issues written by Sarah Sutcliffe, Research Officer, Canberra Institute of Technology, Centre Undertaking Research in Vocational Education.

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NOMINATIONS FOR ATQF 2007 EVALUATION

KPMG has been engaged to undertake an evaluation of the implementation of the Australian Quality Training Framework (ATQF) 2007 by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations on behalf of the National Quality Council. 

The evaluation will include a review of existing data and information, a survey of RTOs, focus groups, interviews with Registering Bodies and auditors and interviews with NQC members and stakeholders. 

TDA has nominated three TAFE Institutes: TAFE Tasmania, SkillsTech Australia and Swan TAFE to participate in the evaluation. The first session of the evaluation is scheduled for 26 March. 

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CALLS FOR REPRESENTATIVES - INDUSTRY REFERENCE GROUP

The Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council has invited TDA and other industry stakeholders to nominate a representative to participate in an industry reference group for a project to establish skills-articulation models between the VET and higher education sectors in the area of mental health. 

For more information on the project click here. To nominate as the TDA representative on the project contact Helen Davis, TDA hdavis@tda.edu.au or 02 6205 4600.

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VET RESEARCH AND EVALUATION FUNDING - NCVER

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research has issued an advance notice that the next National VET Research and Evaluation funding round will commence this week. 

It will be an open category funding round. Further information will be available from the NCVER website

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ISC NURSING FORUM SERIES

The Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council (CHSISC) has announced the first of a series of Nursing Forums, to be held 26 June, at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. 

The forum is titled: Workforce Development: Enrolled Nursing (Div 2) Future Roles and aims to provide a platform for discussion about workforce development, policy and skills development practice and the impact of the new national nursing qualifications on workplace role redesign. 

For more information or to register click here

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FREE EMPLOYABILITY RESOURCES NOW AVAILABLE

A set of free resources on employability skills is now available to the VET sector at the following temporary website: www.employabilityskillsresources.com

The resources include:

  • six professional development resources
  • three pamphlets, one for learners, one for employers and one for RTOs 
  • nine articles with an accompanying PowerPoint presentation. 

These resources are products of a project conducted by the National Quality Council from late 2006 - early 2008 on employability skills. 

The project also involved the development and initiation of a communication strategy, which resulted in the development of the articles and pamphlets. 

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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' RETREAT and BOARD MEETING 
DATES: Retreat - 16-17 April 2008, Board Meeting - 18 April 2008
LOCATION: Canberra 
DETAILS: For more information please contact the TDA Secretariat


AUSTRALIAN COLLEGE OF EDUCATORS NATIONAL CONFERENCE (ACE)
DATE: 13 - 15 April 2008
LOCATION: Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart 
DETAILS: www.austcolled.com.au. To view the flyer click here.


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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