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Newsletter: 8 April 2008


GOVERNMENT RELEASES SKILLING AUSTRALIA PAPER

The government has launched the Skilling Australia discussion paper that outlines the delivery of 450,000 extra training places over the next four years. 

The announcement, led by Deputy Prime Minister the Hon Julia Gillard MP, outlined the new 'demand-driven' approach to counter to the skills shortage which includes consultation with business, a new Skills Australia advisory body, and targets to lift the number of qualified Australians. 

Also announced was the roll-out of contracts to Registered Training Organisations for the commencement of the first round of 20,000 new training places. 

To view the announcement click here. Submissions to comment on the Skilling Australia paper close 30 April 2008. 

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2020 SUMMIT - TAFE PARTICIPANTS 

Congratulations to TDA Chair and Institute Director of Gold Coast Institute of TAFE, Deb Daly, who has been chosen among several in the vocational education sector to be a part of the 2020 Summit's Productivity Agenda focused on education, skills, training, science and innovation. 

Also chosen was Deputy Director General, TAFE and Community Education, Marie Persson, along with Liz Harris, Managing Director of Challenger TAFE (WA). 

TDA invites members to contribute by sending ideas to the Secretariat by Friday 11 April titled 2020 Summit. TDA congratulates those selected to participate in the Summit and looks forward to hearing any idea suggestions from members. To view a media release from Challenger TAFE about Liz Harris' selection click here

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FUTURE DIRECTIONS IN VOCATIONAL SKILLS FOR YOUTH - Forum and Workshop   

A thought provoking paper from Geof Hawke, Senior Research Fellow, University of Technology Sydney will be one of many contributions to the Future Directions in Vocational Skills for Youth National Forum & Workshop at the Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart, 16 April 2008. An extract from the paper is below. 

During the course of this week TDA will upload a range of issues papers as pre-reading for forum participants on the TDA website - www.tda.edu.au

For further information contact Pam Caven, Director Stakeholder Engagement at pamcaven@bigpond.com. You can register for the Forum here

"It is important when thinking through issues such as this that we don't get swept up in the latest 'good idea' or 'best practice innovation' or subsumed by the prevailing ideology. Australia has experienced unprecedented change in its vocational education systems throughout the last two decades and, in far too many of those years, the changes have been introduced in haste to meet short-term goals and with little thought to Australia's needs…" (Extract from Meeting student needs for vocational learning: Some key issues by Geof Hawke)

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TDA AGM REMINDER - IBSA RECPTION FOLLOWING AGM 

The TAFE Directors Australia Annual General Meeting will be held 17 April, 3-5pm at the Sydney Institute of TAFE, Ultimo. 

Following the AGM, Innovation and Business Skills Australia will be hosting a reception in 'The Apprentice' Function Room. The reception will introduce IBSA's new qualifications in Organisational Learning and Capability Development, key features of the revised BSB07 Business Services Training Package.

Click here for an invitation to the event for TAFE Institutes. 

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SENATOR CARR ADDRESSES INDUSTRY LEADERS' DINNER

Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, the Hon Senator Kim Carr addressed the Geelong Manufacturing Council and Australian Industry Group's Annual Industry Leaders' Dinner in Geelong last week. 

Senator Carr outlined four reviews on industry that he has launched over the last two months and talked about the Enterprise Connect initiative aimed at lifting productivity across Australian industry. 

To view the Minister's speech click here

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DEEWR/EUROPEAN COMMISSION FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

The Department of Education, Employment and workplace Relations (DEEWR) in partnership with the European Commission has called for applications for the fifth round of EU/Australian Cooperation in Higher Education and VET projects. 

Applications are sought from consortiums of both Australian higher education and VET institutions to undertake mobility projects. The projects offer students the opportunity to study overseas and funding is also available for academics and administration staff to visit overseas institutions as a part of a project. 

Up to $500,000 per project is available. Applications close 6 June 2008. For more information click here

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TDA REPRESENTATIVES REQUIRED

A National Mental Health and Disability Employment Strategy is being developed as part of the Government's Australian Social Inclusion Agenda. The Strategy will address the barriers to employment for people with a disability. 

TDA has been asked to provide a representative at each of the twelve consultation sessions. The sessions will be held: 

14 April Melbourne 9.30-1.00, Telstra Dome 
15 April Hobart 9.30-1.00, Wrest Point Casino 
16 April, Geelong, 9.30-1.00, Geelong Convention Centre 
28 April Adelaide, 9.30-1.00 
29 April Perth, 9.30-1.00 
28 April Darwin, 1.00-4.30 
30 April Mackay, 9.30-1.00 
1 May Cairns, 1.00-4.30 
2 May Brisbane 10.30-2.00 
5 May Sydney 9.30-1.00 
6 May Canberra 10.30-2.00 
8 May Launceston 10.00-1.30 
NSW regional session to be confirmed. 

If you have experience in helping people with disability and mental illness into work and would like to represent TDA at the sessions, please forward you interest to the TDA Secretariat by 9 April. 

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REMINDER - INDUSTRY INTEGRATION OF E-LEARNING 2008

A reminder has been circulated that applications for the Industry Integration of E-learning 2008 are due Monday 14 April 2008. 

There are two categories of funding available and workforce development plans or business cases that demonstrate integration of e-learning are encouraged. 

For more information click here

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NEW QUALIFICATIONS FOR PEOPLE WORKING IN AUSTRALIA'S EXPORT EDUCATION INDUSTRY 

Innovation and Business Skills Australia has been working closely with the education export industry to develop specialist vocational qualifications in international education for individuals working in the industry. 

The new qualifications are a Vocational Graduate Certificate in International Education Services and a Vocational Graduate Diploma of International Education Services. Together the qualifications form a new specialisation in the revised BSB07 Business Services Training Package.

Click here for more information, or visit the IBSA website 

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YOUTH RESOURCES AND RESEARCH

The World Bank has completed a study that reviewed interventions to support young workers that have been put in place around the world. 

Visit the World Bank Social Protection website to access various reports. The first report in the list is project synthesis. 

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DIARY DATES

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


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 
DATES: AGM - 17 April 2008 3pm - 5pm
LOCATION:  Sydney Institute of TAFE - ULTIMO
DETAILS: For more information please contact the TDA Secretariat


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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