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Newsletter: 15 April 2008


YOUTH ENGAGEMENT NATIONAL FORUM - ISSUES PAPERS RELEASED

A series of major overhauls to VET in schools has been signalled by expert speakers, scheduled to address this week's Youth Engagement in Skills National Forum. TDA and the Australian College of Educators initiated the National Forum - due in Hobart on Wednesday 16th April. The event is to be opened by Employment Participation Minister, the Hon. Brendan O'Connor MP, and sponsored by the Department of Employment, Education and Workplace development.

Speakers' papers can be viewed here

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ACCOUNTING BODIES TO OUTSOURCE MIGRANT BUSINESS EDUCATION 

Australia's three professional accounting bodies are seeking expressions of interest from training providers to deliver business skills and language courses to applicants under the General Skilled Migration program.

The professional bodies - CPA Australia, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and the National Institute of Accountants - have agreed that the program would be best delivered by existing educational institutions.

The move follows the establishment by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship of a professional year in which applicants in high demand occupations such as accounting can enhance their English language and business communication skills. Further information can be obtained from applications@smipa.org.au


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SOUTHBANK INSTITUTE OF TAFE BECOMES A STATUTORY AUTHORITY   

Southbank Institute of Technology has become the first statutory institute in Queensland's TAFE network.

Education and Training Minister, Rod Welford said the transition would allow the institute to respond better to local industry and community needs as a result of greater autonomy and business acumen.

An expertise-based governing board will replace the existing advisory council. Final details of the Board will be announced soon. 

To see Education and Training Minister Rod Welford's announcement, click here. For Institute Director and CEO, Craig Sherrin's statement, click here.

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AVETRA CONFERENCE ATTRACTS LEADING VET SPEAKERS 

The 11th Annual AVETRA research conference was held in Adelaide 3-4 April. The conference attracted more than 250 researchers, VET teachers and research practitioners. 

Highlights were keynote speeches by Professor Thomas Dessinger, University of Constanz; and Professors Terri Seddon and Margaret Sommerville from Monash University. 

The theme, VET In Context, enabled participants to explore opportunities for the future as well as report on the latest developments in research. The conference enjoyed strong support from NCVER, DWERR and the South Australian Department of Further Education and Employment and Training.

The full program and conference papers will be available at the AVETRA website.

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OPENINGS FOR VET TEACHERS IN UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

DET International - the international project arm of the NSW Department of Education and Training - is managing a high-profile project to establish and operate the Abu Dhabi Vocational Education and Training Institute (ADVETI) in the United Arab Emirates. 

Over 40 TAFE expatriate teachers are currently employed by the Institute in Abu Dhabi, and additional teaching staff is required to meet the expansion of the Institute for its second year of operation, commencing September 2008. DET International is now seeking expressions of interest from TAFE teachers Australia wide. Interviews commence 12 May. 

For details see the website or click on links for Recruitment Information, Remuneration, ADVETI Staff Handbook and an Expression of Interest form. Completed application form and current CV should be sent by 28 April to: ADVETIrecruitment@det.nsw.edu.au

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APPRENTICES TELL THEIR STORIES IN NEW RECRUITMENT CAMPAIGN

Group Training Australia has launched Pathways to Success - a campaign to better inform school leavers and others about the benefits of an apprenticeship through a series of audio and video interviews with apprentices, trainees and employers.

The materials will be distributed to students, career advisers, local community partnerships, Industry Skills Councils and employers.

Click here for a media release from GTA CEO, Jim Barron. 
Click here to access the audio and video materials.

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TRADE TRAINING CENTRES IN SCHOOLS WEBSITE ESTABLISHED

The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) has established a website for the Trade Training Centres in Schools Program.

The program will provide $2.5 billion over 10 years to enable all secondary schools to apply for funding of between $0.5 million and $1.5 million for a Trade Training Centre. It allows schools to establish new facilities or join with existing training providers including RTOs, Australian Technical Colleges and industry skills centres.

The website includes application forms and program guidelines. Click here.

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ISC NURSING FORUM

The Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council (CS & HISC) is holding the first of a series of Nursing Forums, on 26 June, at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. 

The Workforce Development: Enrolled Nursing (Div 2) Future Roles Forum will be a critical opportunity to learn more about the 26 March COAG announcement of an additional 50,000 training places and the application to the aged care/nursing sector. 

This policy announcement will influence the implementation of the Enrolled/Division 2 Nursing qualifications (vocationally-trained nursing) in the HLT07 Health Training Package through providing the opportunity for funding for training. 

For more information, click here.

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SKILLED MIGRANTS BOOST WORKFORCE

A new NCVER report shows the number of skilled migrants has tripled over the past decade, now accounting for close to half of all migrants arriving in Australia. Migrants constitute 11% of employed people, but many skilled migrants experience difficulties in finding employment in their occupational field, representing a loss of the potential benefits they bring to a job.

To see the report, click here. To go to the website, click here

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AUSTRALIA PNG BUSINESS COUNCIL MEETING IN CAIRNS

TAFE institutes active in the Pacific region, with specific interest in Papua New Guinea may be interested in attending the 24th Australian Papua New Guinea Business Council meeting and forum in Cairns, 4-6 May.

The Forum theme is "Australia and Papua New Guinea: Business Partnership For Growth". The Forum is the major annual bilateral business meeting between Australia and PNG. 

Participants will have an unparalleled opportunity to learn about business opportunities in PNG, and to network with senior Australia and PNG based policy makers and senior businesspeople. For more information click here

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AUSLIST APPLICATIONS OPEN

AusLIST is now open for on-line application to CRICOS registered providers and will be open to non-CRICOS registered providers by mid-year.

Information on AusLIST and how to apply is posted on the website. For more information, contact Giancarlo Savaris, Director Transnational Education on (02) 62405096

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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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