Newsletter: 21 April 2008


    TAFE DET NSW EXECUTIVE APPOINTED TO SKILLS AUSTRALIA

    Marie Persson, the Deputy Director-General, TAFE and Community Education, NSW Department of Education and Training has been appointed a member of Skills Australia, the new Commonwealth statutory body to advise on workforce development and skills needs.

    The announcement was made by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, the Hon Julia Gillard MP.

    The new body is a key part of the Rudd Government's Skilling Australia for the Future policy, and comprises experts from the fields of economics, industry, academia, education and training. The group's first meeting will be in May. 

    To see the Minister's announcement, click here.

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    JOINT MINISTERIAL COMMITMENT TO VET REFORM 

    Commonwealth and State education and training ministers have reaffirmed a commitment to reform of the VET sector. The landmark meeting in Melbourne last week was the first under the Rudd Government and saw a renewed promise to bring greater flexibility and responsiveness to the national training system.

    The meeting of the Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs and the Ministerial Council for Vocational and Technical Education examined policy priorities across the learning spectrum, from early childhood to post school training. 

    To see the communiqué click here.


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    MINISTER RELEASES VET PERFORMANCE REPORT   

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, the Hon Julia Gillard MP has publicly released a report that examines progress by the VET sector in meeting national performance goals.

    The report - 'Skilling Australia's Workforce 2005-08' Mid-Term Review was commissioned by the former government to assess progress by the States in meeting the 2005 Skilling Australia's Workforce agreement that provided $5 billion over four years in Commonwealth VET funding.

    It was prepared by the Boston Consulting Group and sets out state-by-state performance measures as well as a series of recommendations on measures to promote efficiency and competition.

    To see the report click here.

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    INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION FORUM 2008 

    Australia's international education sector came together for three days in Melbourne at the 2008 Australian Education International (AEI) Industry Forum. The conference was opened with a keynote address from the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, the Hon Julia Gillard MP.

    The forum provided an opportunity for the education sector to engage with AEI's 15 counselors from across the globe. Counselors presented market specific information building on the statistics and data currently available to providers. 

    The see the Minister's remarks following the speech click here.

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    NEW FACES AT NSW TAFE COMMISSION BOARD

    The NSW Minister for Education and Training, the Hon John Della Bosca MP, has announced the appointment of the Hon Michael Lee as the new Chair of the NSW TAFE Commission Board, following the retirement of Ms Sandra Yates AO. 

    Mr. Lee is a former Australian Government Minister for Communications, Arts, Tourism and Resources, a former shadow Minister for Education, and a Councillor on Sydney City Council.

    Two additional members of the Board are former NSW Minister for Tourism, the Hon Sandra Nori MP, and businessman, Mr Robert Stone.

    To see the Minister's media release click here.

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    VET SECTOR BREAKFAST - MARKETING FOR INTERNATIONAL OUTCOMES AND COMMENTS

    TAFE Directors Australia played a leading role in the presentations as part of the VET sector breakfast held in Melbourne on 9 April. 

    TDA would like to thank all TAFE international representatives for their attendance and input on the day. The breakfast was an opportunity for two consortium teams to share interim findings and ideas as part of a wider program under the 'Australian VET Sector International Engagement Strategic Framework'.

    To see the presentation, 'Australian Vocational Education and Training International Engagement' click here.

    To see the VET International Business Skills project click here.

    For information on either program contact Rebecca Biazos

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    NATIONAL ICT CAREERS WEEK

    Organisations interested in participating in National ICT Careers Week (28 July to 2 August 2008) are encouraged to register their interest.

    The event is being organized across the industry under the theme, 'Start Here Go Anywhere'. It will promote ICT study and careers and will involve industry, government and academic institutions.

    For more information click here. To register your organisation's interest in taking part click here.

    Further information available from Michael Hedley at m.hedley@aiia.com.au

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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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    CORPORATE TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES IN ASEAN

    Members may be interested in a recent presentation from Austrade in Singapore, which provides an assessment of the market for corporate training in the ASEAN region. 

    Two upcoming conferences of interest are the HR Congress 5-6 May 2008 in Singapore and the Global HR Forum 4-6 November 2008 in Seoul.

    To see the Austrade report, including contact information, click here.

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    GUIDELINES ON MIGRANT BUSINESS EDUCATION

    Australia's 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.

    A fact sheet on the program has been issued to guide organisations interested in taking part.

    The 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 fact sheet can be seen here. Further information can be obtained from applications@smipa.org.au

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    DIARY DATES

    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


    WESTERN AUSTRALIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND TRAINING 
    'Training Forum 2008: Revolution or Evolution'
    DATE: 5 - 6 May 2008
    LOCATION: Burswood Entertainment Complex, Perth
    DETAILS: For further information visit: www.vetinfonet.det.wa.edu.au


    MANUFACTURING SKILLS AUSTRALIA
    Workplace Assessment workshops for NSW, Vic, SA, Tas, NT
    DATES: For dates click here
    DETAILS: For more information click here

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