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Newsletter: 28 April 2008


AUSTRALIAN PARENTS - SUPPORT FOR SCHOOL-AGED APPRENTICESHIPS

New research shows almost two-thirds of Australian parents would like to see their teenage school-aged children start an apprenticeship while still at school. 

The Department of Employment, Education and Workplace Relations released the research at the Future Directions for Youth Engagement in Schools and Skills National Forum - an initiative of TAFE Directors Australia and the Australia College of Educators, and sponsored by the Australian Government. 

DEEWR is implementing the incoming Government's $2.5B Trade Training Centres in Schools - with first round applications due in May 2008. 

Rebecca Cross, a Group Manager with DEEWR, released the research, pointing to an upswing in interest in apprenticeships, with 54% of parents in government schools supporting VET in Schools, compared with 41% in 2003. 

Rebecca Cross also highlighted efforts to support TAFE and schools in collaborating across regional areas, and discussed the strategy designed to lift participation from Cert II to Cert III courses.

To see Rebecca Cross' full presentation click here.

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FUTURE DIRECTIONS IN VOCATIONAL SKILLS FOR YOUTH NATIONAL FORUM & WORKSHOP

More than 120 participants met at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Hobart on Wednesday 16 April 2008 to discuss measures to improve the engagement of youth in vocational skills.

The Future Directions in Vocational Skills for Youth National Forum & Workshop was a joint initiative of TAFE Directors Australia and the Australian College of Educators. 

Emeritus Professor Denise Bradley welcomed participants to the Forum. The Minister for Employment Participation, the Hon Brendan O'Connor, MP gave the Ministerial Address, and other keynote speakers included Rebecca Cross, Group Manager DEEWR, Malcolm White, CEO, TAFE Tasmania.

In their evaluation of the forum over 95% of participants 'strongly agreed' or 'agreed' that the forum met their objectives; that the quality of the sessions was extremely high and that the speakers were informative and engaging.

A report on the key themes to emerge from presentations and participant discussions will be published shortly.

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NEW RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT ON THE VET SECTOR

Food, Hospitality and Personal Services were the standout growth areas in international VET student enrolments over the past year, according to new research from Australian Education International.

The AEI 'Fields of Education in the VET sector' report provides new data looking at international student enrolments from 2005-2008. The largest share of enrolments was in Hospitality Management where there has been a three-fold increase in the period. 

To see the report click here

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OECD OFFICIALS BENCHMARK - TDA ROLE FOR VET PROVIDERS

A team of officials from the OECD visited Sydney last week as part of an Australia-wide visit to determine the international competitiveness of the Australian VET sector.

The OECD benchmark mission was funded by the incoming Australian Government, to analyse VET key performance measures across the public and private system, and may form part of the annual Education at a Glance report.

TAFE Directors Australia was invited to host the Australian Provide Forum, and was one of a number of industry bodies and institutions that provided feedback and data to the OECD panel.

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SCHOLARSHIPS FOR AGRICULTURAL STUDIES ON OFFER

The Australian Council of Agricultural Societies with funding from Coca-Cola Amatil has on offer a total of 34 scholarships each of $2,000 to be allocated annually for a period of five years. They are to support students studying agriculturally related subjects and are distributed on a state-by-state basis.

The applications for Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, West Australia and the Northern Territory close 30 June 2008.

The scholarships are available for Certificate 2 courses and above with an emphasis on practical subjects that develop new skills that can be taken back to local communities. 

Further details about the scholarships are available here.

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NATIONAL MENTAL HEALTH AND DISABILITY CONSULTATION SESSIONS 

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. 

There is still the chance for organisations to send representatives.

To see the remaining consultation sessions click here.

For information, contact Lori Catelli on 02 6121 5527 or email.

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ISC NURSING FORUM 

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

The 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. 

For more information, click here.

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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


AUSTRALIAN INFORMATION INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION
iAwards: Australia's ICT Industry Awards
DATE: 28 May 2008
LOCATION: The Palladium, Crown casino, Melbourne
DETAILS: For further information visit: www.aiia.com.au/pages/iawards.aspx
LOCATION: 28 May 2008
DETAILS: For further information visit: www.aiia.com.au/pages/iawards.aspx


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 

DATE: 5 - 6 May 2008
LOCATION: For dates click here.
DETAILS: For more information click here.

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