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Newsletter: 26 May 2008


TAFE AUSTRALIA ALUMNI AMBASSADOR JAMIE DURIE AWARDED GOLD IN CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW

Jamie Durie, an inaugural ambassador in the 2007 TAFE Australia Alumni - launched at the TDA National Convention - has won Gold in this year's Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show. 

TAFE Directors Australia congratulates Jamie on this outstanding international achievement - another great career outcome from an ambassador for TAFE vocational education. 

Jamie Durie graduated from Northern Sydney Institute of TAFE NSW, after completing a Cert IV in Horticulture and Landscape at Ryde TAFE college. 

When explaining why he joined the TAFE Australia Alumni, Jamie paid tribute to the quality of his vocational education and Ryde TAFE, as well as the friends, teachers and students he met while studying.

To read Jamie Durie's message on TAFE, click here

To see Jamie Durie's media release on his Gold Medal at Chelsea, click here

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TAFE NSW WINS SHANGHAI EXPO TRAINING

NSW Premier the Hon Morris Iemma MP announced that TAFE NSW had signed a lucrative contract to develop training plans for the entire workforce of Shanghai World Expo 2010.

Mr Iemma said TAFE NSW would write the blueprint for training the Expo's workforce, which will include volunteers, professional staff and contractors.

"It's a great credit to the skills and experience of DET International and TAFE NSW to have won this major contract against strong international competition," he said. 

The Expo is the third largest event in the world after the Olympic Games and the World Cup and is expected to attract around 70 million people.

For more information, click here.

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TDA REPRESENTATIVE ON INDUSTRY SKILLS COUNCIL 

TDA continues to be represented on a wide variety of Industry Skills Council initiatives. RMIT has agreed to nominate TDA's representative on a Construction and Property Services Industry Skills Council project to develop Diploma/Advanced Diploma Qualifications in Fire Systems Design. 

For more information, click here.

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WA TRAINING REFORMS GET THE GREEN LIGHT FROM APPRENTICES

A new survey shows a significant rise in apprentice satisfaction after the West Australian State Government shortened several key trade courses. 

Education and Training Minister the Hon Mark McGowan MP last week released data from the 2007 TAFE WA Student Satisfaction Survey.

"Building and construction apprentices are extremely happy with how quickly they can finish their course, with the satisfaction level jumping from 63 .6 per cent in 2006 to 82.8 per cent in 2007," Mr McGowan said.

For more information, click here.

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AIG AND CAREERS ADVICE AUSTRALIA LAUNCH NEW CAREERS WEBSITE 

The Australian Industry Group and Careers Advice Australia are to officially launch a new website, CareersConnected, in Melbourne, 10 June 2008.

Targeted at young people, employers and careers advisers, CareersConnected is a comprehensive careers information source. It aims to establish connections between young people and industry to help build successful careers and enable industry to invest in skills for the future. A series of information sessions will be held to unveil the new service.

For more information, click here.

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INDIGENOUS EMPLOYMENT STRATEGY TO CREATE NEW APPRENTICESHIPS

New opportunities for Indigenous Australians to undertake apprenticeships and traineeships will flow from an Indigenous Employment Strategy unveiled by Australia's group training network.

The Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Julia Gillard MP, officially launched the Group Training Australia Indigenous Employment Strategy in Melbourne last week.

The apprenticeships will be in industries including construction, transport, clerical, administration and management. It is estimated that the strategy could lead to the creation of up to 300 additional Indigenous placements in the first year with approximately 180 in regional and remote areas.

To read the GTA media release, click here.

To see Minister Gillard's speech, click here.

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DEEWR SCHOLARSHIPS FOR CAREER ADVISERS 

The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) is offering scholarships for school, TAFE and university career advisers to help them gain skills, knowledge and experience through further study or industry placement.

Two types of scholarships are available. Industry Placement Scholarships provide $10k to the costs of a placement, and Study Scholarships provide $5k for tuition. The closing date is 11 July 2008.

For more information, click here.

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CHANGES TO THE MIGRATION OCCUPATIONS IN DEMAND LIST

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has undertaken a review of the Migration Occupations in Demand List (MODL) to reflect existing and emerging skills shortages. Twelve occupations have been added to the MODL, including three trade occupations: Binder and Finisher, Landscape Gardener and Tree Surgeon.

For more information, click here.

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DIARY DATES

SKILLS TASMANIA
Skills Tasmania Conference
DATE: 26-27 May 2008
LOCATION: Wrest Point Conference Centre, Hobart
DETAILS: For more information contact Jacqui Maclaine, 03 6233 3194 or email jacqui.maclaine@skills.tas.gov.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

 

THE AUSTRALIAN COUNCIL FOR EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH
Digital Education Revolution - Realising the possibilities, managing the realities symposia for NSW, QLD, SA, Vic, WA
DATE: For dates click here.
DETAILS: For more information click here.

 

AUSTRALIAN COUNCIL OF INDEPENDENT COLLEGES
Annual Conference
DATE: 27 June 2008
LOCATION: The Mercure, Sydney
DETAILS: For more information click here.

 

NCVER & TAFE TASMANIA
17th National Vocational Education and Training Research 'No Frills' Conference
DATE: 9-11 July 2008
LOCATION: University of Tasmania, Newham Campus, Launceston
DETAILS: For more information click here.

 

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

 

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