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Newsletter: 2 June 2008


INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SATISFACTION FOLLOW-UP SURVEY

More than two thirds of international VET who studied in Australia were in full time or part time work a year after completing their course, according to the 2007 Follow-up International Student Survey released by Australian Education International.

The survey found that 67% held a full time or part time job, 26% were doing further full time or part time study and not working, and 4% were unemployed and actively seeking a job. Over 75% of respondents noted their intention to seek permanent residency at some point in the future.

The earlier survey, released in 2007, identified education quality, richness of student experience and enhanced employment prospects as key reasons international students chose Australia.

To read the 2007 Follow-up International Student Survey, click here

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DEEWR INFORMATION SESSIONS ON VET FEE-HELP ARRANGEMENTS

The Department of Employment, Education and Workplace Relations has commissioned TDA to organise a series of information sessions for TAFE Institutes on the new VET FEE-HELP arrangements.

Any TAFE Institute contemplating seeking VET Approved Provider status for the purpose of students being able to obtain FEE-HELP loans should be represented at one of these sessions.

Sessions will be held in capital cities around Australia, starting in Canberra 3 June and ending in Adelaide 8 July.

For more information and to register, click here.

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INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE IN A JOINT TDA/ERTOA NETWORK 

TAFE Directors Australia (TDA) and the Enterprise Registered Training Organisations Association ERTOA have submitted a proposal to ReFraming the Future for a 2008 Network grant.

ERTOA is an association of mainly large companies where training is embedded in the organization. Its members include Westpac, ABC, Qantas, the ATO, Toyota and OneSteel 

This will be a hands on and practical project that will look in detail at how Enterprise RTOs and TAFE Institutes operate, their different operational models and, most importantly, the many similarities.

The outcomes of the project for TDA participants are anticipated to be greater awareness of the operations of enterprise RTOs, benchmarking of work practices and opportunities for future collaboration. Anthony Tyrrel from ERTOA and Pam Caven from TDA will manage the project.

Applications for TDA participants close on 6 June 2008. To apply, click here.

For further information please contact Pam Caven at pamcaven@bigpond.com

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ISC NURSING FORUM ON WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

The Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council is holding the first in a series of Nursing Forums on 26 June 2008 at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney.

The focus of the first Forum is Workforce Development and will be a critical opportunity to explore how the 26 March 2008 COAG initiative for additional training places and its application to the nursing sector will impact on the future workforce development. 

Speakers will provide reports of implementation challenges and successes, policy and skills development, and how the new qualifications are impacting on workplace role redesign.

For more information, click here.

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MATURE TRADIES ON THE ROAD TO A NEW CAREER PATH 

A pilot project in South Australia trialling a new career path for mature-aged tradespeople has reached a milestone with 45 participants graduating and some already starting new careers.

South Australia's Minister for Employment, Training and Further Education, the Hon Paul Caica says the Workforce Development Mature Age initiative was inspired by the age-old problem of tradies reaching their physical limits in continuing on with their original trade.

The pilot for the vocational education sector was jointly funded by the Industry Skills Boards and the State Government South Australia Works program, but now industry will be responsible for the ongoing program.

To read Minister Caica's media release, click here

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NEW APPRENTICE CARD THE KEY TO SAVINGS

More than 8,480 of Western Australia's 36,278 apprentices and trainees have signed up for a new loyalty card.

The Apprentice Edge card, launched 27 May by Education and Training Minister the Hon Mark McGowen, gives apprentices and trainees access to a range of discounted goods, services and attractions.

To read Minister McGowen's media release, click here.

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DIARY DATES

THE AUSTRALIAN COUNCIL FOR EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH
Digital Education Revolution - Realising the possibilities, managing the realities symposia for NSW, QLD, SA, Vic, WA

 
AUSTRALIAN COUNCIL OF INDEPENDENT COLLEGES
Annual Conference
DATE: For dates click here.
DETAILS: For more information click here.

 
DEPARTMENT OF FURTHER EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (DFEEST)
2008 Training Sector Forum - Better skills, brighter futures
DATE: 27 June 2008
LOCATION: The Mercure, Sydney
DETAILS: For more information click here.

 
ACIVC
2008 ACIVC Annual Conference
DATE: 26-27 June 2008
LOCATION: Hilton Adelaide, Victoria Square, Adelaide
DETAILS: For more information, click here.

NCVER & TAFE TASMANIA
17th National Vocational Education and Training Research 'No Frills' Conference
DATE: 27 June 2008
LOCATION: The Mercure, Sydney
DETAILS: For more information, click here.

MINISTRY FOR NATIONAL EDUCATION, REPUBLIC OF INDONESIA & TT-TVET EU-ASIA-LINK PROJECT PARTNERS
First World Congress on teacher education for TVET
DATE: 9-11 July 2008
LOCATION: University of Tasmania, Newham Campus, Launceston
DETAILS: For more information click here.

NCVER
Apprenticeships: Sustaining Australia's skills - NCVER Research Forum
DATE: 21-23 July 2008
LOCATION: Bandung, Indonesia
DETAILS: For more information, click here.

ACPET
2008 National Conference - Creating new futures: Challenges for today, strategies for tomorrow
DATE: 15 August 2008
LOCATION: Telstra Dome, Melbourne
DETAILS: For more information and to register, click here.

VETNETWORK
VETNetwork National Conference
DATE: 28-30 August 2008
LOCATION: Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart
DETAILS: For more information, click here.

COMMUNITY SERVICES AND HEALTH INDUSTRY SKILLS COUNCIL
Making a Difference Conference 2008
DATE: 1-3 October 2008
LOCATION: Sydney Convention Centre, Darling Harbour
DETAILS: For more information, click here.

GROUP TRAINING AUSTRALIA
2008 Group Training National Conference
DATE: 15-16 October 2008
LOCATION: Hilton Hotel, Adelaide
DETAILS: For more information and Early Bird registration, click here.

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DATE: 15-17 October 2008
LOCATION: Cairns, QLD
DETAILS: For more information, click here.