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Newsletter: 16 June 2008


TERTIARY REFORM FOCUS TO NATIONAL HIGHER EDUCATION REVIEW

The Discussion Paper outlining reform to the Higher Education sector places strong focus on pathways and likely review of the wider tertiary (TAFE/VET) sector.

Emeritus Professor Denise Bradley AC, Chair of the Government's expert panel on the Review of Australian Higher Education has now released the Review of Australian Higher Education Discussion Paper. The review was announced by Ms Gillard on 13 March 2008. 

The discussion paper provides an opportunity for stakeholders from all sectors to comment on the role of higher education and how it can best meet the future needs of the community and economy.

Submissions close 31 July 2008. TDA will be seeking input from Members, for a formal submission. To read the discussion paper, click here

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DEPUTY PM UPDATE ON $11B EDUCATION INVESTMENT FUND

The Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon. Julia Gillard MP, has met Australia's Vice Chancellors, to confirm the first round of the original $6B HE Endowment Fund would proceed.

A consultation is expected on the rules and guidelines for TAFE Institutes, under the Budget 2008 expanded $11B Education Investment Fund. 

For detail on the Deputy PM's media statement last week, which discusses the new Education Investment Fund (EIF) and the first round of funding focusing on the universities, click here.

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REMINDER - VET FEE HELP - INFORMATION SESSIONS FOR TAFE INSTITUTES

Following sessions in four capital cities, TDA is hosting DEEWR information sessions on VET FEE HELP. Today a full-day session is scheduled in Sydney, at The Mercure Hotel, Broadway, and further sessions are planned next Friday in Brisbane, and later in Adelaide.

For more information, click here.

For registration form, click here.

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VET SECTOR ENCOURAGE STUDY ABROAD AND MOBILITY




To support the rapid increase in TAFE international enrolments, a successful national forum on study abroad and outbound mobility (OM) was held last week in Brisbane. The National VET Outbound Mobility Roundtable brought together people from across the VET sector and related industries to share information and consider strategies to encourage greater mobility of VET students.

The program included an overview of outward mobility and the national context, presentations on the findings of the five VET sector OM pilot projects, funded by AEI in 2007 and the roundtable. TAFE Directors Australia would like to congratulate the four TAFE institutes who took part in the pilot projects. 

In the coming weeks TDA will release its position paper on mobility in the sector and priorities for future action. 

To read the press release, click here.

For full details on the program, click here. For more information, contact Rebecca Biazos rebeccabiazos@bigpond.com

Pilot program recipients, from left: Lynne Warner, Gordon Institute of TAFE, Mark Oliver, Sunshine Coast Institute of TAFE, Rob Parsonson Edex Education Services, Karen Tambree, West Coast TAFE, Dianne Seath Sydney Institute.

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THE ROLE OF VET IN SUSTAINABLE REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT

A new report, 'The double helix of vocational education and training and regional development', released week by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) has found VET has a role to play in sustainable regional development. 

It concludes that a closer relationship between VET providers and regional development agencies could help strengthen local growth.

It includes five regional case studies which examine how well VET is tailoring supply to skill needs, how VET has become more flexible to obtain a better match between demand and supply, and whether partnerships have been linked to whole-of-government frameworks in ways which support sustainable regional development. 

To read the report, click here.

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INDIGENOUS JOB SEEKERS STEP INTO THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY

The Minister for Employment Participation, the Hon Brendan O'Connor MP announced 10 June a $190k Australian Government grant for a project that will provide hospitality training and work experience for up to 20 Indigenous jobseekers in Cairns.

"This project will give participants the right skills and training to help them secure a job in this sector," Mr O'Connor said.

The project is funded under the Structured Training and Employment Projects Employment and Related Services (STEP ERS) program and will involve IPA Personnel Cairns providing pre-employment training, job placements and mentoring support for participants.

Mr O'Connor said the STEP ERS program was one of the Government's Indigenous Employment Programs which aimed to provide Indigenous Australians with the skills needed to find and keep a job.

To read Minister O'Connor's media release, click here.

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BUILDING THE TERRITORY'S WORKFORCE

Northern Territory Chief Minister the Hon Paul Henderson MP announced 12 June that more than 9000 Territorians had started an apprenticeship or traineeship in the last three years as part of the Government's campaign to build the Territory's workforce.

"The Territory has the fastest growing economy in the country, and one of the biggest challenges for businesses is finding skilled staff to take advantage of the opportunities on offer," Mr Henderson said.

Since 2005, 9120 Territorians have started an apprenticeship or traineeship, with the most popular fields including carpentry, plumbing, hospitality, children's services and automotive mechanical and engineering.

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

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EDUCATION AND TRAINING A PRIORITY IN THE TASMANIAN BUDGET

The Tasmanian Government has invested a record $1.06 billion in the Tasmanian education and training sector. 

The 2008-09 Education Budget includes $7.2 million to continue the Government's drive to improve skill levels of Tasmanians, including the establishment of the Connect to Work initiative and the provision of 2000 new training places.

To read the Premier's media release, click here.

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EMPLOYMENT VACANCY: DIRECTOR, EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

TAFE SA is recruiting a new senior executive in the role of Director, Educational Programs and Services - SAES Level 1. 

Duties include: leading the provision of vocational education and training across the Institute, to ensure program delivery, meet the needs of learners, industry and business requirements; advancing the economic development and social well-being of the Institute by delivering cost effective education and training services; improving access to vocational education and training through a variety of delivery options and partnerships.

Job and Person Specification available at: www.locher.com.au

For enquiries and more information, please contact Stephen Conway, Executive Director, TAFE SA Adelaide South, Telephone (08) 8207 5035, email Conway.Stephen@saugov.sa.gov.au

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DIARY DATES

AUSTRALIAN COUNCIL OF INDEPENDENT COLLEGES
Annual Conference

 
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.

SKILLS DMC
National Skills Development Conference
DATE: 15 August 2008
LOCATION: Telstra Dome, Melbourne
DETAILS: For more information and to register click here.

AUSTRALIAN COUNCIL FOR PRIVATE EDUCATION AND TRAINING
2008 ACPET National Conference
DATE: 20 August 2008
LOCATION: Four Seasons Hotel, George Street, Sydney
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 and Early Bird registration, 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.