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Newsletter: 30 June 2008


TAFE BRIEFING WITH HIGHER EDUCATION REVIEW PANEL

The Higher Education Review Panel provided an initial consultation in Victoria, designed especially to open questions on tertiary dual sector, and articulation challenges facing TAFE students, and issues facing the National Inquiry.

Emeritus Professor Denise Bradley, and the Higher Education Review Panel, hosted TAFE Directors Australia at a one-hour consultation in Melbourne, 24 June. The formal consultation with TDA will be held 24 July in Canberra.

The consultation in Melbourne was also assisted with attendance from David Williams, CEO of the Victorian TAFE Association. Issues covered included:

- Co-location challenges of regional universities and TAFE, and co-existence for TAFE
- Extension of TAFE qualifications to degrees 
- Status of the VET system under state and territory funding and control, with universities operating under a Federal governance structure
- Impact of skills migration to skill needs, and preferred tertiary platforms required for multicultural and wider adult learning needs / qualifications
- Planning in TAFE Institutes for changing economic and social population profiles.

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THE GREENING OF SKILLS: A STUDY ON THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF CLIMATE CHANGE

A new report, Growing the Green Collar Economy, identifies the employment impact of action to cut greenhouse gas emissions in Australia and examines skills, training and workforce implications. It suggests that Australia can take strong action to tackle climate change and create millions of new job opportunities.

Released by the Dusseldorp Skills Forum (DSF) and the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF), the economic analysis by CSIRO identifies those sectors where employment will shift in a low carbon economy.

Ms Oona Nielssen, Executive Director of DSF, said, "Climate change is both our greatest economic risk and, ironically, a great economic opportunity. But only if the Australian workforce is properly skilled and resourced to underpin truly sustainable industries and workplaces."

To read the media release, click here.

For a full copy of the report click here.

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NATIONAL TRAINING SYSTEM'S E-LEARNING PRIORITIES EMERGE

Six e-learning priorities have emerged across the states and territories as the national training system takes an innovative approach to the training needs of Australian businesses and workers. 

The national training system's e-learning strategy, the Australian Flexible Learning Framework has awarded $5.3m in E-learning Innovations funding to support more than 90 registered training organisations to deliver innovative e-learning solutions for the VET system. 

In total, 147 projects have been funded, of which 86 are led by TAFE and 37 by private providers. The remaining 24 projects are across the adult and community education, enterprise, university and VET in schools sectors. 

For more information, click here

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CALL FOR TDA PARTICIANT IN MISSION TO LATIN AMERICA

TAFE Directors Australia is now a member of the Council on Australia Latin America Relations (COALAR), Education Advisory Group. As a member of the EAG it has been invited to nominate a representative from its member base to take part in a delegation to Latin America, 28 September - 3 October. The delegation will be led by Margaret Gardiner, as chair of COALAR EAG. 

This is not a funded project so nominating institutes will need to fund their own involvement. Nominations should reach the TDA secretariat by 4 July 2008. 

To see the proposed schedule, click here.

To see the flyer, click here.

For more information contact Rebecca Biazos, Director International Engagement 0407 550 180 or email.

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NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR 2008 TRADE AND SKILLS TEACHERS AWARDS

The Institute for Trade Skills Excellence has opened nominations for the 2008 Trade and Skills Teacher of the Year award. 

Awards are for outstanding trade teachers in the areas of automotive, building and construction, electrical, hospitality and personal services, manufacturing, metals and engineering, mineral resources, and rural and farming. Within these industries there are also a number of subcategories, with prizes of over $5k to be awarded in each subcategory.

For more information, click here.

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LEADERSHIP NETWORK WORKSHOP - TDA AND ERTOA 

A Reframing the Future network has been established between TAFE Institute executives and Enterprise Training (EROTOA).

Pam Caven, convener for TAFE Directors Australia, reports the meeting was stimulating and exciting, with a presentation by Professor Geoffrey Scott, Pro Vice Chancellor (Quality), University of Western Sydney. 

For a report on the workshop, click here.

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ENGAGING VET PRACTITIONERS: AUGUST 2008 FORUMS 

A series of forums will help training providers to tailoring their training to fit their workforce development needs.

The Reframing the Future: Engaging VET Practitioners Forums are to be held in Perth, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane and Hobart during August.

The objective is to facilitate knowledge generation and sharing among participants about responding to a current issue or trend in Australian vocational education and training. 

For more information, click here

For enquiries, email Marion Sandley or telephone (08) 8207 9624

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DIARY DATES

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.

 

MINISTRY FOR NATIONAL EDUCATION, REPUBLIC OF INDONESIA & TT-TVET EU-ASIA-LINK PROJECT PARTNERS
First World Congress on teacher education for TVET
DATE: 21-23 July 2008
LOCATION: Bandung, Indonesia
DETAILS: For more information click here.

 

NCVER
Apprenticeships: Sustaining Australia's skills - NCVER Research Forum
DATE: 15 August 2008
LOCATION: Telstra Dome, Melbourne
DETAILS: For more information and to register click here.

 

SKILLS DMC
National Skills Development 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: 1-3 October 2008
LOCATION: Sydney Convention Centre, Darling Harbour
DETAILS: For more information and Early Bird registration, click here.

 

COMMUNITY SERVICES AND HEALTH INDUSTRY SKILLS COUNCIL
Making a Difference Conference 2008
DATE: 15-16 October 2008
LOCATION: Hilton Hotel, Adelaide
DETAILS: For more information and Early Bird registration, click here.

 

GROUP TRAINING AUSTRALIA
2008 Group Training National Conference
DATE: 15-17 October 2008
LOCATION: Cairns QLD
DETAILS: For more information click here.

 

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