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Newsletter: 11 August 2008


SKILLS INNOVATION 2020 FORUM AND TDA 10TH ANNIVERSARY DINNER

"TAFE MEETS PARLIAMENT: Skills Innovation 2020" will be staged over two days, beginning in Parliament House, Tuesday 16 September, and at Canberra Institute of Technology, Wednesday 17 September 2008. The leadership forum is designed as both an engagement and a network opportunity for Australia's TAFE institute leaders and their partners.

Confirmed speakers for Skills Innovation 2020 include:

  • Philip Bullock, Chair Skills Australia
  • Gary Banks, CEO Productivity Commission
  • Dr Michael Keating, Member, Skills Australia
  • Jim Davidson, Deputy Secretary DEEWR
  • Geoff Hall, Principal and CEO New College Nottingham, UK
  • Philip Clark AM, Chair Higher Education Endowment Fund Advisory Board
  • Dr Leesa Wheelahan, Senior Lecturer, Griffith University
  • Pam Christie, Institute Director TAFE NSW - Sydney Institute
  • Marie Persson, Deputy Director General, TAFE & Community Education, NSW

The forum coincides with the celebration of TDA's 10th anniversary with a Parliamentary Dinner being held for TAFE and VET sector stakeholders, Tuesday 16 September at Old Parliament House. Deputy Prime Minister the Hon Julia Gillard MP will deliver the 2008 Mick Young Oration during the dinner, outlining her vision on social inclusion and skills.

  • To register your attendance, click here to download a pdf form, or click here to register online.
  • To view the conference program, click here.

Peak bodies and VET stakeholders are invited to book a table at $3,000 per table. The proceeds will support two Mick Young Scholarships for TAFE students to undertake international study and work placement in 2009.

  • To make a table booking: Click here to download a pdf form, or click here to book online.

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TDA SUBMISSION TO HIGHER EDUCATION REVIEW

TDA has made a submission to the Higher Education Review - commissioned by the Department or Education, Employment and Workplace Relations and conducted by Erebus International.

The submission outlines past experiences and ideas for the future direction of TAFE and comments upon the issues raised by the Review's discussion paper and terms of reference.

To read the submission, click here.

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AUSTRALIAN LEADERSHIP AWARDS FELLOWSHIPS - APPLICATIONS OPEN

Applications are open for Round 5 of the Australian Leadership Awards Fellowship. The Fellowships are a component of a regional program that aims to develop leadership and build partnerships with the Asia-Pacific.

The Fellowships are for short term study, research and professional attachment programs in Australia delivered by Australian organisations. They represent an opportunity for TAFE institutes to broaden their engagement with counterpart Ministries and colleges with a focus on vocational education and skills.

For more information, click here.

If you would like to discuss a possible joint or collaborative project please contact Rebecca Biazos Director International Engagement by email or 0407 550 180.

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TDA SEEKING REPRESENTATIVE FOR ISC STEERING COMMITTEE

TDA is seeking a TAFE representative to participate in the Construction and Property Services Industry Skills Council (CPSISC) Steering Committee.

CPSISC is due to review and redevelop PRM04 Asset Maintenance Training Package. The sectors are cleaning operations, carpet cleaning, portable fire equipment servicing, fire safety systems inspection, pest management and waste management. They will be submitted for endorsement as extensions to CPP07 Property Services Training Package.

The first meeting for the Steering Committee will be held 20 August in Sydney. For more information contact Pam Caven, TDA Director Stakeholder Engagement 02 6205 4600, or email.

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IS VET VOCATIONAL?

A new paper released by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) examines the issue of how VET is actually used in the labour market, in particular the match between what people study and the jobs they get.

The study has three main proposals: the role that the VET system plays in addressing the needs of the labour market; that those developing training packages need to be aware that many graduates will not work in their anticipated occupation, and; that VET students need to be realistic about the likely occupation that a particular course will lead to.

To access the paper, click here.

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QUEENSLAND TRAINING AWARDS FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

Queensland's best employers, apprentices, trainees, vocational students and training providers are a step closer to state-wide success after being named as finalists in the 2008 Queensland Training Awards.

Education and Training Minister the Hon Rod Welford MP said 48 finalists were contesting 11 categories that recognise achievements in training and initiatives that are building Queensland's workforce with world-class skills.

To see the list of finalists, click here.

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NEW TRAINING BLOG AVAILABLE

Commonwealth, state and territory governments have introduced a new online training blog to make information about training more relevant and accessible.

There are three key features: a national register of training providers and products; a database of current training package content; and the ability to produce customised reports for different user groups.

To access the blog, click here.

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ISC FORUM: SUPPORTING THE HEALTH WORKERS - THE NEXT WAVE OF WORKERS

The Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council (CSHISC) will hold a national forum 26 November in Melbourne to provide an opportunity for Health Professionals, Workforce Policy Makers and Employers to meet and discuss new support worker roles across the Community Services and Health Industries.

For information about forum topics, click here. To access the registration form, click here.

For more information, please contact Lisa Woodwood on (02) 9270 6626 or click here to email.

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DIARY DATES

TAFE MEETS PARLIAMENT: SKILLS INNOVATION 2020
TDA Leadership Forum
DATE: 16 September, Parliament House
17 September, Canberra Institute of Technology
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.

AGRI-FOOD INDUSTRY SKILLS COUNCIL
Agri-food National Conference
DATE: 25-26 September 2008
LOCATION: Rydges Melbourne, 186 Exhibition St, Melbourne
DETAILS: For more information, click here.

AUSTRALIAN COLLABORATIVE EDUCATION NETWORK
2008 WACE Asia Pacific Conference
DATE: 30 September - 3 October 2008
LOCATION: Manly, Sydney
DETAILS: For more information, click here.

AUSTAFE
2008 AUSTAFE Conference: Forging Dynamic Futures
DATE: 1-3 October 2008
LOCATION: Regency TAFE, Adelaide
DETAILS: For more information, click here.

VETNETWORK
VETNetwork National Conference
DATE: 1-3 October 2008
LOCATION: Sydney Convention Centre, Darling Harbour
DETAILS: For more information, 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: Early Bird Registrations close July 18. For more information, click here.

DEPARTMENT OF FURTHER EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
5th Biennial Australian Learning Communities Network Conference
DATE: 25-28 October 2008
LOCATION: Hyatt Regency, Adelaide
DETAILS: For more information, email Sharon Smith.

MANUFACTURING SKILLS AUSTRALIA
Manufacturing - Skilling for the Future
DATE: 29 October 2008
LOCATION: Dockside (Balcony 1), Cockle Bay Wharf, Darling Harbour, Sydney
DETAILS: For more information, click here.

ADULT LEARNING AUSTRALIA
48TH Annual National Conference
DATE: 30 October - 1 November 2008
LOCATION: The Esplanade Hotel
DETAILS: For more information, click here.

REFRAMING THE FUTURE
Engaging VET Practitioners
DATE: 17-18 November 2008
LOCATION: Crown Promenade, Melbourne
DETAILS: For more information, click here.

COMMUNITY SERVICES & HEALTH INDUSTRY COUNCIL
Supporting the Health Profession - The next wave of workers
DATE: 26 November 2008
LOCATION: The Sebel, Albert Park, Melbourne
DETAILS: For more information, click here.

THE ASSOCIATION FOR ACTIVE EDUCATIONAL RESEARCHERS (AARE)
AARE 2008 International Education Conference
DATE: 30 November - 4 December 2008
LOCATION: Brisbane
DETAILS: For more information, click here.

PRINCIPLE MEDIA LTD
Learning Technologies Conference
DATE: 28-29 January 2009
LOCATION: London, UK
DETAILS: For more information, click here.

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