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Newsletter: 25 August 2008


$11B EDUCATION INVESTMENT FUND & 2008 MICK YOUNG ORATION

TAFE Meets Parliament: Skills Innovation 2020

Philip Clark AM, Chair, Higher Education Endowment Fund Advisory Board, has confirmed as a keynote speaker at the TAFE MEETS Parliament: Skills Innovation 2020 forum in Canberra. TDA had been active pre-Budget 2008 with its 'Australian e-TAFE' new technologies platform for capital investment focus for TAFE Institutes.

TDA will host the TAFE Meets Parliament: Skills Innovation 2020 forum, which will be held 16-17 September in Canberra. The forum is designed as both an engagement and a network opportunity for Australia's TAFE institute leaders and partners.

On the Tuesday evening of the two day event, Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Julia Gillard MP, will deliver the 2008 Mick Young Oration at a 10th Anniversary TDA Parliamentary Dinner (Old Parliament House, 6 for 7.00pm, Tues 16 September).

Peak bodies and VET stakeholders are invited to book a table. The event will raise funds to send two Mick Young Scholarship Trust students overseas to extend their study and undertake a work placement.

To book a seat or a table at the Parliamentary Dinner, click here.

For the forum program, click here.

To register for the forum, click here.

TAFE Meets Parliament: Skills Innovation 2020 Industry Partners:

MEGT Campus Review TVET Australia Australian Homestay Network Group Training Australia

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TAFE NSW CONTRIBUTES $196 BILLION OVER TWENTY YEARS TO STATE ECONOMY

TAFE NSW contributed an estimated $196B over 20 years to the State economy, according to data released by Deputy Director General of TAFE NSW, Marie Persson. The finding was contained in the TAFE NSW economic impact data released last week to the Institutes of Technology Polytechnics New Zealand, at their Annual Conference in Wellington, NZ.

Marie Persson also provided her own professional comments on current Australian VET reform discussions - for her speech, click here.

Marie will also be addressing a special TAFE MEETS PARLIAMENT Productivity Roundtable, (Day 1, Tues 16th Sept) at next month's TDA event in Canberra.

For the international TAFE officials' conference, a senior visiting Canadian Community College consultant will provide detail on how Canada tracks the sector's economic contribution to the community and the economy.

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TDA DEPUTY CHAIR & SWAN TAFE CEO PRESENTS AT NCVER FORUM

SWAN TAFE Managing Director and TDA Deputy Chair Wayne Collyer presented at the recent NCVER forum 'Apprenticeships: Sustaining Australia's skills base' in Melbourne. He outlined the 'Transforming Trade Training' project initiated by SWAN TAFE and funded by the Western Australian Department of Education and Training.

The NCVER forum brought together industry stakeholders from around the country to debate strategies on current apprenticeship issues impacting skills shortages.

To view an information sheet on Wayne's presentation click here.

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TRADES AND SKILLS TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARDS

The 2008 Trades and Skills Teacher of the Year Awards are open for nominations. A total of $5k will be awarded to the winners in eight categories including automotive, building and construction, electrical, hospitality/personal services, manufacturing, metals/engineering, mineral resources and rural/farming.

Winners will be presented at the Australian Training Awards in Darwin, 20 November 2008. To view the flyer for the awards click here.

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AUS TENDER NOTICE - NH&MRC INFORMATION TENDER

The National Health and Medical Research Council is seeking tender submissions from capable organisations to:

  • undertake a systematic review of the national and international literature from the year 2002, and a review of key literature between 1997 and 2002, on the food-diet-health-disease inter-relationship for different population subgroups;
  • undertake a systematic review of the national and international literature on food, dietary patterns, nutrition and environmental sustainability; and
  • assess and report on national and international peer reviewed food selection guides and national data on nutrient intakes.

The successful tenderer will be required to evaluate the literature for the quality, relevance and strength of evidence and produce a high quality report that is suitable to inform an update of the Dietary Guidelines.

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DECREASE IN TRADE VACANCIES

The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations has released the August 2008 Vacancy Report.

The report shows an overall decrease in vacancies of 1.7% for the month of August and decrease of 11.4% since August 2007. Vacancies also fell for the trades, down 2.3%.

To view the document click here.

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MINISTER O'CONNOR URGES BETTER WORKING RELATIONSHIPS TO HELP SKILLS CRISIS

Minister for Employment participation, the Hon Brendan O'Connor MP, spoke at the SkillsDMC National Conference themed 'Tomorrow's Workforce for Tomorrow's Workplace' last week.

He called for increased collaboration between the resources sector and education providers in working with government to address skills shortages.

To view the media release click here.

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ALLIED HEALTH FORUM

The Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council will hold the 'Supporting the Health Professions - The Next Wave of Workers' forum, 26 November 2008 at The Sebel, Albert Park in Melbourne.

This national event represents the first opportunity for health professionals, workforce policy makers, training providers and employers to meet and discuss new support worker roles across the community services and health industries.

For more information click here, or contact lisa.woodward@cshisc.com.au on

02 92706626. To download the registration form click here.

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WORKFORCE STOCKTAKING

Workforce Blueprint has issued information about its Skills StocktakeTM and Skills Recognition (RPL) Services. The services help organisations to understand the strengths and development gaps in their workforce. To view the information click here.

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DIARY DATES

TAFE MEETS PARLIAMENT: SKILLS INNOVATION 2020
TDA Leadership Forum
DATE: 6 September, Parliament House
17 September, Canberra Institute of Technology
DETAILS: For more information, 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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