TAFE Directors Australia

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Newsletter: 8 October 2008

Australian education exhibitors popular at Chilean Expo

Chilean students eagerly visited Australian TAFE and universities stands at the Australian Education Expo in Santiago, held 27-28 September. View picture gallery.


Australian TDA Institutes collected details from 15,000 students for a potential 400 Chilean scholarships available in 2009 in subject areas yet to be defined.


TDA member Institutes on-site in Santiago included:

  • Southbank Institute of Technology
  • Gold Coast Institute of TAFE
  • Holmesglen Institute of TAFE
  • Box Hill Institute of TAFE
  • William Angliss Institute of TAFE
  • RMIT Victoria
  • Canberra Institute of Technology

Scholarship offers are due to be released online from 31 October. Expressions of interest for TDA member institute participation closed last week, with a Student Agreement proceeding between TDA and the Chile Bicentennial Commission. A signing and official launch of the Scholarships is expected in Santiago late October 2008.

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Communiqué available - TAFE Meets Parliament: Skills Innovation 2020

The TAFE Meets Parliament: Skills Innovation 2020 forum Communiqué is now available.

The Communiqué summarises the highlights of the forum and the issues discussed by presenters and delegates.

TDA has received evaluations from delegates who attended the forum. All respondents said the program met or exceeded their expectations.

Some delegates suggested that TDA provide a position on current key issues affecting TAFE to aid in lobbying key stakeholders. TDA has taken this feedback on-board and the forum Communiqué and subsequent Occasional Paper will start the process of articulating TDA's position on the issues discussed at the forum.

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Global Themes in VET - Publication launch

TAFE Directors Australia launched in September its second 2008 Occasional Paper focusing on the observations from the TDA delegation to USA and Canada.

A total of 10 TAFE participants from across the country took part in key bilateral forums in the USA and Canada. The participants also attended and presented to the Association of Canadian Community Colleges annual conference.

With contributions from the TDA participants and our partners in the USA and Canada, the paper highlights issues and opportunities aligned to key themes in VET - including leadership, governance, rural and remote delivery, sustainability, mobility, research and innovation and marketing VET.

To download a copy of the paper click here, for a hard copy, send your request to memberservices@tda.edu.au.

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National Early Childhood Roundtable

TDA is calling for nominations for a member to represent TDA at the National Early Childhood Stakeholder Roundtable, Thursday 16 October in Canberra.

According to the invitation:

'The National Roundtable will provide information to participants on the COAG, Ministerial Council on Employment, Education Training and Youth Affairs (MCEETYA) and Early Childhood satellite meetings and outline progress to date on Universal Access and the Early Learning and Care Centres.

Participants will have an opportunity to:

  • contribute to discussions on issues associated with Universal Access and the Early Learning and Care Centres; and
  • identify key issues for discussion at jurisdictional level roundtables'

To nominate for the position please contact Pam Caven, TDA Director, Stakeholder Engagement pamcaven@bigpond.com by 9 October.

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Request for participants in short survey - Construction and Property ISC

Construction and Property Services Industry Skills Council (CPSISC) has been funded by DEEWR's Workplace English Language and Literacy (WELL) program to develop a 'literacy and numeracy strategy' with the industry sectors it represents.

The strategy will identify ways that CPSISC can support employers and training organisations to build workforce literacy and numeracy capacity.

CPSISC have created a short survey to ensure that the strategy is targeted to real workforce needs and priorities. To complete the survey:

If you are a training organisation, please click here.
If you are an employer or industry association, please click here.

Please complete the survey before 16 September. If you would like further information or have any questions please contact Kristen Sydney on 02 6253 0002, or email the consultant Jana Scomazzon jana@ltg.net.au.

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Insights from strategic and change management projects in RTOs

Reframing the Future has produced a new publication that provides snapshots of eleven of the thirty Reframing the Future strategic and change management projects undertaken in 2007.

The projects took place in a range of public, private, community and enterprise providers from around Australia. The author, Dr Peter Smith, is a recently retired senior academic and experienced researcher with a long standing understanding of VET organisations.

For more information contact Suzy McKenna, National Project Director, Reframing the Future on 08 8207 9688, Suzy.McKenna@tafesa.edu.au or download the PDF from www.reframingthefuture.net.

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Global Learning forum - Registrations open

The Institute of Learning and Development Professionals (IDLP) is convening a Global Forum themed 'Educating for Excellence - the Learning Services Provider holds the Key' at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour 17-18 November 2008.

Government representatives, training authorities, employers, RTOs, trainers, teachers, consultants and learners are invited to register for the event to:

  • hold discussions with key stakeholders about new National and International standards for "Learning Services Providers"
  • network with key decision makers and thought leaders
  • participate in roundtable and panel discussions with a premier line of experts from Australia and around the world to champion learning and develop the intellectual and human capital of the workforce

Please contact Marie Dayton on 02-8920 2261 or president@ildp.org.au for more information.

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German VET fair - Participants required

Austrade is looking for participants to be part of its Australian National Stand at the Einstieg Abi Cologne 2009 - Germany's leading fair for secondary students.

The fair provides students with information on vocational training and study opportunities after graduation and has a strong international focus. The fair attracted more than 27,000 students and 340 exhibitors in 2008.

The 2009 event will be the ninth Einstieg Abi fair to be held in Cologne and will take place 13-14 February 2009.

For further information click here or contact Henriette Schaefer, Austrade's education Business Development Manager in Frankfurt.

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Diary Dates

Adapt-Forecast-Lead Conference 2008
DATE: 8-10 October 2008
LOCATION: William Angliss Institute Conference Centre, Melbourne
DETAILS: For more information and Early Bird registration, click here.

Making a Difference Conference 2008
DATE: 15-16 October 2008
LOCATION: Hilton Hotel, Adelaide
DETAILS: For more information and Early Bird registration, click here.

2008 Group Training National Conference
DATE: 15-17 October 2008
DETAILS: Early Bird Registrations close July 18. For more information, click here.

5th Biennial Australian Learning Communities Network Conference
DATE: 25-28 October 2008
LOCATION: Hyatt Regency, Adelaide
DETAILS: For more information, email Sharon Smith.

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.

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

DATE: 5-7 November 2008
LOCATION: Sunshine Coast Mooloolaba TAFE, QLD
DETAILS: The conference will investigate new and emerging earning technologies and their use, and address these issues under the theme of Learning Connections. Learning Technologies 2008 is about learning, creating and making connections in knowledge construction.
For more information or to register, click here.

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

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.

AARE 2008 International Education Conference
DATE: 30 November - 4 December 2008
LOCATION: Brisbane
DETAILS: For more information, click here.

Learning Technologies Conference
DATE: 28-29 January 2009
DETAILS: For more information click here.

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