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Newsletter: 13 October 2008

Request to Members - Construction and Property Services ISC survey

The 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.

TDA members and stakeholders are urged to complete a 2-minute survey by 16 October to ensure that the strategy is targeted to needs and priorities of the sector.

If you are a training organisation, please click here.

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

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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TDA Forum MC hosts Skilling Australia debate - ABC Radio National

ABC Radio National program, National Interest, ran a segment on Skilling Australia, 3 October. The segment was presented by Peter Mares who was MC for the second day of TDA's forum 'TAFE Meets Parliament: Skills Innovation 2020'.

The discussion featured a panel of experts who debated what can be done to get more young Australians into apprenticeships and how they can be encouraged to finish their training. You can listen to the segment here.

Also on TAFE Meets Parliament...

After requests from forum delegates regarding the National Joint Ministerial VET Communications Project, one of the four research papers was from Christine Maddern, Director of Market Solutions. Christine has made her presentation available to view. The presentation is titled Existing Attitudes of the Australian Community to Vocational Education & Training and the Traditional Trades – a Baseline Measures Study. Click here to view.

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Tertiary Education Leadership Symposium

The LH Martin Institute for Higher Education Leadership and Management will hold a senior executives conference on strategies to chart an effective Tertiary Sector in Australia, in Melbourne, 27-28 November. Former Labor Minister and current Chair of the Australian Qualifications Framework Council, John Dawkins, will be a key speaker.

The LH Martin Institute was created to support leadership training for universities and TAFE and VET leadership, and the tertiary review will be keenly followed given the ongoing Bradley Higher Education Review.

Early bird registrations of $400.00 per delegate close 20 October 2008. Click here for registrations.

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New Victorian International Student Taskforce

Congratulations to TDA Member, John Maddock, CEO of Box Hill TAFE, who was selected as a VET representative for a new taskforce to examine Victoria's international student sector.

The taskforce findings will contribute to the development of an International Education Strategy.

To see the announcement by Victorian Minister for Skills and workforce Participation, the Hon. Jacinta Allan click here.

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AQF steering committee reviews common terminology

Jennifer Oliver, Senior Executive Director Education & Training, Box Hill Institute, represented TDA on the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Council steering committee, Friday 23 September. The committee discussed feedback on the national project 'Developing and Implementing Common Terminology for Credit Transfer and Articulation'.

Jane Carnegie Consulting has been commissioned by the AQF Council to undertake this project in response to recommendations in the report Giving Credit where Credit is due (Phillips KPA Report 2006).

The report identified the need to develop common terminology to support and enhance credit transfer and related processes. An electronic survey was distributed to a wide range of stakeholders seeking feedback on the project followed by a progress report prepared by Jane Carnegie.

Recommendations discussed by the committee included:

  • the need for common terminology to support credit arrangements and the inclusion of common terminology in all relevant documentation
  • the development of a common national AQF Glossary of key qualification related terms
  • the terms 'skills recognition', 'recognition of current competency' and 'advanced standing' be excluded from the common national terminology
  • an agreed implementation strategy with a timeline for implementation of two years from the date of adoption of the common terminology

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Australian International Education Conference, Brisbane

Australian TAFE Institutes were well represented at the recent Australian International Education Conference held in Brisbane, 8-10 October.

Deb Daly, CEO Gold Coast Institute of TAFE and Chair TAFE Directors Australia, took part in a high level cross sectoral panel on 'The Role of International Education in Economic Development and Innovation'. Mr Craig Sherrin, CEO Southbank Institute of Technology and Chair Australian TAFE International Network, presented on the 'Leadership Development for International practitioners'.

The conference included a number of VET specific sessions including discussions on skilled migration, innovative offshore programs, due diligence, outcomes of the annual TAFE International Office Benchmark Study, the Australia Pacific Technical College and the offshore VET Assess program.

Papers and presentations will be available for download in the coming days from www.idp.com/aiec.

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Outward Mobility in the VET Sector

Also at the Australian International Education Conference, Rebecca Biazos, Director International Engagement TAFE Directors Australia joined Rob Malicki, Director Australian Institute of Mobility and Alan Olsen, SPRE to present a full day workshop on Education Abroad and Mobility in the sector. Rebecca's presentation, outlining the status of projects in the VET sector is attached. Members should watch this space for pending news from DEEWR on new projects and funding.

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VET Stakeholders encouraged to participate in consultations

The National Quality Council (NQC) through TVET Australia has engaged Workforce BluePrint, in association with PhillipsKPA to develop a framework and strategy for the national VET workforce that will also provide strategic direction for a National VET Professional Capability Building Program.

Stakeholders are invited to engage in the consultation process and to contribute to the design of a National VET Workforce Development Strategy. Consultation forums will be held in every capital city over the period 13 - 22 October 2008.

For more information click here.

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'Educating for Excellence' forum - Registrations open

Registrations are open for the Institute of Learning and Development Professionals (IDLP) 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. To view the program click here.

Speakers include:

  • Andrew Mayo - Mayo Learning International UK
  • Cherry Cole - General Manager of IBSA
  • Bill Galvin - Chief Executive of Tourism Training Australia
  • Claire Field - National Audit & Registration Agency, TVET Australia
  • Dr Holger Muehlbauer - ON Austrian Standards Institute
  • Mark Bagshaw - Managing Director of the Innov8 Consulting Group
  • Mary Hicks - Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Hugh Guthrie - National Centre for Vocational Education Research

For more information about the forum or to register click here, or contact Marie Dayton on 02-8920 2261 or president@ildp.org.au.

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Diary Dates

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.

Educating for Excellence
DATE: 17-18 November 2008
LOCATION: Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour
DETAILS: For more information go to www.ildp2008.com.

'New Ways of Working in VET 5'
DATE: 17-18 November 2008
LOCATION: Crown Promenade, Melbourne
DETAILS: For more information, click here.

Creating Centres of Excellence in Training Delivery in Remote and Rural Australia
DATE: 18-19 November 2008
LOCATION: Crown Plaza Hotel, Darwin
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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