TAFE Directors Australia

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Newsletter: 3 November 2008

Saudi Arabian Partnership and Investment Mission - Call for Members

TAFE Directors Australia invites members and delegates to take part in a high level business development and partnership mission to Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates from 9-16 January 2009.

The program has been designed to leverage from the Fifth Saudi Technical Conference & Exhibition that will be held in Riyadh from 11-14 January. TAFE Directors Australia will work closely with Australian Education International, Austrade and corporate partners to arrange a targeted program for participating institutes.

Members should contact Ms Rebecca Biazos via email rebeccabiazos@bigpond.com to register interest or seek more information.

Expressions of Interest.

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China, Australia exchange on international students

TAFE Directors Australia was invited to present on VET trends and issues at an official China Ministry of Education and Australian Government exchange symposium on international students in Shanghai last week.

AEI and TDA at Shanghai University
AEI and TDA at Shanghai University:
Quentin-Stephenson-Perks, Counsellor (Education) Beijing; Martin Riordan, CEO TDA; Di Weddell, Manager, North Asia, Americas, Europe Branch (AEI); Iain Watt, Minister Counsellor (Education), Australian Embassy Beijing

Australian Education International (AEI), under North Asia Assistant Secretary, Di Weddell, hosted several key peak groups and specialist speakers to address developments, along with immigration and visa issues from the Australian Embassy, Beijing, and private colleges, who mainly focused on English language courses.

Martin Riordan, CEO, TDA, focused on the growing industry alignment between VET student mobility, inbound and outbound, between China and Australia. The symposium was hosted by Shanghai University.

While in the SE China region, Martin Riordan met with the two partner Institutes, from recent TDA/China CEAIE exchange programs, in nearby Hangzhou. TDA is moving with the China CEAIE agency to sign a new and extended 5-year MOU in December 2008 in Sydney. This will align Australian TAFE with China Institute networks, with China reviewing opportunities for 'gap' training to assist skilled migration into Australia.

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COAG Discussion Paper raises questions over future of funding

Details have emerged of the Federal Government's future plans for technical and further education as outlined in a COAG discussion paper reported in the media.

As reported in Campus Review, the proposal entails a "demand-driven funding approach for training throughout the country, with private and interstate providers able to bid for funds, and competitive neutrality principles applied to TAFEs."

NSW Minister for Education and Training, Verity Firth, said the NSW Government would not privatise TAFE or agree to "anything that impacts the quality of our TAFE training."

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Chile launches study abroad scholarship

Chile has launched a new US$6 billion scholarship program known as 'Sistema Bicentenario Becas Chile' that will allow approximately 30,000 Chileans to be trained abroad within the next 10 years.

Students can apply to institutions in any country of their choice, although the Chilean government has signed several agreements with countries including Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the US. In Australia, agreements have been signed with Universities Australia, the Group of Eight and TAFE Directors Australia.

The application round for tertiary technical studies is scheduled to open 5 December.

TDA is working with the Chilean Government, AEI Santiago and our partner Kangaroo Tours to finalise programs and participating institutions for 2009.

For more information contact Rebecca Biazos.

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Productivity Places Program expands north

The Federal Government has recently announced partnerships with Queensland and the Northern Territory to implement the Productivity Places Program in both states.

Until December, Queensland will trial an initiative to deliver 2,884 additional training places in skill shortage trades. Together, the Federal and Queensland Governments will invest $7.13 million into the initiative which will target existing workers who want to upgrade their skills. A total of 884 of the places offered will be in health priority occupations.

The Northern Territory has announced a similar initiative with the Federal Government worth over $500,000 to deliver 223 new training places between now and December. A total of 43 of the offered places will be in national health priority occupations.

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New Managing Director for Challenger TAFE

Congratulations to Liz Harris who has been announced as the new Managing Director of Challenger TAFE in Western Australia.

Ms Harris has over 20 years experience in VET and has worked both locally and overseas.

She was also one of the few Western Australians invited to attend the Australia 2020 Summit earlier this year.

To view a statement about the appointment click here.

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Minister launches Defence Technical Scholarships

Minister for Defence, Science, and Personnel, the Hon Warren Snowden MP, has announced 1,500 Defence Technical Scholarships for students entering Years 11 and 12.

Students must study maths and vocational education subjects to be eligible for the scholarships worth $2,000 for Year 11 students and $3,000 for Year 12 students. Recipients will not be obligated to join the Australian Defence Force.

For more information click here.

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New inquiry into combining school and work

The House of Representatives Education and Training Committee has commenced a public inquiry into combining study and work.

The committee invites submissions addressing terms of reference by 16 January 2009. For more information click here.

To contribute to TDAs submission please send comments and feedback (related to the terms of reference) to researchservices@tda.edu.au by 1 December 2008.

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IBSA Committee outcomes

Julie Zappa, Executive Director Central TAFE WA represented TDA on the Innovation and Business Skills Australia (IBSA) Education Sector Advisory Committee, 21 October.

The committee discussed the fitness for purpose of the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAA04), considered the issues raised by the fitness for purpose discussion paper and the responses received from the informal consultation phase.

For more information on the issues discussed click here.

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Interim report released on research training

An interim report with key recommendations on research and training in Australia's universities has been released by the House of Representatives Industry, Science and Innovation Committee.

The report can be downloaded at www.aph.gov.au/isi.

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Global Learning Forum special offer

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

Those who register before 7 November will be able to take advantage of a special offer - buy 1, get up to two registrations for half price. Click here for more information on the offer. To view a list of speakers click here.

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October Vacancy Report released

The October Skilled Vacancy Report is now available. The report shows that skilled vacancies in the trades decreased 3.9% in October and decreased 3.7% over all sectors.

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Diary Dates

DATE: 4-5 November 2008
LOCATION: University of NSW Roundhouse, Anzac Parade, Kensington NSW
DETAILS: www.flexiblelearning.net.au/NSW

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.

IDEA 2008
A series of events focusing on technology and education
DATE: 12 - 13 November - see website for individual events
LOCATION: Melbourne Convention Centre
DETAILS: For more information, click here.

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

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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