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Newsletter: 24 November 2008

Education and Training Ministers push back 'market design' model for VET

A communiqué from a meeting of Australia's Education and Training Ministers, held in Darwin has been released by the Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Julia Gillard MP, reviewing plans for a National Partnership on VET market design, which was proposed for public VET and TAFE.

According to the communiqué, Ministers agreed to further review the National Partnerships VET market design model, some of which had its origins in the Boston Consulting Group review of public VET, commissioned by the Howard Government. Ministers also proceeded with a new National VET Equity Advisory Council.

During the meeting, the Chair of Skills Australia, Philip Bullock, updated Ministers on the progress of Skills Australia.

To view the communiqué click here.

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Board meeting hosts DEEWR officials - impact of financial crisis discussed

TAFE Directors Australia held its final board meeting for 2008 in Darwin last week, to coincide with the Australian Training Awards.

The Chair, Deb Daly, and board members hosted Lisa Paul, Secretary of DEEWR, and Jim Davidson, Deputy Secretary of DEEWR, and welcomed the new Senior Education Adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister, Dr John Spierings.

DEEWR meets TDA Board in Darwin

DEEWR meets TDA Board in Darwin
(back) Mary Faraone (Holmesglen Institute of TAFE VIC - representing Bruce Mackenzie), Steve Ghost (SkillsTech Australia, Qld), Lisa Paul, Secretary DEEWR, Deb Daly (Chair, TDA, Gold Coast Institute of TAFE Qld), Jim Davidson (Deputy Secretary, DEEWR), Virginia Simmons (Chisholm Institute of TAFE VIC), Wayne Collyer (Deputy Chair, TDA, Swan TAFE WA), David Williams (CEO VTA, observer)
(front) Pam Christie (Sydney Institute of TAFE NSW), Aaron Devine (Charles Darwin University, TAFE), Martin Riordan (CEO, TDA), Pam Caven (Director Stakeholder Engagement, TDA)

The board meeting attracted national media coverage through the Australian Financial Review. The focus was the affect on apprenticeships as the global financial crisis widens its impact on Australian SME and larger apprentice employers and firms. Click here to view article.

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TAFE Institutes and students excel at 2008 Australian Training Awards

TDA congratulates Wodonga Institute of TAFE, Victoria which was announced the winner of the Large Provider of the Year Award at the 2008 Australian Training Awards, held in Darwin last Thursday evening. Wodonga won a tight race with two other TDA member finalists - Canberra Institute of Technology, and Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE, Brisbane.

Congratulations also to other outstanding successes from the TAFE Institute network:

  • Apprentice of the Year, Rachael Keiley, a plumbing student from CIT Canberra
  • Michael Donovan, Indigenous Student of the Year (TAFE NSW - Illawarra Institute)
  • Jill Morris, Vocational Student of the Year (TAFE NSW - Western Institute)
  • Melinda Stephens, Stella Axarlis School Based Apprentice of the Year (Certificate III Clothing Production, RMIT)
  • Central West TAFE (WA), winner of the VET in Schools Excellence Award along with a cluster of its sports and community partners

Keep an eye out for the list of winners and photos of the event on the DEEWR Australian Training Awards website.

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TAFE NSW - media review on Indigenous partnerships

A recent article in the Sydney Morning Herald highlighted the success by TAFE NSW in Indigenous education and training.

According to Merv Donovan, head of the Aboriginal education and training unit, improved partnerships between Indigenous staff, non-Indigenous staff and the wider community have resulted in a 25% increase in the number of Indigenous enrolments in NSW since 1993.

To view the article click here.

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2009 Endeavour awards announced

The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) has congratulated the 62 Australians who will get the opportunity to study or engage in professional development offshore through the Endeavour Award scheme.

Awardees include researchers, students and professionals. Along with the Australian awardees, 335 international candidates will receive offers to undertake their Endeavour Awards in Australia.

For more information click here.

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Government invests $61 million in defence skilling

Minister for Defence, the Hon Joel Fitzgibbon MP, has announced a $61 million package to support strategies on skilling in the defence industry.

The package comprises new school pathways projects, defence scholarships, increased funding of post-graduate courses and increased marketing.

For more information click here.

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US 2008 Open Doors report released

The annual Open Doors report conducted in the United States, has reported that international students on US campuses are at an all time high.

  • Total foreign student numbers increased 7%
  • New enrolments rose 10%
  • There were increases of 13% in India, 20% in China and 11% in South Korea

The report notes that international students contribute over $15.5 billion to the US economy through their expenditures on tuition and living expenses.

To view the report click here.

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NCVER study on school-based apprenticeships and traineeships

The number of school-based apprentices and trainees is growing rapidly, particularly in Queensland and Victoria and mainly in the hospitality and retail areas according to a paper by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

The paper also highlighted that completion rates for Certificate I and II are higher in school-based apprenticeships and traineeships than for non-school training, but remain lower for Certificate III level.

For more information click here.

* NOTE - Certificate III level training has remained a key target for VET in schools investment by the Rudd Government, as outlined at the National Forum on Youth Engagement initiated and co-hosted by TDA and the Australian College of Educators in Hobart, in April 2008. See website for the forum report www.tda.edu.au - now a referred issue to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Education and Training, chaired by former TAFE teacher, Sharon Bird MP, for 2009.

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Diary Dates

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.

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

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

BIG Skills Conference
DATE: 2-5 March 2009
LOCATION: Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour
DETAILS: For more information click here.


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