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Newsletter: 15 December 2008

TAFE welcomes injection of $500 million into TAFE infrastructure

TDA has applauded Friday’s Australian Government announcement of $500 million to support the back-log in TAFE infrastructure improvements, and to support moves toward green skills projects.

The announcement was part of the Prime Minister, the Hon Kevin Rudd MP, pledging $4.7 billion for a ‘Nation Building’ package for infrastructure capital for roads, rail and education.

The package includes $1.6 billion for education, with a $500 million Teaching and Learning Capital Fund for Vocational Education and Training to be distributed from 1 July 2009, for the 2009-10 financial year.

A total of $400 million will be available to TAFE for the development of new infrastructure and upgrades to existing facilities, with a further $100 million for community education centres.

TAFE Institutes will each be eligible to receive an individual grant of $8 million to address immediate maintenance, small capital works and equipment and plant purchase.

Competitive grants of up to $10 million are also available for projects that will help TAFE Institutes adjust to emerging skills needs of local economies and boost the training system's ability to address industry's emerging green skills requirements.

The Prime Minister said the Nation Building package will create 32,000 new jobs and is aimed at creating long-term productivity growth.

View TDA's response to the announcement here. For further information about the education component of the announcement click here. To view the Nation Building document click here.

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Chinese teachers to up-skill in Australian TAFE Institutes

China's peak education exchange agency, the China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE), has signed an extended five-year MoU with TDA and pledged more than 100 teachers a year to be sent to Australian TAFE for up-skilling and special training.

A further 20 teachers may also be bound for Australia, subject to industry, institute and state training authority funding for their training.

The MoU signing was hosted at Sydney Institute of TAFE NSW (Ultimo) on Friday, attended by Mr Qian Yicheng, Vice President CEAIE, joined by Deputy Secretary-General Mr Lin Zuoping and Regional Manager, Ms Li Yang. Also in attendance was Mr Frank Jiang, Director, Australian China Culture & Education Exchange Centre, Sydney.

Former TDA Chair Barry Peddle, Director South Western Sydney Institute of TAFE, spoke about the opportunities of extending the MoU with a new industry alignment, teacher training, and a focus on student mobility.

He was joined by senior executives from Sydney Institute of TAFE, Northern Sydney Institute of TAFE, and Martin Riordan, CEO TDA. See pictures here

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International student enrolments up 20%, VET enrolments up 45%

International student numbers are at an all time high, according to the October AEI International Student Data.

Enrolments increased 20%, compared to year-to-date figures from October 2007, with 519,127 full-fee paying students enrolled. This is the first time enrolments have exceeded 500,000. International student commencements grew almost 24% in the same period.

The VET sector made up 32% of all enrolments, an increase of almost 6% over the year. Within the sector, enrolments increased 45% and commencements grew almost 44%. The three largest markets were India, China and Nepal.

For more information here.

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Success for TAFE and NSW government partnership to help young offenders

A new partnership between TAFE and the NSW Government is giving young offenders better access to education and helping reduce their chance of re-offending according to the Minister for Juvenile Justice, the Hon Graham West MP.

The Minister attended a graduation ceremony held in Petersham for nine youths who have completed the Youth Pathways to Education, Employment and Training program.

To view the media release click here.

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Calls for information to support Australia-Korea FTA agreement

In preparation for negotiations over an Australia-Republic of Korea Free Trade Agreement, the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade are seeking information from providers of education and training services to the Republic of Korea, including potential providers.

The departments are seeking detailed information, including concrete examples of the issues and challenges encountered in providing education services to the Republic of Korea to assist in developing the Government's negotiating position.

Submissions should be sent to the Korea FTA Taskforce, DFAT at KoreaFTA@dfat.gov.au by 30 January 2009. Further information on the FTA can be found here.

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Launch of southern Sydney technical schools links TAFE with high schools

NSW Premier, The Hon Nathan Rees MP, has announced the roll-out of the State's new trade school centres, pledged during the last election. The Premier attended the opening of Sutherland Trade School, to be aligned with Gymea TAFE campus, in Sydney's south, which will begin student enrolments in 2009 in the fields of plumbing, electrical and carpentry.

The $500,000 trade school will allow student from the district to begin their apprenticeship or traineeship while completing their HSC.

To view the media release click here.


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New website for youth research

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) has developed a new Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth website that allows for easy access to information about the choices young people make between leaving school and starting their careers.

The website brings together data and research about young people's transitions from school on to work and further study gathered from national surveys.

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Diary Dates

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.

Inaugural Higher Education Conference 2009
DATE: 4-6 March 2009
LOCATION: Hotel Realm, Canberra
DETAILS: For more information click here.

National Career Conference
DATE: 15-17 April 2009
LOCATION: Grand Hyatt, Melbourne
DETAILS: For more information click here.

DATE: 18-19 July 2009
LOCATION: RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane
DETAILS: For more information click here.

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