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Newsletter: 23 March 2009

Melbourne TDA luncheon invitation

TAFE Institute executives are invited to a TDA-sponsored luncheon in Melbourne, with guest Philip Clark AM, ahead of his keynote address to the 2009 Victorian TAFE Association Conference. Mr Clark is Chair of the recently announced Education Investment Fund Advisory Board.

The luncheon, will take place as part of the VTA Conference, on Friday 8 May 2008, at Victoria University in Finders Street, Melbourne.

Mr Clark's address will be a highlight for TAFE executives, as Institutes look to opportunities for TAFE Institute participation in the $11 billion Education Investment Fund. The VTA Conference is also recommended, as it will feature news about Victorian-led changes in contestable funding, along with details of VTA-commissioned research into TAFE branding. Click here to book.

NB: Members should also note that the TDA AGM will be held on Thursday 7 May, also at Victoria University.

Philip Clark, AM

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Premier Bligh retains office - TDA to stage TAFE Australia Summit 2009 in Queensland

TDA congratulates the Queensland Premier, the Hon Anna Bligh MP, on her dramatic victory for State Labor on the weekend. This result will herald a new Ministerial vacancy for the training portfolio. After four years as Minister for Education, Training and the Arts, the Hon. Rod Welford MP, did not contest the election, announcing his retirement from the Parliament.

In the lead-up to the state election, Premier Bligh announced her Government will guarantee 5,000 public sector apprenticeships and traineeships over the next four years.

TDA is to stage a dedicated TAFE Australia Summit 2009 to be hosted in Queensland, over two day, 3-4 September 2009. The Summit will be led by TDA Chair, Deb Daly, CEO of Gold Coast Institute of TAFE.

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VET front and centre in calls for improved government reform

The importance of engaging the TAFE sector was highlighted in a memo written to Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon. Julia Gillard MO, by University of Queensland Professor of Business, Kenneth Wiltshire, published in The Australian last week.

Professor Wiltshire detailed a series of suggested improvements including: increased sharing of facilities between schools, TAFEs and universities; levelling the playing field for public and private institutions; an increase in student contribution along with a HECS-style payment system for students; and improved career counselling.

To read the entire article click here.

This week, Pam Christie, Director of Sydney Institute of TAFE NSW, and head of the TDA board's tertiary policy committee, will represent TDA at the Higher Education Congress, being held at Darling Harbour, Sydney. TDA was invited to make the keynote address on day one of the Congress, following the Deputy Prime Minister's response to the Higher Education Review, under Emeritus Professor Denise Bradley.

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Request for nominee - TDA representative for children's services review

Nominations invited ...

TDA is seeking a representative to attend a review of one section of the Industry Skills Council Training Package on Children's Services. This is an excellent professional development opportunity in this emerging strategic area of early childhood/children's services policy.

Please see attached the detailed request. The ISC Training Package review meeting will take place in Sydney, 29 April 2009.

TAFE Institutes may wish to nominate a senior professional working in this area. Please forward your nomination, along with a CV and letter to TDA CEO, Martin Riordan, by 27 March 2009.

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New training statistics show challenges remain with skilled apprenticeships

The number of apprentices and trainees in training increased by three per cent from the previous year, yet attrition remains a key issue, according to September 2008 statistics released by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

The Australian vocational education and training statistics: Apprentices and trainees, September quarter 2008, showed in the 12 months to 30 September 2008, commencements increased five per cent and completions were up four per cent. However cancellations and withdrawals increased six per cent.

Of the 429,500 apprentices and trainees in training during the period, 47 per cent were in trades and 53 per cent were in non-trades.

For the full report click here.

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Manufacturing Skills Australia to represent automotive industry

The automotive industry will now be represented by Manufacturing Skills Australia, after an announcement by the Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Julia Gillard.

The automotive industry was the only major industry not represented by an Industry Skills Council prior to the announcement.

The MSA will work closely with the Automotive Industry Innovation Council to provide the training support necessary to sustain the industry.

To view the announcement click here.

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Indigenous employment services tender

The Minister for Employment Participation, the Hon Brendan O'Connor MP, has announced a Request for Tender (RFT) to establish two panels of organisations to deliver a range of activities to employers, Indigenous Australians and their communities throughout Australia from 2009-2012.

For more information click here.

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Western Australia Training Awards - nominations open

Nominations are now open for the 2009 Western Australia Training Awards. The awards will give WA's most outstanding students, teachers, vocational training providers and employers the opportunity to be recognised as leaders in their field.

Applications close 22 May. Click here for more information.

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Diary Dates

New CHC08 Training Package Implementation Forums
DATE: March and April
LOCATION: Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane
DETAILS: A series of one-day forums will be facilitated around the country to support the implementation of the new Community Services Training Package. For information on each forum, click here.
The importance of skilling Australians during the a global economic downturn
DATE: 1-3 April 2009
LOCATION: Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre
DETAILS: For more information click here.
National Career Conference
DATE: 15-17 April 2009
LOCATION: Grand Hyatt, Melbourne
DETAILS: For more information click here.
12th Annual Conference
DATE: 16-17 April 2009
LOCATION: Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach Hotel, Sydney
DETAILS: For more information, click here
State Conference 2009, 'Delivering Success in a Contestable Future'
DATE: 7-8 May 2009
LOCATION: Victoria University Convention Centre
DETAILS: For more information click here
Skills Recognition Conference
DATE: 25-26 May 2009
LOCATION: Australian Technology Park, Sydney
DETAILS: For more information click here
DATE: 18-19 July 2009
LOCATION: RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane
DETAILS: For more information click here.
A National Summit - Hosted by TDA
DATE: 3-4 September 2009
LOCATION: Holiday Inn, Gold Coast
DETAILS: More information will be available soon.

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