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Newsletter: 14 April 2009

TDA seeks Budget assistance - address to AFR Skilling Australia Conference

TDA has called for the 2009 Federal Budget to extend the Structural Adjustment Fund to TAFE Institutes.

In an address to the AFR Skilling Australia Conference, Martin Riordan, CEO TDA, outlined key business goals of TAFE Institutes, and called for further COAG reform to extend TAFE flexibility.

He made the presentation on a panel addressing skills issues for business which included the Victorian Minister for Education and Training, the Hon. Jacinta Allan MP, and Professor Jack Keating, Centre for Post-compulsory Education and Lifelong Learning, University of Melbourne.

Minister Allan urged state and territory colleagues to look to Victoria's new Training Guarantee initiative which encourages school leavers to undertake a course - in university or TAFE - during their working lives.

Professor Keating presented a compelling case for reviewing the Australian school curriculum and skills-VET in Schools programmes, identifying this as a major education gap.

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Funding on offer for Asian language and culture

The Deputy Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, is seeking submissions for funding under the $62 million National Asian Languages and Studies in Schools Program (NALSSP).

Education providers can access funding under the $9 million Strategic Collaboration and Partnership Fund, part of the NALSSP, to undertake projects that encourage the teaching and learning of the languages and cultures of China, Indonesia, Japan and Korea.

To view a letter from the DPM about the funding opportunities available click here.

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'Study in Australia 2010' national briefings

DEEWR's international arm, Australian Education International, is holding its 'Study in Australia 2010 National Briefings' during May and June.

The Study in Australia initiative was announced by the Deputy Prime Minister in March and is aimed at sustaining a high quality education and learning experience for international students.

The one-day sessions provide briefings on policy issues, consultations on key areas of work including the Study in Australia 2010 initiatives, and information sharing on market access, current data and trends, research, the regulatory environment, scholarships, the international student experience and more.

Half-day workshops on the Education Services for Overseas Students' National Code Best Practice will take place on the day before or after the main briefings.

Answers to some commonly asked questions can be found in the attached document. To view the dates of the briefings click here.

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Cost of training apprentices revealed

Employer supervision has been identified as the largest component in the cost of training apprentices according to a new research report from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

The report also says the benefit of government subsidies in training apprentices is minimal. To view the report click here.

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International scholarships program gets makeover

TAFE institutes and universities that are part of the Australian Development Scholarships (ADS) program have been given the opportunity to discuss ways of improving the program.

ADS scholarships provide opportunities for people from developing countries to undertake full time undergraduate or postgraduate study in Australia. Up to 1000 scholarships are awarded each year across 31 countries.

The forum focused on a range of topics including monitoring and evaluation, alumni programs and AusAID's disability-inclusive development strategy.

It was evident from the forum that there is a need for greater awareness of VET programs and how institutions can assist in meeting vital skills needs in the Asia Pacific.

Interest in VET programs is growing and TDA drew attention to a range of innovative models involving the VET sector including current projects such as Kiribati Australia Nursing Initiative, Australian Pacific Technical College and previous projects such as the Chongqing VET pilot.

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2010 Endeavour Executive Awards open

TDA members are invited to consider applications to the Endeavour Executive Awards, which provide professional development opportunities for high achievers in business, industry, education and government.

The Awards focus on building skills and knowledge through a host work environment rather than through formal enrolment in study.

For more information click here.

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Calling all International education enthusiasts

Two-day seminars on Executive Leadership and Management in International Education are being held by the LH Martin Institute as part of its 2009 Executive Education Program.

The seminars will focus on assisting the next generation of international education leaders to develop the skills necessary to further grow the sector.

Click here for more information.

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Training Package overhaul

Innovation and Business Skills Australia (IBSA), one of seven Industry Skills Councils, is seeking feedback on a review of Certificate IV in the TAA04 Training and Assessment Training Package.

A consultation paper is available; details on how to participate are listed on the website.

A list of proposed workshops to be held around the country in May this year can also be found via the IBSA website.

A National Project Reference Group will be established for the review. TDA will be represented by Louise Palmer, Executive Director, Vocational Education & Training, Swinburne University of Technology.

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Nominate for community and health awards

The Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council (CS&H ISC) has announced the launch of the inaugural CS&H ISC 2009 National Accolades for Excellence.

The Accolades are a way of celebrating achievements and providing recognition of community services and health organisations and their workforce. They also provide an avenue to showcase best practice workforce and skills development within nine categories, including for Registered Training Organisations.

Applications open 1 May 2009. To find out more information www.iscaccolades.com.au or Contact Deva Braakensiek deva.braakensiek@cshisc.com.au or on 02 9270 6636.

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Diary Dates

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
Professional Development for Leaders in Tertiary Education
DATE: 13-15 May, Melbourne - Heads of Department
  15-19 June, Canberra - Women in Leadership
  26-30 July, Melbourne - Research Leadership Program
DETAILS: For more information click here
Australia India Business Conference
DATE: 20 May 2009
LOCATION: Sofitel Sydney Wentworth
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
Mind the Gen Gap - Working together to meet workforce challenges
DATE: 2 June 2009
LOCATION: Dockside Convention Centre, Darling Harbour 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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