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Newsletter: 4 May 2009

COAG announces new education and training conditions for young people

TDA has welcomed an announcement by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) of new training plan for young people under the age of 25 that will promote education and training as the pathway for gaining employment.

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  • Anyone under the age of 17 must be earning or learning - must be in full time school, training or work.
  • Those under the age of 20 and not working will be provided with a training place with the first priority - a year 12 or equivalent VET qualification
  • Those under the age of 25 and not working will be guaranteed a training place to ensure they have the skills needed to be part of the recovery

COAG also announced a new taskforce to support the engagement and retention of Australian apprentices.

To view the COAG communiqué click here.

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Reminder - TAFE Directors Australia AGM - Thurs 9.00am at Victoria University

TDA Directors are reminded of the AGM, being held at 9.00am on Thursday 7 May 2009. The AGM will be hosted by TAFE Colleagues at Victoria University, 300 Flinders Street, Melbourne. RSVP - memberservices@tda.edu.au.

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TAFE success story - Central TAFE, WA wins prestigious award in China

Central TAFE in Western Australia has been awarded a prestigious Teaching Outcome Award from China's Ministry of Education for its training program developed with China's Tianjin Engineering Technical Institute (TJETI).

Awarded 'First Class' position in the regional Teaching Outcome Category, TJETI and Central TAFE were competing with over a 100 universities and colleges in the region alone.

At TJETI, Central TAFE has developed a model of education for a Diploma in Engineering (Oil and Gas) qualification. The qualification brings with it a 100 per cent guarantee of a job. Central TAFE staff visit periodically to deliver specific units and skill sets. This includes training the local staff in training and assessment skills.

For further please contact Jan Tekely Director International Business Operations Central TAFE jan.tekely@central.wa.edu.au.

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Awards for outstanding employers - applications closing soon

Nominations for the 2009 Minister's Awards for Excellence for the Employers of Australian Apprenticeships will close 11 May.

The awards, to be presented by the Minister for Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, the Hon. Julia Gillard, are divided into three categories:

  • Minister's Award for Excellence for Employers of Australian Apprentices, for organisations who employ apprentices and trainees
  • Minister's Awards for Support Services Excellence, for staff of Australian Apprenticeships Centres
  • Minister's Award for Excellence for Commitment to Australian Apprenticeships, for individuals who have made a significant, long-term contribution to the training of Australian Apprentices.

For more information click here.

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Call for member input - Australia India Business Summit 2009

TDA has been invited to be part of a panel on the topic of education, training and research at the Australia India Business Summit on 20 May 2009 in Sydney.

The working title for the presentation is 'Australia India Skilling Partnerships'. TDA would like to showcase innovative and new approaches to skilling and human resource development through Australian TAFE institutes partnering with Indian government and industry.

Members are invited to send through any examples by COB Wednesday 6 May 2009. Please also send through any images and your institute's logo for inclusion in the presentation where appropriate to rebeccabiazos@bigpond.com.

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International leadership workshops

The International Education Association of Australia (IEAA) and the LH Martin Institute are holding workshops to assist the next generation of international education leaders to achieve the management skills required to continue Australia's success in international education.

The workshops are designed for participants at the senior and middle levels of management and teaching who may undertake a leadership role in international education within their institution.

TDA is pleased to note that the program includes case studies and presentations from leading TAFE CEOs including Pam Christie, Sydney Institute; John Maddock, Box Hill; Barry Peddle, South Western Sydney Institute of TAFE; Virginia Simmons, Chisholm Institute; and David Riordan DET NSW). Module 1 will be held in Melbourne, 14-15 May 2009.

To register click here.

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Call for papers extended - NCVER conference

The deadline for the call for papers for the 18th National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference 'No Frills' 2009 has been extended to 11 May, 2009.

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) invites readers to share their research and knowledge and be part of the conference.

Highlights of the conference program include 'Getting to know NCVER' workshops, a panel session on the place of VET in the tertiary sector and keynote presentations from Barbara Pocock, Director of the Centre for Work + Life and Martha Kinsman, Policy Research Counsel, TAFE Directors Australia.

For further information please visit the NCVER website.

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Australia/Latin America leadership program opportunity

Applications are open for the Australia Latin American Leadership Program (ALALP), a new leadership development program scheduled to be staged in Australia in September/October 2009. The initiative is supported by the Australian Government's Council on Australia Latin America Relations (COALAR).

ALALP will bring together 36 mid-career managers and officials (18 from both Australia and Latin America) drawn from business, government, trade unions, education, the arts, and the community service sector including NGO's for a practical and intensive leadership program over a 12 day period.

The theme of the ALALP is 'Sustainability in the Context of the Australia-Latin America Business Relationship'.

Applications close on 15 May, 2009. To apply click here.

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Diary Dates

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

18th NCVER Conference: 'No Frills'

DATE: 8-10 July 2009
LOCATION: University of Ballarat, Mt Helen Campus
DETAILS: For more information click here

Professional Development for Leaders in Tertiary Education

DATE: 13-15 May, Melbourne - Heads of Department
DATE: 14-15 May, Melbourne - Leadership in international education
  15-19 June, Canberra - Women in Leadership
  26-30 July, Melbourne - Research Leadership Program
DETAILS: For more information click here


DATE: 19-20 May 2009
LOCATION: Harbours Edge, Sydney
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.

TDA09 - The 2009 conference and strategic review for TDA members and associates
Hosted by TDA

DATE: 3-4 September 2009
LOCATION: Holiday Inn, Gold Coast
DETAILS: More information will be available soon.

3rd National Conference for Enabling Education

DATE: 25-27 November 2009
LOCATION: Toowoomba Queensland
DETAILS: Click here for more information

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