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Newsletter: 20 July 2009


 

TDA09 Conference – Early Bird registrations open

Two international perspectives from the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training will be aired in keynote addresses at TDA09, the TAFE Directors Annual Conference on the Gold Coast in early September.

Professor Rupert Maclean, Chair Professor of International Education, Department of Educational Policy and Administration, The Hong Kong Institute of Education (and formerly, director UNESCO-UNEVOC), and Aidan Kenny, Manager of the Skills Research Initiative, Dublin Institute of Technology, will join TAFE leaders to discuss international vocational education.

Professor Maclean has recently moved from the UNEVOC Centre in Bonn, to take over as head of the Hong Kong Institute. He will speak on ‘Globalisation of the Labour Markets: Implications for vocational education.’

Aidan Kenny will address innovation in Ireland’s VET college system, reaching across apprenticeships, and higher qualifications. Aidan Kenny is also the coordinator of the UNESCO-UNEVOC National Centre for Ireland.

The TDA09 Conference will be held at the Holiday Inn on the Gold Coast, 3-4 September.

EARLY BIRD -- Early bird bookings are now open. The final program will be released next week.

CONFERENCE BACKGROUND - The TDA09 Conference is titled: Positioning TAFE: Meeting the challenges of the changing domestic and global marketplace. It is a key network opportunity for TAFE institute CEOs, executive and senior managers and international business managers to hear domestic and international speakers, and reflect on how best to position their institutes in a challenging domestic and international landscape.

Other confirmed speakers include:

  • Kevin Brett, Igraduate
  • Rob Lawrence, Prospect Marketing
  • Simone Wetzlar, General Executive Manger – People and Sustainability, Thiess Pty Ltd, Qld., Co- Chair COAG Apprenticeship Taskforce
  • Philip Bullock, Chair Skills Australia
  • Patricia Neden, CEO, IBSA
  • Kim Bannikoff, Project Director AQFC, Deputy Prime Minister’s project on Pathways

Register now at www.tda.edu.au/conference2009. To view the list of invited speakers click here.

NOTE Special Offer: the early bird rate has been extended for registrations of three or more delegates – at a saving of $100 per delegate.Download the early bird registration form here. Both the TDA09 Summit and the International Dinner can beregistered separately online.

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An inside-out view of the training market 

Twelve experts have offered their views on the state of competition and the role of government in the Australian training sector.

NCVER commissioned six people from ‘outside’ the VET sector to write about competition in the training market. It then invited six ‘insiders’ to respond.

The results from both groups are contained in a new volume, Competition in the Training Market.

NCVER says there is general acknowledgement that the risks associated with the state determining the supply and demand for training mean that governments cannot retreat from the training market. Click here to view more.

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New award recognises sustainable skills training

Minister for Employment Participation, the Hon Mark Arbib, has announced a Skills for Sustainability award recognising educational providers that deliver outstanding nationally-recognised training programs, products and work processes.

TAFE Institutes are encouraged to nominate for the award which was developed in response to the 2020 Summit in 2008 and is part of the government’s Skills for Carbon Challenge.

For more information about the award click here.

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Access to training for rural and regional students under review

The adequacy of the government to provide access to skills and training for rural and regional students has been referred by the Senate to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee for review.

The matter includes:

An assessment of the adequacy of government measures to provide equitable access to secondary and post-secondary education opportunities to students from rural and regional communities attending metropolitan institutions and metropolitan students attending regional universities or technical and further education (TAFE) colleges...

Click here for more information. The Committee has invited submissions to the review. If you would like contribute to the review please send submissions to memberservices@tda.edu.au before 7 August.

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Opportunity to promote courses and careers at new Hands-On Expos

The latest information on courses, apprenticeships and traineeships for students and school leavers will be promoted at the Hands-On Careers Expo to be held in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

The expo will provide careers information, seminars and demonstrations. The demonstrations will enable students to try their hand at electric soldering, bricklaying, tiling and auto repairs.

To promote course content, entry requirements and career options contact Rachele O’Reilly 02 9564 0917.

  • Brisbane, RNA Showgrounds, Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills, Brisbane 13 – 15 November 2009
  • Melbourne, Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre, Clarendon St, Southbank 26-28 February 2010
  • Sydney, Royal Hall of Industries, Playbill Venues, Lang Rd, Moore Park, Sydney 19 – 21 March 2010

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Diary Dates

LH MARTIN INSTITUTE
Professional Development for Leaders in Tertiary Education

DATE:

26-30 July, Melbourne - Research Leadership Program

DETAILS:

For more information click here.

TAFE NSW MANAGER'S ANNUAL CONNFERENCE
Green Light for Green Skills

DATE:

14 August 2009

LOCATION:

The Sebel, Albion St, Surry Hills, Sydney

DETAILS:

Click here for more information

2009 AUSTAFE Conference
Network knowledge future: the only edge you need

DATE:

2-4 September 2009

LOCATION:

Peppers Pier Resort, Hervey Bay Queensland

DETAILS:

Click here for more information

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:

Click here for more information.

COMMUNITY SERVICES & HEALTH ISC
Making a Difference...2009 – Excellence, Inspiration, Action

DATE:

21 October, 2009

LOCATION:

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

DETAILS:

Click here for more information.

COMMUNITY SERVICES & HEALTH ISC
National Accolades for Excellence Gala Presentation Dinner

DATE:

21 October, 2009

LOCATION:

Crown Towers

DETAILS:

Click here for more information.

COMMUNITY SERVICES AND HEALTH INDUSTRY SKILLS COUNCIL
Mind the Gen Gap – Working together to meet workforce challenges

DATE:

5 November, 2009

LOCATION:

Dockside Convention Centre, Darling Harbour Sydney

DETAILS:

For more information, click here

NATIONAL CENTRE FOR VOCATIONAL EDUCATION RESEARCH (NCVER)
Young people: finding their way in a new era

DATE:

10 November 2009

LOCATION:

Melbourne Park Function Centre, Melbourne

DETAILS:

For more information, click here

AUSTRALIAN TRAINING MARKETING CONFERENCE 2009
Connect, engage, captivate - hosted by Australian Training Marketing

DATE:

11- 13 November 2009

LOCATION:

Ultimo TAFE, Sydney

DETAILS:

www.atmaltd.com.au

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN QUEENSLAND
3rd National Conference for Enabling Education

DATE:

25-27 November 2009

LOCATION:

Toowoomba Queensland

DETAILS:

Click here for more information

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